Portage Bay State Forest Campground

Garden, Michigan 49835

Portage Bay State Forest Campground

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"In all likelihood, Portage Bay got its name from early travelers who used the bay as the beginning of a shortcut across the narrowest point on the Garden Peninsula. Hiking about a mile inland from the water, groups making their way by canoe could pick up the Garden Creek, which would lead them out to Garden Bay. The minor inconvenience of this short portage could save them 30 miles of open-water paddling.

Many of the bays and harbors on the Great Lakes, especially those along the Upper Peninsula, bear names given them by the French. To the east is Seul Choix Point (pronounced here “sis-shwah”), which once provided a safe place for French trappers caught in a storm. They wryly called it seul choix, or “only choice.” My feeling is that once you’ve faced down a storm in a canoe on the Great Lakes, you’ve earned some naming rights."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Year-round, though snow will prevent access in winter
Swimming, Hiking
Additional Use
906-644-2603 tinyurl.com/2uh85qy
Local Contacts
Fees per Night
Hand-pumped potable water and pit toilets