50+ Best Michigan Campgrounds: State Parks, RV Parks, Glamping & More

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The Best Campgrounds in Michigan

It’s hard to beat Michigan campgrounds! Our state’s picturesque lakes, incredible outdoor activities, and wide range of destinations make camping in Michigan one of the best ways to experience a Michigan summer vacation.

Choose to pitch your tent – or park your rig – in one of many state parks, national parks, or privately owned campgrounds. And give your family the outdoor getaway you will be talking about for years.

Ludington State Park campground - camping in Michigan at Beechwood Campground
Ludington State Park – Beechwood Campground

Use this extensive list of recommended campgrounds in Michigan to discover your family’s next camping destination!

How to Book Campgrounds in Michigan

Booking campgrounds in Michigan can take a bit of persistence – and luck! Popular locations often fill up as soon as the booking calendar opens. Be prepared, and know how to use the system if you are trying to get reservations after the window has opened.

Booking instructions vary by campground type. The first step is deciding on the type of campground you’d like to stay at.

Options include:

  • Michigan State Park Campgrounds
  • Michigan National Parks Campgrounds
  • Private Campgrounds in Michigan
  • Municipal Michigan Campgrounds
  • Michigan State Forest Campgrounds
Duke Creek Campground Cedar Springs Michigan Pool
Duke Creek Campground – Cedar Springs, MI

Continue reading for tips on booking sites at the various types of campgrounds in Michigan.

While you’re in planning mode, learn about the best camping hacks.

Happy camping in Michigan!

Booking Campsites at the Different Types of Campgrounds in Michigan

Ok, campers! You’ve got your gear, now you just need a place to go!

Campsite reservations are specific to your camping gear. Before you book your campground in Michigan, you need to know how long your RV is, how big your tent is, how many people are camping with you, and the desired dates of your trip.

1 – Booking Sites at Michigan State Park Campgrounds

The Michigan State Park system is a fantastic network of parks and campgrounds. Over 100 state parks blanket the upper and lower peninsula, providing unparalleled access to nature for everyone.

State parks range in amenities and attractions. Some offer boating experiences, others have unique activities like the zipline adventure or ice skating trail through the woods in Muskegon. Some state parks, like the White Pine Trail, are bike paths.

Needless to say, not all State Parks offer camping in Michigan.

Michigan campgrounds include state parks like Ludington State Park.
Big Sable Lighthouse – Ludington State Park

How to Make Michigan State Park Camping Reservations

The state parks that do offer camping, campsites, harbor slips and backcountry campsites can be reserved 6 months in advance (new inventory becomes available Monday through Friday at 8 AM and Saturday and Sunday at 9 AM.)

Many of the coveted campground spots book up instantly when the reservation window opens. You need to put this time and date in your calendar, have your account open and updated with payment info, and be ready to reserve.

It’s a good idea to have multiple people in your camping party trying to get through at the same time – especially if you have several groups that want to camp together.

Book sites online at MiDNRReservations.com or call 1-800-44-PARKS to make a reservation.

Favorite State Park Campgrounds in Michigan

If You Miss the Reservation Window

All hope is not lost! Michigan’s reservation system allows you to set up notifications so you are emailed if/when a camping spot opens up.

The email notification goes out to all people who have set up the alert for that campground and time – the first one to book the site gets it. So don’t delay when you get a notification because the site won’t last long.

You are allowed to set up several notifications (the max is five).

Michigan Recreation Passport

If you love exploring Michigan’s State Parks, do yourself a favor and get a Michigan Recreation Passport when you renew your license plates through the secretary of state.

For Michigan residents, the cost is $14. You park for free and get into all of Michigan’s State Parks and Recreation Areas all year long.

You can buy a Recreation Pass at State Park entrance stations for around $18 (+ an occasional $5 convenience fee).

Non-residents can purchase online. Their website states processing can take up to two weeks. So be sure to purchase ahead of time if you’re planning to purchase online.

