Pioneer Trail Park and Campground


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  • 6822 US2-41 & M35    
  • Gladstone MI 49837
  • Please call or email to make reservations
  • Phone 906-786-1020
  • Email:

 This beautiful 74 acre park and campground is on the Escanaba River, located between Escanaba and Gladstone.

At the bottom of this page read about Pioneer Trail Park Heritage.

The comfort and convenience of RV’s

When you come to travel in comfort and style, an RV is a great choice. We office Electric, Water, Cable TV and WiFi and have 10 pull thru sites. You can visit the Upper Peninsula without sacrificing convenience.

Back to Nature

If you’d rather camp the old-fashioned way, we have plenty of Rustic sites available. Each one has a fire pit, a picnic table and restrooms close by.

This campground offers:

  • 96 Campsites (5 River Sites, 10 Pull- thru sites. 65 regular campsites, and 16 Rustic sites.
  • 50/30/20 amp Electric/Water
  • WiFi – limited if needed ask to be near the office
  • Showers/flush toilets
  • Dump station for registered guests
  •  Playground equipment
  • Ice/Firewood/Pop
  • Picnic Area
  • Shoreline fishing on Escanaba River
  • Small Boat Ramp
  • 27 hole Disc Golf Course
  • Candy store in office

Pavilion Rentals:

RESERVE NOW!!!! There are only a few dates left open for the 2015 season.
To reserve the Pioneer Trail Park Pavilion please call the office at 906-786-1020
The new pavilion has a kitchen, bathroom and availablity to have closure due to bad weather.
If you have any questions please don’t hestitate to call the office.

Pioneer Trail Park and Campground Heritage

In early times, Indians and missionaries were to have visited the area.  About 1844, a sawmill was built (where the dam now stands) just west of the Park. In 1851, that sawmill was sold to the Nelson Ludington Company and was fostering a small settlement.

The hard life of these early pioneers ended at their burial ground on the ridge that was later included in Pioneer Trail Park. The sawmill grew into one of the nation’s largest mills, the I. Stephenson Co..

This company expanded by moving downstream to the mouth of the Escanaba River. The I. Stephenson Co., from its earlier land holdings along the lower River, sold the Pioneer Trail Park land to the County of Delta.

“In 1927 a system County Parks was set up. It then became the duty of the trustees to improve these Parks, build roads and trails, provide approved drinking water, tables and fireplaces.” (R.P.Mason, 1943)

In a contest, for all the schools’ children, the name Pioneer Trail Park, in memory of those early pioneers who passed this way, was submitted by a young John Bloomstrom and chose from 380 entries

Ready to go camping? Call 906-786-1020 to make your reservations today.