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Point Beach State Forest - Ketchbaw Cabin Weekend

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):
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44°12'8"N, 87°31'7"W

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

Links:

Point Beach State Park Map


Cabin Information & Picture

Trail Information


Please feel free to contact me through the meetup site or at [masked] with any questions.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the last moment cancellation. It turned out I have to be on-call this weekend. I will miss it. Ala

    November 30, 2012

  • Mary

    Not going to bring the bike after all

    November 30, 2012

  • Christopher K.

    Sorry for the last minute bail out. Some family issues came up and I will not be able to make the outing.

    November 29, 2012

  • Mary

    I'm bringing my mt bike so if anyone is interested in joining me for a ride. I also have a tri-pod and camp forks for anyone to use and I'm bringing stuff for smores :) C u at the cabin!

    November 29, 2012

  • Jason P.

    Is anyone interested in carpooling from Oshkosh/Appleton?

    November 28, 2012

  • Melanie

    If there is a spot that opens up, I'd be interested in going. :)

    November 24, 2012

    • Ryan

      Paid in full. Take my spot and have a great weekend! That goes for the rest of you, too :)

      November 27, 2012

    • Randall

      If all went right I edited the RSVP list and removed Ryan and added Melanie. Sorry you can't make it Ryan hopefully get to meet you at an event in the future. Melanie, it'll be good to see you again.

      November 28, 2012

  • Larisa

    Carpool interest from Milwaukee?

    November 24, 2012

    • Melanie

      I'm coming from Muskego, (close enough to Milwaukee) and I plan to be at the cabin at 3pm so leave Milwaukee around 1:30. Would that work for you? I have a parking sticker too, if you wanted to carpool with me. :)

      November 27, 2012

    • Larisa

      Oops. I should have clarified that I would be leaving at the end of the work day. Sorry! :) Otherwise I would.

      November 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It seems I will not be able to attend this one now. Is there anyone interested in taking my spot?

    November 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not sure if I will be around but I might try to pop out to meet some of you (I live in Two Rivers at the moment). If you are hungry whilst there and don't feel like cooking, Port Sandy Bay Pizza just up the road from the park entrance is pretty good. If the weather is crap, it might be a good place to tip a brew, etc. (no I don't work there - just offering info as a local).

    November 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Randall, you are welcome for the shuttles. I now have 2 others that want to hike Point Beach on ll-30. They will sign up and pay seperately. Please save the spots for us. If there is no more room, we will still hike with your group but find a hotel in the area. Ruth

    November 14, 2012

  • Ralph K.

    My son will be visiting so won't be attending . Otherwis I sure I would be . My tent camping is probably over with till spring or I get a warmer sleeping bag.

    November 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can we get the state park pass there?

    November 4, 2012

    • Mary

      Hi Mallory ... yes, you can purchase day or annual stickers at the park entrance.

      November 4, 2012

    • Randall

      Another option would be to carpool with someone who has a sticker. If you sign up for the trip and are interested in a ride just post a note here in the comment section.

      November 5, 2012

  • Ryan

    I'm excited! Bringing the kiteboarding gear if the temps will still allow :)

    November 4, 2012

  • Leigh

    Checking on a dog-sitter, but this sounds great!

    1 · October 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds once again like a great trip, especially for a 'beginner' (which i am not)--but will be out of town for work that weekend.

    October 25, 2012

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  • Randall
    Advanced, Assistant Organizer
    Event Host
  • Caitlin
    ADVANCED
  • Christophe­r K.
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  • Ross
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  • Mary
    Advanced, Organizer
  • Jason P.
    Advanced
  • Larisa
    Beginner 1
  • Melanie
    Advanced, Co-Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
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