While not my first camping trip of the year, this is the first I’m writing about.
The campground itself is pretty good all in all. On a scale of 1 to 10 I give it a 7 or 8. It’s fairly “rustic”, with plenty of trees and a good view of the lake from most campsites. It’s not RV friendly, and that’s OK for me obviously. Unfortunately, I reserved my spot kinda late (a week in advance), and it was probably the ‘worst’ of the lot. There wasn’t much privacy between me and my two neighbors on either side of me. But the trip did give me an opportunity to write down which campsites I think would be best for the future (the most privacy and best views of the lake), and here they are:
41, 43, 46 and 30, 31 and 33
Another nice thing about this campground is they sell firewood right at the station, unlike Wilderness State Park. They do NOT sell kindling, however, so either find your own or bring lots of newspaper like I did. Leelanau is quite isolated from civilization, too, so keep that in mind and pack up on food/supplies before you go. It’s about 40-45 minutes north of Traverse City, and about 10 minutes from Northport, the nearest “town”. Northport doesn’t offer much (except for an excess of day tripping hipsters from T.C.), but they do have a gas station at least.
The park is excellent for access to Lake Michigan, access to nature and views of the night sky. I didn’t have much trouble with bugs, but then again, I never really do. Raccoons got into my trash at night, but didn’t make too much of a mess. There were bear warnings at the ranger station, apparently a bear has been raiding the dumpsters there lately.
Sadly this trip had to be cut short due to incoming storms. I’m putting it on my list of “must reserve” campsites for next spring/summer, however.