2 – Making Reservations at National Parks Campgrounds in Michigan

Michigan has several National Parks that offer camping. National Parks Campgrounds are operated by the National Park Service (NPS) and reservations are made through the recreation.gov website.

Michigan campgrounds operated by NPS include:

Walking to beach from DH Day Campground Sleeping Bear Dunes
Walking to beach from DH Day Campground – Sleeping Bear Dunes

Drive-in camping reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance at recreation.gov (or call 1-877-444-6777).

DH Day Campground in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

These campgrounds 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.

3 – Reserving Campsites at Municipal Campgrounds

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 and can be easier to get into.

You will need to contact the individual campground to make a reservation. The best way is often by phone, as online booking is not always available.

Please note: Reservation policies vary from campground to campground.

4 – Private Campground Reservations

Private Campgrounds may be owned and operated by individuals or franchises. These campgrounds often offer the most amenities, like swimming pools, Wi-Fi, and family activities.

KOA and Jellystone Parks are examples of private campgrounds in Michigan.

Covert South Haven KOA Holiday campground
Covert South Haven KOA Campground

Reservations can often be made online well in advance of your visit. Sign up for loyalty programs to take advantage of brand perks and discounts.

5 – Making Reservations for Michigan State Forest Campgrounds

If you’re the whimsical type and like to camp when the mood strikes, Michigan State Forest campgrounds might be your cup of tea.

This rustic Michigan campground experience is found throughout the Upper Peninsula and the Northern Lower Peninsula and typically offers river or lake access.

State Forest Campgrounds are inexpensive – most are $20 a night.

There is no electricity at the state forest campgrounds in Michigan and facilities include vault toilets and hand pumps for potable water.

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

Southwest Michigan Campgrounds

South Haven campgrounds are included in the Southwest Michigan campground region.

Expect state parks with sand beaches and dunes, RV parks, glamping options, inland lakes, rustic retreats and more.

Kal-Haven Outpost

0500 Co Rd 687, South Haven, MI 49090

Camping in Michigan at Kal-Haven Outpost:

Bring your bikes, this campground is located on the fabulous Kal-Haven trail that links South Haven and Kalamazoo.

From rustic tent sites to drive-thru RV sites, they have a variety of site options. They even have cabins and vacation homes.

Known for friendly service, clean grounds, a general store with ice cream, and a wonderful bathhouse, families love to camp here.

In addition to being next to the Kal-Haven trail, they're also close to South Haven for activities, like the Lake Arvesta waterpark.

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Black River Trails Campground

68840 8th Ave, South Haven, MI 49090

Camping in Michigan at Black River Trails Campground:

Black River Trails Campground is a fantastic sanctuary for nature lovers and people that want to escape to the woods.

Located on the banks of the Black River Heritage Water Trail and across the street from the Black River Preserve, the campground offers a range of activities, from hiking and fishing to kayaking and stargazing around the campfire.

Campers enjoy the nice showers and bathrooms and the quiet, clean campground. They have a small camp store.

Riverside sites are available!

Come discover the joys of old-time camping at Black River Trails Campground.

Bonus: Enjoy a river trip with their on-site kayak rentals.

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Yogi Bear Jellystone Park - South Haven

03403 64th St, South Haven, MI 49090

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.

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Van Buren State Park

23960 Ruggles Rd, South Haven, MI 49090

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.

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Covert/South Haven KOA Holiday

39397 M-140 Hwy, Covert, MI 49043

Camping in Michigan at Covert/South Haven KOA Holiday:

The South Haven KOA is only 10-15 minutes away from six popular beaches in the area.

Perfect for families, the campground features an awesome splash pad with a water slide and a nice pool.

Also find a trampoline basketball court, rock climbing wall, gem mining, fishing, craft time, blueberry picking, volleyball, gaga ball and other fun activities.

Want a quick meal or snack? Order pizza or snacks from the cafe and have it delivered directly to your campsite.

