Carp River Campground

Hiawatha National Forest

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Mackinac Trail St. Ignace, MI 49781 906-428-5800 Reservations: 877-444-6777 Official Website

GPS: 46.0337, -84.7191

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Overview of Carp River Campground

Number of Sites 20

Reservations yes

Open Seasonally May - October

Elevation 590 ft / 179 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 9/26/2016
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Last reported 6/24/2019
“I loved it!”

Reviewed 6/24/2019

Nightly rate: $8
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 3
Overall Rating

Beautiful, secluded campground. Big campsites! Nice picnic table and fire ring. We had a pull-through site across from the drinking water and dumpster and next to the bathroom. I fogged with Yard Guard and it made it very livable with all the mosquitoes. The tall thick trees, the river bubbling below, the birds singing and a bonfire going, we couldn’t ask for anything more. Oh there was a little road noise that disturbed the silence of the night, but I won’t complain.

Site Quality

Pung would stay here again

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24' Jayco X23b Hybrid
15 reviews
“Inexpensive camping near Mackinac Island”

Reviewed 9/26/2016

Nightly rate: $16
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 17
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.

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Verizon 3G

Robin would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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