Camping in Michigan with Kids? 50+ Best Campgrounds in Michigan for Families

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Where to Find the Best Campgrounds in Michigan

The thought of camping in other states has me curious – do those campgrounds boast enormous picturesque lakes, warm days and cool nights, and plenty of incredible views like campgrounds in Michigan?

Maybe they do, but I may never find out, as I’m still finding plenty of family fun in Michigan year after year.

If you want to know how to do camping, you need to do it in Michigan. We have the views, the hikes, the amenities, and plenty of friendly people to help you out if you have a question at your campsite or just need directions.

We’ve got a mix of state parks, national parks and privately owned campgrounds that all want your family to have the best experience possible.

Booking campgrounds in Michigan isn’t always easy – there are popular locations that fill almost as soon as the booking calendar opens. Read on for booking tips for camping in Michigan, as well as the difference between the different types of camping spots you’ll find in the state.

And while you’re in planning mode, read up on the best Camping Hacks.

Happy camping in Michigan!

Types of Campgrounds in Michigan

There are several different types of places to go camping in Michigan.

State Parks: Many, but not all, State Parks offer camping in Michigan. Campsites, harbor slips and backcountry campsites can be reserved 6 months in advance (new inventory becomes available Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.) You can book sites online at MiDNRReservations.com or call 1-800-44-PARKS to make a reservation.

National Parks: National Park Campsites tend to be focused on the natural beauty of the surrounding area and often limit wheeled toys (no skateboards, for example). Please check the rules of the campground before booking – they are enforced.

Camping in Michigan at a National Park means you’ll need to go to one of the following places:

Municipal Campgrounds are the sleeper hits of campgrounds in Michigan. These parks are owned and operated by the local governments, often counties or cities. Because they are not part of a larger network of campgrounds they often are lesser known than some of their neighbors.

Private Campgrounds may be owned and operated by individuals or franchises. These campgrounds often offer the most amenities, like swimming pools, wifi, and family activities. KOA and Jellystone Parks are examples of private campgrounds in Michigan.

State Forests offer a rustic Michigan campground experience. These campgrounds are located throughout the Upper Peninsula and the Northern Lower Peninsula. Expect river or lake access, along with vault toilets and hand pumps for potable water. There is no electricity at the state forest campgrounds in Michigan.

Many of these campsites are first come, first served but several do take reservations:

Camping in Michigan with Kids

This huge list has 50+ reader-recommended places to take kids camping in Michigan from the primitive to glamping-style and book your outdoor summer adventure today.

Every campground is different and exploring each is part of the fun. Some range from rustic with no water or electricity hookups and others have ‘all the comforts of home‘ amenities. Whether you are a seasoned camper or looking to take your family camping for the first time, there are a number of great options all around Michigan (and a few in bordering states).

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.

Get the family ready to unplug, make s’mores, and enjoy the great outdoors.

Did we miss one? Please leave us a comment and tell us about your favorite campgrounds in Michigan for families!

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LOWER PENINSULA – CAMPGROUNDS IN MICHIGAN

Camping in Michigan is possible in every corner of the state. If you want to camp under the bridge, use this list.

WEST MI CAMPGROUNDS

Campgrounds in West Michigan include places where you can go camping on Lake Michigan, Michigan State campgrounds, and private campgrounds.

Our readers told us about their favorite places to spend the night in the great outdoors in this part of the state – here’s what they had to say!

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Private Campgrounds in Michigan

TriPonds Family Camp Resort in Allegan, MI

Campground Highlights:
Playground, Putt Putt, Hiking Trails, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at TriPonds Family Camp Resort:
This is an absolute favorite of ours. Hiking trails, mini-golf, fishing ponds, spacious fields, large lots, friendly staff, and clean facilities.

TriPonds is a place you can come to relax, retreat, and reconnect with family and friends. Kids can hit up the playground, mini-golf course, or go fishing for a start at TriPonds Family Camp Resort. The resort hosts various levels of family campsites, including eight rental cabins. Enjoy 90 acres of beautiful shaded trees, hiking trails, peaceful ponds, spacious fields, and large lots.

3687 Dumont Road, Allegan, MI 49010

Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Tyler Creek Campground in Alto, MI

Campground Highlights:
Pool, Family Activities, Tent Sites, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at Tyler Creek Campground:
Tyler Creek has a great creek/pond area for beginner fisherman, a playground, outdoor pool, sandbox, volleyball area, all to keep your kids busy. Their onsite golf course is great for any skill level, with additional tees to challenge the most serious golfer.

13495 92nd St SE, Alto, MI 49302

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Private Campgrounds in Michigan

KOA Coloma/St. Joseph in Benton Harbor, MI

Campground Highlights:
Pool, Playground, Camp Store, Hiking Trails, Tent Sites, Cabin Rentals, Glamping

Camping in Michigan at KOA Coloma/St. Joseph:
Located a mere two miles away from Lake Michigan, the St. Joseph KOA has a pool, hot tub, playground, bouncing pillow, mini-golf, and bike rentals.
Families can check out the nearby attractions in St. Joe – children’s museum, splash pad, and carousel for one of the campgrounds in Michigan packing in the fun.

3527 Coloma Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Woodchip Campground in Byron Center, MI

Campground Highlights:
Pool, Playground, Camp Store, Family Activities, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at Woodchip Campground:
Just outside Grand Rapids, this campground provides the perfect low-stress getaway for families, with a wide variety of leisure activities: beautiful pool area, modern playground, bounce pillow, free crafts, volleyball, basketball, gaga ball, horseshoes, four square, a newly renovated camp store and even free rootbeer floats!

