Pictured Rocks National Park, MICHIGAN
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Off the beaten path

Would love to keep this gem as hidden as possible, so hesitate to recommend, but it is really wonderful. Amazing location and super quiet when the ATVs stay away. The drive out is remote and easy to get lost (I thought). A county road map is handy!

Favorite get away

Hands down the best campground near Munising, MI. Located in Christmas. You can find iron ore and beautiful stones here. Very peaceful and rustic.

Favorite get away

Hands down the best campground near Munising, MI. Located in Christmas. You can find iron ore and beautiful stones here. Very peaceful and rustic.

Absolutely Rustic and Amazing

If you’re one who likes the thrill of winding backroads and wants to be away from all the noise and commotion of the city this is your spot. I took my friends on a loop through the UP this past June and they made me plan another one because they loved it so much. Bodi Lake Campground is off of a dirt road that is about 35 minutes from Tahquamenon State forest, 30 min from crisp point lighthouse (you can climb to the top and had a beautiful view), and about 2 hours from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. This campground is my favorite so far because it’s right on the lake which you are able to kayak, or canoe on, has beautiful sunrises/sunsets, and is very remote. This campground also includes fire pits, toilets, and is very spacious. You are close enough to your “neighbors” but still have privacy. There are no water hookups, showers, or anything larger than tents. This campsite is a drive up, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE because it is free. No reservations are taken. This campsite is run by an older couple during the summer months. They gave us a couple of brochures and are happy to answer any questions you have! They are the reason we found the lighthouse! Overall this is a GREAT place to stay and I recommend it to anyone and everyone!

recommend lower loop site

Campground is fairly close to Grand Marais and the Au Sable Lighthouse. Nice trails around!  The Grand Sable visitors center is a nice stop for some additional ideas of what to see in the area- friendly service. Grand Sable Lake is another fun little place to check out.  You will not be bored since so many great sites are so near- within a bit of a hike or a quick drive. 

Wooded sites make for some feeling of seclusion. We were in an area where generators were not allowed so night time was quite peaceful.  Nice amenities here too :)

could there be a better location?!

What an amazing campground location! Easy access to the beach and the trails along the water :) We lucked out with a GREAT view of Lake Superior.  Sandy sites mean its easy put up and tent and get a good nights rest.  For how busy the campground was it wasn't overly loud or too chaotic. Paths down to the beach for easy access no matter what spot you get, it will not be a disappointment.  (Though still try for the lake view ones ;) )

I would think it's challenging to get a spot here! We stayed our first night at a campground near Munising then got up SUPER early to get a site here.  I believe it's first come, first served but since it's been a couple years that might have changed. 

*Munising is not super close, but it's well worth it for a bit of a drive to go on the Picture Rocks cruise! VERY cool to see the cliffside and the brilliant colors from the water :)

just stayed a night

Since reservations were hard to come by closer to Pictured Rocks- busy weekend in Sept!  We stayed here our first night.  I am not a huge fun of campgrounds of this type- with smaller, less secluded sites, but in a bind it worked out well.  Good facilities and near Tannery Falls which was a nice little hike to a large waterfall.  Large number of sites, we will opt for the rustic tent/walk-in sites next time since they seemed to be more secluded. 

Some sites very near the water- I would think these are a good choice! We arrived late, so had minimal options.

*visit Tannery Falls- Not a ton of water flowing, but very rustic and relaxed place! We didn't see anyone else for most of our time there :)   Also near is Munising falls- easy access to a nice waterfall and Miners Falls another pretty easy to access falls.

near Miners Castle

This is the campground to stay at for the easiest access to Miners Castle which is one of the more popular places to check out in the Pictured Rocks area. 

Campground is VERY small and first come, first served.  Unfortunately, we picked a busy weekend and had to opt to stay at another campground since this one was filled.  It was a place I'd definitely want to stay when we return to the area. Sites seemed nice and the vibe of the campground, though 'full', was pretty quiet and chill. 

If you stay here you must check out Miners Castle- it's beautiful with the bright blue water surrounding the point!

Late arrival, still got a great spot

We arrived late after finding several other campgrounds already full. To our surprise we still found a spot right on the lake with great access. The campground was super quiet despite being about 3/4 full.

Great private campground!

Awesome spot to camp if you’re visiting the pictured rocks. There are no campgrounds in the National Park itself, so it’s about a 15-20 minute drive to see them. The campground had everything I could ask for! The showers were warm and spacious, and they even had WiFi so I could submit some homework (school doesn’t stop for camping unfortunately). They had a camp store with wood and little souvenirs, and the hosts were great and made sure we had what we needed. Only downside was the wood was a little expensive, and they went around collected unused wood to resell it (I like to leave any wood leftover for the next campers!) The campers next to us gave us all their wood before they left though, so that was awesome! The pictured rocks and Munising have tons of trails and awesome waterfalls to explore, as well as the cruise and kayak tours of the rocks. Eh Burger was an awesome spot to go for dinner before our sunset cruise! We will definitely be camping here again when we want to go back to see the rocks.

