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Carp Lake, Michigan

Wilderness State Park

Carp Lake, Michigan


903 Wilderness Park Dr
Mackinaw City, Michigan 49718
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 290
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 45.745680304841
Longitude: -84.89992670398
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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25 Reviews

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Nicely treed State park with easy access to Lake Michigan. Lakeside loops have narrow dusty road. Back loops not on the lake have paved roads, larger sites and parking pads. Lots of elaborate tent camper setups with mess tents, shade tents, and lots of beach toys. Several wave runners moored at beach. High Great Lakes water levels have reduced beach front but there was still plenty of space for everyone. Campground sits on bay so waves not too bad and water temps warmer. Be aware Great Lakes water is pretty cold!! No problems with noisy campers or barking dogs. Mostly family groups enjoying Michigan summertime fun at the lake. We plan on returning. Hope to score another lakefront site. We camped at Wilderness State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
69
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Mackinaw City is about 10 miles away. Historical fort, loads of restaurants and tourist shops plus ferry departures to Mackinaw Island. Mackinaw Bridge to Upper Michigan. Good donuts at small general store a mile west of park.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the best and most beautiful state parks! The beach, within the park, is great with beautiful views and there is also a dog beach. Very peaceful and dark park at night. There is a lot of hiking trails and great biking, paved roads. Go as far west that the road will take you and you will find another beach and exploring area. A must is the donuts at Wilderness Camp Store. Homemade and delicious. The only wildlife we you will see are skunks, wildturkey, chipmunks, etc. There are some very elaborate tent setups. If you need "tourist" things Mackinaw city is 10 miles away with the ferry to Mackinac Island. St. Ignace is great for grocery and lunch. Plus a ride over the bridge. Staff is friendly and helpful. Can't wait until next year to come back to Wilderness. We camped at Wilderness State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
34 and 250
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Good restaurants in Mackinaw City - KeyHole and Nona Lisa's. St. Ignace - the Gangplank, yummy whitefish tacos! Great seafood company by the grocery store.

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

This is the first negative review I have written and it's frustrating to review this park. It's in a fabulous location to be out in Northern Michigan. It's out on the tip of the lower peninsula and right on Lake Michigan. There's a dark sky viewing area and a lot of trails and bike paths. Here's the negative: there's over 250 campsites crammed in like sardines. We were just passing through and opted for an electric site instead of FHU. The FHU sites are much nicer but still close together. If I can't get a FHU next time I'll pass on the park. It's really a shame. We camped at Wilderness State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
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Review Count: 114
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

Pros: Beautiful wooded state park with hiking trails and lake front access. Cons: If you are out of state there are all kinds extra fees and charges - park admission and daily vehicle fee. With the additional charges, the site rental was $54.00 per night for electric hook-up only. You only find out about the fees when you arrive and paid for the site rental. Beware! Parks with full hookups are cheaper. Also, most of the showers were out of order during our stay. The road to the park is very rough. Even thou now we have a Michigan State Park pass for 2017 we will never stay in a Michigan State Park again. We camped at Wilderness State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
163
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The area is very scenic and Mackinaw Island is something special. In Mackinaw City the Key Hole Bar and Darrow's are excellent restaurants. Enjoy the area.

