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Camping Michigan

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.

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Nice park, but

When we called he said the fees were $35 & $40. After we got set up he said the fee was $50! I asked why and he said because we are only staying one night!

Best camping spo

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Good camping

Off the grid!

Small campground in the middle of the trees! Had vault toilets and potable water pumps. Great lake with a boat launch.

Nice campground.

Not a bad campground. We stayed in the south campground on site 32. The site was sloped as it is at the bottom of a hill. Had to use quite a few blocks to level our travel trailer. I would probably not use this spot again because of it. I did note the North campground is much flatter; however it had a lot more campers. The restrooms/ showers were clean.
The lake is close by, and there is a decent camp store at the front of the park.

Lots of hiking trails as well.

Beautiful lake

Quick get away for a long weekend. Had a site next to the woods. Nice walking paths. Lots of orv's in other sites.

Narrow sites

Can not reserve the site that you want, assigned one when you arrive. Could not use awning, needed to put bump-out out. Very narrow sites.

Pull throughs for all

All the sites are pull through so your front door faces another front door. Roomy sites with designated fire pits. There is a playground with lots of things for the kids to do. There is a nature trail you can take your dogs on. Great location to get to most of everything you want to do in the UP. There is a dump station, but we had full hook up.

Very nice campground!

Very nice campground off the beaten path. Oscoda is on the East side of Michigan off Lake Huron. Northern lower pennisula. This campground is a good base camp for the area.

   We had site 53, which is a 30 amp back in site. These sites are by the marsh. Unfortunately, we had no clear view of the marsh due to summer foliage. Bugs were buggy, but it's summer. There's a train track by the campground, but we only heard it at night two times. It didn't run on the weekend. The campground was full over the weekend, but everyone was very polite & quiet hours were enforced. Bathrooms & showers were great. Very clean. They have a small pool, playground for the kids. The jumping pillow was down- covid precautions. If we're in the area, we'll stay again. We camped at Oscoda/ Tawas KOA Holiday in a Travel Trailer.

Quiet Rustic

Pit toilets and pump well. Most sites are on the lake and there is a boat launch. Elk viewing on the way in.