Indian Creek Camp

and Conference Center

9415 Tangent Rd

Tecumseh, MI 49286

517-423-5659

Camping Season:

April 15 - Oct. 15

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Ride in Style

blissfield train

This Train In Michigan Is Actually A Restaurant And You Need To Visit

 

 

Perhaps you’ve traveled cross-country on a train, ridden on an underground subway, or even explored some amazing international sights via railway. But there’s one train in the Great Lakes State that offers a fun and exciting new way to experience the railroad. That’s right — this train car is a restaurant and theater performance all wrapped up into one amazing ride.

The Old Road Dinner Train is a one-of-a-kind attraction located in Blissfield, Michigan. The train prides itself on being the longest-running continuously operating attraction of its sort in North America and draws in visitors from across the country every year.

You’ll need to book your visit in advance, but there’s a reason the Old Road Dinner Train is so popular. It offers a gourmet menu, along with a variety of adult beverage options, all of which can be enjoyed on the move in the charming atmosphere of a renovated train car.

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The train cars in use by the Dinner Train date back to the 1930s through the 1950s. There are two cars available for diners to board: the Blissfield Train, which travels along an original portion of the Erie and Kalamazoo Line, and the Charlotte Train, which follows the Grand Valley Rail Road.

You’ll enjoy a delicious meal while spending two hours aboard the train and watching the scenery pass. Embrace your inner history buff as you follow the same path early riders and workers did on their railroad journeys — some of them used this railway before Michigan was even a state.

If you’re looking for extra excitement, sign up for one of the special events offered by the Dinner Train. Most popular among these is the Murder Mystery Train, which includes a comedic theater performance to enjoy as you dine and travel along the rails.

So if you’re looking for a unique combination of history, fine dining, and sightseeing along the railway, look no further than the Old Road Dinner Train. This is one meal — and ride — that you won’t soon forget.

Article by: Sophie Boudreau

Posted on: Only in your State website.

 

RC Field of Dreams

If you build it…they will come!

New in 2016 – we are so happy to share with all our campers this great addition to family fun at ICC.

Camping families now can bring along their RC Vehicles and enjoy racing them on the dirt track featuring tight turns and big jumps.  Join us on our RC Race Weekends to compete for a GrandPrix Trophy and awards for other competitions like Longest Jump and Time Trials.

RC Vehicles can race on the dirt track and catch top speed in the large open grassy field.  Complete with a Crawling Course designed to challenge the most technical drivers.

RC Boats can race on the pond and Drones (that meet registration requirements) are able to race the Drone Zone.

Spectators are welcome.

Bring all your batteries and RC vehicles.  Races are free and open to all vehicle types.  Adult and Youth Competition Categories.

RC RACE WEEKENDS 2016: June 17-19 and August 26-28

 

A Campers Guide to Lenawee County

When traveling, it can be very beneficial to know where the locals go, so you can get a genuine experience of small town living.  Get the inside scoop on Lenawee County right here.  Whether you want to take the family out to do something fun or just get some great food, this guide will help you choose where to go and what to do.

Best Place in Lenawee County for:

18 Hole Golf Course – Raisin Valley Golf Course in Tecumseh (Weekday specials and golf cart rentals)

Movie Theatre – Clinton Theatre (Old-fashioned theatre experience at a very reasonable price in Clinton)

Countryside Tour – Southern Michigan Railroad (vintage train travels between Tecumseh and Clinton)

Licensed Fishing – Mill Pond or Standish Pond in Tecumseh (just 5 miles from campground)

Paddling – Tecumseh Paddling Company (rentals and shuttles, operates at the Mill Pond, Standish Pond and River Raisin)

Family Fun – Stone Mountain Family Fun Center (18 Hole adventure golf in Tecumseh)

Kids Play – Calzorn Park and Splash Pad (Splash Pad open to public, playground and sports fields)

Teens Play – Adrian Skate Park (Adrian on M52)

Hiking – Indian Crossings Trail (just 5 miles from campground with many miles of trails)

Biking – Kiwanis Trail (7 mile paved bike trail from Tecumseh to Adrian)

Picnic – Hidden Lake Gardens of Tipton

Unique Shopping – Antiques & More of Tecumseh

Family Meal – Basil Boys of Tecumseh

Ice Cream – Spotted Cow of Tecumseh

Breakfast – City Limits Diner of Tecumseh

Coffee Shop – Daily Grind of Tecumseh

 

I hope you use this guide to Lenawee County and check out these local hot spots.  Best wishes for your next camping vacation at ICC of Tecumseh, Michigan!

-The Happy Camper

What makes camping a great family vacation?

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Camping can look very different from one site to the next.  While some prefer the luxury of home amenities others relish in the bare minimum.  But what is universal is a relaxing campfire to bring everyone together.

