Are you open year round?

No, we are not open year round. We typically open in early April and close in late November.

Do you have a lake, pond, pool, or hot tub at the campground?

No, we don't have a body of water or a pool at the campground. There are some great places to swim not too far from us. Crystal Lake in Wellston (5 minute drive0 is a small lake that has a sand beach, dock, and township park. It's a great place to take kids. Tippy Dam Pond is a bigger lake good for boating, fishing, and swimming, and it's just a couple miles from us. There are a couple different access points to get there, one is at the boat launch off Robinson Rd (5 miles away). The sandy Lake Michigan beaches in Manistee and Onekama are just a 25-30 drive west of us.

Do you sell ice and firewood? What else is in your campstore?

We sell both ice and firewood at our campstore, which is also where you check-in. We have 7lb bags of ice that we sell for $2/bag. We have split hardwood (unbundled) that we sell for $5 for 1 cubic foot (~8-12 pieces) or a trailer load (10 cubic feet) for $50 that we will deliver to your site. We also sell a small selection of camping & river gear, toys, RV supplies, snacks, toilettries, apparel, candy, cold drinks, ice cream & more! We serve free coffee in our store most Saturday & Sunday morningsl

Do you sell propane?

We sell 16 oz portable propane cylinders in our campstore, but we do not fill propane tanks or have a propane exchange. The closest propane exchange is at the Corner Express (intersection of M-55 & M-37), about 5 miles east of the campground.

Are dogs allowed?

Yes, we allow dogs! All dogs must be on a leash or otherwise constrained when they are outside your trailer or vehicle. Many other guests have dogs, and some are protective. We also require owners to pick up after their dogs.

What are your bathrooms like? Do you have hot showers & flush toilets?

Yes, we have hot showers and indoor flush toilets. Our Lodge building has a women's and a men's bathroom. Each bathroom has three shower stall, three toilet stalls, and three sinks. We do our best to keep bathrooms clean- we clean them 2-3 times a day during our busy season. We also have two port-a-potties located in the back of the campground near the group sites.

Do you have activities for kids?

We have a playground with forts, swings, tetherball, and a sandbox. We also have a sand volleyball court, badminton court, and horseshoe pits. During Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day holidays we have a whole weekend of planned kid's activities. These often include a bike parade, pinata, craft time, face painting, sack races, and scavenger hunts. Any time of year you can send your kids up to the office to get a coloring sheet or scavenger hunt book, and they can return it completed for a cool prize! Outside the campground there is Adventure Island Fun Park in Cadillac, which has mini golf, go karts, batting cages, and an arcade. Other great places to take kids in the area include Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark in Traverse City and the Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide in Thompsonville.

What amenities do you have?

We have a playground, tetherball, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball court, grass badminton court, frisbee golf baskets, dog run, pool table, book exchange, fish cleaning station, coin-operated washer & dryer, indoor dish washing sink, and free wifi in the Lodge & front of park.

How many cabins do you have?

We have two cabins and a bunkhouse that are all located in an old, converted barn. The cabins each have two queen beds, a kitchen, a small bathroom, satellite TV, heat, air conditioning, and an outdoor area with chairs, picnic table, charcoal grill, and a fire pit. The bunkhouse is located in the attic space of the building and is much more rustic. It has 5 single beds, 1 double bed, a mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee pot. It does not have running water or a bathroom (guests use the campground bathrooms at the Lodge). We also rent our a Vintage 1966 Airstream Safari 22' Trailer. It has two twin beds, a kitchenette, and a half bathroom. We can put the Airstream on any available campsite and set it up for you. See Rate sheet page for more photos & rates.

Do you charge a deposit when I make a reservation? What's your cancellation policy?

No, we do not collect deposits when making reservations. The full amount is due upon your arrival at the campground (we take cash & credit/debit cards). We do take a credit card number as a hold when you make a reservation. If you need to cancel, we ask that you inform us at least 2 weeks prior to your scheduled arrival. Otherwise, you are subject to a charge of half your reservation cost.

What is at each campsite?

Each individual campsite has a wooden picnic table and a 24" fire ring. Our group sites have 2-3 picnic tables and a 36" fire ring. We also have a limited number of extra picnic tables and fire rings that we provide to customers upon request.

Do you have a storage area?

Yes, we have an open, grassy field in the back of the campground that is used as RV and/or boat storage for our guests. It is an uncovered area. The rate is $2/day.

Do you all ATV's/ORV's at the campground? Are there trails nearby?

