State Campgrounds Near Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

State Campgrounds Near Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Mt. Pleasant is the seat of central Michigan's Isabella County. In its natural state, the surrounding region encompasses lakes, rivers and wetlands as well as diverse forest types, from oak barrens to cedar swamps. For outdoor enthusiasts looking for state land to camp on, there are several opportunities within easy reach of Mt. Pleasant in the adjoining counties of Midland, Clare and Mescosta. All these sites are managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and specifically administered through two management units: Roscommon and Cadillac.

Black Creek State Forest Campground

This 23-site campground northeast of Mt. Pleasant accommodates tents and small trailers; 15 of the sites can handle vehicles or trailers of 40 feet. There is a $20 camping fee, as of 2009. Black Creek offers fishing and boating access at Sanford and Wixom lakes, and there are a variety of hiking opportunities in the area, including the Midland to Mackinaw Hiking Trail, which traces an old American Indian trading route, 280 miles long. Herons and other birds frequent the area's marshes.

Black Creek State Forest Campground
Roscommon Operations Service Center
I-75 & M-18 South
8717 North Roscommon Rd.
Roscommon, MI
(989) 275-5151

Mud Lake State Forest Campground

Mud Lake State Forest Campground provides eight sites for tents and small trailers northwest of Mt. Pleasant. The camping fee is $15, as of 2009. Boaters can explore Big Mud Lake from the campground--it is known for bass and bluegill fishing--and hikers and mountain bikers can trek between Big Mud and Pine Lake on an eight-mile trail.

Mud Lake State Forest Campground
Cadillac Operations Service Center
8015 Mackinaw Trail
Cadillac, MI
(231) 775-9727
michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=605&type=SFCG

Tubbs Lake Campground

This is a 33-site campground northwest of Mt. Pleasant, available for tent and trailer use at a $15 camping fee, as of 2009. Boating and fishing (for species like bluegill and northern pike) are easily pursued in the surrounding Martiny Chain of Lakes. The fertile wetlands attract a variety of migrating and nesting birds--from bald eagles to swans--and wild rice, now rare in the Midwest, is still found on Tubbs Lake itself.

Tubbs Lake Campground
Cadillac Operations Service Center
8015 Mackinaw Trail
Cadillac, MI
(231) 775-9727
michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=606&type=SFCG

Article Written By Ethan Schowalter-Hay

Ethan Schowalter-Hay is a writer and naturalist living in Oregon. He has written for the "Observer," the Bureau of Land Management and various online publishers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in wildlife ecology and a graduate certificate in geographic information systems from the University of Wisconsin.

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