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CAMPGROUND NAME: Bear Track

VISIT DATE: 07/03/1996

UPDATE DATE: 2/24/2014

STATE: Michigan

REGION: Eastern

RANGER DISTRICT: Cadillac/Manistee

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Wellston

RESERVATIONS: No

DIRECTIONS:
From Wellston, MI, take Seaman Rd. south 3.9 miles through
Dublin, MI.  Just beyond grocery store, turn right staying on
Seaman Rd., and go 3 miles to the town of Irons, MI. and 10-1/2
Mile Rd.  Turn right onto 10-1/2 Mile Rd. and go 2.5 miles to
Bass Lake Rd.  Turn right onto Bass Lake Rd. and go 0.9 miles to
an intersection.  Continue straight onto 11-Mile Road (a "Bear
Track Recreation Area" sign is provided.)  Following the signs,
go 2.5 miles and turn right onto Riverside Drive, then right
again at the campground sign.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 680 ft.

The campground is a single loop on a bluff above the Little
Manistee River.  Some sites overlook the River and all enjoy lots
of shade.  This campground features fishing and canoeing
opportunities.  The Little Manistee River also is home to a
healthy population of beaver.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: Yes
Open All Year: No

Seasonal Comment:
Open May 8 through September 21

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $16 per day
$26 per day - walk-in riverfront sites
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 5
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 15
   
   Total Sites: 20

Tent Pads: No
Open Sites: No
Wooded Sites: Yes

No. Tables on Sites: 20
No. Grilles on Sites: 20
Equestrian Camping: No

RV INFORMATION
Hookups: None
No. RV Pull Throughs: 0
Waste Station: No
Largest Parking Apron Size: 15.5' X 68'

Comments:
The parking aprons are grass and gravel.

FACILITIES
Vaults: Yes
Flush Toilets: No
Hot Showers: No
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes

Public Phone: No
Playground: No
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1
  No. Threaded: 0

WATER SPORTS None

Comments:
The Little Manistee River offers canoeing.

HIKING
North Country Scenic Trail access via spur trail from the
campground.

FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Benton Lake VISIT DATE: 06/30/1996 UPDATE DATE: 2/24/2014 STATE: Michigan REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Baldwin/White Cloud NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Brohman RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Brohman, MI (across from Kaley's Bar), turn northwest across railroad tracks onto gravel road (Pierce Dr. - not signed). On Pierce Dr., go 4.5 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 760 ft. Composed of two loops along the shore the Benton Lake, the campground offers fishing, various water play opportunities, hiking, and a pleasant environment for relaxing. Mature, mixed hardwoods provides ample shade. Loamy soil can be soggy following heavy rains. The story is this campground was once a turkey farm. With such pleasant surroundings, the farm must have produced many happy turkeys. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 8 through September 14 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $16 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 25 Total Sites: 25 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 25 No. Grilles on Sites: 25 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Largest Parking Apron Size: 14' X 55' Comments: Parking aprons are paved. There is an RV waste station in White Cloud, MI. available for a fee. In White Cloud, go east on Wilcox Ave. 0.7 miles to White Cloud Campground. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 2 No. Threaded: 0 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): Yes Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Benton Lake is a natural 33-acre lake. HIKING - No Comments: Access to North Country Scenic Trail is two miles from campground. FISHING Northern pike, Black bass, Bluegills, Sunfish, perch and Dogfish