Indian Lake Visit in October

I enjoyed this campsite very much. MI state parks generally have great, clean bathrooms, this one included. Most sites have tree coverage, and can have good views of the lake. Sites aren’t super private, but it wasn’t busy when I visited in October of last year.

If you are looking for things to do in the area consider: Kitch-iti-kipi Springs Fayette State Historic Park Canoeing on the Manistique River

Spacious and Clean!

We stayed here for almost a week and were able to explore all the waterfalls in the area and the UP in general. P.S. it is really close to Kitch-Iti-Kipi! Go see these phenomenon; it is special. This campground has everything you need and is a good central location if you want to set it as your base.

Perfect...on lake

New…clean…great location!

Memorial Day weekend camping trip

Camped here over Memorial Day weekend and had a great time! The campsite itself was pretty nice, and I was right next to the lake. The campsites are close to each other though so if you’re looking for something where you don’t have close neighbors I would recommend somewhere else.

Very picturesque!

Spent the night here during a camping trip in August 2010. Right along a beach and very relaxing! Beautiful sunset opportunities and on a clear night you can see plenty of stars. Bear box and pole to keep food safe and a lot of blueberries around when in season!

Deep Forest Camping

We stayed here one night last summer on our way to Wisconsin. There are a few dispersed sites throughout the forest. They are just clearing or pull offs without any facilities. This is deep forest with sandy roads. The site was just a few miles from pictured rock national seashore. Of note the road from Deer Park and Grand Marais is a rough washboard road. It can be driven in a car without clearance but presents a risk for passenger vehicles with heavy loads. We were awoken by local hunters running their dogs through our site. They had a huge caravan of dog vans and made quite a commotion in the woods. If your looking for a free site near Grand Stable Dunes this does the job.

Overcrowded Michigan State Park

We stay here last summer on a tour of the Michigan UP. The campground was about 3 hours drive from the border crossing at Sault Saint Marie. The campsite was overcrowded with locals and the sites were on top of each other. The camp was noisy and many of the sites were uneven and hard to access. The nearby lakes provide nice swimming opportunities and it across the street from a bluff overlooking Lake Superior. This may be ok for families looking for a place to take the kids for a night or two. We were so disappointed in the camp we departed after a few hours and camped at a dispersed site in the nearby Lake Superior Forest.

Very comfortable

We hit this campground at the end of our trip and we found it to be very relaxing. One bonus for us was that my wife had camped here as a child and had wonderful memories.


Such an awesome campground! We came for Kitch-iti-kipi, but we both think that the highlight of the trip was the campsite. Far enough apart from others, but nothing is a far walk either. The lake is awesome, it’s super shallow and warm and there are stairs around the campground to go swimming. We definitely will be coming back!

Pretty park watch out for swimmers itch

Nice park but the only thing we saw about swimmers itch was on a billion board outside the bathroom AFTER we had already been swimming

Beautiful setting near lake, restaurants and groceries

We stayed at this campground in late July 2017. The sites are first come first serve. We got lucky and snagged a great site for our 41' 5th wheel just as someone was getting ready to leave. The campground was totally full. There is water and electric only. But, there is a pump truck you can contract with to pump your tanks as needed. We have only planned to stay for 2 days, but because the setting was so nice, we stayed for 7 nights! Definitely one of our favorite camping experiences. Lake Superior feels like an ocean.

We will definitely try to make it back one day!


This place is very clean and a lot of spots, some big some Not. It’s very beautiful there!


Loved this campground so much that we stayed an extra night. Cleanest restrooms I've ever encountered in a campground. Very quiet and relaxing. Loved the sound of the water. Definitely plan to come back. Not a ton of trees, but still perfect.

Great get away

Love this place. It has no power but is key quiet. Lots of open spots usually. Usual rustic camping. The boat launch is a little tight but good fishing. Lots of small fish but the scenery is amazing.

Hike in

Was a good spot to stop asking the pictured rocks hike. Also not a bad hike from the parking lot to the west. Had a trash pole and a food locker. The fire ring was a nice little Suprise to cook food. Great view of the lake from the sand dunes but wind was blocked by trees. Tent spots were level. Got spot to Spend the night.

Our go to Campground

Love the campground. Can fill quick. The bathroom facilities are pretty nice. We avoid June and July because of black wise. The beach isn't bad on the lake but directly across the street you can go down to Lake Superior which has miles of beaches. Lots of hiking trails in about a half hour from any town. There is a little store on the other side of the lake. One of our top spots to come camp. There is power hookups to most sites and spots for RVs and campers. Not a far drive to go cut your own firewood.

Amazing place,terrible camp host.

This place was amazing. Very roomy and just beautiful. The camp host was horrible they would yell at us to slow down when we we under the speed limit. There dog was off leash and bit one of our dogs and one of our campers. They were horrible worst hosts ever!

Best campground ever!

My favorite campground I’ve ever been too. Rustic, and very beautiful. It’s a bit of a venture to get there but well worth it!


I stayed here for a week and Loved it! It’s a bit of a drive to get there but well worth it! I can’t wait to go back again! It’s only you and Nature at its Best!! I enjoyed all the Quiet!