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Northern Oasis

7 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Negaunee, MI
Our property is located between Marquette and Negaunee, in Michigans Upper Peninsula. We are approx 8 miles from the shores of beautiful Lake Superior and 53 miles from Pictured Rocks National Park. We are about 4.5 miles off of US 41 nestled in a quiet forest like setting. We built our home here in 2019 and are continually making improvements to the land. We tap our trees for maple syrup in the spring-you will drive by our "sugar shack" and raise chickens in our very nice coop -no roosters to awaken you! Come and enjoy some peace and quiet at our Northern Oasis! We are near rivers for fishing and kayaking ( kayaks and canoe for rent on this site-see extras! ) We are on the route of the Ore to Shore Mountain Bike epic and not far from the North Country Trail. We have options of open sites and a few more private wooded sites. There are at least two or three areas for campers and several choices for tents and/or hammocks. We have a communal/central fire pit, picnic table area as well as a larger fire pit with picnic table closer to house. There is fire wood available on this site -see "extras" or for purchase when you get here! If you don't like what is available when you arrive please don't hesitate to contact us-we do have other options! There are yard games, extra chairs and a small table in the red shed. This can also be used as a storm shelter if needed! There is an outhouse and a "port-a-john" on site.
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Heritage Hills

6 sites · RVs, Tents21 acres · Ishpeming, MI
Heritage Hills isn't called Heritage Hills for nothing! It's situated on 21 acres of what was the original Wawonowin Country Club, a 9-hole golf course that was built in the early 1800s and then closed in the mid 1960s. And now we have a beautiful mix of hardwoods and pines, forests and fields with multiplied non-motorized trails accessible right off the property. The very popular RAMBA bike trails are literally an ‘stones throw’ away! Our biggest site, Fairway Field is big enough for group camping that horse campers love, and one site, the Homestead, with an electric hookup. We don’t have a dump station or trash cans so please pack in and pack out. Phone signal is good throughout the area and we are close to civilization for necessities and only 20 minutes from Marquette. So much stuff to do in this area!
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Gentle Breeze Camping

3 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · Houghton, MI
This is a private campground on Sandy Lake. Very quiet, private dock, sandy beach, great for fishing, kayaking or just relaxing. New this year is a sauna with shower, this is an electric sauna , use will be by donation. Sauna is not part of base fee, additional cost for sauna Learn more about this land: Open fields and woods with lake access.   There is a private dock with swimming, great for kayaking There is a near by public fishing site, 3 miles from General store from  other lakes nearby with public access as well. We look forward to hosting you! We are located in Twin Lakes Michigan , 2.3miles south of M-26 on 29839  Pike Lake Road Very private setting There is no electricity on site  Campers responsible for garbage removal  There is now a outhouse toilet on site Enjoy the relief! There is a limit of 2 dogs per site, Dogs to be on leash if not friendly to people or other dogs
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Possum Creek Campground

5 sites · Lodging, Tents80 acres · Trowbridge Park, MI
ATTENTION: Please note the following before requesting booking: 1. County Road HD road conditions require 4-wheel drive. 2. Campers are required to sign a waiver on arrival protecting property owner of all liability related to risks associated with wilderness camping. 3. Please provide an estimated time of arrival on the morning of arrival and plan to arrive by 8:00 p.m. This is necessary in order to be available to assist campers with finding sites and other needs. Please also message if your plans have changed and you will not arrive as scheduled. Read more about the sites and property below: Site 1, The Falls Site, is limited to 2 campers who must hike approximately 1/4 mile to the site from parking. Site 2, The Garden Site, has vehicle access. This 80 acres has been family-owned for almost a century and has not been cut in that time. Many trees are mature. The southern half is home to 8 charcoal kilns which employed a community prior to ownership. The mountain is approximately 1.8 billion years old. Learn more about this land: This property has 2 tent sites at the western base of Hogback Mountain. Site 1, The Falls Site, is located on a spring fed stream. The hike from parking to tent site is 1/4 mile on a well-marked hilly path. Campers can park at the main property on County Road HD or on the Garden Road, and will need to pack supplies to their site. Site 2, The Garden Site, is 100 feet from the stream and campers can drive to and park their vehicles at the site. Site 3, Mountain View Cabin, includes an outhouse and sauna. Sites have picnic tables, fire pits, and an outhouse. Campers are responsible for removal of all other waste. The 2-foot wide stream provides water for washing, but is not considered potable, and use of filters or boiling water is recommended. These isolated sites are beautiful and rustic and nestled in the midst of the Noquemanon Trail Network (cross country skiing and mountain biking) and North Country Trails and are approximately 2 miles from Lake Superior, Harlow Lake and Dead River. 4 kayaks/paddles/life vests and a 12 foot boat are available for camper use. First come, first serve. You transport.
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Bear Lake Meets da Yellow Dog

