North and South Manitou Islands offer camping choices for novice to pro campers. Since you are camping on islands, the Manitou Island Transit serves campers with ferry transportation. Reservations are recommended, and you can make them by calling 231-256-9061.

South Manitou Island permits camping at three locations: the Bay, Weather Station and Popple Campgrounds. The island is small with a fragile ecosystem and low impact camping is the rule. At all locations food should be stored in hard containers to thwart the Northern Miniature Tiger (aka the chipmunk!). There is no transportation to the campgrounds so all camping gear and supplies must be packed in and out. Large group sites are available only by reservation from the Park Service. Please call the Park Service at 231-326-5134 or 1-800-365-CAMP (2267) for reservations, or going to Recreation.gov: South Manitou Group.

Check out Camping on South Manitou Island for more details.

SOUTH MANITOU ISLAND CAMPING FEES

Bay Campground for 1-4 persons:  25 Total Sites, 0 Reservable.  $5.00/night
Bay Group Sites for 7-20 persons:  3 Total Sites, 3 Reservable.  Fee/night = $20.00 with no reservation and $23.00 when reserved.
Reservations Required for Group Sites 5/22/2009 to 9/26/2009.

Weather Station Campground for 1-4 persons:  20 Total Sites, 0 Reservable $5.00/night
Weather Station Group Campground for 7-20 persons:  3 Total Sites, 3 Reservable.  Fee/night = $20.00 with no reservations and $23.00 when reserved.
Reservations Required for Group Sites 5/22/2009 to 9/26/2009.

Popple Campground for 1-4 persons:  7 Total Sites, 0 Reservable.  $5.00/night.


North Manitou Island offers 15,000 acres of wilderness with a visitor use concept that emphasizes solitude, self-reliance and a sense of exploration. Camping on North Manitou is “open”: you choose the campsite! The primary visitor activities include hiking, swimming, backcountry camping and backpacking. The island itself is home to a large whitetail deer herd and is the summer range for a variety of raptors (including the Bald Eagle). In the fall, special trips are available for hunters.

Check out North Manitou Island Camping for more details.

NORTH MANITOU ISLAND CAMPING FEES

Village Campground Campsites for 1-4 persons:  8 Total Sites, 0 Reservable.  $5.00/night.

Backcountry Camping for 1-4 persons:  Unlimited Sites.  $5.00/night.

Group Camping for 10 persons maximum:  Unlimited Sites.  $10.00/night.


North and South Manitou Islands are part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, so you will need a park pass to enter. You can purchase them in Empire or the morning of your departure from rangers at the Manitou Island Transit.

Please visit Manitou Island Transit for island maps and more information about camping on the Manitou Islands.

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