Penmar826'S Host Location

Space for 3 Rigs
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5 nights maximum

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2 months max
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  • Slideouts Allowed
  • Generators Allowed
  • Barbecues Allowed
  • Lawnchairs Allowed
  • Pets Welcome


  • 15 Amp Electric Hookup
  • Water Hookup
  • Pull-Through Parking
  • Tow Vehicle Parking
  • Campfire Ring
  • Off-Leash Area
  • No donation requested for hookups


Friendly neighbor hood setting. Camp fire pit ready, water and electric available. Pet friendly.

House Rules

You may smell a pig or two cooking, deal with it!

Access Road Conditions

Paved road easy access off I-75. Just pull into the yard and camp.


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May 1 through October 31. We are home most of the time except when we are out roasting pigs. We do not need to be home for you to set up camp.


Grayling, MI, United States of America

Suggested Local Attractions

Canoeing and kayaking close by. State parks all around. Hunting and fishing close by. Many nearby lakes.

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Member Since
November 3, 2017
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August 2021


A nice quiet and relaxing stay, easy to park and get set up on the property. The roads around Grayling can get a little confusing until you get them figured out, GPS sure helped.


August 2021

Easy spot

Host offers a very easy spot to back into. We just backed into the spot from the road. Road was not busy and there were no obstacles. Couldn’t have been any better. Did not get a chance to meet or talk with them but they had a place for us and that was great. Thanks for letting us stay!


August 2021

Nice quiet place.

I never did meet my hosts. He was off roasting pigs!! Had a quiet much needed rest. I was a little trouble when it came to electricity but I think I was forgiven. 😂


August 2021

Great stay

Great location. Close to main highway.


August 2021

Nice stay

Was a nice stop on our travels. Thank you.


August 2021

A quiet front yard

We were driving to the UP and stopped for the night. Very convenient, quiet and appreciated the electric. Someone on the property helped us with a longer extension cord. There was another rig next to us- friendly and quiet folks. Thank you for your generosity and hospitality!


July 2021

Very nice stay

One night stop over. Very convenient coming off of the 75. Good water, excellent wifi, and plenty of room. Goodales Bakery is only a couple of miles away and it was excellent.


July 2021

Good stay

Very peaceful and enjoy d the fire pit


July 2021

Very Nice Stop along the way.

As others have stated, this is a great stop. Easy property to back into. Quiet neighborhood.
Did not met host or family, but did wave to the daughter leaving a couple of times.
Communicated with Mark via text messaging and he responded to our questions quickly.
Graylings is a sweet town. We were there for part of their paddle marathon
(never heard of one before) so there was many activities going on.
Stopped in one of the breweries downtown and enjoyed a beer while listening to live music.
Had dinner at the Rays BBQ, Brews and Blues by the river. Biked the rail trail,
explored the Hardwick Pines State Park. We stayed 2 nights. Would have like to kayak the river, maybe in
the future.
Thank you to the hosts for allowing us to stay. We had a great time and highly recommend Penmar826! in Graylings MI.


July 2021

Good stopover

Good place to stopover on our way thru. Nice and level and not too far from the freeway.


June 2021

Quiet neighborhood

A nice quiet place to stop over at. Congenital hosts. Level parking place. Unusually good electricity for 15 amp. Voltage remained steady at all loads. Would gladly stop again if in area.


June 2021

Very Accomodating!

Didn't have the chance to me him, but did get to chat with her and their daughter for a few minutes, and they were very nice. Wide open space to park in their front yard. Nice little town. Several breweries and a great BBQ and tap house right on the river.


June 2021

Nice stay

We had a pleasant stay at Penmar826. Our host was there when we arrived to get us set up with electric and a water fill (so grateful). We weren't able to visit with them beyond a hello and goodbye as they were quite busy. We stayed 2 nights which were very peaceful. We were able to visit Hartwick Pines State Park for the day which we highly recommend. Thank you Penmar826. We would stay again.


September 2020

Quiet stop near the interstate

I didn't get to meet our host because he was out roasting pigs. He gave us good instructions, we were able to set up on our own, including no charge 15 amp electricity and good WiFi. We didn't need water but it was available. The site was nice, grass covered and level. We met his daughter and son in law, both super friendly. There are a couple of empty lots nearby good for walking the dog. This was our first Boondockers Welcome stop and it was a very positive experience. We would stay here again.


August 2020

Great stop on the way to the UP

Very gracious host. The family is in overdrive in the summer.
Tool us to make ourselves at home. Quite and a nice neighborhood too walk the doqg.
Thank you much, look forward to stopping again when passing through.


August 2020

Great stay on the way to the U.P.

Great folks, very accommodating. They are very busy this time of year. We made ourselves at home.
Easy on and of freeway. Plenty of room to park.

Thank everyone so much, Mike, Sara and Tanner


August 2020

Great spot!

