Frequently Asked Questions

Area FAQ

The closest convenience store is located just a 5-minute drive from the campground. You can find a range of supplies there, including groceries, camping essentials, and fishing gear.

Our campground is surrounded by a variety of attractions for all tastes: Iron Fish Distillery: Experience farm-to-glass craft spirits and enjoy tours and tastings. St. Ambrose Cellars: Offers a delightful selection of meads and wines, perfect for a tasting adventure. Crystal Mountain: Just a short drive away, Crystal Mountain provides a plethora of activities including skiing, golfing, and spa services.

The area around our campground boasts a variety of dining options ranging from casual eateries to fine dining. Don't miss trying the local cuisine at nearby restaurants and cafes, which offer everything from fresh, local seafood to farm-to-table dishes.

Lake Michigan's scenic shores are approximately a 30-minute drive from the campground, offering beautiful beaches and sunset views.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is about an hour's drive from the campground. It's a must-visit for its stunning landscapes, hiking trails, and dune climbs.

Campground FAQ

At Betsie River Canoes and Campground, we permit the use of inverter generators exclusively. This policy ensures a quieter, more environmentally friendly camping experience for all our guests.

An inverter generator is designed to produce more stable and consistent power. It operates more quietly than standard generators and is more fuel-efficient, making it ideal for use in camping environments where noise and fuel economy are significant considerations.

While bear sightings are rare, we are in a natural environment where wildlife is present. We advise keeping your campsite clean and storing food securely.

Yes, we provide a fish cleaning station for your convenience. Please use it to clean your catch and dispose of fish waste properly.

Yes, dogs are welcome at our campground! We require that dogs be kept on a leash at all times for the safety and comfort of all guests and wildlife.

Yes, you are welcome to bring your dog on the kayak. We recommend ensuring your dog is comfortable and safe on the water.

Absolutely! Guests are encouraged to bring their own canoes or kayaks. We also offer rentals if you need one.

Yes, we are pleased to offer a 9-basket disc golf course that winds throughout the entire campground. The course is available to all our guests at no additional cost. We are continuously investing in the course to enhance its appeal. A map of the disc golf course is available upon request.

To protect our trees and maintain the health of our forest, we cannot allow any outside firewood to be brought into the campground. This measure helps prevent the spread of invasive insects and diseases. For more information, please visit for more information.

Our river adventures offer a challenging experience that may not be suitable for beginners or children under the age of 16. We prioritize the safety and enjoyment of all our guests and recommend assessing the skill level and readiness of all participants before embarking on the water.

Yes, guests are allowed to bring 4-wheelers, side-by-sides, dirt bikes, and other motorized vehicles to the campground. However, their use is restricted to direct travel to and from the trail system, adhering to a strict 10mph speed limit to ensure the safety and comfort of all guests.

Our campground provides access to 400 acres of state land, featuring an extensive network of trails for our guests to explore. It's essential to have a trail map or GPS for navigation. We offer a map showcasing one of the available routes, emphasizing the importance of awareness regarding property boundaries and applicable rules and regulations.

Betsie River Canoes and Campground

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