The Best Campgrounds in Michigan

The Best Campgrounds in Michigan
While known for its lengthy winters, and the auto-industry, Michigan also enjoys a bounty of natural wonders. There are national parks, forests and hundreds of miles of shoreline along the Great Lakes. Opportunities for kayak-touring, sailing, scuba-diving, cross-country skiing, hiking, mountain and road bicycling, bird-watching and wildlife observation are all possible within Michigan. If an RV adventure of Michigan is in the future, there are several highly ranked RV parks and campgrounds in the "mitten state."

Lake Chemung Outdoor Resort

Lake Chemung Outdoor Resort was awarded Woodall's highest rating of five-diamonds and placed on its "Best of 2010" list. The resort is only 45 minutes from metro Detroit, yet offers campers a quiet and peaceful setting. RVs of most sizes can be accommodated at Lake Chemung. Water, sewer, cable TV, Wi-Fi and 20- 30- or 50-amp electric connections are at each site. Bathrooms and showers are available. Pets are welcome if leashed. Memberships can be purchased, allowing for return visits with discounted rates and extra benefits. Fishing, canoeing and kayaking are possible at the lake. Road bicyclists have access to many rural roads and country routes from the campground.

Lake Chemung Outdoor Resort
320 S Hughes Rd
Howell, MI 48843

Port Huron KOA

Port Huron KOA is within an hour of Michigan's largest city Detroit. The KOA has received Woodall's five-star rating and placed on the "Best of 2010" list. There are sites for tent campers as well as RV travelers. Tent sites have picnic tables, fire rings, grills and access to fresh water spigots for drinking and cooking. RV sites can accommodate rigs up to 75 feet in length. Sewer, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and 30- or 50-amp electric connections are at each site. All guests have access to the hot showers, bathrooms, laundry room, swimming pool and guest house. Pets are allowed. Discounted rates are given to members of Good Sam and AAA travel clubs. Boat tours of Lake Huron and Superior can be arranged through the office. Bird watchers can head to the lakes and watch for the many species of sea- and shorebirds in the area.

Port Huron KOA
5111 Lapeer Rd
Kimball, MI 48074

Petoskey KOA

Michigan was fortunate to have two KOA's make Woodall's "Best of 2010" list. The Petoskey KOA is on northern Michigan, near the banks of Lake Michigan. Tent and RV travelers can be accommodated at the KOA. Tent sites are primitive but have picnic tables, fire rings and fresh water available for cooking, drinking and cleaning. RV sites can handle rigs up to 90 feet in length. Water, sewer, cable TV, Wi-Fi and 30- or 50-amp electric connections are standard at each RV site. Pets are allowed and discounts are given to AAA and Good Sam members. Isle Royale National Park is within a three hour drive. Isle Royale has a native grey wolf population and visitors frequently hear them baying in the night. Occasional sightings of the wild canines are possible at the park.

Petoskey KOA
1800 North US 31
Petoskey, MI 49770

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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