2 sites · Lodging, Tents10 acres · Marquette, MI
The land around Bear Lake was divided into 10-acre parcels in the 1970s using an original logging trail. Logging artifacts have been found on the property. The Yellow Dog River is a legendary trout stream, and many artists have found that the river satisfies their need for the wild. We are 20 miles (app) north of Marquette, which is my home town.  It is a destination for bikers, skiiers, and outdoor rec folk!  There are so many things to see and do in Marquette, so make sure to plan enough time to check out the town!  Also, just six miles to our north is historic Big Bay.  A lumber town back in the day, it is full of history.  Check out the Thunder Bay Inn, where parts of Anatomy of a Murder, starring Jimmy Stewart and Lee Remick were filmed.  Don't miss going to the Lumberjack to see where the actual murder took place, either!  You will find good eats and perhaps even some live music at either establishment. You'll also find everything you need in the way of groceries, and gas at Cram's General Store, where there's also a laundromat.  Burns landing has the historic Burns family home renovated in a park setting, and a public beach access to mighty Lake Superior.  Yellow Dog falls is a short drive on Co. Road 510, and on the way be sure to climb Thomas Rock overlook.  There are new bike trails if you're into that as well!   Stay awhile.  You'll be glad you did! We strive to offer peace and serenity to our guests, and love to share these woods with those needing tranquility and respite from a busy world. In this sensitive environmental area, we have only two sites to keep traffic down, enhance our visitors experience, and to protect the wildlife here. Unplug with us, eh!
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Chocolay River

91 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Marquette, MI
Our 75 camp sites are located conveniently near Lakes Superior off M28 right by Ojibwa Casino-Marquette, NMU Golf Course, and the ATV trail heads. Check out Things to Do for more information. 80 foot camp sites All pull through sites Full hookups at every site – electric, water, sewer Tent sites also available
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Lake Superior Beach Perfection

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Lake Linden, MI
What more do you need than a private camping site and your 125' of your own pristine Lake Superior beachfront access? Well, there is the need of a fire ring so we added that, too! Everything else you will to bring to enjoy the million dollar views. Oh, and on the opposite side of the camping site is quiet slough which is great for smooth water paddling and exploring. Down the gravel road about 1/3 miles are logging roads to hike, bike and explore. OHV trails are a couple miles away but check local maps for detailed information. Intentionally being minimalists beyond a fire ring and picnic table, there is a port-a-john (of humble means) to make your stay comfortable. You will need to bring your own firewood if you desire a campfire.
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Birch Top ~ Rustic Cabin

1 site · Lodging40 acres · Marquette, MI
Rustic cabin sitting on a hill top surrounded by beautiful birch trees! 40 acre parcel to explore located in Harvey, just 10 miles outside of Marquette. The cabin is within several miles of: Lake Superior beaches, world class mountain biking, miles of hiking trails, and all that the City of Marquette has to offer! Cabin has 1 full size bed, 1 twin size bed, along with a pull out bed. Please bring your own bedding, pillows, and/or sleeping bag. Feel free to pop a tent next to the cabin as well! There is no running water or electricity provided, so please be sure to bring your own cooking stove and light sources. We will provide a 5 gallon jug of water, and there is an artesian well located outside of the nearest convenience store, Kassel's Korner (Corner of US41-and County Rd 480). Other amenities include: outhouse, charcoal grill, outdoor fireplace, indoor wood stove.
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Private Wooded Camping on the Lake

