The Best Campgrounds in Michigan National Parks

The Best Campgrounds in Michigan National Parks
Michigan's national parks feature a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities. Lake Superior and Lake Michigan provide fishing, canoeing and kayaking on acres of freshwater. Hiking is also popular within these parks, from short self-guided nature trails to the 4,600-mile North Country National Scenic Trail, which passes through Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale National Park is located in Lake Superior near the Canadian border. More than 99 percent of the 45-mile-long island is designated wilderness, and the island itself can only be reached by boat. Four ferries and a seaplane carry passengers to the island from MIchigan's Upper Peninsula. Small camping parties of one to six people can obtain permits either on the ferry or upon reaching the island, but larger groups from seven to 10 must make reservations in advance. Groups larger than 10 are not allowed. The park contains 36 campgrounds and more than 165 miles of hiking trails. The Rock Harbor Lodge located on the northeast corner of the island is the only lodging facility on the island.

Isle Royale National Park
800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931-1869
(906) 482-0984
nps.gov/isro/index.htm

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is located along Lake Superior, on the northern side of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The Little Beaver Lake campground is located 20 miles northeast of Munising and features eight campsites along an inland lake. All sites are considered primitive and offer a picnic table, fire grate and tent pad. Water is drawn from solar-powered wells, and vault toilets are available. All campsites are available on a first-come first-served basis. Little Beaver Lake Campground features a one mile self-guided interpretive trail. A 1.5 mile trail that leads to Lake Superior also connects to the North Country National Scenic Trail, a 4,600-mile trail through seven states.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
P.O. Box 40
Munising, Michigan 49862-0040
(906) 387-3700
nps.gov/piro/index.htm

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is located 284 miles northwest of Detroit, along the shores of Lake Michigan, and features 35 miles of coastline in addition to North and South Manitou Islands. The D. H. Day Campground, billed as a rustic campground, is accessible by Michigan state route 109. The campground features 88 sites and access to Lake Michigan on the north side of the campground. Vault toilets and potable water are available on site. Campsites are available on a first-come first-served basis only.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
9922 Front Street
Empire, MI 49630
(231) 326-5134
nps.gov/slbe/index.htm

Article Written By Jeffrey Caldwell

Jeffrey Caldwell has been a freelance writer for over five months and has published over 250 articles on websites like eHow and Trails.com. Caldwell writes articles on a wide range of topics including travel, camping and automotive mechanics. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Millersville University.

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