These 30 West Michigan Campgrounds Might be the Best in the State

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West Michigan Campgrounds Are Top-Notch

When people think of campgrounds in Michigan, they often envision woodsy Great Lakes camping.

That’s where West Michigan’s huge backyard comes in.

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With sandy Lake Michigan beaches, inland lakes and rivers, a National Lakeshore, a National Forest, and tons of state parks – it’s no wonder that there are so many West Michigan campgrounds.

Add in its proximity to Grand Rapids and many booming beach towns, and choosing West Michigan campgrounds is almost a no-brainer.

Take a peek at the best of the best campgrounds curated just for you. You never know where your next camping adventure might lead you.

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West Michigan Campgrounds, Listed

These West Michigan campgrounds come in an array of types. Some have huge family fun on site, others are near huge dune adventures or other outdoor recreational activities.

They all have the same incredible backdrop of Michigan’s outdoors.

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Allendale West GR KOA

8275 Warner St, Allendarle Charter Township, MI 49401

Camping in Michigan at Allendale West GR KOA:

Minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan, you'll find the KOA of West Grand Rapids tucked away in Allendale.

There's something for everyone at the KOA of West GR. They pride themselves on having amenities that are unique to the campground.

Grab some friends for a rousing game of Ga-Ga-Ball or settle in for a hayrides on Friday and Saturday nights. The campground even has a small petting zoo with goats!

The KOA of West GR is the perfect place to create lasting memories for years to come.

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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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Lake Michigan Family Campground

5807 Ridge Rd, Pentwater, MI 49449

Camping in Michigan at Lake Michigan Family Campground:

Lake Michigan Family Campground 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 Family Campground is in the beautiful woods along the sand dunes.

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Steamboat Park Campground

825 Taylor St, Jension, MI 49428

Camping in Michigan at Steamboat Park Campground:

Relax and play on the shores of the Grand River at Steamboat Park in Jension.

Steamboat Park has the option of camping right on the shores of the Grand River with many riverfront camping sites or nestled back into the campground.

Unlike most campgrounds in the area, Steamboat Park has its own paddle-wheel riverboat (associated cost for a river cruise)!

Enjoy live music and pack a picnic lunch to make the most of your experience.

With a campground that's been around for seven generations, you know you're bound to have a blast and create lasting memories.

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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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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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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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Ludington State Park

8800 W M-116, Ludington, MI 49431

Camping in Michigan at Ludington State Park:

Ludington State Park is a must for campers and is always in the top campgrounds in Michigan.

Popular activities include 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 to sign up for your summer spot early, though. Like the winter before.

This campground is a favorite for most, spots do fill up quickly, so be ready to reserve six-months in advance.

Big Sable Point Lighthouse sits on Ludington State Park and is a classic Michigan stop.

You can climb to the top of the lighthouse (fee applies). The park features three campgrounds with 360 campsites.

A one-mile stretch of the Big Sable River runs through the park and provides excellent opportunities for fishing and paddling.

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P.J. Hoffmaster State Park

6585 Lake Harbor Rd, Muskegon, MI 49441

Camping in Michigan at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park:

You’ll get amazing panoramic views of Lake Michigan with a unique dune stairway climb at Hoffmaster State Park.

The large, modern campground sits on three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.

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Pioneer Park

1563 N. Scenic Dr, Muskegon, MI 49445

Camping in Michigan at Pioneer Park:

Located on Lake Michigan, this 145 acre park has 2,000 feet of beach frontage. Activities include swimming, tennis, softball and basketball, and more!

They also offer electricity and water at each campsite, modern ADA restrooms and showers, cabin and lodge rental.

Perfect for families, groups, or couples.

Reservations are not required at this campground, so it is perfect for a last minute getaway.

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Hungry Horse Campground

2016 142nd Ave, Dorr, MI 49323

Camping in Michigan at Hungry Horse Campground:

Hungry Horse is a smaller campground, but big on things to do.

With a mile-long list of things to do on-site, you don’t have to leave to find the fun. Always nightly activities and food trucks often come in.

Features a swimming pool, splash pad, three playgrounds, jumping pad, basketball courts, wagon rides, and tons of family activities.

This campground is largely frequented by big RV's and some smaller campers. Tents not uncommon. They have 96 large sites available on 90 acres.

They also offer cabin rentals if tenting or RV-ing aren't your thing.

