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Overview of St. Ignace Campground

St. Ignace Campground in the Hiawatha National Forest is a serene, natural area offering beautiful landscapes and access to Lake Michigan. Camping here can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors and explore the beauty of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The campground is well-suited for tent camping, RVs, and has some amenities to ensure a comfortable stay.

Reservations and Fees


  • Reservations for St. Ignace Campground can typically be made in advance.
  • Some sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, but booking ahead is recommended during busy seasons.


  • Fees for camping sites vary depending on the location within the campground and the facilities provided.
  • There may be additional fees for extra vehicles, amenities, or activities.

Camping Facilities


  • Campsites usually come with a picnic table, a fire ring, and access to restrooms.
  • Drinking water is generally available at designated locations within the campground.


  • There may be specific sites allocated for RVs, some of which offer electric hookups.
  • Dump stations are often found on-site or nearby for RV sanitation needs.

Activities and Recreation

Beach Access:

  • St. Ignace Campground offers access to beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan.
  • Swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing are popular activities.


  • There are hiking and biking trails in the surrounding Hiawatha National Forest, satisfying those interested in exploration and wildlife viewing.

Fishing and Boating:

  • Lake Michigan and other nearby lakes and rivers offer opportunities for fishing and boating.
  • Be sure to follow state fishing regulations and have the necessary permits.

Local Attractions:

  • Visit local attractions such as the Mackinac Island, which is a short ferry ride away.
  • Explore the historical sites and lighthouses or take scenic drives to enjoy the larger area.

Safety and Regulations

Fire Safety:

  • Check for fire restrictions or bans before lighting a campfire.
  • Always supervise fires and ensure they're fully extinguished before leaving or going to sleep.


  • Store food properly to avoid attracting wildlife to your campsite.
  • Be aware of local wildlife and keep a safe distance.


  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions and potentially cooler temperatures near Lake Michigan, especially at night.

Leave No Trace:

  • Follow Leave No Trace principles by packing out all trash and minimizing your impact on the environment.

Camping Rules:

  • Adhere to all campground rules such as quiet hours, pet policies, and site occupancy limits.

Access and Directions


  • St. Ignace Campground is located within the Hiawatha National Forest, near St. Ignace, Michigan.


  • Detailed directions can usually be found on the USDA Forest Service website or by contacting the local ranger district office.

Contact Information

  • For the most current information and for reservations, contact the Hiawatha National Forest ranger district office or visit the USDA Forest Service website.
  • Checking the official sources will provide you with up-to-date rules, conditions, and any alerts or closures that may affect your visit.

Please note that facilities, regulations, and fees may change, and it's always best to check with the Hiawatha National Forest's ranger district or the official campground website for the most recent information before you visit.

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