Before getting into this part of the trip, I want to explain where I was.  I know some of the articles I’ve read on here were unfamiliar to me and I ended up looking up the location.  Let’s take a minute to go over some interesting facts about where I was.

This is my home state of Michigan.  Below you will see a map with 2 stars.  I live near the Red Star located in the center of the map.  Fisherman’s Island Campground is the Black Star on the North Western side of the lower Peninsula.  The site is located on Lake Michigan which is the 5th largest fresh water lake in the world.  It covers 22,400 sq miles (58015 sq Kilometers) and has a depth of 923ft (281.5 meters).  The lake shore is also the home to the largest fresh water Sand Dunes in the world.

Day 1 Camping- North Loop

Day 1 we set up camp in the North loop of the park.  We only made the reservations for 1 night until we figured out if we wanted to stay or head to another campground.  After getting camp set up, we headed out exploring.  A short walk later and we found ourselves at the beach. 

Much of the day was spent searching for rocks and beach glass on the shoreline.  This area is known to have a rock called the Petoskey stone. Petoskey stones are ancient coral, from when Michigan was a shallow sea. This was during the Devonian era 350,000,000 years ago. As the glaciers ground down the rocks as they traveled, it broke and ground down the existing coral to be fossilized into the rocks. Here are some examples.  

Camp Cooking

After a long day of walking the beach and exploring the area, it was time to make a fire and some food.  Typically when we go camping, I cook over an open fire with my Tri-Pod cooker. We forgot to pack it in the car this time, so we improvised. This is what I like to call the Redneck Ribeye. It’s our grilled cheese/Hot dog cooker, but the steaks fit perfect.

They ended up turning out perfect. The outside of the steak was nicely seared and the inside was warm and Red.

With our bellies full of food it was time to head back down to the beach.  We arrived just in time for a beautiful sunset on the water.  It was a perfect way to end the day.

Day 2 Camping- South Loop

We enjoyed camping here so much we decided to stay another night.  We packed up our camp site and headed 3.5 miles South to the other end of the campground.  Here is what our second site looked like.  You’ll notice we have a tarp up over the tent.  They called for rain later in the evening so we took this precaution to ensure we stayed dry.

The new campsite was even better than the first one. There were no more sites to the North of us. The West side of our site was Lake Michigan and the other directions were over 300yds to the closest camp site.  A short walk from our campsite and once again we were back on the beach.  This time Fisherman’s Island was in view, seen here on the upper left corner.

We walked the beach for the better part of the day.  Over the course of the day we only saw a handful of people out enjoying nature.  With more rocks and beach glass collected, we headed back towards our site.  

Off in the distance we saw some storms approaching.  We were lucky enough not to get caught in the rain on this day.  Here is a short video of the beach on the South Campground. Sorry about the wind noise, this was on my cell phone.

Rock Art

During our time on the beach we ended up making some rock stacks.  Some of them we found and a couple we did our self.  It was very relaxing and a great way to decorate the beach for others to see.  All of these photos are mine and were taken with my cell phone.  Here are some of the stacks.

End of Trip

That concludes my weekend camping trip here at Fisherman’s Island State Park.  We didn’t get a chance to make it back to this campground again, but did find some other great ones that will be covered in the coming days.

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  1. CryptosDecrypted

    Steaks were too small mate. Now in Australia, there would have been a whole cow roasting over that fire. 😉 Enjoyed the post and a beautiful spot. I live bout 100 metres from the beach in South Australia so might post a few pics about that sometime.