Standard (tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
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.

Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
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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40 Reviews of Wilderness State Park
Opt for the rustic cabins

This is a beautifully placed campground right near the mackinaw bridge. Most sites are on the water and the campground has water and electric hookups. Unfortunately the sites have minimal trees and are far too close together. The views and the swimming make up for it though. I generally opt for the rustic cabins located on the far end of the park because they provide more privacy and a better area to spread out in. Also a wonderful place for winter camping and star shooting.

Best spot if your going to Mackinaw

Great place. They pack you in in some places but there are some spots that put you right on the beach. Great little camp store for ice cream, wood, and essentials

Beautiful park

Great park have camped there multiple times in the cabins and in a tent. Right on the water with great trails for hiking and walking a dog.

I love this park

Off the main roadways a bit, the road going in needs some work but the park itself is beautiful. Just stay away if mosquitos and flys turn you off

Typical MI State Park

Not much privacy. Nice setting along the lake.

Really cool location

Really cool area, it’s near the only dark sky park to my knowledge in the lower peninsula. Extremely close to mackinaw, and overall the campsites are all secluded and private from each other.

A family favorite

I tent camped here with my parents, and came back often with my own children. Far enough from Mackinaw City for peace and quiet, near enough to visit all the attractions during the day. Tall trees and a beautiful beach. It,s a great vacation destination. One of the best state park campgrounds in a state full of beauties.

Very nice

We had a great time here. We rented a cabin for the whole family. The cabin was clean a very cozy.

Windswept beaches and towering pines.

It doesn't get prettier than Wilderness SP. New sites are full hook-up; others are electric only. Cold water on these beaches - bring a warm blanket to wrap up in if you plan to go swimming. Beaches are not dog-friendly (as is the case throughout Michigan, although dog beaches are starting to make headway). There is a dark sky park nearby - don't bother. It gets plenty dark here, and star-gazing is phenomenal. Close to Mackinac City and ferry to the island; close to Big Mack Bridge.

Great does viewing the night sky

I believe the only dark park in Michigan. Beautiful expansive night views of the sky from the beach. Worth sleeping on the beach during meteor shows.