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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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Silver Lake Resort & Campground

1786 N 34th Ave, Mears, MI 49436

Camping in Michigan at Silver Lake Resort & Campground:

Silver Lake Resort and Campground offers a resort-style stay and is conveniently located only one mile from the sand dunes.

The campground has over 200 campsites and offers both RV sites and campsites for tent camping or cabins for rent.

A playground, catch and release fishing pond, and heated swimming pool will keep the kids busy.

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Hill & Hollow Campground and RV Park

8915 N Business 31, Pentwater, MI 49449

Camping in Michigan at Hill & Hollow Campground and RV Park:

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

And if that's not enough, AJ's Family Fun Center is located right next door to the campground.

They do a great Halloween camping weekend, too.

Their two camping cabins each sleep 5 and contains a refrigerator, microwave, air conditioning, heat and other creature comforts.

The wooded campground is spacious and contains over 200 sites (a mix of walk-up tent sites, water/electric sites, and those with 30 Amp or 50 Amp Full hook ups.)

For many families, staying at this campground in Michigan has become an annual tradition.

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Diamond Lake Camp County Park

3351 N. Mundy Ave, White Cloud, MI 49337

Camping in Michigan at Diamond Lake Camp County Park:

Diamond Lake campground is great for West Michigan families that don't want to drive too far or for campers that want to be close to the North Country Trail.

This wooded Michigan campground is located on Diamond Lake, next to the Manistee National Forest.

Of the 60 campsites, 24 full hook-up RV sites. The remaining 36 sites are electric. They also have 4 camping cabins.

Swimming beach, volleyball net, play areas, horseshoe pits, hiking trails, a picnic area, and a group camping area. An enclosed shelter is available for campers to use free of charge.

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

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Holland State Park

2215 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424

Camping in Michigan at Holland State Park:

One of the most popular campgrounds in Michigan. This scenic spot makes packing it in easy.

Holland State Park has a family in mind with the new playground, views of the iconic lighthouse, two campgrounds, and within walking distance of beautiful beaches and paddle rentals.

Consider the Holland Camper Cabins if you desire a bit more of the modern conveniences.

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Cedar Springs RV Resort

13677 White Creek Ave, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Camping in Michigan at Cedar Springs RV Resort:

This modern family campground is located right off US 131-N, just 20 miles north of Grand Rapids.

There are 157 campsites here.

The campground features include a small lake with a beach, fishing, boat rentals and grassy campsites.

Their camping cabin includes a double bed and 2 single bunks, a refrigerator, kitchen table, A/C, outdoor porch, picnic table, and fire pit.

Free weekend hayrides and weekend activities are also provided.

Free wifi.

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Muskegon State Park

3560 Memorial Dr, North Muskegon, MI 49445

Camping in Michigan at Muskegon State Park:

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

Choose from over 240 sites, and enjoy 12 miles of hiking trails, onsite tackle shop for fishing, and loads of nearby attractions, including Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park.

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

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Oak Grove Resort and RV Campground

2011 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424

Camping in Michigan at Oak Grove Resort and RV Campground:

Oak Grove Resort is located on the north side of Holland, not far from Holland State Park and Lake Michigan.

If you choose this as your destination for camping in Michigan, you'll find cute modern camping cabins, RV sites with complete hookups, as well as an 18-person "Barn" guest house (it's quite deluxe.)

There are no tent sites.

Families love their swimming pool, hot tub, laundry room, and gift shop. And they even have a little dog park, too.

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Salmon Run Campground

8845 Felch Ave, Grant, MI 49412

Camping in Michigan at Salmon Run Campground:

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

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Poncho's Pond

5335 W Wallace Ln, Ludington, MI 49431

Camping in Michigan at Poncho's Pond:

Very family-friendly atmosphere. Poncho's Pond has activities that won't let you get bored including fishing, paddle boat rentals, video game room, basketball & volleyball courts, outdoor AND indoor pools for those rainy days.

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Stony Haven

8079 W Stony Lake Rd, New Era, MI 49446

Camping in Michigan at Stony Haven:

Located on 8 wooded acres only 2 miles from Lake Michigan, this campground offers an outdoor Christian environment for all ages.

Fishing docks and onsite rentals make this a great family campground.

