S’mores, campfires, star-lit nights, and the sounds of nature…what’s not to love about camping in West Michigan! Whether you are looking for a spot to pitch the tent or planning where to hook up the RV, we’ve got some great ideas to help with your next camping adventure.
Find more campground information in the 2020 Carefree Travel Guide.
South West Michigan Camping
Imagine waking to the sunrise, with the sounds of birds, and waves hitting the shore. You can do just that when you set up camp at one of the many campgrounds throughout south central Michigan’s Coldwater Country. Rustic or modern, tents or RVs, the area offers natural getaways for all to enjoy.
Enjoy special events, homemade ice cream at the ice cream parlor, dinner theater, and homemade turkey dinners at Turkeyville Restaurant when you stay at Camp Turkeyville RV Resort in Marshall.
You’ll find more than 900 feet of Lake Michigan beach, 43 developed sites, 22 primitive sites, and four log camping cabins at Weko Beach Park Campground in Bridgman.
Bring your horse on a camping trip! Fort Custer Recreation Area in Augusta now has equestrian campsites available. They’re located right next to entrances for the equestrian trail, which loops around most of the park. There is also a beach for swimming, separate mountain bike trails, and multiple lakes for fishing. Because Fort Custer is a state park, the Recreation Passport is required.
Coloma KOA in Benton Harbor is the closest KOA to beautiful Lake Michigan in South West Michigan, putting you only minutes away from several beaches in the St. Joseph and South Haven communities. Relax at the campground enjoying shaded lots, or be active enjoying bike rentals, mini golf, playground, and more.
Enjoy a luxury glamping experience at The Fields in the countryside of South Haven, one of the most in-demand destinations for vacation getaways. A night inside the enchanted tents of The Fields is a night unlike anything you have experienced. The Fields staff has also curated a list of activities at the campground and surrounding areas to help fill your get away with incredible memories.
At the Covert/South Haven KOA Holiday Campground, pitch a tent, pull up in an RV, or stay in a cabin. Kids enjoy the Jumping Pillow, trampoline basketball, rock climbing wall, gem mining sluice, carpetball, gaga ball, craft time, movie nights, and two fishing ponds. Order pizza, nachos, or a panini from the cafe, and have it delivered to your site. Try some hand-dipped ice cream too. Ready to add to your family memories? Make this KOA your vacation destination!
The Kal-Haven Outpost is a campground and general store located on the Kal-Haven Trail, just four miles from downtown South Haven. The Outpost offers three vacation homes, six spacious family cabins, four roomy couple’s cabins, twenty 70 ft. pull through RV sites, wooded primitive sites, and a beautiful bathhouse. Nobody wants to miss out on a vacation, especially your pups! Thus, all their lodging options will always remain pet friendly!
Sunny Brook RV Resort is a 65 acre luxury RV resort located in South Haven, three miles from Lake Michigan, offering nightly, monthly, and seasonal rental.
Central West Michigan Camping
Muskegon State Park offers three miles of beaches, swimming, picnicking, two fishing piers, 12 miles of hiking trails, a boat launch, two campgrounds, and The Blockhouse: a full size replica of Fort Dearborn. The Muskegon State Park Channel Campground offers camping between Lake Michigan, Muskegon Lake, and the Muskegon Channel. From your tent to the beach…that’s a great way to spend summer days and nights!
Little Switzerland Resort and Campground is a peaceful and friendly place located just two miles north of Newaygo. The campground is nestled off of Pickerel Lake where you can enjoy 300 ft. of lake frontage with a private beach and swimming area. There is a playground, basketball court, and volleyball area to use during your stay. Fishing, sunbathing, and water sports are excellent. Public golf courses are a short drive away.
Camping near Lake Michigan has its privileges, including forested lands, hiking, and biking trails, fishing opportunities, and beaches. Make your reservations and pack your gear for a Pure Ludington camping experience.
Offering over 200 full hook-ups, three pools, a recreation hall, game room, playground, firepits, and fishing pond, Poncho’s Pond RV Park in Ludington has grown to be one of the top rated privately owned parks in Michigan. Open April-October, Poncho’s Pond RV Park has plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained.
Dunes Harbor Family Camp is a premier family campground next to Silver Lake and the Sand Dunes in Mears. Located just one mile from the Sand Dune ORV entrance, Dunes Harbor is a perfect family getaway in West Michigan with over 150 campsites with full hook-up 30/50AMP sites as well as rustic water/electric sites. Each site has a picnic table and firepit and every full hook-up site has a cement pad. There is family programming for all ages including hiking trails, horseback riding, craft times, movie nights, and much more.
