Best Camping Spots in Michigan

Ludington State Park

Located on the Lake Michigan coast on the west side of the state, Ludington State Park is 5,300 acres of wildlife, rolling dunes, and beautiful forest. This park offers 18 miles of hiking trails, a great canoe pathway, and a campsite right on the beach. A state parking permit is required for entry into Ludington State Park. The campground has a shower house, nature presentations, spacious campsites, fire pits and sand dunes where you can sit and watch the sun go down on the lake.

Mears State Park

About twenty miles south of Ludington is the small town campsite Mears State Park. Placed right on the beach is a campsite retreat. Within blocks you can find small shops of all sorts. A toy store, wine shops, fudge and espresso shop, sandwich shop, art galleries, clothes stores, and a unique candy shop. Enjoy swimming, campfires, and shopping at this peaceful getaway.

Pere Marquette Campground

Located in the Manistee National Forest, the Pere Marquette Campground offers plenty of activities for people of all ages. The Pere Marquette river is the cleanest and clearest river in the state of Michigan. You can reserve private water crafts for boating, jet skis, canoeing , etc. There are horseshoe pits, volleyball, a playground, a basketball court, spacious sites, a pavilion and biking and hiking trails 1.5 miles from the campground. Cabins are also available with electricity, a table, a ceiling fan and two full size beds.

Leelanau State Park

This park is located on the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula. With 1,300 acres of shores and woods, this park is sure to spark awe and appreciation for the gorgeous scenery. You can visit the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum while staying at one of the 55 rustic campsites. You can also find a picnic area, miles of hiking, biking and skiing trails, sunsets on the beach, nature observation, and two cabins.

Lake Huron Campground

Located on the east side of the state, on the east side of the thumb, you will find this luxurious campground. Not only is it right on the beach, there are many enmities to keep you busy all day long. Enjoy the Campfire Pizza Cafe, Forester General Store, mini golf course, fishing, a heated pool, boat rentals, basketball court, bike rentals, diving, horseshoe pits, fishing, shipwrecks, and hiking.

Garey Lake State Forest Campground

Located a few miles south of Traverse City, this campground has horse trails, 15 sites, fishing and hiking. Wildlife is abundant as well as outdoor beauty.

Yankee Springs Recreation Area

Located in Middleville, smack dab in the middle of the state. This campground has a glacially formed kettle formation called “The Devils Soupbowl”, mountain biking, horseback riding trails, fishing piers, beaches and nine lakes for exploring!