Winter Camping: Here We Come!

 Winter Camping: Here We Come!

The Upper Tahquamenon River Falls is awesome to see in the wintertime

Spots are rapidly disappearing for our second annual Winter Freezeout Camping Adventure at the spectacular Tahquamenon Falls State ark in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We had about 14 RVs and about 25 people last year. This year, with little publicity but word of mouth, we have already exceeded that.

There is usually between two and three feet of snow on the ground up there in late January
There is usually between two and three feet of snow on the ground up there in late January

The event is totally free. You have to pay the camping fees charged by the state park. But our Roadtreking group is not charging a cent.

It officially starts Friday, January 22, 2016 at 12:00 PM and runs through Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM, though I know several are coming a day or so early and a few are staying over a day.

Yes, there is usually a lot of snow up there and we expect it to be so for the January event.

But the Michigan DNR rangers plowsites for us. Last year, they even plowed a big space where we could have a community fire. They provided a bunch of snoeshoes for us and the camp hosts – a delightful couple from Florida, – did a guided snowshoe hike through the woods with us. Here's the story I did last year on our weekend up in the snow.

Inna few weeks, we want to do it again.  There's no real agenda and no plan.  Just show up and have fun.

How it works:

First, register at this site on Eventbrite so we know you are coming. Knowing who's coming helps us in requsting snowshoes, getting a spot for the fire, finding restaurants, planning the hikes and other activities. But that doesn't get you a spot. The Eventbrite “ticket” so to speak (totally free), just tells us you are coming.

To get your camping spot, go to the Michigan DNR website and reserve a spot at Tahquamenon Falls State Park for the weekend of January 22 – January 24. You want the campground at the Lower Falls, called Hemlock. The River's Mouth campground is closed in the winter.

That's our unit on the other side of the snowbank last year
That's our unit on the other side of the snowbank last year

Over the weekend, I'll start up a closed Facebook group for those who are coming where we can talk in detail about the weekend.

Again read my story from last year to understand what's involved in winter camping.

Here's a story I did when we camped there two years ago, before we got the idea to invite others.

Here's a video I did on that first campout:

And here's a link to a podcast episode where we talked to a bunch of winter campers around the campfire up at Tahquamenon Falls last year.

Does all this sound like fun? Then grab you spot and bundle up. We'd be delighted to see you in January.

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

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