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2020 Port Crescent “Take Over”

July 23, 2020 July 26, 2020

2020 Port Crescent “Take Over”

Dates: July 23-26, 2020

Port Crescent State Park in Port Austin Michigan

Step 1) Get you camp site using the Michigan State Park Reservation System (https://www.midnrreservations.com/) or by calling 1-800-447-2757 (1-800-44PARKS)

There is No Group Hold code so we are all going to need to act quickly – reserve your camping site on January 23rd or earlier if you plan to arrive before Thursday

Step 2) RSVP that your attending by emailing tct1919@gmail.com and let us know what campsite you ended up with – we’d like to know how many are coming for the welcome packets and coffee planning!

This is a show up and camp casual weekend and an opportunity to camp at an awesome campground with other Tin Can Tourists. The “Take Over” is a very laid back “just camping” kind of thing to encourage Port Crescent Alumni and others to camp together and see what we are all about before they join the ranks.

Terry and Michelle Bone will arrive on Wednesday or earlier and you are welcome to come camp with us. There is no rally fee, just get yourself a site and let us know your coming by sending an email to tct1919@gmail.com

The Port Crescent community has been supportive of the Tin Can Tourists and we’d like to use this event to pay that back by visiting the local community stores, restaurants and activities as much as possible. Get out and see what this city of less than a 1000 people is all about!

UPDATE 6/15/2020 – the event is on and the format fits with the current situation around the pandemic. We’ve had to make some slight adjustments in the agenda. Please read and be prepared to follow the TCT Rally guidelines: https://tincantourists.com/2020/05/17/update-2020-rally-guidance/

Port Crescent State Park opens June 22nd – no word on if and when the facilities within the park will open. We expect most everything except drinking fountains to be open by the event weekend.

  • Many park amenities are beginning to open, including bathroom buildings, hand-washing stations, trash services, concessions, playgrounds, viewing platforms, fishing piers, sports areas, designated dog areas, picnic tables and shelters. Drinking fountains will remain closed until further notice. Please contact the park by phone or visit individual park Facebook pages to view a list of open amenities.
  • The Recreation Passport requirement for vehicle entry to state parks and recreation areas has been temporarily suspended to help minimize face-to-face interactions and the exchange of money.

Port Crescent State Park’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PortCrescent/

Differences you’ll notice at Michigan’s state park campgrounds when they reopen June 22 – https://www.mlive.com/news/2020/06/differences-youll-notice-at-michigans-state-park-campgrounds-when-they-reopen-june-22.html

Michigan DNR COVID-19 website – Answers to many of your questions about fishing, hunting, trails, parks, burn permits, camping and more. – https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79137_79770_98458—,00.html

PAKS BBQ is open with takeout and limited seating – https://www.paksbackyard.com/

Port Austin Kayak rentals is open and renting by reservation only at this time – https://www.portaustinkayak.com/



  • Anytime – Pickup Welcome Packet at Terry & Michelle’s Campsite (Site #25) (We originally scheduled this for a specific time but we don’t want to encourage a gathering, we’d rather people come when they can and if you see too many people gathered – go for a walk and come back when it isn’t crowded).


  • COFFEE is CANCELLED to reduce gathering
  • Dinner – Visit PAKS Backyard in Port Austin for dinner and live music (starts at 6pm) – 119 East Spring Street, Port Austin 989-738-0220 – we suggest that you use their takeout at this time but they are taking reservations for limited seating.


  • COFFEE is CANCELLED to reduce gathering
  • 9am Visit Port Austin’s Farmers Market – Baked Goods, Maple Syrup, Honey, Jam, Seasonings, Sauces, Dips, Salsa, Oils, Fudge, Art and handcrafted items – the Farm market is open – The few vendors that set up were spread out across the market area. The music stage and hubbub of hawking the 50-50 jackpot tickets were notably absent.
  • Afternoon – Kayak to the Turnip Rock. Reserve your kayak well in advance from Port Austin Kayak 989-550-6651
  • Afternoon – stop by other members sites and make some new friends while learning about their trailers
  • 7pm – Invite your neighbor to a socially distanced camp fire


  • Sunday Morning Goodbyes – no hugs but plenty of love as we teardown

Reserved Campsites (Total registered – 33)

  • 1 – Mulloy, 1970 Arisocrat
  • 4 – Brian/Morales, 1993 Scamp
  • 6 – Coats, 1959 Holly Mascot
  • 7 – DeVoll, 2018 terry
  • 9 – Mastin/Brown, 1952 Vagabond
  • 10 –  Warner, 1951 Spartanette Tandem
  • 11 – Ward, 1971 Lancer
  • 12 – Ranger, 1966 Avalon
  • 16 – Guenette, 1976 Serro Scotty
  • 17 – Burkhart, 1975 TEC Travel Mate
  • 23 – Bosch, 1936 Bowlus Special Road Chief
  • 24 – Patten, 1969 Playmor
  • 25 – Bone, 1957 Avion
  • 27 – Moomey, 1948 Spartan Manor
  • 28 – Sensiba, 1963 Layton
  • 29 – Kole, 1951 Vagabond
  • 30 – Shanahan, 1972 Steury “H” Series hard top
  • 33 – Smith/Bader, 1968 Layton Cabover
  • 34 – Brechtelsbauer, 1973 Airstream Safari
  • 37 – Attics, 1967 Fleetwing wren
  • 45a – Roselle, 1963 Shasta Astrodome
  • 71 – Denton, 1986 Airstream Sovereign
  • 80 – Counterman, 1967 Holiday Rambler 18′
  • 84a – Howden,  1960 Shasta
  • 97 – Mackenzie, 1958 Tour a Home
  • 108 – Croninger, 1971 Airstream Overlander
  • 110 – Watkins, 2020 Keystone Outback
  • 111- Craddock, 2020 Avenger Prime Time
  • 112 – Smith, 1966 Holiday Rambler
  • 126 – Bresler, 1955 Rodelite
  • 128 – VanDerworp, 1964 Shasta compact
  • 131 – DeVos, 1971 Frolic
  • 136 – Blackmer, 1963 Airstream Bambi


July 23, 2020
July 26, 2020
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Terry & Michelle Bone
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1775 Port Austin Road
Port Austin, MI 48467 United States
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  1. Yes you are – January 23rd is when you can reserve campsites. It has to be within a 6 month window.

  2. Hi, will others be able to buy tickets and tour the campers

  3. There is no open house this year due to the pandemic. The park would not allow it.

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