8 Absolutely Beautiful Camping Areas in Michigan



It’s summertime in the Mitten, and for most people in Michigan that means one thing - time outside! Michiganders know that while we don’t get the longest warm season in the United States, we definitely get one of the most beautiful ones. The days are long, the breezes are warm, and the lakes, rivers, and forests of this beautiful state are calling our names! These beautiful days equal some very beautiful camping. No matter your gear; tent, car, camper, or RV, there is a bounty of gorgeous camping spots around the state. There are so many camping options it can honestly get a little overwhelming! Luckily, we put together a list of 8 of the best camping spots in Michigan for you. 

DH Day Campground - Glen Arbor

DH Day Campground is located on the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It’s located in the woods, with easy access to the beach. DH Day even allows campfires right on the shore itself! While it is a smaller campground, sites are well spaced apart and in wooded areas. This rustic campground is close to the dune climb, and close to downtown Glen Arbor. If you’re looking for simple, rustic camping with gorgeous sunsets and dune views included, DH Day is the place for you! 

Warren Dunes State Park - Sawyer

Warren Dunes State Park is located in Berrien County, and runs along the shore of Lake Michigan. While the main attraction of Warren Dunes is (no surprise here), the gorgeous sand dunes, it also has a large trail system, beautiful parks and recreation areas, and a lot of campsite options. The beaches are large, and are typically not busy compared to other beaches in the area. Warren Dunes is the perfect option for those in South West Michigan looking for a hidden gem closeby. 

Huron-Manistee National Forests - Lower Peninsula 

Covering over one-million acres of Michigan’s lower peninsula is the Huron-Manistee National Forests. These are two separate forests that are not connected, with the Manistee National Forest on the Westside of the state, and the Huron National Forest along the Eastside of the state. Because the forests cover so much area of the state, they contain a lot of biodiversity and options for camping. From rustic, dispersed camping to more modern, campground camping, there are options for everyone within the National forests. Because it is on National land, dispersed camping within the forests is free and allowed as long as the area is not marked otherwise. National forests are always a great choice for those looking for more secluded camping.

Tahquamenon Fall State Park - Paradise

The Upper Peninsula is filled with beautiful camping spots, and Tahquamenon Falls State Park is definitely at the top of that list. It is the second largest state park in Michigan, and stretches over 13 miles. It is a very rustic area, and most of it is undeveloped. There are multiple campground options, plenty of trails, and multiple park and picnic areas. Because of the beauty of the waterfalls, it can get a little busy during the peak seasons of summer, but there are plenty of “off the beaten path” options to escape away to. Tahquamenon Falls State Park is the perfect option for someone looking for the true UP experience. 

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - Ontonagon and Gogebic counties

Mountains? In Michigan? Yes, they exist! The Porcupine Mountains, often referred to as The Porkies, is a small mountain range in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Park is Michigan’s largest state park, covering roughly 60,000 acres. It has “wilderness” in the name for a reason, as much of the park is covered in forest-growth, waterfalls, and rivers and streams. It offers both rustic and modern campground options, and over 90 miles of trail systems. This state park is filled with attractions, like the famous Lake of the Clouds, skiing options, disc golf courses, observation towers, and of course, stunning views. The Porcupine Mountains are a great way to experience a more unique, rustic side of the Mitten state. 

Hoffmaster State Park - Muskegon

It’s hard to believe that such beautiful wilderness can be located near two relatively popular cities, Grand Haven and Muskegon, but believe it! P.J. Hoffmaster State Park has over 3 miles of stunning Lake Michigan shoreline with unbelievable dunes. If you’re looking to get your exercise in, the park’s stairway is a popular attraction. This slightly strenuous climb leads you to the top of a large dune, and the views are definitely worth the climb. Hoffmaster has a 297 site campground with modern amenities, and is a great camping option for families. P.J. Hoffmaster is a perfect weekend beach and camping getaway that’s still close to the city.

Ludington State Park - Ludington

There’s really no argument about it, Ludington State Park is just beautiful. It is between Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan’s shoreline and has pretty much everything someone could ask for in a park. Beaches, sand dunes, a lighthouse, forests, wetland areas, and plenty of outdoor activity options from fishing and swimming, to boating and tubing. There are multiple campgrounds, and even cabin rentals available. If you are looking to fill your time camping with multiple outdoor activities, Ludington State Park is a great option. 

Pigeon River State Forest - Vanderbilt

If you’re looking to escape deep into the woods, Pigeon River State Forest might just be the place for you. The Pigeon River State Forest campground is located deep in the forest, along the Pigeon River. This is a very secluded camping area, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If sites are not available, dispersed camping is available in areas that are not marked otherwise. This is a great area for fishing and hiking, and experiencing Michigan’s wildlife. This is a very well preserved area, and perfect for a camper who is looking to truly take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the forest.

We are so lucky to live in such a gorgeous state with so much to offer. These Michigan campsites, along with so many more, are just waiting for you to explore! And Members First Credit Union is here to help you do that. If you’re ready to hit the open road with your RV, we know how to help you do that. Ask us about financing your next recreational vehicle. We have low interest rates and extended terms available. Plus, get up to an additional 0.5% off your consumer loan rate (APR) based on your relationship with the credit union and set up easy automatic payments!

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