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Located on The Grand River with over 1,600’ of river frontage and 3,300’ of Jubb Bayou shoreline, FairWeather Farm has remote, rustic campsites that are tucked into the river’s wild and beautiful wilderness. This year’s Great Lakes high-water cycle has made the riverfront inaccessible. Those sites are not available this season, unless we have a big drought in July! Each camp

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Located on The Grand River with over 1,600’ of river frontage and 3,300’ of Jubb Bayou shoreline, FairWeather Farm has remote, rustic campsites that are tucked into the river’s wild and beautiful wilderness. This year’s Great Lakes high-water cycle has made the riverfront inaccessible. Those sites are not available this season, unless we have a big drought in July! Each campsite is private and accessible on one of the many trails that wind through the 70 acre farm. Some sites are a shorter hike and closer to the farm buildings, yet still very private and hundreds of feet from anything else.

We have a discrete, yet convenient porta-potty with washing station on the trail near the camping. Camp fire rings are located at each primitive site. We can haul your gear to your site upon request.

Wildlife abounds with deer that appear in the early dawn and around sunset. Muskrat mounds dot the low basins of the wetlands, and if you are still and quiet, they will come out and play. The far end of a sparsely used county park abuts the farm, making the campsites miles from anything else on our side of the river. The only sounds are nature and an occasional boat navigating the channel marked with bouys placed by the Army Corps of Engineers. The river is navigable by big recreational boats to Lake Michigan (about 7 miles downstream through the little port of Grand Haven, MI). Smaller boats can navigate upstream about 25 miles to Grand Rapids.

Kayaks, paddle boards, and canoes can access Jubb Bayou, a pristine backwater of the Grand River Estuary mostly surrounded by private land, including our farm. Bring your fishing gear, but make sure you bring some heavy tackle too. Many of our friends have had their poles and lines snap when one of those monster fish strike. Worms, flies, and lures all seem to appeal to the varied species there. Blue Gills abound, as do Large Mouth Bass, Catfish, and Pike. Along with other species of pan fish. If you don’t have a fishing license, it’s easy and convenient to get a three-day license at the nearby bait and tackle shop. Non-resident licenses are reasonably priced.

The little town of Nunica is about 3 miles from the farm. You can take a dirt road from the farm to the edge of town, if you like a quiet, peaceful drive through the most primitive part of the Crockery Creek watershed. If you like pavement, you can take the main road past farms and a few rural homes. The two taverns and restaurants are both worth the visit. Turks Tavern has both trendy and traditional fare that rivals meals served in more metropolitan venues, but the price is pure country and the service is warm and welcoming. The Crockery Creek Saloon is right around the corner and is a local hotspot with great food, a happy and friendly owner and servers. The bar is a great place for a nightcap or a morning Bloody Mary. Both places have great mixed drinks, beer varieties, and modest but entirely adequate wine choices. The menu at Crockery Creek Saloon is also creative with daily specials and a varied menu. You can’t go wrong at either establishment. Turks serves a great breakfast menu, too.

We have miles of trails that take you through mature forests, open fields that lead to many water views and shorelines, deep ravines, and wetland trails that leave your feet dry and your spirit refreshed. Just the same, rubber boots or waterproof boots are appropriate for some of the trails. Hike past our two ponds. Watch us make live-edge planks from some of the trees that needed to be cleared. Fly a kite on the high ground overlooking Jubb Bayou and the Grand River. Take selfies with backdrops that will impress your friends.... or just chill in the quiet.

When in season, you can purchase modestly-priced produce from the farm and feast on it, grilled or sautéed at your campsite. Firewood is available for modest use in the campsite fire rings. We try to keep each campsite at least 300’ from other sites, and not visible from or to the others. This way, you can enjoy your own music but please keep the volume down since we value the natural quiet.

We have two rustic campsites that can accommodate 3 or 4 tents, if you want to camp with a small group. This is NOT a party destination, but the group camps are far away from the other remote sites, so a little modest revelry is possible without becoming a nusience to others. We aren’t anti-fun, but expect everyone to be mindful of others as well as the natural surroundings.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
4 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Moderate walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Bins available
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send Patrick a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 30% off

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Activities

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Fishing

We have a great fishing spot on Jubb’s Bayou. You can also fish on the banks of the Grand River. Need Michigan fishing license....Read more

Horseback riding

There are stables nearby. We can see if horses are available for you upon request.

