Q. I've been told the bugs can be really bad in the U.P. How bad is it and what should I use for protection?
A. There are two seasons in the U.P. swat and shovel. In the summer months, Deep Woods Off doubles as an aftershave and perfume. Seriously, the mosquitoes and black flies (very tiny little winged bugs, not at all like a typical fly) can be bad. Deer flies are also a big nuisance. The best protection is Deep Woods Off. You can also use bug nets that entirely cover your head. Typically May and June are the worst months. This year, the 2017 season, we will be spraying the grounds with a natural bug repellent. It is Cedar Oil and will not harm you, your children or your pets. We have high hopes from all that we have learned that this will be successful in keeping the bug population down.
Q. What makes the bugs worse at certain times of the day?
A. These pests seem to thrive in "dampness" (especially if it is foggy) and come out in droves when it is damp. Early morning and evenings are usually the worst times of the day. They enjoy the cover of the woods, swampy areas, tall grass etc. They aren't so bad when it is hot and sunny or if we have a nice breeze. A nice campfire helps in the evenings. Wet springs with little frost really help the bugs multiply.
ANIMALS NATIVE TO THE AREA
Q. Are there bears in the area? What other kinds of animals are there?
A. Yes, there are bears in our area as well as moose, wolves, coyotes, deer (contrary to popular belief, there are no elk in the U.P.), fox, skunk, raccoons, possums, porcupines, etc.
Q. Is there a dump in Newberry where we can see bears?
A. No, there is no longer a dump and hasn't been for many years. Seeing a bear in the wild (unless you are hunting them) is by chance. You can safely view bears at the Oswald's bear habitat, which is about 10 minutes from us.
Q. Do you have problems with bears in your campground?
A. We have never had a problem with bears IN the campground. We have seen bear tracks in our woods so there is ALWAYS that possibility a bear could come into the park. Bears and other critters are the reasons we stress to our campers the importance of keeping your camp site picked up and not leaving food out. You are more apt to have problems with raccoons, skunks or stray dogs visiting your camp site than with bears, but it is very important to put garbage where it belongs, which is not your camp fire ring.
QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR PARK
Q. What is your quiet time?
A. Quiet time is from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. That does not mean that you have to have your campfire extinguished & go to bed by 11:00 p.m. It means children need to be off the playground and at their campsite and for guests to keep noises to a minimum.
Q. Do you allow alcohol in your park?
A. We do allow alcoholic beverages in our park, but no glass, if you must bring glass please keep it on your site and keep down the shenanigans. If someone is being unruly, they will be asked to leave.
Q. Are pets allowed?
A. Pets are allowed in the park, but not in the cabins, Little Lodge, bathhouse, office, etc. They are also not allowed in the play areas. Pets must be leashed and under the control of their owner at all times. As always, pick up after your pet and dispose of "materials" properly. For people with little pets, remember, this is the U.P. Besides the "wild critters" and the worry of stray dogs, there are large birds of prey.
Q. Can we put more than one tent on a campsite?
A. Please read the following which is taken directly from the DEQ Campground Rules and Regulations governing Michigan Campgrounds:
R 325.1556 Sites; size & arrangement; identification and location of recreational units & other structures, occupancy.
(7) A campground owner shall ensure that a site is occupied by not more than 8 persons and by not more than 1 recreational unit.
(EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE IS IF THE PARENTS OR GUARDIANS OF DEPENDENT CHILDREN WISH TO HAVE THEIR OWN TENT ON THE SAME SITE AS LONG AS THERE ARE NOT MORE THAN 8 PERSONS OCCUPYING THE SITE OR IF A GROUP HAS RENTED A GROUP CAMPSITE DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR LARGER GROUPS. YOU MAY HAVE A SCREEN TENT IN ADDITION TO YOUR ONE RECREATIONAL UNIT.)
Q. How many people can be on a campsite?
A. According to the State of Michigan regulations: "You are allowed either of the following on an individual site. 1. A family group of up to 8 people. A family group is defined as one or two parents or guardians with their dependent children. Up to 2 additional relatives may be part of the group as long as the total number does not exceed 8 persons. 2. A non-family group of up to 4 people.
Q. Do you allow firecrackers, etc in your park?
A. No, we do not allow firecrackers in our park. Further, the use of sling shots, bb guns, air guns, paintball guns, explosives, weaponry, archery equipment or fireworks/firecrackers/cherry bombs, etc is not allowed in our park or in the adjoining woods. One time, a guest did manage to set off some type of a firecracker which went right through the tent on the site next to him. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Q. Can we bring our own firewood? Some places don't allow that.
A. FROM THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, DNR
Recent Changes to the Law: The movement of non-coniferous (hardwood) firewood is quarantined by the Michigan Department of Agriculture in 20 Michigan counties and sections of 19 others. In May 2005, the quarantine was revised and includes sections of Charlevoix, Montcalm, and Grand Traverse counties. This quarantine prohibits the movement of firewood into the Upper Peninsula-regardless of where it comes from. For more information visit www.michigan.gov/eab. Firewood being brought into the U.P. from Lower Michigan will be confiscated at the bridge.
EMERALD ASH BORER: The Emerald Ash Borer, an exotic Asian beetle, is already responsible for the death of 15 million ash trees. To help stop the spread of this destructive pest please do not bring firewood with you. We do not want to risk losing our beautiful natural landscape and request that you purchase your firewood from us. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to your visit.
Q. Can we get a refund if we choose to leave early?
A. I'm sorry but there are no refunds given if you choose to leave earlier than your scheduled departure date.