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Rules
 
1.  No use of anything with a motor. No chain saws, power tools, ATV, snowmobiles, 4 wheeling, reckless fires, or hunting without written permission from Diane Hallinen   hallinen@yahoo.com
2.  All fecal material must be buried in the dirt at least 8 inches deep. No poop within earshot of the river, which includes the "campgrounds" You can find a lugable loo, under the tarp closest to the river on the path that goes down the steep hill to the river.  Deposit poop in the latrine hole.  Current latrine hole's locations are noted below. The bears like to visit the latrine hole, please be sure to cover the hole with the metal sheet and make sure the log is on it.
3. No damaging living trees/shrubs/plants unless clearing brush from trails.  No pounding nails, screws, etc into trees.  
4. No creation of new trails.
5.  Respect the Hurricane River.  Be careful not to trash the banks. Avoid damaging vegetation along the river.
6. Hang all food 10 feet up and 10 feet away from a tree.  River campground has this set up already. So far the bears have not been an issue at camp, please keep it clean. You can store your food in the small locking garbage can that is under the tarps on the trail to Master's point. Please use the carabiners to secure the lid.  
7.  Boil water from Tsunami Creek and Hurricane River.  Odds are it has giardia. You can use the two kettles to do this.  The water is brown from the tannins, but is pretty good.  
8.  No soap, shampoo, chemicals of any kind to be used within 20 yards of the river.  Avoid dumping food into the river.  If using soap, wash dishes up at the camp, not on the river bank.
9. Pack out all trash.  If you use anything stored under the tarps, please replace them there when you are done and CAREFULLY replace the tarps and secure them well.  Please put rocks and logs over the tarps to weigh them down.  
10. All fires in main camp have to be on the bricks.  Fires at Master's Point should be inside a fire pit made by moving the concrete blocks into a circle. Do not set the place on fire, please! If it has rained, feel free to use the wood that I have stored under the tarp at main camp. There is dry kindling in the white 5 gallon bucket that is by the wood pile.  Otherwise, only use dead and down wood.  Do not rip birch bark off of a living tree, it harms them.

Maps 

How to get there- From 77, get to H58 by turning left on 772, aka Newberg road. It is a gravel road that is in okay shape.  Alternatively, get on H58 in Grand Marias if you need to stop for supplies. If you have a regular car and want to park right off H58 go to 46.643, -86.146.   There is a green and white Masters sign hanging vertically from a tree there. 





Master's Point is located about halfway between the pull off for Log Slide and Hurricane River Campground.  If you are heading from Log Slide, you will go down a big long hill, do a curve, and the drive will be on the left.  If you go too far, you will see  Happy Rock with a hat on your left. Turn around, and head back towards Log Slide, go 0.31 miles, the driveway you are looking for is the first one on the right after happy rock.  The Masters sign is facing Log Slide.  Go ahead and pull in down the drive, but don't go too far or you will hit some bricks.  THere are small yellow flags on the left side of the drive as you are backing in. If you keep them in your side view mirror view, you might do okay.  



You can camp here, the ground is flat and pretty dry and you can get water at the creek, or, if you want to explore, walk the "path". You will find a cool little marked trail that crosses "Tsunami creek" and then goes to the main camp. The trail is marked with bear bitten Lacroix lime flavored water cans and orange flags and in most places, lined with branches. Once you cross the creek, turn left and walk between the hill and the creek.  There is a best way to do it, but blundering works too.  You will then turn right soon after going through the cross cut saw log. It gets tricky here, watch for the trail markers. You will usually get your feet muddy right before Tsunami creek, otherwise, it is a pretty dry trail. The trail has a lot of uneven ground, roots, stumps and other hazards. Please watch your step and use a walking stick. The "bridge" that crosses Tsunami creek may not be safe, please use at your own risk and with caution.  The bridge will get removed in late fall. The board to make the bridge is usually leaning up against a cedar tree, you'll see it. I take it out since sometimes the creek floods. There are some concrete blocks by the bridge, feel free to put an additional block under the wood plank in the middle of the creek.



 Main camp has lots of places to hang stuff, it has metal garbage cans with camping stuff and bricks for building a stove or a campfire.  (Please burn only on the bricks, rearrange them however you want.)  There are some big umbrellas under the big blue tarp that can be set into one of the three PVC pipes that are stuck in the ground.  There is a big green mosquito tent that you can put over the umbrella located in the small garbage can under the tarp near the trail to Master's Point. 

There are two large tarps in one of the garbage cans that is located near the best spot to put a tent. It is the can with the word "tarps" written on it, under the garbage bag. It is usually the middle can. There are a total of 5 garbage cans there. They have dessicant in them, so please do not open them, unless you need too.  The stuff that is inside the cans is written on a piece of cardboard for some of the cans.  The most easily accessible garbage can is the guest can. In it you will find a 2 person tent that you should put a tarp on if it is raining hard, some flooring pads, a sleeping pad, a sleeping bag, extra blanket and warm clothes, including toasty cow suit.  If you use stuff, please let me know and make sure it is put back the way you found it. It is a bad to put away wet stuff, it pretty much ruins it. The guest can has fresh desiccant in a sealed plastic bag. Please open the bag after you do the final packing. There are verbose instructions on the paper that is on top of the guest can. If stuff is wet, please take it home with you and air it out. You can give it back to me at Christmas if you want. The tarp's can doesn't have any desiccant. Please towel off any wet tarps before putting them back, or just cover the cans with it. There is a small garbage can that has my "good" tent in it. If you need to use it, please be kind to the vertical zipper, it has issues.  This tent sleeps three comfortably.  Use it if you need to, but please put it away dry.  If you use it and it gets wet, take it home to dry and let me know so I can bring a back up tent.