Paddling

Jubb’s Bayou s perfect for ‘tis. No power boats in the bayou.

Fall Fun

Experience the sites and sounds of our working farm this fall.

Biking
Boating
Hiking
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at FairWeather Farm in Michigan.

Beach

River’s edge - there is a swimming beach a mile upstream on the river. It’s a short canoe or row boat trip.

Lake

Lake Michigan is downstream about 7 miles. It’s a 10 minute drive to the beach at Grand Haven, MI.

Driveway

We have parking for you on the farm.

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Wetlands
Farm

The vibe at FairWeather Farm

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Hipcamper Eric
Eric T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
June 18th, 2019

The land is awesome, nice & secluded. Had a a great stay. Patrick was very helpful and down to earth. Will be coming back sometime soon!

Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 15th, 2019

Beautiful piece of land with secluded camping sites. We were looking for a backwoods experience, and that is truly what we got. Patrick was helpful, and the bundle of firewood was generous. We will definitely be staying again.
Just be sure to call Patrick for directions. Google Maps took us about 3 miles out of our way.

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Hipcamper Paul

Good times in the woods

Paul M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
July 21st, 2019

FairWeather Farm was a great spot for a few days of family camping. Pat was a perfext host that went above and beyond. He was easily accessible at all times. The camp site was secluded in the deep woods with a nice fire ring, shovel and tarp covered fire wood pile. There was plenty of space to kind a good spot for the tent. We rode bikes, chased frogs and went fishing. The Judd Bajou is very close.

Hipcamper Paul

Good times in the woods

Paul M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
July 21st, 2019

FairWeather Farm was a great spot for a few days of family camping. Pat was a perfext host that went above and beyond. He was easily accessible at all times. The camp site was secluded in the deep woods with a nice fire ring, shovel and tarp covered fire wood pile. There was plenty of space to find a good spot for the tent. We rode bikes, chased frogs and went fishing. The Judd Bajou is very close.

Hipcamper Paul

Good times in the woods

Paul M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
July 21st, 2019

FairWeather Farm was a great spot for a few days of family camping. Pat was a perfect host who went above and beyond. He was easily accessible at all times. The camp site was secluded in the deep woods with a nice fire ring, shovel and tarp covered wood pile. There was plenty of space to find a good spot for the tent. We rode bikes, chased frogs and went fishing. The Judd Bajou is very close.

Hipcamper Lauren

Secluded site with fire ring

Lauren F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 31st, 2019

Very secluded spot with camp fire ring. Patrick was available to talk us through the directions to get to the site so we had no issues. Due to so much rain this year, not all of the sites are available. Patrick is working to make the place even neater (ponds, etc). We reached the spot with a small car, but there were a lot of sticks and bushes that we had to maneuver over. No restrooms were available, but we are pretty seasoned at disperse camping so that was fine with us. Really enjoyed thee taverns in town that Patrick recommended. Would stay here again for the quiet camping and the price!

Hipcamper Oliver

Great campsite and great service

Oliver H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 18th, 2019

Very well maintained, private campsite. Plenty of wood was supplied with the add-on purchase. The host was very helpful and available for anything we needed. When we got caught in a thunderstorm while packing our gear, he was there very quickly with a vehicle to help us pack up. Make sure you type the actual address into navigation as the Hipcamp app link will guide you wrong. If you have a car with low clearance, you may not be able to pull up directly next to the campsite as the trail is a bit rough. The walk from the parking in this case really isn’t far. The host will help you get your gear there, however. SUV or larger will be totally fine. I highly recommend camping here.

Hipcamper Debra

Great stay!

Debra H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
August 22nd, 2019

Fantastic location and wonderful hosts.

Hipcamper Roberto

Great weekend getaway!

Roberto M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
August 27th, 2019

Patrick was an amazing host, The property is huge with an open field, river and many places to explore. Our dogs had an amazing time as well! The camp sites are quiet, feel secluded and spread out enough to where you wont see other camp sites. will definitely be going back to enjoy!

Property
FairWeather Farm
State
Michigan
$25/night
4 Sites

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