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Huge List of Great Places to take Kids Camping in Michigan

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Fresh for 2015, this is an update of a post we first published in 2012. Our huge list has 25 reader-recommended places to take kids camping in Michigan. Did we miss one? Please leave us a comment and tell us where you like to camp!

This post lists reader favorites along with comments about why they love these campgrounds for their families. Some of these facilities are more for RV-camping families, while some are better suited for hardcore campers who leave their technology at home.

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Aloha State Campground, Cheyboygan:
  • near Cheboygan…on Mullett Lake and access to other rivers and lakes. Vey nice and clean.
Charles Mears State Park, Pentwater
  • My family camps here every year.  It’s got the cute downtown, great beach, and a small-town atmosphere.  Hard to get into, though.
DH Day, Glen Arbor
  • “A slightly more rugged camping experience” for those wishing to check out Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Duke Creek, Cedar Springs
  • Duke Creek in Cedar Springs, and no, it’s not the one on the highway. It’s tucked in the woods so it feels like you’re up north, yet I can still go to work downtown. Love the pool.
Hill & Hollow Campground and RV Park, Pentwater
  • Hill & Hollow have two nice pools to choose from and nice shaded lots.Hill & Hollow have two nice pools to choose from and nice shaded lots.
Hungry Horse Campground, Dorr
  • We go to Hungry Horse Campground in Dorr every year! Excellent family camping & the kids LOVE it!
Interlochen State Park
  • We live in Traverse City and go to Interlochen State Park, already been there 3 times this summer!
Ludington State Park
  • Ludington State Park is our favorite camping. There is so much for a family to do, rain or shine, hot or cold.
Orchard Beach State Park, Manistee:
  • OB has an awesome bluff view of sunsets, in a small town, great biking on M22 and is wooded.
Pioneer Park, Muskegon
  •  We love going to Pioneer Park in Muskegon for a weekend camping trip because it’s close and it’s right on Lake Michigan and you don’t have to have reservations. Pioneer county park just north of Muskegon was a real find as you do not have to book in advace like the state parks, and it was cheap and right on Lake Michigan. Wish we were not so far away now or it would be our 1st choice.
Platte River Campground, Honor
  • Best ever! Super clean grounds, only minutes from sleepy bear dunes, seconds from Platte River which is awesome because you end up in Lake Michigan at the end of your tube/canoe/kayak down the river. Only about 1/2 mile trail walk from grounds and you’ll end up on Lake Mi. Great for biking, Only about 40 minute drive to Traverse City, maybe 15 minutes to Glen Arbor. SO much to do in this area, the list goes on and on. Great for kids!
Poncho’s Pond RV Park, Ludington
  • Very family-friendly, lots of activities for the kids and has outdoor AND indoor pools (for those rainy days).
River Ridge Resort, Stanwood
  • They have a pool a spa, it runs right along the pine river so you can hear the water all night while you sleep and they also have a pond with a water trampoline and the jungle gym and aqua slide! its a great place with family activites. I recommend it to anyone.
Sandy Pines, Hopkins
  • Sandy Pines is close enough for Dad to get to work. Kids can play at the water park, ropes course, tennis, basketball, gaga ball, dodge ball, mini golf, beach fun and rent a golf cart to get around the park as well as play a 18 holes of golf. This is our first year there and are loving it.
Silver Lake Resort & Campground
  • Silver Lake has our founder Melody hooked!
Stony Haven, New Era 
  • it’s a great little campground, especially for kids! We’ve gone since our girls were babies – it’s our favorite place! Campsites or cabins.
Traverse City State Park
  • Right across the road from the beach and so close to downtown!
Tyler Creek Golf Course & Campground, Alto
  • Tyler creek is great. Just got back this week actually! Very clean pool, super relaxed and our favorite spot in lot 7 or 8. We have 3 young kids and being right off the playground, sandbox, volleyball is awesome. Never very busy and always a lot of fun. The “petting zoo” is more like farm animals, but the kids always get a kick out of it. For sure recommend… it’s one of our favorites.
Wabasis Lake Campground, Greenville
  •  It’s beautiful and clean. Lots of well manicured grass!
Whispering Surf Camping Resort, Pentwater
  • I love Pentwater. We prefer a smaller campground about eight miles away called Whispering Surf. Not so hard to get into, shady, and there’s access to both Lake Michigan and Bass Lake.
Yogi Bear Jellystone Park, Silver Lake
  • Near the dunes, scheduled activities, pool, close to Silver Lake!
Young State Park, Boyne City
  • Especially great for families with little kids…have been camping there since I was born.


Beaver Island
  • The whole family has also enjoyed camping on Beaver Island.
Bewabic State Park, Crystal Falls
  • Bewabic State Park is wonderful place to camp in the U.P. A wonderful place, we go a couple times a year.
Mouth of Two Hearted River, Newberry
  • If in the U.P. the Two Hearted River is great.


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