Craig Lake State Park in Baraga County has added an alternative to the traditional camping experience with the completion of its new 20-foot Keewaydin Lake yurt. Yurts are sturdy, round, tent-like structures that can be traced back through history for some 3,000 years.

The new yurt is located one mile from the boat launch and is the second yurt structure to be put up at Craig Lake, a remote state park near Michigamme that offers non-motorized wilderness camping, padding and hiking. The park’s other yurt is located on Teddy Lake.

Work on the new Keewaydin Lake yurt began in September 2011. The yurt site includes a deck for wildlife viewing and an ADA-accessible ramp.

The Keewaydin Lake yurt comes complete with a twin size bunk bed, full size bunk bed, a table and six chairs as well as a storage cabinet. The yurt currently rents for $60 per night. Future plans include adding a woodstove to make the yurt available year-round.

Reservations for the Keewaydin Lake yurt can be made by phone at 800-447-2757, or online at www.midnrreservations.com.

Logo courtesy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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