Your Ultimate Guide to Campgrounds on Lake Michigan

Campgrounds on Lake Michigan

Are you looking for the best campgrounds on Lake Michigan? You’ve come to the right place! 

Camping in the upper peninsula of Michigan offers an exciting treat for everyone, regardless if you want a rustic experience in a tent, or a cozy cabin to retire to at night. This picturesque forested region covers over 16,000 square miles and borders three Great Lakes—Lake Superior to the north, Lake Michigan to the south, and Lake Huron to the east.

Campgrounds on Lake Michigan span for hundreds of miles with so many sites to choose from. This list includes a mix of private campgrounds and state campgrounds, as well as national campgrounds. Most campgrounds on this list offer tent and RV sites, as well as cabins for rent. Some sites offer Upper Peninsula Camping all year, while others are open seasonally.

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Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort

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Location: Traverse City, MI

Cost: Starting at $35 to $45 per night

Website: timberridgeresort.net

Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort is open all year long and offers some of the best RV camping on Lake Michigan. Along with RV sites, you can rent a site for your tent, or rent one of the available cabins or yurts on the property. Who doesn’t want to check sleeping in a yurt off their bucket list? I know I do!

This is a family-friendly campground and RV park with activities for all ages. The campground hosts themed weekends, dodgeball nights, nighttime glow parades, crafting opportunities, and more. As if that’s not enough to keep you busy, there are wagon rides, a swimming pool, bike parades, as well as space to play volleyball and basketball.

Come in the summer to enjoy water sports, or visit in the winter to play on the snow-packed slopes. Rain or shine, wine tasting at local Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery is always a good time.

Common areas include a bath house and laundry facility, along with several on-site stores. There is a pool, playground and bike park. A variety of bikes and golf carts are available for rent.

Each campsite comes with water and electricity, as well as the option for additional electricity, sewer, and cable. Some campsites come with a patio.

Reservations: You can make reservations online here

Weko Beach Campground – Campgrounds on Lake Michigan

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Location: Bridgman, MI

Cost: Camping fees start at $25 a night

Website: bridgman.org

Weko Beach Campground sits right on the pristine shores of Lake Michigan. It is popular for swimming, relaxing on sandy beaches, and hiking the surrounding terrain. Take your pick from developed or semi-developed campsites for tents and RVs or motor homes. You can also rent one of seven cabins on the property. Each cabin comes with its own fire pit, grill and picnic table. Take in the beauty of nature while still enjoying some comforts from home, like showers and restroom facilities.

Campers have direct access to a boat launch ramp, as well as dune boardwalks outfitted with observation decks. Kids love the onsite playground and concession stand. The camp’s Beach House serves snacks and lunch throughout the day.

Reservations:  Contact the campground directly at 269-465-3406. You can check cabin availability here on their website

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Holland State Park – Campgrounds on Lake Michigan

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Location: Ottawa County, MI

Cost: Camp sites start at $33 per night

Website: michigandnr.com

Holland State Park is a scenic public park and campground stretching across 142 acres. It is popular for cycling, hiking, and its views of the of the famous “Big Red” lighthouse. It sits on two different bodies of water, Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. There’s a boat launch located just one mile from the park with access to a fish cleaning station. Plus, a beach playground for the kids. Swimming, fishing, hiking, paddle boarding; you name it and there’s something for everyone at this piece of paradise.

Holland State Park houses several modern campgrounds with a total of 211 campsites. The popular ‘Beach Campground’ is nestled beside the sand dunes and offers 98 paved campsites and 38 sites with full hook ups. Holland State Park’s second option, Lake Macatawa Campground is only ½ a mile away from Lake Michigan—talk about the best of both worlds.

Reservations: You can make reservations online here

PJ Hoffmaster Campground – Campgrounds on Lake Michigan

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Location: Norton Shores, MI (Miskegon County)

Cost: Starting at $25 per night

Website: michigandr.com

PJ Hoffmaster Campground is connected to the local State Park. There are 297-site modern campgrounds here, as well as 4 semi-modern campgrounds. Facilities include restrooms, vault toilets, picnic tables, a playground, vending machines, and a visitor center. At the visitor center, you can sign up for regular events such as weekly nature programs, guided hikes, and more.