CAMPGROUND NAME: Bowman Bridge VISIT DATE: 06/30/1996 UPDATE DATE: 2/24/2014 STATE: Michigan REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Baldwin/White Cloud NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Baldwin RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Baldwin, MI, go west on 7th St. for 0.4 miles. Road doglegs to left, then turn right at sign for campground (52nd. St.). Proceed west on 52nd St. 4.2 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 700 ft. The campground, in the Bowman Bridge Recreation area, is adjacent to the Pere Marquette National Scenic River with some sites overlooking the river. The campground is a single loop with one spur, the latter of which contains four additional sites for groups that are available with a reservation - call the above reservation number. Once shaded by maples and oaks, a tornado passed through the area in 2005 resulting in little shade for the campsites. There is little understory providing limited privacy between sites. Between the attraction of the Pere Marquette River and the North Country Trail, the campground is popular with canoeists, anglers and hikers. It is pack it in, pack it out. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 8 through October 13 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $16 per day - single $30 per day - double Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 4 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 16 Total Sites: 20 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 20 No. Grilles on Sites: 20 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Largest Parking Apron Size: 13' X 60' Comments: The parking aprons are paved. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: Yes No. Water Spigots (non-site): 4 No. Threaded: 0 WATER SPORTS Lake: No Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: No Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): Yes Comments: A permit is required to canoe/kayak on Marquette River. Rentals available in Baldwin. HIKING Connector to North Country Scenic Trail (foot) - 0.5 miles FISHING Brown trout, salmon in the fall, Steelhead and Rainbow trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Hemlock VISIT DATE: 07/02/1996 UPDATE DATE: 2/24/2014 STATE: Michigan REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Cadillac/Manistee NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Cadillac RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Cadillac, MI, take State Rt. 55 west 1.1 miles to Pole Rd. Turn right onto Pole Rd. and go 1.3 miles to campground. NOTE: Pole Rd. sign also displayed as Mitchell Dr. In any case, turn right as explained above. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 1,420 ft. The campground is a single loop between South Lake Mitchell Drive and the west end of Lake Mitchell. Pull-through sites are between campground entrance and boat ramp and overlook private land. The majority of sites are along the lakeshore with a few having a view of the lake. The campground is partly surrounded by marsh land (bring mosquito spray) providing wildlife viewing. Campers must share Lake Mitchell with surrounding residents. Campground is particularly attractive in early Summer when the marshland's wild iris are blooming. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 8 through September 14 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $16 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 18 Total Sites: 18 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 18 No. Grilles on Sites: 18 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 4 Waste Station: No Largest Parking Apron Size: 18' X 75' Comments: The parking aprons are paved. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigot is a hand pump. WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: Yes Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: Yes Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Lake Mitchell is 2,580 acres. HIKING - No FISHING Northern pike, Bluegills, Walleye, bass and Sunfish

CAMPGROUND NAME: Hungerford VISIT DATE: 01/21/2000 UPDATE DATE: 3/7/2012 STATE: Michigan REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Baldwin/White Cloud NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Big Rapids RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Big Rapids, MI, take State Rt. 20 west about 8.5 miles to the Norwich Town Hall (Cypress Ave.). Turn right (north) onto Cypress Ave. and go 0.5 miles to a cemetary (Hungerford Lake Rd.). Turn right onto Hungerford Lake Rd. (Forest Rt. 5134) and go 1.5 miles to campground on left. NOTE: Forest Rt. 5134 is paved, then gravel. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 650 ft. The campground, part of the Hungerford Lake Recreation Area, is located in rolling hills among maple, oak and other hardwoods. Pack it in, pack it out, the campground is primarily a horse camp with limited privacy between camping sites. Each site has picket poles; corrals are not permitted. Campers are expected to clean up after their horses and dump in the manure bin provided. A large tract of land provides a great experience for both equestrian folks and mountain bikers. Under Forest Service supervision, the campground was built by volunteers. SEASONS Open Seasonal:Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open April 13 through October 30 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $15 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 48 Total Sites: 48 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 48 No. Grilles on Sites: 48 Equestrian Camping: Yes RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 9 Waste Station: No Largest Parking Apron Size: 20' X 40' Comments: The parking aprons are dirt. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 2 No. Threaded: 1 Comments: The threaded water spigot is for horses only. WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Hungerford Lake is 15 acres and permits motors up to 8hp. HIKING Hungerford Horse Trail (horse only) - 17.5 miles Hungerford Mountain Bike Trail (mtn. bikes only) - 13 miles FISHING Blue Gill, bass and panfish

