Camping in Michigan is possible in every corner of the state. If you want to camp under the bridge, use this list.
WEST MI CAMPGROUNDS
Charles Mears State Park, Pentwater
My family camps here every year. It’s got a cute downtown, great beach, and a small-town atmosphere. Hard to get into, though.
Diamond Lake Camp County Park, Newaygo
Diamond Lake campground has been a good stand-by when we want to be close to the North Country Trail.
Duke Creek, Cedar Springs
Duke Creek in Cedar Springs, and no, it’s not the one on the highway. It’s tucked in the woods so it feels like you’re up north, yet I can still go to work downtown. I love the pool.
Dunes Harbor Family Camp, Silver Lake
Located in Silver Lake, Michigan. Dunes Harbor Family Camp is a secluded woodland harbor minutes from Silver Lake and the Sand Dunes with 60 waterfront campsites, among others.
Hill & Hollow Campground and RV Park, Pentwater
Hill & Hollow Campground is nestled in the woods just two miles north of Pentwater. With two heated pools, basketball and volleyball courts, your kids will have a blast!
Holland State Park , Holland MI
One of the most popular campgrounds in Michigan. This scenic spot makes packing it in easy. Holland State Park has a family in mind with the new playground, views of the iconic lighthouse, two campgrounds, beautiful beaches, and paddle rentals. Consider the Holland Camper Cabins if you desire a bit more of the modern conveniences.
Hungry Horse Campground, Dorr
We go to Hungry Horse Campground in Dorr every year! Excellent family camping, close to Grand Rapids, and the kids LOVE it! With a mile-long list of things to do on-site, you don’t have to leave to find the fun. A swimming pool, splash pad, three playgrounds, jumping pad, basketball courts, wagon rides, and tons of family activities make this campground a family favorite. 96 large sites are available on 90 acres.
KOA Coloma/St. Joseph, Benton Harbor MI
Located a mere two miles away from Lake Michigan, the St. Joseph KOA has a pool, hot tub, playground, bouncing pillow, mini-golf, and bike rentals. Families can check out the nearby attractions in St. Joe – children’s museum, splash pad, and carousel for one of the campgrounds in Michigan packing in the fun.
KOA Covert/South Haven, Covert MI
The South Haven KOA is only 10-15 minutes away from six popular beaches in the area. Perfect for families, the campground features a trampoline basketball court, rock climbing wall, gem mining, fishing, craft time. Wanting a quick meal or snack? Order pizza or snacks from the cafe and have it delivered directly to your campsite.
Lakeside Camp Park, Cedar Springs
Lakeside is an awesome campground. You’d be surprised you can’t hear the highway and they do a lot for kids and it is very clean and popular!!
Muskegon State Park
Muskegon State Park is right on Lake Michigan and it feels like you have the whole beach to yourself! This is one of the hidden gem campgrounds in Michigan.
Oak Grove Resort and RV Campground, Holland MI
If you aren’t ready to be rustic, but still want close proximity to Lake Michigan, Oak Grove Resort is a great option. There are complete hookups for RV’s, a swimming pool, hot tub, laundry room, gift shop and cabins available for rent.
Orchard Beach State Park, Manistee
Orchard Beach has an amazing bluff view of the sunset, in a small town, great biking on M22, and is wooded. While the beach is not really family-friendly, you can head south about five minutes to Fifth Street Beach. The beach house bathrooms were clean, and they had tables if you wanted to take a break from the sun.
Pioneer Park, Muskegon
We love going to Pioneer Park in Muskegon for a weekend camping trip because it’s close, it’s right on Lake Michigan, and you don’t have to have reservations.
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, Muskegon MI
You’ll get amazing panoramic views of Lake Michigan with a unique dune stairway climb at Hoffmaster State Park. The large, modern campground sits on three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.
Salmon Run Campground, Grant
With a heated swimming pool, a recreation room with a pool table and video games, a playground, horseshoe pits, volleyball and basketball courts, Salmon Run is sure to make your vacation a fun-filled time. It’s a great place for kids!
