Hipcamp host Heather S.,
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Nestled along the shores of East Grand Traverse Bay, our Bayside Base Camp is the perfect spot to stay as you explore the wonders of Northern Michigan. We offer one tent site in the back of our property with full access to our indoor bathroom. Access to the bathroom requires two steps up to get into the house. Guests also have access to a fire pit, a large table to set up yo

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Nestled along the shores of East Grand Traverse Bay, our Bayside Base Camp is the perfect spot to stay as you explore the wonders of Northern Michigan. We offer one tent site in the back of our property with full access to our indoor bathroom. Access to the bathroom requires two steps up to get into the house. Guests also have access to a fire pit, a large table to set up your camp stove or jet boil, as well as the ability to hang your own hammock among our trees.

We are steps away from bay access for swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding and whatever other water hobbies you may have! There is access to two beautiful trails within a short walking distance from your camp. We are happy to provide directions as long as you promise to take care of them and leave no trace. The Northern Michigan community is incredibly active and values the Leave No Trace principles. 

In addition to the natural beauty within walking distance from your site, the area has countless trails, paths and parks to explore. We are happy to provide additional recommendations based on your interests through email or upon your arrival.  

Bayside Base Camp is located 15 minutes from Downtown Traverse City, a short 45 minute drive from Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, 50 minutes from Leland and 15 minutes from Old Mission Peninsula. 

Guests will be responsible for disposing of their trash items in the designated trash bin on site. There is one parking spot in our driveway and you will need to walk back to your tent site. There is a home within view of your site, but it is a seldomly used vacation home. The walk will take less than one minute to get back to your tent site from the driveway. 

We are beyond excited to share our property with you and welcome you to our little slice of paradise in Northern Michigan.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 2 guests per site
Walk to listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send Heather a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 5% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Wind sports
Snow sports
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Bayside Base Camp in Michigan.

Beach

There is a beach within walking distance. At certain times of the day it can become crowded, but it is perfect for a quick dip ...Read more

Forest
Lake
Suburban
Swimming hole
Driveway

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Hipcamper Kaylie

The best!

Kaylie P.
recommends this listing.
September 28th, 2021

We always love our stay at Bayside Basecamp. Heather and Christy are fun, welcoming, and warm hosts. They share great suggestions for hiking trails, nearby beaches, and places to eat. Can’t recommend enough!

Hipcamper Mattie
Mattie D.
recommends this listing.
September 21st, 2021

Wonderful host and a great little spot! Heather was helpful. We felt at home immediately. Space was quiet and private and it was a super short walk to the bay!!

Hipcamper Sarah

Walk to sunset by water

Sarah B.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2021

Second time camping here! Always a pleasure. Amazing location and easeful all around. ;)

Hipcamper Rachel

Adorable base camp

Rachel C.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2021

Everything was as described and perfect for my stay! The camping spot is a nice grassy area with woods as the backdrop. There is a high table perfect for cooking from your propane stove, and natural seating for two made out of tree stumps. Heather and her wife greeted me on arrival and showed me everything I needed to know. Located in a quiet neighborhood, across the street from the bayfront properties. The public beach access is less than a 5 min walk down the road. This is a great location for exploring Traverse City and the surrounding beauty!

Hipcamper Joseph

Happy with our first hipcamp stay

Joseph B.
recommends this listing.
August 14th, 2021

Bayside Base Camp was our first Hipcamp and it worked out great. The location provided close access to Traverse City with retreat from the town bustle just a few steps from East Traverse Bay. Our host Heather was welcoming, helpful, had everything ready when we arrive, and was a pleasure to meet.
I am exciting about future Hipcamps on future treks.

Hipcamper Christopher
Christopher P.
recommends this listing.
August 2nd, 2021

We had a great stay at Bayside Base Camp! A perfect location to explore the area, and Heather was a great host with lots of helpful local tips for us. Highly recommended!

Hipcamper Carolyn
Carolyn K.
recommends this listing.
July 29th, 2021

Had a great stay at Bayside Base camp. Heather has a great backyard to pitch our tent for a night. It feels kind of private while being super convenient, having access to the bathroom was a plus. Could not have asked for a better location for our need, right between Elk Rapids and Traverse City. Also, just a few steps away from a dip in Lake Michigan! Talking to Heather was simply a delight. I could have chatted for hours with her and she offered many wonderful suggestions for food. Until next time!

Hipcamper Megan
Megan B.
recommends this listing.
July 23rd, 2021

We had a lovely stay at Bayside Base Camp. Heather and Christy are super nice - we are already looking forward to coming back and having fireside chats with them. Their backyard campsite was peaceful, quiet, and close to the beach. Highly recommend!

Bayside Base Camp
Hipcamper Terence

Highly recommended!!!!!!!!

Terence M.
recommends this listing.
July 20th, 2021

Couldn’t have been more welcoming and accommodating! We highly recommend this place for getting out a bit from the hustle and bustle of Traverse City. And yet, so close to everything as well.

Property
Bayside Base Camp
State
Michigan
Country
United States
$45/night
1 Site

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