This is a beginner level trip open to any skill level. It’s been a while since we did a cabin trip and until recently I had no clue these cabins at Point Beach State Forest existed. We were fortunate to get a reservation with this having been one of the only available weekends until after snow melt. These dates should be early enough to ensure the hiking trails are still open. They become groomed ski trails prohibiting hiking once there is enough snow.
The itinerary for the weekend is very simple. Arrive sometime after 3:00pm Friday, RELAX and depart sometime before 3:00pm Sunday. At the minimum bring a sleeping bag, food for the weekend and some appropriate gear to enjoy the outdoor surroundings.
Here’s some details on the cabin from Reserve America:
This is a rustic cabin with no electricity; water is available from a hand pump, which is located near the Coenen Cabin. All cooking must be done outside using the outdoor grill provided. The cabin has a wood-burning heater. Pit toilets are available; there is no bathroom inside the cabin. The cabin is supplied with tables, chairs and countertop, Campers should bring cooking utensils. Cabin includes 14 single bunks with vinyl covered mattresses, campers should bring sleeping bags, pillows and battery powered lanterns or flashlights. It is required that all campers clean cabin and surrounding area prior to check-out. A picnic shelter is located outside the cabin. Each cabin has its own fire ring. All fires must be contained within the fire-rings provided. The cabin has an accessible wooden walkway to the dunes.
There won’t be any “scheduled” activities for the weekend. I anticipate using part of the day Saturday and possibly Sunday morning hiking the trails in the park or along the beach. If the weather permits us, we can take advantage of the fire pit for some additional outdoor time.
Included in the trip fee will be some firewood since none is provided with the cabin. I’ll try and make a generous guess at how much firewood we’ll use but it may vary greatly with the outdoor temperature, nature of the stove, cabin insulation and if we have a campfire late into the night. Just wanted to make note of this incase we realize Saturday that we’ll need more and need to take up a collection.
I have a box of gear that I’ll bring along that includes some paper plates, napkins, cups, plastic utensils, hand sanitizer, some aluminum foil and other odds n ends along that line. I don’t want to discourage anyone from being prepared with their own supplies but at the same time we usually end up with plenty. I’ll also bring a tea kettle to warm water on the wood burner and should have one or two LP lanterns for inside the cabin.
GPS coordinates and directions from the Reserve America site:
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Point Beach State Forest is located 5 miles North of Two Rivers, on Cty Trk O.
From the South, take Hwy 42 North through the city of Two Rivers. When you see a Pick-n-Save grocery store on your left, go straight towards Lake Michigan at is point. You will then connect up to Hwy O, take this North until you see Point Beach use area signs.
From the North, watch for Point Beach signs along Hwy. 42 directing you to the state forest. You will then take Hwy V East. Hwy V will then connect into Hwy O, take this South until you see Point Beach use area signs.
Parking for the cabin does require a WI State Park pass.
Trip fee of $25 includes:
Cabin reservation (2 nights at $60.00/night) -- $120.00
Reserve America reservation fee -- $9.70
Firewood (Guesstimation) -- $50.00
Meetup fee (2 nights at $5.00/night) -- $10.00
Point Beach State Park Map
Cabin Information & Picture
Please feel free to contact me through the meetup site or at [masked] with any questions.