The Teddy Lake Yurt is buried deep within Craig Lake State Park, the park billed as “Michigan’s most remote state park.” If you seek solitude, a quiet spot for a family retreat, or a romantic weekend away, the Teddy Lake Yurt would be a good bet.
The Teddy Lake Yurt is about 7 miles in from US41. After reserving the Yurt through the DNR website, you’ll stop at Van Riper State Park to get the key to the yurt. And after that, you’re about a half hour drive from total solitude. You can drive almost all the way to the Teddy Lake Yurt. A gate stops you about 200 yards away and you’ll need to haul your gear in from there. It’s a short and pleasant walk from the parking area to the yurt. Some people bring wheeled carts to haul in their gear, but we just carried it in and brought all of the same stuff we typically bring when “car camping.” Had we stayed at the small cabin or large cabin on Craig Lake, we would have packed lighter.
The Yurt is the only structure on Teddy Lake. And though camping is allowed anywhere in Craig Lake State Park, there are no campsites on Teddy Lake that I could spot. Which means it’s highly likely that you’ll have the entire lake to yourself. As far as furnishings go, the Yurt has two sets of bunk beds, a woodstove, and a dining table. It also has a well stocked “chuckwagon” on the deck that contains a Coleman two burner propane stove (bring your own propane), cookware, a coffee maker, and other odds and ends previous visitors have left behind.
The widows of the yurt are screens sheathed by clear plastic from the outside. The weather was pretty cool when we were there, but in the summer you could roll up all the plastic window coverings and pop open the dome on top for excellent ventilation. In the winter, you could button everything up and stay toasty warm by lighting a fire in the woodstove. (If you go in winter you’ll have to hike or snowmobile in.)
“Staying in a cool yurt on a private lake,” you’ll say as they turn envious.
To view more photos of the Teddy Lake Yurt (many more), click here to visit my Facebook page and browse to the “Teddy Lake Yurt” album. (You’ll need to the “like” the page if you haven’t already)
Bottom Line: The Teddy Lake Yurt in Craig Lake State Park is a terrific place for a quiet getaway.
Other things to note: Make your reservations very, very early for choice summer weekends. There is no electricity at the yurt, so bring a lantern and flashlights.
How to get there: About 6.5 miles west of Van Riper State Park, make a right onto Negallin Road and follow the signs from there.
~Jesse Land, Resident Yooper
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