Big Knob State Forest Campground


4.75 out of 5
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Campground Description

23 sites for tent and small trailer use, some of which can accommodate 40-ft vehicle/trailer. Sand dunes, Lake Michigan beach front, and hiking pathways offer excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump. Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. Check with State Forest Campground Manager for seasonal availability.
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Posted by: TrailAPI on January 31, 2013
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    Campground Activities

    Fishing, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, hiking, atv riding, boating, rustic camping

    Campground Amenities

    Boat launch, vault toilets, potable water pump

    Reservation info

    No reservations.

    Camping Fees

    $15 / day

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    Q: There really isn't much good to say about this campground other than the sites are large and it is quiet! So quiet you can hear a tree fall which is exactly what happened, it fell on my sons tent!!! Thank goodness I heard it falling and yelled his name as he was sleeping in the tent at the time. There is no upkeep at all done at this campground, our daughter and the dog got stung numerous times by yellow jackets that were near our campsite! This was the worst experience I have ever had camping and will never go here again, The trails are very overgrown, nothing about this campground is what the website states -Kelly Smith

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    Reviews of Big Knob State Forest Campground

    Reviewed by michigangurl on March 2, 2010

    (1 out of 2 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    This is a nice campground. It's not the best the U.P. has to offer though. There are so many great campgrounds in the U.P. to explore.

    The nice thing about this campground is it's proximity to the bridge and U.S.2. It's a nice rest stop, before moving on. It would also be a nice spot to stay if you only have a weekend.

    It's not directly on the beach, but it's close. The lakeside sites have a small line of trees behind them. We had to wade through a marshy area to get to the lake.

    There isn't enough hiking to justify more than a few days if that's what you're after. If you want a spot in the woods to relax and listen to the waves at bedtime, this campground will do fine. In august you can even find plenty of wild blueberries for your morning cereal.
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    Reviewed by Guest on June 15, 2009

    (6 out of 7 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    Shush, nobody is supposed to know about this place. Stay away, nothing to see here, mine.

    Seriously, I love this campground. It is remote, rustic, with incredible hiking biking and scenery. Can't imagine being able to find much better.
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    Reviewed by bohemiangirl on July 15, 2008

    (6 out of 8 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    We camped here last year in early September. There was only one other site taken, and they left the following morning, which left us the entire campground to ourselves. The sites are well-spread out from each other as a rule, especially those on the back loop. The sites along the beach are wonderful, and although not quite as private as those on the back loop, they are certainly better than some campsites in other state forest campgrounds. The 6 mile drive down to the campground from US 2 adds to the remoteness of this place. And the beach stretches, undeveloped, for miles. A couple of nice hiking trails coming in, especially the Marsh Lake trail.
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    Reviewed by Guest on June 24, 2007

    (2 out of 4 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    Good beach on Lake Michigan for little kids. Shallow a long way out.
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    Big Knob State Forest Campground 4.75 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 4 user reviews.

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