To me, camping just doesn’t feel like camping until I have cooked over the campfire and enjoyed a hot meal just like our ancestors did.  It is not always easy to create a delicious and healthy meal over an open flame.  Weather plays a large role in success.  But once accomplished there is no match to fire cooked beans or a crispy hobo meal eaten right out of the foil.  Cleaning up afterwards, however, is not as enjoyable and can be a real task with the absence of a sink and hot water.  Don’t forget to get rid of the trash before turning in for the night.  Trust me, you will regret it if you wake up to a skunk!

Every camping trip has that one memory that makes it stand out.  Those memories aren’t always what was planned either!  But isn’t that a big part of camping?  Rolling with the punches and laughing at the pain.  It is always a must to plan an activity that includes the whole family out in nature.  So soak up the sun and let the joy radiate for days.

When traveling to new areas, it is always wise to check with the locals to find out what is a must see.  Perhaps there is an outstanding local artisan market or a pizza place that makes fresh dough and homemade sauce.  Small town shops make for unique gift shopping where you can often discover handmade items.  Don’t underestimate historical sites, take some time to visit a few and you may find them very enriching.  Explore life and enjoy the unknown.

Just remember to slow down and do things differently than the home routine, that’s what camping is all about!  And sharing the good times with family and friends.  Why not invite everyone and make it a tradition to escape outdoors every year?

Must Visit – Ann Arbor

When camping at ICC, make plans to take a day out on the town.  What town?  The best!  Ann Arbor is just 30 minutes drive from us and holds endless opportunities no matter what your interests are.  Paddle the Huron River at Gallup Park, take the family to the Hands On Museum, or eat at the famous ‘Blimpy Burger’ featured on Diners, Drive ins and Dives.

This article shared by Michigan.gov tells it like it is:

Midwest Traveler: Hungry like a Wolverine in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Camping Journal

campjournalCamping Journal

Record your camping vacations one-by-one to create a priceless trip down memory lane.

 

Start your camping journal by folding colorful cardstock in half and stacking many pages together.  Hole punch along one edge and find a stick that fits your book size.  Use a natural twine to tie everything together and create a natural binding for your book.  Decorate the front page with camping scrapbook stickers or draw your own illustration of what camping means to you.  Be sure to sign the back cover of the book and date it.

Each page will be filled with memories of what you experienced on that camping trip and unique things you did.  Remember to include details so in the future when you read it you can easily create that memory in your head and enjoy it all over again!  Always start the page with where you are; campground name and city and the date with the general weather.  Include any materials that may be of interest in the future, like a hiking trail map, postcard or landscape photo you took.

Within a couple years your book can become a treasure you read over and over again, some day your children may even want to read it and they will remember what you did for them while they were growing up.  Get out in nature and get camping!

Outdoor R&R

Sometimes all we need is a little fresh air.  How about a peaceful camping retreat?

Enjoy the great outdoors – hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, fishing and more.  All right here at ICC!

It’s a proven fact…fresh air and sunshine are very healing to the body and soul.  We have plenty of it to go around!  Plus, make your wallet happy – $5 Off camping Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights!  A rustic campsite costs only $25 Monday – Wednesday Nights and that includes an endless array of outdoor activities suitable for the whole family.

Check out the camp library to find a good book you can get lost in.  Cook dinner over the campfire for a change of pace and then let the dancing flames mesmerize you.  We have ‘Mystical Fire’ packets; drop one in the flames and watch it transform your campfire into a color show!

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The stars are bright and clear here in the country.  Try to find constellations and reflect on just how vast the universe is.  Take a moment to think about what you wanted when you were a child and what you want now.  You may be surprised at just how little you have changed!  The hum of the nighttime wildlife will have you fast asleep cozy in your sleeping bag.

Then wake up refreshed and do it all over again!  Your body and soul will thank you for getting away from the everyday race we call life.

Bird Migration Hike

bird showGuided Bird Migration Hike & Bird Show with Craig Perdue

Sunday, May 24 at 6pm

It’s Bird Migration time! Bring your binoculars to see what birds you can spot. Enjoy our all new Bird Show with Craig Perdue starting at 6pm including a guided bird watching hike. Catch a glimpse of many species of birds as they pass through this area. Plus, meet Rupert the Great Horned Owl and Glory the Harris’ Hawk. Don’t miss this amazing family friendly experience!

 

Walker Tavern and Cambridge Junction

Historic Walker Tavern and Cambridge Junction State Park

During the summer and fall, the Walker Tavern Historic Site at Cambridge Junction Historic State Park on US-12 east of Jackson is bustling with activity surrounding the site’s long history as a tavern and tourist stop-over in Michigan’s scenic Irish Hills.

A packed events schedule at the site offers something for all ages, including free evening concerts, children’s programs, history programs, vintage baseball and a weekly Farmers Market. For details, visit Michigan.gov/WalkerTavern. The 80-acre park also features wide open and shaded areas to spread a blanket, relax and have a picnic.

