Tucked away in a dense mixed-conifer forest, you will find the dog-friendly Seaton Creek Campground, just under ten miles from Mesick, Michigan. Surrounded by rolling hills, trout-filled rivers, and running creeks, the rustic campground is the go-to destination for a quintessential camping experience in the wilderness. The campground sits by the Seaton Creek and close to the Hodenpyl Dam Pond off the Big Manistee River, making it especially popular among fishing and boating enthusiasts.
The primitive campground does not have any running water, showers, or flushing toilets. But who really needs that when you have what truly matters -- your canine companion by your side, fragrant pines everywhere you turn, miles of trails to explore during the day, and a star-filled night sky? Fear not -- the campground also features two vault toilets that are said to be very well-maintained and a water pump that works most of the time. Just in case, bring enough water to last you the whole stay, especially if you are visiting with a pooch in the summer.
The first-come-first-served campground has a basic layout that consists of 17 single-family sites and two large group sites, all of which come with fire rings and picnic tables. This no-frills campground is simple but a true hidden gem. It is easily accessible, peaceful, clean, and very well-maintained by the campground’s host who is known for his kindness and knowledge of the area. Sites rates start at $18 per night.
Your four-pawed best friend will love sniffing along the famous North Country National Scenic Trail and the 23-mile Manistee River Trail that loops by several streams and sunny viewpoints, as well as splashing in the Seaton Creek to cool off. The two-legged visitors can enjoy kayaking down Seaton Creek and admiring the calm, crystal-clear waters or head down to Hodenpyl Pond for some canoeing. Anglers will be happy to discover both panfish and game fish in the nearby creeks, ponds, and rivers.
At night, you might hear coyotes or wolves howling in the distance. As with any type of camping trip in the wild, it's important to remain alert and follow the campground rules. Keep your fur-ball leashed and supervised at all times, keep food secured in appropriate containers and use the designated trash receptacles for dog waste.