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Hartwick Pines State Park in Michigan

No matter what type of camping vacation you plan to take, you’re sure to find a number of Michigan campsites that meet your needs.

Michigan State Parks

One of the best resources for Michigan campsites is the state park system operated by the state’s Department of Natural Resources. The state of Michigan has nearly 100 state parks, many of which have camping facilities designed to accommodate the needs of RVers, tent campers, and backpacking enthusiasts. See MichiganDNR.com or call 1-800-44-PARK for complete details about each park’s camping facilities. You can also make online reservations at the facility of your choice.

You will find many accommodation options located throughout the Michigan State Park system. Enjoy utilizing traditional tent and recreational campsites, or stay in a park lodge, rustic cabin, or more a unique lodging arrangement. For example, a few of the state parks in Michigan offer teepee rentals. You can even rent a yurt at the Pickney Recreation Area or in thePorcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

Michigan Campsites in State Forests


The state of Michigan is home to more than 145 State Forest Campsites. These facilities offer more than 3,000 campsites, spread out among the almost four million acres of state forest lands located in the upper and lower peninsula areas of Michigan. Those who enjoy camping in a rustic setting will be delighted by the large, scenic Michigan campsites in each of the state forest campgrounds. Each of the designated camping areas is located on one of the lakes or rivers for which the state is so famous, allowing campers easy access to boating, canoeing, and fishing. Many of these camping accommodations provide opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, hunting, and outer outdoor activities.

Michigan National Parks

Isle Royale National Park

Michigan’s Isle Royale National park is an amazingly beautiful wilderness area accessed only by seaplane or boat. Boaters wishing to enjoy a unique vacation experience can make the park their home base. For information about camping arrangements, call 906-482-0984 or submit the boater’s camping request form on the park’s website.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Campers can enjoy both drive-in and backcountry camping in Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore park. Backpackers and kayakers may overnight in the backcountry area with permits. Reservations for backcountry camping may be made 14 days or more in advance. There are three drive-in campgrounds in the park, each of which is available only on a first come, first served basis. Call 906-387-4457 for backcountry reservations or call 906-387-4025 to speak with someone at the park’s headquarters.

Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC)

There are also many privately owned camping facilities throughout the Great Lake State. One of the best resources for locating Michigan campsites is the annual Michigan Campground Directory published by the state’s Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. You can search the online directory of member facilities or you can order a printed guide. If you would like a copy of the directory, send your name, address, and $3.00 to ARVC Michigan, 325 N. Mt. Tom Rd, Suite B, Mio, MI 48647.

KOA Campgrounds in Michigan

You can always count on KOA campgrounds for a family friendly, well-maintained camping experience. There are 15 KOA campgrounds located throughout the state of Michigan. Most of the KOAs have swimming pools and each has access to wireless Internet service. These campgrounds are well suited for tents and recreational vehicles of all sizes, and many offer cabin accommodations.

KOA campgrounds in Michigan include facilities in the following areas:

  • Coloma/St. Joseph
  • Covert/South Haven
  • Detroit/Greenfield
  • Emmett
  • Gaylord
  • Higgins Lake/Roscommon
  • Monroe County/Toledo North
  • Macinaw City/Macinac Island
  • Muskegon
  • Newberry
  • Oscoda
  • Petoskey
  • Port Huron
  • St. Ignace/Macinac Island
  • Traverse City

Enjoy Your Michigan Camping Trip

No matter which Michigan campsite you visit during your camping adventure, you’ll be able to enjoy amazing scenery in a comfortable and scenic setting.

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