Sandy Pines, Hopkins
With tons of activities and amenities, there’s something for the entire family. Make sure to check out the events calendar before you book, so you can plan your vacation. If you have little ones, you may want to rent a golf cart, the campground is one of the larger campgrounds in West Michigan. Clean, level sites all with water and electric make it easy to relax for 2 nights or up to 2 weeks per season. Sandy Pines also offers Rustic Cabin or Rental Trailer options. They have family activities galore – a splash pad, mini golf, ropes course, four large heated pools and plenty more.
Silver Lake Resort & Campground, Mears MI
Silver Lake Resort and Campground offers a resort-style stay and is conveniently located only one mile from the sand dunes. The campground has over 200 campsites and offers both RV sites and campsites for tent camping or cabins for rent. A playground, catch and release fishing pond, and heated swimming pool will keep the kids busy.
Stony Haven, New Era
It’s a great little campground, especially for kids! We’ve gone since our girls were babies – it’s our favorite place! Campsites or cabins.
Tyler Creek Golf Course & Campground, Alto
Tyler creek has a great creek/pond area for beginner fisherman, a playground, sandbox, volleyball area, all to keep your kids busy. And, it’s only about a mile away from Boulder Ridge Animal Wildlife Park.
TriPonds Family Camp Resort, Allegan
This is an absolute favorite of ours. Hiking trails, mini-golf, fishing ponds, spacious fields, large lots, friendly staff, and clean facilities. TriPonds is a place you can come to relax, retreat, and reconnect with family and friends. Kids can hit up the playground, mini-golf course, or go fishing for a start at TriPonds Family Camp Resort. The resort hosts various levels of family campsites, including eight rental cabins. Enjoy 90 acres of beautiful shaded trees, hiking trails, peaceful ponds, spacious fields, and large lots.
Yankee Springs Recreation Area, Middleville MI
If you enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, and other water activities check out Yankee Springs. The main campground sits on Gun Lake, but there are a total of nine lakes in the park area.
Van Buren State Park, South Haven, MI
Michigan’s Van Buren State Park sits on picturesque Lake Michigan in South Haven. The campground has 220 modern campsites. With one mile of sandy beach and high dune formations, kids will love to take a roll down the dunes. Local shops and restaurants are only minutes away.
Wabasis Lake Campground, Greenville
Wabasis Lake has been a favorite campground in my husband’s family for years. Now we go every summer. It’s a haven for campers, boaters, and nature enthusiasts! The campground is located within Wabasis Lake Park, so bring your hiking boots, there are plenty of trails between the campground and park. But we can’t forget about the large sand beach, boat ramp, and fully stocked campground store.
Warren Dunes State Park, Sawyer
Beautiful dunes and hiking trails and 3 miles of shoreline await at Warren Dunes. Kids like discovering the little river and dogs love that there’s a pet-friendly spot along the beach.
Whispering Surf Campground, Pentwater
If you love going to Pentwater this smaller campground is only about eight miles away. Not so hard to get into, shady, and there’s access to both Lake Michigan and Bass Lake.
Yogi Bear Jellystone Park, Silver Lake
What can I say, it’s a Yogi Bear Campground! If you’ve never been to a Yogi Bear Campground, you need to book your vacation now. So much for the kids to do, they will never want to leave and beg to come back year after year. Amenities include a large heated pool, kiddie pool with mushroom fountain, arcade, playground, fishing pond, basketball & shuffleboard courts, wagon rides, daily activities, and movies.
Yogi Bear Jellystone Park, South Haven
Another Yogi Bear Campground! Jellystone in South Haven is one of the smaller campgrounds, so it’s perfect for first-time campers. Activities planned for the kids every day! Yogi Bear’s Camp-Resort is all about family fun. The campground has campsites, cabin rentals and offers unique themed weekends. Family activities abound with arcade, laser tag, pedal carts, a large jumping pad and plenty more so boredom won’t be an option.
Warren Dunes State Park, Sawyer MI
Known for the spectacular sand dunes and six miles of hiking trails, Warren Dunes State Park offers views of Lake Michigan you can’t get anywhere else. Semi-modern and modern campsites are available.