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Sharp Park Campground

8551 Deep Lake Rd, Middleville, MI 49333

Camping in Michigan at Sharp Park Campground:

Located on beautiful Turner Lake in Yankee Springs Township in Middleville, Michigan.

Campground has a beach for swimming, hiking trails, fishing and kayaking on a small no wake lake.

Surrounded by multiple small towns that offer events and attractions year-round.

There is a campground office/store that offers slushies, ice cream, popcorn, novelties, and camping necessities. We sell ice and firewood as well and will even deliver the firewood to your campsite.


Kayak, Canoe, Fishing Boat and Paddleboat Rental

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Melville's 7 Lakes Family Campground

14701 96th Van Buren St, Lawton, MI 49333

Camping in Michigan at Melville's 7 Lakes Family Campground:

A beautiful country setting campground with fishing and boating on six connected lakes. Small, nice beach area.

When available, we offer both primitive and water/electric sites.

Melville's Campground is family owned and operated.

To get on our waiting list for a seasonal site please call 269-353-5852 or 269-312-0262.

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Warren Dunes State Park

12032 Red Arrow Hwy, Sawyer, MI 49125

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.

Warren Dunes State Park campground has two campgrounds. Mt. Randall Campground is the modern/dune campground. It has185 electric hookup campsites, 24 rustic sites and 3 mini-cabins. Modern bathroom facilities (hot showers, flush toilets) and a sanitation dump station is available.

The other campground's (called semi-modern) site amenities are just water and vault toilets.

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Riverfront Park Campground

1701 Pucker St, Niles, MI 49120

Camping in Michigan at Riverfront Park Campground:

Get ready to discover a hidden gem! This amazing campground in Niles is tucked away in the woods right on Dowagiac River. You'll be thrilled to find spacious sites that offer plenty of room for parking, picnicking, grilling, and gathering around the fire pit. But that's just the beginning!

This campground also boasts a sandy beach, private lake, playground, fishing, volleyball, kayaking, and many more fun activities that will keep the whole family entertained and smiling from ear to ear. Get ready for a fantastic outdoor adventure that you'll never forget!

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Fuller's Resort & Campground

1622 East Clear Lake Rd, Buchanan, MI 49107

Camping in Michigan at Fuller's Resort & Campground:

Nestled in Buchanan, MI, Fuller's campground occupies a picturesque 80 acres surrounding the crystal-clear waters of Clear Lake.

Take advantage of the expansive 400-foot stretch of sandy beachfront, tranquil wooded environs, and charming country store pavilion.

Come experience the joy of spending quality time with loved ones while relishing in the simple pleasures of campfires, sunshine, sand, and water at Fuller's.

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Oak Shores Resort Campground

13496 S 28th St, Vicksburg, MI 49097

Camping in Michigan at Oak Shores Resort Campground:

We are a clean, quiet family campground in a rural setting. The campground is nestled under beautiful mature oak trees on Thrall Lake. Many campers enjoy fishing from the lake shore and the fishing pond.

If you are looking for relaxation, nature or entertainment with family and friends, this is the place to be! Some of the activities kids will enjoy are swimming, playing on the “big ship” in the playground, fishing and frog hunting, riding bikes and making new friends.

Parents enjoy playing a friendly game of corn hole, nature walks, swimming and relaxing with family and friends.

Come enjoy summer with us and start building amazing memories!!

65 Full Hook-up sites
Lakeside, Wooded or Sunny sites available
Heated Swimming Pool
Picnic Tables & Fire Rings on every site
Nature Trails

We are about half way between Chicago and Detroit, and less than half hour to Kalamazoo.

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Roberts Corey Lake Campground

10705 Corey Lake Rd, Three Rivers, MI 49093

Camping in Michigan at Roberts Corey Lake Campground:

You'll have a blast camping, boating, and fishing at Roberts Corey Lake Campground in Three Rivers.

For those who love to explore the water, dock rentals are available for both boats and jet skis. You can also enjoy the convenience of campsites with water and sewer hookups. If you're lucky enough to catch a fish, don't worry - they have a fish shack on site where you can clean your catch and cook it over the fire.

