Van Etten Lake State Forest Campground

Oscoda, Michigan

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The former Wurtsmith Air Force Base lies just south of this park. During the Cold War B-52 bombers were kept here. Now it’s a local airport with no scheduled flights that might disturb (or fascinate) campers. Van Etten Lake’s campground offers easy access and a boat launch to get on the water, but be aware that much of the shoreline outside the park is developed. The campsites offer good shade in mixed forest and are spacious. Only half of the sites can be reserved, and just a few sites remain open through winter. South of here about 20 minutes is the Tuttle March Wildlife Area, an impressive 5,000-acre wetlands reserve that is a major draw for wildlife viewing, especially birds and especially during spring migration.

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"The former Wurtsmith Air Force Base lies just south of this park. During the Cold War B-52 bombers were kept here. Now it’s a local airport with no scheduled flights that might disturb (or fascinate) campers. Van Etten Lake’s campground offers easy access and a boat launch to get on the water, but be aware that much of the shoreline outside the park is developed. The campsites offer good shade in mixed forest and are spacious. Only half of the sites can be reserved, and just a few sites remain open through winter. South of here about 20 minutes is the Tuttle March Wildlife Area, an impressive 5,000-acre wetlands reserve that is a major draw for wildlife viewing, especially birds and especially during spring migration."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Oscoda
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Michigan DNR

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