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About J.W. Wells State Park
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
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Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
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Water Hookups
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Location
J.W. Wells State Park is located in Michigan
Latitude
45.389 N
Longitude
-87.369 W
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10 Reviews of J.W. Wells State Park
Such a great Campground

This is a great campground not just because this was the first campground park I worked on but because after 40 years it is still great.   Most of the sites are beautiful grass sites, when we were there it was rainy so some of the sites where a lake.  So if you didn't get a bayside site you could have a lake side site.  Great place to tent cam.  They have a nice beach but no life guard.  They have a a lot of items for kids and families, such as the beach, basket ball court, hiking trails and great playgrounds. If you are a walker they have some great trails.  Just up for a day the picnic area is super.  

The bathrooms are clean and well kept up.  

The employees are very friendly and helpful.

I love that you can look up at night and see all the great stars.

We went to Menominee to see the launching of a Navy Ship from Marinette Marine and that is something you don't see everyday.

Enjoyed the craft fair for all the campers the weekend we were also there.  

Such a great camprgound.

Great location, beautiful scenery, electric sites for camping and peaceful

We love it here! Stayed right on the water, tent style, quiet, big nice bathrooms, and easy check in

Water smelled aweful

Water was gross and stinky from ships pumping their bilge.

Campground on Lake MI

This is the last Michigan State Park Campground as you are heading south and entering WI.

Beautiful views of the Lake looking east and south to Washington Island and Door County Peninsula. Nice stream and playground for kids to play in and on. Mostly grassy campsites so things get a little wet after heavy rains. Most sites have electricity and water.

nice and quiet campground on the water.

some sites are low, so water flows to the site on rainy days. there are some trails you can walk, there is a ball diamond for kids and a small court for basketball. there is also some nice cabins and areas for tents. you can meet a lot of really nice people here.

Camping right in the water

We always make a point to stay at least one night here when passing through the UP. We stay at site 40 but all the spots along there are in the water. There is a tree line though and a small drop.

It is a quiet campground and everyone is very friendly there. Great playground for the kids the only problem is it is far away from really anything and the gas station near by charges and arm and a leg for food.

Great camping on the lake!

Wells State Park definitely has a lot to offer! It’s right on the lake and has a beautiful beach. There are events for kids to keep them entertained, especially on holiday weekends.

One of my favorites

Fantastic.. group cabins available.. great for big family outings. But great facilities and camping sites. You can fish Lake Michigan or swim off the beach or hike the park.

Tailgate camping

If you like a party type atmosphere, this is the place. Super busy with lots of activity and tons of people. There is no privacy - it's more of a tailgate party that you sleep at. The playground was nice and clean, the grounds were well kept, the showers were pretty clean too. I only give it three stars because it's like camping in a parking lot. And to me, that's not really camping.

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Michigan Upper Pensinsula/Lake Michigan Waterfront Camping

We got our new Marmot Tungston 4P tent so I took the wife and kids on a quick weekend trip to J.W. Wells State Park campground in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to test it out. I found J.W. Wells by searching for waterfront camping along Lake Michigan. There are plenty of state and national parks along Lake Michigan but not many where you can pitch your tent right along the waters edge like J.W. Wells. It also happened to be the only site within 4 hours drive of Northbrook, IL (N. Suburb of Chicago) with such close proximity to the waters edge that I could find.

The site itself is tucked right along the Green Bay coastline about 1 hour drive north of Green Bay, Wisconsin. There is a main campground for tent and RV but we chose to stay at 1 of 3 rustic tent sites a little north of the main campground. The campground was well maintained with picnic tables for each site, firepit, and a nice well groomed plot of grass for us to pitch our tent and setup camp. The main campground has showers and a playground right in the middle.

The view from our site was majestic, especially watching the sun rise over the horizon of Lake Michigan. The sunrise was the pinnacle moment of this trip. And that's really the only reason why I gave it 3 stars. The campground itself and the views are incredible, it's just that there isn't much to do around these parts. There are a couple short trails for hiking or ATV's and the Cedar River about a mile north of the site which I assume has some fishing and boating, but that was about it. The only other activity we found was to drive 30 mins north to check the small harbor town of Escanaba. Really not much to see or do there either.

I probably wouldn't recommend this campground for families or persons looking for lots of activities or places to see and visit while camping. It's great for a simple quick getaway with a great view to just sit around camp and relax.