MI – New state park campsites cater to tent lovers

CARP LAKE — Quiet tent. Quiet fire. Quiet conversation, or no conversation at all. My favorite camping is rustic, without electricity, loud music, loud engines or loud people.

So I was happy to hear that Wilderness State Parkwest of Mackinaw City was about to open 10 new rustic campsites with views of Lake Michigan.

Although reservations went online back in February and pretty much sold out, I kept checking for cancellations and found one for the first night the campground opened, June 23.

I arrived in early afternoon, the first person there. It felt funny to be the first soul to set up a tent in the new campground, the first to light a fire in the metal fire ring, and maybe the first to use the nearby vault toilet (brand new and the cleanest one I ever saw! You could eat off the cement floor.)

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