Get a free bundle of firewood when you stay! 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. 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. Our tipi is primitive. The fl
Get a free bundle of firewood when you stay! 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. 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. Our tipi is primitive. The floor is lined with indoor/outdoor grass carpet and it has two cots and two chairs inside; you will need to bring your own bedding. The firepit is set up with a tripod for cooking.
- 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
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
The North Central State Trail runs right through Vanderbilt, MI, which is only a three mile drive from Camp 437.
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
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
Thumb Lake Park is just a few miles away. Public Beach access off of Magee Rd.
Elk Viewing in the Pigeon River Country State Forest
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.
You will need to drive down a two track road to reach the campsites.
The vibe at Camp 437 Tipi site
Places to see near Camp 437 in the Sturgeon Valley
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Dream site in a dream camp
From the site to the hospitality it was a dream come true. My partner and I will definetly make this our go to camping spot. We were there through a pretty strong rainstorm and not only was our weekend unaffected but the space gave us the chance to enjoy the weather. 10/10
Seriously, it’s a tipi!
First, be aware where you’ll be going. This site is down a vehicle path, not really a “driveway”, so if you’re in a Ferrari or a full dress, lowered Harley, you might not want to go off road to get there. The gate is easy to miss, but the hosts made sure to mark it with a bright flag and texted me a map, which was really helpful.
When I arrived, and the mosquitos swarmed, I started to have some doubts and considered pitching my tent anyway, but the tipi cool factor won out. I started a fire (with the provided tinder and firewood), lit the tiki torches and sprayed myself with some bug spray, which all kept the skeeters away.
The interior of the tipi was outfitted with a couple folding camp chairs, cots, a mosquito coil (lighter provided), LED lantern and green grass carpet. The cots were a bit small for me, so so opted to use my air mattress instead, but I certainly appreciated the thought behind providing them.
Surprisingly enough, once I closed off the tipi door, no mosquitos got in. I don’t know why, but once I killed the few that came in with me, I was fine... The native Americans were, obviously, onto something with this shelter design. :-)
Bring your own water, I didn’t use the pit toilet, so can’t comment on that, but I imagine it’s like any pit toilet alive ever used.
I’d highly recommend this site and, if I’m back this way, I’d book it again.
Beyond our expectations
I can’t rant or rave enough about how amazing this camp site is. The owners take meticulous order of the site in order to really provide people with the best experience possible. From leaving a mosquito incense packet next to a lighter in the tent or the fork for marshmallow/s’mores attention to detail was everything. Getting back to the campsite was very easy and if you love just some quality time in the woods without anyone around this is the site for you. The owners were also very prompt with messaging in regards to any questions. We will be returning every year.
Beautiful trip for autumn colors
If you’re looking to see beautiful autumn colors and relax this really is a beautiful place to be. This was our second time staying and we met one of the owners and she was so helpful, kind and insightful! We had more time this round to walk the trails (trillium trail is a must !) We also did some fly fishing and had a great time wading in the water.
Must do: beautiful & serene getaway
Camp 437 exceeded our expectations in every way. The tipi itself was beautiful & very clean inside. The 2 cots were perfect for sleeping and there was even a lantern provided. The pit toilet (w/ toilet paper and hand sanitizer) was very comfortable and clean plus the views couldn’t be beat. The free bundle of wood was very convenient and thoughtful. There was also a tiki torch and coil to keep the bugs away. The fire pit itself was very nice. Beautiful and unique trails throughout the land. The river was so peaceful and serene. There were even chairs provided near the water. We can’t wait to go back! Thank you Dove and John.
A little piece of tipi heaven.
Omg!!!! I never camped alone and this was my first time using hipcamp. I am beyond pleased and excited about my experience. The tipi was gorgeous and beyond my expectations. There was wood and kindling waiting for me as well as a bucket of river water to extinguish the fire. Being ridiculously thoughtful hosts, Dove left a bag with a lighter, matches, insect insence, and some local info. Being an avid hiker, it was obvious that my hosts were not new to trailblazing and their thoughtful markers and trail heads were a delight. The river was perfect for my dog and Dove even waved hello from her nearby cabin. A five star trip for sure.
One of the best stops on our trip
We loved our stay in the tipi. Nice fire area with free wood, matches, and paper was a very nice touch. The property is beautiful and very private. Highly recommend taking the walk down to the river. There is even a little fire pit down there with chairs to relax. Lots of other trails too. Don’t forget your bug spray bc you are in the woods. Thank you for sharing your beautiful property!