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Camping in West Michigan

Surround yourself with nature when you take a camping trip in West Michigan. There’s a place to camp around every corner, whether you’re looking for RV sites, a place to set up your tent or stay in a cabin. These family-friendly vacations can be done on any budget without compromising any of the fun.

Camping in Southern West Michigan

Camping is about relaxation, fun, and making great family memories, and the Covert/South Haven KOA will help you accomplish those three things whether you stay for a night or a week. Located near six beaches, you can play in Lake Michigan, walk the pier to the lighthouses, feed the ducks along the channel, build a sand castle, and relax as you listen to the waves crashing on the shoreline. At the campground, there is always something fun to do with activities and events scheduled throughout the summer in addition to the KOA’s amenities. End your day with family time around the campfire, laughing, telling ghost stories, and roasting s’mores.  

For over forty years, Sandy Pines Recreational Community in Hopkins has been one of Michigan’s most popular family vacation destinations. Situated on a sprawling 800-acre parcel just off US-131 in Allegan County (between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids), this park offers an on-site lake, four heated pools and a splash pad, an 18-hole golf course, mini golf, hiking and fitness trails, tot center, a ropes course, bocce ball, basketball, tennis courts, and more. Numerous seasonal activities, including flea markets, are also held each year.

One of southwest Michigan’s newest camping destinations is the Kal-Haven Outpost in South Haven. Offering 44 primitive wooded tent sites, 20 RV sites with power/water hookups, and seven spacious cabins, as well as a duplex and rental house, this 50-acre property is connected to the 33-mile Kal-Haven Trail Linear State Park. The cabins were built by a local craftsman and each sleeps up to eight, with three queen beds and a queen sleeper sofa, as well as a large sleeping loft. Each cabin is outfitted with handmade furnishings, a window air conditioning unit, a farmhouse table, and benches. Outside, each cabin features a fire ring, grill, and picnic table so that guests can truly enjoy the natural surroundings.

Start your summer with a trip to Cornwell’s Turkeyville in Marshall. You will be surprised at all you can see and do at one location! Dine on delicious turkey, attend Cornwell’s Dinner Theater, or visit Camp Turkeyville Resort, Cornwell’s latest addition. This RV resort is perfect for families young or old, and even your furry friends! With full RV accommodations, Turkeyville will make your weekend visit or vacation a success.

Located on the sunny shores of Lake Michigan, Weko Beach Park Campground in Bridgman is the place to stay. Swim or relax on the beautiful, sandy beach and stop by the beach house for lunch or a snack. They have developed and semi-developed campsites, boardwalks, tent camping, cabins, observation decks, hot showers, bathrooms, and more to make your stay a good one.

River Country is known for its amazing outdoor beauty, and there’s plenty to enjoy. The campgrounds here have everything your family needs to thoroughly enjoy your camping excursion. Here, you’ll find boat rentals, beaches, excellent fishing, and, most importantly, a deeper relationship with the great outdoors.

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Camping in Central West Michigan

Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya in Shelby offers a Christ-centered camping experience for youth ages 7-17. Located on Stony Lake in Oceana County, this summer camp combines outdoor adventures, lake activities, and friendship building with religious programming. Each cabin holds up to 12 campers, with two counselors who guide them in their daily activities. Family and women’s-only retreat camps are also offered.

Thirty years ago, Poncho’s Pond RV Park opened up on Old 31 (Pere Marquette Highway), just one block south of US-10 in Ludington. Situated on 28 grassy acres, the park features a three-acre pond stocked with fish for hours of family fun, paddle boats, three pools (one for adults only), basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, bike rental, playground, recreation hall, a game room, and more. There are 226 campsites, including 69 luxury sites, making this one of the top-rated privately-owned parks in the state. Poncho’s Pond is open from April through October and is located just miles from the Lake Michigan shoreline, Ludington State Park, and attractions like Historic White Pine Village.

For more than 60 years, Forest Hills Club in Saranac has operated a membership-based, cooperatively-owned nudist club on a 45-acre wooded parcel in south-central Michigan. This clothing-optional park offers all the amenities of traditional campgrounds, like swimming, sunbathing, horseshoes, volleyball, shuffleboard, badminton, darts, card games, potlucks, and more. The center of activity is the large heated, L-shaped swimming pool, surrounded by a spacious deck with plenty of chairs and chaise lounges, where nudity is mandatory. Forest Hills Club offers tent and RV sites, as well as three rental cabins. While this is a membership-based club, they welcome daily members from May 1st through October 31st with hopes that day visitors become future members.

Keep yourself healthy, both mentally and physically, by camping in the Mt. Pleasant area. The area’s campgrounds offer high-quality facilities, diverse recreation opportunities, and exposure to the area’s natural surroundings. The intertwining trails and paths are also great for the whole family to explore and get some exercise. Find your favorite spot and set up camp while surrounded by friends, family, and the bountiful nature of Mt. Pleasant.  

A great place to plan a camping trip in Mecosta County is Cran-Hill Ranch in Rodney. They offer everything from swimming and boating to riding horses through the lake. The kids will love the activities and parents will appreciate their camping rates and amenities.

Muskegon KOA Campground is celebrating 14 years of ownership with Stephen and Debbie Yates. Come out and enjoy catch and release fishing, pleasant walking trails around the private lakes, as well as rentals of canoes, kayaks, and StandUP Paddleboards. Whether you’re stopping in for Memorial Day weekend or any time during the season, show your Active Duty Military ID to save 15% off any campsite, including all cabins. Make your reservations today and bring the whole family for some outdoor fun.

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Camping in Northern West Michigan

Indigo Bluffs in Empire offers unique experiences no matter how you like to camp. They have an RV park, RV resort, and cottages, where your family and friends can gather and enjoy one another’s company. Located at the doorstep of many of Michigan’s best hands-on activities, Indigo Bluffs is a short trip from Sleeping Bear Dunes, Lake Michigan beaches, and trails. You can also explore the many surrounding towns that are filled with shops and eateries before heading back to your campsite for an evening of fun.

The Straits of Mackinac have been welcoming visitors for centuries, and today’s modern family will enjoy Mackinac Lakefront Cabin Rentals (formerly known as Mackinac Motor Lodge & Resort), along the shores of Lake Huron in Mackinaw City. From here, you can enjoy views of the Mackinac Bridge, Round Island, and Mackinac Island. Sixteen cabins and shaded RV sites are situated in a quiet country setting just three minutes from downtown and are open May through mid-October.

Pine River Paddlesports offers both camping and on-water excursions, located in the heart of the Huron-Manistee National Forest in Wellston. They operate a very clean and quiet private campground, with heavily wooded sites for privacy. If pitching a tent isn’t your idea of fun, check out their quaint and comfortable Camping Cabin, or the Pine River Vacation Rental home right on the banks of the Pine River. You can rent canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle-boards, rubber rafts, and tubes right on location. Choose from the Pine River or the Big Manistee River, and they’ll take care of transportation, life jackets, and any training you need.

A visit to Sault Ste. Marie and the Upper Peninsula is synonymous with getting back to nature, making the eastern U.P. a not-to-be-missed destination. Known as the Great Waters region, the area offers campers endless opportunities to explore picturesque locales with a full range of hands-on excitement. The area’s campgrounds offer beautiful views of the river and freighters, with some being directly located on the riverfront. Reconnect with nature during your camping stay in the Sault Ste. Marie area!

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