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Favorite MI State Park

This park offers excellent access to two beautiful lakes and Traverse City is a quick 15 minute drive. The Duck Lake camground is very large. The North end is less shaded with more grass on many sites. The south campground is well shaded and has some slopped sites. Both have sites with lake frontage, but you need to book 6 months in advance to get one. Nice Beach area near the camp store. There are two boat launches for Duck Lake. Bath houses are typical of MI State Parks: adequate and cleaned regularly.

Great campground!

Nice campground with well maintained restroom/shower facilities. The owners were really great hosts! Some tent sites have electric hookups, which is always a must for us. There is a paved trail that runs by the campground, and it's less than a 3 mile walk/bike ride to downtown Frankfort and the lakeshore, which has a ton of things to do.

Great place!

One trip and we were hooked. It has become a family tradition several times a year. Worth a 2+ hour drive. Lots of water lots and lots with water views. Clean bath houses.


We were literally the only people in the camp ground. Showers were hot, but the wall heater was a little scary (propane). The owners were very nice. We came after dark and left early, so we didn’t see too much of the campground. Nice treed setting.

Near Platte River tubing and Sleeping Bear Dunes!

We loved camping here! We were so excited to explore the sleeping bear area and this is on the southern end and 40 minutes from Traverse City. You are near the Platte River which is perfect for kayaking and tubing! The campgrounds were clean and we were near a bath house that was nicely updated. There is a RR grade trail that leads to the beach but I recommend dribing up. Even after apply a ton of bug spray we felt like we were getting eaten alive on the trail.


Connects to a walking and biking trail.

Family friendly people. Amazing place

Family friendly, there is fishing and canoeing, fire pits and swimming in the lake. They have a camp for horses too.

cheap and easy

This campground is cheap and easy to access. It has a fire pit, nearby bathrooms, WiFi, and was in short driving distance to the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City. They have a shop at the entrance where you check in and have food, ice, and firewood available. It’s definitely not remote (you’re close by to neighbors, and close to state routes), but is close to major attractions and trails and gets the job done :) Would definitely go again.

Loved it!

This was the second place on our stop while visiting Michigan. The first place we stayed was nice, but super busy because there was a beach and lake. This place wasn't very busy because it was a bit isolated from other campgrounds. This campground is the furthest from the dock area, so less people travel to here. There was probably about 5 other families while we were here, which is surprising because it was mid July. I guess there are only like 7-8 sites, so that makes sense. We reserved our site online. The island is beautiful, and the beach area was amazing! Very clean, and private. Felt like we were on our own little island. The campground was clean as well. The attendants/rangers were super helpful and nice. They directed us to our location as well as give us some ideas for great hiking in the area. Definitely bring lots of water or some sort of filtration system because there is no fresh water to drink. The nice thing about a smaller campground and less sites is that they were separated really well. There was quite a bit of space between the sites, so it didn't feel like you were right on top of each other. Did some beautiful hikes that overlooked the water! I would 100% come back and enjoy this private campground again!

Busy Campground

This campground is really busy but its definitely worth it to be in Traverse City! It is right across from the bay so its easy to go swimming. It is also close to all of the wineries which was awesome.

Close to Elk Rapids

This campground is close to Elk Rapids which is what I really cared about. The sites are nice and large, however, I thought we would have better access to Elk Lake. I would stay here again though.

family campground

M family has been coming here since they opened many years ago. I love coming to this campground to spend time with my family. The owners are really nice and it's a very quiet and small campground where everyone knows everyone. It is situated on a small lake that is great for fishing, boating, or kayaking.

There are also little cabins you can rent that are very cute. They don't have a bathroom but are located directly across from the bathrooms and the path is well lit at night so you don't have to worry about not being able to see your way there. The cabins are very well kept up, as are the bathrooms. Often times when I stay with my grandparents, I will use the campground bathrooms over the camper bathroom because they are SO clean you never have to worry about anything.

Fun, clean, fairly quiet if you go late August.

I greatly enjoyed my visit to the park! Very clean campsite.

Sweetwater Serenity

This state park campground has, for the most part, primitive tent sites - many on the water or with views of the water. All are wooded. Many face north and the night skies are phenomenal. There is a state park beach down the road. It's worth the 15 minute hike to the lake - white sand beach, clear water and blue sky with seldom anyone else there. The folks who camp there have always been great - we've been going there for 20+ years and our sons and their friends come each year with us. There's a town six miles away - you can run or bike to it through the pines and cherry orchards. They take reservations six months out. There is a lighthouse and playground as well for families. It's wonderful!

Resort Camping

This campground is great for what it is, a resort type campground with tons of activities and opportunities for fun. It is not a typical campground for people looking to get lost in the woods. There are trails if you want to get away from all the action, however the main campground area is usually quite busy.

Amazing Views, History, and Trails

While I imagine it must get really busy during the peak of summer, I have to say this is one of the cooler campgrounds I've been to. The camp site could NOT get any closer to Lake Michigan. Well maintained and clean. The state park it's part of is centered around its history as lighthouse grounds signaling the entrance to the Grand Traverse bay. The park still has the the historic lighthouse(which you can enter and climb for a fee), the siren building that doubles as a museum about the numerous shipwrecks in the area, and gift shop that sells ice cream. With miles of trails and Northport only a short drive away, you'll have good time.

