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About Wilderness State Park
An expansive 26 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline are hugged by 10,000 acres of wild forested landscapes at Wilderness State Park. Here you will find opportunity to observe nature via numerous trails and plentiful campsites. A huge benefit to the park is its year-round recreational activities and camping opportunities. In fact, you can look forward to well equipped, modern campsites, as well as full hook-up and tent-only campsites. Moreover, Six rustic cabins and three rustic bunkhouses serve as additional lodging accommodations within the park. You’ll rarely find difficulty locating a spot to stay, as the park consists of 250 campsites that are divided into two units (Lakeshore and Pines), as well as 18 sites in the full hook-up campground and nine sites in the tent-only campground. When looking for something to do, make sure to check out the multitude of local trails. More than 16 miles of traversable paths wind through the cycle-friendly East Boundary, South Boundary, Nebo, Sturgeon Bay, Swamp Line and Big Stone trails. Furthermore, ten miles of The North Country Trail reside within the state park, as well as the Ride Pine Trail. This national scenic trail hiking route from North Dakota to New York includes more than 1,500 miles of historic foot trails throughout the midwest region. Kids (and adults) will love the Wilderness State Park geocaching trail. 16 individual geocaches are included in the trail, with four caches in the park for those just starting out. For the creative types, the region is well known for Metal Detecting. Metal detecting is encouraged by the park’s officers and enforcement, however it must be safe and away from any natural resources or otherwise preserved land. Therefore, it’s essential to check in with rangers before taking any finds home, as well as to hunt only in the permitted areas. Throughout the region outdoor enthusiasts flock to take part in seasonal hunting. This park is known for its excellent deer and snowshoe hare hunting. There are also fowl opportunities thanks to the grouse, duck, and goose. Amazingly, even bear hunting is common, and legal with the appropriate license; although that doesn’t mean you must try it. As far as other recreational activities, the 26 miles of sandy beach shores and large boat launch draw many in the summer. The shores also have a popular fishing pier, with a populated swim hole nearby. Due to the large campground size, camping here is relatively comfortable as well. There are widely accessible electrical services, shower houses, RV dump stations, and camper-friendly amenities throughout the campground.
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
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Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Wilderness State Park is located in Michigan
45.746 N
-84.9 W
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30 Reviews of Wilderness State Park
Very famiky friendly

We went during the Halloween party. Had lots of fun.

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As always Michigan State Parks are exceptionally well maintained. New construction going on here for 2020. Our campground is perfect. Close to the water not too close to neighbors and reasonably close to the restroom. We are camping late in the year and in spite of the fact it’s the restrooms now have been closed in preparation for freezing weather we have been very pleased with our site.

Close to Bridge and Dark Sky Park

Stayed here a couple time. Decent Sites, and good stopping point before the bridge. Close to Dark Sky Park. Great kayaking. There’s a strip of islands at the point of the park.

Out, out there

This is one of the most secluded parks I’ve been to. I happened to drive out there at night, and the long road is pitch black on the way there. Some of the sites are pretty close together, you are pretty close to your neighbor. The rangers are good at making sure noise level is down. I didn’t see many kids while I was there, mostly older groups that were playing corn hold and drinking beer. Would be a great spot for when the northern lights are out or if you want a great view of the stars away from city lights. Close to many tourist attractions.


Gorgeous campsite right on the lake. We stayed in the group sites.


I’ve stayed here countless times. I’ve never had a bad experience! The bathrooms are usually pretty clean, the drive through the forest is beautiful. Don’t forget to stop to see the huge boulder on the ride in from the city! If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch the northern lights. The campsites are pretty open, but not as open as most camps. We had pretty good coverage by shrubs and trees. Just wish they hadn’t taken away the merry go round!


Beautiful stargazing from the beach. We saw northern lights for the first time!! Disappointed no dogs on beach but it is necessary to preserve nesting habitat for endangered birds. Well maintained. Nice location near Mackinac City. Our kids have rated this in their top 3 best so far in Michigan. (Low key beach won them over).

Lost our reservation

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Beautiful, Heavy Bugs, Bad roads leading in

Sites are close together. Very kid friendly, not a ton of hiking trails right off campground but clean restrooms and beautiful area to stay. Very buggy in June, come prepared.

Beautiful Miscommunication

We stayed at the Organizational Campground which is a very large group site made for 30-100 people located just before the entrance of the park. The staff gave us lots of conflicting information. Apparently we were way under charged for the site, which unfortunately for them was in our favor, but we were also told it’s an extra $5 per person per day to use the showers, which are located within the park. This was not made known until we went to use the showers. There were other conflicting bits of Information as well. Very unprofessional and awkward.

However, we basically had a “private” beach with sand dunes, lots of shoreline on Lake Michigan, and a short kayak trip out reveals the Mackinac Bridge! We saw bald eagles, various birds, and experienced swarms of mosquitos (no surprise there).

The group site had a working water well, and two non-flushable toilets, multiple fire pits and stationary barbecue grills. Beware! There are many mosquitos and poison ivy found on this site.