CANOE * KAYAK      TUBE * RAFT
Pine River * Big Manistee River * Tippy Pond
Paddle the most exciting waterways of Michigan while camping with us!

NON-ELECTRIC GROUP SITES
5 to 100 persons
Larger group areas can be achieved
$10.00 per night per person
   
ELECTRIC SITES
50-amp full hook-up to 20-amp basic service
Large group areas available
If your RV was manufactured with a 30-amp plug,
you need to be on a 30-amp

Large groups, please make reservations as early as possible. We take reservations 1-year in advance. Because of our current reservation load from year-to-year for large groups, current reservations have first re-up chance for that area for the following year. Because of its’ popularity, the SE corner is currently on a waiting list from 4th of July through Labor Day. If you are interested in a summer weekend for the SE Corner, please contact the campground if a weekend opens it will be yours.
See Camp Rate Sheet at http://twinoakscamping.com/accomodations/rates.html


GROUP LEADER FORM click here     CANOE RENTALS click here

The serenity provided by the expanse of Twin Oaks group sanctuary is unequal to any we have ever spent an August weekend. The grass carpeted grove of white pines provides a checker board pattern of sun and shade by day, and muted voices by night. With fifty people and twenty plus multi colored domes and canopies our group never got close to discomfort, until late Sunday afternoon when we had to go home …….
Dave Arnold, Battle Creek MI Group Leader, Twin Oaks


THE PINE RIVER

The legendary Pine River, the fastest river in Michigan with sections of class II whitewater (Dobson to Low Bridge). The Pine is a national scenic river that traverses a variety of water conditions, has many sharp bends, short choppy riffles, and passable log and debris jams. It has challenging stretches, drops approximately ten feet per mile and carves through narrow and steep sandy banks amidst remote forests. The Pine is cold year-round and has sharply curving banks.

A nice map of the Pine with access points can be found at: http://www.fishweb.com/maps/manistee/pine_river/index.html The last take out for the Pine River is Low Bridge. Low Bridge is located south of highway 55, just west of Moss Road, 1 mile from the campground.

The Pine is a DNR permit regulated river (May 15 through Sept 10). Canoe liveries supply the permit if renting. If bringing your own canoe, you must obtain a watercraft permit for $2 per watercraft from any Manistee National Forest Office. For info or permits contact the Baldwin Ranger Station at 231-745-4631. (If your plans change, please call 231-745-4631 to cancel your private watercraft permit so it may be available to others. Only 100 are issued on Saturdays.) A Recreation Fee vehicle pass is required at river access sites. A pay station with self-service fee tube is available at all locations requiring a pass. Canoe liveries provide passes to customers.

The Pine is open for canoeing from 9 am to 6 pm. Allowing anglers a chance for fishing.

Styrofoam coolers, glass bottles and balloons are prohibited. Personal items should be tied down so as to prevent loss. Please pack out all you pack in! Limit climbing of eroded banks.

Further information is available at the Twin Oaks Campground Office.

THE BIG MANISTEE RIVER

If you are looking for a peaceful wilderness experience while canoeing, the Big Manistee River is for you. The Big Manistee has a good fast current that will keep you floating along while enjoying the absolute beauty, peace and serenity of the Manistee National Forest. Permits are not required.

HODENPYL DAM TO RED BRIDGE - The three to four hour float is known for it’s spectacular scenery. Eagles, river otters, red tailed hawks, deer, trumpeter swans, and perhaps even a black bear along the river. Canoers can take out at Red bridge or go on.

The NORTH COUNTRY HIKING TRAIL & THE BIG MANISTEE RIVER HIKING TRAIL so popular with Hikers also follow this same route from Hodenpyl to Red Bridge (Coates Highway).

RED BRIDGE TO TIPPY DAM - A six-mile crossing across the beautiful Backwaters of the Tippy Dam. Eagles, loons, trumpeter swans and breath-taking scenery. There are two take-out points to choose from. Dilling Road at the NW end of the backwaters by Tippy Dam or the Norman Township boat ramp off of Snyder Road on the SW end.

From Twin Oaks: Dilling Road (7 mi.), Snyder Road (4 mi.) Further information and maps are available at the Twin Oaks Campground Office.

THE BACKWATERS TO THE TIPPY DAM

The Backwaters to the Tippy Dam …… 255 acres of water and wilderness, 53 miles of steep sandy shoreline. If the words crystal clear water, remote, tranquil, peaceful, breath taking beauty, trumpeter swans, small waterfalls along the shore, remote islands, isolation, loons, eagles, a picnic on the shore, deer, peaceful inlets so still the only thing moving is you ….if these words appeal to you … canoe the Tippy Dam Backwaters and you’ll wonder where the rest of the world went.

The only access point is the Norman Township public boat launch. Access is free and permits are not required. There is also fabulous fishing on the Tippy Dam Backwaters. See our fishing section for further information.

Further information is available at the Twin Oaks Campground Office.

CANOE RENTALS:

CANOE RENTALS on the Pine & Big Manistee Rivers
PHONE
Canoe
Kayak
Raft
Tube
River
Bosman’s Canoe Rental www.bosmancanoe.com
Pick up/drop off in campground
877-622-6637
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Pine
Horina Canoe Rental
www.horinacanoes.com
231-862-3470
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Pine
Pine River Paddlesports
www.thepineriver.com
231-862-3471
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Pine & Big
Manistee
Shomler Canoes & Kayaks
www.shomlercanoes.com
Pick up/drop off in campground
231-862-3475
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Pine
Wilderness Canoe Trips www.wildernesscanoetripsonline.com
800-873-6379
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Upper Big
Manistee River Mesick to M72