TO REGISTER AT THE CAMPSITE:
If you are bringing an RV or want electrical hookups special pricing applies.
They also have some "glamping" options if you want to sleep further from the ground, and some rustic sites have electrical hook-up for an extra fee.
After you have made your reservation - please drop an email to our coordinator, Brent, so he knows how many are coming (click here)
- Questions? Click here to send an email to the coordinator.
TO RESERVE WATERCRAFT FOR THE RIVER:
- Email our coordinator (click here) and let him know types and numbers of watercraft you'd like to reserve.
- Types and prices can be found at this website: www.baldwincanoe.com. We are being given the regular price, not prime time.
- Bring cash or a check and pay the bus driver directly on the way to the river!
Organized by a few members of the Oak Arbor congregation, this is an annual event enjoyed by many families. This weekend trip to Baldwin, Michigan features two days of canoeing, kayaking or rafting down the Pere Marquette River, considered to be Michigan's clearest and cleanest free flowing river. The journey offers you new opportunities around each bend to enjoy the wildlife and peaceful beauty of Northern Michigan. A great canoeing river for the beginner to intermediate paddler, Pere Marquette follows a winding course through a mixture of National, State, and private forests. Before and after canoeing, families enjoy meals, activities and fellowship around a campfire. Many good memories have been made on this trip over the years.
The Memorial Day weekend trip is enjoyed by upwards of 30 families each year - and there are plenty more campsites for anyone who wants to join in on this backwoods adventure. The campground is secluded - yet has full bathroom amenities, an RV area with hookups, and two small cabins that can be rented. It is a great place for families that have never camped before. Often, first time families will camp near a friend with more experience , and join together to cook meals. This makes the introduction to camping easier.
We arrive mostly Friday afternoon & evening to set up our camp. Saturday we pack lunches & canoe for a couple hours both before & after lunch. (on the river from 10:00 to 2:30). Back at camp there is plenty of time for building fires , cooking fancy meals ; general playing; smores & singing around the campfire.
Sunday includes a church service - & two hours on the river after lunch.
There are families with toddlers that may have 1 parent stay in camp all day – so there are things to do even if you do not canoe, such as an expedition to the beautiful state beach at Ludington. For the "canoers" there are rubber rafts (seats 6) for families with kids between 5 & 10 years old. There are also canoes & kayaks for older folks.
Some people go home Sunday night, but many stay for another low-key night of socializing, & pack up on Monday after breakfast. The weather can play a big role in the stay/go decision.
Click here for printable PDF maps of the area
The Memorial-day camp/canoe weekend is set up as a group of families that happen to be camping together in the same place/time - - nothing more formal than that. We like to have new folks, & we like to have people bring friends. We hope that you can come along.
What to Pack
Don't know what to pack? The internet is full of good checklists you can use. You can start by clicking here for a camping checklist that we found helpful. Be prepared for a variety of weather by having wet weather gear available, and clothing that can be layered.