Trout Lake Campground

AKA Trout Lake Township Park     IMG_8418

Park entrance

Park entrance

I would venture to guess that little campground is off the grid for the majority of people. Definitely a well kept secret.

One & only bathhouse.

One & only bathhouse.

The campground has 83 campsites, 60 of which have 30 amp electric. Only a few of the sites are directly on the lake. (There isn’t a Trout Lake in Trout Lake, the campground is situated on Carp Lake.) There are no water or sewer hookups but there are 2 stations where a rig can take on potable water & a dump station. A bathhouse is available & I must say the showers have great water pressure with ample hot water, maybe a tad too hot. (This is the only park I’ve ever stayed at where that was an issue.)

Off lake sites

Off lake sites

Our site. One of the lakefront sites.

Our site. One of the lakefront sites.

There isn’t any privacy between sites but the sites are of comfortable dimensions & most can accommodate a big rig. Several sites have shade at least part of the day. I don’t know how good of a satellite signal can be had on any sites other than the ones on the lake as that’s all we’ve ever camped on. We’ve had no issues at all with our Direct TV signal nor our Verizon connection. Each site includes a picnic table & a fire ring but you will need to purchase your firewood in town.

Beach

Beach

Playground & horseshoe pits

Playground & horseshoe pits

Boat launch with sites across from beach.

Boat launch with sites across from beach.

The park has a beach but no lifeguard. One can easily swim in front of any of the water sites however as the spring-fed lake front is sandy & shallow. Furry children are welcome here & may even swim in the lake in front of the lake sites. A fenced in playground,  volleyball court,  small picnic area & a boat launch are also offered. The fishing has always been good to us.

Community cabin

Community cabin

This is a very quiet park during the week, we’ve never had a problem getting in on a weekday. The weekends are another story altogether. The locals come in droves on the weekends, some arriving as early as Thursday night. It becomes party central at that point & the 10 PM quiet time flies right out the window. We just bear with it as we know that come Sunday night sanity will reign again.

Another noise problem is the trains. The campground is situated alongside an active rail line. Trains pass by perhaps a half dozen times within a 24 hour period daily & those witty engineers DO love to toot the whistle EVERY time they pass by. We find it doesn’t bother us as we sleep like the dead at night, we stop noticing their passings within a day or two.

The town of Trout Lake has nothing to offer as a draw for tourists other than the lake with its park. In fact Trout Lake looks like a tired little town that has definitely seen better times. Several of the local motels/lodges are vacant or have been torn down. There is a store that calls itself an IGA (grocery) but that’s a stretch of the imagination & their prices are high. A couple of sleepy bars, a lackluster motel restaurant, a gas station, post office, laundromat (The owner of this place should be embarrassed by it’s filthy condition), elementary school,  & a church or two make up the town itself.  I recommend that you drive into St. Ignace to do laundry & grocery shop.

Location, not the town is the draw. From Trout Lake it is easy to visit some of Michigan Upper Peninsula’s premier tourist attractions. Oswald Bear Ranch in Newberry is a 45 mile drive. Upper & Lower Tahquamenon Falls with nearby Whitefish Point Lighthouse & Shipwreck Museum is a mere 40 miles away. St. Ignace with a ferry line to Mackinac Island is only 38 miles while the Soo Locks are 50. If you’re up for a longer ride it’s about 75 miles to the breathtaking Pictured Rocks National Shoreline.

There are pros & cons to this township park. It isn’t for everyone but we like it here.

Family tradition is the group shot on the final day of stay. It's just the two of us this year.

Family tradition is the group shot on the final day of stay. It’s just the three of us this year.

Here’s lookin’ at you kid…………………..

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  1. Our pups would love it there! Great spot you have on the lake. We went to a NASCAR race in Michigan before we started full time RVing. Hoping to explore there one day…love reading your posts!

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