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ADVENTURE STARTS HERE: Power Island is a 200 acre nature preserve with a history almost as diverse as the island itself. For almost half a century in the 1900’s, this piece of land took on the name Ford Island, after its then-owner: Henry Ford. The beauty of the island has long been known by those willing to get there, making for one of the best camping locations in the Midwest.

HOW TO GET THERE: From Clinch Park in downtown Traverse City, it’s about a 6.5 mile journey out to the island. Instead of leaving from town here, we recommend launching in a canoe filled with your gear from Bower’s Harbor Marina, as the journey is then cut down by over 3 miles each way. Be sure to monitor the weather, as crossing the open water can be a tricky and dangerous task from a canoe.

BEFORE YOU GO: There are ten accommodating camp sites on the island, each one with its own picnic table, cooking grill and campfire circle. There are restroom services on the island, but no trash dump. Please bring a bag to pack out any and all trash that you may bring in. Before your stay, make sure to book one of the first-come, first-serve campsites at

ONCE YOUR’RE THERE: The island is home to more than 5 miles of trails for you to hike or run. If you’re searching for hills, take the North Ridge Trail up to Eagle’s Nest lookout for the best view on the island. Alternatively, bring your snorkeling gear to explore the drop-off on the east side of the island, followed by a nice evening cookout back at your campsite with friends.  

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