A popular attraction at this site is the Dune Climb Stairway. You can climb to the top of the sand dune where there’s an observation deck to take in stunning panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the surrounding dunes. From swimming, to nature hikes, and skiing in the winter, there’s a lot to do here for people of all ages.  Plus, endless miles of sandy beaches to traverse—with or without your metal detector in tow. After all, metal detecting is a popular pastime around here.

There are over 10 miles of hiking trails and a marked three-mile cross country ski trail open in the winter. Almost every trail here offers picture-perfect views of Lake Michigan.

Reservations: You can book your reservation online here

Hideaway Campground  – Campgrounds on Lake MichiganCampgrounds on Lake Michigan

Location: Mears, MI

Cost: Starting at $35 per night

Website: hideawaycampground.com

Hideaway Campground offers a variety of sites for rent, including non-electric sites, electric and water sites for tent and RV camping. There are also cottages for rent. Depending on how you like to enjoy the outdoors, you can pick from a mix of primitive sites or more deluxe accommodations. All camping sites come with a picnic table and fire ring, as well as a key to the private showers (open seasonally). There’s on-site laundry, bathrooms, and 24-hour security.

Take a swim in the heated pool, or head over to the lake. Check with the office to see daily activities offered for kids. Regular events include volleyball, euchre, and horseshoe tournaments. An onsite restaurant serves up some mouth-watering comfort foods, including breakfast pizza, mozzarella cheese sticks, deep-fried mushrooms, and more.

Reservations: You can make reservations online here, or call the campground directly at 231- 837-4428.

Stony Haven Campground & Cabins – Campgrounds on Lake Michigan

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Location: Oceana County, MI

Cost: Starting at $20 a night

Website: campstonyhaven.com

If you’re seeking Lake Michigan camping with a side of Christian religious experience, Stony Haven Camp might be the right place. “Blessed by a pastor for ministry, Stony Haven was dedicated to God’s glory in 1996,” the camp’s official website reads. “The Holy Spirit’s guidance and inspiration enables us to create a safe place for families to reconnect and celebrate life.” Nights are often spent together sitting around the fire, sharing memories, singing, faith sharing, and making new friends.

Located on eight acres of wooded paradise, Stony Haven Campground sits on the south side of Stony Lake, just 2 miles from Lake Michigan. There are 64 sites to accommodate visitors with RVs and tents, including rustic sites, as well as sites with partial or full hookups. Additionally, there are six cabins for rent on the property.

Visit the on-site office to rent river tubes, fun cycles, pedal karts, kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and paddleboats. The camp store stocks everything from snacks and beverages to toys for the kids. Speaking of kids, there’s a playground complete with swing sets, a pirate ship, tire swing, horseshoes, shuffleboard, a basketball hoop, and more.

Reservations: You can make reservations online here. Minimum stay of 2 nights for all reservations.

Silver Lake State Park Campgrounds on Lake Michigan

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Location: Mears, MI

Cost: Starting at $25-33 per night

Website: michiganandr.com

The Silver Lake State Park Campground offers direct access to the wildly popular Silver Lake State Park, packed with miles of dunes and off-roading opportunities. Without doubt, the park itself has far better reviews than the campgrounds. If you’re looking for a private campground with better reviews, check out Sandy Shores Campground (detailed below). It has better reviews and is also located next to Silver Lake State Park.

Silver Lake Park is home to around 2,000 acres of sand dunes, as well as a sandy beach, campground, hiking trails, mature forest, and an exciting 450-acre off-road vehicle scramble area. While off-road vehicles are welcome, the park maintains strict rules and regulations.

Fishing is another popular pastime here, as is swimming, wildlife watching, metal detecting, paddling, and hunting. Get ready to be amazed by the 1,000 acres of mature hardwoods that surround the area. There’s another 1,000 acres of dunes where seasonal hunting is permitted. Game common to the area include white-tailed deer, grouse, rabbit, and squirrel.

