State park lodging options offer winter outdoor getaways with comforts of home

Want to get away and enjoy some time in Michigan’s great outdoors, but not crazy about the idea of winter camping? We’ve got you covered … literally!

Camping started with a simple tent, but it’s evolved over the last 100 years. As we celebrate this year’s 100-year anniversary of Michigan State Parks, we’re excited to share some creative lodging options that have evolved over the last century and may appeal to camper’s today.

Many alternative lodging options are available, from quiet, remote rustic cabins to lodges with all the amenities of home. Some parks also have pop-up campers, tepees and yurts to rent.

Not sure which state park lodging option would work best for you?

  • Camper cabins can house up to six people in their 400-square-foot area. Situated on scenic lots overlooking lakes, bays and rivers, 
    Ionia State Recreation Area, mini cabin

    the cabins offer electricity, fire circles and outdoor picnic tables. Showers and bathroom facilities are nearby in the modern campground.

  • Mini cabins, which sleep four people, also are located within state park campgrounds with easy access to park amenities such as shower buildings, water fountains, playgrounds and beaches. The cabins have electricity, a microwave and small refrigerator.
  • Rustic cabins – located on quiet, isolated sites, many with waterside views – range in size and can accommodate two to 24 people depending on location. Each cabin provides a table, chairs, brooms and a propane heater or wood stove for heat. At some of the more remote cabins, additional equipment may be provided to make it easier for campers packing in equipment.
  • Lodges vary in size and can house six to 24 people depending on location. They offer full indoor restrooms with showers, kitchens with appliances and multiple bedrooms for an upscale camping experience. 
    Winter camping at the Waterloo Recreation Area yurt, Green Lake.
  • Yurts, a cross between a cabin and a tent, are insulated and sleep four to seven people depending on the location. They come with amenities such as tables, chairs, a wood stove with cook top and small propane grills.
  • Tepees can sleep up to four people and have a solid floor and closeable flaps. Tepee policies may vary from park to park. Please contact the park directly to learn more.
  • Pop-up campers, available at select parks, come with some necessities for those who want a more hassle-free camping experience.


To learn more about state park lodging options, check out prices and make a reservation, visit You can also learn about the 2019 Michigan state parks centennial at