This campground wins the prize for the best view from the site…so far. This is the view from our bedroom window when we arrived on Friday around noon.
Here is the same view around 9 pm.
Little Bay De Noc is another no frills Forest Service campground with 36 wooded sites, only 5 of which have water views. We arrived around noon and claimed a huge site with wide open views of the bay. We were pretty thrilled about our home for the weekend…until the sun came over the trees and we began to bake in the hot, hot sun. We tried re-positioning ourselves to find more shade, but to no avail. Our wide open spot with gorgeous waterfront views made for one hot weekend. Luckily, the beautiful bay water was only steps away…we even had our very own mini sandy beach.
It was a quiet weekend on the bay. We hung around the site reading, computing and making pizza on the grill. There were a few hiking trails that zigzagged through the campground. One was an interpretive trail with fascinating signs telling the history of the area. Way back in the early 1880’s families visited the area for picnics and camping. Later, in the early 1900s small cabins and a hotel which housed a huge dining and meeting hall used for dances was built. The hotel fell into disuse as cars became more popular and people began to visit other destinations not on the rail lines. At some point the forest service acquired the land and in 1990 constructed the campground that we enjoy today. Thank you forest service for preserving this land for us to enjoy. What seemed destined to become a busy resort town will now forever be open and available for outdoor recreation.
The sunsets over the bay were amazing.
This is our last stop on Lake Michigan. Now we’re off to explore more states and more lakes.