No matter how you like to camp, Cran-Hill Ranch in Rodney has a spot for you. Their campgrounds can accommodate anything from a tent to the largest of RVs. All of their sites have 30 amp electric and water, with an on-site dump station. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. They have four different camping areas to choose from. So if you need a small shady spot for a tent, a big grassy spot for your motorhome, or want to camp in a group, they have room for you.
Whether you’re looking to park your RV or pop a tent in the great outdoors, the Mt. Pleasant area offers a variety of campgrounds and RV Parks for your next camping trip! Start planning your next camping trip with a list of Mt. Pleasant area campgrounds and RV parks, here.
North West Michigan & Upper Peninsula Camping
Looking for a quiet, peaceful night under the starry skies? At the Pine River Paddlesports Center in Wellston, you’ll find a clean and quiet campground, where the ‘quiet hours’ are 24/7. All sites are private, hedged around on three sides with woods, and all come with a picnic table, lantern hook, locking garbage can, and a fire pit with an adjustable grate. The sites are rustic, with a clean, central bathroom facility complete with flush toilets, coin-operated showers, and hot running water. And if you are looking for something to do during a beautiful, Michigan summer’s day, they conveniently rent watercraft at the campground. Come and experience a restful night’s sleep outdoors at the Pine River Paddlesports Center!
Fisherman’s Island State Park boasts over six miles of unspoiled Lake Michigan shoreline near Charlevoix with 80 rustic campsites, 15 of which are nestled in the dune area shore.
Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping features cabins and sites for all types of campers just three miles from Mackinaw City. From modest SuperSaver sites (for those on a budget) up to large RV sites (sewer, water & 50 amp electric), beautiful basic cabins, up to 3-bedroom, 2-story loft cabins with bathrooms. You’ll find over 200 acres of woods and a mile of shoreline, looking over the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge.
Comprising over 30% of Michigan’s landmass and home to only three percent of the state’s population, the Upper Peninsula has plenty of room to explore and get back to nature, making it the ultimate camping destination. Some of Marquette’s most popular campsites include:
- Marquette Tourist Park – Tourist Park connects to the Noquemanon Trail Network, offering access to notable peaks like Hogback and Top of the World as well as long-distance and multi-use trails like the Iron Ore Heritage Trail.
- Little Lake State Forest Campground – This is a rustic, lesser-known area near the charming town of Little Lake where fishing, hiking, and biking are the main attractions.
- Van Riper State Park – A comfortable site complete with showers, bathrooms, water, and available hookups, Van Riper is a water-lover’s paradise featuring pristine fishing waters and even an inflatable water park set on Lake Michigamme!
Campground and RV dealership members of The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) are ready to kick start the summer vacation season in Michigan. MARVAC recommends checking with individual campgrounds to determine their policies and limits. Other suggestions for getting out to enjoy camping in Michigan:
- Being flexible with stay dates.
- Research campgrounds or RV resorts.
- Ask to be put on a cancellation or waitlist
More campground and RV parks to visit in the South Region:
- Hungry Horse Campground, Dorr
- Oak Shores Campground, Decatur
- Hidden Ridge RV Resort, Hopkins
- En Gedi Campground River Resort, Leonidas
- Allegan County Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Allegan
- Van Buren State Park, South Haven
More campground and RV parks to visit in the Central Region:
- Blodgett Landing Campground, Hersey
- Hideaway Campground, Mears
- Vacation Station RV Resort, Ludington
- Sandy Shores Campground, Mears
- Stony Haven Campground & Cabins, New Era
- White River RV Park & Campground, Montague
- Double JJ Resort, Rothbury
- Conestoga Campground, Coopersville
- Woods & Waters RV Park, White Cloud
- Silver Lake State Park, Mears
- Ionia State Recreation Area, Ionia
- Silver Creek Luxury RV Resort, Mears
- Muskegon KOA, Muskegon
- Lincoln Pines Resort, Gowen
More campground and RV parks to visit in the North Region & Upper Peninsula:
- Insta-Launch Campground & Marina, Manistee
- Traverse City KOA, Buckley
- Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort, Traverse City
- Kampville RV Park, Bear Lake
- Twin Oaks RV Campground and Cabins, Wellston
- Leisure Time Campground, Irons
- Indigo Bluffs RV Park & Resort, Empire
- Vacation Trailer Park Inc, Benzonia
- Muskallonge Lake State Park, Newberry
More campground and RV parks to visit around the state: