Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore includes two large islands in Lake Michigan--North and South Manitou Islands. Choose South Manitou to explore the island village and lighthouse or take a motor tour of the farming district.
At South Manitou - Bay Campground (view campground map here), sites are tent-only. Once you’re settled in, soak in the sights Lake Michigan from the bluffs on the south side of the island. Sites are well secluded and have fire pits for open fires (hell ya!). Follow the wooded trail past the lighthouse about 1.3 miles to the campground, and by George, water is even provided at the campground.
The vibe at South Manitou Island - the Bay Campground
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South Manitou Island is a great place to camp in the backcountry! You have to take a ferry to get to the island and once you arrive you must race to your desired campsite. It's first come first serve so be ready to run! We went in July of 2016 and had great weather, it was sunny and hot everyday and made jumping in the cool lake absolutely refreshing. We hiked around the whole island, making pit stops at the lighthouse, visitors center, and the shipwreck. The whole trip I would have received a perfect 10/10 for me if it wasn't for the mosquitoes. The mosquitoes were pretty bad this year. Once the sun set the buzzing grew louder. I'll pack a face net next time!
- Phone Number
- (231) 326-4700
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- 45.013° N, 86.1° W
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- Tent Only - Hike In: 25 Sites (Up to 4 people per site)
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- Tent Only - Group: 3 Sites (Up to 20 people per site)