There are on-site restrooms, as well as access to running water. Sites are available with fire pits, picnic tables, electricity and other comforts from home.

While you’re in the Silver Lake area, consider checking out the neighborhood attraction at Mac Wood’s Dune Rides. Another local attraction is the Little Sable Point Lighthouse, located just a short drive from the campground.

Reservations: You can make reservations online here, or by calling the campsite directly at 231-873-3083.

Sandy Shores Campgrounds On Lake Michigan

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Location: Mears, MI

Cost: Starting at $43 per night

Website: sandyshorescampground.com

Sandy Shores Campground is located right next door to Silver Lake Park Campground, but it’s a private facility with better reviews.  Sandy Shores is open all year and offers off-season discounts. All camping sites come with water and electricity (20, 30, & 50 amp options), as well as a fire ring and picnic table. There are full hookup sites available, including sewer hookup.

Operating for over 35 years, Sandy Shores offers beautiful grounds packed with lush trees and forests, all secured behind a gate. On-site facilities include a laundry room and modern bathhouse. For added convenience, WiFi is available through most of the park and there’s a grocery store right next door.

Enjoy exclusive access to a 150-foot private beach on Silver Lake—this is the only private park with direct beach access on Silver Lake. Kids love the large sandy playground on the beach. There’s also a heated outdoor pool if the water at Silver Lake is too cold for you.

Reservations: Call 231-873-3003 to schedule your reservation. Book early to beat high demand. Learn more about making reservations at Sandy Shores Campground.

Whispering Surf Campground at Bass Lake – Campgrounds on Lake Michigan

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Location: Mason County, MI

Cost: Starts at $35 to $45 per night

Website: whisperingsurfcamping.com

Whispering Surf offers rustic and electric tent-only sites, as well as RV sites for rent. Sites come with a picnic table and fire ring, as well as free limited WiFi, and up to 50-amp service. Some campsites come with the option for high quality cable TV. We suggest ditching the TV and enjoying Saturday night campfires, a tradition at Whispering Surf that has sparked countless friendships and memories over the years.

Open for the spring, summer, and fall, Whispering Surf campsites come with private beach access. Check out the historic recreation lodge, or play a game of complimentary mini golf. Boat rentals are available if you’re craving an adventure on the water. Lake Michigan is just a short 10-minute walk down picturesque Lakeshore Drive.

Visit the Lodge for a game of ping-pong, foosball, pool, or air hockey. From board games to books, get ready to uncover some of your childhood favorites.

Is your dog a part of your family? Dogs are welcome and there are regular dog-friendly attractions in the area, including Buttersfield Beach, Charles Mears State Park, and Summit Township Park.

Reservations: Request a reservation online here

Sleeping Bear Dunes-Platte River – Campgrounds on Lake Michigan

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Platte River Campground
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Location: Benzie County, MI

Cost: Starting at $20 per night

Website: nps.gov

Sleeping Bear Dunes-Platte River National Park is open all year and offers several camping styles, including tent sites, walk-in sites, and group sites that can accommodate up to 25 people with tents. There are also pull-through and back-in RV sites available. RV spots are equipped with electrical hookups. Looking for a backpacking experience? There’s a nearby backcountry campground worth checking out.

Every camping site comes with a picnic table and fire ring. Other amenities include portable water and water fountains placed around the park. There are also sanitation stations and full restrooms with hot showers.

The wooded camping ground is in walking distance of Platte River and just two miles from Lake Michigan beaches. This one location houses many different ecosystems, including lakes, marshes, a conifer forest, bogs, and more. You can partake in a variety of water sports here, from kayaking to fishing on the river. There’s a lot to do on land as well, with over 25 miles of trails to access.

One of the most popular attractions to the park is the steep sand dunes that tower over Lake Michigan, some peak at 400 feet above sea level. The Dune Climb is great for singles, couples, and entire families, plus it’s open all year long.

Take a cruise down Pierce Stocking scenic drive where you’ll find 12 numbered interpretive stops along a 7.4-mile loop, each one with stunning views, and two include picnic areas.

Reservations: You can make a reservation online here or by calling the campground directly at 1-977-444-6777. Reservations are accepted up to six months in advance.

