A Winter Stay at the Teddy Lake Yurt

There’s something special about staying in a Yurt. It’s a unique experience that most Michiganders have yet to discover. Our first experience with one was at Teddy Lake in Michigan’s Craig Lake State Park.

The Teddy Lake Yurt is available year-round, which is one of the reasons why we selected it. In the winter, it requires a 4-wheel drive vehicle to reach the parking area where a short hike is required to reach the Yurt. This adds to the remote, peaceful environment.

Furnished with enough bunk beds to sleep four people, the Yurt is an excellent option for small groups who want to get lost in a “winter wonderland.”  The wood stove provides heat but also works well for cooking. There is a stockpile of wood available that has been sheltered from the snow.

For $65 a night, plus the cost of a Recreational Pass if you don’t have one, this was an amazing opportunity. I imagine it’s quite pleasant in the summer as well with a canoe provided for paddling around Teddy Lake.

To experience your yurt get-a-way, visit Michigan State Park & Habor Reservations

The Great Outdoors: Pigeon River State Forest

Pigeon River State Forest is my favourite place to camp in the Lower Peninsula. It is rustic, has amazing wildlife and offers a variety of activities. It is the largest state forest in Michigan at nearly 100,000 acres. It is the home to the largest elk herd east of the Mississippi. But don’t expect to see elk all over, they are shy and hard to find. On this trip to Pigeon River, we invited a couple of our close friends, Brittany and Mike, to join us and share in our adventure. We had a blast!

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Camping in the Keweenaw: Fort Wilkins State Campground

Not only does Fort Wilkins Historic State Park offer camping and day use facilities, but it also features an 1844 military outpost.  If that isn’t enough, it also contains one of the first lighthouses built on Lake Superior.

There is plenty of activities to do here, including biking, fishing, hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing, and wildlife watching. The hiking trail, Fort Wilkins Foot Trail, is 4.0 miles long and is open to a variety form of traffic.

There are three options for camping at the historical park, including a cabin, a group use area, and a modern campground made up of 159 campsites.

Overall, this is a nice family campground but not a great option if you prefer a rustic style of camping like we do.

Camping in the Keweenaw: McLain State Park

McLain State Park

Located outside of Hancock on Lake Superior, McLain State Park provides a beautiful, scenic campground.

Activities at the park include fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, and hiking. We spent the first part of our stay here checking out the beach and lighthouse.

Options available for camping include a Rustic Cabin for $60 per night or the modern campground for $26 or $16 per night. The campground is also pet-friendly.

One of our favorite parts of this campground was the view of Lake Superior. There were some nice high spots that overlook the lake and provide amazing views of the setting sun. It was the most peaceful evening of our trip.

Kingston Lake State Forest Campground

Kingston Lake State Forest Campground is one of the many campgrounds in the area of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Although the campground is not the most scenic in the area, it still offers quite a lot of beauty and many things to do. There are 16 rustic campsites that are fairly isolated, depending on which one you’re at. The sites are first come, first serve and some can accommodate up to a 40 foot camper. The campground has vault toilets and a hand pump for water. Dogs are welcomed, which was great because we brought out seven month old beagle, Brisco, on his first camping trip.

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