1 site · RV, Tent5 acres · L'anse, MI
Learn more about this land:Camp only feet from the lake. Go kayaking boating fishing hiking . Restaurant/ bar grill only 1 Mile away. Porta potty for tent campers. Launch your small boat or canoe right from the site. Many scenic sites nearby. 
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Blueberry fields campground

4 sites · RVs60 acres · Marquette, MI
Learn more about this land:Rustic grounds in the works to provide all the things one could want !! You can stay as long as you would like, we just ask you only have 2 tents per site ! We are 7 miles east of Marquette and 30 miles west from pictured rocks national lakeshore ! We are also within 1 mile of public accessible sandy shoreline of lake Supireor
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Hemlock Ridge Homestead

3 sites · Lodging10 acres · Marquette, MI
This was a custom log home built in the early 2000's. It has been updated over the years to make it more livable year round. This site is on a seasonal road so travel in and out can be impeded at times due to weather or external forces, such as tree falls, wash outs, etc. This is a self sufficient homestead in the making. Our garden has progressed greatly, and our fruit tree orchards are in just starting to produce. We just opened our second site, the Prairieview Chalet to our already great, Acorn Retreat cabin. Which includes a hot tub and other amenities, including a heated in the winter bouchee outhouse. The new Prairieview Chalet is an exceptional adventurers haven! It has all the things you want after a day(s) out in the wilderness, with amenities like a hot shower, fully stocked kitchen, linens and more. Our property reflects our love of the land and space. We are always making improvements, such as the timber framed chicken coop. We now have a ping pong table for our guests, and still over farm fresh eggs. We strive to make every place better than we found it and hope our guests will do the same. This is a zen, quiet place to heal, reflect and refill your cup of life:)
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Fern Forest

3 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Pelkie, MI
We have 1 campsite located right along the Sturgeon River. River activities are welcome as well as forest dwelling, berry picking, hiking, and RELAXING! Fall asleep to the whoosh of the river, under the canopy of Maple trees. Our property has no running water, electricity, nor restroom (working on getting this). Fully rustic and a pack-in-pack-out camp. The river is ever-changing and must be treated with caution. All campers are responsible for their own safety with any and all property activities.
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The best camping near Van Riper State Park guide

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About

Sun up to sun down and stay van-stoked at Van Riper State Park. Bordered by half a mile of luscious lake length, this 1055-acre park is waiting for YOU to come and take the plunge into nature. Disconnect all 'pads and phones and pods and connect to the “I” within. The docks here aren’t just good for fishin’. Use them as a stage to align those mixed up chakras, and yoga your morning aches away.

Hike, swim, bike, swim, repeat. It’s all about gratitude folks, find yourself in the North side of the park and you may be rewarded with a moose sighting! Find the effects of fresh air intoxicating? Stay a night, heck a week! Van Riper’s got the C&C (campgrounds & cabins) for your Z's.

When to go

The ideal time to visit Van Riper State Park is during the summer months, from June to August, when the weather is warm and the park is full of life. However, autumn also offers a spectacular display of fall colors. Winters can be harsh and are best suited for snow-based activities, while spring may bring unpredictable weather and muddy trails.

Know before you go

  • Ensure you have a Recreation Passport for park entry, as it's required for access.
  • Check the trail conditions before you set out, especially after inclement weather.
  • Remember to pack out all your trash and leave the park as pristine as you found it.
  • For those planning to hike, sturdy footwear is recommended due to the varied terrain.
  • Be aware of park-specific safety guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.

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