CAMPGROUND NAME: Lake Michigan VISIT DATE: 07/05/1996 UPDATE DATE: 2/24/2014 STATE: Michigan REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Cadillac/Manistee NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Manistee RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: From Manistee, MI, take State Rt. 31 south 7 miles to Forest Trail Rd. (Forest Rt. 5629). Turn right onto Forest Trail Rd. and go 7 miles to the campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 600 ft. The campground has four loops; Hemlock, Orchid, Oak, and Violet. With 3.5 miles of bicycle/hiking trails within the campground, two observation decks, a beautiful sandy beach with swimming area provided, and a playground at the nearby picnic area, this campground is ideal for families. Rolling sand dunes do not encourage heavy vegetation so most sites are open and lack privacy. Although Lake Michigan and Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area are wonderful, the best thing about this campground are the sunsets. They are breathtaking. Adjoining the Lake Michigan Recreation campground is the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area. This is a favorite spot for sunset watching, birding, and quiet reflection. The principle path (mostly sand) into the Wilderness previously provided access to the stage coach, railroad, and four wheel drive vehicles. Since 1987 the only mode of transportation allowed is walking. The ecosystem in the 3,450 acres tract varies from dune grass and plants that tolerate desert-like conditions to those of a maple- beech forest. As you walk along the trails look for a sage-green leaf thistle plant. It is no more than 18 inches tall and blooms in its second year before producing seeds and dyeing. This plant is called "Pitcher-Thistle" and is used by the Forest Service to monitor the health and well being of the Nordhouse Dunes. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: Yes Seasonal Comment: Service provided May 8 through October 13 - weather dependent RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $21 per day with services $10 per day with no services Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 99 Total Sites: 99 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 99 No. Grilles on Sites: 99 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Largest Parking Apron Size: 11' X 56' Comments: Paved parking aprons. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: Yes Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: Yes No. Water Spigots (non-site): 12 No. Threaded: 0 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): Yes Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: No Boating (no power): No Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Although the campground is located on Lake Michigan, there is no boat access; access is possible from other areas. HIKING LMRA Trail (foot & pedal bike) - 3 miles Nordhouse Dunes Trail (foot) - 0.5 miles FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Marzinski Horse Campground VISIT DATE: 01/26/2007 STATE: Michigan REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Cadillac/Manistee NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Wellston RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Wellston, MI, at the intersection of Seaman Rd. and State Rt. 55, take Rt. 55 west 10.2 miles to Marzinski Rd. Turn left onto Marzinski Rd. and go 0.25 miles to campground on left. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 600 ft. NOTE: This campground developed after the authors' research of the Manistee National Forest. All information provided by the Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District Office. This single-loop equestrian campground is adjacent to a 20-mile network trail called Marzinski Horse Trail. The campsites are all level and tucked in among mature Jack and Red pine. Some sites have hitching posts and will accommodate portable corrals. The campground is pack-it-in, pack-it-out and is pleasantly uncrowded most of the year. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 1 through Labor Day. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: No charge Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 21 Total Sites: 21 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 21 No. Grilles on Sites: 21 Equestrian Camping: Yes RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 7 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 30' Comments: The parking aprons are dirt and gravel. The pull-throughs can accommodate large RVs. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigot is a handpump. WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Hayburn, Big Wheel, and Bullside trails lead out of campground and compose a 20-mile network of trails known as the Marzinski Horse Trail. FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Minnie Pond VISIT DATE: 01/21/2000 UPDATE DATE: 9/11/2012 STATE: Michigan REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Baldwin/White Cloud NEAREST CITY/TOWN: White Cloud RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From White Cloud, MI, take State Rt. 37 north 1 mile to State Rt. 20. Turn left onto Rt. 20 and go 7.5 miles to Luce Ave. Turn right onto Luce Ave. and go 3 miles to 4 Mile Rd. Turn right onto 4 Mile Rd. and go 0.5 miles to Alger Rd. Turn left onto Alger Rd. and go 1 mile to Forest Rt. 9570. Turn left onto Rt. 9570 and go 0.4 miles into campground. NOTE: All roads off state routes are two-lane and gravel. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 650 ft. The campground, pack it in, pack it out, was a dispersed camping area but is undergoing renovations and upgrading to a developed campground. It is located in the middle of a well-established Red pine plantation that was planted in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The east side of the campground is adjacent to Minnie Pond with some sites overlooking the pond. To the south, a few other sites overlook Mena Creek. The mature Red pine woods limit the understory to fallen pine needles (thick enough for a comfortable mattress) providing little privacy between sites. A foot bridge connects the campground with the picnic area and boat launch site. Minnie Pond was formed by the construction of a cement dam in the 1940s to establish a "Green Tree Reservoir Area" for improving the area's waterfowl habitat. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: Yes Seasonal Comment: Services provided from May 1 through September 30. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $10 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 11 Total Sites: 11 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes Equestrian Camping: No No. Tables on Sites: 0 No. Grilles on Sites: 0 RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 40' Comments: The parking aprons are dirt. An RV waste station is available, for a fee, in White Cloud, MI at White Cloud Campground. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 0 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Minnie Pond is 48 acres. Power boats are limited to electric motors. There is a carry-in boat launch in the picnic area. HIKING No FISHING Bass, Blue Gill and Northern pike in Minnie Pond; Brown trout in Mena Creek.

