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Campfire Safety Dearborn Heights MI

There’s nothing quite like a campfire to make your adventure complete. Can you imagine anything more relaxing at the end of a day outdoors than the sound of a crackling fire, the woodsy smell of smoke and the gentle glow of the coals? To know how to build a campfire at a campsite, is one of the most important parts of camping. Here are helpful suggestions on how to do it along with some delicious recipes.

Wayne County Fairgrounds & RV Park
(734) 697-7002
Belleville, MI
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Crystal Lake Campground
(231) 757-4510
Scottville, MI
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Kestelwoods Campground
(231) 862-3476
Wellston, MI
Campground Availability
22-Apr thru 22-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Escort to Site, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, REC Open to Public

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Quincy Marble Lake (Branch County Park)
(517) 639-4414
Quincy, MI
Campground Availability
Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Services
Standard Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Boating, Playground, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Manistee National Forest (Sand Lake Campground)
(616) 723-2211
Wellston, MI
Campground Availability
1-May thru 10-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, REC Open to Public

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Detroit/Greenfield RV Park*
(734) 482-7722
6680 Bunton Rd
Ypsilanti, MI
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 31
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, 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, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Fiel

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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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KOA-Coloma/St. Joseph
(269) 849-3333
Coloma, MI
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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P.J. Hoffmaster State Park
(231) 798-3711
Muskegon, MI
Campground Availability
11-Apr thru 27-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails

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Pine River Paddlesport Center and Campground
(231) 862-3471
Wellston, MI
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
River Swimming, Float Trips, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Bike Rentals, Golf Nearby

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Campfire Safety

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How to Build a Campfire and Cook Delicious Treats on It


By Maxye Henry

There’s nothing quite like a campfire to make your adventure complete. Can you imagine anything more relaxing at the end of a day outdoors than the sound of a crackling fire, the woodsy smell of smoke and the gentle glow of the coals? Have a cookout or a sing-along at the campsite, tell stories and roast marshmallows or other treats. These tips will help keep you safe and cozy.

pot cooking over campfire

1. Know the Rules


Though it may be tempting to build a campfire where one is not permitted, camping rules and regulations were created for one reason: To keep you safe. Call ahead to make sure that campfires will be permitted where you want to stay. If not, and if having a campfire is important to you, you might want to find another park.

Keep in mind that fire rules can change on a daily basis depending on weather conditions. If a park posts "No open fires due to dry or windy conditions," always be sure to comply for the safety of all.

2. Use Designated Fire Pits


If campfires are permitted, use the area that has been designated. These areas were chosen for a good reason (a good windbreak, good brush clearance, etc.). If there is not a formal fire area, make sure that your fire ring is surrounded by a circle of rocks large enough to keep wood and kindling contained so it won’t blow or tumble over the sides.

3. Clear Area of All Debris


Make sure there are no extraneous twigs, leaves, paper products or other flammables within several feet of your campfire. And don't forget to look up. Overhanging branches should be avoided.

4. Use the Right Wood


Different kinds of wood are needed to make a great campfire. Start by gathering a supply of all three:
∗ Tinder — small twigs, wood shavings, dry leaves or grass that will ignite easily will help get your fire going. (Never use flammable liquids to start a fire!)
∗ Kindling, or small sticks one-inch in diameter or less, go on next. Make sure to let your kindling get burning well.
∗ Fuel, or larger pieces of dry wood that will burn for longer periods of time.

Be sure to stack your wood in separate piles, well away from the fire area. Never pull branches off trees or cut living vegetation.

5. Don't Over-Build


Campfires can easily get away from you. Keep your campfire well within the borders of the pit, and keep it small to avoid sparking. You can always snuggle up to the fire (or each other) to keep warm.

6. Be Ready to Put it Out


Be sure to have a bucket of water and a shovel, or a fire extinguisher, nearby.

7. Be Safe


Enjoy your campfire, but be safe. Make sure an adult is present at all times, and discourage running or horseplay near a campfire.

8. Douse, Dredge and Dig


Before leaving the campsite, make sure that your campfire is completely out-and that means doing more than just dousing it with water once or twice. Douse with water, dredge up the fire to unc...

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