Yes, we allow our guests to drive ATV's in and out of our campground (please no joy-riding on campground roads). There is not a designated trail system in our area, but you can ride on all county-maintained roads, some of which are great two-tracks. We have maps and our ATV policy available at our office or by request.

How long has Twin Oaks been a campground?

Twin Oaks has been a campground in the same location since the 1970's. Before that, we've been able to piece together that the property was a children's summer camp (1960's), a retreat for Catholic nuns (1940's), and a bird dog training center (1920's).

Do I need to make reservations or can I just show up?

Reservation are highly recommened, but we do welcome drop-ins. If you're planning to drop in and you're reading this, it's best to give us a call the day of, just so we know when to expect you.

What are your hours?

During the months we are open (mid-April-late November), our campstore/office is generally open from 9am-6pm Monday-Thursday, 8am-9pm Friday-Saturday, and 8am-6pm on Sunday. These hour change depending on the season, with more limited hours in the spring & fall, and extended hours in the summer. We will ocasionally close the store on a slow weekday, so we can have some time off!

Do you have a security guard?

We have a security guard on duty Friday & Saturday nights from 11pm-2am. His job is to monitor the entire campground to enforce quiet hours and ensure the safety of all our guests. We also have security some Thursday and Sunday nights, or any night we have a nearly full campground.

How many people can I have on a site/ Can I have people not staying her come visit me at my site?

You can have up to 4 adults or up to 6 with kids (ages 0-14) on a site at the base rate. These limits don't apply to our group sites, which are meant for groups of 5-30 people.

How many 50-Amp sites do you have?

We have just one 50-Amp site. It is Site 49, and it is a large full hookup site.

How many of your sites are pull-throughs?

We have one 30-Amp Full Hookup pull through (Site 5), one 30-Amp Electric & Water pull through (Site 33), and four 30-Amp Electric pull-throughs (Sites 29, 31, 32 & 12).

Do you have concrete pads? Are the roads in your park paved?

No, we do not have concrete pads and none of our roads are paved.

What are the group sites? How much do they cost?

Our group sites are very large sites (the size of 3-5 regular tent sites) meant for groups of between 5-30 campers. We also allow small RV's to park on certain group sites as long as they run off of battery. We have 6 non-electric group sites (B, C, D, E, G, SE), and two group sites with 20-Amp electric (A, F). We charge per person for group sites. For non-electric group sites the rate is $11/person per night. For electric group sites the rate is $13/person per night. We assign one person as the group leader, and they are responsible for making sure the entire group checks-in and pays individually, as well as follows all of the campground rules.

When are your quiet hours?

Noise travels at our campground. Because of this, we enforce quiet hours from 11pm-8am. During this time, all music must be turned off and all noise must be kept within your campsite. Be respectful of other campers who may be trying to sleep.

What are the campground rules?

Our main rules are: -Respect other campers -Respect our neighborhood & our community -Quiet hours 11pm-8am -Do not burn trash or wood with nails -Do not damage our trees -Drive slow in the park (10mph) -Clean up after yourselves (do not leave trash at your campsite) -Dogs must be on a leash at all times -No electric heaters -No fireworks and/or shooting guns -Do not walk through occupied campsites -Anytime your music is dominating the campground it is too loud

Is alcohol allowed in your campground?

Yes, we allow alcohol. We ask that our guests drink responsibly and do not bring alcohol into our public spaces. If we notice guests that are disturbing the peace & safety of other campers, whether or not alcohol is involved, we will address the situation (we reserve the right to remove problem guests at our discretion).

What should I do if another camper is disturbing me or if I notice someone breaking the rules?

Contact the Twin Oaks staff or office immediately and we will deal with the situation. You can call our office phone (231-848-4124) any time of day or night. We also frequently check our email ( We have a security guard on duty from 11pm-2am on summer weekends, so you can always flag him down during one of his rounds and tell him the issue.

Can I bring my own firewood?

Yes and no; while we allow guests to bring their own firewood, we do not allow oak if it still has bark on it (due to oak wilt disease). We DO NOT allow guests to burn wood with nails, staples, or metal (so don't bring your old lumber!)

Where can I hike, run, or mountain bike in the area?

There are several recreational trails in the area. The Big M Trailhead just a 15 minute drive away is a world class mountain biking and trail running destination. High profile races are held there each summer. The Manistee River Trail, just a 10 minute drive away, is one of the most popular hiking trails in Michigan, following the banks of the Manistee River through forested hills. The North Country Trail is accessible from a couple different trailheads in the area. If you're looking to go on an adventure straight from the campground, we are less than a mile from the start of the Pine River Corridor, which is a two-track trail that runs along the bluffs of the Pine River (we run & bike there all the time, so ask us at the office more about it!)

