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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: September 24 - 26
Depart: 10:00a 
Return: 7:00p
Cost: $45
Included: Travel, equipment, and most meals

The trail, with its steep slopes and sharp turns, meanders through native hardwoods and pines as it follows the east shore of the Manistee River for 10 miles through rolling hills.  The trail traverses several wetlands and a waterfall near the northern end of the trail. The Manistee River Trail/North Country National Scenic Trail connector on the north end of the trail is also the site of the largest wooden suspension bridge in Lower Michigan.

Itinerary
Day 1

Depart Campus and spend the first night front country camping at Seaton Creek Camp
Day 2
Depart Seaton Creek Camp and backpack the Manistee Trail
Arrive at Backcountry campsite and rest for the night.
Day 3
Spend a lazy morning and complete the Manistee River Trail @ the Red Bridge River Access
Return to campus

Food and Beverage
Day 1

Dinner – Hot dogs, brats, chips (Vegetarian option available on request)
Day 2
Breakfast – Fruit, snack bars, oatmeal
Lunch – Trail lunch (e.g. Bumble Bee meals, Tuna Fish, PB&J, granola)
Dinner – Mountain House Freeze Dried Dinner
Day 3
Breakfast – Snack bars, oatmeal
Lunch – Rest Stop on the road (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 hiking! 
1-2 pair athletic pants/synthetic hiking pants
1 pair of shorts
2-3 synthetic/athletic shirts (cotton is not good!)
1 long sleeve for at night
1 long/warm pair of sleep pants
2-3 pairs of thick socks
3-5 pair of undergarments
1 pair durable hiking boots
1 pair of comfortable shoes to wear around camp

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

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

*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

AuSable River Back-Country Kayak

Date: October 9-10
Depart: 9:00a 
Return: 7:00p
Cost: $40
Included: Travel, equipment, and various meals

Come enjoy the sights and sounds of the Au Sable River during a two-day paddle through the Huron National forest. Learn to navigate through the challenges of the historic logging river and paddle to a boat in only camp site to spend the night by the water. This kayaking adventure is great for anyone, with or without experience!

Itinerary
Day 1
Depart SVSU
Launch our kayaks @ Cooke Dam
Paddle & relax on the river
Set up camp at the 97C
Day 2
Paddle across Foote Dam Pond and finish at the Oscoda Canoe Rental
Return to Campus!

Food & Beverage
Day 1
Lunch – Roadside Stop along the way (your own expense)
Dinner – Mountain House Freeze Dried Meals
Day 2
Breakfast – Granola, fruit, and snack bars
Lunch – Trail mix, PB&J, tuna fish,
Dinner – G’s Pizzeria in East Tawas, MI

Please bring refillable water bottles to use total minimum 2 L. Feel free to bring any snacks or other items you wish. Paddling 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 trip! 
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
1-2 pair of undergarments
1 pair durable hiking boots
1 pair of sandals or camp shoes 

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

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

*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 and within your kayak. You are responsible for carrying your belongings. Ounces add up to pounds!

Ausable River Camping

 

White Water Rafting
Date: October 22-24
Depart: 8:00a 
Return: 
7:00p
Cost: $200
Included: Travel, equipment, and various meals                  

10.5 miles of exciting whitewater rapids with 20 Class II-IV rapids on the Lower New River; one of West Virginia most popular rafting trips. Experience the wild coal town history and gorgeous views with two nights of camping in the New River Gorge.

Itinerary
Day 1

Depart campus from the Campus Recreation Center and travel to Minden, WV
Lodging at ACE Adventure
Day 2
White Water Rafting
Day 3
Depart from ACE Adventure and travel back to campus

Food and Beverage
Day 1

Lunch: Rest stop on the road to various restaurants (your own expense)
Dinner: Hot dogs (traditional, turkey, vegetarian on request), brats, chips, veggie tray, cookies
Day 2
*All food on Saturday will be provided by ACE Adventure (Vegetarian options are available)
Breakfast:  Buffet at café on site
Lunch: River Side Barbeque
Dinner: Large homestyle meal cooked on site
Day 3
Breakfast: Assorted granola snacks and fruits
Lunch: Rest stop on the road to various restaurants (your own expense)

Must bring a refillable water bottle.  Please feel free to bring any snacks or other items you wish.  When registering please let us know if you have any dietary preferences and or restrictions.

Packing List

Clothes
1 full change of clothes to keep in the car for post rafting! 
1-2 pair athletic pants/synthetic hiking pants
1 pair of shorts
2-3 synthetic/athletic shirts (cotton is not good!)
1 long sleeve for at night
1 long/warm pair of sleep pants
3-4 pairs of thick socks
4-5 pair of undergarments

Gear
Sleeping bag*
Flashlight/ headlamp
Water bottles total min. 2 L
Toiletry items – toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, baby wipes
Towel
Sun hat/baseball cap
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Bug spray

Optional
Bed sheets (single)
Pillow
Travel coffee mug

For rafting: clothes you do not mind getting wet, old shoes, change of clothes, dry shoes. Whatever you bring on the river WILL get wet! Do not take anything on the river that you do not want to lose!
ACE Adventure Packing List

 

Date: November 6
Depart: 9:00a 
Return: 
7:00p
Cost: $25
Included: Travel and dinner

Enjoy a relaxing day to absorb the best Fall colors of Northern Michigan. From scenic overlooks of the AuSable river to the sandy shores of Tawas Bay…take a break with us.  

Itinerary
Depart SVSU
Explore and hike Iargo Springs & Lumberman’s Monument
Hike the beaches and visit the Tawas point lighthouse
Return to Campus!

Food & Beverage
Lunch – Roadside stop (at your own expense)
Dinner – G's Pizzeria 

Please bring refillable water bottles to use total minimum 2 L. Feel free to bring any snacks or other items you wish. If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, please let us know at registration in order to make accommodations.

Packing List
Clothes
Dress Warm and wear comfortable shoes for extensive walking

 

International Dark Sky Park
Date: November 19-21
Depart: 3:00p 
Return: 
7:00p
Cost: $50
Included: Lodging 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 Bunkhouse
Explore the International Dark Sky Park & Hike along Lake Michigan
Day 2
Hike the Red Pine Trail and explore 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, yogurt and fruit
Lunch – Deli sandwiches and chips
Dinner – Pizza (Mackinaw City)
Day 3
Breakfast – Granola bars, yogurt 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*
Backpack*
Eating utensils – Bowl/Spork*
Flashlight/ headlamp
Water bottles total min. 2 L
Toiletry items – toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, baby wipes
Sunscreen
Bug spray

Optional
Pillow
Bed sheets (single)
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!

Let Campus Recreation help with your next outdoor adventure! Outdoor equipment may be rented for a nominal fee.  The following equipment is available:

  • 2 Person Tent
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Multi-day Hiking Packs
  • Snowshoes
  • Trekking Poles
  • Kayaks (with PFD)
  • Assorted Cookware

Contact us for details on how to reserve the equipment! Account fees will be posted to the user accounts for any lost or stolen equipment. Rented equipment must be returned as determined by the rental agreement.