It's the perfect place to unwind and create unforgettable memories with family and friends!

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Brush Creek Campground

66839 52nd St, Lawrence, MI 49064

Camping in Michigan at Brush Creek Campground:

Brush Creek Campground is the place for you if you're looking for a small, family friendly campground where you can relax and make memories with family and friends.

Fishermen & women will love the creek fishing, shaded trails for hiking, modern bath houses and pets are welcome.

Visit the clubhouse to play foosball, ping-pong, darts and more.

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Camp Michiwana

6475 Wilkins Rd, Hastings, MI 49058

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.

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Dune Lake Campground

80855 Co Rd 376, Coloma, MI 49038

Camping in Michigan at Dune Lake Campground:

Located in Coloma between St. Joseph and South Haven you will find Dune Lake Campground. They are a family and pet friendly campground that offers 51 modern sites with 20 or 30 amp electrical service and water, as well as 26 primitive sites. We also have two rustic cabins with park grills, electric, and outdoor water.

We have a one acre SWIM ONLY lake as well as many themed weekends and other activities for families to enjoy. There are many attractions in the area, from the many beautiful Lake Michigan beaches, to golf courses, fruit farms, and wine tours.

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KOA Coloma/St. Joseph

3527 Coloma Rd, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

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.

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Fort Custer Recreation Area

5163 Fort Custer Dr, Augusta, MI 49012

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.

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Dumont Lake Family Campground

3106 125th Ave, Allegan, MI 49010

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.

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Tri Ponds Family Camp Resort

3687 Dumont Rd, Allegan, MI 49010

Camping in Michigan at Tri Ponds Family Camp Resort:

This family owned and operated campground that will keep the whole family happy with activities like a salt water pool, swimming ponds, rec room, mini golf, fishing, playground and splash pad.

Parents will also enjoy the spacious sites, cabins, cottages, and the fireside café.

Bonus: Firewood will be delivered right to your site.

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Markin Glen County Park

5300 North Westnedge, Kalamazoo, MI 49004

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.

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West Michigan Campgrounds

Right now the battle for best Campgrounds in Michigan is going to West Michigan. They have an extensive list of places to go camping on Lake Michigan, Michigan State campgrounds and private campgrounds.

These top five West Michigan campgrounds are just a taste of what’s out there.

Want to see them all? Check out the full list of amazing West Michigan Campgrounds.

Duke Creek Campground

15190 White Creek Ave NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Camping in Michigan at Duke Creek Campground:

Duke Creek is 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. I love the pool.

-Hayrides, Heated swimming pool (Memorial day through Labor Day)
-Horses to rent and ride
-Sunday School
-FREE Wifi, Indoor game room (pool table, ping pong table, corn hole)
-36 acres to walk, ride bike, bring your own golf cart!
-Natural woods & stream for exploring and adventure fishing in official trout stream (license required)
-Dogs Welcome (No Aggressive Breeds, ALL Dogs Must Remain on Leash or in Kennel when outside)
-Basketball, Tetherball, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Modern laundry facilities
-Huge playground with swings, slides, monkey bars, soccer net, teeter totter basketball court
-Propane tanks filled, Firewood

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Sandy Pines

2745 136th Ave, Hopkins, MI 49328

Camping in Michigan at Sandy Pines:

Sandy Pines has endless activities and amenities and is truly like a small city.

Families love the 4 large heated pools, splash pad, general store, mini golf, activities, movie nights and ropes course.

Golf carts are everywhere as the main form of transportation.

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 as the campground is one of the larger campgrounds in West Michigan.

They offer clean, level sites - all with water and electric - which makes 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 also offer properties to purchase where owners visit long-term year after year.

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Yankee Springs Recreation Area

2104 S. Briggs Rd, Middleville, MI 49333

Camping in Michigan at Yankee Springs Recreation Area:

Yankee Springs is great for water sports like swimming, fishing and boating. Situated on Gun Lake, this state park is near nine lakes for endless water rec.

