Top Pet-Friendly Camping near Traverse City, MI

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Best Pet-Friendly Camping Sites Near Traverse City, MI (162)

    Camper-submitted photo from Traverse City State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Traverse City State Park Campground
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    1.

    Traverse City State Park Campground

    48 Reviews
    93 Photos
    202 Saves
    Traverse City, Michigan

    Traverse City State Park is a 47-acre state park set in a more urban setting and featuring .25 miles of beautiful beach on the Grand Traverse Bay. The park is located only 3 miles from downtown Traverse City, one of the Michigan's most popular resort towns.

    The park was established in 1920 on about 16 acres of land after the logging industry began to wane. In 1921 and 1939, parcels were added to increase the park's land area. The original inhabitants of the land were the Ottawa branch of the Algonquin Indians.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River Campground — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River Campground — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River Campground — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River Campground — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River Campground — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River Campground — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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    Platte River Campground — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    58 Reviews
    228 Photos
    608 Saves
    Beulah, Michigan

    Overview

    Platte River Campground is located in the southern district of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, on the lower peninsula of Michigan. This year-round facility is one of the most popular campgrounds in the park. It is within walking distance of the Platte River and a short walk or drive away from the Lake Michigan shore. Hikers can access many of the area's day use and backpacking trails just north of the campground.Summer temperatures range from the upper 70s to 90 degrees F (25__ to 32__ C) during the day, and from the 50s to 70 degrees F (10__ to 25__ C) at night.__ Winters are cold, with daytime highs from 20__ to 30__ F (-7__ to -1__ C) and lows in the 10s and 20s F (-12 to -7__ C). Snow is usually on the ground from late November through March.

    Recreation

    Campers can hike, canoe, kayak and fish on the river or the lake. There are canoe rentals at nearby Platte River Point, where the river meets the lake (the point also has beach access for those wishing to drive there). The Platte Plains trail system boasts more than 25 miles (40 km) of trails, some of which can be accessed a short walk away from the campground. Trails to the primitive White Pine backcountry campground are also close by.

    Facilities

    Campers can hike, canoe, kayak and fish on the river or the lake. There are canoe rentals at nearby Platte River Point, where the river meets the lake (the point also has beach access for those wishing to drive there). The Platte Plains trail system boasts more than 25 miles (40 km) of trails, some of which can be accessed a short walk away from the campground. Trails to the primitive White Pine backcountry campground are also close by.

    Natural Features

    The campground lies in a wooded area within walking distance of the Platte River and less than two miles (3.2 km) away from the beaches of Lake Michigan. Although the lakeshore is long and narrow, it has northern hardwood and conifer forests, abandoned farm meadows, wetlands, lakes, streams, bogs and splendid examples of a glacially formed landscape.The most prominent features in the park, and those for which it is named, are the perched sand dunes above Lake Michigan. The overlooks at Sleeping Bear, Empire and Pyramid Point bluffs are about 400 feet (122 m) above the lake. With 65 miles (105 km) of Lake Michigan shoreline and numerous inland lakes and streams, the park is wonderfully water-oriented.

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    For local information, please call (231) 326-4700 or call (877) 444-6777 for general information.

    Charges & Cancellations

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

    $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Green Lake Rustic South — Interlochen State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Green Lake Rustic South — Interlochen State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Green Lake Rustic South — Interlochen State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Green Lake Rustic South — Interlochen State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Green Lake Rustic South — Interlochen State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Green Lake Rustic South — Interlochen State Park

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    Green Lake Rustic South — Interlochen State Park

    33 Reviews
    36 Photos
    201 Saves
    Interlochen, Michigan

    Green Lake Rustic South at Interlochen State Park is a gem tucked away in Michigan. This campground offers a mix of rustic and modern camping experiences, making it a favorite for both tent campers and RV enthusiasts. The park is open year-round, so you can enjoy its beauty in any season.

    One of the standout features here is the stunning sunrise over Duck Lake. If you're lucky enough to snag a lakeside spot, you're in for a treat with crystal-clear, Caribbean-blue waters. The campground is well-maintained, with clean and spacious bathrooms and showers. There's also a handy market nearby for any last-minute supplies or firewood.

    For those who love a bit of adventure, the campground provides easy access to kayaking and fishing. There's a 2.5-mile hiking and biking trail that circles the area, perfect for a leisurely stroll or a more vigorous workout. The beach is clean and has a playground within sight, making it a great spot for families.

    Pets are welcome, and the area is quite dog-friendly, with plenty of space for walks. The sites are generally level and shaded by old-growth trees, providing a pleasant and comfortable camping experience. While the sites are a bit close together, the friendly atmosphere more than makes up for it.

    Interlochen State Park is also conveniently close to tourist attractions like wineries and Fish Town, so there's plenty to explore beyond the campground. Whether you're a seasoned camper or a newbie, Green Lake Rustic South offers a tranquil and enjoyable escape into nature.

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    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort

    4.

    Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort

    21 Reviews
    24 Photos
    84 Saves
    Traverse City, Michigan

    Big Rigs, RVs, Fifth Wheels, Pop-Up Trailers and Tents are welcomed to escape to Traverse City’s wooded retreat! With Cabin Rentals, wireless internet (please request this when making a reservation), spacious and shady sites, heated pool, a variety of activities, camp store and goodie shop, and clean bath houses, Timber Ridge has all of the bases covered.

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

    $60 - $260 / night

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    Camper-submitted photo from Leelanau State Park Campground
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    Leelanau State Park Campground

    35 Reviews
    134 Photos
    483 Saves
    Northport, 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/0,4570,7-350-79134_79210---,00.html

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Whitewater Township Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Whitewater Township Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Whitewater Township Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Whitewater Township Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Whitewater Township Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Whitewater Township Park Campground

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    Whitewater Township Park Campground

    11 Reviews
    21 Photos
    116 Saves
    Williamsburg, Michigan

    Whitewater Township Park Campground, nestled near Williamsburg, MI, is a gem for those seeking a peaceful retreat with some solid amenities. This place runs from May 9 to September 29, making it a perfect summer getaway. The campground sits beautifully on a hillside overlooking Elk Lake, offering some stunning views, especially from sites 7, 8, or 9.

    The campground is well-maintained, with clean restrooms and showers that operate on quarters. You’ll find electric and water hookups at many sites, and there’s a sanitary dump station on-site. Firewood and ice are available for purchase, which is super convenient. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    One of the standout features is the easy access to Elk Lake. There’s a fantastic boat launch if you’re into boating or fishing. The lake’s clear blue waters are perfect for a refreshing swim or a relaxing day by the shore. If you’re up for a bit of exploration, the nearby hiking trails offer a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

    The campground is also just a short drive from Elk Rapids and Traverse City, so you can easily pop into town for supplies or a bit of sightseeing. Traverse City, in particular, is known for its wineries, which can be a fun detour on a rainy day.

    Overall, Whitewater Township Park Campground is a great spot for a laid-back camping experience with all the essentials covered. Whether you’re in a tent, RV, or looking for a bit of glamping, this place has got you covered.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Leelanau Pines
    Camper-submitted photo from Leelanau Pines
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    Camper-submitted photo from Leelanau Pines

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    Leelanau Pines

    10 Reviews
    36 Photos
    231 Saves
    Cedar, Michigan

    Located on the beautiful Lake Leelanau and just a short drive from Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Empire, and more, Leelanau Pines Campground is one of the best camping destinations in all of Michigan. With 7 different RV site types located along the lake or in the pines, there's a spot for every kind of camper! Enjoy our lakefront access and swimming area, playground, nature trail, and more. Open May 6 - October 16.

    A Family Camping Resort on Beautiful Twenty-One Mile Long "Lake Leelanau".

    Close to Traverse City, Leland, Suttons Bay, Casinos and Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes.

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

    $86 - $108 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Holiday Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Holiday Park Campground
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    Holiday Park Campground

    8 Reviews
    27 Photos
    75 Saves
    Grawn, Michigan
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp

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    Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp

    9 Reviews
    33 Photos
    75 Saves
    Interlochen, 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/0,4570,7-350-79134_79210---,00.html

    This rustic trail camp sits along the tranquil shores of Lake Dubonnet in Grand Traverse County, just five miles northwest of Interlochen via M-137, US-31, Gonder Road and Lake Dubonnet Trail.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Fisherman's Island State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fisherman's Island State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fisherman's Island State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fisherman's Island State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fisherman's Island State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fisherman's Island State Park Campground

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    Fisherman's Island State Park Campground

    40 Reviews
    160 Photos
    426 Saves
    Charlevoix, Michigan

    Nestled on six miles of immaculate Lake Michigan shoreline, Fisherman’s Island State Park is a 2,600+ acre camping haven, located just outside downtown Charlevoix, MI. Thanks to low lake levels the island from the park’s namesake no longer exists. Over the course of 25 years, water fluctuations lead to the natural formation of a tombolo which now connects the island to mainland Michigan.

    The park itself consists of 80 homey campsites, 15 of which are nestled right on the dunes dotting the shoreline. Luckily, the campsites have lots of amenities. Many offer private, secluding camping right on the shore of Lake Michigan. Additionally, fires are allowed here, with firewood available as well. Furthermore, pets are permitted if on leash. Even better, full hookups are available for RVers. There are also showers, bathrooms, WiFi, public trash, and more.

    As a result of its wet geography, this region is known for its lush wildflower population. Vibrant flocks of Cardinal Flower, Beach Pea, Broadleaf Arrowhead, and many more varieties can be found all over the park’s rolling dunes and under the aspen and birch trees found scattered throughout.

    Even though there aren't specified recreation areas here, you really don’t need them. That’s because the campsites themselves are extremely well maintained, private, and perfect for anyone looking for a short trip away from urban life. Rustic camping is $16/night, and there is a 15 day consecutive night limit. That being said, MI residents can save money by purchasing a recreation passport during license plate renewal, which grants access to all MI state parks for free. Campsite reservations can be made 24/7 up to 6 months in advance on the Michigan State Park Website.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $20 / night

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