Top Glamping in Michigan

When you think about camping in Michigan, it’s the water that draws most to the Great Lakes State. Michigan has 3,288 miles of shoreline, the second longest of any state, including 1,056 miles of island coast. Plus, you’re never more than six miles from a natural water source, or more than 85 miles away from a Great Lake.

There are plenty of opportunities for coastal and island camping in Michigan, but it’s more than just water. Michigan has the largest state park and state forest system of any state, with over 100 state parks, recreation areas, and state forests. There are also several national parks, forests, and lakeshores to pitch a tent or park the adventure rig. Needless to say, you have some options, so stick with The Dyrt to help you narrow it down. Consider these main Michigan attractions when deciding on where to go camping in Michigan.

For most campers, the epicenter of natural beauty and outdoor recreation in Michigan is Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Mountainous dunes slope from high peaks and plateaus down to meet with the clear blue waters of Lake Michigan. Hiking, biking, hang gliding, off-roading, kiteboarding, paddle boarding, or just simply sandy beach lounging can all be found in and around Sleeping Bear Dunes. Also, when you take a camping trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes, the nearby quaint towns and rolling inland hills speckled with fruit orchards provide the perfect bonus excursions.

Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state in the country. Michigan waterways have been essential to the growth of the nation, but they’ve also been treacherous for mariners for centuries, and continue to demand respect. When camping in Michigan, touring some of the iconic Michigan lighthouses can be a great way to learn about the history of the region, while also taking in stellar views of natural landscapes and architectural achievement. Check in with The Dyrt for information on camping near some great Michigan lighthouses.

Finally, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is an entire playground of its own for outdoor recreation and exploration. Discover some of the many waterfalls like the impressive Tahquamenon Falls, or kayak on Lake Superior for a memorable view of the famous Pictured Rocks. The power of Lake Superior can be seen across the northern shore with unique rock formations, and remnants of the prominent mining and shipping industry still exist throughout. If you’re thinking about more remote or wild camping options in Michigan, the Upper Peninsula is for you. Whatever your camping style, stay tuned to The Dyrt for inside information on the best camping in Michigan.

Best Glamping Sites in Michigan (265)

    Camper-submitted photo from Warren Dunes State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Warren Dunes State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Warren Dunes State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Warren Dunes State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Warren Dunes State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Warren Dunes State Park Campground

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    Warren Dunes State Park Campground

    64 Reviews
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    418 Saves
    Bridgman, Michigan

    In the southwestern-most corner of Michigan, about 100 miles from Grand Rapids, Warren Dunes State Park is home to 3 miles of sandy beaches and windswept dunes on the shore of Lake Michigan. There are 6 miles of short trails for exploring the area, but the main draws to Warren Dunes camping is soaking up rays on the beach and climbing the dunes. The tallest dune, Tower Hill, rises 260 feet above the lakeshore and offers a panoramic view over the surrounding area. Park guides offer a variety of seasonal nature programs that highlight the area’s flora, fauna and natural features. Alcohol is not permitted on the beach at Warren Dunes, and dogs must remain leashed, and are restricted to certain areas only.

    The campground at Warren Dunes is located away from the beach, in a wooded area near the highway. On the upside, there’s plenty of shady trees to take cover under on the warmer, sunnier days; on the downside, there’s plenty of highway noise to distract from the peacefulness. The two camp areas—Modern and Semi-Modern—offer a total of 220 tent and RV sites that vary in size and seclusion. The larger Modern area has restrooms with showers, drinking water and playgrounds for the kids; limited hookup sites are available. This area also has three rustic mini-cabins for rent. The Semi-Modern area is more spartan, with just water and vault toilets. A dump station is located between the two areas. Campsite rates range from $25–$45/night; cabins are $52/night.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Munising Tourist Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Munising Tourist Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Munising Tourist Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Munising Tourist Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Munising Tourist Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Munising Tourist Park Campground

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    Munising Tourist Park Campground

    44 Reviews
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    324 Saves
    Munising, Michigan

    Located in the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the shores of Lake Superior lies the Munising Tourist Park Campground. This City owned campground was established in 1924 and has long since been a stopping point for campers visiting pictured rocks. With its unique location on Lake Superior it gives campers the ability to recreate on Lake Superior while experiencing breathtaking views. The campground is just 3 miles west of Munising where campers will find boat rides such as Pictured Rocks Cruises, Glass Bottom Boat Cruises’s and the Riptide Ride all located within 3 miles of the campground.

    Our location provides for day trips to Marquette, Grand Marais and Taquamenon Falls all within an hours drive without having to haul your camper!

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    • Reservable
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    $29 - $45 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Campground — Ludington State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Campground — Ludington State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Campground — Ludington State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Campground — Ludington State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Campground — Ludington State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Campground — Ludington State Park

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    Cedar Campground — Ludington State Park

    40 Reviews
    131 Photos
    275 Saves
    Ludington, 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

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    Camper-submitted photo from Fort Custer Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Fort Custer Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Fort Custer Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Fort Custer Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Fort Custer Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Fort Custer Recreation Area

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    Fort Custer Recreation Area

    40 Reviews
    51 Photos
    123 Saves
    Augusta, Michigan

    Fort Custer Campground at Fort Custer State Recreation Area is a 3,033-acre park located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. The park features three lakes, the Kalamazoo River, a campground, a swimming beach, boat rentals, more than 25 miles of multi-use trails, paddling and fishing opportunities, second growth forests and remnant areas of prairie. The trail system is popular with mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers and dog sledders.

