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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Montague and Whitehall, Michigan / Trailway Campground, Car Show, Hart-Montague Trail, Downtown

July 2016, Weekend, 2-nights

Beautiful bouquet for our camper from a friend's garden

Trailway Campground arrival and check-in

We arrived at Trailway Campground via Dowling Street/Business 31 from the south. The campground sign was easily visible; however, we misjudged which drive goes into the campground. When arriving from the south, the drive directly in front of the sign goes into the campground, and the drive after the sign goes into the parking lot for Montague Foods. We had arrived a bit early that Friday morning, and another camper was on our site. We were able to complete the check-in process, and park in the overflow area of the campground until the other guests departed.

Site 39 in Trailway Campground

Site 39 is a pull-through site near the back of the campground. It has a cement pad (for the table; not to park on), and full hook up. The site was grassy with a couple of trees. The site was nearly level; we had to put down one set of leveling blocks under the driver's side wheels.
Looking toward site 39 from the front

There is a picnic table on each site in the campground, although there are no fire pits. There is one common fire pit, and firewood is provided. Site 39 is fairly narrow, as were most of the lots in this campground. Even though the site is not very wide, we did not feel like we did not have enough privacy. Some of the back-in sites behind site 39 are a bit wider than the one we were on.

Misc. campground info

The roads in the campground are tar. Free wireless internet is available, and the connection speed was excellent. The restroom and bathhouse are located behind the office, and the door is coded. The facility was very clean and well maintained. 

The City of Montague website also provides information about this campground, the area boat launch, and more.

Hart-Montague Trail State Park

The William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail State Park runs behind Trailway Campground, and it is easily accessible from the campground. Unfortunately, we did not have time to bicycle as far on the trail as we would have liked. The trail looks fabulous! Although we only rode north a few miles on the trail, we passed a couple of nice benches in the shade along this short stretch. We also took the trail south across White River to the city of Whitehall, where it becomes White Lake Pathway.

View of Lake Michigan from the channel at Medbery Park

White Lake and Lake Michigan

The water condition was fabulous during our visit. Calm for comfortable boating, and warm enough for swimming. We were able to walk out the channel on the north side from Medbery Park, and we went for a boat ride on White Lake and Lake Michigan. Check out the City of Montague website for park and beach information.

Car parade

Cruz'in Classic Car Show

We made this trip because we were invited to the car show, which is a parade on Friday evening from Whitehall to Montague. My husband loved the cars, and I imagine we will visit again for this event. The car parade is held the last Friday in July.

Downtown Whitehall and Montague

We had not visited Whitehall or Montague recently, and there was more to see and do than we recalled. Again, we ran out of time, and did not have the opportunity to visit everything we wanted to. Some of the features in downtown Montague: Montague Foods, Bardic Wells Meadowy, and Montague Farmer's Market. Some of the features in downtown Whitehall: Fetch Brewing, and Howmet Playhouse. Both towns offer shopping and dining, as well.


We had a great stay at Trailway Campground, and hope to visit again to see everything we missed. I was impressed with the upkeep of the park, and the activities available in the area. 

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