I did a lot of dry camping up around Houghton lake area. We used to deer hunt on some state land just north of Houghton about 20 miles. I camped in tents & popups for almost 20 years up there & we never had a bear problem or any other kanid of animal for that matter. Of course it was in the fall usually the middle of Oct. but it was the most peacful camping you could ask for. Sure there are nite sounds , but once you learn & know what makes those noises its rarely what you think it was!
Also the nite skys are fabulous to gaze at, crystal clear & some times you can see the Northern Lights, they are the most mezmerizing site to see!
Taking a nite stroll is very cool too, all you need is a very small flash lite just in case, your nite vision develops very quickly when your away from all light!
Just walk down the roads you drove in on & you can always make your way back to camp. Just be like Motel 6 , leave a light on !
We are all travelers in this world , from the sweet grass to the packin house , birth till death , we travel between the eternities . ( Robert Duvall as Prentiss Ritter)