Mike and I found a hidden gem of a campground in Northern Michigan. We came to this beautiful state to visit my dad and stepmom and our good friends, Mick and Jackie, whom we’ve known for many years.
Mick recently took over management of Bambi Lake Retreat and Conference Center–an amazing piece of property that offers so much for RVers and outdoor enthusiasts. I’m going to post Mike’s video narrative and will add a few notes of my own at the end (you can view the video by clicking here: RandombitsRV.
Mike: “Dawn and I are camping in The beautiful Bambi Lake Retreat and Conference Center. Located in Roscommon Michigan, Bambi Lake is only six miles from interstate 75.
The 240-acre property is owned and meticulously cared for by the Baptist State Convention of Michigan. While the property is owned by a faith-based organization, I’m here to tell you that Bambi Lake is open to the public and everyone is welcome. Just be mindful that Bambi Lake features an atmosphere, suitable for your entire family.
The campground is quietly nestled in the back of the property. It offers 27 tent and RV Sites. Each site is spacious and includes 30 amp electric service, and water, along with fire rings and picnic tables. Two sites offer 50 amp service. With Northern Michigan’s mild climate and very little need for air conditioning, you’ll find that 30 amp service is all you’ll need. There is an RV dump station on-site with easy access. You will need to bring some RV leveling blocks, as most of the property contains gentle slopes and rolling hills.
The entire campground is covered with huge majestic hardwood trees, and is adjacent to State of Michigan forest property, which is also available for your day use. As an added bonus, you are only five miles away from the Huron National Forest.
The wild-life at Bambi Lake is plentiful with an abundance of deer, black squirrels, and chipmunks, wild turkeys woodpeckers, and even an occasional bear.
There are plenty of activities available for the entire family. The crystal clear spring-fed lake features beautiful refreshing water next to a sandy swimming beach. Adjacent to the beach is a mini-marina, with plenty of canoes, rowboats and paddle boats that are free and available for use. The lake is stocked, with various game fish. Not into water sports? Be sure to play a few rounds of mini-golf on site.
The property also features a network of trails through its forested landscape, and is great for exploring this heavily wooded area on foot or all terrain vehicle. During our visit, The price was a very affordable $25 per night. While the campground is situated at the opposite end of the property from the main entrance, daylight arrival is recommended, as there are many trees through-out camping area. While the roads are narrow, I was able to navigate our 40’ diesel pusher safely into our site. There is also a huge playground to keep your little campers delighted for hours. Also during our visit, construction was well underway on a huge lakeside waterslide, that will launch your medium and adult sized campers into the clear water of Lake. Oh, did I also mention firewood is in great supply, and there is usually no charge.
If you are just passing through the area and simply need a place to pull off and sleep for the evening, just a few feet from the main entrance there is a very large field, which is perfect for a short overnight stay, otherwise known as boondocking to the RV community. Please call for availability. While there is no published fee, small contributions are always greatly appreciated.
Bambi Lake continues to be well known for its Retreat, and Conference Center. The multi-use Conference Center with its multiple lodging capabilities is a perfect getaway for Corporate or faith-based retreats and is ideal for a family reunion or getaway. It offers beautiful and modern facilities with multiple lodging, meeting, and dining capabilities. The lodge (currently undergoing renovations) has a beautiful relaxing balcony overlooking the lake. It contains several meeting and break-out rooms, game rooms, and a warm cozy fireplace is always within reach. While the Conference and Retreat Center has been a longtime favorite past-time of Northern Michigan, Bambi Lake is under new and highly skilled management, and is generating a new focus on family camping and public access.
With all of the genuine hospitality and enticing features that Bambi Lake has to offer, is there any wonder why Bambi Lake Retreat and Conference Center is our new favorite RV destination? I invite you to come and experience Bambi Lake life for yourself.”
Dawn: I love this campground. It’s quiet and peaceful. We’ve had a few days being the only ones in the park and Lexie (our bullmastiff) has been able to run off leash. It’s amusing to see her romp outside, trying to catch squirrels and jump after the woodpeckers. In the mornings, I walk the nature trails through thick forest. I love to stand totally still without making a noise. In a few moments, the chipmunks come out to play, the birds start to chirp and go about their business in the trees, and occasionally there is the rustling and distant view of a doe and fawn. I’ve seen tracks of deer, coyotes or fox, and even bear. The morning hikes are becoming exceptionally pretty as the leaves are starting to change and reveal a full spectrum of colors.
The video doesn’t mention the grounds have a shooting range, an outdoor prayer chapel that looks over rolling hills and forests, a horseshoe area, or how fun the ORV trails are to roam. In the winter, the gym is flooded with water and used as an ice skating rink.
Most of all, there are so many quiet places to be alone, reflect, and commune with the natural beauty all around. We can highly recommend a quiet rowboat sunset lake excursion–the lap of the oars and the colors of the setting sun are relaxing and soothing.
The camp is centrally located and within driving distance to the Mackinac Bridge and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Traverse City, Alpena on the shore of Lake Huron–all are within driving distance.
Mike and I have enjoyed our time in beautiful Michigan visiting my dad and stepmom as well as the time with Mick and Jackie. We’ve also made wonderful friends with our campground neighbors. It will be sad to leave here, but we will be back. The evening campfires and lure of Bambi Lake Life are calling us to spend more time in the warm months next year.
Safe travels, Dawn
P.S. The photos and video of Bambi Lake are much better than my words can convey. Please watch the video here: RandombitsRV.Contact Information: Bambi Lake Retreat and Conference Center, 3468 East Robinson Road, Roscommon, Michigan 48653, Telephone: 989-275-5844, e-mail: Mick@bscm.org