Hipcamp host Susan B.,
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Camp in the laid-back hood of the Yellow Dog River.  We hope to attract like- minded, peace seeking folks who practice low-impact camping skills, as preservation of the land is VERY important to us.  We share our beautiful yard with Hipcampers, and here, there is a screen tent for your use if it's raining, a picnic table, firewood shed, and the fire pit.  From the parking ar


Camp in the laid-back hood of the Yellow Dog River.  We hope to attract like- minded, peace seeking folks who practice low-impact camping skills, as preservation of the land is VERY important to us.  We share our beautiful yard with Hipcampers, and here, there is a screen tent for your use if it's raining, a picnic table, firewood shed, and the fire pit.  From the parking area, it is a short walk through the yard, and down some steps to the quiet tent site, which is very secluded by the river.  You'll have your own private swimming hole complete with solar water bag for showers.  Take a dip in the deeper swimming holes of the Yellow Dog River, and trek to upstream waterfalls.  Enjoy an evening fire at the communal fire pit, or just enjoy the sky show from the middle of the lake in our canoe or kayak.  You'll have just the beavers, breeze, and the owls to break the silence.  Magic abounds here.   One of your hosts is an artist,  so you'll see that reflected in the gardens and yard areas.    Side tours with your host as guide are also available upon request including: wild edible plant hike, waterfall tours, and mushroom hunting.  

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, gas and Big Bay souvenirs 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.  Stay awhile.  You'll be glad you did!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send Susan a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Bear Lake and the Yellow Dog River both offer fishing adventures.


Bear Lake is the perfect peaceful paddle, with lots of wildlife.


Swimming in the Yellow Dog River is always refreshing!

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Bear Lake meets da Yellow Dog River in Michigan.


Mature mixed hardwoods like sugar maple, birch, with balsam and hemlocks.


Spring fed, and drains into the river. Very scenic with lots of wildlife.

River, stream, or creek

The water runs clear and clean, and has sandy river bottom with very cool rocks!

Swimming hole

Swimming holes in the river are many. May be some fish in those holes, too!


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Hipcamper Cayla
Cayla G.
recommends this listing.
June 24th, 2018

We had a wonderful weekend up at Bear Lake. When we arrived to Sue’s, we were immediately welcomed with loving embrace and a quick tour of the land. She showed us where the dragon flies hatched. My daughter loved this & still talks about the experience. She endearingly calls them dragon fairies now, too. Sue also showed us many of the wild plants & taught us their names. We pitched our tent down near the Yellow Dog River. It was a nice, quiet, and secluded spot. Trails to and from camp were well marked. The communal fire ring was a short walk away. Very well maintained with fire wood available for purchase. There is a pit toilet that is conveniently located & very clean!! It is really cute, too!
We were about a 25 minute drive from Marquette. We were able to get any supplies from town that we may have forgotten. There are plenty of restaurants & shopping too.
We took advantage of the many trails near by. We hiked Little Garlic River to the falls which was an 8 mile hike round trip. Absolutely beautiful.
I highly recommend checking this spot out. Tucked deep within the woods, away from it all! We will be back, that’s for sure 💕

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Hipcamper Emily
Emily L.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2018

This location is great. Their are two sites for tents, one is in the (more cleared) yard of a rather remote house along the Yellow Dog River, the other is along the river itself. We like privacy, but chose the yard, as it really is quite peaceful and private enough.

Susan is a wonderful host. Not invasive, but very, very kind and helpful. She was an environmental educator and guide, and knows the region really well.

There are numerous short hikes to beautiful waterfalls within a short driving distance (10-15 minutes). This site is only about a half hour outside Marquette.

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Hipcamper Candice
Candice H.
recommends this listing.
August 10th, 2018

We have loved our time here! So much so-that we decided to book an additional night. The river beside the site offered an acoustically majestic serenade as we fell asleep! Susan was gracious and gave us a tour of the property, allowed us to pick blackberries from her garden and took time to explain the surrounding area. She gave us great recommendations for things to do and places to visit in Marquette before our arrival. I hope we can visit next summer and highly recommend this spot to anyone looking for a peaceful and lovely camp out!!! We felt very safe, and my 6 year old daughter instantaneously fell in love with our hosts!!!

Hipcamper Emily
Emily W.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2018

My boyfriend and I were enchanted by this site. Dense forest, wild mushrooms, and a babbling stream were the perfect landscape for our retreat from the city. Stay with Susan!

Hiking under the canopy.
Hipcamper Allie
Allie S.
recommends this listing.
September 24th, 2018

Sue welcomed us right as we pulled up. It was cold windy and rainy so we didn’t really get to use her beautiful property like we wanted but she still gave us the grand tour and gave us a map of the waterfalls close by. Thank you Susan for everything !! I would def recommend staying here .

Hipcamper Samantha
Samantha S.
recommends this listing.
June 5th, 2019

Sue is an absolutely wonderful host and helps make you feel very comfortable. Beautiful location. Some mosquitoes this time of year but manageable.

Hipcamper Angela
Angela N.
recommends this listing.
July 2nd, 2019

This is great property north of Marquette away from busy public campgrounds. Susan was a wonderful host and was very communicative prior to my arrival with directions and other pertinent info. She greeted me when I pulled up and gave me a tour of their beautiful property. The tent site is right next to the Yellow Dog River and listening to the water quietly bubbling away is incredibly relaxing. You can also access the river in a couple places. Though the mosquitoes were pesky, Susan has a screened area for you to meal prep, along with a complimentary tiki torch at the camp site to keep the pests away. Would love to come back here one day, thank you Susan!

Hipcamper Jacob

Safe, secluded, peaceful, refreshig

Jacob W.
recommends this listing.
August 5th, 2019

Ok first off a warm welcome pulling up to the driveway than was greeted by big hug and amazing energy, followed by a tour of the property. The private campsite was just a short walk and next to a beautiful river. The privacy and seculdness was just what we were looking for even though Susan made it clear she was available for anything if needed. I thought it was awesome how knowlegable she was of the area and its history whether it was 150 miles away or right down the street that was an awesome benefit itself. Downtown marquette is 25 min away and some stores/eateries within 10 miles. So if you want the seclusion plus local ementies i would highly recomend it. Plus a private campsite on the river cant beat the price. Thanks Susan you rock 💓

Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew Y.
recommends this listing.
August 11th, 2019

A fantastic host and a very pretty spot by the river.


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