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
Tent site
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 an hour
  • Response rate: 92%

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

31 Reviews

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Hipcamper Alan
Alan L.
recommends this listing.
July 31st, 2022

So friendly and a great vibe. Tent camped near a cute shingle sided shed with beautiful a wooded area in the back. Would definitely come back!

Hipcamper Kathleen
Kathleen M.
recommends this listing.
July 26th, 2022

Great jumping point to explore Torch Lake and all the beauty of Traverse City and the bay! The tent site feels secluded behind the shed facing the woods and the closest neighbors were (as the listing) stated not home :). It was nice to be able to take a dip in the lake just a short walk away. Thank you Heather!

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Hipcamper Madison
Madison B.
recommends this listing.
July 12th, 2022

Heather was a great host and was very communicative! My friend and I had a great time staying on her property while traveling through Michigan. The bathroom was both clean and homey. Her property is just a small walk to a beach with a wonderful view of the water! This was my first Hipcamp experience and after my great stay with Heather I am excited to utilize Hipcamp more.

Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah R.
recommends this listing.
July 4th, 2022

Heather is very welcoming and the space is lovely and relaxing. Proximity to the water is perfect!

Hipcamper Graham

Camping near the bay

Graham P.
recommends this listing.
June 28th, 2022

Heather and Christy’s hospitality was wonderful! The Bayside Base Camp was a convenient spot to camp at. We pitched our tent in a high ground, level area in their backyard. It was dark and quiet. Are are a short drive to Torch Lake, Elk Ridge, and Traverse City.

Starting our day with a short walk down to the bay and bathing in the bay added to the experience! We highly recommend Heather and Christy as hosts!

Hipcamper Kaylie

Simply the best!

Kaylie P.
recommends this listing.
June 7th, 2022

We always love our stay at Bayside base camp! Fantastic location, great tent site, prompt communication from the best hosts around.

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. ;)

Property
Bayside Base Camp
State
Michigan
Country
United States
$50/night
1 Site

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