Lake Michigan at Manistee Group Campground is located within the Lake Michigan Recreation Area on the shores of Lake Michigan south of Manistee in Free Soil, Michigan. The quiet seclusion of the hardwood forest of the campground is filled with trails for hiking and biking. The forest gives way to a beach at the shores of the Lake and a playground for younger campers.
Manistee County is the best area in the world for natural reproducing steelhead (rainbow trout) and the salmon fishing is superb with over 50 percent of the Michigan Master Angler Salmon caught there every year. The abundant woods and waters will create for you an exciting event 365 days a year. Let Manistee add some unique flavor to whatever outdoor activity you choose and we guarantee you will truly enjoy yourself anytime of the year.
Because of the travel distance (5 hours from Chicago and 6 hours from the north or west suburbs), this trip is planned for three nights from Thursday, June 13 through Sunday, June 16.
Please note that the group campground sites are considered rustic and do no have shower facilities on-site. There are showers at the nearby family campground. We may have a group portable shower. The average highs and lows for this area in mid June are in the mid-70’s during the day, and down to the mid-50’s at night.
This trip has been opened up to 25 people. Please note the Automatic Wait List is NOT available for pre-pay events. If the event is full, please post your desire to be on the wait list in the "Talk about this meetup".
Link to the Lake Michigan Recreation Area:
The cost per person for this event will be $39. Your fee includes:
- Group site fees
- Dinner on Friday and Saturday and breakfasts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
- Firewood for the weekend
- Miscellaneous supplies and group equipment maintenance
This event is pre-pay for you to be able to RSVP YES. If your plans change and you need to cancel, you must request a refund NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, JUNE 6 AT 10:00 PM to receive a full refund. If you cancel after this time or are a no-show, you will lose your entire payment.
Everyone should bring their own food for all lunches and snacks as well as dinner on Thursday. Complete details on meals will be sent to the group prior to the event. If you have any meal suggestions, you can email them to me. Although it is not required, if you are planning to bring something to share with the group, you may indicate this in your RSVP to minimize duplication. ALL beverages - alcohol and non-alcohol - is BYOB - this includes juice, water, and coffee!
In an effort to be good to our Earth, we will not be providing paper plates, plastic utensils or napkins. Everyone should bring their own plates, bowls and utensils. We will set up a wash station. Bring your own napkins.
Parking and Michigan State Park Vehicle Permits:
We can have only 5 cars at this group site. Anything over 5 requires additional fees. I highly suggest carpooling, although there is nearby overflow parking. If you are willing to carpool, please use the "Comment" field in the RSVP and indicate where you are leaving from and how many you can take along in your car. The 5 parking spaces at the site will be reserved for the Organizers who will be hauling food and equipment.
- Pets are allowed on this camping trip so please indicate in your RSVP if you will be bringing your dog
- Free Soil, MI is a 5 hour drive from Chicago and further from the north and west suburbs
- This is an adult only event. Please no children/teens.
I will be emailing final details about the group site, directions, and breakfast/dinner menu options during the week before the event. In the meantime, please feel free to e-mail me with any questions.
- Linda L