7501 Burlingame Ave SW, Byron Center, MI 49315

Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Lakeside Camp Park in Cedar Springs, MI

Campground Highlights:
Beach, Family Activities, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Lakeside Camp Park:
Modern family campground located right off US 131-N. Features included a small lake with beach, fishing, boat rentals and grassy campsites.

13677 White Creek Ave, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Private Campgrounds in Michigan

KOA Covert/South Haven in Covert, MI

Campground Highlights:
Family Activities, Tent Sites, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at KOA Covert/South Haven:
The South Haven KOA is only 10-15 minutes away from six popular beaches in the area. Perfect for families, the campground features a trampoline basketball court, rock climbing wall, gem mining, fishing, craft time.
Want a quick meal or snack? Order pizza or snacks from the cafe and have it delivered directly to your campsite.

39397 M140 Highway, Covert, MI 49043

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Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Hungry Horse Campground in Dorr, MI

Campground Highlights:
Pool, Splash Pad, Playground, Family Activities, Tent Sites, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Hungry Horse Campground:
Excellent family camping, close to Grand Rapids, and the kids LOVE it! With a mile-long list of things to do on-site, you don’t have to leave to find the fun.

A swimming pool, splash pad, three playgrounds, jumping pad, basketball courts, wagon rides, and tons of family activities make this campground a family favorite. 96 large sites are available on 90 acres.

2016 142nd Ave, Dorr, MI 49323

Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Salmon Run Campground in Grant, MI

Campground Highlights:
Pool, Playground, Family Activities

Camping in Michigan at Salmon Run Campground:
With a heated swimming pool, a recreation room with a pool table and video games, a playground, horseshoe pits, volleyball and basketball courts, Salmon Run is sure to make your vacation a fun-filled time. It’s a great place for kids!

8845 Felch Ave, Grant, MI 49412

Municipal Park Campgrounds in Michigan

Wabasis Lake Campground in Greenville, MI

Campground Highlights:
Beach, Camp Store, Hiking Trails, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Wabasis Lake Campground:
A true haven for campers, boaters and nature lovers, this campground is located within Wabasis Lake Park, so there are plenty of trails between the campground and park. Don't forget about the large sand beach, boat ramp, and fully stocked campground store.

11220 Springhill Drive, Greenville, MI 48838

State Park Campgrounds in Michigan

Holland State Park in Holland, MI

Campground Highlights:
Beach, Playground, Paddle Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Holland State Park:
One of the most popular campgrounds in Michigan. This scenic spot makes packing it in easy. Holland State Park has a family in mind with the new playground, views of the iconic lighthouse, two campgrounds, beautiful beaches, and paddle rentals. Consider the Holland Camper Cabins if you desire a bit more of the modern conveniences.

2215 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland, MI 49424

Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Oak Grove Resort and RV Campground in Holland, MI

Campground Highlights:
Pool, Laundry, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Oak Grove Resort and RV Campground:
With a rustic feel yet close proximity to Lake Michigan, Oak Grove Resort is a comfortable camping option. There are complete hookups for RV’s, a swimming pool, hot tub, laundry room, gift shop and cabins available for rent.

2011 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland, MI 49424

Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Sandy Pines in Hopkins, MI

Campground Highlights:
Pool, Splash Pad, Laundry, Family Activities

Camping in Michigan at Sandy Pines:
With tons of activities and amenities, there’s something for the entire family. Make sure to check out the events calendar before you book, so you can plan your vacation. If you have little ones, you may want to rent a golf cart, the campground is one of the larger campgrounds in West Michigan. Clean, level sites all with water and electric make it easy to relax for 2 nights or up to 2 weeks per season. Sandy Pines also offers Rustic Cabin or Rental Trailer options. They have family activities galore – a splash pad, mini-golf, ropes course, four large heated pools, and plenty more.

2745 136th Ave, Hopkins, MI 49328

State Park Campgrounds in Michigan

Orchard Beach State Park in Manistee, MI

Campground Highlights:
Pool, Family Activities, Hiking Trails

Camping in Michigan at Orchard Beach State Park:
Orchard Beach has an amazing bluff view of the sunset, in a small town, great biking on M22, and is wooded. While the beach is not really family-friendly, you can head south about five minutes to Fifth Street Beach. The beach house bathrooms were clean, and they had tables if you wanted to take a break from the sun.

2064 N. Lakeshore Road, Manistee, MI 49660

Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Silver Lake Resort & Campground in Mears, MI

Campground Highlights:
Pool, Playground, Tent Sites, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Silver Lake Resort & Campground:
Silver Lake Resort and Campground offers a resort-style stay and is conveniently located only one mile from the sand dunes. The campground has over 200 campsites and offers both RV sites and campsites for tent camping or cabins for rent. A playground, catch and release fishing pond, and heated swimming pool will keep the kids busy.

1786 N 34th Ave, Mears, MI 49436

State Park Campgrounds in Michigan

Yankee Springs Recreation Area in Middleville, MI

Campground Highlights:
Hiking Trails, Tent Sites, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at Yankee Springs Recreation Area:
If you enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, and other water activities check out Yankee Springs. The main campground sits on Gun Lake, but there are a total of nine lakes in the park area.

2104 S. Briggs Road, Middleville, MI 49333

Municipal Park Campgrounds in Michigan

Pioneer Park in Muskegon, MI

Campground Highlights:
Beach, Family Activities, Modern Restrooms

Camping in Michigan at Pioneer Park:
Located on Lake Michigan, this 145 acre park has 2000 feet of beach frontage, with amenities including swimming, tennis, softball and basketball. Reservations are not required at this campground, so it is perfect for a last minute getaway.

