Campground Review: Jack Pine Lodge and Campground – Manistique, MI

100_4381.JPG Jack Pine Lodge and campground is located in the Hiawatha National Forest between Munising, MI, on Lake Superior 30 miles to the north, and Manistique, MI, on Lake Michigan 25 miles to the south. Depending on your point of view, it’s either equally handy or equally unhandy to both! The property has a well-established bar and grill, rental cabins, and a fairly new full hookup campground with 50 amp electric.

100_4476.JPG The campsites are spacious and generally long enough for most any RV and there are a few pull throughs. There’s good shade but we had no problem getting satellite TV. I can’t say as much for cell and internet. Our Verizon cell service was zero to very poor at its best. The bar and grill on the property offers free WiFi and it is dependable but noticeably slow and easily overloaded. You have to be either inside the building or at least right at the door to use the WiFi. There’s a playground for the kids and some horseshoe pits but the big attraction is the many 4-wheeler/snowmobile trails out through the National Forest. Several of the RVers had 4-wheelers and they headed out every day to explore the area via the many miles of well-used trails. It looked as if it would be a lot of fun. In the winter the Lodge hosts snowmobile rallies. I don’t think I’d like the cold and snow through the long Upper Peninsula winters but I’d sure like giving that sport a try. The campground has a heated bathhouse and a small laundry. The next time we travel in this part of the country I’ll be happy to return.

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