|Flowers along the Paint River near the Blockhouse.|
|Spin casting from the steps of the Tank?|
Hookups: None (no services whatsoever)
Fire ring: Yes
Water Access: Yes
Fresh Water: No
Trash Service: No (Pack in/Pack out)
Dump station: No
Level sites: Yes
Verizon reception: 0 bars (no signal even with booster)
Internet reception: 0 bars
Cost: Free for up to 14 days
If your rig is wider than the Tank you might have a problem getting into the best of the two campsites as the driveway is "guarded".
|A very large rock that's not going anywhere guards the entrance.|
The Tank only just fit by the stone to the left and through some light bushes. As always when camping in probably any National Forest but especially in Michigan, bring insect repellent or you will be going crazy swatting them in a very short time at the Blockhouse.
|I'm not sure this fire ring was US Forestry Service approved but it seemed OK.|
While my campsite at the Blockhouse was fairly open to sunlight (and thus solar power friendly) the other one there was completely shaded and, on a really hot day might be preferable to non-solar equipped campers.
|Campsite 2, at the Blockhouse...nice and shady.|
Although my weather experience at the Blockhouse, while sunny, was anything but hot when I awoke the next morning and the Tank's chronometer showed:
|August and 46.5 F INSIDE the Tank...41 outside.|
You may have deduced from the campground stat sheet that I only stayed one night at the Blockhouse because of the surprising lack of Verizon coverage and you'd have been correct!. It was the first time I could remember not being able to get a signal of any kind even while using my Wilson cell booster, even while camping in the Rockies! I think it's because the campground is in somewhat of a valley along the river and hills block the line to the cell towers. Being a solo camper I found it a little uncomfortable being faced with the issue of not being able to call for assistance in the event of a Tank breakdown or emergency of some kind, plus I like my family to be able to get hold of me so, knowing a great National Forest campground with Verizon coverage was five miles away....
|If it ain't broke....|
I once again had the Paint River Forks campground to myself and, with cell and internet coverage, found the seven day camping to be the preferred Paint River camping experience of the two campgrounds. But if you really want seclusion go for the Blockhouse.
Thanks for reading!