Camping in Northern Michigan

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Camping in northern Michigan is a great way to experience a fun-filled vacation. In fact, it's so popular families who are really into camping get their reservations in as soon as the state parks open online. So, don't think you can just drive in and get a campsite!

There are national, state and privately-owned and operated campgrounds in Michigan. What a wonderful way to enjoy family time; travel in a beautiful state, site-see, hike, and glimpse many natural wonders all at an affordable price!

Just be sure you have a reservation before heading out the door. Camping is one of the most popular activities in northern Michigan...especially in the summer months.

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Michigan has 3,200 miles of fresh water shoreline, the longest in the United States!

There are 98 state parks, five national parks, plus privately-owned campgrounds and RV parks.



Camping in Northern Michigan

Camping is not allowed on Mackinac Island, however you will find a few campgrounds nearby on the mainland.

If you are heading towards Petoskey you will want to check out Petoskey State Park on the shores of Little Traverse Bay. You will find a great bike path to Petoskey, Harbor Springs or Charlevoix.


State Park camping reservations can be made one year in advance for cabins and six months in advance for campsites. You may call 1-800-447-2757 for same day reservations.

Last but not least, make sure you visit the three National Parks in Northern Michigan

Camping in northern Michigan

Remember to prepare for travel with children. There are many quality travel games that will keep the kids happily occupied during your travel time or while you are enjoying camping in northern Michigan.

You will also want games for the entire family that can be played around the campfire or at a picnic table.  It is a great time to stow the electronics and enjoy good old-fashioned board games.

Insider Tip: Camping in Michigan is an increasingly popular way to enjoy vacation time. Make reservations well in advance to secure the camp site of your choice. And don’t forget the marshmallows for the campfire!

Here's some information about the Mackinac Island Ferry Schedules!

Check out this fun Spring Fling Event on the Island - Geocaching!

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