The “Wal-Mart” of the Manistee National Forest


In the small town of Dublin, Michigan, is the Dublin General Store and of all these kinds of stores in the area, this one is a classic.  On a trip to the Pine River Bridge near Wellston, the Salesian Boys Club kids and I stopped at this store to pick up supplies for our picnic.  However, Whitey Meier found the right size battery for his larger than life flashlight, Timmy Flannery purchased long shoelaces for his hiking boots, and Mike Myers found a particular brand of cookies that he had not found at other general stores in the area.

The Dublin General Store is a kind of Wal-Mart in the middle of the Manistee National Forest.  The Big Bass Lake Store, on the other hand, had limited items and often one had to go to Scottville for a full shopping trip.  At the Dublin General Store you could also have a full shopping experience and then even more than that with all the specialty items they carried. 

I know that the Salesian Boys Club kids appreciated them.  They came out of that general store beaming with their unique purchases.  And I got all the things I needed for a great cookout at the Pine River that day.  Don Clodfelter took a great picture of this store.

4 thoughts on “The “Wal-Mart” of the Manistee National Forest

  1. We ususally make at least 1-2 trips there a week on our vacation! Had to buy more milk for the twins and extra goodies for us! My husband loves the homemade jerky! Nice drive from Big Bass Lake versus going to the real Walmart all the way in Ludington!

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  2. BBL and Beyond makes me soooo happy! It’s a long 50 weeks between vacations and this makes it feel like I’m right there again! Thanks sooo much!! 🙂

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