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    We are doing Hoist Lake and Jordan River Pathway this summer. Both look promising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    For a quick getaway, the Yankee Springs Rec. Area can be what your looking for. The NCT runs thru the area. Lakes have fish. Don't try it during deer hunting season. Plenty of backwoods options, or use the rustic campground at Deep Lake. Nice thing is it is close to Kzoo.
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    Pinckney Rec. Area... Same thing.
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    Can you do dispersed camping in either Yankee or Pinckney? Hate campground camping, even like on the Jordan River pathway. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christo456 View Post
    We are doing Hoist Lake and Jordan River Pathway this summer. Both look promising.
    If you're driving all the way to Hoist, look up Reed Lake as well. Its close by and make for a nice camp - drive - camp weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrickbdunlap View Post
    If you're driving all the way to Hoist, look up Reed Lake as well. Its close by and make for a nice camp - drive - camp weekend.
    Will do. Thanks for the tip. Looking for a walk in with a set camp for a couple days and maybe some fishing/swimming.

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    I went to Hoist Lakes the second week of May last year or the year before..don't remember. But the biting flies, mosquitoes and ticks SHUT ME DOWN. I'm a bug magnet, so maybe it was a worse case scenario. But it was literally so bad I threw in the towel and drove straight back home with a 5 hour drive! It's possible they slow down thru summer though.

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    By July, the bugs at Hoist usually aren't bad at all. Even by the end of May many years. Also, it always seems to me that the campsites on the east side by the Hoist Lakes are buggier than the ones on the west side, by Byron lake.

    Of course, with all the snow and ice this winter, and spring taking it's sweet time getting here, there could be bugs into August this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wcdaniels View Post
    Of course, with all the snow and ice this winter, and spring taking it's sweet time getting here, there could be bugs into August this year.
    Yeah, I remember that one year where we had little snow during the winter and it was a dry spring. The farmers hated it but man that was a great year for bugs.

    Only things saving us this year is a late spring freeze.

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    For a very secluded quick overnight I like silver creek pathway. It is a short hike around but there is a lot of fun spots to play in the river. I have never seen another camper in the dispersed areas.

    http://www.michigantrailmaps.com/member-profile/3/151/

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjayflo View Post
    For a very secluded quick overnight I like silver creek pathway. It is a short hike around but there is a lot of fun spots to play in the river. I have never seen another camper in the dispersed areas.

    http://www.michigantrailmaps.com/member-profile/3/151/

    I'll second silver creek, spent the night on the west side of the loop, lots of amazing spots along the river.

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    Pidgeon River . Bushwacking and 2 tracks all over. River lakes elk bear coyote turkey you name it.

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