Where exactly are you located and why do people visit your area?

We are located just outside the town of Wellston, in northwest Michigan, about halfway between the towns of Manistee and Cadillac, and about 50 miles south of Traverse City. Wellston is a tiny town, but we get a lot of outdoor-loving tourists who come here to fish, canoe/kayak, hike, or just want to get away from the city and enjoy the fresh air of rural northern Michigan.

Where is the closest place to buy groceries?

The Dublin General Store is our local grocery store, and it has a huge selection of jerky and meat. However, it tragically burned down last fall. It is being rebuilt and is scheduled to open sometime in spring 2020. There is a small locally-run store, M-55 Market just 4 miles to the west in Wellston, they have basic groceries and great meat! The closest Meijer is in Manistee (23 miles to the west) and the closest Walmart is 30 miles to the east in Cadillac.

Where are the closest restaurants?

The Redneck Yacht Club is the closest restaurant-it's just 2 miles away. Annie's Kozy Kitchen and Mel's Diner are both in downtown Wellston and are great fro breakfast and lunch. Superbad's Pizza is nearby in Dublin. Other good restuarant s that are a little further away are Traks in Brethren, Coyote Crossing in Caberfae, Chandlers Cafe in Henrietta, and Club 37 near Baldwin. Manistee and Cadillac, both a 25-30 minute drive, have a ton of restaurants ranging from fast food to fine dining.

What is there to do in the area?

We are surrounded by the Manistee National Forest, just miles from the Pine River, the Manistee River, Tippy Dam, the North Country Trail, and world-class mountain biking/running trails at Big M. Needless to say, most people come here to enjoy the outdoors one way or another. Fishing, canoeing/kayaking, hiking, mushroom hunting, deer & turkey hunting are the major attractions here. We are also a great central location to base yourself for less outdoorsy types of fun, such as shopping in Traverse City (1 hour drive), wine tasting on the Old Mission & Leelenau Peninsulas, hitting up a casino (Little River Casino is 25 miles away), driving around Sleeping Bear Dunes (1 hour drive), or golfing at Caberfae Peaks or Fawn Crest.

Where can I rent a boat?

Camp Mana-Pine rents boats on Tippy Dam Pond. If you're looking to rent a canoe or kayak see the next question.

I want to canoe/kayak/raft the Pine River. What do I need to know?

The Pine is one of the fastest rivers in Michigan, with several sections of swift water. Because of this only kayaks, canoes, and rafts are allowed on the river. Tubes are NOT recommended on this river. The Pine winds through gorgeous forest and dunes, and is one of the most popular recreational rivers in the state. It is a National Wild & Scenic River, and a permit is needed for each watercraft between May 22 and September 7, 2020. If you are renting, you don't need to worry about this, as the rental companies provide the permit. If you have your own watercraft, you will need to get a permit for each watercraft ($2 per). You can only get this online at We recommend getting the permits as soon as possible, as they sell out quickly!

Are there any other good places to paddle in the area?

Yes! The Manistee River is nearby and is an easier and more family friendly river. Tubing, along with all other watercraft, is allowed. The Manistee is not permitted, so less planning is required if you have your own watercraft. The most popular sections of the river to float are Hodenpyl Dam to Red Bridge and Bear Creek to Rainbow Bend. Liveries that rent on the Manistee River include Pine River Paddlesports, Wilderness Canoe Trips (Mesick), and Manistee Paddlesports. Other great rivers within an hour drive of us include the Platte, Little Manistee, Betsie, Boardman, and the Pere Marquette Rivers.

Do you have a shuttle/canoe spotting service?

No, our campground doesn't have a shuttle. For spotting, contact any of the liveries for more information. There are also some locals who provide this service.

I heard something about an alcohol ban on some rivers. What's going on with that?

In short, responsible alcohol consumption is allowed on all local rivers. In February 2019 the Forest Service declared they were banning alcohol consumption on sections of the Pine, Manistee, and AuSable Rivers in order to better reflect the intent of the National Wild & Scenic River Act. This was met with resistance from the public and local business owners. Within a month, the Forest Service decided to "stay" their ban, allowing alcohol on the rivers for the forseeable future and to focus on education the public instead. We encourage our guests to follow river guidelines, such as no glass or styrofoam on the river and no littering, and to behave respectfully while in public in the area and at the campground.