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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Thursday, July 12, 2007


WE HAVE HAD RAIN!!!!! The grass is no longer brown and crunchy! Now it is just brown!!! As happy as we are to finally receive some rain, it still wasn’t enough. My largest lilac bush still has wilted leaves.

We were in a tornado watch the other afternoon/evening. It was July 16, 2006 when that storm came through and took out 33 trees in our park so as I’ve said before, the wind blows or any Weather Wizard even HINTS about wind, I tend to get very nervous now. Fortunately, we didn’t get any high winds or lightening that day/evening.

The trees are very stressed so I’m already wondering what kind of a fall color season we will have. But, this IS perfect camping weather! The bugs are not bad at all, the day time temps are mild, and evenings are cool. Ya need to get up here and see what there is to see!!!

For you ATV enthusiasts, SORVA is trying to get the Village of Newberry to allow ATV/ORV traffic to head south around the village. SORVA has gotten permission to use the staging area by the RR tracks (north end of Newberry) but I feel this is getting the cart WAY before the horse. Once you are at the staging area, there is no place you can legally ride. I guess the group needed to start some place, but many of us are concerned as to what this will do IF the village does NOT allow ATV traffic around the village. If the ATV’s are allowed to go around the village from this staging area, they will be using the same route as snowmobilers use in the winter months. PLEASE keep in mind if you are up here riding and you come to a closed gate, DO NOT GO AROUND THAT GATE! You will be trespassing if you do. If you are looking for more ATV info, please go to our website at http://www.northcountrycampground.com/. On the first page, about ½ way down, there is a box with various links in it. One of the links will take you to the DNR page with all the do’s and don’ts, some maps, etc. And you can also get a LOT of info at http://www.newberrytourism.com/. Please familiarize yourselves with the info prior to coming up or hitting the trails.

Here is a little more info on the State Forest campground closings in our area;
If you take the total sum of the 4 state forest campgrounds that are closed in our area (Shelldrake, Bass Lake, Headquarters, High Bridge) and add them all up, the total registrations for last year only totaled 383. That equals a bit over 2300 camper days. The total revenue for those sites came to $7025. Now, compare that to just one state forest campground that IS remaining open, Two Heart, that campground had 1148 registrations, 7642 camper days and made $25,005. The Two Heart campground IS a very nice state forest campground. The other ones were nice too but you can see from those figures, they weren’t exactly money makers.

A lot of people are saying that since the State raised the rates to $15.00 per night for these primitive campgrounds that they won’t be staying at any more state forest campgrounds. All these campgrounds offer, other than location, is a place to camp, pit toilets and a hand pump. Dan and I even prefer camping at the state forest campgrounds instead of the State Parks. But, if you compare THAT rate to OUR rate for a primitive site, I’m beginning to think WE are too cheap! Our primitive sites, meaning no hook ups at the site, are $16.00 per night. AND our guests have access to the bathrooms, showers and all of our other facilities.

With all of that said, I would like to hear from my readers as to why they enjoy staying at the Michigan State Parks. I’m not talking about the State forest campgrounds; I’m talking about the State Parks. What is it that you enjoy about the Michigan State Park campgrounds??? You can email me at cclementz@lighthouse.net or post a comment. I really would like your input.

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