Michigan RV parks and campgrounds are scattered across the state, from Detroit to Isle Royale National Park and everywhere in between. Michigan’s upper peninsula includes some of America’s best loved RV sites and outdoor destinations. Meanwhile, the lower portion of the state includes beachside campgrounds, hunting venues, and historical destinations. Many visitors to Michigan visit the same or similar areas year after year, as a kind of traditional summer gathering. Still more folks are discovering all that the state has to offer in terms of natural beauty. Whether you’re looking for an RV park in urban Michigan or something as far away from civilization as you can find, Michigan has something for every kind of RV enthusiast.
Michigan’s upper peninsula is home to Isle Royale National Park, Ottawa National Forest, and Hiawatha National Forest, which together cover about half of the land comprising the finger of land that extends towards Canada, bisecting the Great Lakes. This exceptionally remote archipelago is a chain of islands in Lake Superior, just off the coast from Thunder Bay, Canada and Grand Portage, Minnesota. Visiting Isle Royale is your opportunity to go SCUBA diving in the Great Lakes, and the park also welcomes visitors to kayak these waters, and hike the many trails that traverse this strand of islands. Once you’ve moored your skiff upon your return from Isle Royale, be sure to check out Keweenaw National Historical Park, where ruins of a castle remain for exploration, and there are numerous opportunities to learn more about the importance of this region of the state.
Just north of Marinette, where Michigan meets Wisconsin, the Escanaba River State Forest provides visitors with recreational opportunities along the waterfront where hunting and fishing are also welcomed activities during specific times of the year. Keep heading north and you’ll arrive at Hiawatha National Forest, which boasts coastline on three of the Great Lakes, is one of the most popular camping areas in Michigan, certainly in the Upper Peninsula region. Nearby Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Seney National Wildlife are sure bets for taking in the pristine natural beauty of these remote northern lands. There are about a dozen different Michigan State Parks to check out in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, including Straits, Brimley, Tahquamenon Falls, Muskallonge Lake, Palms Book, Fayette, and Indian Lakes State Parks.
Straits State Park and the town of St. Ignace are across the bridge from Mackinaw City and the lower portion of Michigan. Just to the east is Mackinac Island State Park, where wild islands free from cars are still overrun with forests, beaches, and breathtaking scenery. Wilderness State Park and Cheboygan State Park represent two of the more popular camping destinations in northern Michigan. Together they have miles of coastal lands that extend deep into the state’s dense woods and idyllic fishing ponds. If you’re like many who bring their boat and watercraft along with them to go camping but you’re not interested in floating around one of the Great Lakes, head inland a bit from Mackinaw City to Onaway State Park, Burt Lake State Park, or Aloha State Park, all of which have relatively large inland lakes to explore.
Western Michigan is a resort destination that is extremely popular among the RVing crowd. With such as the case, we recommend that you make reservations well in advance if you want to stay anywhere near Lake Michigan and its beaches. The area is dotted with fantastic Michigan State Parks, many of which offer camping. Orchard Beach, Mears, Muskegon, PJ Hoffmaster, Holland, Van Buren, Grande Mere, and Warren Dunes State Parks are among the most popular destinations along Southern Michigan’s west coast.
Eastern Michigan shouldn’t be missed either, as it is home to natural gems like Maybury State Park, just outside Detroit, Seven Lakes State Park on your way to Flint, and the dueling Port Crescent and Sleeper State Parks next to each other on the thumb of Michigan’s mitten.
Updated November 14, 2016.