Okay another nice area is camping on the bluffs near Frederickson Place. Its a little tricky finding this area but once you do you will be happy you did. Its close to the beach so you won't have to walk far to get water, but its green and lush enough that you won't realize you are even close to the beach. Alot of mosquitos here though so make sure you have the insect repellant in full force. Also here on the beach you will see a lot of fellow backpackers since its not to far from the ranger station.
Now if you want to rough it, then hike into the island and find an unmarked area like the majority of backpackers do on North Manitou. My suggestions for a good site is that it be close to some source of water so you will have water for cooking, drinking, and washing but not too close where you get attacked by mosquitos. A good idea is to find an area that is close to the bluffs overlooking the beach like near the Crescent Dock. This place was so rural that we even had a visitor from a 4 legged friend. Furthermore it is a ways from the ferry drop off so you won't see many fellow backpackers out this far. The beach here is very nice.
The Village Campground is close to the ranger station and where the ferry lets you off as soon as you arrive at the island. It's reminiscent of your typical rustic campground in that there are outhouses, garbage cans, running water and even a fire pit where you can have a bonfire. This is the area where people with families and the elderly stay. If you stay here during your entire time on the island then you are completely missing out on the reason why you go to North Manitou, to rough it like there was no such thing as technology. I do recommend however staying here your last night on the island so that you don't have to worry about missing the ferry the next day. Be careful though, many of the marked camping areas have problems with bee nests at their sites. Also chipmunks run around like crazy here so definitely make sure that your food is tied up and secured. We put just a grocery bag full of our snacks on a line and the chipmunks were able to break into it. Make sure its a bag that chipmunks can't open or break.
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