Places to Camp near Ottawa National Forest

Whether you're an RVer or tent camper, Ottawa National Forest, MI is a great place to post up for the weekend—or longer. There are tons of hikes and other fun activities to partake in. Experience some of the most stunning views that Michigan camping has to offer. Search nearby campsites and find top-rated spots from other campers.

Best Camping Sites Near Ottawa National Forest, MI (135)

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Gogebic State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Gogebic State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Gogebic State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Gogebic State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Gogebic State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Gogebic State Park Campground

    1.

    Lake Gogebic State Park Campground

    24 Reviews
    86 Photos
    48 Saves
    Marenisco, Michigan

    Michigan Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into state parks and recreation areas, state boat launches, state forest campgrounds and state trail parking lots. The Michigan Recreation Passport does not cover local, county, municipal, or metropolitan parks or recreation areas. Learn more:https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/buy-and-apply/rec-pp

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Bond Falls Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bond Falls Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bond Falls Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bond Falls Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bond Falls Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bond Falls Campground

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    Bond Falls Campground

    14 Reviews
    57 Photos
    199 Saves
    Ottawa National Forest, Michigan

    Although not part of the Ottawa National Forest, this beautiful waterfalls is surrounded by the Ottawa National Forest. One of the most popular Upper Peninsula waterfalls. Managed by the U.P. Power Company, a developed trail is maintained with steps and bridges across the river at the base of the falls. This is one fall that is beautiful yearlong, and a variety of plants can be viewed throughout the summer.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    Camper-submitted photo from Sparrow Rapids Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sparrow Rapids Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sparrow Rapids Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Union Bay Campground — Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Union Bay Campground — Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Union Bay Campground — Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Union Bay Campground — Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Union Bay Campground — Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Union Bay Campground — Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

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    Union Bay Campground — Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

    39 Reviews
    192 Photos
    153 Saves
    White Pine, Michigan

    Union Bay-Porcupine Mountains State Park is home to a seasonal campground that is available to visit from mid May to mid October. With a limited window of time, it’s well worth planning your trip in advance, as peak season can bring a gaggle of campers and tourists, making priority campsites difficult to find. The initial weeks of August are almost always packed, thanks to kids and college-students trying to camp before school starts again.

    Subsequently, if you want smaller crowds but still want to enjoy the sun, try to reserve a spot during the latter end of August. This is also when the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival happens, giving you a great event to check out. Regardless of your needs, during camping season you can call the campground where staff will provide details on sites that you might not see at the Reservations Center or online. If you can’t find what you’re looking for online, give them a call!

    If you happen to forget a thing or two, there’s the Porcupine Mountain Outpost store right outside the entrance to the campground. It's open from May through mid October. There you can find souvenirs, camping supplies, and even clothing. You might find the occasional pre-made sandwich, but besides soft drinks and milk, there are no real groceries here. You’ll have to travel all the way out to Ontonagon (25 miles away) for groceries. That said, you can make the trip worth if you if you grab a bite to eat at Syl’s, a legendary diner famous for its repertoire of comfort food classics.

    The campground itself is moderately sized, with 99 sites available for RVs and tents. One of the draws to the campground is that all sites have at least 30 amp electric hookups available. One of the most common complaints here is due to the limited amount of pull-through sites, with many options too small to accommodate larger vehicles.

    Porcupine Mountains State Park is uniquely known for its hybrid existence between contemporary and antiquated beauty. The park is extremely modern, thanks to the updated facilities and well maintained grounds. However, it skirts the line with a true wilderness feel, owing to the rustic touches, and charming yurt cabins, available for overnight accommodations as well. Whatever your intent to visit, there’s no mistaking the quant appeal of this Michigan state park.

    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash

    $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Presque Isle - Porcupine Mountains State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Presque Isle - Porcupine Mountains State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Presque Isle - Porcupine Mountains State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Presque Isle - Porcupine Mountains State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Presque Isle - Porcupine Mountains State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Presque Isle - Porcupine Mountains State Park

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    Presque Isle - Porcupine Mountains State Park

    35 Reviews
    207 Photos
    229 Saves
    Wakefield, Michigan

    The Porcupine Mountains Presque Isle Campground offers 50 rustic campsites near the scenic Presque Isle River. There are vault toilets and hand pumps for water. In addition to drive-up sites, there are also 6 walk-in sites.

    The campground is split into two loops. The east loop is a generator friendly side, while the west loop is generator free.

    There is access trails to the nearby Presque Isle River and or to the Lake Superior shoreline. Firewood is available for purchase at the campground office.

    At roughly 60,000 acres, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is Michigan’s largest state park. It is home to 35,000 acre old-growth forest, roaring waterfalls, miles of rivers and streams, more than 90 miles of hiking trails, the Lake Superior shoreline and vistas unrivaled anywhere in the Midwest.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $4 - $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvania (clark Lake) Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvania (clark Lake) Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvania (clark Lake) Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvania (clark Lake) Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvania (clark Lake) Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvania (clark Lake) Campground

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    Sylvania (clark Lake) Campground

    5 Reviews
    27 Photos
    50 Saves
    Watersmeet, Michigan

    Overview

    Sylvania (Clark Lake) Campground is located seven miles southwest of Watersmeet, Michigan, adjacent to the 18,327 acre Sylvania Wilderness Area. This 48-site campground provides a home base for visitors who venture into the wilderness on day outings. Also a great camping area in general or overnight camping just 5 minutes off Highway U.S. 2. Some electrical sites available, pressurized toilet facilities and an RV Dump and Water Station. Some sites are reservable but there are always sites available on a first come first serve basis as well!