Yankee Springs is also a great first timer campground. It's small with a nice (shallow) beach for little kids and lots of hiking.

**Due to a structural fire, the Gun Lake campground contact station is closed. Both Gun Lake and Deep Lake campers are asked to check in at the welcome center located at the Gun Lake day-use entrance.**

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Duck Creek RV Resort - Muskegon

1155 W Riley Thompson Rd, Muskegon, MI 49445

Camping in Michigan at Duck Creek RV Resort - Muskegon:

Duck Creek RV Resort is a gated place for RV camping directly across the street from Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park!

The paved RV sites are large and surrounded by grass. You can also stay in a camping cabin (they sleep 6 and start at $195 a night).

If you camp here, you get a ton of amenities: Saturday night hayrides, a jumping pillow, deluxe mini golf, a huge playground, a private lake with a beach and swimming area, large swimming pool, and a large hot tub, to name a few.

Their new retractable roof waterpark, Aquasis Water Park, is now open. You will enjoy an activity pool, not-so-lazy river, 5 water slides, outdoor adult relaxation spa that's all included with your stay.

Cabana rentals available - they include food and drink delivered from the Campfire Grill.

Their Snack Shack serves pizza and more.

Themed Halloween weekends are also offered.

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Charles Mears State Park

400 West Lowell St, Pentwater, MI 49449

Camping in Michigan at Charles Mears State Park:

Scoring a summer camping reservation at Mears State Park in Pentwater, MI, is an accomplishment to be proud of!

If you are lucky enough to get a reservation here, you'll be camping very close to the sugar sand beach and the adorable downtown.

Families love to hike up Mt Baldy, spend afternoons fishing from the pier, and eat ice cream in the city center.

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Dune Town Camp Resort (Formerly Yogi Bear's Jellystone - Silver Lake)

8239 West Hazel Rd, Silver Lake, MI 49436

Camping in Michigan at Dune Town Camp Resort (Formerly Yogi Bear's Jellystone - Silver Lake):

Get ready for an extraordinary camping experience at Dune Town Camp Resort! Whether you're a first-time camper or a seasoned adventurer, this place has something for everyone.

If you're not into tent camping or don't own a camper, they've got you covered with their fantastic duplex and cabin rentals.

With so many fun activities available, there's never a dull moment at this resort.

You can take a dip in the heated swimming pool, challenge your friends to a game of ping pong, or relax and watch a movie on site.

Plus, the playground and rec room are perfect for keeping the little ones entertained.

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Dunes Harbor Family Camp

2722 North Ridge Rd, Silver Lake, MI 49436

Camping in Michigan at Dunes Harbor Family Camp:

Dunes Harbor Family Camp is a waterfront campground on a secluded woodland harbor located minutes from Silver Lake, Michigan, and the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

Family activities like movie night, guided hikes, and yard games are common.

The heated pool, waterslide, and splash area are popular along with the playground and kayak rental spot.

Campground Stats:
60 waterfront campsites, 136 Full Hook-Up Sites, 24 Water/Electric Sites.

They also offer Rental RVs and Cabins

This campground is a ministry of Grace Adventures and is a Christian family campground.

They ask all guests to adhere to certain rules and policies. Please familiarize yourself with them before booking.

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Northern Michigan Campgrounds

There are so many options when it comes to up-north camping. From lakeshore to inland camping, you will be hard-pressed to find a campground that doesn’t offer what you need.

Up-north camping offers the beauty of the Michigan landscape, while still being closer to home.

Private Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

5005 Long Rapids Rd, Alpena, MI 49707

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

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: 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, and mini-golf.

Guests are invited to rent tri-wheeled bike, paddleboats, pontoon, and fishing boats during your stay.

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.

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State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

2280 Boyne City Rd, Boyne City, MI 49712

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

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: 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.

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State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

4347 Third St, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: 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.

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National Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

9922 Front St, Empire, MI 49630

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

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: 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.

