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Unread 02-09-2012, 09:33 PM   #1
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Where to camp/offroad within 6 or so hours(400mi) of Detroit?

Just like the title says.

I am looking for a 3 day camping/expedition style trip using my Jeep TJ. My TJ has a 2" lift and 31's with open diffs so I cant do anything too hardcore.

If anyone knows of some cool places in the backwoods of the great lakes states then let me know!

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Unread 02-10-2012, 12:36 AM   #2
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st helen, michigan, its exit 222 of 75 and i love that place, my buddys dad lives up there i think there are some campgrounds, and there are miles and miles of trails
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Unread 02-10-2012, 07:16 AM   #3
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Check out, Mounds, Bundy Hill or Rocks & Valley, located in Michigan
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Unread 02-10-2012, 07:35 AM   #4
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Ive been to the mounds too many times to count but im looking for something like orv trails and camping. I have heard good things about st. helen
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Unread 02-10-2012, 08:09 AM   #5
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Atlanta is a good choice - good lakes and streams to fish, nice campground (Clear Lake SP), lots of back roads/two tracks/ORV routes, more scenic than 4x4 challenge, and a chance to see an elk or two. Lots of state land for rustic camping too if that's your preference.

If you want to go farther, consider Ontario. About 45 minutes north of the Soo is a campground called Blueberry Hills (right on Hwy 11) that is right on the edge of the Batchawana Mountains near the Goulais and Montreal Rivers. Just don't go alone, it's very rustic, very beautiful, rugged scenery, LOTS of trails to explore, and well beyond cell phone range. If you are not a licensed amateur radio operator it might be good to consider, since a 2m radio using a repeater would be able to reach civilization in an emergency.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 12:27 PM   #6
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Atlanta is a good choice - good lakes and streams to fish, nice campground (Clear Lake SP), lots of back roads/two tracks/ORV routes, more scenic than 4x4 challenge, and a chance to see an elk or two. Lots of state land for rustic camping too if that's your preference.
X2 on this. Clear Lake is a very nice campground, but there are others in the area too. further North, just into the next county (Presque Isle), there's another campground that sits at the head of the trails in that area. (Might be Tomahawk Lake campground?)

http://www.midnr.com/publications/pdfs/forestslandwater/ORV/Maps-Trail/atlanta_trail.pdf

Again, not terribly challenging, but nice scenery. Make sure you stick to the ORV ROUTES (not ORV TRAILS) and watch out for the quads and dirtbikers as they share the same trails, and aren't usually expecting full width trucks.

West of M33, there's a bunch of state land that you can camp on. Last September, I seen bear hunters out there camping and hunting. Lots of horseback riders in the area too. I did get to see some elk last September. Watch out for private land over there though, there's some pockets that are privately owned.

Edit: Just noticed, my avatar pic was taken out in a clearing on those trails in Atlanta. <----- I might have more.
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If your willing to head to the central U.P. check out the Hiawatha National Forest. We did a fall color ride up there and it was just what your looking for. We went over 200 miles and never hit the same trail twice. Forest service roads that never end and lakes scattered all over. You could spend days up there. I contacted the Forest Service and they sent me very detailed maps and they were even free. These can also be found on the internet.

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http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fs...st%20-%20Home/
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X2 on this. Clear Lake is a very nice campground, but there are others in the area too. further North, just into the next county (Presque Isle), there's another campground that sits at the head of the trails in that area. (Might be Tomahawk Lake campground?)

http://www.midnr.com/publications/pdfs/forestslandwater/ORV/Maps-Trail/atlanta_trail.pdf

Again, not terribly challenging, but nice scenery. Make sure you stick to the ORV ROUTES (not ORV TRAILS) and watch out for the quads and dirtbikers as they share the same trails, and aren't usually expecting full width trucks.

West of M33, there's a bunch of state land that you can camp on. Last September, I seen bear hunters out there camping and hunting. Lots of horseback riders in the area too. I did get to see some elk last September. Watch out for private land over there though, there's some pockets that are privately owned.

Edit: Just noticed, my avatar pic was taken out in a clearing on those trails in Atlanta. <----- I might have more.
We spend a lot of time up there - our club (through GLFWDA) has the grant to maintain the 73 miles of ORV Routes in the area, from the DNR Field Office just outside of town all the way up to Tomahawk Lake (which has a couple of great campgrounds if a primitive State Forest Campground is your thing). We make 2-4 trips up there every year
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We spend a lot of time up there - our club (through GLFWDA) has the grant to maintain the 73 miles of ORV Routes in the area, from the DNR Field Office just outside of town all the way up to Tomahawk Lake (which has a couple of great campgrounds if a primitive State Forest Campground is your thing). We make 2-4 trips up there every year
We usually start at the DNR field office; sometimes by that gas station on 32 few miles north of Clear Lake campground. Let me know when you all go up there. I usually ride alone, but we go a few times per year.
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We will be up there the weekend of 5-19-12 for our next trail maintenance date, staying at Clear Lake
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Edit: Just noticed, my avatar pic was taken out in a clearing on those trails in Atlanta. <----- I might have more.
more pics would be much appreciated!
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Well.. if you wanna do some offroading.. you can hit the Badlands offroad park in Attica, Indiana. there is enough there to keep you busy for a few days.. Its about 360 miles from Detroit. Theres a camp ground called Summers campground about 8 miles from it. Has a pool.. a small store for essentials.. showers.. thought id mention it.. not sure if youre looking for a wheeling trip.. or just a roughing it experience.
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Thanks for the suggestion nick but im looking for a roughing it type trip
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more pics would be much appreciated!
I uploaded a few here: http://s684.photobucket.com/albums/v...0%20Sept%2011/ I tried to pick ones that showed the area. Some are on the ORV trails, others are on the state land. We camp on private land. We usually make day trips; bring lunch and explore. Back to the campsite for dinner.
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Every year the family and I spend a week at Clear Lake camping and we always bring the jeep along just to ride the trails and forest roads up there. Lots of nice scenery nothing too challenging. Has anyone been on the Blake Lake Route near Cheboygan or the Indian River Route near Indian River? I'm heading up north n a couple weeknds with a friend and his Jeep and we are planning to check out these two trails.
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