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Wilderness State Park

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Address: 903 Wilderness Park Dr, Carp Lake, MI 49718
Phone Number: (231) 436-5381
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XC ski weekend at a bunkhouse

This park is great for cross country skiing! We booked a rustic bunkhouse and twelve adults stayed. The bunkhouses have electricity, a fireplace for heat, and there are pit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
A D
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This park is great for cross country skiing! We booked a rustic bunkhouse and twelve adults stayed. The bunkhouses have electricity, a fireplace for heat, and there are pit toilets nearby. All water must be brought in containers. Surprisingly, there is a decent cell signal in the bunkhouse area! We found the trails groomed for classic skiing on Saturday but... More 

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Port Huron, Michigan
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Only about 15 min away from Mackinaw City. Perfect place to stay for an affordable vacation to Mackinaw City. Beautiful sunsets and nice bay. Close to lighthouses also. Waterfront sites were nice.

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Thank 283Heather
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

We went up for a 3-day weekend color tour and hiking visit with 2 other families with teens. Thank goodness for the wood-burning furnace in Rustic Bunkhouse 2! The 10 of us were warm and comfy, even though there was a sudden cold snap. The bunkhouse has bunk beds for 18, but we found under-filling to make it very comfortable.... More 

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Manton, Michigan
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103 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

Nice park when almost empty. When full, sites on the water are very small, as are somee of the off water sites. Need to renovate bath houses, very dated and hard to look clean. Showers hot but beware...keep your clothes behind the little tile wall or they will get wet. No changing direction on shower heads....overall nice...would probably return only... More 

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Calabogie, Canada
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

I have been camping at Wilderness since I was 13 years old and am now 66. In all that time the park has not changed at all. It has a sandy beach with a sand bottom the projects probably 50 yards out into lake Michigan in a very shallow slope. There is camping right on the beach and just behind... More 

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1 Thank Bob M
Wisconsin
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Let me begin by saying that the land is beautiful, the water and coast that I saw in the state park were beautiful as well. I am from Wisconsin, where we have abundant parks, forests, lakes and other natural attractions. My boyfriend and I decided to wander into upper Michigan and camp with our two dogs. We were able to... More 

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Lady Lake, Florida
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

There was nothing to dislike. We enjoyed visiting with family and went to Mackinac to enjoy a wonderful meal for our niece & nephew's 25th anniversary. The Ranger was great and recommended a restaurant that had a view of the bridge.

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Cheboygan County, Michigan
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Great place to see the Straits! Camping or just for the day. This is a quiet peaceful place to base your Northern Michigan explorations from. You can see the Upper Peninsula from the shore. Mackinaw City is close by.

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Wabash, Indiana
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99 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

The campground is beautiful, with lots of evergreen trees and winding paths down to its own beach. The campsites seem small, at least on the east end of the part right by the beach. There were lots of dogs but all were fastened and well behaved. Many families with children and bikes, but no excessive noise. We wish the roads... More 

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Ann Arbor, MI
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162 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This park is great for hiking, biking, birding, picnicking, and swimming. AND it is not very crowded! We spent the entire day enjoying this park twice on our trip and we still didn't do everything we wanted to do.

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