Review of Big Knob State Forest Campground near Engadine, Michigan
June 2012 – 1 Night
The atmosphere is fairly typical of a state forest campground. The campground has gravel roads with a small side loop that is almost like a 2 track to access a few more sites. The Park is located in a forested area along Lake Superior. You cannot see Lake Michigan from the campsites, but the lake is only a short walk away. There is not much beach space either, but the water is shallow for quite a distance out. The view is fantastic. As with most state forest campgrounds, water is only available by hand pump and there are vault toilets only. It is also about 6 miles down a gravel road so it is quite secluded.
Most of the campsites are spaced out quite well but there are a few that are quite close to each other. Most campsites also have a natural forest barrier between each other or at least a few trees.
Campsite quality is good for a state forest campground. Most sites had some gravel drive area with plenty of spacing for tents and even motor homes or travel trailers. There were a few sites that were overgrown, but overall the sites were pretty nice for a state forest campground. All campsites have a fire pit with small cooking grate and a picnic table.
There are a couple of trails. We did hike the one trail that left out of the day use area. The trail was fairly overgrown but did eventually open up to a nice view of some marsh pond area about halfway thru the trail.
The only boating opportunities specifically at Big Knob State Forest Campground would be by carrying your kayak or raft out to the beach area.
We carried a fishing pole with us on our hike with hopes that the there would be fishing access, but we were not able to get close enough to the pond or lake area.
The beach along Lake Michigan was fantastic for the kids. It is very shallow for quite a distance out and gave the kids a great area to play in the water without having to worry about them going into to deep of water.
We were road tripping, so we only stayed the one night but we would stop again. It was very peaceful sitting in the shallow water at the beach and watching the kids play. We almost stayed a second night but we wanted to make our way across Wisconsin.
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