1563 N. Scenic Drive, Muskegon, MI 49445

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State Park Campgrounds in Michigan

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon, MI

Campground Highlights:
Beach, Hiking Trails, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park:
You’ll get amazing panoramic views of Lake Michigan with a unique dune stairway climb at Hoffmaster State Park. The large, modern campground sits on three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.

6585 Lake Harbor Road, Muskegon, MI 49441

Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Lake Sch-Nepp-A-Ho in Muskegon, MI

Campground Highlights:
Beach, Playground, Paddle Rentals, Family Activities, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Lake Sch-Nepp-A-Ho:
Awesome small family owned, very family friendly campground! Onsite paddle rentals, beach, volleyball & basketball courts and a club house with arcade games and pool table are some of the amenities you'll find. Lots of scheduled activities as well.

390 E Tyler Road, Muskegon, MI 49445

Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Stony Haven in New Era, MI

Campground Highlights:
Family Activities, Tent Sites, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Stony Haven:
Located on 8 wooded acres only 2 miles from Lake Michigan, this campground offers an outdoor Christian environment for all ages. Fishing docks and onsite rentals make this a great family campground.

8079 W Stony Lake Road, New Era, MI 49446

State Park Campgrounds in Michigan

Muskegon State Park in North Muskegon, MI

Campground Highlights:
Beach, Hiking Trails, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at Muskegon State Park:
Muskegon State Park is right on Lake Michigan and it feels like you have the whole two miles of sandy beach to yourself! Choose from over 240 sites, and enjoy 12 miles of hiking trails, onsite tackle shop for fishing, and loads of nearby attractions, including Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park.

Home to a winter sports complex, the campground is also open during colder months.

3560 Memorial Drive, North Muskegon, MI 49445

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State Park Campgrounds in Michigan

Charles Mears State Park in Pentwater, MI

Campground Highlights:
Beach, Camp Store, Hiking Trails, Tent Sites, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at Charles Mears State Park:
My family camps here every year. It’s got a cute downtown, great beach, and a small-town atmosphere. Hard to get into, though.

400 West Lowell Street, Pentwater, MI 49449

Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Hill & Hollow Campground and RV Park in Pentwater, MI

Campground Highlights:
Pool, Tent Sites, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Hill & Hollow Campground and RV Park:
Hill & Hollow Campground is nestled in the woods just two miles north of Pentwater. With two heated pools, basketball and volleyball courts, your kids will have a blast!

8915 N Business 31, Pentwater, MI 49449

Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Whispering Surf Campground in Pentwater, MI

Campground Highlights:
Playground, Paddle Rentals, Putt Putt, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Whispering Surf Campground:
Situated between Bass Lake and sugar sand beaches of Lake Michigan, this shady, wooded park embraces old fashioned camping. Canoe and kayak rentals are available, along with mini-golf and a playground.
If you love going to Pentwater this smaller campground is only about eight miles away. Not so hard to get into, shady, and there’s access to both Lake Michigan and Bass Lake.

7070 S Lakeshore Drive, Pentwater, MI 49449

State Park Campgrounds in Michigan

Warren Dunes State Park in Sawyer, MI

Campground Highlights:
Beach, Hiking Trails

Camping in Michigan at Warren Dunes State Park:
Beautiful dunes rising 260ft above the lake, six miles of hiking trails and 3 miles of shoreline await at Warren Dunes. Kids will enjoy discovering the little river and dogs love that there’s a pet-friendly spot along the beach as well.

12032 Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer, MI 49125

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Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Dunes Harbor Family Camp in Silver Lake, MI

Campground Highlights:
Pool, Playground, Camp Store, Tent Sites, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Dunes Harbor Family Camp:
Located in Silver Lake, Michigan. Dunes Harbor Family Camp is a secluded woodland harbor minutes from Silver Lake and the Sand Dunes with 60 waterfront campsites, among others.

This campground is a ministry of Grace Adventures, is a Christian family campground. The ask all guests to adhere to certain rules and policies. Please familiarize yourself with them before booking.

2722 North Ridge Rd, Silver Lake, MI 49436

Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Yogi Bear Jellystone Park - Silver Lake in Silver Lake, MI

Campground Highlights:
Pool, Playground, Family Activities, Modern Restrooms, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park - Silver Lake:
The Jellystone campgrounds were designed with family in mind. Amenities include a large heated pool, kiddie pool with mushroom fountain, arcade, playground, fishing pond, basketball & shuffleboard courts, wagon rides, daily activities, and movies.

8239 West Hazel Road, Silver Lake, MI 49436

State Park Campgrounds in Michigan

Van Buren State Park in South Haven, MI

Campground Highlights:
Beach, Playground, Tent Sites, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at Van Buren State Park:
Michigan’s Van Buren State Park sits on picturesque Lake Michigan in South Haven. The campground has 220 modern campsites. With one mile of sandy beach and high dune formations, kids will love to take a roll down the dunes. Local shops and restaurants are only minutes away.

23960 Ruggles Road, South Haven, MI 49090

Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Yogi Bear Jellystone Park - South Haven in South Haven, MI

Campground Highlights:
Pool, Playground, Family Activities, Modern Restrooms, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park - South Haven:
Yogi Bear’s Camp-Resort is all about family fun. The campground has campsites, cabin rentals and offers unique themed weekends. Family activities abound with arcade, laser tag, pedal carts, a large jumping pad and plenty more so boredom won’t be an option.

