There is no better way to get to know the Great Lakes State than from the comfort of your own RV. If you want to see the lakes, rivers, and forests that make Michigan great but are unsure where to start, then this article is for you!
17 Unforgettable RV Camping Spots in Michigan:
|Campground Name||Cost Per Day||Season|
|White River RV Park & Campground||$44||May 1- Oct 15|
|Lake Shore RV Resort & Campground by Outdoor Adventures||$30||Year Round|
|Poncho’s Pond RV Park||$38||Year Round|
|Bay View Campground||$16||May-Oct|
|Portage Bay State Forest Campground||$14||Year Round|
|Silver Creek State Forest Campground||$13||April 1 – Nov 20|
|City of Houghton RV Park||$36||Year Round|
|Harbortown RV Resort||$44||Year Round|
|Covert / South Haven KOA Holiday||Inquire for full rates||April 21 – |
|Twelvemile Beach Campground||$16||Year Round|
|Baxter Bridge State Forest Campground||$13||Year Round|
|Camp Lord Willing RV Park||$35||Year Round|
|Bray Creek State Forest Campground||$13||Year Round|
|Carrieville State Forest Campground||$13||Year Round|
|Hideaway RV Park||$35||Year Round|
|Holland State Park Beach Campground||$11+||Year Round|
|Pigeon River State Forest Campground||$13||Year Round|
Let’s jump right in with White River RV Park and Campground.
White River RV Park & Campground
|Cost per Day||$44|
|Season||May 1-Oct 15|
|No. of Campsites||229|
Located in Scenic Muskegon County, the White River RV Park & Campground is a clean modern facility that’s buckets of fun for the whole family.
From a large swimming pool that’s great to splash around into streams begging to be fished, there is something for everyone at White River.
White River RV Park & Campground is conveniently located with several tourist attractions nearby. Visit Michigan’s Adventure Amusement Park and the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.
Also Nearby is the USS Silversides Submarine Museum and Pere Marquette Park. Not to mention your just a quick drive away from one of Lake Michigan’s famous sandy beaches.
If you want to spend more time out on the water, rent canoes, kayaks, tubes, and rafts from the onsite rental facility and have fun splashing around.
The campsites are clean and spacious. There are bathroom facilities with heated water for bathing.
- Have fun with the whole family in the on-site heated pool.
- Great fishing in the nearby river.
- Rent canoes, kayaks, etc. and spend all day out on the water.
Lake Shore RV Resort & Campground by Outdoor Adventures
|Cost per Day||$30|
|No. of Campsites||95|
Right next to Flint in Eastern Michigan, the Lake Shore RV Resort has everything you could ever want from an RV park and more.
I struggle to call this “camping”. There are so many amenities and activities that it will feel more like a stay at a hotel than a stay in the wilderness.
Situated by a pristine lake surrounded by nature trails, there are plenty of chances to escape into nature at the Lake Shore RV Resort.
When it’s warm, splash around in the outdoor pools, play at the water park, or drift along the lazy river.
When it’s cold out, try hanging around the indoor pools, or go skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing down a nature trail.
The 95 campsites are all very clean and well maintained. The staff is friendly and willing to answer any questions you may have about your RV. With clean bathrooms and heated showers, you will feel right at home at the Lake Shore RV Resort.
- A great water park open as soon as it’s warm enough!
- Winter time activities including skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.
- Located near historic Flint, Michigan.
Poncho’s Pond RV Park
|Cost per Day||$38|
|No. of Campsites||269|
37 grassy acres nestled around a 3-acre lake stocked with Blue Gill, Bass, Perch, and Channel Catfish, and everything located next to some of Michigan’s finest attractions. Does this sound like camping heaven to anyone else?
Poncho’s Pond goes above the call of duty to ensure that all guests are entertained. From theme weeks (great fun for the kids!) to a modern fitness center (now you have no excuse not to work out) there is something for everybody.
Besides spending your days fishing from the lake’s beautiful banks, feel free to take a day trip to Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Amber Elk Ranch, or Sandcastles Children’s Museum; all just a few miles from your campsite.
The campsites are green and lushes. Restroom and shower facilities are located in convenient locations throughout the camp. Every site has a fire pit and picnic table.
- Great fishing on a lake only a few feet from where you sleep!
- Rent a paddle boat and splash around on clear, clean waters.
- Great attractions only a few miles away from the campgrounds.
Bay View Campground
|Cost per Day||$16|
|No. of Campsites||24|
On the shores of Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay, tucked away in the thick white birch woods of the Hiawatha National Forest, lies Bay View Campground; only a short walk away from beautiful white sand beaches.