Woodchip Campground, Byron Center MI
One of our long-time favorites is Woodchip Campground in Byron Center. It is just outside GR and provides easy access to the lakeshore, shopping, downtown, & surrounding areas. It provides the perfect low-stress getaway for families, with a wide variety of leisure activities (beautiful pool area, modern playground, bounce pillow, free crafts, volleyball, basketball, gaga ball, horseshoes, four square, a newly renovated camp store and even free rootbeer floats!)
NORTHERN MI CAMPING
Aloha State Campground, Cheyboygan
One of the campgrounds in Michigan that families love is near Cheboygan on Mullett Lake. You get access to other rivers and lakes, too. The campground is very nice and clean.
Campers Cove RV Park & Canoe Livery, Alpena
One of the great campgrounds in Michigan for kids..right on the Thunder Bay River. They have an indoor pool for rainy days. .a water trampoline on the river..putt putt golf…tri-wheeled bike rentals…paddleboat, pontoon, and fishing boat rentals. Activities for the kids on holiday weekends and “train rides” for the kiddos. They have cabins to rent or campers to rent as well.
DH Day, Glen Arbor
A slightly more rugged camping experience for those wishing to check out Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Interlochen State Park
Interlochen State Park is situated between two well-known fishing and swimming lakes and is across the street from The Interlochen Center for the Arts, which has renowned musicians perform concerts year-round. Maybe you can catch a concert while camping!
Kibby Creek Campground, Ludington
Located in the countryside between Ludington and Pentwater and a mile from Lake Michigan. They have a swimming pool, fishing ponds, playground, kids barrel train, mini-golf, arcade, and camp store featuring ice cream, candy, Slush Puppies, and more!
Lake Leelanau RV Park
Despite the name it takes all types from tents to motor homes – the campground is on the Leelanau peninsula and sits right on Lake Leelanau – tons of families, beautiful area – we grew up camping there and is a favorite to return to every year.
Ludington State Park, Ludington MI
I could go on for days why Ludington State Park is so great, it is a must for campers and is always in the top campgrounds in Michigan. Hiking, biking, fishing, tubing down the Sable River, and swimming in either Lake Michigan or Hamlin Lake. Yup, that’s right, two different beaches! Be ready with your camping plans in the winter though, because this campground is a favorite for most, spots do fill up quickly, so be ready to reserve six-months in advance. Big Sable Point Lighthouse sits on Ludington State Park and is a classic Michigan stop. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse (fee applies). The park features three campgrounds with 360 campsites. A one-mile stretch of the Big Sable River runs through the park and provides excellent opportunities for fishing and paddling.
Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping
We stayed at Mackinaw Mill Creek last summer, when we were on our way up to camp in the U.P. If you like camping with a view of the Mackinac Bridge, this is the perfect campground for you! We had the most amazing view, especially at sunset. If you are heading over to Mackinac Island, you can buy ferry tickets at their camp store, and they have a shuttle bus that will take you to and from the ferry dock. If you have older kids remember to bring your bikes, the shuttle bus has a trailer so you can bring them to the island (there is a small fee on the ferry for the bikes, but it’s still cheaper than renting on the island).
Petoskey State Park, Petoskey
Wooded campsites along a pristine section of Lake Michigan beach are one of the reasons families love to camp here. Petoskey is a fun family destination in the summer with loads of bike trails and walking paths, a historic downtown area, and great restaurants. The Bear River recreation area is nearby as well. Hunting for Petoskey Stones is a favorite pastime.
Platte River Campground, Honor
Best ever! Super clean grounds, only minutes from Sleepy Bear Dunes, and seconds from the Platte River. There is tubing, canoeing, and kayaking down the river, which ends in Lake Michigan. Nearby biking and hiking trails, and short drives to Traverse City, and Glen Arbor. SO much to do in this area, the list goes on and on. Great for kids!
Poncho’s Pond RV Park, Ludington
Very family-friendly, lots of activities for the kids and has outdoor AND indoor pools (for those rainy days).