03403 64th Street, South Haven, MI 49090

Municipal Park Campgrounds in Michigan

Diamond Lake Camp County Park in White Cloud, MI

Campground Highlights:
Beach, Playground, Hiking Trails, Tent Sites, RV Sites
Reservations Open 01/01/2021

Camping in Michigan at Diamond Lake Camp County Park:
Diamond Lake campground has been a good stand-by when we want to be close to the North Country Trail.

It's located on Diamond Lake, next to the Manistee National Forest. Wooded.
60 campsites, (24 full hook-up, and 2 camping cabins).
Swimming beach, volleyball net, play areas, horseshoe pits, hiking trails, a picnic area, and a group camping area. An enclosed shelter is available for campers to use free of charge.

Diamond Lake County Park is ORV friendly. Motor Vehicle Permits are required for ORVs.

3351 N. Mundy Ave, White Cloud, MI 49337

NORTHERN MI CAMPING

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Private Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

Campers Cove RV Park & Canoe Livery in Alpena, MI

Campground Offers:
Pool, Paddle Rentals, Family Activities, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Campers Cove RV Park & Canoe Livery:
One of the best family campgrounds in Michigan! Located right on the Thunder Bay River, Campers Cove has an indoor pool for rainy days, a water trampoline on the river, mini-golf, tri-wheeled bike rentals, and paddleboats, pontoon, and fishing boats available to rent.
They also have activities for the kids on holiday weekends and “train rides” for the kiddos. They have cabins to rent or campers to rent as well.

5005 Long Rapids Road, Alpena, MI 49707

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State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

Young State Park in Boyne City, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach, Playground, Camp Store, Family Activities, Hiking Trails

Camping in Michigan at Young State Park:
Young State Park is located at the east end of beautiful Lake Charlevoix. The beach at Young State Park was voted the “best beach of the year” by the Petoskey News. There are several camping loops here and some sites are on the water.

2280 Boyne City Road, Boyne City, MI 49712

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State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

Aloha State Park in Cheboygan, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach, Hiking Trails, Tent Sites, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at Aloha State Park:
Set on gorgeous Mullett Lake, Aloha State Park is a camper, boater and biker paradise! Paddle to and from your campsite located by the boat launch. This park is also close to Straits of Mackinaw. Be sure to get donuts (order the day before) at the camp store just outside the park in Aloha, MI.

4347 Third Street, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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National Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

Platte River Campground in Empire, MI

Campground Offers:
Family Activities, Hiking Trails, Tent Sites, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at Platte River Campground:
Operated by the National Park Service, this campground is inside of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A park permit is required for entrance. Super clean campgrounds, only minutes from Sleeping Bear Dunes, and seconds from the Platte River. This park offers tubing, canoeing, and kayaking down the river, ending in Lake Michigan. Nearby biking and hiking trails, and short drives to Traverse City, and Glen Arbor.

9922 Front Street, Empire, MI 49630

National Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

DH Day Campground in Glen Arbor, MI

Campground Offers:
Family Activities, Tent Sites, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at DH Day Campground:
A slightly more rugged camping experience for those wishing to check out Sleeping Bear Dunes. Also close by this wooded campground are Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, museums and restaurants & shops in beautiful Glen Arbor.

8000 W Harbor Hwy, Glen Arbor, MI 49636

State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

Burt Lake State Park in Indian River, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach, Tent Sites, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at Burt Lake State Park:
Burt Lake State Park has a big, beautiful lake and is popular with people who love water sports (there is a lot of boating equipment at this campground.

The beach area is huge and shallow for quite a ways out, making it great for kids.
The nearby Sturgeon River is great for kayaking if you're experienced - the water is swift.
Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island are easy day trips.

6635 State Park Dr., Indian River, MI 49749

State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

Interlochen State Park in Interlochen, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach

Camping in Michigan at Interlochen State Park:
Interlochen State Park is situated between Green Lake & Duck Lake, two areas well-known for fishing, paddling and swimming lakes. This park is also across the street from The Interlochen Center for the Arts, which has renowned musicians perform concerts year-round.

4167 M-137, Interlochen, MI 49643

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Private Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

Lake Leelanau RV Park in Lake Leelanau, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach, Playground, Laundry, Family Activities

Camping in Michigan at Lake Leelanau RV Park:
Despite the name it takes all types from tents to motor homes – the campground is on the Leelanau peninsula and sits right on Lake Leelanau. Kid-friendly activities abound at this beautiful campground. Families can enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, playground, and free pipe organ concerts on select days. This park also has an onsite lodge for special events.

3101 S Lake Shore Drive, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653

Private Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

Kibby Creek Campground in Ludington, MI

Campground Offers:
Pool, Playground, Camp Store, Family Activities, Putt Putt

Camping in Michigan at Kibby Creek Campground:
Located in the countryside between Ludington and Pentwater and a mile from Lake Michigan, this campground features a swimming pool, fishing ponds, playground, kids barrel train, mini-golf, and arcade. Don't skip the camp store featuring ice cream, candy, Slush Puppies, and more!

4900 W Deren Road, Ludington, MI 49431

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State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

Ludington State Park in Ludington, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach, Playground, Paddle Rentals, Family Activities, Hiking Trails, Tent Sites, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at Ludington State Park:
I could go on for days about why Ludington State Park is so great, it is a must for campers and is always in the top campgrounds in Michigan. Hiking, biking, fishing, tubing down the Sable River, and swimming in either Lake Michigan or Hamlin Lake. Yup, that’s right, two different beaches! Be ready with your camping plans in the winter though, because this campground is a favorite for most, spots do fill up quickly, so be ready to reserve six-months in advance. Big Sable Point Lighthouse sits on Ludington State Park and is a classic Michigan stop. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse (fee applies). The park features three campgrounds with 360 campsites. A one-mile stretch of the Big Sable River runs through the park and provides excellent opportunities for fishing and paddling.

