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Best backcountry camping in Michigan. Dare we say best island backcountry camping in Michigan? Sounds like bliss to us. If you venture to North Manitou Island, plan to camp overnight. A backcountry permit and fee payment must be completed before camping, you can obtain a map of the island and hiking trails when you obtain your permit. View the island map here. Camping is Continue reading...

Best backcountry camping in Michigan. Dare we say best island backcountry camping in Michigan? Sounds like bliss to us. If you venture to North Manitou Island, plan to camp overnight. A backcountry permit and fee payment must be completed before camping, you can obtain a map of the island and hiking trails when you obtain your permit. View the island map here. Camping is allowed almost anywhere on the island except within 300 feet of the Lake Michigan high water mark, lakes, streams, ponds, on any trail, buildings and other camps.

The small Village Campground on the island contains designated campsites, two fire rings, and one outhouse. Open fires are prohibited in the wilderness area, so if you;re jonesin’ to toast up some s’mores, take it to the village! PS, don’t take firewood to the island, and make sure to review the Backcountry Camping Regulations before you embark, voyager!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
16
Access
Hike in (+10 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 4 people per site
Fires allowed
Toilet available
No picnic table
Beach
Forest
Lake
Cave
Desert
Hot spring
Redwoods
River, stream or creek
Swimming hole
Waterfall
Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Snow sports
Swimming
Whitewater paddling
Horseback riding
Wind sports
OHV
Climbing
Surfing
Wildlife watching
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Hipcamper Bonnie
Bonnie
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 27th, 2015

Amazing place. I don't think the description states it's a 1 hour ferry ride to the island. Canpground was fun, community fire pit was a blast, but grab your backpacking gear and hike the island! There's miles of beautiful coast line to see.

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Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew
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February 12th, 2018

Love this island did a trip with 7 of my best buddies 2 years in a row. We explored the whole island. My favorite part is the west side of the island. The wind from the coast keeps the bugs away. On that side of the island, there are massive sand dunes and an epic sunset on Lake Michigan. You take a 45min ferry ride to the island but the ship has a bar! most importantly you are allowed to camp anywhere on the island you dont have to stay at the designated campground so bring your backpacking gear. check it out >>>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EGqjv7dQrU&t=12s

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Park
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
State
Michigan
Phone Number
(231) 326-4700
Directions
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Official Website
View Website
Coordinates
45.136° N, 85.995° W
$5/night
Tent Only - Hike In: 8 Sites
(Up to 4 people per site)
$10/night
Tent Only - Group: 8 Sites
(Up to 4 people per site)