CAMPGROUND NAME: Nichols Lake VISIT DATE: 06/30/1996 UPDATE DATE: 2/24/2014 STATE: Michigan REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Baldwin/White Cloud NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Brohman RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Brohman, MI, take State Rt. 37 north 2 miles to 11-Mile Rd. Turn west onto 11-Mile Rd. and go 4.5 miles to Nichols Lake campground sign. Turn right onto Forest Rt. 5140 and go 0.7 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 800 ft. The campground is a single loop near the shores of Nichols Lake in a stand of mixed hardwoods. A wheelchair-friendly ramp provides direct access to the Lake and wheelchair-friendly fishing pier. A nice variety of fish and paved boat ramp make this campground very popular with anglers of all ages. The campground is a short distance from the 3200-mile North Country Scenic Trail, making it popular also with the Trail's through hikers. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 2 through September 14 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $16 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 29 Total Sites: 29 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 29 No. Grilles on Sites: 29 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Largest Parking Apron Size: 14.5' X 60' Comments: The parking aprons are paved. An RV waste station is available, for a fee, in White Cloud, MI at White Cloud Campground. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: Yes Hot Showers: Yes Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 3 No. Threaded: 1 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): Yes Sailing: Yes Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: Yes Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Nichols Lake is 160 acres. It is an all-sports lake with a sandy beach. HIKING North Country Scenic Trail FISHING Walleye, Bluegill, Sunfish, Rock bass, Small and Large Mouth bass

CAMPGROUND NAME: Old Grade VISIT DATE: 07/02/1996 UPDATE DATE: 2/24/2014 STATE: Michigan REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Baldwin/White Cloud NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Baldwin RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Baldwin, MI, take State Rt. 37 north 11 miles to Forest Rt. 5190 and campground sign. Turn left onto Rt. 5190 and go 0.1 miles to campground on left. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 960 ft. The campground has a loop with single spur along the Little Manistee River in cathedral-like stand of pine wood. An old railroad grade by the campground's entrance is where the campground got its name. The marshy land between the campground and the river's bank can be soggy after heavy rains and produce a robust population of mosquitoes - bring repellant. Deer, beaver, and a variety of songbirds enjoy the area. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open April 25 through September 14 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $16 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 20 Total Sites: 20 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 20 No. Grilles on Sites: 20 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Largest Parking Apron Size: 11' X 108' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel and grass. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1 No. Threaded: 0 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Old Grade Hiking Trail (interpretive, foot) - 1.5 miles FISHING Brown, Brook and Rainbow trout and spring run Steelhead The Little Manistee River is a Blue Ribbon trout Stream.

CAMPGROUND NAME: Peterson Bridge VISIT DATE: 07/02/1996 UPDATE DATE: 2/24/2014 STATE: Michigan REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Cadillac/Manistee NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Baldwin RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Baldwin, MI, take State Rt. 37 north about 21 miles to campground sign (just before Pine River bridge). Turn right into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 920 ft. The campground is located along Pine River making it ideal for canoeists to experience the river. Between fishing and well known canoeing opportunities on Pine River, this is a very popular campground. The tent sites are walk-in with some on the river's bank. Canoeists should contact the Ranger District Office for information about conditions and permit requirements. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 8 through September 14 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $18 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 11 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 17 Total Sites: 30 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 30 No. Grilles on Sites: 29 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Largest Parking Apron Size: 24' X 57' Comments: The parking aprons are paved. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: Yes Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 2 No. Threaded: 0 WATER SPORTS Lake: No Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: No Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): Yes Kayaking (whitewater): Yes Comments: The pine River is fast moving. Swimming or wading not recommended. Boat/canoe ramp across the river. HIKING - No FISHING Trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Pine Lake VISIT DATE: 07/03/1996 UPDATE DATE: 2/24/2014 STATE: Michigan REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Cadillac/Manistee NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Wellston RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Wellston, MI, take State Rt. 55 west for 0.6 miles to Bosschem Rd. (County Rt. 669) and Pine Lake CG signs. Turn left onto Bosschem Rd. and go southeast 1.1 miles to Pine Lake Rd. Turn right onto Pine Lake Rd. and go 2.8 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The campground is a single spur reaching toward the swimming beach on Pine Lake. None of the sites are adjacent to the Lake. Views are limited by vegetation and the position of the campground's spur. Pine Lake is the largest lake in the Forest. There are private residences and boat traffic. SEASONS Open Seasonal: No Open All Year: Yes Seasonal Comment: Services provided from May 8 through September 14 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $16 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 12 Total Sites: 12 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 12 No. Grilles on Sites: 12 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Largest Parking Apron Size: 14' X 74' Comments: The parking aprons are grass. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigot is a hand pump. WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): Yes Sailing: Yes Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Pine Lake is about 156 acres. HIKING - No FISHING Bluegill, perch and bass

