Memorial Day weekend, Monday, Negwegon State Park
On the last morning of my three-day weekend in the Alpena, Michigan area, I visited Negwegon State Park. Of course that was after shooting a variety of birds in the campground before heading to Negwegon.
Once again, I was up before sunrise.
And with the sun, came the birds.
By the time I had finished my coffee and blueberry turnovers, other people were up and breaking camp, so the number of birds dropped off.
My tent was still covered in dew, so I decided to go to Negwegon State Park first, then come back and pack up, since it was only ten miles or so extra for me to drive. So off I went.
Negwegon State Park is well signed off from US 23 between Harisville and Alpena, Michigan. Here’s the link to the Michigan DNR website on the park.
The park is almost 4,000 acres right on Lake Huron. A Recreational Passport is required for entry, and there are four walk-in campsites available to reserve for $14 per night.
I hadn’t even made it to shoot either of those photos before I was shooting birds in the parking lot.
By the time I started walking, a layer of clouds was obscuring the sun, and giving me a milky white background when trying to photograph birds overhead, but I did the best I could.
There were flowers along the trail as well.
I hate to admit this, but at the two-mile mark of what I planned on being a 2 1/2 mile walk outbound, I wimped out. Two days of just two blueberry turnovers for breakfast and just a ham sandwich washed down with a small bottle of milk for supper weren’t supplying enough energy for what I had been doing this weekend. To make it worse, I hadn’t brought any water with me on the hike to save weight, and I was getting dehydrated. Silliness on my part, or stupidity, your call.
I also knew that I had to drive back to the campground and pack everything up for the trip home, which I figured would take at least five hours in the holiday weekend traffic, then unpack the Subaru at home. So, I turned back early, even though I was enjoying the trail.
As you can see from that photo, Negwegon State Park is more upland forest than Thompson’s Harbor, but both are very nice in their own way. I should have picked just one for the weekend, and spent more time at the one I did choose, but having never been to either of them, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I wish that both of these parks were closer than a five-hour drive from my home, as even on a three-day weekend, there really wouldn’t be time to thoroughly explore either of them, let alone try both of them as I did.
Thompson’s Harbor is lower, with many marshy or swampy areas, Negwegon is higher, with more wooded areas. I would say that Thompson’s Harbor is a better choice for seeing rare plants native to only Michigan, while Negwegon is a better spot for birding, but both are very nice places in their own right.
Anyway, I headed back to the campground, and as I was packing, I saw a large bird flash by, showing a lot of red, and that warranted investigation.
I thought about trying to get even closer, but there was no reason to push it. So, I finished packing and headed for home, hating the fact that I had to leave with so much left to see and do.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!