Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Winter Camping Allowed at Ludington State Park

Like to get out year round? Ludington State Park offers winter camping opportunities in the Cedar Loop.

The experience is described by park personnel as "semi-modern." The access road and campsites are plowed, and electricity is available. However the bathroom buildings are closed (closing date around November 1 each year). Winter rest room facilities are limited to latrines. No showers are available. There is a kiosk for self-registration.

In addition the park has three mini cabins which can be rented. Each of the campground loops has one of these cabins. Rental of a cabin in either Pines or Beechwood Loop will include use of the key to open the gate for vehicle access during your stay.

Call the reservation call center at 1-800-447-PARKS or for local information 231-843-2423. A State Park sticker is required year round for entry.

The park offers snowshoe making classes throughout the winter, and guided snowshoe hikes. See the GOTC Calendar of Events for dates and times. There are several miles of trails designated for skiing which are sometimes groomed depending on the availability of staff.

There are a total of 10 Michigan State Parks open for winter camping. Both Mitchell and Traverse City have heated restrooms available in the winter. The others are: Algonac, Bay City State Park, Fort Custer, North Higgins Lake State Park , Rifle River Recreation Area, Tahquamenon Falls and Waterloo Recreation Area-Portage campground.

Many parks have rustic cabins and mini cabins available in winter. And Pinckney and Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State park rent out yurts for winter camping.

by Joan H. Young
See Ludington State Park, Michigan DNR site
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