Hipcamp host Stephanie D.,
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Come and set up your private camp on our secluded acreage, ideally situated in the central U.P. with easy access to the Hiawatha National Forest. You'll have your own fire ring and picnic table and be able to enjoy a private campsite experience, day and night.... Cook over fire, listen to the yips of coyotes, look at the stars, all without being bothered by your neighbor's g

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Come and set up your private camp on our secluded acreage, ideally situated in the central U.P. with easy access to the Hiawatha National Forest. You'll have your own fire ring and picnic table and be able to enjoy a private campsite experience, day and night.... Cook over fire, listen to the yips of coyotes, look at the stars, all without being bothered by your neighbor's generator! With the added support of an indoor recreation space, you can have a nature-based vacation in the U.P. in comfort, whether you choose to take it easy or go forth and explore the abundant offerings of the Northwoods of the Upper Peninsula.

****We are currently undergoing renovations & we do not have photos of the designated sites for HipCampers....yet! More up-to-date photos will be posted very soon. As of June 2022 the indoor recreation space is still under renovation and is not currently a place for guests to hang out. Guests CAN use it for water gathering, charging phones, doing dishes and using fridge/freezer & cupboard space for food storage. ****

Ideal HipCampers

We feel that this place would be great for down-to-earth, conscious folks who are after a quieter nature experience than that of one of the (increasingly) busy campgrounds in the area (not that that's "bad" - just, we're all a bit different and so it's nice to have other options, right?! ).

If you'd like to unplug, but not feel TOTALLY out in the wilds fending for yourself, then you'll find the best of both worlds here.

We're in a pretty secluded (but not isolated) woodland setting; there is no cell service, you cannot see any roads from the land and most of the time it's pretty quiet. At the same time, you'll be sharing space with a family (us) and possibly other HipCampers. There are also the generic sounds of a wider rural community (roosters, tractors, shooting, ATV's etc). There is also pond here and depending on when you choose to stay the frogs can get pretty loud in the evening times. We think it's pretty cool - but if you don't, you might want to consider bringing some ear plugs!

We want to be good neighbors, so if you are after a place to have a loud camping party in the woods, then this probably, truly is not your place to be. We are also not germaphobic, if you get my drift, so please take notice that this place is not certified for the current "scary germ". If this makes you uncomfortable, it could be best to find somewhere else to stay.

About Us / Sharing Space

We are a homeschooling family and we live in an off-grid home on-site. HipCampers have to be ok with sharing the space. That said, we absolutely want to respect your privacy/ability to vacation here without being disturbed as well. This should not be a problem as the place is most definitely big enough that our paths don't have to cross. At the same time, we want you to know that we're around if you need any help whatsoever.

We've camped A LOT over the years - throughout the whole U.S. We've also spent some seasons being campground hosts and so we have a pretty good idea about what makes a good camping experience. Now we have land to share, we're working on being able to tailor that to each individual HipCampers needs'.

I, (Steph), have worked numerous jobs in the tourist industry and bring my experience of European camping here as well, as we go about creating this space. Jim, an outdoor guide and educator, was born and raised in the U.P. and is happy to help you with any questions you have about the region and/or planning for a trip or excursion.

Great For Kids & Must Love Animals?

We have 2 children and so we can tell you first-hand that this place is great for kids! You don't even have to get in your car to enjoy; walking, biking, paddling, foraging, tracking, flying kites, lawn games, geo-caching etc. We have a sand-pit area, a small slide and a swing. On a nice day you can even walk/bike from here to Chatham and get ice-cream at Mama Cows ice-cream shop.

We also have 2 very needy Nigerian dwarf goats, a bunch of free-range chickens (and roosters), 2 friendly cats and 2 love-able - but protective - dogs.

We will endeavor to keep our dogs away from HipCampers and the site(s) but barking may happen! 2022 will be our first season hosting and so we ask that HipCampers are able to be patient with our dogs, who will most likely be very confused by new people visiting their home.

The HipCamping sites are close to the goat pasture and to our garden - so expect to see us working in there.

Amenities

As far as current amenities go, there is an outdoor vault toilet available (30 second walk from your site) - as well as access to our community building. There will be times that the building is closed for family activities, projects and for cleaning etc. We will do our best to inform you of this in advance and this will be clearly posted. Otherwise the community building is free for you to use - great for rainy/stormy days and/or escaping the bugs** in early Summer. There is a lounge area with books, maps, and literature about the region for you to enjoy, as well as board games, card games, and puzzles - and you are welcome to bring your own fun things to do indoors too. There is also an indoor trampoline for kids (to be used with your own personal responsibility in mind).

