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Huge List of Great Places to take Kids Camping in Michigan

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This is an update of a post we first published in 2012.

CAMPING IN MICHIGAN WITH KIDS

Our huge list has over 30 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.

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Hill & Hollow Campground and RV Park in 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.
Young State Park
  • Especially great for families with little kids…have been camping there since I was born:)
Sandy Pines
  • 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.
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.
Charles Mears State Park in 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.
     
Yogi Bear Jellystone Park at Silver Lake
  • Near the dunes, scheduled activities, pool, close to Silver Lake!
Platte River Campground:
  • 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!
Wabasis Lake Campground:
  •  It’s beautiful and clean. Lots of well manicured grass!
Duke Creek in 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.
Poncho’s Pond RV Park in Ludington:
  • Very family-friendly, lots of activities for the kids and has outdoor AND indoor pools (for those rainy days).
River Ridge Resort
  • 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.
Aloha State Campground:
  • near Cheboygan…on Mullett Lake and access to other rivers and lakes. Vey nice and clean.
Orchard Beach State Park:
  • OB has an awesome bluff view of sunsets, in a small town, great biking on M22 and is wooded.

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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!
Hungry Horse Campground in Dorr:
  • We go to Hungry Horse Campground in Dorr every year! Excellent family camping & the kids LOVE it!
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 it was cheap and right on Lake Michigan. Wish we were not so far away now or it would be our 1st choice.
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Campgrounds for kids in Grand Rapids and Michigan

 
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28 Comments

  • Melissa Freeman via Facebook

    Has anyone camped at Tyler Creek in Alto?

    • Tracy Wolfe

      Yes, we go there every year. 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.

  • Jason StClair via Facebook

    It cracks me up every time we drive by that campground along the highway in Cedar Springs. How is that camping? lol

  • Katy Austin via Facebook

    I agree Jason but it is always full!

  • Tracy Stoll via Facebook

    Lakeside is an awesome campground. You’d be surprised you can’t hear the highway and they do alot for kids and its very clean, and popular!!

  • Tracy Stoll via Facebook

    Lakeside is an awesome campground. You’d be surprised you can’t hear the highway and they do alot for kids and its very clean, and popular!!

  • Tracy Stoll via Facebook

    Lakeside is an awesome campground. You’d be surprised you can’t hear the highway and they do alot for kids and its very clean, and popular!!

  • Sarah A.

    I love Pentwater. We prefer a smaller campground about 8 miles away called “whispering surf” . Not so hard to get into, shady, and there’s access to both Lake Mi and Bass lk.

  • Kristi

    We’re headed to Wabasis tomorrow. So excited :)

  • Nikki Derocher Cowles via Facebook

    Orchard beach is beautiful, been there a few times.

  • Nikki Derocher Cowles via Facebook

    Orchard beach is beautiful, been there a few times.

  • Nikki Derocher Cowles via Facebook

    Orchard beach is beautiful, been there a few times.

  • Janna Anderson via Facebook

    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.

  • Janna Anderson via Facebook

    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.

  • Janna Anderson via Facebook

    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.

  • Darci

    We live in Traverse City and go to Interlochen State Park, already been there 3 times this summer!

  • Mandi Eden via Facebook

    Young state park is the BEST.

  • anna

    Stay away from Yankee Springs/Gun Lake this year. All beaches are closed, and the lake’s test results for E. Coli are twice as much as the shut-down levels.

  • Julie Nietling

    I was excited by the title, but I think my style of camping might be different and so maybe this list doesn’t work for my family? When I see things like Jellystone and “well manicured grass,” I get turned off. I think generators, lawns and RVs. Not my idea of a pleasant camping experience. Are there walk-in sites at these places? For Sleeping Bear Dunes area, we’ve always liked DH Day, but haven’t made it out there in a few years. The whole family has also enjoyed camping on Beaver Island, but that takes some time and money to get to. While not on my list of very favorites, Diamond Lake campground has been a good stand-by when we want to be close to the North Country Trail. Btw, if you want a roof and showers, you can also stay at the North Country Trail Association’s historical schoolhouse for very cheap in White Cloud.

    • Melody

      Julie, there’s a little bit of everything included here. If you like a more natura experience, try one of the walkin sites at Platte River. I camped there awhile ago and it was fun, but be prepared to carry all your equipment in.

  • Heather Mulnix-Ransom via Facebook

    Pioneer Park! Muskegon , Right on Lake MI!

  • Jenni

    I don’t know how Young State Park didn’t make this list!! BEST campground ever!:) Especially great for families with little kids…have been camping there since I was born:) Ludington is a close second for us too.

  • Lisa

    We love Hill & Hollow Campground in Pentwater as well as Muskegon State Park. Hill & Hollow have two nice pools to choose from and nice shaded lots. Muskegon State Park is right on Lake Michigan and it feels like you have the whole beach to yourself!

  • JulieB

    Has anyone camped at LakeView Campsite on Hamlin Lake in Ludington?

  • Tara

    We LOVE Pioneer Park! We will be going back one last time before school starts. It is clean and has great areas for kids to play. Lake Michigan beaches can’t be beat and that is where we spend most of our time while camping at Pioneer park. It is very close to Michigan Adventure and that makes a great day trip. Highly recommend.

  • Christie Heidger

    Covenant Hills in Otisville is awesome for families!

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