The White River
Jun
30
Jul 2

The White River

Let's escape the chaos of the 4th of July holiday and unwind in the serenity of the White River. Wade in its gentle water and exhale in relaxation. 

The Hidden Lakes
Jul
7
Jul 9

The Hidden Lakes

Enter the dog-days of summer. Time to take it easy lakeside, over and over again. The Hidden Lakes of the Manistee will surely reward the hard work of the days hike with cool relaxation. 

All Back-Country in the Manistee
Jul
14
Jul 17

All Back-Country in the Manistee

Did you know it's actually cooler in the forest? Seriously, come beat the heat in the mild summer of the Manistee while putting your body and brain to the test in the always challenging, but rewarding, back-country crucible. 

The Hickory Ridge
Jul
21
Jul 23

The Hickory Ridge

Come explore the Hickory Ridge area of the Hoosier National Forest. Refresh in the cool, limestone filtered springs and indulge in the abundance of wild raspberries. Finders keepers!

The White River
Jul
28
Jul 30

The White River

The White River: Calm and majestic as it is, did you know it has a south branch? With a little encouragement maybe we'll lose the trail, ford the south branch, take a dip and explore the savanna that awaits on the other side. Just maybe...

The Hickory Ridge SOLD OUT
Aug
4
Aug 6

The Hickory Ridge SOLD OUT

Are you serious? It's the first weekend of August and you still haven't been camping this summer?! We get it, life happens and lucky for you, camping is our life. We'll make sure you forget all about whatever part of life has kept you away from the forest this whole time with a most needed dose of fresh air, sunshine, bonfires and high-fives. Can you dig it?

Perseids Meteor Shower at the Hidden Lakes
Aug
12
Aug 14

Perseids Meteor Shower at the Hidden Lakes

Timing is everything, as told by anyone you've ever met. In this case, it is us telling you that timing is indeed the thing because we will be camped under the open skies of the Hidden Lakes to watch the most spectacular light show of the year. If you've never watched shooting stars under the blanket of dark skies, enveloped in a pristine forest, this. is. your. chance. 

This is going to be amazing!

The White River
Aug
18
Aug 20

The White River

Star gazing doesn't stop over the White River in the Manistee. In fact, life in all of it's beautiful abundance does not stop and should you chose to join us on this gentle waterway, you'll see how the forest around us and each of us truly do flourish in the wild.

The Hickory Ridge
Aug
25
Aug 27

The Hickory Ridge

The only true way to extend your summer is to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Lucky for you, backpacking and camping have no doors. Let's go. The van is running and your pals are eager to explore with you.

Labor Day Adventure Skills Team Challenge in the Manistee
Sep
1
Sep 3

Labor Day Adventure Skills Team Challenge in the Manistee

Labor Day is America's way of saying, "job well done" so we are taking that tradition of hard work reward and spinning into an opportunity to labor harder than anyone! Wait, that came out wrong...we mean, adventure labor. Ummm... just hit the link below, we're going to the enchanting forests of the Manistee to find the wildest duo in Chicago. Could it be you?

The Manistee River Trail, 3 Nights
Sep
8
Sep 11

The Manistee River Trail, 3 Nights

Like most Chicagoans, you've had an active summer. Let us help you keep the momentum with this 24 miles (or more) of rolling terrain that is sure to challenge even the most fit. Don't tell anyone but the emotional benefits of spending time immersed in a place like the Manistee just might outweigh the physical benefits. 

All Back-Country in the Manistee
Sep
15
Sep 17

All Back-Country in the Manistee

Join us in the peak of outdoor season for a three day seminar on self reliance and skills development. We'll forage, do things the hard way, earn our meals and enjoy a bonfire like never before. 

The Hickory Ridge, 3 Nights
Sep
22
Sep 25

The Hickory Ridge, 3 Nights

Temps are just right for our extended stay in the Hoosier National Forest. We'll need every minute to explore within the 50,000 acre segment of forest we find to be especially special. Grab a pal, the engines running and we're eager to hit the trails with you.

The Manistee River Trail, 3 Nights
Sep
29
Oct 2

The Manistee River Trail, 3 Nights

This adventure train doesn't stop. No way, no how. 

It's time to stock up on our outdoor memories before we seek shelter from another notorious Chicago winter. We're taking the long route through the Manistee with stops at towering sandy bluffs and deep, seemingly endless forests. 

Adventure Skills Team Challenge, Hoosier Edition
Oct
6
Oct 8

Adventure Skills Team Challenge, Hoosier Edition

It's the last Adventure Skills Team Challenge of the season. Are you bold enough to take on others in this multi-headed adventure competition? Rally all your confidence, harness all the knowledge and experience you've acquired in your short life and grab your most brazen friend. You'll need every bit of leverage to come out as Chicago's Wildest Duo..

Fall Colors in the Manistee
Oct
13
Oct 15

Fall Colors in the Manistee

It's that time of year and the diverse mix of maple, aspen, oak, cottonwood and conifers will surely be a treat for everyone willing to venture into the forest with us. This could be our favorite time of year, come share it with us.

20% off Halloween at the Hidden Lakes
Oct
27
Oct 29

20% off Halloween at the Hidden Lakes

It's the late season. It's also Halloween weekend. Take advantage of cooler temps and stay warm to the fire. You won't want to wander in the dark after hearing the tale of the Lost Hunter who wanders the Hidden Lakes looking for his hunting dog.

We're serious. DEAD serious.

20% Late Season in the Hickory Ridge
Nov
3
Nov 5

20% Late Season in the Hickory Ridge

It's almost time to close up shop for the season, help us make it a special outing by exploring the Hickory Ridge with us. Maybe we'll build a smoker from oak and hickory to prepare the best camp meal you've ever had. Maybe take a night hike up a remote ridge. Enjoy the calm nights as the forest prepares for winter; howl with the coyotes and hoot with the owls. 


The Hickory Ridge
Jun
16
Jun 18

The Hickory Ridge

It's the middle of summer, what's your excuse for denying your connection to the outdoors? Lace up the boots, the packs are packed, let's go!

All Back-Country in the Hoosier
Jun
2
Jun 4

All Back-Country in the Hoosier

Spring is in full swing in the Hoosier. You want want to miss the prime conditions to test your meddle in a conquest of personal growth and exploration.

Manistee River Trail, 3 Nights
May
12
May 15

Manistee River Trail, 3 Nights

Time to cover some ground and welcome the warm weather properly. The Manistee River Trail is 24 miles of pristine woodlands, wetlands and everything in between. Primed for your exploration and wonder.

Manistee River Trail, 3 Nights
May
5
May 8

Manistee River Trail, 3 Nights

Time to cover some ground and welcome the warm weather properly. The Manistee River Trail is 24 miles of pristine woodlands, wetlands and everything in between. Primed for your exploration and wonder.

Pre-Season 25% off The White River
Apr
28
Apr 30

Pre-Season 25% off The White River

Experience the beginning of spring in this rich, pristine stretch of the Manistee. Explore the river, relax in the savanna, spot bald eagles or otter. It's your world, baby!

Oct
28
Oct 30

Halloween in the Manistee

You won't want to miss this spooky backpacking trip through the Manistee. Share your favorite ghost stories around the campfire and search for the famed Lost Hunter of the Manistee...

Jul
29
Jul 31

Hidden Lakes, Manistee National Forest

Is there any better way to refresh, recoup and recover from the demanding schedule of Chicago summer than exploring and swimming in nearly a dozen pristine lakes hidden within the Manistee? No. Over the course of a long weekend, we'll backpack from lake to lake, cleansing our spirits in the serenity of this secret spot.

We're hitting the lakes, you should too.