If you're a person who loves waterfalls, then I recommend you don’t miss this campground. Presque Isle Campground is located at the southern edge of the Porcupine Mountains State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This campground has bluff overlooking Lake Superior, there is a walkway and stairs that take you down the bluff to the shore. Walking distance from the campground is the Presque River you can hike along and see all the beautiful waterfalls this river has to offer. This is a Rustic campground that has vault toilets, and hand pump drinking water. The campground, restrooms and surrounding area’s were kept very clean. There are 50 campsites that are equipped for tents, trailers, and RV’s. Each site has a fire pit, and picnic table. There is no electrical hook up, and part of the campground is generator free. Six of the sites are walk in sites, there are parking spots for these sites, you park and walk in a little ways to your site. I recommend a site that is located on the outer sides of the campground loop. They are larger sites and more privacy from your neighbors. Inner loop sites are closer together and open. Be prepared for mosquitoes and blackflies. Blackflies bite, and bug spray does not affect them. I found keeping a hand towel or fly swatter moving around me helped keep them away. They are more active when it is humid, and down by the water. These flies seem to be common up here along the shore.
There are many things to do around the campground close to your site and others are a little bit of a drive from your site in the Porcupine Mountains State Park. If you like to stay close to your camp, you can hang out on the beach, hike along the Presque Isle River and discover the Manabezho Falls, Manido Falls, and the Nawadaha Falls. Also the Lake Superior Trail and North Country Trail are right by the campground. These trails will connect you with other trails in the Porcupine Mountains. The Porcupine Mountains have lot’s to offer anyone stopping to visit. We took and day and seen The Lake of the Clouds, and Summit Peak. They both are gorgeous areas to explore.
This was our second time camping at the porkies rustic camp sites. This time we stayed in one of the walk in sites, which are great if you are planning on staying more than one night. Was a bit of a trek to set up for the one night we stayed. It was however more away from people and I would chose it again. The bugs were dine this time but the first time we were there a couple of years ago the biting flies had just hatched and it may have been one of the most miserable experiences ever. I like how close this campground is located to multiple waterfalls, and not a very difficult walk as long as the beige isn't flooded! This is a great place to stay while you explore the rest of the park.
Presque Isle is a rustic campground in the Porcupine Mountains on Lake Superior in Michigan. Not to be mistaken for the Presque Isle campground in WIsconsin.
The hiking is great and it has a majestic feel camping on top of a bluff looking out to Lake Superior. This is my kind camping. It doesn't get five stars because it lacks some amenities but it is secluded and there are plenty of open campsites.
The park is clean. There are trees everywhere with a large canopy providing a lot of shade. There is plenty of parking for your vehicle. The only downside to the campground is the campsites are very open and not very private, but there is a lot of space.
The Park is a little difficult to find if you have never been there before. It is about 17 miles from Wakefield and highway 28. Just follow the signs and you will get there.
FYI: While you are in Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park make sure you checkout Union Bay campground, it is right on the shore of Lake Superior.
Don't miss the hiking trails!
I decided to try camping on my own here. It's fairly easy to get to… just long drives of nothing but beautiful forests and coastlines. Once I arrived, I had already missed check-in hours but was still able to set up in my reserved site. They still would have allowed you to set up in one of the open sites for the evening and to pay for it in the morning. The campground was small, but not crowded. The sites were spaced far enough apart to not feel like you were camping with your neighbors. There are plenty of hiking trails and things to see. The views here are just breathtaking. Between Lake Superior and the waterfalls there is so much to see. Compared to some parks this one doesn't have many extras. It's mainly hiking and camping. It truly is a gem and I plan on returning many times.
Both of the campgrounds, in the park, are extremely nice. I prefer the northern end of the park, with camping right on the shore of Lake Superior. Spring time scavenging, on the shores of Superior, can lead to all kinds of artifacts washing up on shore. The facilities were clean, and park rangers very nice, taught us a lot about the history of the area. Nice hiking trails, hilly, and so worth it.
Far enough from town to feel a million miles away. Large wooded camp sites. Rather basic state park setting & facilities, “rustic” is a good word but it’s still taken care of. Some small trails leave from the camp site, many backpacking options nearby. If you’re in the area you need to check this one out.
Porcupine mountains wilderness area is truly amazing!! I recommend a few nights backpacking so you can stay at both presque isle and the lake of the clouds area of the park. Late summer early fall is nice time to visit. Lake Superior has an absolutely beautiful flat rock lake shore. I've seen moose and black bear here. If you're brave enough for fall weather camping in the northwoods I promise you the colors are worth it. Happy Adventuring!
Pretty rolling hills and water in leaf peeping season. Amazing trails out on the peninsula and throughout the park. Lots of birds and critters. Tent sites are very wooded. No one else was here when I was in October. Obey bear rules! Didn’t see any porcupines or mountains despite the park name!
Once you pass the last town just keep driving until you reach the shore of Lake Superior and find this beautiful campground nestled along it's shore. Large sites, that are separated by use of generator or not, fill the area overlooking the lake. The outer edge sites are more wooded than the interior sites but all of them get evening shade. There are even some hike in spots that have quite a bit of separation between them. There are only two vault toilets for each area but there never was a line. The water is pumped by hand after you walk down the path a little ways into the woods. On Fourth of July weekend it was packed with a lot of noise that disappeared once 8 PM came around. There is a trail from the campground directly to the beach along Lake Superior. It is a beautiful place to watch the sunset or the storms roll in. The trail along the Presque River is not to be missed with its series of waterfalls. Follow the boardwalk and then go past it to wrap around the river and return for a 5 mile hike. There are many hiking trails in the Porcupine Mountains to explore so plan to spend a few nights here. Bring everything you will need because the drive back to town takes some time. Still it was nice to rest in the car after hiking along the Little Carp river in search of a sandwich for lunch. This is my favorite spot - I've even traveled by bicycle here multiple times. There is a modern campground on the eastern side of the Porcupine Mountains if that is more your style.
We were able to stay here in the fall during the leave changing season…greatest thing was we were all alone practically. Not many people in October 2014. It was very close to some great hikes and the Lake nearby was a nice feature. Had some great cover and unique campsites back in the trees a bit. Amenities/facilities were limited to toilets, but we made due.