so im taking a camping trip with my gf into michigan this up coming week. ive never gone up this far into michigan for camping and trying to find a good place to camp. on our own that is. i know national forest allow camping in most anywhere in the woods and trying to get some directions on some trails to take that people recommend. all info is good. love to be by the manistee, ludington area by the water. thanks!
I was up in that area a few weeks ago, but stayed in a state forest campground (Carrieville). That campground is right on some ORV trails, but there are several campgrounds in the area. None of the trails are particularly challenging, but are fun none the less. Watch out for quads and SxSs that often share the trails.
After you cross the bridge, go down US2, There is a park range building that has all the information you need. Also at the north end of the bridge, stay to your right after the tole, they will locate the ranger building and other questions you may have. Take a look the wolf while there.
Camping is allowed anywhere on National Forest land unless posted otherwise. A permit is not required to camp on National Forest land. Your campsite must remain at least 200' from water and approximately 150' from roads and trails. There is no camping within 1/4 mile of the Pere Marquette River on the Baldwin Ranger District and the Pine River on the Cadillac Ranger District, except at Peterson Bridge Campground or other designated campgrounds along these rivers. Camping is allowed for a period of 16 days in a 30-day period on National Forest lands within a ranger district. There is well water available at our campgrounds. If you are disperse camping, it is recommended to carry a water filter with you. Between the months of March and October/November, please be conscious of weather conditions such as strong wind and dryness in the forest if you plan to have a campfire. Campfires are permitted for cooking and warming even during high fire danger times. Be sure your campfire is dead out with water before leaving your campsite
Just north of Ludington is Nordhouse Dunes also called Lake Michigan Recreation Area. Do a Google search for Nordhouse Dunes for more info.
Most trails around Manistee are east of the city on both sides of 55, the majority are south of 55. I have seen people camping along the north side of the Manistee River west of Hodenpyl Dam along Rive Rd. River Rd. starts just north of Tippy Dam, but don't remember the route from Manistee.
You may want to check out Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Google it if you never been there. The bad part is you need and ORV and State Park Sticker, plus flag.