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Our 40 acre property is beautifully wooded and undeveloped, and we only book 2 sites at any one time so that you can enjoy a more secluded experience.   The tipi site is rustic....it includes a fire ring, cooking tripod, picnic table, and it's own private "open air" pit toilet (click on the pictures above to view photos).  The tipi floor is lined with in

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Our 40 acre property is beautifully wooded and undeveloped, and we only book 2 sites at any one time so that you can enjoy a more secluded experience.   The tipi site is rustic....it includes a fire ring, cooking tripod, picnic table, and it's own private "open air" pit toilet (click on the pictures above to view photos).  The tipi floor is lined with indoor/outdoor grass carpet and has two cots and two chairs inside.  You will need to bring your own bedding and your own drinking water, however there's no need to worry about finding firewood before your arrive as we supply you with a free bundle that will be waiting for you when you get here!   A short walk along a wooded trail will take you to the edge of the West Branch of the Sturgeon River where you can sit and listen to bubbling water and birds singing.     We maintain 1 1/2 miles of marked, wooded trails and 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 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 swimming at the Thumb Lake Park beach, 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.

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

The North Central State Trail runs right through Vanderbilt, MI, which is only a three mile drive from Camp 437.

Fishing

Fly Fishing

Hiking

The North Country National Scenic Trail is only six miles away and there are several hiking trails in the Pigeon River State Fo...Read more

Paddling

Paddle the main branch of the Sturgeon River or many of the inland lakes in the area. Thumb Lake Park is only a couple of mile...Read more

Swimming

Thumb Lake Park is just a few miles away. Public Beach access off of Magee Rd.

Wildlife watching

Elk Viewing in the Pigeon River Country State Forest

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Camp 437 Tipi site in Michigan.

River, stream, or creek

The West Branch of the Sturgeon River runs through the property and is a .4 walk from the campsites.

Driveway

You will need to drive down a two track road to reach the campsites.

Forest

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Hipcamper Jonah
Jonah L.
recommends this listing.
October 18th, 2021

Always a pleasure camping at camp 437. Peaceful, clean, quiet and the best hosts hands down. We can’t wait to come back.

Hipcamper Keegan

Our second trip!

Keegan S.
recommends this listing.
September 18th, 2021

And we are looking forward to a third!

This is our spot, and we are loving getting to explore the wood board trails near the river, listening to the coyotes chatter to each other at dusk, and finding a secret little carved owl in the woods near camp.

Thank you again, Dove and John!

Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah L.
recommends this listing.
August 11th, 2021

Beautiful gated property with private well marked trails and a spot to sit and relax stream side. It rained overnight and we stayed dry in the tipi. I hope to visit again!

Hipcamper Joan

Girls weekend. very fun

Joan M.
recommends this listing.
August 2nd, 2021

My sisters and I enjoyed staying in the tipi. Enjoyed walking through the woods down to the river. Had a nice bonfire. The outhouse was clean. Easy to find off of I-75. Close to Burt Lake , Petoskey

Hipcamper Ellen
Ellen S.
recommends this listing.
July 21st, 2021

We loved our stay. It was very peaceful and Dove & John were exceptional hosts providing wood, camp chairs, and tri-pod. We highly recommend a stay & a walk down to the river.

Hipcamper Roger

Northern michigan private haven

Roger M.
recommends this listing.
July 15th, 2021

Absolutely delightful. They have provided everything you need to have a completely private camping hiking and swimming experience. We will be going back often!

Hipcamper Darrell

The tipi experience

Darrell C.
recommends this listing.
July 13th, 2021

What great people our hosts are!! They were so helpful and accommodating! We absolutely loved the tipi!!! The site was so beautiful and peaceful! The river was a short 5 minute walk through the woods and was well marked! We would highly recommend this experience!

Camping hair...don't care! Lol!Making Stew over the tripod! The pathway to the river!From inside the tipi...
Hipcamper Joshua
Joshua B.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2021

We loved the tipi and the river, very beautiful and peaceful. We briefly met the hosts when they were refilling the firewood, and they were very helpful and friendly.

Hipcamper Brian
Brian M.
recommends this listing.
June 13th, 2021

This camp site is the most unique set up we have ever had the pleasure to experience in 40+ years of rustic camping. Would make an excellent family reunion spot for up to 18 people. We highly suggest booking a trip to get away from the usual and take in the great outdoors in a very different way. We plan on making another trip there again soon.

Hipcamper Dove and John
Response from Dove and John, the Host, on June 22nd, 2021

We are so glad you liked staying at our camp! Thank you for the nice note you left as well.

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Property
Camp 437 in the Sturgeon Valley
State
Michigan
Country
United States
$50/night
1 Site