Traverse City State Park
Camping in the City? Yes, please! Traverse City State Park is an urban park that features a quarter-mile of beautiful beach on the Grand Traverse Bay. When surrounded by the woods you wouldn’t believe you are only two miles from downtown Traverse City. Being another family favorite campground, make sure to reserve well in advance if you plan on camping during The National Cherry Festival or in the Fall when leaves start to change colors. Also, plan on bringing a wagon to carry all your beach supplies!
Young State Park, Boyne City
Young State Park is located at the east end of beautiful Lake Charlevoix. The beach at Young State Park was voted the “best beach of the year” by the Petoskey News.
CAMP ON THE EASTSIDE
Bay City State Park, Saginaw Bay Area
This gorgeous view comes with a splash pad, large wooden play structure, beach, and wetlands with miles and miles of paved trails on Lake Huron.
Detroit Greenfield RV Park, Ypsilanti/Detroit Area
Before you write this off because you don’t have an RV – they rent RVs! Bring your own or rent one of theirs and you’ll be set up for an amazing adventure. They have an epic waterslide launching you into the lake! Bonus: This campground is a hop skip and a jump from Greenfield Village / Ford Museum. Plus, Detroit fun awaits just 30 minutes east.
Lakeport State Park, Port Huron
Rustic or mini-cabin camping right on the water plus a quick drive into Port Huron and Lexington State Park.
Logan Hills Campground, Hale
It’s family-friendly on the water and in the woods! This is one of the campgrounds in Michigan with beautiful sunsets. It’s a peaceful getaway where kids can ride bikes and play safely.
Port Crescent State Park, Port Austin
You can get beautiful sites right on the beach and the sunset is incredible! Awesome place for kids and right down the road from Caseville. One of the campgrounds in Michigan that you have to check out.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Carsonville, MI
Experience camping in this North Port Huron Jellystone resort nestled next to Lake Huron. Some perks include a jumping pillow, kayaking, and paddleboat rentals.
Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea MI
If you have a love of horses, make sure to visit Waterloo Recreation Area, the lower peninsula’s largest recreational park. In addition to the two general campgrounds, nature trails, beaches, and boat launches, Waterloo hosts a unique equestrian campground.
CENTRAL MI CAMPGROUNDS
Camp Michiwana, Hastings MI
A general store, a beautiful waterfront, and family fun weekends are a sampling of some of the fun amenities at Camp Michiwana. There are 54 campsites, some with water and electric only and others are full hook-up sites. Rustic cabins are also available at this Christian campground located on Long Lake.
Dumont Lake Family Campground, Allegan MI
Bring your tent, camper, RV or rent an RV directly from the Dumont Lake Family Campground. Enjoy 520 feet of private beachfront activities including kayaking, paddleboarding, a new fishing dock, corn hole, and disc golf.
Fort Custer Recreation Area, Augusta MI
Fort Custer is a short distance from both Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. Near Eagle Lake, the campground offers 219 modern campsites. In addition to the campground, this State Park features three lakes, the Kalamazoo River, a swimming beach and more than 25 miles of multi-use trails.
Markin Glen County Park, Kalamazoo
The 38-site campground is located near downtown Kalamazoo, but you would never know it. The park has 160 acres of campsites, trails, beaches, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and fishing.
River Ridge Campground, Breckenridge
They have a pool and spa, it runs right along the Pine River so you can hear the water all night while you sleep. They also have a pond with a water trampoline, a jungle gym, and an aqua slide! It’s a great place with family activities.
Sleepy Hollow State Park, Laingsburg/Greater Lansing area
Sleepy Hollow offers 4 different camping areas on the Lake Ovid with a river running through the grounds. Plus, many trails to experience it all!
Taylor’s Beach Campground, Howell
Affordable family camping with seasonal, overnight, weekly, and monthly campsite rentals. It’s a great place for your family and friends to have fun and enjoy time together.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Fremont IN
Just outside of Michigan is Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park. Lodging includes 540 campsites, as well as deluxe cottages and rustic cabins. The family-oriented amenities include an indoor pool, three outdoor pools, a water splash park, paddleboat, and rowboat rentals, five playgrounds, game room, mini-golf, pedal cart rental, kiddy train rides, wagon rides, horseshoes, sand volleyball cards and more.