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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!

Saturday, July 31, 2010


After yesterday's post, I had a couple requests asking if I could post our park's rules.  I had something else I was going to put up today, but opted to wait on that.  Instead I am posting our park's rules and usage guidelines.

I would appreciate your HONEST opinion; are we being too demanding?  I know, I know, I shouldn't let a few people's comments on a review bother me, but it does because ALL of our guest's opinions are important to us...even if it is the few and far between that are unhappy with our park or us or our rules.

So with all of that said, here they are(obviously, when seen on the reverse side of the campground map, they don't look so long and drawn out.  Please note that anyplace that there normally would appear the & sign it may possibly have translated to something like this...&amp: when I pasted the rules and guidelines from MS Word);



The following rules and usage guidelines have been adopted to ensure that our guests obtain the maximum enjoyment from the use of our facilities while providing for the health, safety and general welfare of all guests, staff and Mother Nature.

Registration & Visitors: All guests must register upon arrival. Visitors of registered guests must also register. There is no fee for you to have a visitor, unless they are here after 9:00 p.m.  Visitors of  guests are not allowed to use the showers or the laundry facility and please, no pets brought in by visitors.

Speed limit, vehicle use & camping units: The speed limit is 5 m.p.h. Use of ORV'S in campground prohibited. No motorized vehicles allowed in the woods or on hiking trail (except for use of management and staff). Only two vehicles per site. (See management if you need additional parking).

Rugs & mats: In order to preserve our grass, rugs and mats of any kind or size are not allowed. Please keep rugs & mats IN your property and not on ours. (suggestion; some people carpet their steps or place a mat inside by the door)

Dishes & wastewater: For our tent campers, there is a “slop sink” in the Laundromat. . Wastewater must be disposed of at the dump station, not on the ground or trees. Greasy dishwater does kill the grass & trees and also attracts insects and wildlife. If you need a bucket to collect your dirty water in, please let us know. We will gladly loan you a bucket.

Campfires/firewood: Campers may not cut or break off live vegetation in the park or adjoining woods. Campfires are to be contained and controlled in the fire rings. Burning of trash in firepits prohibited. Please ensure fire is completely out before leaving your site or retiring for the evening. Use of chainsaws by guests or visitors prohibited.

Pets: Pets are allowed and must be on a leash and under the control of their owner at ALL times. Pets are not allowed in or around the buildings or the play areas. Guests with a pet that is vicious or unruly will have to remove the pet from the park. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pet. Do not tie pets to any trees! Protect your pet from other strays, porcupines & skunks! Keep your pet leashed at all times! IF YOU HAVE VISITORS, THEY MUST NOT BRING THEIR PETS. Please advise them ahead of time.

Leveling of R.V'S: Please do not dig holes in the ground to level your RV. If you place boards underneath your jacks, you don't leave holes in the ground.

Firearms & fireworks: Use of guns, b.b. guns, paintball guns, explosives, weaponry, archery equipment or fireworks of any kind is not allowed in the park or adjoining woods.

Trees: Do not rope, chain, tie or nail anything to the trees. For preservation of the trees, and the safety of others, clothesline may not be strung from trees or utility pedestals.

Garbage: In order to keep varmints (including BEARS & skunks) to minimum, garbage MUST be placed in the dumpster (or tent site trash cans) and NOT in wastebaskets or in firepits.

Parental responsibility: Children are not to be left unattended. The small swing set is for toddler age children.

Site assignment: You will be assigned a site. Please consult with the office if you prefer a different site. Other sites could be reserved and you could inadvertently move to a site that is already spoken for.

Messages: Emergency messages are delivered to guests. All other messages will be posted in the lobby on the message board.

Washing of vehicles/RV'S: Please take your vehicles to one of the two car washes in town.

Quiet time: 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Unreasonably loud noises during the day will not be allowed.

Check out time is NOON for the campground and 11:00 a.m. for lodging.

Improper behavior: For the protection and benefit of all guests, anyone who willfully or negligently destroys, injures or defaces the property of another guest or of the Park will be held liable for the full value or replacement cost, which ever is greater. Any individual who violates these Rules and Usage Guidelines or by their actions or words disturbs the peace, creates conflict or otherwise generates a situation not in keeping with the family environment of the Park will be engaging in improper behavior and may be instructed to leave the Park either by the staff or local law enforcement authorities. No refund will be made. You are responsible for making sure everyone in your party, including your visitors, are aware of our Rules and Guidelines. We are doing everything we can to make your stay safe, secure and enjoyable. If you have concerns or questions, please feel free to discuss them with us. Thank you for your understanding and compliance. Dan and Cathy Clementz, owners and managers.



  1. Gary H.9:04 AM

    These sound pretty clear cut and legitimate to me.

  2. Anonymous10:03 AM

    OH! These are the most obnoxious rules I've ever read! How DARE you try to impose these on anyone! HA! MY GOD! WHAT is wrong with people?? There is nothing wrong with these rules. I think the people who complain are the ones who are use to going to a campground and running wild! No problem with these AT all!

    Dick and Brenda

  3. Anonymous11:19 AM

    We have no problem with any of these.
    We're coming back in two weeks for our 4th time!

    See ya soon!

    Cheryl & Jerry

  4. Gary, I can't think of any way to make them more "polite" without using a whole lot more words!

    Dick and Brenda, HA! You had me going there for a minute! And just for the record, the most recent comments were from very nice, experienced campers so not sure what the issue was/is.

    Cheryl and Jerry, please be sure to "point yourselves out" when you arrive! If you've been here before I will most likely recognize the faces but I might not remember you follow Yarns. See you soon!

  5. your rules are extremely reasonable...in fact one of them i wish the state parks would adopt...the one that pets are not allowed BY or IN any of the buildings or playground....my son is afraid of dogs, and it drives me nuts when he is afraid to go to the restroom because some thoughtless person has there dog there (who may be perfectly harmless, but my little guy don't understand that).

  6. Amy, I worry about kids who are running around with no one watching them and they might run up to someone's dog....who knows what could happen. It's too bad your boy is afraid of dogs. Hopefully it will be something he can overcome because they are truly man and woman's best friend. Take care!

  7. Anonymous9:23 AM

    hmmmm...I can't see anything that out of the ordinary with your rules. Was there something in particular the people were upset about? Not being able to wash their car??? Not being able to cut down trees??? Not letting the kids and dogs run wild????

  8. Anonymous, I have scratched my head trying to think what was so upsetting to them or what they thought they would do that would be breaking the rules. I really don't know. As I stated in an earlier response, this couple were "seasoned" campers, were very nice, polite people so I don't know what the real problem was/is.

  9. They look perfectly reasonable to me! The only thing I would miss is not hanging a clothesline as we often went to beaches and hung out our swimsuits to dry, etc. at parks we stayed at and it was always allowed..but since there is no swimming around your park, that shouldn't be a sacrifice to anyone...and I can see how the lines could pose danger to people walking at night....

  10. Retired one...and the clothesline issue took me totally off guard one day when I was on the mower, which sets up high. I caught it across the jaw, it was a brown rope and I didn't see it until I actually had it in my face.


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