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Camp 437 in the Sturgeon Valley
101 reviews
· Vanderbilt, Michigan
40 acres
3 sites
1 Glamping
2 Caravan/Tent
We book only 2 sites at a time on our 40 acre property so you can enjoy a more secluded experience in the woods. Our property is undeveloped, so you will need to bring drinking water, but there's no need to worry about finding firewood before your arrive as we supply you with a free bundle that is waiting for you when you get here! There are 1 1/2 miles of marked, wooded trails that will guide you to the river's edge where you can enjoy the beauty and wildlife along the West Branch of the Sturgeon River. It will feel as if you are in the middle of nowhere, yet the convenience of the small town of Vanderbilt is just three miles away. We are located just three miles off of I-75. The larger town of Gaylord is only a 15 minute drive south. There's lots to do here in beautiful Northern Michigan! Only a few miles from our camp you can go for a swim at Thumb Lake Park or take a bike ride along the North Central State Trail in Vanderbilt. Drive 15 minutes north and you can canoe or kayak the main branch of the Sturgeon River in Wolverine. There are many great hiking trails in the Pigeon River State Forest and the North Country National Scenic Trail is only 6 miles away. This 40 acre parcel has been in our family since the 1950s. My grandparents originally designated it as a tree farm and planted and harvested lumber from it. As a boy scout leader, my grandfather hosted many boy scout troops here and even hosted a boy scout Jamboree in the 1970s. Back then the property was referred to as the "Tree Farm", but after my husband John and I inherited it in 2014 we started calling it Camp 437. Before we inherited the property we spent time camping there and building trails. One of the trails we built was named the "Burns Trail" in honor of my grandparents. Since we acquired the property we have added a one mile loop that circles the perimeter of the property, and a total of about 1 1/2 miles of trail.
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Vanderbilt, Michigan, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Dove And John D.Joined in July 2017
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 2 hours
122 Ratings · 101 reviews
James C.recommends
September 15, 2022
Woods Site
It was very nice ! I studied the river and fished for a bout four hours. Better luck next time….. Thank You so Much.
Anita O.recommends
September 6, 2022
Field Site (mostly wooded)
Very quiet and private site not far off I75. Roads and trails were well maintained and there many thoughtful touches.
Elizabeth C.recommends
August 19, 2022
Camp 437 Tipi site
I LOVED the tipi and everything about their property and location. It was a perfect place to explore mnt biking in the region. The pit toilet was actually quite pleasant, too. Highly recommend!
Eric M.recommends
August 9, 2022
Camp 437 Tipi site
We loved staying at camp 437 and will definitely come back:) the quaint trails were impeccably cared for making our hikes super easy while also feeling like we were off the beaten path. My husband and I got our moment of calm, as we were camping with our 6yo and 10mo, in the morning when we brought our coffee down to the adorable outpost near the river. We were also very happy to run into Dove and a friend, as they were so sweet and helpful. It was our little ones first night camping so we enjoyed putting him up in his pack n play in the tipi. I’m already to come back to one of the tent sites when we’re ready:) thank you Dove and John, for sharing your beautiful place with us.
Tiffany C.recommends
August 8, 2022
Field Site (mostly wooded)
Amazing peace and solitude
This is our new favorite place! The hosts make sure you have everything you could need. At the site upon arrival was a bundle of firewood under a rain cover that was stacked on top of logs to keep it dry, a bag with dry kindling, a box of matches, and the yellow pages for local restaurants. Wood fire tongs and roasting Skewers were left on the cooking grate for our use as well as a bucket of water for extinguishing our fire at night. We stayed at "the Field" site with wild raspberry bushes in the middle, and were surrounded by woods. There's a private open air style pit toilet about 15-20 yards from the site on its own trail. There was plenty of firewood that was available for purchase for $5 a bucket that was dry and well seasoned. Also available to anyone staying at any site on the property is a rain shelter tent that has umbrellas to borrow, as well as a marble maze, checkers, Chinese checkers, and bubbles, and coloring books with crayons for the kids, a short walk away from any site. We had a clear view of the starry Michigan night sky. The site was quiet, and secluded. There was another camper there that we saw only when pulling out of the gate, had we not seen them at the gate, we wouldn't have known they were there. John and Dove were easy to communicate with and were very accommodating, even when we asked to stay an extra night at the last minute, we got a prompt response. We can't wait to stay here again, and recommend this site to anyone looking for solitude.
Courtney S.recommends
August 1, 2022
Camp 437 Tipi site
We had a great time!
A great site even for people who are somewhat new to camping! We loved walking on the trails, sitting around the fire, and enjoying nature. Would definitely return!
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