    Recreation

    Sylvania's abundant lakes provide plentiful non-motorized boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing opportunities. Other popular activities include hiking and viewing wildlife.

    Facilities

    This campground consists of four camping loops with a total of 48 campsites and provides drive-in campsites that can accommodate tents, trailers and motor homes. All sites are spaced with natural vegetation for screening. Each campsite offers a wood table, fire ring, lantern post and parking spur. Drinking water is provided by faucets in loops 2, 3, and 4, while two flush toilet facilities and one accessible vault toilet are evenly spaced throughout the campground. Also located adjacent to the campground is a day use facility that has showers, a picnic area, canoe access landings, trailheads and a swimming beach. Located adjacent to the campground is a water and sewage dump station for RV's at a $5.00 charge. Some sites are reservable on Recreation.gov but other sites are on a first come, first serve basis and typically there is always a site available.

    Natural Features

    The old-growth forests and pristine lakes in the region provide habitat for a wide range of animal and plant life, including rare orchids, bald eagles, loons and osprey. The wilderness contains 34 named lakes, some with sandy beaches and others surrounded by record-size red and white pines. The Ottawa National Forest is comprised of nearly one million acres and is located in the western reaches of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The forest's rolling, forest covered hills extend from the south shore of Lake Superior to the Wisconsin border. Lakes, rivers and waterfalls are found throughout this beautiful landscape.

    Nearby Attractions

    Bond Falls located about 20 minutes North East. Porcupine Mountains located about 1 hour North West. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore located about 2 hours North East. Keweenaw Peninsula is located about 1.5 hours North.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $18 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Ottawa National Forest - Marion Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Ottawa National Forest - Marion Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Ottawa National Forest - Marion Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Ottawa National Forest - Marion Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Ottawa National Forest - Marion Lake Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Gogebic County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Gogebic County Park
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    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Gogebic County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Gogebic County Park

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    Lake Gogebic County Park

    6 Reviews
    10 Photos
    15 Saves
    Marenisco, Michigan
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Musky Lake Campground — Northern Highland State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Musky Lake Campground — Northern Highland State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Musky Lake Campground — Northern Highland State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Musky Lake Campground — Northern Highland State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Musky Lake Campground — Northern Highland State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Musky Lake Campground — Northern Highland State Forest

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    Musky Lake Campground — Northern Highland State Forest

    16 Reviews
    53 Photos
    55 Saves
    Sayner, Wisconsin

    Musky Lake Campground in the Northern Highland State Forest is a gem for anyone looking to escape into nature. This spot is open all year and offers a peaceful retreat with plenty of privacy. The campground is near Boulder Junction, WI, and is known for its clean showers and bathrooms, which is a big plus when things get busy.

    One of the standout features here is the easy access to hiking and biking trails. You can even take a leisurely bike ride to a local ice cream shop, which visitors rave about. The lake itself is perfect for swimming and kayaking, and the loons will sing you to sleep at night. If you're into stargazing, the big open sites provide a fantastic view of the night sky.

    For those who love a good campfire, you'll be happy to know that fires are allowed, and firewood is available for purchase. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. Just keep in mind that while there are no sewer hookups, there are sanitary dump stations available.

    The campground is also big rig friendly, making it a great spot for RVs. If you prefer tent camping, there are plenty of sites to choose from, including some with stunning water views. Sites 311 and 310 come highly recommended for their great views and relative seclusion.

    Overall, Musky Lake Campground offers a fantastic mix of natural beauty, convenient amenities, and a variety of activities to keep everyone entertained. Whether you're here for a quiet getaway or an adventure-filled weekend, this place has got you covered.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Porcupine Mountains Backcountry Camping — Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Porcupine Mountains Backcountry Camping — Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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    Camper-submitted photo from Porcupine Mountains Backcountry Camping — Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Porcupine Mountains Backcountry Camping — Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

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    Porcupine Mountains Backcountry Camping — Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

    17 Reviews
    59 Photos
    175 Saves
    White Pine, Michigan

    Backcountry sites: An unlimited number of permits can be issued but only 63 spots have a metal fire ring. Fires are restricted to metal fire rings. Cost $14- for 1-6 people. Maximum number per site is 6.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Ottawa National Forest?

According to TheDyrt.com, Ottawa National Forest offers a wide range of camping options, with 135 campgrounds and RV parks near Ottawa National Forest and 3 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Ottawa National Forest?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Ottawa National Forest is Lake Gogebic State Park Campground with a 3.9-star rating from 24 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Ottawa National Forest?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 3 free dispersed camping spots near Ottawa National Forest.

What parks are near Ottawa National Forest?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 9 parks near Ottawa National Forest that allow camping, notably Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and Chequamegon-Nicolet NF.