Walk-in Campsites

Discussion in 'Camping, Sight-seeing, Tourism, RVs' started by Lleaff, May 3, 2018.

  1. Lleaff

    Lleaff

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    I've got an 8 year old daughter who wants to go 'real' camping. I'm not sure where she picked it up, but I guess the car camping experience is lacking...

    What I'd like to find is a walk-in rustic campsite that would require only a mile or two walk. Something where we can throw on a pack with our tent and gear and stay out the night. I'm in the Detroit area but driving distance isn't really that important.

    Researching this is proving to be time consuming so I thought I'd see if anyone here might have suggestions.

    Pinckney Blind Lake Rustic is the closes I've found so far but the walk in is 7 miles.
    http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/details.aspx?id=445&type=SPCG

    A little more than either of us will be able to handle. Interestingly the Pure Michigan site says 'Backpack camping is available along the Potawatomi Trail'. I'm not sure how to interpret this, does anyone have any insight?
    https://www.michigan.org/property/pinckney-recreation-area


    Thanks for the help

    Denis
     
  2. pike man

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  3. Crawfish

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    Denis, this is a bit of a drive for you but it sounds just like what you are looking for...
    https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/hmnf/recarea/?recid=18850

    I've taken my kids a couple times as test runs before doing longer trips. The trail back to Bowman Lake is probably 0.3-0.4 miles, then there is a loop around the lake with 4 designated campsites spread out around the lake that are free, first-come first-serve. They generally have a fire ring, a tent pad (just a flat sand/gravel spot), and maybe a couple logs to use for benches. No toilets or picnic tables. Very quiet. I haven't seen all sites occupied at the same time. It is possible that there are bears in the general area, so we hang our food in a bear bag.