In the early 1800s, Osceola County came to be known as “The Land of Green Gold.” The area was given this title because of the beautiful timber located in the county. Located right in the heart of all the timber sat a little village known as Evart.
Evart was named in honor of the first soldier who settled in the area, Perry Oliver Everts. On April 3, 1867, Civil War Veteran Perry O. Everts married Harriet A. Whiting, daughter of Nathan and Harriet Whiting, in Van Buren County, Michigan. The City of Evart, Michigan, is named after this man. Perry O. Everts (also known as “Frank”) enlisted in the Union Army July 24, 1861, in LaGrange County, Indiana and fought in the Civil War. He served with the 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery Company “A” as a private and mustered out January 13, 1866. After the war, he came back to Michigan, where he was born in 1843,and purchased 80 acres where the town of Evart now stands. At the town’s organizational meeting in 1870, they wanted to name the township for the earliest settler and a Civil War veteran. John Smith was the choice, but Smith was such a common name that he passed to Frank (Perry) Everts as the next settler in the township.
There are four private campgrounds in Osceola County and two county parks offering either primitive or modern camping facilities complete with water and electrical hookups. Both are located on lakes excellent for swimming, boating and fishing.
BLODGE H LANDING CAMPGROUND
605 E. Third St.
Hersey, MI 49639
CRITTENDEN PARK CAMPGROUND
3651 50th Ave.,
Sears, MI 49679,
Crittenden Park, located on the east shore of Big Lake, has picnicking, swimming, and camping facilities for the entire family. The park is grassy with many large, pleasant shade trees throughout. Sixty modern campsites, with water and electricity, and forty primitive campsites combine to offer a complete camping experience. A beautiful grassy beach and neighboring DNR boat launch facility give access to all water sports and excellent fishing on Big Lake. The playground contains swings, a merry-go-round, a slide and more! Also contained in Crittenden Park are primitive restrooms, a camp store, and a dump station. Group camping is available by reservation, and a pavilion is available for use by reservation.
MERRILL LAKE CAMPGROUND
Barryton, MI 49305,
RIVERSIDE PARK CAMPGROUND
315 S. River Street,
Evart, MI 496431
200 S. Main St.,
Evart MI 49631
Park Office Telephone: 231-734-5901
Reservations at City Hall: 231-734-2181, Fax: 231-734-3917
Shuffleboard Reservations: 231-832-5329 (Lorne Keller) or 231-734-2181
Located alongside the Muskegon River in the beautiful Muskegon River Valley.
15 Camp Sites; also available: Tent sites along the river. Electricity, Bathrooms, Shower, Fire Pits, Charcoal Grills, Boat Launch, Shuffleboards, Horseshoes, Playground, Basketball Court, Ball Field, Pavilions, and Dump Station.
Directions: At traffic light (Main & US-10) go south 3 blocks and turn east.
RIVER COUNTRY CAMPGROUND
6281 River Rd.,
Evart, MI 49631,
135 Sites: Water, Electricity, Modern Bathrooms, Canoe and Tube Rentals, Mini Golf, Camp Store, Firewood, Pavilion, Basketball, Playground, Boat Launch, Fire Pits. Call for more information or visit their website.
SUNRISE LAKE CAMPGROUND
Sunrise Lake Park is owned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and is operated under special permit by the Osceola County Parks Commission. The campground offers 17 spacious primitive campsites, and 2 walk-in primitive sites in a beautiful pine forest overlooking Sunrise Lake. A separate boat launch and day use facility offers access to Sunrise Lake and unlimited water sports; and picnicking on the grass and lakeside trail. The park also borders the Pere Marquette State Forest which offers an extensive ORV trail system. Sunrise Lake has hand-pumped water, picnic tables, and primitive restroom facilities.
ROSE LAKE YOUTH CAMP
17726 Youth Drive,
LeRoy, MI 49655,
Rose Lake is located in 48 acres of beautiful pine and hardwood trees. 160 modern campsites offer water and electricity at each lot. Three modern bathhouses provide showers and flush toilets. With approximately 1300 feet of beautiful sandy beach on the north shore, Rose Lake offers a swimming beach, playground, and a boat launch facility. There is adequate parking for those inclined to fish, boat, swim, or lie in the sun. Located at Rose Lake Park is a store, a mini-golf, and a dump station. Group camping is available by reservation, and two pavilions are available for reunions or other events.
SPRING HILL CAMPS
2717 95th Ave.,
Evart, MI 49631,
Spring Hill is an interdenominational Christ-centered camping ministry that seeks to impact the lives of children and teens.
We create places and communities in which children are valued not because they can perform academically or athletically, or because of their appearance or talent or skills, but because they are unique individuals created in the image of God.
Our creative and exciting programs offer opportunities to build self esteem and learn a myriad of skills. Our outstanding professional staff of college students build genuine relationships with each child. More than role models, they provide the safe relational context that enables a child to make new resolves and commitments.
Distinctive housing units include tepees, a fort, covered wagons, cabooses, and even an old cargo airplane. The 720 acre facility includes beautiful lakes and ponds, wooded hills and ample playing fields. High adventure areas, an indoor pool, and other recreational facilities make Spring Hill one of the premier youth camping sites in the country!