Michigan’s Colwell Lake Campground an autumn surprise

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Fishing pier at Colwell Lake USFS Campground in Michigan. (Julianne G. Crane)

On our first fall trip through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, we were on SR 94 when we pull off to check out Colwell Lake Campground an autumn surprise. With one look we decided to camp here for the night.

This 40-site campground is located within the Hiawatha National Forest and includes seven sites with electricity. It is a no frills, no showers destination, with only vaulted toilets, and drinking water. We selected a site without hookups, although in no way would I call it primitive.

Each site is HUGE, almost any size rig could fit easily. More that half of the sites have incredible views of the lake. There is a fishing pier that stretches out onto the lake with brilliant autumn views. A sweet, meandering nature trail circles the edge of the lake. The autumn sunsets are breathtaking.

“It’s a great place to be on warm fall days among the tall mature trees in full autumn color,” says RVer Thom Hoch, of Sutherlin, Ore., who travels with his wife, Dar, in their class B Sportsmobile van. “We camp here whenever we’re in the area visiting family.”

The campground is only open until Sun., Oct. 7. But definitely put Colwell Lake on your list to explore. Peak season goes May 15-Oct. 7.

Julianne G. Crane

Photos: Lake and fishing pier from camp site #7 at Colwell Lake Campground an autumn surprise.

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