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Silver Lake Resort & Camp is known for wonderful service, clean facilities, and super friendly. It’s a great spot for first-timers and seasoned campers. We’re only a hour and half drive from the Grand Rapids area.

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.

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Under the Bridge (Camps in the Lower Peninsula)

Aloha State Campground, Cheyboygan

  • Near Cheboygan . . . on Mullett Lake and access to other rivers and lakes. Very nice and clean.

Campers Cove RV Park & Canoe Livery, Alpena

  • 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.

Charles Mears State Park, Pentwater

  • My family camps here every year. It’s got the cute downtown, great beach, and a small-town atmosphere. Hard to get into, though.

Covenant Hills Camp and Retreat, Otisville

  • 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.

DH Day, Glen Arbor

  • A slightly more rugged camping experience for those wishing to check out Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Diamond Lake Camp County Park, Newaygo

  • Diamond Lake campground has been a good stand-by when we want to be close to the North Country Trail.

Duke Creek, Cedar Springs

  • Duke Creek in Cedar Springs, and no, it’s not the one on the highway. It’s tucked in the woods so it feels like you’re up north, yet I can still go to work downtown. Love the pool.

Dunes Harbor Family Camp, Silver Lake

  • 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 and RV Park, Pentwater

  • 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!

Hungry Horse Campground, Dorr

  • 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

  • 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!

Kibby Creek Campground, Ludington

  • 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!

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.

Lakeside Camp Park, Cedar Springs

  • 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!!

Logan Hills Campground, Hale

  • It’s family friendly on the water and in the woods! Beautiful sunsets and peaceful getaway where kids can ride bikes and play safely.

Ludington State Park

  • 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.

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).

Muskegon State Park

  • Muskegon State Park is right on Lake Michigan and it feels like you have the whole beach to yourself!

Orchard Beach State Park, Manistee

  • 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.

Pioneer Park, Muskegon

  •  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.

Platte River Campground, Honor

  • 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!

Poncho’s Pond RV Park, Ludington

  • Very family-friendly, lots of activities for the kids and has outdoor AND indoor pools (for those rainy days).

Port Crescent State Park, Port Austin

  • 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.

River Ridge Campground, Breckenridge

  • 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.

Salmon Run Campground, Grant

  • 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!

Sandy Pines, Hopkins

  • 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 Resort & Campground

  • Silver Lake has our founder Melody hooked!

Stony Haven, New Era 

  • It’s a great little campground, especially for kids! We’ve gone since our girls were babies – it’s our favorite place! Campsites or cabins.

Taylor’s Beach Campground, Howell

  • 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.

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. 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!

TriPonds Family Camp Resort, Allegan

  • 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 Golf Course & Campground, Alto

  • 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 Campground, Greenville

  •  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.

Whispering Surf Campground, Pentwater

  • 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.

Yogi Bear Jellystone Park, Silver 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. 

Yogi Bear Jellystone Park, South Haven

  • 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, Boyne City

  • 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

  • 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, Crystal Falls

  • 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.

Mouth of Two Hearted River, Newberry

  • 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.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Paradise

  • 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.

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  1. Solhim Lohan May 2, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

    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.

  2. Andrea Kowatch April 13, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Where can you tent camp for under $20 with a family?

  3. Megan Lundin June 1, 2017 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    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!

  4. food delivery Holland June 1, 2017 at 6:15 am - Reply

    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.

  5. Melody Marotta June 10, 2016 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    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.

  6. Vicki May 31, 2016 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Taylors Beach Campground in Howell is a great place for kids.

  7. Vicki May 31, 2016 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Taylor’s Beach Campground in Howell is a great place for kids.

  8. Kelly May 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Jellystone in South Haven is amazing. Activities planned for the kids everyday!

  9. Miriam May 20, 2016 at 7:12 am - Reply

    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!

  10. Adeline April 16, 2016 at 6:46 am - Reply

    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

  11. Mark April 7, 2016 at 9:07 pm - Reply

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

  12. Stacey March 14, 2016 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    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

  13. Emily Lewis June 27, 2015 at 10:48 am - Reply

    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.

  14. Melissa Marowelli June 23, 2015 at 8:37 am - Reply

    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. 🙂

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  18. Lacie Heethuis-Roy via Facebook May 21, 2015 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Amber Tatro Jason Tatro we should go to some of these

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  21. Sara Yonkers via Facebook May 21, 2015 at 7:33 am - Reply

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  22. Elizabeth Marie via Facebook May 21, 2015 at 6:11 am - Reply

    we go to salmon run in grant ,mi. Its great for kids!

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  26. Jenny May 11, 2015 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    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!!

  27. Barbara January 24, 2015 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    River ridge is on the Muskegon river.

  28. Cindy Fredrickson January 20, 2015 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Bewabic State Park is wonderful place to camp in the U.P. A wonderful place, we go a couple times a year.

  29. Christie Heidger May 18, 2014 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Covenant Hills in Otisville is awesome for families!

  30. Tara August 14, 2012 at 12:05 am - Reply

    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.

  31. JulieB July 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm - Reply

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

  32. Lisa July 25, 2012 at 7:30 am - Reply

    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!

  33. Jenni July 24, 2012 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    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.

  34. Pioneer Park! Muskegon , Right on Lake MI!

  35. Julie Nietling July 20, 2012 at 2:59 am - Reply

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

    • Melody July 20, 2012 at 6:27 am - Reply

      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.

      • Julie Nietling July 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm - Reply

        Cool! Thanks!

        • Erin March 12, 2015 at 6:37 am - Reply

          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.

  36. anna July 19, 2012 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    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.

  37. Mandi Eden via Facebook July 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Young state park is the BEST.

  38. Darci July 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm - Reply

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

  39. Janna Anderson via Facebook July 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    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.

  40. Janna Anderson via Facebook July 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    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.

  41. Janna Anderson via Facebook July 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    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.

  42. Nikki Derocher Cowles via Facebook July 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Orchard beach is beautiful, been there a few times.

  43. Nikki Derocher Cowles via Facebook July 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Orchard beach is beautiful, been there a few times.

  44. Nikki Derocher Cowles via Facebook July 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Orchard beach is beautiful, been there a few times.

  45. Kristi July 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    We’re headed to Wabasis tomorrow. So excited 🙂

  46. Sarah A. July 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    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.

  47. Tracy Stoll via Facebook July 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm - Reply

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

  48. Tracy Stoll via Facebook July 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm - Reply

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

  49. Tracy Stoll via Facebook July 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm - Reply

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

  50. Katy Austin via Facebook July 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    I agree Jason but it is always full!

  51. Jason StClair via Facebook July 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm - Reply

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

  52. Melissa Freeman via Facebook July 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Has anyone camped at Tyler Creek in Alto?

    • Tracy Wolfe July 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      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.

      • lilly fox August 4, 2015 at 1:21 pm - Reply

        it sounds really fun

  53. Corey Balkon via Facebook July 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    All great campgrounds

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