Bond Falls West Campground

Utility Owned Recreation Facility

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Bond Falls Road Bruce Crossing, MI 49912

GPS: 46.3953, -89.1394

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Overview of Bond Falls West Campground

This utility owned recreation area has campsites that are first-come, first-served. A permit is required - select a site and a park manager will follow-up with a permit. Signs indicate this is a "fee area" but camping is free. The park office near the dam is closed during the COVID-19 event.

NOTE: Bond Falls Scenic Site is a State of Michigan DRN property and is separate from this camping area. A Michigan Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into state parks and recreation areas, state boat launches, state forest campgrounds and state trail parking lots. The Michigan Recreation Passport does not cover local, county, municipal, or metropolitan parks or recreation areas. Learn more: Michigan Recreation Passport

Number of Sites 26

Pad Type gravel

Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 1,410 ft / 429 m

Max Stay 14

Max Length 40 ft

Tent Camping Yes

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Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 2 Users
Last reported 8/18/2020
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Last reported 8/18/2020
28' Airstream International Signature
Ram 3500
54 reviews
“The Price is Right”

Reviewed 8/18/2020

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: W3
Overall Rating

This is a decent campground on a lake in the Northwoods. There are no actual guidance at the camp on how to get a site. As the earlier review mentioned, grab an empty site. During the pandemic, the "ranger" comes around in the afternoon. Apparently pre-pandemic you go to the shed labeled "park office" next to the general store at the main dam near Bond Falls. There you sign your name to a list with the campsite number. Then the ranger visits you later. Either way, get your campsite first.

You get what you pay for with the campground. Vault toilets and a water pump. Bonus points that there were many garbage cans close to campsites. There is no beach, no playground. Overall not much for kids to do except ride around the camp road on their bikes. There is a boat ramp right by the campground but no real mooring spots except for a few campsites. We entertained ourselves by walking (and biking) on the forest roads along the lake. We even found a spot where we could get out into the water for a swim. It's about a mile and a half walk through forest roads to get to Bond Falls, We found it best to go in the morning when it was less crowded.

The sites at this campground vary in size. Some are quite small while others will fit any size rig. Similarly, the privacy of the sites varies. There are maybe 10 sites or so that are on the water. These were very popular and some of them were quite close together. All of the sites are nestled in the trees, so choose wisely if you are relying on solar. Because of this you can expect to hear generators running during the day. Par for the course with a campground like this, but still can be annoying when they aren't used sparingly.

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Verizon 4G/LTE

Beerboy would stay here again

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2 reviews

Reviewed 7/31/2018

Days stayed: 2
Site Number: W-4
Overall Rating

This campground is part of the Upper Peninsula power company (UPCO). It's boondocking in the best possible way. You have to go to the park service building next to the outpost to sign up for your site. Go to the campground first and pick the site, set up, then head to the falls but instead of turning left into the falls continue straight and you will get to the outpost and park service building. They allow a maximum 14 day stay at no cost. There are picnic tables and fire rings at most sites. I noticed handicap accessible sites as well. Beautiful place to relax and wind down after many days of traveling and sightseeing.

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Verizon 4G/LTE

Steve would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • general store
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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