A campground can make or break a camping trip. Our preferred method of camping is something called dispersed camping where you pick a location in the middle of a forest, set up your tent and you’re good to go. There are no bathrooms, no water and certainly no showers.
Sleepy Hollow State Park is located in Laingsburg, Michigan. It’s a little gold mine for us. Not only have we experienced some pretty amazing sunsets there, but it’s peaceful and out of the city.
If you haven’t been to Silver Lake State Park, then you’re missing out.
Do you remember our trip last September to Kitch-Iti-Kipi, Michigan’s largest freshwater spring? The 40 foot deep, emerald colored water that 10,000 gallons per minute of water flows into. Yep, that spring. During that trip, I read that the spring stays at a constant 45F all year round. Well, that made me curious. Does it freeze? Continue reading “Does Kitch-iti-kipi Freeze?”
Growing up Steve visited Kitch-iti-kipi with his family. It made such an impression on him that he wanted to revist and share the experience with me. I didn’t know what to expect from a giant spring with a raft suspended on a wire and propelled by human power. Continue reading “Kitch-iti-kipi – Michigan’s Largest Freshwater Spring”
If you’re looking for a place of history, the abandoned copper mine and small ghost town of Nonesuch Mine is a great place to check out. It was one of my favourite stops in the Porcupine Mountains. It’s amazing to walk through the forest and look at all the crumbling building walls. A society once existed here, not thriving but existed. People worked and lived here. The sensation of the imagination makes this place quite a treat. Continue reading “Nonesuch and other mines in the Porkies”
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Area is rich with waterfalls. Some small, some large. Unfortunately, we only had the opportunity to see five of them, but we did select three of the most impressive ones within the park to view. Continue reading “Waterfalls in the Porcupine Mountains”
To celebrate our one year anniversary, Steve and I decided to go on our first camping and hiking trip to the Porcupine Mountains. Continue reading “The Porcupine Mountains”
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!
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.