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    About Michigan State Forest Campgrounds
    Michigan is divided into two distinct areas, the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. You'll find state forest campgrounds scattered throughout both Peninsulas. As the Michigan Department of Natural Resources states, "You are never more than half an hour from a a Michigan State Park, State Forest Campground, State Recreation Area or State trail system."


    Michigan has 145 state forest campgrounds in the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, offering more than 3,000 campsites in nearly 4 million acres of state forest.


    There are 68 counties in Michigan's Lower Peninsula and 16 in its Upper Peninsula.


    92 of Michigan State Forest campgrounds have boat launch ramps. Almost every other campground without a boat launch is accessible for canoeing.


    Every Michigan State Forest campground is located on a river or lake. Each campground also has vault toilets and hand pumps for potable water.


    Entry to Michigan State Forest campgrounds is usually free, but camping costs between $15 and $20.


    You can make reservations for Michigan campgrounds online, as much as six months in advance. Reservations for cabins and yurts may be made as much as one year in advance. (See Resources section for the reference--I put it there because I thought it'd be of use to readers)

    Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

    Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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