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Review Count: 112
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is 11 miles from Mackinaw City, and it feels like you're out in the wilderness! A stretch of Wilderness Park Road is badly in need of repair - very rough. The check-in station was unattended, and there were no maps to take to help locate our site. Maybe this was because it was early October, late in the season. We managed to find our site in the Pines Campground; nestled among the tall pine trees, rather than lakefront. The interior roads are paved and smooth, and the dirt/gravel sites are roomy and mostly level. I would recommend this campground if you don't mind the 11-mile drive from town, several miles of which are rough. If staying in the area again, we would probably try to find something closer to Mackinaw City. We camped at Wilderness State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
202 Pines
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the most beautiful state parks in Michigan, on Lake Michigan in a very secluded corner in the northwest corner of the lower peninsula. In the full hookup area the sites are very level. Most sites are gravel, although the handicap site was concrete. Because this is a new section of a very extensive campground, the sites are smaller with less privacy than in the rustic (electric only) area. The sites in the rustic area are quite large, well shaded for the most part, and some offer views of Lake Michigan. We camped at Wilderness State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Full hookup
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Although in a very secluded area of the norther lower peninsula, the park is only about 8-10 miles from Mackinaw City. Mackinaw City offers lots of restaurants, gift shops and, of course, the ferries to Mackinac Island. It's also relatively close to Legs Inn, a well-known restaurant at the northern end of the Tunnel of Trees. Drive south from Cross Village to Harbor Springs and enjoy a beautiful drive, with more restaurants, shops and sightseeing in this upscale northern Michigan community.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in the new (opened 2016) full hook-up campground section. A new campground check-in station was being constructed at the time of our visit. The campsites in this section are good size and some have trees or bushes between to give some privacy. The parking surface is gravel and the living surface is mostly sand at most sites. Because it's newly carved out of woods, the trees (mostly pine) are not filled out so shade is spotty. The site descriptions in the reservation system are not always real accurate, especially when talking about shade. Our site was on the lake side of the road but we could not walk directly to the lake due to a fence to prevent this. It was great to have (partial) lake views right from our campsite. There is no bathhouse in this camping area.

There was no TV reception and limited cell phone reception. Town (Mackinaw City) is about 10 miles away but the road there is curvy and in parts very rough so it takes a while to get there. There is a reason it is called Wilderness State Park! We looked at the other (older) campground sections. The section by the lake has sites that were very small and crowded. The other older section was more spacious.

We will stay again in the full hook-up section of this park when we again come to this area. We camped at Wilderness State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
M
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The private-run camp store just west of the campgrounds sells fresh made donuts that are very good and recommended.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

The new brand-new Wilderness section is a hidden gem, this review only applies to those sites (sites A through R). New full hook-up sites with beautiful views of Lake Michigan, widely spaced, nice landscaping between sites. So quiet I felt ashamed to make any noise. Cell phone service spotty, but 1 mile west at the boat launch coverage was excellent. We camped at Wilderness State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Wilderness D
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This is a large state park offering lots of hiking trails, roads with not too much traffic for nice biking, local general stores 3 miles away in two directions.

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Review Count: 317
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 78

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate is for a 30 amp site and does not include the required daily entrance fee or annual pass at $31 each for motorhome and towed vehicle. The name of this park gives somewhat the wrong impression as this is pretty much civilization with a camp store. The roads to the park are good, if a bit bumpy and narrow in places. We were there during the week but it was still crowded. We had OK spacing but the sites are pretty close together and there is no vegetation for visual separation. It is fairly tree covered. We were able to get satellite by asking our neighbor if we could use a bit of their yard for our portable dish. We had Verizon data and cell by using our Wilson amp and roof-top antenna. A few of the sites are on the lake or with some view of the lake, but I suspect these go early. In our loop, we were back in the woods. As we were leaving they were preparing to open some full-hookup sites, which should be nice. Good to have full hook-ups in the wilderness. Since it was crowded and the sites are pretty close, it was a bit noisy at night, but not too bad. We would probably not stay here again. We camped at Wilderness State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
194
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Shopping, restaurants, and most other tourist activities are located in Mackinaw, about 30 minutes drive from the Park.

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Review Count: 70
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

We were initially looking for a place to stay to break up a long drive to the UP. We extended our stay to wait out a storm. We're self contained and don't use the facilities. We stayed on a week night in July.

