Carp River Campground

Hiawatha National Forest

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Mackinac Trail St. Ignace, MI 49781 906-643-7900 906-789-4062 Official Website

GPS: 46.0328, -84.7194

Last Price Paid: $16
Number of Sites: 20
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: May-Oct.
Elevation: 630 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

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Ratings Summary

Site Quality

Cell Phone Coverage

Verizon 4G/LTE
Verizon 3G
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24' Jayco X23b Hybrid
15 reviews
Nightly rate: $16
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 17

Robin would stay here again

“Inexpensive camping near Mackinac Island”

Reviewed Sep 26, 2016

Overall Rating

This is an old style National Forest campground that is located about 20 minutes north of Saint Ignace in the Upper Peninsula. You can catch a ferry to Mackinac Island in downtown Saint Ignace so this campground is an inexpensive alternative to the expensive state park or private parks if you are set up for rustic camping. We used it as a stop on our way home from northern Canada.

The sites are huge with lots of separation. Lots of tall trees and shade so it is really forest camping. The sites all have a fire ring and table but there are no rv or tent pads so after a rain the site can be a muddy mess.

There are a number of pull through sites, site 17 is a large pull through and we were able to get our trailer level without any leveling devices.

There are both old style outhouse type toilets and a more updated pit toilet facility.

We had mostly 1 bar of 4g service but it would pop to 3g or disappear all together randomly, then return.

The campground was surprisingly busy in mid September but very quiet the night we stayed. Bring your Thermocells or bug spray as mosquitos can be annoying.

We paid $8 night using senior pass.

Site Quality
Verizon 4G/LTE
Verizon 3G

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  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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