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Tyler Creek Campground

13495 92nd St SE, Alto, MI 49302

Camping in Michigan at Tyler Creek Campground:

Tyler Creek has a great creek/pond area for beginner fisherman, a playground, outdoor pool, sandbox, volleyball area, all to keep your kids busy.

Their onsite golf course is great for any skill level, with additional tees to challenge the most serious golfer.

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Wabasis Lake Campground

11220 Springhill Dr, Greenville, MI 48838

Camping in Michigan at Wabasis Lake Campground:

A true haven for campers, boaters, and nature lovers. This campground is located within Wabasis Lake Park and offers hiking trails between the campground and park.

Don't forget about the large sand beach, boat ramp, and fully stocked campground store.

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Whispering Surf Campground

7070 S Lakeshore Dr, Pentwater, MI 49449

Camping in Michigan at Whispering Surf Campground:

Situated between Bass Lake and sugar sand beaches of Lake Michigan. This shady, wooded park embraces old fashioned camping.

Canoe and kayak rentals are available, along with mini-golf and a playground.

If you love going to Pentwater this smaller campground is only about eight miles away. Not so hard to get into, shady, and there’s access to both Lake Michigan and Bass Lake.

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Woodchip Campground

7501 Burlingame Ave SW, Byron Center, MI 49315

Camping in Michigan at Woodchip Campground:

Just outside Grand Rapids, this campground provides the perfect low-stress getaway for families.

Find 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!

Download the Woodchip Campground app to book the special Pool & Play Pass.

The pass allows three hours of time in the pool, jump pillow and recreation areas.

No pets are allowed with the pool & play pass. No refunds for bad weather. If lightning occurs within the first hour, passes will be credited to a different day.

$7.50 per person entering the park, not by amenity usage. Children six months and under are free.

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Kibby Creek Campground

4900 W Deren Rd, Ludington, MI 49431

Camping in Michigan at Kibby Creek Campground:

Kibby Creek is located in the countryside between Ludington and Pentwater and a mile from Lake Michigan.

This campground features a swimming pool, fishing ponds, playground, kids barrel train, mini-golf, and arcade.

Don't skip the camp store featuring ice cream, candy, Slush Puppies, and more!

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Lake Sch-Nepp-A-Ho

390 E Tyler Rd, Muskegon, MI 49445

Camping in Michigan at Lake Sch-Nepp-A-Ho:

Awesome small family owned, very family friendly campground!

Onsite paddle rentals, beach, volleyball & basketball courts and a club house with arcade games and pool table are some of the amenities you'll find.

They also have lots of scheduled activities as well.

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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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West Michigan Campground FAQs

Where are the good places to camp in West Michigan?

You can camp just about anywhere in West Michigan, but you’ll enhance any trip if you pick a campground in or near one of these amazing beauties:

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore

With the largest freshwater sand dunes in the world, Sleeping Bear is an amazing vacation experience.

Sleeping Bear Dunes spans miles and miles of beach, dunes, and forest, giving plenty of room for everyone to explore.

Expect outrageous panoramic views, emerald inland lakes, hardwood forest hikes, and lots of recreation opportunities.

West Michigan Campgrounds can give you experiences like Sleeping-Bear-Dunes-Overlook-Pierce-Stocking-Drive
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Sleeping Bear’s little sister to the south, Silver Lake adds in modern fun, from dune rides on ORV’s to local activity centers like Craig’s Cruisers.

Huron-Manistee National Forest

Huron-Manistee covers a large area of northern West Michigan, including endless lakes and rivers for water recreation, forest galore and nearby historic towns like Manistee for food and shopping.

Not to be outdone by the spots listed above, Huron-Manistee is also home to Nordhouse Dunes.

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park

Featuring dunes as well, Hoffmaster is a trail-hiking, beach-goers’ dream. The endless sandy beach isn’t as crowded as other beaches to the south, and you still get that woodsy experience.

When can you go camping in West Michigan?

Michigan camping typically spans Memorial Day – Labor Day.

While things kick off in May, camping picks up in earnest when summer vacation starts, usually around mid June.

Traditional week-long summer camping wraps up by Labor Day, but clever travelers will extend the season well into October for amazing weather and fall colors.

Usually these camping trips are over long weekends rather than a full week.

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Some of the best memories are made around the campfire during the summer months.

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Pack your favorite hiking shoes, grab the marshmallows and head out into Michigan’s big backyard for endless fun.

Have a campground that is a family favorite or is a hidden gem in Michigan?

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