Hipcamp host Tim M.,
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The property is 40 acres surrounded by national forest. It is off a paved road and then 1/2 mile down a seasonal Forest Service road to a locked gate. It has about 1320 feet of the West Branch or Big Creek running through it. There is a 1940's fishing lodge where the owners stay. The campsite has it's own picnic table, fire ring and firewood for your use, but there is room f


The property is 40 acres surrounded by national forest. It is off a paved road and then 1/2 mile down a seasonal Forest Service road to a locked gate. It has about 1320 feet of the West Branch or Big Creek running through it. There is a 1940's fishing lodge where the owners stay. The campsite has it's own picnic table, fire ring and firewood for your use, but there is room for 3 or 4 tents. To insure privacy I only allow 1 group at a time. Bring your pole since there are brook and brown trout in the creek. Along the creek is a hiking path that follows the creek and leads to a beaver dam. On a clear moonless night you can see a billion star, yes really. Although ORV's are not to be ridden on the property there are a couple hundred miles of 50" and motorcycle trails just outside of our gate.  It is also 1/2 mile off the MI shore to shore horse riding trail. No hunting, shooting, or fireworks allowed on the property. Depending on the time of the year, don't forget bug spray. Verizon cellular service works on the property, but other cellular services might not.

Campsite area
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Campervans and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 27 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Generators allowed
No Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, or Class C RVs
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Tim a message!
  • Check in: After 11AM
  • Check out: Before 3PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Trout season opens the last Saturday in April


There are trails to explore on and off the property

Horseback riding

Only about 1/2 mile off the Michigan coast to coast horse trail


Kayaks and canoe are ideal for this section of creek (BYOK)

Off-roading (OHV)

No ORV riding on the property, but there are hundreds of miles of 50" trails surrounding the property


The water is clear, but cold. There are several 4 or 5 foot holes near beaver dams, but most of the area is shallow

Wildlife watching

There is everything from paleo woodpeckers to deer to watch for


Natural features you'll find at Dam Beavers in Michigan.


The property is surrounded by the Huron-Manistee National Forest

River, stream, or creek

West Branch of Big Creek cuts through the property


On the other side of the creek are wetlands which provide opportunities to watch wildlife


The driveway leading in is a Forest Service dirt road. Cars should be fine, but if snow is on the ground a 4x4 might be needed.

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Hipcamper Hayden

Quiet and relaxing private camping

Hayden J.
recommends this listing.
August 2nd, 2022

We had a great time camping here. The place is very big, private and very quiet with a few different areas to choose from. The hosts were very nice and even gave us some salt when we forgot ours. They also gave us a ride with our kayaks to the river and invited us to church on Sunday. Definitely would recommend staying here. The campsites aren't directly on the river but they are just a short walk away and the property is very beautiful. Great for bird lovers.

Hipcamper Allie

Great spot!

Allie H.
recommends this listing.
July 12th, 2022

This site was amazing! There was lots of space to spread out and explore. Tim had two chairs set up by the trailhead overlooking the forest which was a nice touch. There is a very short trail on the property and nice views on the dock. This site was a perfectly tucked away from the main road to feel secluded, but close enough to a gas station and grocery store to grab some last minute essentials (about 10 minutes). Great spot!

Hipcamper Dawn
Dawn M.
recommends this listing.
May 30th, 2022

Tim's property is remote, quiet, and exactly what we were looking for. Had not camped in this area before and now I can't wait to come back! The area for camping is large enough for multiple tents and a canopy and includes a large picnic table near the fire ring (Daughter's fiancé cooked the best meals on the open fire!). Trail leads to the beaver slide and can see where they are working on another tree to take to the dam. The river is beautiful, natural, and we enjoyed some lazy time fishing for brown trout...nothing big enough to keep but fun still! Do hear a little noise from the ORV trails that are close by but nothing that takes away from your stay. My family definitely plans on doing a return trip! Thank you Tim for sharing!

Fire lighting up the night.Dinner on the open fire.More of the creek...Dam Beavers
Hipcamper Troy

Highly recommended!

Troy W.
recommends this listing.
September 12th, 2021

Great place, very quiet and remote, well laid out and easy to find. Tim was a great host and replied to messages very quickly. The property is beautiful, so very peaceful.

I look forward to returning again. Thanks Tim!

Minimalist camping at it's finest. The picnic table and large fire ring. Fruit trees in various locations.Great spaces for tents.
Hipcamper Meg

Beautiful, day and night

Meg B.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2021

Great place to stay. Beautiful cold
clear creek, beautiful night skies, nice setup and very well maintained. Clear directions from host made it easy to find. Thanks, Tim!

Hipcamper Ryan
Ryan M.
recommends this listing.
July 19th, 2021

Tim was quick to answer any questions and checked in to make sure we arrived OK. This is a well kept property just off a short drive out of town down a forest service road. It was supremely quiet with only the distant noise of occasional ORVs and planes (good place to use a flight radar). Plenty of space to spread out around the campsite. Plenty of areas marked with signs around the property to explore. The pit latrine was clean and adequate for any immediate needs.

The creek was great and well cleared for wandering and swimming. Very great views in each direction as the creek is at the bottom of a short hill.

Plenty of trails to wander and a big hill to bike down.

Hipcamper Ryan
Ryan H.
recommends this listing.
July 7th, 2021

Great spot, with a beautiful stream. Fly fishing and floating down the creek was so much fun. Really clean and easy to get to. Loved every minute!

Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah T.
recommends this listing.
June 27th, 2021

Perfect for a rustic getaway as a family, couple of just with the dog.

Hipcamper Kent

Mid-michigan happy place!

Kent H.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2021

Great spot for a couple of tents or a small camper. Nice flat area along a sandy hill running to the brook below. Adjacent to ORV trails and public lands but no noise during the time we were there (Memorial Day weekend). We had one night of moderate rain with no drainage or runoff issues. Nice firepit and picnic table. We used this as our home base for hiking in the area (Mio, Grayling, West Branch and points in between). Great communication with the owner with easy access by locked gate. There is another building on site (the fishing lodge, which was not in use while we were here) but it is removed enough for the campsite to feel private. Private, serene and low-stress way to enjoy the Au Sable area.

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