Students around a campfire

Outdoor Adventures

Take in the wilderness and adventure on one of our trips. From a day on the slopes or a weekend on the trails; connect with nature and new friends. Unplug and let us take care of the details.

 

Manistee River Trail
Date:
Sept 25 - 27
Depart: Friday at 10:30a
Return: Sunday at 5:00pm
Cost: $40.00
Included:  Equipment, permits, and most meals

Join Campus Recreation in an Outdoor Adventure to backpack the Manistee River Trail. This trail features a trek alongside the Manistee River Trail and countless overlooks. The Manistee River Trail is one of Michigan’s staple trails for backpackers.

For the health & safety of each participant, equipment and gear is sanitized prior to each rental, individual tents are provided and travel to and from the Manistee River Trail is the responsbility of each participant.

Itinerary
September 25
Depart Campus and spend the first night front country camping at Seaton Creek Camp

September 26
Depart Seaton Creek Camp and backpack the Manistee Trail
Arrive at Backcountry campsite and rest for the night.

September 27
Spend a lazy morning and complete the Manistee River Trail at the Red Bridge River 
Return to campus

Food and Beverage
September 25
Lunch – On the road (personal expense)
Dinner – Hot dogs, brats, chips (Vegetarian option available on request)

September 26
Breakfast – Fruit, snack bars, oatmeal
Lunch – Trail lunch (e.g. Pb&J, Tuna Fish, granola)
Dinner – Mountain House Freeze Dried Dinner

September 27
Breakfast – Mountain House Freeze Dried Meal
Lunch –On the road (personal expense)

Please bring refillable water bottles to use total minimum 2 L. Feel free to bring any snacks or other items you wish. Backpacking is a strenuous activity. You will be burning many calories that will need to be replenished! If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, please let us know at registration in order to make accommodations.

Packing List
Clothes
1 full change of clothes to keep in the car for post hiking! 
1-2 pair athletic pants/synthetic hiking pants
1 pair of shorts
1-2 synthetic/athletic shirts (cotton is not good!)
1 rain jacket
1 long sleeve for at night
1 long/warm pair of sleep pants
2-3 pairs of thick socks
2-3 pair of undergarments
1 pair durable hiking boots
1 pair of sandals or camp shoes 

Gear
Backpack*
Sleeping bag*
Sleeping pad*
1 person Tent*
Eating utensils – Bowl/Spork*
Flashlight/ headlamp
Water bottles total min. 2 L
Toiletry items – toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, baby wipes
Sunscreen
Bug spray

Optional
Camp chair
Light blanket and camp pillow
Sun hat/baseball cap
Sunglasses

*Available for rental from Campus Recreation. Rental equipment needed to participate on trips with Campus Recreation is provided for free.

Keep in mind that what you bring on the trip will need to fit in 35-65 L backpack. You are responsible for carrying your belongings. Ounces add up to pounds!

Manistee River Trail Map

 

Sleeping Bear Dunes Paddle & Hike
Date: October 9 - 11
Depart: Friday @ 8:30a 
Return: Sunday @ 6:00p
Cost: $40.00
Included: Equipment, permits, and various meals

Join in an Outdoor Adventure to explore the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore area. This trip will feature a kayak or paddle board down the Platte River and hiking in the Sleeping Bear Dunes Park.

For the health & safety of each participant, equipment and gear is sanitized prior to each rental, individual tents are provided and travel to and from the Sleeping Bear Dunes is the responsbility of each participant.

Itinerary
October 9
Depart SVSU
Paddle the Platte River
Relax and hike the shoreline of Lake Michigan
Set up camp at the Platte River Campground

October 10
Hike and explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and adjacent areas

October 11
Return to Campus

Food & Beverage
October 9
Lunch – Cherry Hut (at your own expense)
Dinner – Hot dogs, brats, chips (vegetarian option available upon request)

October 10
Breakfast – Granola, fruit and snack bars
Lunch – Cold Cut Sandwiches, Pb&J
Dinner – Mountain House Freeze Dried Meal

October 11
Breakfast – Granola, fruit and snack bars
Lunch – Road-side stop (at your own expense)

Please bring refillable water bottles to use total minimum 2 L. Feel free to bring any snacks or other items you wish. Backpacking is a strenuous activity. You will be burning many calories that will need to be replenished! If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, please let us know at registration in order to make accommodations.

Packing List
Clothes
1 full change of clothes to keep in the car for post paddling
1-2 pair athletic pants/synthetic hiking pants
1 pair of shorts
1-2 synthetic/athletic shirts (cotton is not good!)
1 rain jacket
1 long sleeve for at night
1 long/warm pair of sleep pants
2-3 pairs of thick socks
2-3 pair of undergarments
1 pair durable hiking boots
1 pair of sandals or camp shoes 

Gear
Backpack*
Sleeping bag*
Sleeping pad*
1 person Tent*
Eating utensils – Bowl/Spork*
Flashlight/ headlamp
Water bottles total min. 2 L
Toiletry items  (showers available at campground)
Sunscreen
Bug spray

Optional
Camp chair
Light blanket and camp pillow
Sun hat/baseball cap
Sunglasses

*Available for rental from Campus Recreation. Rental equipment needed to participate on trips with Campus Recreation is provided for free.

Platte River Campground

 

International Dark Sky Park
Date: November 13 – 15
Depart:
Friday @ 3:00 PM
Return:
Sunday @ 5:00 PM
Cost:
$45.00
Included:
Lodging, permits, and various meals

The Headlands Park has more to offer than dazzling views of Orion and the Milky Way. Artificial lighting is rare within the 243-hectare park and Emmet County intends to keep the area as natural as possible. A county-wide outdoor lighting ordinance helps curtail the growth of artificial light at night in surrounding areas. 

Itinerary
Day 1
Depart SVSU
Set up camp at the Wilderness State Park
Explore the International Dark Sky Park

Day 2
Hike and explore Wilderness State Park, Mackinaw City,

Day 3
Return to Campus!

Food & Beverage
Day 1
Lunch – Roadside stop (at your own expense)
Dinner – Hot dogs, brats, chips (vegetarian option available upon request)

Day 2
Breakfast – Granola bars and fruit
Lunch – Cold Cut Sandwiches and chips
Dinner – Pizza (Mackinaw City)

Day 3
Breakfast – Granola bars and fruit

Please bring refillable water bottles to use total minimum 2 L. Feel free to bring any snacks or other items you wish. Backpacking is a strenuous activity. You will be burning many calories that will need to be replenished! If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, please let us know at registration in order to make accommodations.

Packing List
Clothes
1 full change of clothes
1-2 pair athletic pants/synthetic hiking pants
1-2 synthetic/athletic shirts (cotton is not good!)
1 rain jacket
1 long sleeve for at night
1 long/warm pair of sleep pants
2-3 pairs of thick socks
2-3 pair of undergarments
1 pair durable hiking boots
1 pair of sandals or camp shoes 

Gear
Sleeping bag*
Pillow
Bedding
Eating utensils – Bowl/Spork*
Flashlight/ headlamp
Water bottles total min. 2 L
Toiletry items – toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, baby wipes
Sunscreen
Bug spray

Optional
Camp chair
Sun hat/baseball cap
Sunglasses

*Available for rental from Campus Recreation. Rental equipment needed to participate on trips with Campus Recreation is provided for free.

Keep in mind that what you bring on the trip will need to fit in 35-65 L backpack. You are responsible for carrying your belongings. Ounces add up to pounds!