Hopkins Park Campgrounds on Lake Michigan

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Location: Bear Lake, MI

Cost: Starting at $22 per night

Website: bearlakemichigan.org

Hopkins Park Campground offers 30 campsites with electrical hookups, flush toilets, coin-operated showers, and a sanitation station. Operated by the Village of Bear Lake, Hopkins Park offers a playground for kids, and a public boat launch for the big kids. There is parking for boat trailers as well.

Campers have access to a small beach for swimming, as well as an additional larger public beach just one block away. The park has a peaceful pavilion with picnic tables where you can enjoy a meal surrounded by loved ones and nature. Oh, and there’s free WiFi at the picnic pavilion!

Reservations: You can make reservations by emailing blhopkinspark@gmail.com, or by calling 231-383-2402.

Lake Michigan Campground

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Location: Mackinac County, MI

Cost: Site fees start at $18

Website: fs.usda.gov

Lake Michigan Campground has 35 campsites in total, with some sites in prime locations between 20 to 30 feet tall sand dunes. Shaped by wind, dunes, sand, and waves, the unique landscape will take your breath away.

Situated on the lower east side of the Hiawatha National Forest, the closest town to Lake Michigan Campground is St Ignace. There is so much to do here–horseback riding, climbing, hiking, bicycling, nature viewing, water activities, and the list goes on. Fishing is one of the more popular pastimes with 4,233-acre Brevoort Lake supplying plenty of fish such as yellow perch, sunfish, walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, crappies, and muskellunge.

Campers can take on the Sand Dunes Cross Country Ski trail, or the North County National Scenic Trail. Waves are common when the wind blows in a south or southwest direction, which can make for some fun swimming in the water. While you’re near the water, take in the adorable water birds as they flock around the lake. Common bird sightings include ducks, the common merganser and the hooded merganser. You’ll also see land birds like the spotted sandpaper darting up and down the waterline.

Take comfort in the fact Lake Michigan Campground offers water, bathrooms, and showers, albeit cold showers. There’s a mix of flush toilets and vault toilets throughout the park.

Reservations: To make a reservation call 877-444-6777

Covert/South Haven KOA – Campgrounds on Lake Michigan

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Location: Covert, MI

Cost: Starting at $20 per night

Website: koa.com

The campgrounds at Covert/South Haven KOA offer a variety of accommodations, starting with basic electric-only tent sites that can accommodate up to six people. They also offer RV sites and camping cabins. There are 50-amp service sites available. Other amenities include propane, WiFi, and cable TV. On-site laundry facilities are available at an extra cost.

You’re sure to stay busy. From fishing to swimming, water activities rule around here. There’s even a pool open seasonally between 5/26 and 9/10.  When you’re not in the water, take your pick from arcade games, movie nights, gagaball, hayrides, candy bar bingo, trampoline basketball, ladderball, billiards, carpetball, and more. There’s also a pet playground, arts and crafts center, and a snack shop, along with a place to rent bikes.

This park is open between April 20 and October 21. Dogs are welcome year-round, but like just about every other campsite on this list, you must pay an additional fee for pets.

Reservations: You can reserve your spot online here, or by calling 269-764-0818

Dune Lake Campgrounds on Lake Michigan

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Location: Van Buren County, MI

Cost: Starting at $35 per night

Website: dunelakecampground.com

Dune Lake Campground is family owned and operated and offers 80 camping sites, some are primitive while others include modern amenities such as electric outlets. There are 2 cabins available for rent as well. Modern amenities include restrooms, hot showers, and running water, as well as a sanitation station. Extended stay guests are welcome and pump out service is available. Pets are welcome for an extra charge of $3 per night.

When you’re not at your campsite you can enjoy sunning on the sandy beaches, swimming, or playing a round of miniature golf, although it does cost $2 per game. Campers can join or start a game of volleyball, horseshoes, badminton, or half-court basketball. There’s a playground for kids too. Not to mention, there are many trails in the area for hiking and nature tours.

Reservations: Call 269-764-8941 to reserve your campsite. Advanced reservations are recommended.

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