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Overview of Portage Bay State Forest Campground

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 23

Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 557 ft / 169 m

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Portage Bay State Forest Campground 2 people have reviewed this location.

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Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 8/16/2019
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Last reported 7/28/2020
1 review
“Remote Spot Right Off Lake Michigan ”

Reviewed 7/28/2020

Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 4
Overall Rating

Such a hidden gem! Not packed and super tranquil. At night you can hear the waves crash and you can have a great view of the night sky from your very own beach spot next to the site.

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T-Mobile 4G/LTE

Dawn13422 would stay here again

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Minneapolis, MN
22' Roadtrek 210 Popular
22 reviews
“Our favorite spot in our week in the Upper Peninsula”

Reviewed 8/16/2019

Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 21
Overall Rating

First a cautionary warning: To get to this campground there is 8 miles of tough gravel. The last 5 are very tight. We have a campervan (9'6" high) and we brushed a few branches. We saw few trailers but I wouldn't have done it. Also many places in the road are not wide enough for two vehicles. We only met 2 cars on the way in. One guy had to pull off the road about 2' for us.

That said...wow.

This is on a protected bay on lake Michigan. From the back of our site about a 30' walk on a small trail on our site and you had your own personal beach with spectacular sand. The water was warm because it was shallow and most of the afternoon and evening it was like glass. We were able to launch our kayak right from our site (There is a boat launch too).

The sites are very private (mostly) and we never heard the neighbors.

Pit toilets were well maintained.

This was a really great place and the bay was so beautiful. I actually woke up to get a sunrise pic (I never do that).

Site Quality

1bike would stay here again

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27' Winnebago 2250DS
5 reviews

noted 8/23/2020

We parked our Winnebago 2250DS at a nearby RV park so we could recon the road into this campground. It's a good thing we did, too, because we could not have gotten our trailer to the campground without damaging the roof from low-hanging branches.

While we didn't make it all the way to the campground and can't say for sure, I strongly suspect anyone with a teardrop or popup would be able to navigate the "road" to the campground without damage.

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  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
  • swimming beach
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • water available
  • pets


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