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Camping in Michigan



About Michigan Camping

When you think about camping in Michigan, it’s the water that draws most to the Great Lakes State. Michigan has 3,288 miles of shoreline, the second longest of any state, including 1,056 miles of island coast. Plus, you’re never more than six miles from a natural water source, or more than 85 miles away from a Great Lake.

There are plenty of opportunities for coastal and island camping in Michigan, but it’s more than just water. Michigan has the largest state park and state forest system of any state, with over 100 state parks, recreation areas, and state forests. There are also several national parks, forests, and lakeshores to pitch a tent or park the adventure rig. Needless to say, you have some options, so stick with The Dyrt to help you narrow it down. Consider these main Michigan attractions when deciding on where to go camping in Michigan.

For most campers, the epicenter of natural beauty and outdoor recreation in Michigan is Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Mountainous dunes slope from high peaks and plateaus down to meet with the clear blue waters of Lake Michigan. Hiking, biking, hang gliding, off-roading, kiteboarding, paddle boarding, or just simply sandy beach lounging can all be found in and around Sleeping Bear Dunes. Also, when you take a camping trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes, the nearby quaint towns and rolling inland hills speckled with fruit orchards provide the perfect bonus excursions.

Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state in the country. Michigan waterways have been essential to the growth of the nation, but they’ve also been treacherous for mariners for centuries, and continue to demand respect. When camping in Michigan, touring some of the iconic Michigan lighthouses can be a great way to learn about the history of the region, while also taking in stellar views of natural landscapes and architectural achievement. Check in with The Dyrt for information on camping near some great Michigan lighthouses.

Finally, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is an entire playground of its own for outdoor recreation and exploration. Discover some of the many waterfalls like the impressive Tahquamenon Falls, or kayak on Lake Superior for a memorable view of the famous Pictured Rocks. The power of Lake Superior can be seen across the northern shore with unique rock formations, and remnants of the prominent mining and shipping industry still exist throughout. If you’re thinking about more remote or wild camping options in Michigan, the Upper Peninsula is for you. Whatever your camping style, stay tuned to The Dyrt for inside information on the best camping in Michigan.

Recent Reviews In Michigan

4600 Reviews of 1352 Michigan Campgrounds

Clint The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2021

Very pricey

They have a lot of activities to do at this campground, but are very pricey. They have a waterslide into the lake, mini golf, basketball and many other things. They rent golf carts but the prices are double of what I’ve paid at other places. This is a rather large campground so there are a lot of…

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Month of VisitOctober
Clint The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2021

Nice campground

Really enjoyed this campground. They had great fishing. We caught a lot of bass, bluegill, crappie and even a catfish. All catch and release. Lake is privately owned so no need for a fishing license. They have a Lot of sites around the lake, but the sites that run along US 31 can get quite noisy.…

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Month of VisitOctober
SThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2021

Got the job done

Close to the water and even closer to the casino. We used this as a base for seeing sites, mainly the locks. A bit wet while we were there but not to bad. The staff at the casino is nice and helpful. Have to check in at the casino and not the park which was odd. We parked and then went over as our…

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Month of VisitNovember
NThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2021

Rustic & Off The Beaten Path

Pine Grove is deep into the woods, the dirt road to get there can be challenging for small cars after a rain or with any amount of snow.

If your looking for seclusion, this small 6 site campground is great. Direct river access for fishing and immediate access to hiking trails it’s perfectly nested…

Month of VisitNovember
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2021

Winter camping

Easy to find and navigate to sites. Most are pull through sites. Electric only in the winter. Water is beautiful, the land is beautiful. Site 145 is next to the park for all you parents lol.

Month of VisitDecember
Rodger M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2021

Gorgeous Views in Need of Care

Let’s start by being positive. This place has some amazing views along the St. Clair River. The freighter traffic did not disappoint. We saw at least 4 during our 2-night stay and the sunrise we witnessed from our site could have been a postcard.

The site was sizable with some care taken to abate…

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Month of VisitDecember
Laura E.
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2021

Cool camping

We weren't in the early fall, it was lovely! Very few people there but the ones that were were respectful and kind. Very lovely place and pretty private for a campground. Stayed 2 weeks, I loved it!

Sitefort custer
Month of VisitOctober
Laura E.
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2021


Well everyone was very nice and helpful, the process were competitive, We had a very comfortable spot, were able to stay as long as we like without problems, it was quiet and safe at night, all around we loved it! AND We got to bring out bird dog Birdie! 😁

Sitenear Kalamazoo
Month of VisitAugust
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2021

Inclusive space. Fun place!

Campit is one of the few campgrounds that caters to the entire LGBTQ community and those who support it. The amenities feel grounded not over the top…a nice pool, unique “neighborhoods” to roam and chat up new neighbors and friends, and it boasts a combination of full hookup RV sites, cabins, and…

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Month of VisitJuly
Jason S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2021

Beautiful and Breezy

This is a gorgeous place and an amazing experience. The water is gorgeous and the amenities are plentiful. Be careful with the temperatures in the shower. Located close to lots of food and entertainment options.

Month of VisitAugust
Christopher V.
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2021

Peaceful and Friendly

We loved our trip to Deer Park this past summer. For a State Park, it was a great experience. Not too over crowded and easy to find.

Month of VisitOctober
Michael L.
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2021

Nice spot not far from Lake Michigan

We stayed here through Thousand Trails, so I don't know if it's normal operating procedure, but the sites were first come first serve. We were coming from a few hours away on a Friday afternoon, so we were sent to the left when we arrived. It wasn't clearly marked, so we got a little stuck and…

Month of VisitNovember
EThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2021

Beautiful fall colors and amazing hikes

Although this campground is a little crowded and busy, the park itself makes up for it. The double lakes make for unique hiking trails, including one that wraps through islands over water! The fall colors are so beautiful too.

  • the view on top of the dune right next to our campsite
  • beautiful hiking trail by the dam. lots of fishers.
Month of VisitNovember
Connor N.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2021

Nice spot to spend a few days

Spent a few nights while planning next stops. Conveniently located within 15 minutes of downtown Munising, but felt far enough out. Nice access to the lake and fairly inexpensive. Hosts were very nice!

Month of VisitSeptember
Connor N.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2021

Nice, but touristy

Spent a night before heading into the UP. It was fairly nice, but crowded in our section, but that's to be expected. Bathrooms were undergoing work but seemed nice and well-maintained. A bit expensive, but it did have nice views right on the lake.

Month of VisitSeptember

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