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      Points of Interest: U.P. Campgrounds

      Upper Michigan's forests and lakes make for some of the best campgrounds in the region. From federal facilities to state, local and private campgrounds, they each have a unique quality that keeps visitors coming back.

      Although we can't highlight them all, we did visit some of the more popular destinations.

      The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is home to three drive-in campsites. One of them is at Little Beaver Lake located off of H-58 outside of Munising. It features a boat launch, a trailhead and a new outhouse. "It's a beautiful scenic drive; as you drive in there and start dropping down into the basin, and then it is just a quaint little campground," said Bill Smith of Pictured Rocks staff.

      The Little Beaver Lake campsite is one of the most popular campsites in the park, but it only has eight spots available, so plan accordingly.

      The Horseshoe Lake Campground in Gwinn has a proven track record of pleasing campers for decades. Joe Pietro started the year-round campsite in 1972, and he has seen multiple generations pass through. "This is paradise here. You can see people and the quality of our campground. We've touched a lot of lives in 42 years," said Pietro.

      The camp owns several canoes, kayaks and paddle boats and features a shower house and even a laundromat. Bewabic State Park in Crystal Falls is a 315 acre stretch of land that draws in families as far as Tennessee, looking for some great quality bonding time. The park provides something many campgrounds don't: privacy. "We have some buffers between our campsites that really draw people in. They like the secluded feel while still having the amenities that come with a state park," said park representative, Jeff Gaertner.

      Runkel Lake in Crystal Falls offers a range of fun in the sun activities and gives vacationers a free-bee with their campsite rentals.

      "Our weekly and monthly rates include a free 18-holes of golf up at the Crystal View Golf Course. So once those are paid, you could come on out and have a round of golf on us, also," said Crystal Falls City Manager, Dorthea Olson.

      If you get too hot out on the golf course, you could always come back to Runkel for a dip in the lake.