Far enough away

Great state park to enjoy the Grand Traverse area without the traffic and congestion of Traverse. Sites are large and the park is clean. Lots of boaters so I assume fishing is good too.

Rustic Camp Overlooking Lake Ann

This rustic campground is setteled on a ridge overlooking Lake Ann. Camp offers outhouses and water hand pumps. Previous times I've been here we could beach our boat right on the shoreline down from camp. Across the the road from the campground is the Lake Ann Pathway which offers hiking through forested hills, along the Platte river, and along the shore of a small scenic lake. Located only a couple miles from the village of Lake Ann, you're only about 20 minutes from traverse city, and 30 minutes from the world famous sleeping bear dunes.

Roomy sites, but noisy

The campground itself is great. Big roomy sites. Walkway to the beach. Some updated restrooms. Not busy when we stayed. However, it is close to the major artery going into/out of the City. The closer you are to the highway, the louder the noise. Since the park is long and narrow going with the highway, you can hear the traffic from everywhere.

When we stayed (September) the rangers were only on property 2 hours a day. That made our check in a nightmare. We could talk with a reservation system through a phone mounted near the ranger station. However, to pick a site, we had to compare sites we wanted with a listing of reserved sites. The listing of reservations was a piece of paper with the sites and days they were reserved. The listing was confusing and it took us several trips through the park to find a site we liked that was not on the list.

Nice rustic campground near Platte River

Campsites set in forest along the upper Platte river. Sites are large and some are not far from the river. Campground has outhouses and water hand pumps. Only big down side is that it's located right on the side of the highway.

Great sites right on the water!

Great place to take a camper with family. The campground offers clean facilities, general store, rentals for the lake, and camp events like movie night. With sites right on the water remember to bring your kayak! Trails in forest give oppertunity to explore, and just down the road from Mesick also.

Large campgrounds close to lots of water

Stopped for a night on a road trip around Lake Michigan. Campgrounds was clean, and so were the toilets/showers. There were hiking trails close by, but wish they were clearly marked. Was told a black bear visits the campgrounds at least once a week, but is not much a nuisance as long as campers store their food in the car. Easy access to Platte River - kayaked the North branch, which was winding and fast moving. Go when they release the salmon from the hatchery - you feel all the salmon brush against your kayak as they swim upstream!

Wonderful campground with beautiful scenery!

We arrived on a busy weekend without camping reservations in hopes there would be some openings or cancellations. That wasn't the case when I pulled up to the booth and saw the campground full sign.

The kind Ranger informed us there we're no openings and she started going through our other camping options in the area. She could see the slight dismay in our faces about the potential that we might have to backtrack 30-45 minutes.

Thats when she told us that, if we wanted, we could camp in the "general use" area by the playground and cookout grills, as long as we could break camp by 9 am! Then she helped book some open campsites for the next few nights for out party of 3 adults, 3 kids and 2 German Shepherds!

The best part is that the views, campsites, lighthouse, and nearby trails matched the high quality care the Ranger gave us. We will be back soon, and this time with reservations!

Huuuuggggeeeee campground!

Pros: Tons of great sites Across the street from a beautiful beach Close to wineries, breweries and a fun downtown Clean showers and rest rooms

Cons: Summer is packed and some sites are very close Road noise from the highway

Smaller family owned with all the amenities you need,

The first time I camped here was in the 1970's. It is beautiful, peaceful campground on Lake Leelanau which is located on the Leelanau peninsula in between West Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan in close proximity to the little town of Lake Leelanau, Suttons Bay, Leland and many Michigan wineries. Also not far from Glen Arbor and Sleeping Bear Dunes.

This is one of my favorite campgrounds in Michigan.

Well maintained Campground

Very clean with good size sites and good facilities, but the best draw is you're right in the middle of all the Sleeping Bear National Shoreline has to offer!

Great Lake Michigan Campground

Many sites right on the shoreline, and some of the best rock hunting on the beach.

Childhood Favorite

Cant count how many times i've been here. Being only a couple miles from home, I could ride my bike through the forest paths to this camp ground. The camp is located on the N.W. shore of the Lake Dubonnet resovoir. Rustic, cheap, horse friendly, out house, and pleanty of forest and lake to explore.

Nice hike in & amazing beach to yourself

After a short mile or so hike over a mostly level sandy trail you'll reach to the campground. It's located in a part of the forest with lots of ridges. While there is only a couple sites, and the trail on isn't that exciting, the camp is secluded, has a out house and bear food locker. Most impressive though is the short walk from camp to the amazing Lake Michigan beach shore. Even during the busy season of the National lakeshore, I had the whole beach to myself!

Adventures to be had on North Manitou

N. Manitou Island is part of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore and is located in Lake Michigan and offers days of discovery to be had. To get to N. Manitou you will take a ferry in Leland, Michigan that will take you to the island. You can stay for a day trip, backcountry camp, or stay at the designated camp gound. You must take ALL needed supplies for your stay with you to the island, there are no stores there. Once on the island you can go many miles of hiking, where you will encounter beutiful forest, marsh, dunes, and the abandoned buildings, ruins, and orchards unused for over 100 years. If you pack your fishing pole to lake manitou, located in the center of the lake, you can experience amazing small mouth bass fishing. I spent my 3 days fishing, but plan on heading back to explore more.