Best Campgrounds in Michigan

This list represents the most popular campgrounds in Michigan. Use this list to plan your next Michigan campgrounds trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. East Branch of Fox River State Forest Campground


Paddlers will appreciate this riverside camp in the Lake Superior State Forest with carry-in access on the Fox River. The river is known for brook trout and its nice scenery. A trail on-site follows t…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Seney, MI - Campgrounds
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#2. Mouth of Two-Hearted River State Forest Campground


Rated one of the top trout streams in the country, the scenic Two-Hearted River of Hemingway fame meets Lake Superior here. The paddling and fishing are exceptional. The rustic sites are in 2 loops in…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Newberry, MI - Campgrounds
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#3. Sterling State Park


This is the only state park on the shores of Lake Erie, and it includes 1 mile of beach. The campground has no shade whatsoever and feels more like a large parking lot, but its proximity to the beach…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Monroe, MI - Campgrounds
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#4. W. J. Hayes State Park


This 654-acre state park set amid the rolling landscape of the Irish Hills region offers good fishing lakes that are also good for swimming and boating. The modern camp- ground doesn’t offer much in t…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Ann Arbor, MI - Campgrounds
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#5. Lake Hudson State Recreation Area


Set amid farmland and not far from the border of Ohio, this 2,796-acre recreation area is a bit of a fishing mecca, and anglers are most interested in Lake Hudson’s muskie, walleye, and bass populatio…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Hudson, MI - Campgrounds
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#6. Pinckney Recreation Area


Here’s an expansive park with something for everyone. At 11,000 acres the recreation area includes a chain of lakes and boat access on Bruin, Halfmoon, South, North, Joslin, Portage, Crooked, Gosling,…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Chelsea, MI - Campgrounds
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#7. Waterloo Recreation Area


With nearly 21,000 acres, this is one of the largest parks in Michigan (the largest in the Lower Peninsula). Campground options are several: 2 modern campgrounds, Portage Lake and Sugarloaf, divide th…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Chelsea, MI - Campgrounds
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#8. Pleasant Lake County Park and Campground


Set on 22 acres next to a small lake, this county park offers 60 modern sites with just a few scattered shade trees and grassy areas for the tents. A sandy beach graces the swimming area, and the lake…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Jackson, MI - Campgrounds
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#9. Highland Recreation Area


Don’t let the “equestrian” label scare you off if you only have a tent. While these rustic sites are horse-friendly, the park’s got more miles of trails for hikers (17 miles) and mountain bikers (16 m…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Pontiac, MI - Campgrounds
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#10. Pontiac Lake Recreation Area


The modern campgrounds are separated into 2 major loops, with many of the sites unshaded. The westernmost sites in the western loop offer some bigger shade trees. The rustic sites are farther east on…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Pontiac, MI - Campgrounds
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#11. Ortonville Recreation Area


The recreation area is a combined 5,400 acres of high wooded hills spread out around several lakes. The rustic campground, located closest to the tiny Webster Lake and just off Fox Lake Road, is off t…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Pontiac, MI - Campgrounds
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#12. Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area


The campground loops are set up to the west of the lake and offer some sparse shade from older trees. The sites farthest south to the back of the loops have the best amount of tree cover, and the site…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Detroit, MI - Campgrounds
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#13. Brighton Recreation Area


With a number of lakes spread throughout its 4,947 acres, Brighton Recreation Area is great for fishing and other water activities. A range of hills and forest around the lakes, as well as some marshy…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Brighton, MI - Campgrounds
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#14. Proud Lake Recreation Area


About 4,700 scenic acres of woodlands and water make up this park. The campground runs a long narrow loop from east to west and offers only a modest scattering of a few shade trees. It also has a boat…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Farmington Hills, MI - Campgrounds
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#15. Addison Oaks County Park


This 1,139-acre park contains 2 lakes, making the obvious draws boat- ing, swimming, and fishing. But the activities on land are even more numerous, making this a good choice for families with kids. T…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Rochester, MI - Campgrounds
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#16. Algonac State Park


Watch big freighters sail past the park on the St. Clair River, where the parallel loops of the unshaded riverfront section of campsites are located. The view across the water is Canada. But you also…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Algonac, MI - Campgrounds
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#17. Caseville County Park


This park packs in a lot of RVs. The loops can be a little cramped for big- ger rigs, but there are some shade trees throughout and the ground is grassy, which is nice for tents. The beach, which look…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Caseville, MI - Campgrounds
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#18. Lakeport State Park


Lakeport is divided into 2 parts, so don’t get confused. The southernmost unit, south of the Village of Lakeport, is the day-use area. Go north for camping, where you’ll find 2 loops in the woods. The…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Port Huron, MI - Campgrounds
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#19. Lighthouse County Park


One of the highlights of this park is a visit to the museum inside the his- toric 1857 Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse. The campground is set up right next to the lakeshore, which affords a view of the…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Port Hope, MI - Campgrounds
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#20. Oak Beach County Park


This park is situated between Caseville and Port Austin on the shores of Lake Huron. The campgrounds are actually across the highway from the beach—still walkable, but there are no water views here. T…
From the guidebook "Camping Michigan"
Caseville, MI - Campgrounds
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