Michigan Campgrounds

Rustic Cabin #1 is shown at Pioneer Trail Park in Gladstone. This is one of 11 cabins being put in at both the Pioneer Trail and O.B. Fuller Parks, each containing beds, furniture and an indoor picnic table for campers to enjoy. Due to their rustic nature, the cabins are not equipped with electricity, heating or running water. Andie Balenger|Daily Press

Coming off a successful and jam-packed Memorial Day weekend, campgrounds in the Delta County, Mich., area are gearing up for the influx of families that stay at their facilities during the summer months, according to the Daily Press.

With the regular school year coming to a close, road traffic is expected to increase as people seek refuge and relaxation in outdoor recreation and activities. Rory Mattson, CEO of the Delta County Conservation District, expects campgrounds to be busy this summer.

“Now that we are fully operational after COVID shut us down two years ago, we have seen more people coming out to camp especially when the weather is nice,” Mattson said. “Holidays, like the Fourth of July, are pretty much fully booked at this point. Most weekends fill up pretty fast as well.”

Both Pioneer Trail Park and O.B. Fuller Park, located in Gladstone and just of M-35 in Bark River, respectively, are managed by Mattson. As the Upper Peninsula is typically a drive-in destination for most summer travelers, the two campgrounds house mostly locals and people from bordering states during the summer months. The demographic, however, varies with the season.

New to both Pioneer Trail and Fuller Parks are a set of 11 rustic cabins, five at Pioneer Trail and six at Fuller. These cabins, which are set to be fully operational in mid-June, contain a coach, chair and indoor picnic table. Campers have the option of staying in a cabin with a master bedroom and carpeted loft or a master bedroom containing both a double-sized mattress and bunkbed. Due to their rustic nature, these cabins do not have running water, electricity or a heating source. However, they have a front deck providing a view of the surrounding waters.

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