8800 W M-116, Ludington, MI 49431

Private Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

Poncho's Pond in Ludington, MI

Campground Offers:
Playground, Family Activities, Tent Sites, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at Poncho's Pond:
Very family-friendly, including fishing, paddle boat rentals, video game room, basketball & volleyball courts, outdoor AND indoor pools for those rainy days.

5335 W Wallace Lane, Ludington, MI 49431

Private Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping in Mackinaw City, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach, Playground, Camp Store, Bike Rentals, Hiking Trails, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping:
We stayed at Mackinaw Mill Creek last summer, when we were on our way up to camp in the U.P. If you like camping with a view of the Mackinac Bridge, this is the perfect campground for you! We had the most amazing view, especially at sunset. If you are heading over to Mackinac Island, you can buy ferry tickets at their camp store, and they have a shuttle bus that will take you to and from the ferry dock. If you have older kids remember to bring your bikes, the shuttle bus has a trailer so you can bring them to the island (there is a small fee on the ferry for the bikes, but it’s still cheaper than renting on the island).

9730 US Hwy 23, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

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State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

Onaway State Park in Onaway, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach, Hiking Trails, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Onaway State Park:
One of Michigan's oldest state parks! Try to get a spot on the water to make your experience will be that much greater. It’s great for rock collecting and hiking on trails. Onaway State Park is located on Black Lake in Presque Isle County. 158 acres of rugged, picturesque land, including sand cobblestone beaches, large unique rock out-croppings, and a diverse variety of trees. The campground, set among virgin white pines, offers solitude and serenity and plenty of family fun.

3622 N. M-211, Onaway, MI 49765

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State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

Petoskey State Park in Petoskey, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach, Paddle Rentals, Bike Rentals, Tent Sites, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at Petoskey State Park:
Wooded campsites along a pristine section of Lake Michigan beach are one of the reasons families love to camp here. Petoskey is a fun family destination in the summer with loads of bike trails and walking paths, a historic downtown area, and great restaurants. The Bear River recreation area is nearby as well. Hunting for Petoskey Stones is a favorite pastime.

2475 M-119 Hwy, Petoskey, MI 49770

State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

Hoeft State Park in Rogers City, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach, Playground, Hiking Trails, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Hoeft State Park:
This heavily wooded campground is located on one mile of sandy Lake Huron beach and is great for rock collecting. A paved, non-motorized trail rides along the Lake Huron shoreline and connects the park to Huron Sunrise Trail, which stretches from Rogers City to the world's largest open pit limestone mine.

5001 US-23 North, Rogers City, MI 49779

State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

Traverse City State Park in Traverse City, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach, Playground, Family Activities, Hiking Trails, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Traverse City State Park:
Camping in the City? Yes, please! Traverse City State Park is an urban park that features a quarter-mile of beautiful beach on the Grand Traverse Bay. When surrounded by the woods you wouldn’t believe you are only two miles from downtown Traverse City. This state park is right on the TART Trail (Traverse City's bike path) so bring your bike and you can pedal your way all the way to downtown - or Sutton's Bay, for that matter.

Being another family favorite campground, make sure to reserve well in advance if you plan on camping during The National Cherry Festival or in the Fall when leaves start to change colors. Also, plan on bringing a wagon to carry all your beach supplies!

1132 US-131 N., Traverse City, MI 49686

Private Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

Timber Ridge RV Resort in Traverse City, MI

Campground Offers:
Pool, Family Activities, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Timber Ridge RV Resort:
This campground's close proximity to Traverse City, cleanliness and woodsy setting make this a must-see for camping. They have a lake, pool, jumpy pillow, water wars, bike obstacle course, ORV trails, outdoor hockey, beach volleyball themed weekends and more.

4050 Hammond Road East, Traverse City, MI 49686

CAMP ON THE EASTSIDE

Finding campgrounds in Michigan on the Eastside of the state is easier than you might think.

Lake Huron is a popular draw, and the proximity of these cam to some of the state’s larger population areas make camping in Michigan more accessible for many families.

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State Park Campgrounds in Michigan

Bay City State Park in Bay City, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach, Splash Pad, Playground, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Bay City State Park:
This gorgeous campground comes with a splash pad, large wooden play structure, and over 1000 feet of sandy beach. Home to Tobico Marsh, walk the paved trails through wetlands, woods and savannah prairies, all within the 2000 acre park.

3582 State Park Drive, Bay City, MI 48706

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Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Carsonville, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach, Playground, Paddle Rentals, Family Activities, Tent Sites, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park:
Experience family-oriented camping in this North Port Huron Jellystone resort nestled next to Lake Huron. Some perks include a jumping pillow, kayaking, mini golf, water-slide and paddleboat rentals.

2353 North Lakeshore Road, Carsonville, MI 48419

State Park Campgrounds in Michigan

Waterloo Recreation Area in Chelsea, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach, Playground, Family Activities, Hiking Trails, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Waterloo Recreation Area:
If you have a love of horses, make sure to visit Waterloo Recreation Area, the lower peninsula’s largest recreational park. In addition to the two general campgrounds (including cabin and yurt rentals!), nature trails, beaches, and boat launches, Waterloo hosts a unique equestrian campground.

16345 McClure Road, Chelsea, MI 48118

Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Logan Hills Campground in Hale, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach, Playground, Paddle Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Logan Hills Campground:
It’s family-friendly, on the water and in the woods! Family activities include craft time, outdoor movies, and boat & kayak rentals. It’s a peaceful getaway where kids can ride bikes and play safely.