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National Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

8000 W Harbor Hwy, Glen Arbor, MI 49636

Campground Amenities: Family Activities, Tent Sites, RV Sites

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: 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.

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Private Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

577 Everett Trail, Hale, MI 48739

Campground Amenities: Beach, Playground, Laundry, Camp Store, Paddle Rentals, Modern Restrooms

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: 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.

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State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

6635 State Park Dr, Indian River, MI 49749

Campground Amenities: Beach, Tent Sites, RV Sites

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: 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.

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State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

4167 M-137, Interlochen, MI 49643

Campground Amenities: Beach

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: 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.

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Private Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

7182 US 131 South NE, Kalkaska, MI 49646

Campground Amenities: Camp Store, Modern Restrooms, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: Rapid River Campground and Cabins:

Rapid River Campground is true up north camping. You are sure to see tons of wildlife and nature in this campground.

They offer a variety of campsite options including rustic sites, modern sites, modern cabin rentals and rustic cabin rentals.

Get outdoors and enjoy nature and make memories that last forever at Rapid River.

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Private Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

3101 S Lake Shore Dr, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653

Campground Amenities: Beach, Playground, Laundry, Family Activities

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: Lake Leelanau RV Park:

Despite the name it offers all types of camping from tents to motor homes – they even offer a two bedroom cottage for rent.

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.

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Private Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

4900 W. Deren Rd, Ludington, MI 49431

Campground Amenities: Pool, Playground, Laundry, Camp Store, Family Activities, Putt Putt, Modern Restrooms, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: Kibby Creek:

Tucked between Ludington and Pentwater you'll find Kibby Creek.

Kibby Creek will bring back all the memories of camping as a kid, but with the modern amenities of the 21st century! It's the perfect place to splash around in one of their three pools or take a dip into the hot tub after a day of hiking adventures.

You'll find their camp store is packed with a little bit of everything you may (or may not) need. There are so many memories to be made at their ice cream parlor, in the cafe and at their camp hosted events. Kibby Creek prides itself on being the ultimate camping experience.

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Private Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

9730 US Hwy 23, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

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

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping:

Stay at Mackinaw Mill Creek, on your 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!

Enjoy 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.

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).

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State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

2064 N. Lakeshore Rd, Manistee, MI 49660

Campground Amenities: Pool, Family Activities, Hiking Trails, Modern Restrooms, Cabin Rentals

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: Orchard Beach State Park:

Orchard Beach offers amazing bluff views of the sunset over Lake Michigan. Located in a small town, they offer great biking on M22, and is a nice wooded campground.

While the beach is not really family-friendly and currently not accessible for the 2024 season due to erosion, you can head south about five minutes to Fifth Avenue Beach. You will find a beach house with clean bathrooms and a picnic shelter tables if you want to take a break from the sun.

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State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

3622 N. M-211, Onaway, MI 49765

Campground Amenities: Beach, Playground, Hiking Trails, Modern Restrooms, Cabin Rentals

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: Onaway State Park:

One of Michigan's oldest state parks! Try to get a spot on the water to make your experience 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.

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Private Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

5807 Ridge Rd, Pentwater, MI 49449

Campground Amenities: Playground, Family Activities, Putt Putt, Hiking Trails, Modern Restrooms, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals, Glamping

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat Center:

Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat is a family and group campground offering a positive Christian camping experience.

They offer RV sites (with 50/30/20 electric and water hookups), cabins and platform “glamping” tents.

Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat is in the beautiful woods along the sand dunes.

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State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

2475 M-119 Hwy, Petoskey, MI 49770

Campground Amenities: Beach, Playground, Camp Store, Paddle Rentals, Bike Rentals, Hiking Trails, Modern Restrooms, Tent Sites, RV Sites

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: 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.

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State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

5001 US-23 North, Rogers City, MI 49779

Campground Amenities: Beach, Playground, Hiking Trails, Modern Restrooms, Cabin Rentals

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: 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 runs along the Lake Huron shoreline and connects the park to the Huron Sunrise Trail, which stretches from Rogers City to the world's largest open pit limestone mine.

