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Tubbs Island Camping

Tubbs Island Camping

Hi Everyone! We had so much fun camping this weekend and I wanted to put some thoughts down on the state park we choose.
I started off by googling best dispersed camping in Michigan and found a cool article titled “The Best Back Country Camping Sites in Michigan” by Jim DuFresne on the pure Michigan website The Best Back Country Camping Sites in Michigan. One of his recommendations was Tubbs Lake Island. I saw that it was about 2 hours from Kalamazoo, MI. This would be perfect for our first camping trip with the 3-year-old and 9-month old.
The 2- hour drive was easy and once you get off the highway the scenery is beautiful. You can see farms and drive through Amish communities to get to the park. The Island is in Tubbs Lake State Forest Campground and has 12 campsites. The sites are well spaced and have trees in between to make them a little more private. I normally look for places that are unique, have trails nearby or lakes to swim in and are not crowded. Nothing is worse than having RVs lined up arm’s length from each other. Also, our kids are noisy and enjoy spreading out so we look for large campsites that are spread out so that we don’t bother other people. We love getting off the beaten path and trying new places. This campground met most of those characteristics. The worst part of choosing this campground is there is no way to know whether it is empty or full until you get there.
When we go camping, I like having a bathroom facility- even a vaulted toilet is nice for me, but I still travel with a training potty for the 3-year-old because he touches EVERYTHING. Taking him to a dark toilet at a campsite especially since COVID has not really been something I want to do- so the little potty works great.
This campground had running water and great little vaulted bathrooms that were simple but clean. I was impressed with how well maintained all the facilities were. We got campsite 4 because it was next to the restrooms and the water. The view of the water and sunset were also spectacular from this site. The sites were $15 a night and first come first serve. Each site has a fire pit and a picnic table. Our campsite was next to a set of stairs that goes down to the water. The campsites have a lot of trees so even if the temperature would have been higher there is plenty of shade.
I was worried that the mosquitos were going to be bad because we were so close to the water but we didn’t have any issue. The mosquitos were actually worse at our house than at the campground. We went camping on July 10th and the temperature was 75 degrees. It was perfect weather. Our roof top tent was plenty warm once zipped up was really dark. It really helped with bedtime for the littles. When we woke up the next morning- it was actually chilly! I was really happy I brought the kids warm clothes because while we were making breakfast the temp was probably in the 50s.
The key items that I would recommend bringing with you for this campsite would be headlamps- for hands free bathroom trips. Fishing poles because the fishing is well known in the area. There is also a boat launch, if you have a boat, jet ski or kayak. My son brought his bike and he loved riding it all over the campground.

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