    Originally farmland, the area was acquired by the federal government to establish Camp Custer, an induction and military training center for the U.S. Army during WWII. The land was deeded to the State of Michigan under President Nixon's Legacy of Parks in 1971.

    No alcoholic beverages allowed in park April 1 through Labor Day.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Twelvemile Beach Campground — Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
    Camper-submitted photo from Twelvemile Beach Campground — Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
    Camper-submitted photo from Twelvemile Beach Campground — Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
    Camper-submitted photo from Twelvemile Beach Campground — Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
    Camper-submitted photo from Twelvemile Beach Campground — Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
    Camper-submitted photo from Twelvemile Beach Campground — Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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    Twelvemile Beach Campground — Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

    37 Reviews
    184 Photos
    471 Saves
    Grand Marais, Michigan

    Overview

    Twelvemile Beach Campground is a beautiful campground along Lake Superior located within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, just 15 miles (24 km) west of Grand Marais. There are 36 sites total, including 2 universally accessible sites. Twelvemile Beach has water, pit toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, and an interpretive amphitheater. The campground has access to the North Country Trail and the two mile (3.2 km) long self-guided White Birch Interpretive Trail. The turning radius and some of the parking at sites are limited, so the Park recommends that camper, or vehicle/trailer length should NOT exceed 42 feet (13 m).__

    Recreation

    There are three sets of stairs to the beach as well as a day-use picnic area and parking. The two-mile (3.2 km) long White Birch Trail begins and ends at the campground. The North Country Trail treks through the campground. The entrance road winds through a picturesque stand of white birch.

    Facilities

    There are three sets of stairs to the beach as well as a day-use picnic area and parking. The two-mile (3.2 km) long White Birch Trail begins and ends at the campground. The North Country Trail treks through the campground. The entrance road winds through a picturesque stand of white birch.

    Natural Features

    Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, inland lakes, deep forest, and wild shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The power of Lake Superior shapes the park's coastal features and affects every ecosystem, creating a unique landscape to explore. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four-season outdoor opportunities abound.

    Nearby Attractions

    Kayak and Other Guided Tours and Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises within the national lakeshore are offered by authorized private companies. Pontoon boat and other rentals for use on Lake Superior are available in nearby communities.

    Charges & Cancellations

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    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Michigan Campground at Muskegon State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Michigan Campground at Muskegon State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Michigan Campground at Muskegon State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Michigan Campground at Muskegon State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Michigan Campground at Muskegon State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Michigan Campground at Muskegon State Park Campground

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    Lake Michigan Campground at Muskegon State Park Campground

    37 Reviews
    148 Photos
    218 Saves
    North Muskegon, Michigan

    Muskegon State Park is home to 3 miles of breathtaking shoreline (2 miles along Lake Michigan and 1 mile on Muskegon Lake), Snug Harbor, forested dunes, two campgrounds, picnic areas, multiple trails, and more. One of the park's popular features is the blockhouse that was originally built by the CCC in the 1930s to provide opportunities for visitors to see in all directions. It sits on the highest point in Muskegon County.

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    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
    232 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.

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    $4 - $20 / night

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

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    Leelanau State Park Campground

    35 Reviews
    134 Photos
    492 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

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    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Sleepy Hollow State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sleepy Hollow State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sleepy Hollow State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sleepy Hollow State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sleepy Hollow State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sleepy Hollow State Park Campground

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    Sleepy Hollow State Park Campground

    32 Reviews
    85 Photos
    143 Saves
    Ovid, Michigan

    Located just 20 minutes north of Lansing, Sleepy Hollow State Park is an idyllic getaway for anyone needing some time away from the city. The 2,600 acre park is situation on Price Road off US-27 making it easily accessible to people passing through. That being the case, the park still maintains its charm and accommodates campers and visitors every day without issue. The Little Maple river can be found winding in and out of the forested geography, with Lake Ovid situated right in the heart, thanks to the clever placement of a dam. Visitors come from all over to enjoy the scenic landscapes, birdwatching opportunities, and Winter Snowshoeing.

    During the Spring, camp rangers host the weekly Sleepy Hollow State Park Nature program, which educates campers about local wildlife and the history of the surrounding regions. This is a great opportunity for families to spend some time together, especially after a long day of hiking and camping.

    Surprisingly, it’s during the winter that this park is most frequently attended. In fact, Sleepy Hollow is most recognized for the miles of snowshoeing and cross country skiing trails that run through the land. The trails are well-traveled, however there’s no shortage of privacy to get out and find peace and quiet within the confines of a forest muted by snow.

    Camping here is easily accessible. Michigan Residents can utilize their State Park Recreation Passport to get in for free. Otherwise, entrance rates are $11 for residents, and $16 for non-residents. If camping, full-service campsites start at $25/night, while walk-in rustic sites are only $17/night. Furthermore, if camping in a tent doesn’t sound like your thing there are onsite cabins available for rent at $68 per night. If you want electricity and a full-service cabin, Deluxe Cabins can be rented for $101 a night.

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    $25 - $101 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Orchard Beach State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Orchard Beach State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Orchard Beach State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Orchard Beach State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Orchard Beach State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Orchard Beach State Park Campground

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    Orchard Beach State Park Campground

    30 Reviews
    71 Photos
    166 Saves
    Manistee, 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

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