The building also has a kitchen which can be used for filling your water jugs, non-cook snacks, and a place to wash your hands and wash dishes. Basic kitchen utensils are supplied and you're welcome to use the fridge/freezer.

A wagon will be provided to you for your stay to help you move things between your car / site / building.

HipCampers will be expected to clean up after themselves and take trash with them.

Just to be clear, we do NOT offer laundry or showers or Wi-Fi . There is also NO microwave.

You are also welcome to charge a phone in the building, but no other electrical usage please. As I said, there is NO cell service here but you don't have to travel too far to get some.

The Land

This parcel of land is predominantly open, surrounded by thick woods including maple, cherry, spruce, pine, cedar, hemlock, willow. You're not going to have far-ranging views from your camp site, but you will be afforded privacy from other buildings.

We have a small pond that fluctuates with seasonal precipitation and is a good area for water life to be observed (turtles, muskrats, ducks, cranes, frogs, minnows, plants, water bugs etc.). If you're bringing kayaks/canoe(s) then you're welcome to paddle around. Our children love to splash around in the water as well - but do so at your own risk.

The Surrounding Area

From your campsite a deep experience in nature is close at hand. You can hike or ride a bike into a quiet, beautiful area of the Hiawatha National Forest (about 3-5 minutes walk from our driveway) - with rolling hills, big trees, small ponds, and all sorts of wildlife. If you're feeling super adventurous you can also access the North Country Trail from these backroads. Jim can provide information and support if you want a good local adventure.

Modern amenities are also close at hand if you want/need them. We are a couple of miles from downtown Chatham where you can find ATMs, an ice-cream shop, a small grocery and hardware store as well as a pub. About 8 miles away at Limestone General Store you can get excellent take-out pizza for an easy camp meal after a long day.

If you want to drive to explore the area, we are an easy-going 25-minute drive to Munising (access to Pictured Rocks) or in the other direction, 40-50 minutes to Marquette. There are also backroad adventures right out our driveway - Trail 8 connects you to miles of dirt roads leading through the Hiawatha National Forest (hiking trails, waterfalls, a good inland swimming lake (Au Train) is nearby, and out into more remote, naturally quiet spaces, leading all the way up to Lake Superior (about 9 miles North). You will find more information about the surrounding area in our homemade Information Guide which is available in the community building.

Despite ongoing renovations and developments, HipCampers can expect the land and buildings here to be well cared for, very clean and our help with whatever you might need. It is truly a great place to have an experience in nature right out your tent door.

We look forward to having you here!

** AN IMPORTANT WORD about bugs in the U.P. i.e. mosquitoes, black-flies and other flying creatures that can be quite annoying!

We have hosted in campgrounds where people have abandoned their entire vacation because they did not realize that the bugs would be as bad as they are. The truth is, they can be pretty bad/annoying and if you're really sensitive to bug bites, they will ruin your whole trip, or even worse, force you to go home in a grump! Don't let that happen to you!

We've never been into chemical bug sprays and prefer using homemade sprays/lotions made from essential oils. These can be very powerful - but we've never really found anything that you put on the skin that REALLY works - the bugs always seem to find a way!

We HAVE found that the BEST way to deal with the bugs is to wear a mosquito head net, tucked in to a hat, with long-sleeved tops, long pants, socks and hiking boots. And, keep your hands in your pockets! There will be times in the day when you don't have to wear all this gear - because it can be a lot! - but this is almost essential dress code for walking in thick wooded areas where the bugs are numerous at the beginning of summer.

One tent site here is next to a pond, although the pond is NOT accessible from this site. It is a generally open area. 

The other site is on slightly higher ground. 

Both sites have privacy from buildings / other people.

Either way, we highly recommend bringing your own screen tent. If you're bringing a stroller, a mosquito net would be ideal to drape over it to protect your little one from bug bites also.

The good-news is, that as Summer gets on, the bugs seem to be less of a problem.

I know this description is long, but hope it creates a pretty good picture of what you can expect when you stay here. If you have any other questions or requests, please do not hesitate to contact us.

N.B. The entire facility is available to rent for private functions/events. Please contact us privately to discuss this option. We are currently working on a website.

Campsite area
Tent sites
2 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Walk to listing
Wheelchair access
2WD Accessible
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
No hot tub
Have a question? Send Stephanie a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 83%

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Biking

Can bike right from your site on rural roads or into the forest.

Boating

Short drive away.

Fishing

Short drive away.

Hiking

Can hike from site.

Paddling

We have a small pond but there are many opportunities within a short drive away.

Off-roading (OHV)

We are situated adjacent to Trail 8 which connects to many other trails nearby.

Swimming

Short drive away.

Wildlife watching

Everywhere.

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Property
The Spiral Center
State
Michigan
Country
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$33/night
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