577 Everett Trail, Hale, MI 48739

State Park Campgrounds in Michigan

Holly State Recreation Area in Holly, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach, Playground, Paddle Rentals, Family Activities, Hiking Trails, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Holly State Recreation Area:
This campground is home to three lakes, four playgrounds, boat and paddle board rentals, a water park of inflatables, geocaching, and disc golf. Host sites activities with coffee and doughnuts on Saturdays.

8100 Grange Hall Road, Holly, MI 48442

State Park Campgrounds in Michigan

Lakeport State Park in Lakeport, MI

Campground Offers:
Camp Store, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Lakeport State Park:
Rustic or mini-cabin camping right on the water, plus a quick drive into Port Huron and Lexington State Park. And if you forgot anything, they have a camp store with all sorts of tasty treats.

7605 Lakeshore Road, Lakeport, MI 48059

State Park Campgrounds in Michigan

Port Crescent State Park in Port Austin, MI

Campground Offers:
Beach, Playground, Hiking Trails

Camping in Michigan at Port Crescent State Park:
Snag a beautiful site along the 3 miles sandy beach to catch the amazing sunset. While you're there, check out their dark sky preserve for some exceptional stargazing. Awesome place for kids and right down the road from Caseville.

1775 Port Austin Road, Port Austin, MI 48467

Private Campgrounds in Michigan

Detroit/Ann Arbor KOA in Ypsilanti, MI

Campground Offers:
Bike Rentals, Family Activities, Tent Sites, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Detroit/Ann Arbor KOA:
Ideally located between Detroit and Ann Arbor, with quick access to the University of Michigan, the US/Canadian border, great lakes, as well as the metro areas of Toledo, Flint, and Grand Rapids, the Detroit / Ann Arbor KOA surrounds a private lake for the enjoyment of guests and provides endless opportunities for fishing, swimming, and non-motorized water activities. Onsite amenities include mini-golf, a playground, sand volleyball, horseshoes, a game room, watercraft rentals, numerous scheduled activities, and themed weekends. The campground provides guests access to full facilities including laundry, shower/restrooms, an outdoor dishwashing station, a propane refill station, a dump station, and a fully stocked store/gift shop for groceries, essential items, and souvenirs.

6680 Bunton Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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Dumont Lake Family Campground in Allegan, MI

Campground Highlights:
Beach, Paddle Rentals, Family Activities

Camping in Michigan at Dumont Lake Family Campground:
Bring your tent, camper, RV or rent an RV directly from the Dumont Lake Family Campground. Enjoy 520 feet of private beachfront activities including kayaking, paddleboarding, a new fishing dock, corn hole, and disc golf.

3106 125th Ave, Allegan, MI 49010

Fort Custer Recreation Area in Augusta, MI

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Beach, Playground, Hiking Trails, Tent Sites, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Fort Custer Recreation Area:
Fort Custer is a short distance from both Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. Near Eagle Lake, the campground offers 219 modern campsites. In addition to the campground, this State Park features three lakes and boat rentals, the Kalamazoo River, a swimming beach and more than 25 miles of multi-use trails.

5163 Fort Custer Drive, Augusta, MI 49012

River Ridge Campground Breckenridge MI

River Ridge Campground in Breckenridge, MI

Campground Highlights:
Pool, Playground, Laundry, Camp Store, Family Activities, Tent Sites, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at River Ridge Campground:
They have a pool and spa, it runs right along the Pine River so you can hear the water all night while you sleep. They also have a pond with a water trampoline, a jungle gym, and an aqua slide! It’s a great place for family activities.

1989 West Pine River Rd, Breckenridge, MI 48615

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park - Barton Lake in Fremont, MI

Campground Highlights:
Pool, Splash Pad, Playground, Family Activities, Tent Sites, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park - Barton Lake:
Just outside of Michigan is Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Barton Lake. Lodging includes 540 campsites, as well as deluxe cottages and rustic cabins. The family-oriented amenities include an indoor pool, three outdoor pools, a water splash park, paddleboat, and rowboat rentals, five playgrounds, game room, mini-golf, pedal cart rental, kiddy train rides, wagon rides, horseshoes, sand volleyball cards and more.

140 Lane 201 Barton Lake, Fremont, MI 46737

Camp Michiwana in Hastings, MI

Campground Highlights:
Camp Store, Family Activities, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Camp Michiwana:
A general store, a beautiful waterfront, and family fun weekends are a sampling of some of the fun amenities at Camp Michiwana. There are 54 campsites, some with water and electric only and others are full hook-up sites. Rustic cabins are also available at this Christian campground located on Long Lake.

6475 Wilkins Road, Hastings, MI 49058

Taylors Beach Campground Howell Michigan

Taylor's Beach Campground in Howell, MI

Campground Highlights:
Playground, Family Activities, Hiking Trails, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at Taylor's Beach Campground:
Affordable family camping with seasonal, overnight, weekly, and monthly campsite rentals. Sandy beach with water toys. Onsite family fun includes kids' frog and turtle pond, basketball & volleyball courts, playground and mini-golf. They have a floating tiki bar that you can rent, as well as fun themed paddle boats.

6197 N. Burkhart Road, Howell, MI 48855

Markin Glen County Park in Kalamazoo, MI

Campground Highlights:
Beach, Playground, Family Activities, Tent Sites, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at Markin Glen County Park:
The 38-site campground is located near downtown Kalamazoo, but you would never know it. This great park is well kept, has a beach and walking trail close by.

