Michigan Summers are Perfect for Camping
The thought of camping in other states has me curious – do those campgrounds boast picturesque lakes, warm days and cool nights, and plenty of incredible views? Maybe they do, but I may never find out, as I’m still finding plenty of family fun in Michigan year after year. 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.
Camping in Michigan With Kids
Our huge list has over 40 reader-recommended places to take kids camping in Michigan. Did we miss one? Please leave us a comment and tell us where you like to camp!
This post lists reader favorites along with comments about why they love these campgrounds for their families. Some of these facilities are more for RV-camping families, while some are better suited for hardcore campers who leave their technology at home.
Under the Bridge (Camps in the Lower Peninsula)
- Near Cheboygan . . . on Mullett Lake and access to other rivers and lakes. Very nice and clean.
- 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.
- My family camps here every year. It’s got the cute downtown, great beach, and a small-town atmosphere. Hard to get into, though.
- Covenant Hills in Otisville is awesome for families! Being a christian campground, no alcohol is permitted in the campground, and a modest dress code is enforced.
- A slightly more rugged camping experience for those wishing to check out Sleeping Bear Dunes.
- Diamond Lake campground has been a good stand-by when we want to be close to the North Country Trail.
- Duke Creek in Cedar Springs, and no, it’s not the one on the highway. It’s tucked in the woods so it feels like you’re up north, yet I can still go to work downtown. Love the pool.
- 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.
- 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!
- We go to Hungry Horse Campground in Dorr every year! Excellent family camping, close to Grand Rapids, and the kids LOVE it!
- Interlochen State Park is situated between two well-known fishing and swimming lakes, and is across the street from The Interlochen Center for the Arts, that has renowned musicians perform concerts year round. Maybe you can catch a concert while camping!
- Located in the countryside between Ludington and Pentwater and a mile from Lake Michigan. They have a swimming pool, fishing ponds, playground, kids barrel train, mini golf, arcade, and camp store featuring ice cream, candy, Slush Puppies and more!
- 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.
- Lakeside is an awesome campground. You’d be surprised you can’t hear the highway and they do a lot for kids and it is very clean and popular!!
- It’s family friendly on the water and in the woods! Beautiful sunsets and peaceful getaway where kids can ride bikes and play safely.
- I could go on for days why Ludington State Park is so great, it is a must for campers! 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.
- 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).
- Muskegon State Park is right on Lake Michigan and it feels like you have the whole beach to yourself!
- 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.
- We love going to Pioneer Park in Muskegon for a weekend camping trip because it’s close, it’s right on Lake Michigan, and you don’t have to have a reservations.
- Best ever! Super clean grounds, only minutes from Sleepy Bear Dunes, and seconds from the Platte River. There is tubing, canoeing, and kayaking down the river, which ends in Lake Michigan. Nearby biking and hiking trails, and short drives to Traverse City, and Glen Arbor. SO much to do in this area, the list goes on and on. Great for kids!
- Very family-friendly, lots of activities for the kids and has outdoor AND indoor pools (for those rainy days).
- 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.
- 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 a aqua slide! It’s a great place with family activities.
- 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!
- 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.
- Silver Lake has our founder Melody hooked!
- It’s a great little campground, especially for kids! We’ve gone since our girls were babies – it’s our favorite place! Campsites or cabins.
- Affordable family camping with seasonal, overnight, weekly and monthly campsite rentals. It’s a great place for your family and friends to have fun and enjoy time together.
- 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. Being another family favorite campground, make sure to reserve well in advance if you plan on camping during the 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!
- 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.
- Tyler creek has a great creek/pond area for beginner fisherman, a playground, sandbox, volleyball area, all to keep your kids busy. And, its only about a mile away from Boulder Ridge Animal Wildlife Park.
- Wabasis Lake has been a favorite campground in my husband’s family for years. Now we go every summer. It’s a haven for campers, boaters, and nature enthusiasts! The campground is located within Wabasis Lake Park, so bring your hiking boots, there are plenty of trails between the campground and park. But we can’t forget about the large sand beach, boat ramp and fully stocked campground store.
- 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.
- What can I say, it’s a Yogi Bear Campground! If you’ve never been to a Yogi Bear Campground, you need to book your vacation now. So much for the kids to do, they will never want to leave, and beg to come back year after year. Amenities include a large heated pool, kiddie pool with mushroom fountain, arcade, playground, fishing pond, basketball & shuffleboard courts, wagon rides, daily activities, and movies.
- Another Yogi Bear Campground! Jellystone in South Haven is one of the smaller campgrounds, so it’s perfect for first time campers. Activities planned for the kids everyday!
- 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 Review Graphic.
Say Ya to Da U.P. (Camps in the Upper Peninsula)
- 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.
- Bewabic State Park is wonderful place to camp in the U.P. 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.
- If in the U.P. the Two Hearted River is great. First-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. Tents and small trailer use only, and is located on Lake Superior at the mouth of Two-Hearted River.
- 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.