Our hosts were great, very hospitable, offering water and electric! This is a perfect spot for a overnight to break up your driving!


July 2020

Close to town – Country neighborhood - Easy Access

07/24/20-07/26/20 (Had to leave a little early due to incoming weather and our heavy rig).

Close to town – Country neighborhood.

Hosts were very friendly and accommodating by email, telephone and in person. We were invited to participate in a pig tasting. The food was extremely good. Hosts routinely cater during the summer. It’s word of mouth and that’s all they need! Everyone in this area knows all about the meals they smoke. We parked right there in the front yard near a fire pit. We talked about travel plans and family. Host graciously provided 15A hook up and if needed, water. A really quiet area. Nice Bakery in town (Grayling) called Goodales Bakery. You can’t miss that while you’re there. Great pastries and breads (be sure to get the Apple/Cinnamon loaf). The Hosts are an easy on and off from I-75. A great stop off point heading to the UP or back down south. Verizon signal is 1 bar without the extender. Using our WeBoost, we were able to get 2-3 bars. Telephone and text works great. The internet side must be 3G. Not real fast. It does work though. Just don’t expect to stream. Email, web searches are about all. Local TV Stations are many. Just use and plug in the location in order to find the right TV Stations. Many thanks to the hosts for allowing us to meet, greet, eat and stay! Will definitely stay here again with the Hosts OK.

Verizon Service – 1 bar w/o Extender. 3-4 bars with Extender. Phone Svc Good. Text Good. Internet 4G/3G OK but not great.
Over the Air TV – 31.29°, 153.95°, 82.29°, 33.16° - (Multi Channels – Point toward Traverse City, Kalkaska or Cadillac depending – Use and insert address)


September 2019

Quiet and peaceful

We appreciated the roomy place to park for the night. It is a very quiet neighborhood. It's close to I-75, kayaking, and world-class fly fishing. Thank you to our hosts.


September 2019

Great Stay Again

This was our second time ant Penmars place. It was great. Good area for kayaking the rivers and biking to towns. We had a great time catching up and eating a phenomenal dinner with them. Recommend staying here if you will be in the area.
Hope to see them in Florida and 🙂


August 2019

Good stay

Quiet neighborhood. Hosts were friendly. We would stay there again.


July 2019


Great place to stay. Easy to find and level. The host are wonderful. Friendly people who love to have boondocks come in. They are wonderful cooks. We had a great BBQ. They included us with their children and grandchildren and put out a spread. I enjoy the area and would certainly like to come here again.


June 2019

Nice quiet spot

Though this was a busy time for this host, he greeted us promptly and friendly.

With rain most days, we did not venture out, but enjoyed a relaxing time at this site.

R and R Travellers

June 2019

Wonderful hosts

We arrived later than we expected but Mrs. met us, in spite of her having her extended family there for a pig roast. Mr. had already crashed and we didn't get to meet him, because we hit the road the next morning at 8:00 a.m. There location is easy to find and close to I-75.


May 2019

Welcomed and Warm

Penny and Mark are wonderful hosts who greeted us with a lovely roaring fire in the outdoor fire pit- a most welcome site after the cool day of travels. We had a great late afternoon chat with Mark around the fire. Their location is quiet and has plenty of room. We highly recommend Penmar826 if you are travelling this way.


May 2019

Great conversation with great people

Mark and Penny met us with smiles and we got to talk by the campfire into the night! Plenty of space for our rig.


September 2018


Mark and his wife were busy at a barbecue. Saw them late at night and early next morning, but they were busy the following day. Spot is quiet and a safe place to spend the night. Hope your Saturday barbecue was a success.
Thanks for the place to stay


August 2018

Incredible, generous, fantastic hosts

Words won't do justice to these folks. We were invited to a wonderful dinner in their yard, talked for hours about the deepest things. Such generous, brave and honest souls. We left full of lessons and inspiration. Thank you!

Team T

July 2018

Quiet neighborhood, amazing food, and great people

As we pulled up to mark and penny’s house after a long drive we were welcomed to their home with a fire, ribs cooking with all the fixings, desert and drinks ready for us after we got set up. I don’t know if they do this for all their boondockers but we were so grateful for their kindness. (As a side note we just contacted them a few hours before arrival!!) Mark and penny have a catering business and deal in bbq. Best bbq we have had out on the road. We spent the evening sharing stories by the fire as the dogs found all the greasy morsels on the ground. They were so happy too!! If you get a chance to stay on their property you will be delighted to meet new friends. Thank so much you two. Hope to see you out on the road!


July 2018

Warm and giving

Penny and Mark were wonderful. They made an unbelievable smoked turkey dinner. We sat around their fire pit laughing and talking while having a few drinks. Mark was so kind to shuttle us to the kayak drop off. By the time we left it seemed we were friends for a long time. We look forward to going back and would recommend Mark and penny if you are traveling through this part ofmicigan.