The park has 160 acres of campsites, paved trails, beaches, tennis courts, two playgrounds, volleyball courts, and fishing. This campground is also right around the corner from the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

5300 North Westnedge, Kalamazoo, MI 49004

Sleepy Hollow State Park in Laingsburg, MI

Campground Highlights:
Beach, Playground, Family Activities, Hiking Trails, Tent Sites, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at Sleepy Hollow State Park:
Sleepy Hollow offers four different camping areas on Lake Ovid with a river running through the campground and along trails. Activities include disc golf, fishing, boat rentals and a beach.

7835 E. Price Road, Laingsburg, MI 48848

UPPER PENINSULA CAMPGROUNDS IN MICHIGAN

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Upper Peninsula Camping Along Lake Superior at Munising Tourist Park in Munising, MI

Say Ya to Camping in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!

Really, camping in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a treat.

You are a world away and immersed in natural beauty. If you like camping with kids, give one of these Upper Peninsula Camping a try!

Note: These are campgrounds in Michigan that our readers have vetted for us. We know there are so many more incredible campgrounds in the U.P., so tell us about your faves in the comments so we can add them to our list!

Municipal Park Campgrounds in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Beaver Island Campground in Beaver Island, MI

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Camping in Michigan at Beaver Island Campground:
Looking for campgrounds in Michigan that are on an island? Beaver Island has a few campgrounds if you are interested in taking the ferry over for some good old-fashion rustic camping. None of the campgrounds take reservations, and there is no water or electricity, but pit toilets and hand pumps are availble.

Township Campgrounds, Beaver Island, MI 49782

State Park Campgrounds in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Fort Wilkins State Park in Copper Harbor, MI

Campground Highlights:
Playground, Camp Store, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Fort Wilkins State Park:
The campground is close to Lake Superior, Lake Fannyhoe, Brockway Mountain Drive, and Estivant Pines Nature Preserve. It is also adjacent to a really cool restored military outpost that kids can explore, and costumed interpreters present the history of the Keweenaw Peninsula Fort. It has a nice camp store with ice cream and a decent playground. Copper Harbor is also nearby for more family friendly fun.

15223 US Highway 41, Copper Harbor, MI 49918

State Park Campgrounds in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Bewabic State Park in Crystal Falls, MI

Campground Highlights:
Beach, Playground, Hiking Trails

Camping in Michigan at Bewabic State Park:
Bewabic State Park is wonderful place to camp in the U.P. Wooded picnic areas, a hiking trail, two playgrounds, an excellent beach and a boat launch to Fortune Lake are among the additional amenities at this park.

720 Idlewild Road, Crystal Falls, MI 49920

Municipal Park Campgrounds in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Munising Tourist Park Campground in Munising, MI

Campground Highlights:
Tent Sites, RV Sites

Camping in Michigan at Munising Tourist Park Campground:
Centrally located in the UP, this campground is the perfect resting spot for families to take in all the beauty of the UP. A short, three mile drive to Munising offers boat rides to view Pictured Rocks, Glass Bottom Boat Tours and the Riptide Ride. Marquette, Grand Marais and Taquamenon Falls are also within a day's drive of this campground.

E8518 M-28 West, Munising, MI 49862

State Forest Campgrounds in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Mouth of Two Hearted River Campground in Newberry, MI

Campground Highlights:
Tent Sites

Camping in Michigan at Mouth of Two Hearted River Campground:
If in the U.P. the Two Hearted River is great for rustic camping. This campground does not take reservations and is first-come, first-serve. Tents and small trailer use only, and is located on Lake Superior at the mouth of Two-Hearted River.

Located in Luce County, 35 miles northeast of Newberry via M-123 and County Roads 500, 414, 412 and 423.

on Lake Superior at the mouth of Two-Hearted River, Newberry, MI 49868

best camping in michigan Tahquamenon Falls State Park Paradise

State Park Campgrounds in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Paradise, MI

Campground Highlights:
Playground, Camp Store, Hiking Trails, Cabin Rentals

Camping in Michigan at Tahquamenon Falls State Park:
There are two campgrounds at Tahquamenon Falls. If you have younger kids I recommend staying at the Lower Falls. The trail along the falls is very kid-friendly. You can also rent a row-boat and row over to the island. The island is a great adventure. A quick hike around and you will find small water hole areas for kids to splash and play in. If you are camping you can pay for an all day rental and head over to island multiple times. Our younger kids loved it. This is one of our favorite campgrounds in Michigan.

41382 W M 123, Paradise, MI 49768

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71 thoughts on “Camping in Michigan with Kids? 50+ Best Campgrounds in Michigan for Families”

  1. My brother found this article very useful. Taylors camp is really an awesome place for camping with kids.
    For newbies you can check this site for your camping gears.

  2. “Great article and very helpful tips for family camping.
    You explained everything clearly as a good writer.
    I enjoy camping, since my childhood, and camping with the family is one of my special areas of interest.
    I also found this site very helpful for those who are thinking about family camping.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Would love to see Woodchip Campground (in Byron Center) added to your list!
    Perfect place to camp with kids. So many fun things for them to do!
    Super fun playground (with a huge bounce pillow!), pool, crafts . . .
    Especially nice place to camp as it’s located not far from mall, grocery store, restaurants – but still feels like you’re “away from it all” inside the campground.
    Clean, updated, and owners are committed to family! https://www.facebook.com/386729578057142/videos/252651962545687/

  4. Woodchip is a great family campground! Owners are fantastic. I would highly recommend this place to anyone. Many activities for children and a beautiful pool!!

