The Bay Campground

Federal Campground in Michigan

The Bay Campground
Federal Campground in Michigan


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Reservation number: 1-877-444-6777

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: There are many things to do on South Manitou Island. You can take a guided tour of the lighthouse, hike to the west side of the island to experience gorgeous sand dunes, or enjoy spectacular stars at night. Additionally, South Manitou Island has a rich history. since the Bay is one of the few natural harbors in the region, ships used to stop by the island to resupply. You can hike to historical buildings, look at old farm equipment that is slowly decaying, or visit an old graveyard. There are also a number of shipwrecks around the island. One of these shipwrecks, the Francisco Morazan, can be seen from shore. Some tips if you choose to visit: - The beach is a bit rocky, so water shoes (or tough feet) are recommended - Watch out for black fly season (the times I have gone, it has not been too bad) Overall, this is one of my favorite places to go camping. It is very nice to be able to get away from cars and the business of life, and view some of the most gorgeous scenery that Michigan has to offer.   #Hiking   #Lighthouse   #Old Buildings   #Old Graveyard   #Dunes | Oct. 13, 2013, 12:43 p.m.

: There is a ferry that runs from Leland, MI to South Manitou Island ( Once you arrive on the island, there is a half-mile to one mile walk to get to the campground. So, don't pack anything too heavy.   #Boat   #Ferry   #Walk   #Island | Oct. 13, 2013, 11:44 a.m.

: The Bay Campground is on Manitou Island, so you'll need to figure out a way to get there by boat! I had a friend take me there but there are other ways, such as paying somebody.   #warning   #ferry   #island   #manitou-island | June 15, 2013, 10:08 a.m.