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Wilderness State Park

Address: 903 Wilderness Park Dr, Carp Lake, MI 49718
Phone Number: (231) 436-5381
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Carp Lake
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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Peoria, Az.
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132 reviews 132 reviews
64 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Be sure to buy your groceries in town before you come out this way. Once you are here you will really enjoy the lake and the view and all the nice people.

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Hudson, Florida, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Gaylord DNR has drained O'NEAL LAKE. It's HORRIBLE!!!! Habitat has been destroyed! Don't visit......It will break your heart!

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Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This state park is located right on Lake Michigan. It's only 15 minutes from Mackinaw City/Mackinac Bridge. The view from the lake side campsites is spectacular. It's away from the road so all you hear at night is the waves washing ashore.

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Macomb, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We stayed on the water front side, which was pretty nice. Water was really clear and not unbearable as far as the temp. The sites on the water side are all sandy and in the pines are cement pads. The only drawback I have about it is the bathrooms are dirty.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Not the quiet place we'd imagined - considering its name - but it takes about 5 miles of winding roads through dense woods to get there. High concentration of people packed into our loop over weekend - less on weekdays, but still plenty (all those families out for their last summer camp-outs). Shower water temp and pressure were good, but... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

First time camping in a MI State Park, what a huge disappointment. Stayed here three nights and three nights at McClain. To start with staff are less then welcoming, they check you in but that is about it. No warm and fuzzy here. There is no water hook up at sites and only 3 shower stalls for all the campers... More 

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Marcellus, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We spent a few nights in the Big Stone Cabin, which is away from the campground and very isolated. It was so nice to camp without neighbors. A short walk takes you to a private beach (very rocky, bring water shoes!) but clear with a wonderful view of the bridge. Our kids truly enjoyed this spot. The cabin offers 4... More 

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Logansport, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Stayed in the Pines campground - sites are generally nice with paved pads, although they are a bit closer together and tighter to maneuver than what we are accustomed to in Indiana. Lakeshore campground has awesome sites right on the lake shore, but the sites and the road looping around the campground are very tight in spots. Sandy beach areas... More 

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Chicago
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Was a bit disappointed in the fact that dogs were not allowed on the beach. However, the camp site was nice, albeit a bit dirty. The views of Lake Michigan were nice and there were plenty of hiking trails available.

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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Campground hosts available till midnight making check in easy. Campsites are large yet close together. If you want a lakeside sunset, pick 77-81 I think. The time of year perhaps didn't have much to do with the bugs, but it was damp so the bugs were bad. The trails were lengthy and diverse, but water and tall grass ruined some... More 

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