Canoeing down the manistee river with Shel-haven

Campgrounds on the Manistee River.

Goose Creek Trail Campground

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Contact Information

Address:
LAT 44.7614226687 LONG -84.839660985600005
Co Road 612 and Manistee River Road
Frederic, MI 49733
Phone: 989-348-7068
Recreation Passport: Required
Camp Sites/Fees: (12) 13.00
Group: 6.00 person/night

More Information

Frederic Loop Trail (1 mile East): 29 miles of cycle/ATV trail and 9 miles of full-sized vehicle ORV route. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump. There is also a submersible pump that requires a 5000 watt generator to run.
Campground is near Goose Creek State Forest Campground.
Shore to Shore Riding & Hiking Trail – This 400 mile trail is maintained by the Michigan

Activities

  • Equestrian: Western spur of the 355-mile Shore-to-Shore Riding/Hiking Trail enters campground.
  • Fishing: Manistee River (on site): Brown/Brook and Rainbow Trout.  Lake Margrethe (10 miles South): Walleye, Pike, Perch, and Smallmouth Bass.
  • Hiking: Western spur of the 355-mile Shore-to-Shore Riding/Hiking Trail enters campground.

Facilities

  • Boat Launch
  • Picnic Area
  • Rustic Site

 

Upper Manistee River State Forest Campground and Canoe Camp

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Contact Information

Address:
LAT 44.750264534800003 LONG -84.8393611507
Co Road 612 & Goose Creek Road
8 miles SW of Frederic
Frederic, MI 49733
Phone: 989-732-3541
Recreation Passport: Required
Camp Sites/Fees: (30) 13.00

Activities

  • Fishing: Manistee River (on site): Brown/Brook/Rainbow Trout. Lake Margrethe (8 miles South): Bass and Bluegill.
  • Paddling: Campground is accessible by water from the Manistee River. Closest canoe rental is on Manistee River Road or M-72 Bridge.

Facilities

  • Rustic Site
  • Walk-in Sites: 19 walk-in/canoe in group sites

 

Manistee River Bridge State Forest Campground

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Contact Information

Address:
LAT 44.694682159599999 LONG -84.8474953204
M-72
7.3 miles West of Grayling
Grayling, MI 49738
Phone: 989-732-3541
Recreation Passport: Required
Camp Sites/Fees: (23) 13.00

Activities

Fishing: Manistee River (on site): Brown/Brook/Rainbow Trout.  Lake Margrethe (2.3 miles East): Walleye, Pike, Perch, Smallmouth Bass.  Au Sable River (7.3 miles East).
Paddling: Manistee River offers good canoeing opportunities. Canoe livery on M-72
right across the Manistee River from the campground and another canoe livery on Manistee River Road.

Facilities

  • Boat Launch
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Rustic Site

 

CCC Bridge State Forest Campground

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Contact Information

Address:
LAT 44.612833600400002 LONG -84.992376087500006
10 miles SE of Kalkaska via M-72
and Sunset Trail Road
Kalkaska, MI 49646
Phone: 231-922-5270
Recreation Passport: Required
Camp Sites/Fees:

  • South Side (7) 13.00
  • North Side (23) 13.00

Activities

  • Fishing: Manistee River (on site): Trout. Cranberry Lake (5 miles NE): Bluegill and Bass. East Lake (9.5 miles NW): Bluegill, Bass and Perch.
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails/Routes: Kalkaska (access and parking, 7 miles North): 90 miles of cycle/ATV trails and 39 miles of full-sized ORV routes.
  • Paddling: Excellent canoe access along the Manistee River.
  • Watchable Wildlife: Deward Tract is undeveloped land along the Upper Manistee
    River. Look for frogs, turtles, trout, deer, raccoons, kingfishers, wild turkey, and
    songbirds along this meandering waterway (18 miles NE).

Facilities

  • Rustic Site

Old US 131 State Forest Campground

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Contact Information

Address:
LAT 44.491897818299996 LONG -85.417039052000007
Old US-131
Manton, MI 49663
Phone: 231-775-9727
Recreation Passport: Required
Camp Sites/Fees: (25) 13.00

More Information

Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump.

Activities

  • Fishing: Manistee River (on site): Brown/Rainbow Trout, Bass, Walleye, Suckers.
  • Hiking: The North Country Trail is (1 mile west) of this campground. There is a spur trail connecting the Campground to the NCT: This National Scenic Trail hiking route from North Dakota to New York includes over 1500 miles in Michigan. See www.northcountrytrail.org.
  • Paddling: Campground is accessible by water and provides excellent canoeing along the Manistee River. Nearest canoe rental in Manton (7 miles SE).

Facilities

  • Boat Launch: Carry-in access to the Manistee River at campground.
  • Group Use Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Rustic Site
  • Walk-in Sites: 5 walk in sites (out of a total of 25 sites)

 

Baxter Bridge State Forest Campground

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Contact Information

Address:
LAT 44.492010954000001 LONG -85.527920237299995
12 miles NW of Manton via M-42 and 31 Road
Manton, MI 49663
Phone: 231-775-9727
Recreation Passport: Required
Camp Sites/Fees: (25) 13.00
Location 12 miles NW of Manton via M-42 and 31 Road. Make a Donation

Activities

Fishing: Manistee River (on site): Brown/Rainbow Trout, Bass, Walleye and Suckers.

Hiking: The North Country Trail is (1 mile North) of this campground: This National Scenic Trail hiking route from North Dakota to New York includes over
1500 miles in Michigan. See www.northcountrytrail.org.

Off-Road Vehicle Trails/Routes: North Missaukee Trail (10 miles East): 73 miles of cycle/ATV trail.

Paddling: Campground is accessible by water and provides excellent canoeing along the Manistee River. Nearest canoe rental in Manton (12 miles SE).

Watchable Wildlife: The Manistee River offers habitat for a large concentration of ducks and geese as well as bald eagles, deer, wild turkeys, river otters, raccoons, fish and more.

Facilities

  • Boat Launch: Carry-in access to Manistee River at campground, ramp access across road.
  • Rustic Site

Indian Crossing

Primitive – Former State Forest Campground now closed.

M66 Campground

Primitive – Former State Forest Campground now closed.

Chase Creek

Primitive – Former State Forest Campground now closed.

Campgrounds near Shel-Haven with Hook-Ups

Kalkaska RV Park and Campground

Happi Days Campground

Trails Campground

Yogi Bear Jelly Stone Park

Lake Margrethe State Forest Campground

Tubing down the manistee river with Shel-haven

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Shel-Haven Canoe Rental

P.O. Box 268

11852 W M 72 Hwy

Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989.348.2158

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