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Old 04-11-2011, 04:36 PM
 
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Please tell me your favorite picks for state parks in Michigan with a brief description as to why it's your pick. I've camped all over the state but am still looking for that fantastic park that offers beautiful surroundings but is not like camping in a parking lot surrounded by 100's of other people. Privacy and beauty? Have you found it? I do like the rustic sites at Yankee Springs Recreation area and the Manitou Islands too. Has anyone stayed at any of the camper cabins or mini cabins within the state parks that you would recommend?
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:09 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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For anything but camping, my favorite is the Ludington State Park, but it is crowded usually during the summer. They do have some hike in only spots, and I have yet to see a soul actually camping in them. A short walk will put you on the beach between the Beach House and the Big Sable Point Lighthouse. Just South of the hike-in spots is a trail that will connect you to the very extensive trail system that runs throughout the Park.
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:23 PM
 
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Ya know I have attempted to get reservations for the hike in spots at Ludington for the past several weeks and every date I try to book is not available; meaning they are booked up. It's hard to believe that they would already be reserved months and months out but I have heard it is a fabulous park like you said. I was hoping to get 2 nights in October there since I have heard such good things and I thought it would not be too crowded at that time of year. Guess I will keep trying and maybe someone will cancel.
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:52 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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For those of you in the SE corner......

Try canoeing in to a campsite at Island Lake State Park. Better make your reservations pronto.
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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Ya know I have attempted to get reservations for the hike in spots at Ludington for the past several weeks and every date I try to book is not available; meaning they are booked up. It's hard to believe that they would already be reserved months and months out but I have heard it is a fabulous park like you said. I was hoping to get 2 nights in October there since I have heard such good things and I thought it would not be too crowded at that time of year. Guess I will keep trying and maybe someone will cancel.
You need to call the second its time to book at Ludington...we have been trying for years!
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:14 PM
 
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Try Harrisville SP. Cheboygan SP is also quiet and secluded.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:33 PM
 
Location: At the end of the road, where the trail begins.
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Our favorite is Craig Lake State Park. Easily the most remote park in the state requiring a vehicle with high clearance (or just someone crazy like me), nerves of steel, and a lot of patience to get to.
You follow active rutted rough logging two tracks through the wilderness for seven miles (takes a lot longer then you would think) before you even get to the entrance to the park. Once you reach the entrance, nothing motorized allowed beyond there.
However once you get back there....... you have nearly 7,000 acres of pure unspoiled wilderness to play in!! I believe there are six lakes out there but I've only ever been to three of them so far.
If you want quiet solitude to enjoy nature.......... this is where you go (as far as state parks go).

For those who don't like it that rough, I also really like Van Riper State park which is just southeast of Craig Lake State Park...... located right on Lake Michigamme. It reminds me a lot of Ludington State Park (we used to go there a lot as a kid) but without the crowds ruining the experience.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:15 AM
 
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Ludington State Park hands down but, as everyone points out, it is crowded (for a good reason). I'll second the Lake Michigamme rec. Haven't stayed overnight there but it is in one of the most beautiful areas of the state.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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We LOVED Hartwick Pines State Park, especially the sites back in the pines. There are some great trails around there, including the trails around the logging museum buildings and beautiful visitors center.
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:49 AM
 
Location: Traverse City, MI
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We go to Porcupine state park at least once a summer. It has great views and many activities. Also there are nearby motels for the non-campers.
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