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“Great time, Very quiet”

Wilderness State Park
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Carp Lake
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

Our Family had a Wonderful time at Wilderness State Park
The highlight of our trip was the Presentation about Bats
given by Bob, at the Nature Center.
Very interesting. Our grandchildren were so excited to hear what Bob had to say,
and talked about how we were going to make Bat houses when we got home.
The Park was very quiet at night.
We would definitely go back.

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Reviewed 17 August 2017

Looking for a great place to camp? Bring your family and friends! Campsites are very spacious. We tent camped and only used half the site. Great view of Lake with a short distance to the beach. We were also able to get a magnificent view of the stars and sky so we could watch the meteor shower. On rainy days you could load up in the car and visit many historic local attractions. Fun times had by all!

3  Thank Tracy S
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

We stayed in the rustic section of the state park. These spots were somewhat private and had an amazing unobstructed view of Lake Michigan. We stayed at site "CC" and our only complaint was that people kept walking through our site to get to the beach, even though they had to obviously walk past our car and the sign saying it was a campsite, not public access. But other than that it private and we couldn't see any campers on either side. I would recommend staying at one of the sites that are further down the beach. Although these site are "rustic" there are clean bathrooms close by in the ranger station. They are much cleaner than the bathrooms in the modern parts of the campground. The park doesn't sell firewood so you have to purchase it from one of the camp/party stores outside the park. We were lucky enough to stay during a meteor shower, and the view from our site was incredible. We will definitely be going back again soon!

8  Thank keelyrose
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Forget the dark sky park, just camp here and bring your sleeping bag and binocs/telescope to the beach! This is the darkest sky I've seen in a long while. They have a dark sky viewing area but it was more fun to just lay in the sand. Our site was huge, the park was one of the quietest I've been to in MI. i see other comments about the noise for other campers, maybe we just had a lucky weekend? But it was practically SILENT, it was amazing. We all agreed it was one of our favorite parks. We had Site #221 if that helps? One of the sites by the beach had a group camping together that seemed jubilant and potentially loud, but they weren't by us -- we didn't love that they didn't keep their barking and aggressive dog on a leash, however. It ran halfway to the path snarling and barking -- we put our kid behind us and, in all seriousness, braced to have to fight the thing off. Total dicks! But they managed to call it back and we went elsewhere the next night. They also have three sanitation stations there, so big lines don't build up. Trash was overflowing on Sunday, but the rest of the park was clean and green. My kid loved horsing around at the amphitheater. We will definitely be back this fall if they're still open! Cold and clear and quiet. Oh -- I just remembered, the big downside was that the bathrooms were grossly dirty. That was gross, but we're in an RV so it didn't matter that much. But, hopefully, that's not common? Every single site was full, so who knows.

2  Thank Liz J
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

We tent camped over the weekend and it was great. Very nice park and the staff clearly take pride in making sure everything is kept up and love to share their knowledge of the area. The campground is divided up into four areas and the one nearest to the guard check in booth is definitely the best. Listed from most to least desirable the areas are:
1. Tent camping in sites AA-QQ - absolutely beautiful tent sites, parking spots very close to tent area but no trailers allowed. Sites are nicely separated from each other and almost all have direct water views. No shower facilities or electrical but there are very clean modern toilets and a water spigot. Nicest state park site I've ever camped in.
2. Trailer camping in sites A-R - also very nice, many with water views, set apart, small area, private. No modern restroom but probably walkable to the one at DD.
3. Lakeshore 1-75 - Nice sites, not a ton of privacy but some are waterfront and MUCH more spaced out than the other Lakeshore area.
4. Lakeshore 76-150 - Water views from some sites but very small sites with zero privacy, very crowded. I would probably not camp here.
5. Pines - No water views, very small sites, crowded. I would probably not camp here.

11  Thank Audreyleigh99
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