3 Two tavernsWalker Tavern Historic Site comprises three buildings – historic Walker Tavern (1840s), a reconstructed 1840s barn and Hewitt House Visitors Center (1929). The tavern is furnished with historic artifacts and period reproductions depicting what life was like at an 1840s stagecoach stop. The barn features exhibits related to 1840s travel, farming and building construction. The barn also houses Michigan’s Bicentennial Wagon, which participated in the Bicentennial Wagon Train to Valley Forge, Penn. in 1976. The Hewitt House is furnished in the Colonial Revival style of the 1920s and includes exhibits on the Frederick Hewitt family and twentieth century tourism in the Irish Hills.

New this summer is an exhibit on Irish Hills tourism, which opens Memorial Day weekend (May 24 and 25). Opening events begin at 10 a.m. each day. The exhibit is supported by the Friends of Walker Tavern, the Michigan History Foundation and others in the surrounding community, It is part of a multi-year investment by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), supported by a Michigan Department of Transportation grant, to restore the Hewitt House and provide basic public amenities.

exhibitThe exhibit begins with Frederick Hewitt’s use of Walker Tavern as a tourist attraction and antique business in the Irish Hills (1920s-1960s) and includes other local attractions known to baby boomers – Prehistoric Forest, Frontier City, Stage Coach Stop and Mystery Hill.

Featured artifacts include an original watercolor by local Lenawee County artist Thomas Thiery and archaeological fragments from a series of digs done by Wayne State University in the mid-1960s.

Entrance to Cambridge Junction Historic State Park, the home of Walker Tavern and the Hewitt House, requires a Recreation Passport. For more information, go to Michigan.gov/RecreationPassport.

For more information on Walker Tavern Historic Site, including hours, events and visitor information, go to www.michigan.gov/walkertavern.

 

This article courtesy of Michigan.gov

Michigan Facts

Get to know our Great Lakes State with some Michigan Facts.

Brush up on your Michigan trivia knowledge for our MADE-IN-MICHIGAN weekend June 12-14!

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  • Tecumseh was one of the first 3 establishments of the Michigan Territory.
  • Michigan is part of the Great Lakes Region.
  • There are 5 Great Lakes: Lake Erie, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, Lake Ontario
  • Lake Ontario is the only Great Lake that Michigan does not touch
  • Michigan was once mostly marshes and dense forests inhabited by Native American Tribes
  • Tribes in the area are: Anishnabe, Chippewa, Ottawa, Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Huron, Fox, Sauk, Kikapoo, Menominee, Miami,
  • Tecumseh is named for the Great Warrior Chief Tecumseh who is said to have battled these grounds and lived nearby in what is now Ohio.
  • Apple Blossom is the Michigan State Flower.
  • White Pine is the Michigan State Tree

 

  • Michigan has produced many famous people including these:  Tim Allen, Curtis Armstrong, Hank Ballard, Kristen Bell, Elizabeth Berkley, Selma Blair, Larry Joe Campbell, Alice Cooper, Terry Crews, Jeff Daniels, Eminem, Kid Rock, Dann Florek, Henry Ford, Aretha Franklin, Glenn Frey, Earvin Magic Johnson, Casey Kasem, Will Kellog, Charles Lindbergh, Madonna, Ted Nugent, Sugar Ray Robinson, Diana Ross, Bob Seger, Tom Selleck, David Spade, James Vernor, Stevie Wonder
  • Vernors, a popular ginger-ale was created in 1866 in Detroit by a pharmacist.
  • Kellogg Cereal made Battle Creek, Michigan Cereal Capital of the World!
  • Expressway I-75 connects Michigan all the way to Florida.
  • Detroit is Michigan’s largest city and was originally the state capital.
  • Lansing became the capital city in 1848.
  • Michigan is known as the land of 11,000 lakes and 11,000 mosquitos!
  • Believe it! Michigan has more shoreline than the entire Atlantic seaboard.
  • Michigan is home to 116 lighthouses with many as historical sites.
  • Michigan is proud of its National Parks, Isle Royale and Pictured Rocks of the U.P and Sleeping Bear Dunes of the L.P.
  • Michiganders that live in the Upper Peninsula are commonly called Yoopers or U.P.ers
  • Mackinac Bridge connects the Lower Peninsula to the Upper Peninsula; It is the fifth largest suspension bridge in the world!  It is 26,372 feet long and rests 200 feet above water level.

Campground Information

Check-in time: 1 pm to 9 pm / Check-out time: 12 noon

All guests and visitors must register at the camp office and pay a visitor fee before entering.

Please do not bring firewood into the campground due to ash borer and other infestations. Firewood is for sale at the camp office.

Pets are welcome – please keep them on a leash, keep them quiet and cleaned up after. Please see our PET POLICY, which we will need to keep on file.

This is a family-friendly campground – no loud, rude, or intoxicated behaviors. No alcoholic beverages pleas. Please see our CAMPGROUND RULES here.