  5. I would love to nominate Woodchip Campground in Byron Center. It is an amazing campground for families! They have fun activities, a bounce pillow and swimming pool. Please add them to your list.

  6. One of our long-time favorites is Woodchip Campground in Byron Center. It is just outside GR and provides easy access to the lakeshore, shopping, downtown, & surrounding areas. It provides the perfect low-stress getaway for families, with a wide variety of leisure activities (beautiful pool area, modern playground, bounce pillow, free crafts, volleyball, basketball, gaga ball, horseshoes, four square, a newly renovated camp store and even free rootbeer floats!) We love this hide-away close to the city, and have made lots of fun family memories there. It can serve as a convenient home-base to explore West Michigan, or provide a relaxing getaway, without ever leaving the campground.

  7. Kevin Houseman

    We love camping at woodchip campground located in Byron Center. It has tons of family fun activities to enjoy. Easy to get to being just west of 131, and just 15 minutes south of Grand Rapids. It is also just 1.5 miles from Kent trails for biking and walking.

  8. Woodchip Campground! Lots of fun features on site and easy access to inland lakes, Lake Mich, and all of the downtown GR attractions and dining! Great staff and amenities.

  9. Woodchip Campgrounds in Byron Center Michigan. They are affordable and very family friendly. They have so many fun things to do as a family that are included in the price of staying. They have a glow ride at night, a craft to do together, a foam party during the day, and root beer floats to enjoy!

    https://woodchipcampground.com/

  10. Woods and waters in white cloud is my favorite as a child and now a mom. Weekend themes are super fun for kids!.

  11. Thank you for your article. All campgrounds is awesome
    My family has a camping trip to Saginaw Country Park last summer. This campsite is home to 151 sites located near a small lake. The lake has several features that make it awesome for swimmers; one of them is the sandy beach. Some of the amazing activities my son and my daughter can engage hayrides.les.

  12. Kibby Creek Campground | Ludington
    Located in the countryside between Ludington and Pentwater and a mile from Lake Michigan. We have both shaded and grassy sites that can accommodate tents, pop-ups, trailers, fifth wheels, and motor homes. We have a swimming pool, fishing ponds, playground, kids barrel train, mini golf, arcade, and camp store featuring ice cream, candy, Slush Puppies and more! A family favorite for decades. Now with more restrooms and beautifully remodeled restrooms!

  13. If you’re departing in the morning from Harwich the Riva Bar is great for a morning coffee and
    also to read your morning pieces of paper. For a mid-morning snack,
    head for the Taste restaurant. Hot meals are available
    including pies, cereal, sandwiches and salads geared to all ages and tastes.

    On the afternoon sailing from Attach of Holland the Taste eating place is open throughout, along with
    hot food available. On the other hand, have an afternoon tea or
    maybe alcoholic beverage in the Riva nightclub, Taste wine bar as well as sundeck bar.

    The Metro restaurant offers a delicious a la carte menu.

    What better way to begin your trip when compared with by tucking
    into a delicious meal at the Metropolitan diner where you can enjoy
    the relaxed mood of our onboard restaurant just where you’re sure to enjoy the outstanding “at seat service”.

    Following your meal, retire on the Riva Bar where you can delight in an after dinner beverage.
    For a full menu (including continental dishes) visit the Tastes restaurant.
    Following your meals why not have a drink in the Taste wine bar?

    The following morning, start the day the proper way:
    treat yourself to buffet morning meal at the Metropolitan before you disembark.
    Choose from a mouth-watering array including full
    English lunch, fresh pastries, cereal, fat free yogurt and fruit.

  14. Melody Marotta

    Campers Cove in Alpena is a great campground for kids..right on the Thunder Bay River. They have an indoor pool for rainy days. .a water trampoline on the river..putt putt golf..tri-wheeled bike rentals…paddle boat, pontoon and fishing boat rentals. Activities for the kids on holiday weekends and “train rides” for the kiddos. They have cabins to rent or campers to rent as well. Should be added to the list.

  15. You missed mentioning Triponds Campground. This is an absolute favorite of ours. Mini golf, paddle boarding, fishing ponds, jump pad, petting /walking goats …. It is awesome!

  16. Absolutely love Lake Leelanau RV Park – despite the name it takes all types from tents to motor homes- the campground is on the Leelanau peninsula and sits right on Lake Leelanau – tons of families, beautiful area – we grew up camping there and is a favorite to return to every year

  17. The discription for River Ridge Resort is actually River Ridge Campground in Breckenridge MI. This is a very kid friendly park.

  18. How about Logan hills campground in Hale Michigan! It’s family friendly on the water and in the woods! Beautiful sunsets and peaceful getaway where kids can ride bikes and play safely

  19. Port Crescent State Park, in Port Austin is one of our favorites! We go there every summer! You can get beautiful sites right on the beach and the sunset is incredible! Awesome place for kids and right down the road from Caseville.

  20. Melissa Marowelli

    It’s been YEARS since we’ve been to Stony Haven…we tent camped in the back 40 there back in the day.
    Our kids LOVE Mackinac Mill Creek just outside of Mackinac City…I’ve been going there since I was a kid. 🙂

  21. Just bought a pop up camper that we are excited about. Most of the state parks and Pioneer Park are already booked for Memorial Day weekend. Any suggestions on where we could try to get in that weekend? Thanks!!

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

    1. 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.

        1. I agr4 Julie I think of sleeping in a tent in the woods, no running water just “roughing it”. But we all have different opinions. We went to a camp ground in Manton that was really nice an peaceful. If in the UP the 2hearted river is great. We got lost getting to the sites since the GPS stopped working though.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

    1. 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.

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