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Wildlife Tours Eaton Rapids MI

There are some basic rules we can follow to help make our experiences with wild animals less stressful for them and less dangerous for us. The first rule is to check your warm/fuzzy feelings at the door, because these aren’t Disney characters. They’re wild animals that deserve the space to live without feeling menaced by humans.

Lansing Cottonwood Campground*
(517) 393-3200
5339 Aurelius Rd
Lansing, MI
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 29
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Troll Landing Canoe Livery & Campground*
(989) 345-7260
2660 Rifle River Trail
West Branch, MI
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Nov 30
Services
Escort to Site, Hot Showers
Policies
Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Groceries
Recreation
River Swimming, Float Trips, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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KOA Newberry/Tahquamenon
(800) 562-5853
Newberry, MI
Campground Availability
Mid May-Mid Oct
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby

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Metamora-Hadley State Recreation Area
(810) 797-4439
Lapeer, MI
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 1-Dec
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Little River Casino Resort RV Park
(866) 466-7338
Manistee, MI
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Nov 30
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Patios, Laundry, Bottle Exchange
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Playground, Golf Nearby

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Margaret Fallone
(586) 596-9400
25598 Carno Cir
Harrison Township, MI
Agency
Rosie Moments, Inc.
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Destinations
Canada, Caribbean, U.S. - Alaska, U.S. - Hawaii, U.S. - West
Specialities
Cruising / Cruise Lines, Family Fun, Family Travel, Honeymoon, Nature, National Parks, Rail
Website
www.rosiemomentstravel.com

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Rifle River State Recreation Area
(989) 473-2258
Lupton, MI
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Spring Lake Tourist Park (Municipal Park)
(616) 842-5230
Spring Lake, MI
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Additional Facilities
Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Playground

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Angel Cove (Branch County)
(517) 278-8541
Coldwater, MI
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Sports Field

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Petoskey State Park
(231) 347-2311
Petoskey, MI
Campground Availability
11-Apr thru 2-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Appropriate Conduct around Wildlife

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Appropriate Conduct Around Wildlife


From the pages of Camping Life

Every year, visitors to the backcountry are injured by wild animals that are, for one reason or another, put in a situation that leads to dangerously close contac with humans. Most of the time, it isn’t the animal that chooses to have such close contact.

There are some basic rules we can follow to help make our experiences with wild animals less stressful for them and less dangerous for us. The first rule is to check your warm/fuzzy feelings at the door, because these aren’t Disney characters. They’re wild animals that deserve the space to live without feeling menaced by humans.

Baby Animals

From time to time, young animals, such as fawns, will be left alone temporarily by their mothers. Do not intervene, because it will only cause problems. If you approach closely or handle a young animal, a lingering human scent may lead to total abandonment by the mother.

• If the mother catches you messing with her young, she may perceive you as a threat and attack you.
• Never, ever get between a mother and her baby.

Small Animals

Don’t feed them, even if they come into camp looking hungry. It’s a strong temptation to feed seemingly friendly wildlife, but that accomplishes two negative ends. It makes them dependent upon human food, and it encourages them to hang around a human camp, both of which can be dangerous for them.

• Don’t try to touch. A startled animal may scratch or bite you, which can transmit dangerous diseases.

Big Animals

The No. 1 rule for all wildlife is to keep your distance.

• The best thing you can do if you want close-up photos is to buy a telephoto (200 mm to 400 mm)
lens, so you don’t have to crowd the animal.
• Do not shout, wave or throw objects to get the animal to “look” at the camera.

Bears

Food and surprise encounters are the two biggest problems between humans and bears when in bear country. Black bears are opportunistic foragers, always looking for a free meal, so it is important to keep a clean camp. The grizzly bear is a powerful predator, capable of outrunning a horse. Keep in mind that when you are in grizzly country, you are now just part of the food chain. Mother bears are very protective of their cubs, and will not hesitate to charge intruders.

• Don’t leave food in your vehicle. Bears can and will break into vehicles if they see or smell food.
• In the backcountry, hang food high in a tree. Sleep at least 100 feet from where you hang the food,
cook and eat. Toiletries such as toothpaste, soap and shampoo may also attract bears, so store them
as you would food.
• Don’t sleep in the same clothes you wore while cooking and eating. Hang that clothing in plastic bags
away from camp.
• At campsites without bear-proof garbage cans, treat garbage and leftovers the same as food. When
leaving camp, pack out all food scraps. Place food and garbage in tightly sealed plastic bags. Double-
bag everything to prevent the ...

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