CAMPGROUND NAME: Pines Point VISIT DATE: 06/30/1996 UPDATE DATE: 2/24/2014 STATE: Michigan REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Baldwin/White Cloud NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Hesperia RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Hesperia, MI, take State Rt. 20 west 1.7 miles to 192nd Ave. Turn left onto 192nd Ave. and go 1 mile to stop sign (and signs for Pines Point Recreation Area/Garfield Rd.). Turn right onto Garfield Rd and go 3 miles to campground sign and 168th Ave. Turn left onto 168th Ave. (not signed). Proceed 2.5 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 600 ft. The campground, located on White River, has a small loop near the campground's entrance and a long spur that ends in a large loop. A few sites enjoy a limited view of White River. All camp sites are nestled in a pleasant stand of mixed woods. The White River has been designated a "Country-Scenic River" by the State of Michigan. Thirty-seven-miles of this waterway are enjoyed by canoeist and tubing enthusiasts. A canoe launching ramp and trailhead for the 12-mile White River Trail make this campground very popular. During a renovation, one site was found to contain Indian artifacts. Five additional sites are designated for groups which are available by reservation - call 1-877-444-6777. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 8 through October 13 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $16 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 27 Total Sites: 27 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 27 No. Grilles on Sites: 27 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 3 Waste Station: No Largest Parking Apron Size: 12' X 89' Comments: The parking aprons are grass and gravel. An RV waste station is available for a few in White Cloud, MI at the White Cloud Campground. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: Yes Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 3 No. Threaded: 0 WATER SPORTS Lake: No Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: No Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): Yes Comments: Tubing and canoeing on White River, South Fork HIKING White River Trail - 12 miles FISHING Salmon and trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Sand Lake VISIT DATE: 07/03/1996 UPDATE DATE: 2/24/2014 STATE: Michigan REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Cadillac/Manistee NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Wellston RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: From Wellston, MI, take Seaman Rd. south 3.9 miles through Dublin, MI. Just beyond grocery store, turn right, staying on Seaman Rd., and go 0.5 miles to Sand Lake Rd. (Forest Rt. 5728) and campground sign. Turn right onto Sand Lake Rd. and go 0.6 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 800 ft. The campground, with one spur that can accommodate individual families or a large group, is a bisected loop near the shores of the spring-fed Sand Lake. The campground is surrounded by private land so campers must share the lake with local residents. While the area is nicely wooded, some sites are open and some are heavily shaded. The campground's large sandy swim beach is very pleasant and very popular. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 8 through September 14 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $21 per day - single $42 per day - double Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 47 Total Sites: 47 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 47 No. Grilles on Sites: 46 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Largest Parking Apron Size: 12' X 64' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: Yes Hot Showers: Yes Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 5 No. Threaded: 2 Comments: Home-style individual/private bathrooms with vanities. Very nice! Not found often in any type of campground. Excellent for families with small children or infants. A fee is charged for showers. WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): Yes Sailing: Yes Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Sand Lake is about 50 acres. Large sandy swimming beach. HIKING - No FISHING Bluegill and bass

CAMPGROUND NAME: Seaton Creek VISIT DATE: 07/02/1996 UPDATE DATE: 2/24/2014 STATE: Michigan REGION: Eastern RANGER DISTRICT: Cadillac/Manistee NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Mesick RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Mesick, MI, take State Rt. 37 south 6 miles to 26-Road. Turn right onto 26-Road and go 2.9 miles to signed campground access road (Forest Rt. 5993). Follow it for 0.4 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 1,000 ft. This is a single loop campground with a majority of pull-through sites located on the upper end of the Hodenpyl Dam Pond on the Big Manistee River. It appears the campground was located in an old Red pine tree plantation some time ago. The campground has a well-established, tranquil feel. Large spacious sites near Seaton Creek and Manistee River. The Manistee River Trailhead is close by. This 10.5-mile trail follows the east bank of the Manistee River and is a wonderful way to explore the Forest. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 8 through September 14 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $16 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 17 Total Sites: 17 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 17 No. Grilles on Sites: 16 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 10 Waste Station: No Largest Parking Apron Size: 21' X 66' Comments: The parking aprons are dirt. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigot is a hand pump. WATER SPORTS - None Comments: Dock located at base of bluff at picnic area. Seaton Creek is deep enough for boating and floating, but no developed facilities are provided. HIKING Manistee River Trail (foot) - 10.5 miles FISHING In nearby Hodenpyl Backwaters - bass, walleye, bluegill and perch




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