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Im trying to plan a trip with a few friends to go camping somewhere in Michigan or Wisconsin...(unfortunately, no riding will be involved)

Keeping in mind the following criteria, please give any feedback/recommendations that come to mind.. Thanks...

1. Must be somewhat secluded (read- No RV parks, busy campgrounds)

2. Campfires must be allowed

3. Dogs must be allowed (even if on leash)

4. Accessible trails/water are important, but not mandatory

5. Must be within 4 hours (max) from n. chicago

Im really just looking for a nice quiet spot with some trails nearby -- hoping to enjoy some fall colors with cold beers and good company; is that so hard to ask ?

thanks

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Oh c'mon... none of you Michigan boys can help me out ??

Im not looking for Shangrila---just a cool place to camp...

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Try this link: http://www.fishweb.com/recreation/hike/index.html

I would suggest taking a trip to the Leelanau penninsula in northwest lower Michigan. You can camp at the Northport State Park located north of Traverse City. It would be worth the extra drive. It is about 5-6 hours from Chicago. Very secluded, campfires ok, nice hiking trails that lead to lake Michigan and near Sleeping Bear Dunes state park.

If you want a nice scenic drive to get there, take US 31 north to Manistee, and just north of Manistee is highway B22 next to the Little River Casino. This highway winds through some nice country, and will take you to Sleeping Bear Dunes park, and on up to Northport.

Map http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?country=US&countryid=US&addtohistory=&searchtab=address&searchtype=address&address=&city=northport&state=mi&zipcode=&search=++Search++

You could even take a ferry boat ride to South Manitou Island for the day. Ferry is about $20 per person, leaves around 9:00am, returns 5:00pm. Plenty of hiking there. It is also in the Sleeping Bear Dunes Park.

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mason county campgrounds, its 5 minutes south of ludingtion, so you have the big lake, all of ludingtion, the ludingtion state park and all its trails, also im not sure but there is a lake there to. there is a small trail in this campground, it has nice facilitys to with a cedar smell to them, nice bathrooms, and pay showers i think its 75cents for so many minutes. the sites are big and seculded kinda nice tall trees all around so you have nice shade there and its no realy big so its kinda quite. we brought our dogs there and we saw many others with thiers. i have been to leelanaue (or however its spelled) and we liked the campground that was there to. i think ludington is within your 4 hour mark. :cry:

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I was just wondering about Hoffmaster state park in Muskegon. Seeing as its after the summer rush season it may not be too busy there. I dont know about dogs there. Probably only on a leash. They have tons of hiking trails there though. As well as sand dunes to check out and also Lake Michigan. It really is a nice park.

But if you are not looking for a "Campground" experiance and just wanna set-up camp in the woods then I dont know. There is lots of state land around and you can camp anywere on it as long as you have a permit.

Just north of Muskegon is Cedar Creek ORV trails. There is tons of area in there to camp and you have Cedar Creek too. Its all state land. Dogs are no problem. You may need a 4x4 to get access to the best areas in there though. :cry:

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