We were lucky and found an open site but they filled up by mid afternoon. Reservations might be the best way to go here.
Our site had nice distance between the next camp but others are closer together. We had lots of room- enough so that the dog didn’t even get disturbed by other campers. Our camping area was beyond the car- think a straight line back the opens up into a circular camping area. Some sites are right on the water and provide sunset beauty. Vault toilets and water are available. They had a sign advertising a local place offering showers for a small fee.
We walked over to the lighthouse. They give tours and have a camp store/gift shop. There aren’t really any trails there but you can get to the water in a bunch of places. 3 miles down the road is another part of the state park. There are some very nice hiking trails here. They are wide and go in loops giving options for distance. We went to the overlook and then down to the beach. Sadly dogs aren’t allowed on the beach so Dakota rolled in the sand at the edge and we continued hiking.
Make sure you visit the small towns and wineries/cideries. There is a lot to do on this peninsula.
Great park. Sites near water are great. Far enough away but close to town if needed. Great area.
Loved this campground. Quiet and surrounded by lake shore. Not a lot of sites and they are well spaced. Some are right on the lake…bring your kayak! Pit toilets only as I recall. Nice swimming beach and plenty of parks, wineries, brewpubs, and cute little towns to visit in the area. Historic lighthouse at this park as well.
Stayed here on a chilly late September weekend with very few other campers around. Loved it. It's remote, rustic and the lakefront is scrubby and unspoiled. We had one of the waterfront sites and could hear the shore sounds all through the night. The location, while removed from the bustle of touristy areas, is a great starting/ending point for exploring the peninsula with all its Lake Michigan vistas and quirky little bars. Loved it.
Awesome campground with lots to do. Can check out the lighthouse. Close to Northport with cute shops. A great way to experience Lake Michigan.
This state park campground has, for the most part, primitive tent sites - many on the water or with views of the water. All are wooded. Many face north and the night skies are phenomenal. There is a state park beach down the road. It's worth the 15 minute hike to the lake - white sand beach, clear water and blue sky with seldom anyone else there. The folks who camp there have always been great - we've been going there for 20+ years and our sons and their friends come each year with us. There's a town six miles away - you can run or bike to it through the pines and cherry orchards. They take reservations six months out. There is a lighthouse and playground as well for families. It's wonderful!
While I imagine it must get really busy during the peak of summer, I have to say this is one of the cooler campgrounds I've been to. The camp site could NOT get any closer to Lake Michigan. Well maintained and clean. The state park it's part of is centered around its history as lighthouse grounds signaling the entrance to the Grand Traverse bay. The park still has the the historic lighthouse(which you can enter and climb for a fee), the siren building that doubles as a museum about the numerous shipwrecks in the area, and gift shop that sells ice cream. With miles of trails and Northport only a short drive away, you'll have good time.
We arrived on a busy weekend without camping reservations in hopes there would be some openings or cancellations. That wasn't the case when I pulled up to the booth and saw the campground full sign.
The kind Ranger informed us there we're no openings and she started going through our other camping options in the area. She could see the slight dismay in our faces about the potential that we might have to backtrack 30-45 minutes.
Thats when she told us that, if we wanted, we could camp in the "general use" area by the playground and cookout grills, as long as we could break camp by 9 am! Then she helped book some open campsites for the next few nights for out party of 3 adults, 3 kids and 2 German Shepherds!
The best part is that the views, campsites, lighthouse, and nearby trails matched the high quality care the Ranger gave us. We will be back soon, and this time with reservations!
I love driving down M22 to this state park. It’s rustic with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. There are a few sites which are right on the sand which I recommend if you don’t mind a little sand in your tent. definitely check out all of the quaint little towns in the area, especially Glen Arbor and Sutton’s Bay!
beautiful park next to the lighthouse. no showerhouse or flushing bathrooms…portajohns only.water pumps to get water from…and beautiful views of Lake Michigan