Best Bear Lodge & Campground was established in August 2013 and serves as the ultimate lodging destination for the outdoor enthusiast. The lodge offers guests premium accommodations at competitive rates, personalized to their interests. The new RV Resort features spacious pull-through sites with 50/30/20 amp electric, water & sewer hook-up. Their pleasant and welcoming facilities are matched only by their friendly staff, each of whom is dedicated to your comfort and complete satisfaction. Best Bear Lodge & Campground is focused on making sure you enjoy your visit.


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(231) 266-5235

10642 N Merrillville Rd.
Irons, MI
49644 United States


Category : Off-Road
Product Lines : RZR, GENERAL, RANGER


Located in the heart of Manistee National Forest, guests have easy access to some of the best ORV, snowmobile, and hiking trails in the Midwest. Additionally, they are only a few miles from the beautiful Pine River, ideal for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing.

Irons, Michigan, may be a small town, but it’s right in the middle of the great outdoors and features some of the best sporting activities or just plain relaxing you can find in northwestern Michigan. Best Bear Lodge & Campground can be your base camp for UTV trekking in the summer or snowmobile adventuring in the winter and everything else you can think of to celebrate being in nature.

Seasonality: Spring, Summer, Fall

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Forest
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. It hugs the northeast shore of Lake Michigan and includes South and North Manitou islands. The park is known for the huge scalable dunes of the Dune Climb.
Pine River
Pine River is quick, tight and loaded with white water, the Pine River is Manistee Counties fastest flowing river and is not for the novice paddler. If you are an adventure paddler looking for a challenge, visit the lower stretches of the Pine.


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BEST BEAR'S OFF-ROAD ADVENTURES – 10642 N Merrillville Rd. , Irons, MI 49644
United States


"This place is amazing. The owners are so friendly and make sure you have everything you need. The showers are really nice and the price is quite reasonable. The people here are very nice and sweet. The cabins are cute and always clean. All the prices here are so reasonable you kinda feel bad for paying so little. 10/10 would recommend to everyone I know."

Isabella S.

"We’ve been coming to this area for 15 years and it’s the first time we’ve stayed at Best Bear. We got here late and they waited up for us, brought us to the cabin, gave us a tour, showed us where everything was, and were nice as can be! The cabin is brand new and everything is fully stocked. We can also get to the trails right from the cabin with the side by side, which is a huge plus! I highly recommend staying here!"

Laura U.

"Great place to stay for ORV/ATV Trail Riding Campground is nice with electric and water hookup at your site. Sites are plenty large and accommodate a large camper and plenty machines. The amazing Baldwin area trails are close, it is only a short ride to the trails. The owners are absolutely amazing and they truly care that you have a great time. They are very reasonable on pricing offering firewood, ice, NICE bathrooms with showers. Truly a great and safe place to stay with your family or friends. We can't wait to go back. Thanks to the owners Carrie and Matt for offering such a great campground!!! Exceptional people."

Justin M.

"What a gem to unearth in the northern lower! The hospitality started the morning Carrie called us during our travels. She was inquiring when we would anticipate arrival, so that she may ensure the cabin was warm for us. What wonderful personal service! Upon check-in, Carrie took us to our cabin and familiarized us with all the amenities. I was blown away by the amenities included in the comfort of our cabin. No detail was left overlooked. If you want creature comforts of home and feel like you’re miles from reality, this is the place for you. Everything is in new condition, CLEAN and inviting. When we discovered there was no can opener in the room, Carrie let us know that there should be. She immediately brought out a new electric can opener for us to use. I had the pleasure of meeting Carrie‘s husband, Matt. Awesome people. He was measuring a window to replace the blinds because he thought it needed an extra inch to keep the light out. I thought there was absolutely nothing wrong with the blinds. It just solidified the fact that Matt and Carrie leave no detail overlooked. In fact, I think they put too much detail into everything. Don’t tell him I said that! Not a bad trait! I asked Matt if there was firewood on site for purchase. He ensured me he would drop by some wood with some fire starter. When we got back for the evening, as promised, plenty of wood, gratis! We were snowmobiling the weekend that we had gone up. They are located on the powerlines which can be used to access the SNOWMOBILE trails not the ORV trails. This seems to be a great hub to enjoy Powersports as well as fishing, hiking, fall color touring or just relaxing. I will be staying here to do some salmon fishing in the fall. Camper trailers are set up with full hook up for rent during the warmer seasons and are currently preparing for very large, full hook up seasonal lots for your big rigs. Looking forward to that. Matt and Carrie have something special that I haven’t found anywhere else before. I feel like I have made new friends and a new place that I will frequent for decades to come. There is always upgrades and work being done around the lodge. They know what it takes to stay on top. Do yourself a favor and check out the Best Bear Lodge. You won’t regret it."

George L.

"The most amazing place and owners! A place for everyone and definately a do-over for our group! Matt and Carrie have an amazing place in Irons MI just outside of Baldwin. We camped in September of this year with another family who came all the way from Florida while riding our ATVs. Carrie called a couple of times over the weeks leading up to our stay to make sure we had all the information we need and to ensure we had the correct location directions. She and Matt have a wonderful location with plans to make it an unforgettable destination! The prices are very affordable for the service and setup! The location is well kept, clean and able to satisfy every type of outdoor enthusiast including campsites with water, hydro and dumping (which Matt did for us while we were packing up - where else could you possibly ask for anything like that!?!), they also offer tent rentals, trailer rentals, small cabins (where you bring your own bedding) and fully prepared cabin rooms with TV, Fridge, Stove and bathrooms and all the trimmings (bedding, pots, pans, cutlery). Onsite bathhouses with showers are available for campers if needed as well. They have even had groups bring their horses with them and set up on the property to ride. For the fishermen in the group there is a cleaning station and some wonderful "grill-zebos" to do your outdoor cooking. Matt brought our firewood right to our site and they both joined us several times over the weekend to chat and get to know us. Carrie made cupcakes for those of us on site. They shared their plans for the property and I'm so excited to see them succeed with the amazing things they have in store. It doesn't matter if you are riding, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting or just looking for a weekend get away... You will NOT regret giving Matt and Carrie your business! Wishing you all the best Matt and Carrie! We will see you soon for sure!"

Shannon W.

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