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About Barnes Park
Local Activities Top
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The campground is located near US31 between Elk Rapids and Charlevoix both offer many one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries and world class dining. Both towns have harbors with docks,boat launches and marinas. There are many lakes nearby to fish in, the Chain of Lakes, Lake Michigan and Jordan River (a great place to canoe). Torch Lake National Geographicís pick for 3rd cleanest lake in the world is less than a mile from Barnes Park and they have a DNR public boat launch. There are many farm markets and golf courses nearby.Mackinac Island could be a day trip with a scenic ferry ride to the island. There are no auto mobiles allowed on the island. Get abroad a horse drawn carriage for a tour or rent a bike. If you like hiking, biking, bird watching and enjoying scenic beauty there are many Nature Areas in our area to explore. On a rainy day Avalanche Bay Indoor Water park at Boyne Mountain, Michiganís largest indoor water park is perfect for the kids.


Camp Sites Top
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We offer both electric and rustic sites. Each site has a fire pit and a picnic table. Most of the sites are in wooded areas. Great for tents and trailers.
Bathhouse Top
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We have 2 modern bathhouses with shower facilities that are clean and ADA accessible. The showers are coin operated, $0.25 (a quarter) for 5 minutes of water. There are 2 sets of privies that are clean and ADA accessible also.
Quiet Hours & Pets Top
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Quiet hours are enforced at all times of the day and night. If asked to leave the park there are no refunds and you may have to pay a fine.

Pets are welcome if the owners keep them on a leash and pick up and dispose of waste properly. Pets are not allowed on the beach. Torch Lake has a dog friendly beach less than a mile away.
Pavilions Top
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We offer two spacious pavilions with electrical outlets. There are 10 picnic tables, 4 BBQ grills and horse shoes to enjoy. Reservations may be taken for the day (please contact Barnes Park for more information). No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the pavilion area.
Beach Top
Sunset at Barnes Park overlooking Grand Traverse Bay! [Click here to view full size picture] Click here to view full size picture
This Grand staircase leads from the camping area down to the beach...
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..where a breath taking view of the Grand Traverse Bay awaits you!
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" If you seek a beautiful campground you need to look no farther than our Barnes Park, we have spent many wonderful days there. I have to take my hat off to the people that take care of the park. They do an outstanding job, the restrooms and showers are in excellent condition and very clean. the trash barrels are always empty and plenty of them. Some of the other park personnel around Michigan should come to our park and see how things are done."

Gayle roote of Bellaire, as printed in Antrim County News on 8/9/00
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A view of Northport acrossed Grand Traverse Bay.
This page last updated on 12/16/2013.
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