Elkwood Campground in Northern Michigan

 

NORTHERN MICHIGAN ATTRACTIONS

There is an endless number of adventures to experience here in Northern Michigan! Explore the great outdoors with activities like mushroom hunting, ATV riding, fishing, and kayaking. Spend time at local historical attractions, sample some of the greatest golf courses in the Midwest, enjoy our beautiful coastal towns with multiple shopping and dining options, and more! Below, we've listed some of our favorites.

MACKINAC BRIDGE & ISLAND

A scenic 35 minute drive from the campground, visit the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere. Cross the Straits of Mackinac to visit St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula or stay in the Lower for family-friendly Mackinaw City. Hop on a ferry to Mackinac Island and spend the day visiting Fort Mackinac, bike riding, hiking, and shopping. Take a little time to relax at one of the restaurants with beautiful views of the water.

CASTLE ROCK

Forty-five minutes away, a solid rock tower rises 196 feet above the Mackinaw Straits and holds the distinction of being an ancient Ojibwa Indian lookout. Take in magnificent views of the Mackinac Bridge, Straits of Mackinac, and Mackinac Island as you stand on historical ground. You may also see Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox!

CROSS OF THE WOODS

Not only can you visit the numerous shrines dedicated to religious figures, but feel free to participate in a weekday or weekend mass under the shadow of the National Shrine's hallmark art piece, "The Man on the Cross." This famous Catholic Shrine is a short 10 mile drive up I-75.  Enjoy a stroll through the grounds or stop in to their gift shop.

LEGS INN

One of the prettiest views you'll find at any restaurant, along with one of the coolest interiors. With a menu mainly made up of housemade Polish cuisine, they also have some of the best whitefish spread we've had (locally caught from the Great Lakes)! Dining outside is a can't miss experience with views of their garden and overlooking Lake Michigan.

STURGEON RIVER

Take time to visit the picturesque and tranquil Sturgeon River, a National Wild and Scenic River with a 21-mile stretch of DNR-qualified "Blue Ribbon Trout Stream." Beyond site-seeing and fishing, enjoy the opportunities for tubing and kayaking as you set off from one of the multiple access points conveniently near Elkwood Campground. If you have time, also visit the beautiful Au Sable River about an hour south of us for a calm day of kayaking and picnicking.

ATV TRAILS

Hop on and ride your ATV or Motorcycle right out of the campground. Your hardest decision will be choosing which of the many scenic trails you and your friends or family will explore! Ask us for recommendations and directions. We are open year round for all of you snowmobilers looking for great trails as well!

ANNUAL EVENTS

MAY IS MUSHROOM HUNTING!

Experience the wilderness as you trek through serene national and state land while keeping your eyes peeled for this elusive quarry. Bring a basket and gather morels in the Pigeon River National Forest or The Mackinaw State Forest, among many other sites. Who knows, you may get lucky and find them right outside your camper!

GET YOUR BUGLE ON EVERY FALL!

Elkwood Campground and the surrounding area is home to the largest free-roaming elk herd east of the Mississippi River. While the elk inhabit this area year-round, there are certain times that are better for viewing them. One of the best months happens to be September, when the males (bulls) are trying to establish dominance for mating rights with the females (cows). The bulls are very active during this time, making loud vocalizations - coined "bugling" - and breaking brush with their antlers to impress cows and intimidate their rivals. If you haven't had the pleasure of listening in on this spectacle, you are in for a treat! 

Dates: September through Mid October

DNR website: http://www.michigandnr.com/publications/pdfs/wildlife/viewingguide/nlp/56Pigeon/index.htm

Learn the elk calls: http://www.elk-hunting-tips.net/elk-sounds.html


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