The campground was very full. However, we were in the East Lakeshore campground, site #35, at the end of a loop which bordered on a trail to the beach. This made the site feel quite spacious. Although we couldn't see Lake Michigan from our site, we essentially had direct access to an almost private beach. The staff was friendly and helpful. The campground was clean and well maintained. In general, sites with a lake view were smaller, those away from the lake were larger. There was no wifi. ATT and Verizon coverage was adequate. We camped at Wilderness State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
35
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

There are several hiking trails and a nice beach which we did not use.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed 2 nights (July 4th & 5th), had never camped here before. The park was understandably packed since it was a holiday, but nobody was rowdy or too noisy. We were in the Pines area, so a short walk to the beach. I'd like to come back here someday, it's a real peaceful place. I wasn't crazy about our fire pit, but nothing to get riled up about. We camped at Wilderness State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
177
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Mackinaw City nearby, a nice camping store is close as well. Great swimming beach. We could see the fireworks from St. Ignace on the 4th, which was cool.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Spent 4 nights at campsite #42 on the Lake then the next 4 nights across on site #46. 42 was awesome, gorgeous setting, some nice tall trees, great access to the lake (maybe 150' from the back of the site). #46 was a bit tight but not too bad. Not a lot of privacy but, the nice tall pines gives you the "Up North" feeling. This park is truly a state of mind place, if you go there with the feeling that the sites are small, the bathrooms are old, and there are too many loud people and dogs you are going to have a bad time. I choose to enjoy the beach, watch the awesome sunsets, take time and enjoy the gorgeous dark night sky full of stars, paddle the kayak out a half a mile straight out to get a fantastic view of the Mack. Bridge, take a few long bike rides on the roads and trails, and just relax and breath in the fantastic clean air. Apart from the strong winds that can come off the Lake, the Lower campground is nice although there were some decent sites up the small hill at the Pines camp. I would love to go back there! We camped at Wilderness State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
42 - 46 - Lower East
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Take some binoculars down to the beach and look up at a moonless night and enjoy some of the darkest skies around.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very family-friendly campground located about 20 minutes west of Mackinaw City. The mailing address is Carp Lake, Michigan. We stayed at the Pines Campground for five days. Sites are a bit close for a state park, but this is a very popular campground. Bathrooms and showers are cleaned each day by DNR personnel but as noted in another post, need to be updated. Outer loop sites have more privacy than the inner loop but despite the crowd, everyone was respectful with no loud or obnoxious groups. If you are planning for a family get together, the inner loop sites adjoin nicely. DNR personnel on site each day for maintenance and management issues. Camp hosts located in each campground are great and sponsor daily activities for kids and adults. Hosts and DNR sponsor a recycling program that helps fund park improvements with a collection bin for returnable bottles located near camp hosts. Pines Campground is up the hill (about 100 yards) from the Lakeshore Campground. There is dump station with one receptacle between both campgrounds. “Book Nook” library shed (books, board games, movies) is located at the Lakeshore Campground and available to all campers. Wilderness Nature Center is attached to Pines Campground and sponsor nature talks almost every day. Amphitheater and frog pond (frogs visible just off the path) is east of the Pines Campground and open field, horseshoe pits and swings located just south of the Pines Campground. Hiking and biking trails originate just outside the campground. The beach is wonderful and shallow depth of water is great for swimming. A wet 2014 has the lake higher than normal. Most campers walk or bike down to the beach each night to watch the sun set-- a fun, festive atmosphere. Be aware: dogs are NOT allowed on the beach. This rule is enforced so if you bring your dog, it will need to stay at the campsite while you spend the day at the beach. We camped at Wilderness State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Our favorite park in Michigan. Staff are friendly and helpful. Have stayed in both lakeside sites and up in the pines (a lot nicer up there during cold weather). Absolutely love the access to the donuts down the road! We camped at Wilderness State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Very appropriate name for the park. We followed the directions in the CG Book that said to follow the signs. There was 1 sign in Mackinaw City and no more. The road was so rough on the way that we could not go over 20 mph. The 10 miles was more like 15 miles. You will get a true idea of dark when you go out at night. There is nothing to do there unless you are a reader. I finished 2 books while sitting there a day. The park is nice but not worth the trip on those roads. We camped at Wilderness State Park in a Motorhome.

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