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Private Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

4050 Hammond Rd East, Traverse City, MI 49686

Campground Amenities: Pool, Camp Store, Family Activities, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals, Glamping

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: 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.

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State Park Campgrounds in Northern Michigan

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

Campground Amenities: Beach, Playground, Paddle Rentals, Family Activities, Hiking Trails, Modern Restrooms, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Campgrounds in Northern Michigan: 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!

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Upper Peninsula Campgrounds in Michigan

Say “Ya,” to Camping in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!

It feels as if you’re a world away and immersed in natural beauty.

If you like camping with kids, give one of these Upper Peninsula Camping spots a try – it’s a real treat!

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 favs in the comments so we can add them to our list!

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

Municipal Park Campgrounds in Upper Peninsula Michigan

Township Campgrounds, Beaver Island, MI 49782

Campground Amenities: Beach

Upper Peninsula Michigan Camping 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.

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State Park Campgrounds in Upper Peninsula Michigan

15223 US Hwy 41, Copper Harbor, MI 49918

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

Upper Peninsula Michigan Camping 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.

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State Park Campgrounds in Upper Peninsula Michigan

720 Idlewild Rd, Crystal Falls, MI 49920

Campground Amenities: Beach, Playground, Hiking Trails

Upper Peninsula Michigan Camping 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.

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Municipal Park Campgrounds in Upper Peninsula Michigan

E8518 M-28 West, Munising, MI 49862

Campground Amenities: Tent Sites, RV Sites

Upper Peninsula Michigan Camping 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.

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State Forest Campgrounds in Upper Peninsula Michigan

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

Campground Amenities: Tent Sites

Upper Peninsula Michigan Camping 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.

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State Park Campgrounds in Upper Peninsula Michigan

41382 W M 123, Paradise, MI 49768

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

Upper Peninsula Michigan Camping 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.

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Southeast Michigan Campgrounds

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

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

State Park Campgrounds in Eastern Michigan

8100 Grange Hall Rd, Holly, MI 48442

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

Eastern Michigan Camping 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.

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Central Michigan Campgrounds

Central Michigan camping is a great option for out-of-state visitors. If you don’t want all the travel time, but still want to camp in Michigan, this area offers the beauty of Michigan without the extra travel time.

Private Campgrounds in Central Michigan

1989 West Pine River Rd, Breckenridge, MI 48615

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

Central Michigan Camping 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.

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Private Campgrounds in Central Michigan

140 Lane 201 Barton Lake, Fremont, MI 46737

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

Central Michigan Camping 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.

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Private Campgrounds in Central Michigan

6197 N. Burkhart Rd, Howell, MI 48855

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

Central Michigan Camping 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.

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State Park Campgrounds in Central Michigan

7835 E. Price Rd, Laingsburg, MI 48848

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

Central Michigan Camping 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.

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Michigan Thumb Area Campgrounds

The Michigan Thumb tends to be overlooked by visitors. Yet, it has a variety of campgrounds to offer and many fabulous and attractive landmarks.

Port Austin, Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse, and Caseville Beach are only a few treasures you’ll come across in the Thumb area.

State Park Campgrounds in Michigan Thumb

7605 Lakeshore Rd, Lakeport, MI 48059

Campground Amenities: Camp Store, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals

Michigan Thumb Camping 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.

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State Park Campgrounds in Michigan Thumb

1775 Port Austin Rd, Port Austin, MI 48467

Campground Amenities: Beach, Playground, Hiking Trails

Michigan Thumb Camping at Port Crescent State Park:

Port Crescent camping is closed for construction for the 2024 season. During construction, visitors can enjoy the park's day-use are.

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.

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Map of Campgrounds in Michigan

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Camping in Michigan With Kids

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.

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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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71 thoughts on “50+ Best Michigan Campgrounds: State Parks, RV Parks, Glamping & More”

  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!


  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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