Campgrounds Near Michigan State Fairgrounds

Campgrounds Near Michigan State Fairgrounds
The Michigan State Fairgrounds are in the town of Escanaba, in the Upper Peninsula of the state. The region is chock-full of outdoor sporting opportunities, including canoeing, kayaking, fishing, camping, backpacking, hiking and road and mountain cycling. Isle Royale, where wolf packs reside, is within a two-hour drive from the fairground region. If you have an upcoming trip to the Upper Peninsula and the fairgrounds, you have several options for camping.

U.P. State Fair Campgrounds

It would be hard to find any closer campground to the State Fairgrounds than the U.P. State Fair Campground, on the property itself. Tent and RV sites are available, with black-out dates between August 9 through 24, for 2010. For future years, plan on black out dates during the state fair. Showers, toilets, picnic tables, a dump station and potable water are all available at the campground. Pets must be kept on a four-foot leash at all times, and not left unattended or in parked vehicles. Canoe, kayak or fish on the Little Bay de Noc, on Lake Michigan, or head into the woods surrounding the town for hiking and mountain biking.



U.P. State Fair Campgrounds

2401 12th Ave. N.

Escanaba, MI 49829

906-786-4011

upstatefair.org

Cedar River North State Campground

Drive 20 minutes from the State Fairgrounds and find the Cedar River North State Campground. Tent camping sites are on a first-come, first-served basis. Begin a nature hike, right from your camp site, in the more than six miles of trails in the park. Showers, toilets and potable water are all available, and pets are allowed, but must be on a six-foot leash at all times when in the park. Fish, mountain bike, canoe or kayak, as the Cedar River flows through the camping area and park.



Cedar River North State Campground

M-35 and River Road

Escanaba, MI 49829

906-786-2354

dnr.state.mi.us

Whitefish Hill RV Park and Campground

Tent camping is accommodated at the Whitefish Hill RV Park and Campground, 25 minutes from the State Fairgrounds and Escanaba. Pitch a tent in a flat, grassy site and sit back under the shady trees. Shower off in the shower rooms, and get fresh potable water in the bath house. Your pet is welcome, provided you keep it leashed during your stay. Have a campfire in the fire rings; check with management for current rules regarding outside firewood to help prevent the spread of invasive beetles to the area. Anglers have use of the fish cleaning station, and bird watchers have use of the bird stations, where feeders attract many different species of song bird to the campground.



Whitefish Hill RV Park and Campground

8455 U.S. 2

Rapid River, MI 49878

800-476-6515

whitefishhill.com

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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