Veterans Memorial State Forest Campground

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Recreation Passport Required: Yes

Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. 24 sites for tent and small trailer use. Located on the Platte River near the Platte River Hatchery. Excellent canoeing and trout fishing. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump.

Trail Distance:

Platte Springs (2 miles SW): 2.5 miles of hilly terrain with interpretive trail marking points of interest. Hike and mountain bike.

Features:

  • Designated Watchable Wildlife Site
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking

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Platte River State Forest Campground

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Phone number indicated above is for the Management Unit. Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. 26 sites for tent and small trailer use. Located on the Platte River near the Platte River Hatchery. Excellent canoeing and trout fishing. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump.

Trails

Platte Springs Pathway
Trail Length: 2.50 (Miles)
Biking, Hiking

 

Trail Distance:

Hiking: Platte Springs (on site): 2.5 miles of hilly terrain with interpretive trail marking points of interest.

Mountain Biking: Platte Springs (on site): 2.5 miles of hilly terrain with interpretive trail marking points of interest.

Campground is accessible by water. Canoeing opportunities on the Platte River.

Features:

  • Designated Watchable Wildlife Site
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking

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Lake Ann State Forest Campground

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Phone number indicated above is for the Management Unit. Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. 30 sites for tent and small trailer use. Located on Lake Ann, this campground offers good opportunity for boating, fishing, and hiking on Lake Ann Pathway. Universally accessible facilities and toilets available. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump.

Trails

Lake Ann Pathway
Trail Length: 5.80 (Miles)
Biking, Hiking

 

Trail Distance:

Hiking: Lake Ann (on site): 5.8 miles of rolling terrain for hiking. Lost Lake (6 mi SE): 6.3 miles of flat to slightly rolling terrain for hiking.

Mountain Biking: Lake Ann (on site): 5.8 miles of rolling terrain for mountain biking. Lost Lake (6 mi SE): 6.3 miles of flat to slightly rolling terrain for mountain biking.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore provides over 30 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline including dunes, cliffs, rocky points, and protected bays offering wildlife viewing of white tailed deer, wild turkeys, hawks, river otters, prairie warblers, waterfowl such as goldeneyes and buffleheads, and colorful blooms of spring wild flowers (12 miles West).

Features:

  • Designated Watchable Wildlife Site
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Boating Access Site/Launch – Access for boating and fishing.

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Grass Lake State Forest Campground

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As of September 17, 2010, Grass Lake State Forest Campground is now under the management of Colfax Township. This campground contains 15 sites for tent and small trailer use. All sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. Located on Grass Lake Flooding with access to the Betsie River. Boating, canoeing, and fishing. Vault toilets and well.

Trail Distance:

Platte Springs (9 miles NW): 2.5 miles of hilly terrain with interpretive trail at Platte River State Forest Campground. Hike and mountain bike.

Directions:

Benzie County – 10 miles NE of Thompsonville via Co Road 669 and Wallin Road

Features:

  • Designated Watchable Wildlife Site
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Boating Access Site/Launch – Access for boating and fishing

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Garey Lake State Forest Trail Camp

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Trail Length:

Hiking: 5.8 Miles long

Horseback Riding: Western spur of the 355-mile Shore-to-Shore Riding/Hiking Trail enters campground.

Directions:

Benzie County – 8 miles SE of Empire via M-72, Plowman Road and Pettengill Road

Trail Description:

Group camping area designed for horseback riders along Michigan’s Shore-toShore Riding/Hiking Trail. Located on Garey Lake which offers good pan fishing. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump. Sites available by permit from State Forest Campground Manager.

Features:

  • Designated Watchable Wildlife Site
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Boating Access Site/Launch – Access for boating and fishing.
  • Equestrian

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Crystal Mountain Resort

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Crystal Mountain Resort is a resort and conference center located in Weldon Township, Benzie County, Michigan, just west of Thompsonville. The resort’s area forms the Crystal Mountain census-designated place. The resort offers recreational activities including downhill and cross country skiing the winter months, and golf, water activities, and an alpine slide in other seasons.

Skiing and snowboarding

The resort’s skiing and snowboarding season runs from approximately Thanksgiving weekend to early April, depending on weather conditions. The resort receives an average of 11′ of natural snowfall, however artificial snow can be made when natural snowfall is lacking. The resort has 50 downhill slopes, 6 chairlifts and 2 surface lifts, with 29 slopes lighted for night skiing during the peak ski season.

Golf

Crystal Mountain features two 18-hole championship golf courses. The Betsie Valley course, the resort’s original golf course, plays at 6,567 yards (6,005 m) from the blue tees. The Mountain Ridge course, which hosts the Michigan Women’s Open each summer, plays 7,077 yards (6,471 m) from the blue tees.

The resort’s golf school offers golf instruction to players of all ages and ability levels.

Lodging

Overnight lodging is available in over 250 hotel rooms, suites, condominiums, townhouses and vacation homes, which are located near the skiing and golf facilities throughout the resort property.

Awards and recognition

Crystal Mountain is one of 60 golf courses in Michigan to be certified by the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program. Its golf school has been named a Top 25 golf school by Golf Magazine. The resort’s PGA Director of Golf, Brad Dean, has been named Teacher of the Year by the Michigan section of the PGA in 1999, 2001 and 2011.

Location Thompsonville,
Weldon Township, Michigan
Vertical 375 ft.
Top elevation 1,132 ft (345 m).
Base elevation 757 ft (231 m).
Skiable area 91 acres (370,000 m2)
Runs 50
Longest run One half mile
Lift system 8 total: 1 detachable high-speed quad chair, 3 fixed-grip quad chairs, 1 triple chair, 1 double chair, and 2 “carpet style” surface lifts
Lift capacity 12,400 skiers per hour
Terrain parks 3
Snowfall 132″ average per year
Snowmaking 98%
Night skiing 29 slopes lighted for night skiing, five nights a week (early and late season varies)
Website http://www.crystalmountain.com

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Upper Herring Lake Nature Preserve

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Since 1991 the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy had maintained a nature preserve along Upper Herring Lake (the Upper Herring Nature Preserve). Just north of the township’s southern border is Inspiration Point, a high headland overlooking Lake Michigan where a platform has been built atop the bluff. The point is a popular lookout and is a prominent stop along the scenic route of Highway 22.

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Trapp Farm Preserve

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South entrance trailhead location
East entrance trailhead location

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