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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Campground Reveiw - Chalk Hills Campground – in the UP of Michigan

(this is one of series of posts of various campgrounds we have been to over the years... I am going through my files in alphabetical order and posting past camping trips in my blog.... something to do over this long long upcoming winter---- sigh)

We last camped here July 2009  This post is featuring the Chalk Hills Campground---
their website is:    http://www.chalkhillscampground.com/

This is a lovely private campground we stumbled across about 3 years ago after it first opened up.  What a nice quiet place, located near a big dam on the Menominee River, bordering between the UP of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin.   There is GREAT fishing on this river, and residents from both states can fish on this river with their current licenses.  It is only 50-60 miles from our home.   It is one of the few places we camp at that has ELECTRIC hookups!  

The rates are only $15 a night, and they have 25 sites to choose from.  Big level gravel sites with some pull through.   We like 4 and 5 on the one end, and also 12-15 on the other end!  If you call them or email, they will save a site for you without a problem.
(906) 639-2286 or info@ChalkHillsCampground.com


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There are some small rustic sites both above and below the dam that are manned by the power company that owns the dam, but they are wayyy too small for a motorhome or any lengthy trailer or fiver.  Pickup trucks and tents are about all that work in them.  They are called Recreational Access Sites.  

So it was a great thing for these folks decided to put up a campground with large enough sites for the rest of us camping folks!   They offer electric hookups (some 30 and some 50 amp) and water at the entrance (unthreaded spigot so to fill you need a water device like this)   The two outhouses are clean and the entire park is very well-kept.   They try to meet up with you after you self-register and drop off a bundle of fire kindling, and a box of wooden matches!  awwwwwwww
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We have camped here a number of times, the last time with our camping buddies, Fred and Sharon.  Along with their darling yellow lab, Brandy!

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chalk hills campground july 2009 (2)_1 She is such a good campground doggie…. they winter over in their fiver down south each year, so she gets in lots of camping!

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Morning sun coming through the trees….  sometimes you see deer wander across on their way to river for a drink.
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Morning coffee, pastries, and good friends… what more do you need?

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We hauled up our boat behind the motorhome, and the guys hooked it up behind Fred’s truck to go head out in the river and find some fish!

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Later we took a drive up the road a ways.. .to Pemene Falls.    What a lovely July day!
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Not much water for this time of year, but you can see how high it does get at certain times.

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Downriver from the campgrounds is a big hydroelectric dam….
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There are a few boat landings down river and up river of the dam for access.  Here is one at the Sturgeon Bend township campground (we have stayed here too in the past, but we like Chalk Hills better now)  

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It was such a perfect day for a ride and check out the river at various points. 
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Fred and Sharon, our camping buddies.  (now both retired from UWGB)

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“Da ya think darz any fish in der?”

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Danged Tourists!

Here are a few more shots from November 2008 camping (yes, they stay open through hunting season)
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We have our scooter up on the back rack of the motorhome, so if the urge arises, we hop on and go for a scenic ride.  The dirt road north of the campground winds along the river, near the exclusive resort island of Four Seasons, and up into the woods beyond.  It was a great day for a ride! down the road 1

I just can’t sit still…   I always have to bring along *something* to work on!~ looper day 1

It’s always a surprise of what I am going to bring along to work on.. it’s usually fiber-related and has something to do with making things that I sell on my etsy website:
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And all too soon, it’s time to pack up and head home again.   Sigh. campground 8


  1. What a beautiful place to be, thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos. We want to spend some time in the UP in the future and this looks like a good place to stay. We've been through that area...but just a buzz though on our way east to Mackinaw.

  2. Hey Karen,,,been missin you on chat! I dont know how you do it in the cold, cold, north and being trapped at the house. I would go crazy!! Gonna order them socks any day now for Christmas!


  3. Margie.. you just let me know when you are going through the U.P. and perhaps we can meet up! We can recommend a lot of campgrounds up our way.

    Charlie, sorry I missed chat the last few nights. One night the air card wouldn't let me on anything, and last night I was just too pooped out! LOL ... (still recovering from major surgery last week and working on getting back into Camping Shape!~)

  4. Hello Karen! How is your recovery going? I think of you often and wonder... did they tell you what kind of tumor it was?
    I hope you get your groove back on soon. Paula

  5. Hey Paula... all three areas they cut outta me are non-cancerous.. yippeee!!! The one they cut out last year was deemed *hypertensive*? means growing into cancer, but these three areas were all cancer free. The biggest tumor was the size of a softball. Glad to get that outta me! Now just taking it easy so the seam heals up. I am a slow healer, so now the staples are out, but gotta keep the innards INSIDE of me. LOL


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