The GPS coordinates of the "developed" main campsite are 46 degrees, 38 minutes 18.80 N and 86 degrees, 8 minutes and 8.46.70 West.  This site has two nice cleared flat areas for 4 person tents. There is plenty of flat ground around for more tents, and infinite trees for hammocks.  Please check out that exciting dead tree that is tilting at a 30 degree angle.  I worry that it is going to fall on one of camp sites. If it hasn't fallen, I suggest not camping under its possible fall path. There is a use at your own risk bridge across the Hurricane River located near main camp. The bridge may not be in place since we have had some issues with floods.  There is a very scarey log you can use to cross, but you might die. 



The alternate drive to get back to the property is through commercial forest land. They logged there in summer 2017.  I do not recommend using this two track unless you have a saw with you and a high clearance vehicle. It is frequently blocked by fallen trees. If you do go this way, park past the cut log chunk that is laying horizontally on the left side of the path. That log pretty much marks the border of the property. Sometimes it has a no trespassing sign on it. There is a path, on the right that leads to the main camp, that can be found just past the no trespassing sign log. You might get your feet wet at first, but then it is okay.  It is about a 3 minute walk to the campsite.  The main campsite is within ear shot of the Hurricane River and even has a small overlook where you can see the river. 

A large cleared out area can be found at the end of the two track, about a 4 minute walk past the path to Main Camp.  This cleared area is called Group Camp.  It has a bunch of flat land, no scary trees, but access to water is a 5 minute slightly tough hike.  The hike is up "coke hill" and goes to "east beach" ...see maps.

A latrine hole is on the path to the "developed" campsite.The short path to it is marked with a yellow ribbon, and it is on your right as you head into camp. It is covered by a large sheet pan.   Don't be surprised if the cover is off, our bear likes to check it out. If you don't want to hassle with the lugable loo (found under the big blue tarp on the side closest to the path to the Hurricane, easy to see, it is always airing out). If you do not want to hassle with cleaning the loo, please dig an 8 inch hole for your poop up the hill, out of earshot of the river.  There is a broken handle shovel with a pvc pipe next to the loo under the big blue tarp. 

Please  be sure rinse out your poop out of the lugable loo into the latrine hole. Please do not contaminate the Hurricane River.

The pile of bricks at main camp is a homemade rocket stove.  The homemade brick stove is super awesome, but you might have to move the bricks around to make it functional. Wear gloves.  You want it to look like the letter L with a covered tunnel connected to the chimney. To light it, load up the chimney with birch bark that you find on the ground (do not peel the trees) and some super dry little sticks. Put about 3 half inch sticks into the burn tunnel that will perch on the little ledge at the base of the chimney. Light the birch bark. Watch it flame. Add some medium sticks, babysit if for about 5 minutes, adding more wood via the burn tunnel. Takes awhile to learn to make it perfect.  It is okay to have sticks sticking out through the door, just make sure you have enough air going it. If you are good, it should burn hot for about 7-12  minutes without having to mess with it.  Try to add more dry wood, up to 2 inch diameter, while it is still burning fast. I usually filter the water with a coffee filter to get out the grit before I boil it.   Please wash all pots before you leave, it is okay to leave them out.  The bears dig them out from the tarp anyway so I save them the trouble. You don't have to clean off the soot on the bottom, but please do not leave any food residue or grease in them.  The soft bricks are fragile. A brick might break, no worries. Feel free to use the furniture, please note how it was stored and try to replicate it when you leave.  Please do not leave any food on the furniture. 

Never leave food out, dirty dishes, etc.  Bears do visit, and I'm trying hard to not reward them with anything tasty.  Please bring bear spray with you and read how to use it.  Hang your food from one of the many lines. I usually store my food in the locked small garbage can that can be found under the small tarp near the trail to Tsunami Creek.  I'm sure a motivated bear could break into it, but it would slow them down.


As mentioned above, Group Camp is at the dead end of the two track that goes through the commercial forest land.  This site is wide open, flat, and a great place for a bunch of big tents.  It does not have any furniture, tarps, garbage cans, stoves, or water. A link to the trail can be found here.

No hunting of bears is allowed on the property, ever. No trapping of beavers or other creatures is ever allowed. The only hunting that is allowed is deer, during the legal season, with a valid Michigan license, and only with explicit permission. I need to have met you in person, and I need to know exactly when you will be on the property. We do use the property during hunting season and do not allow people to shoot at us.  No bait piles, ever.  I hear there are fish in the Hurricane.  Feel free to fish for them, if you have a valid fishing license.  It is legal for anyone to walk the creek since it belongs to the State.  

 The land west of the river has multiple two tracks suitable for a mountain bike. Sometimes the sand on the trails makes it easy to wipe out.  If you take the trail to the north, then set out towards the river, you will find the beaver dam.  Just follow the chewed trees. The "bridge" to cross the Hurricane River is near the main camp.  The bridge has not been inspected, use at your own risk. Only one person on it at a time please. Use the overhead rope for balance.  If the bridge looks off kilter, do not use it.  

You can not get a cell phone signal at the property, but you can usually get a signal about 3/4 mile towards Log Slide. You can not get a signal at Hurricane Beach.  The cell phone tower is located by Grand Sable Lake. You might want to save this page and the maps in your phone.

If you are a legally recognized member of a local native american tribe, I only ask that you follow the above rules and respect the land and my stuff.  Please let me know when you will be hunting.

hallinen@yahoo.com

  


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