Explore the woods and lounge on the beach. Spend hours swimming, fishing, and kayaking in the cool waters of Lake Superior. And when the day come to an end, commemorate it with a lakeside barbecue.
Bay View Campground is close to several locations of interest including the Soo Locks, the Whitefish Point Lighthouse, and the beautiful Tahquamenon Falls.
Bay View Campgrounds are spacious and well maintained with restroom facilities located throughout. Each site has a picnic table, a fire pit, and a water pump for your convenience.
- Excellent fishing
- Several nature trails around the lake and in the nearby forest.
- Kayaking and canoeing in a pristine lake.
Portage Bay State Forest Campground
|Cost per Day||$14|
|No. of Campsites||23|
Located near Garden in Michigan’s upper peninsula, Portage Bay State Forest Campground is a secluded spot for those weary of the stress of the modern world.
Perched in the thick woods hugging Lake Michigan’s northern shoreline, the only thing besides fish that you will find here is peace, quiet, and solitude.
Try your hand at fishing the teeming waters of L
Explore the Ninga Aki trail and several other nature trails located near your campsite.
View the plentiful animals and birds that regularly roam the are. Portage Bay is truly an outdoorsman’s paradise!
Campsites are clean but simple. Find a toilet near where you are camping. Each site has a water pump, a fire pit, and a picnic table.
Silver Creek State Forest Campground
|Cost per Day||$13|
|Season||April 1-Nov 20|
|No. of Campsites||26|
In northern Lake County, situated at the confluence of Silver Creek and the Pine River, Silver Creek State Forest Park is a popular destination both for the tranquil angler and the thrill seeker.
The waters of the Silver Creek are never far from any campsite and they provide the perfect scenery for a day of fun camping in the woods.
The quick moving stream is great fun for anyone wanting to canoe or kayak. The faster the water the greater the challenge so be careful.
Fishing is welcome in the river, both with a reel and with a fly. If fishing is your thing, be sure to check out Silver Creek.
The waters are cold but mighty fun to swim in and a rope swing waits nearby daring anyone brave enough to take a leap into the chilly river water.
The Lincoln Hills trails, next to the campgrounds, offers over 20 miles of trail for biking or ATV’s. If hanging out in the water isn’t your thing you are sure to have a blast speeding around on your dirt bikes.
The campgrounds are well used and nice. Find clean water from a water pump, a picnic table, a fire ring, and even a bathroom nearby. You won’t have all of your RV hookups, but its a nice place nonetheless.
- Excellent fishing with a fly or a reel.
- Swimming, kayaking, and canoeing in Silver Creek.
- Over 20 miles of ATV friendly trail.
City of Houghton RV Park
|Cost per Day||$36|
|No. of Campsites||22|
A somewhat smaller RV park than others on this list but that might just be exactly what you are looking for. Located on a grassy field overlooking Portage Waterway, City of Houghton RV Park is the
Just a few steps down to the waterfront and you will find a beautiful fishing pier. Spend hours fishing the rich waters of Portage Waterway while taking in the picturesque view of the city.
A short half-mile walk down a waterfront trail and you find yourself in downtown Houghton. Visit restaurants, pubs, and quality sporting goods stores unique to Houghton.
Only a few miles from the campsite and you can find some of Michigan’s most unique attractions including the Mineral Museum of Michigan, Nara Nature Park, and Keweenaw National Historical Park.
The grounds are clean and well maintained. Find a covered patio, picnic table, park bench, barbecue grill, and fire pit at each site. There are, however, no bathroom or shower facilities. For that reason, tent camping is not allowed.
- Fishing in Portage Waterway.
- Only a half mile walk from historic downtown Houghton.
- Visit such locations as the Mineral Museum of Michigan, Nara Nature Park, and Keweenaw National Historical Park.
Harbortown RV Resort
|Cost per Day||$44|
|No. of Campsites||250|
On the sandy coasts of Lake Eerie in Southeast Michigan, find beautiful Harbortown RV Resort one of the states most popular RV camping locations.
There are a lot of fun attractions nearby including historic River Raisin Battlefield, the Henry Ford Museum, and Greenfield Village.
Harbortown always has something fun planned for people of all ages. Enjoy the fun and parties that the resort offers with theme weeks with names like “Pool Party Weekend” or “Country Western Weekend”.
Harbortown RV Resort is packed with so many amenities you won’t be able to try them all in one weekend. Pools, go-karts, a miniature golf course, arcade, ice cream shop, batting cages, and more! You won’t ever complain about not having anything to do at Harbortown!
The campsites are well maintained. Squeaky clean bathrooms and showers with warm water. Camp general store that sells snacks, basic foods, and other camping necessities. And also a laundry room so you can keep your clothes clean even while you camp.
Overall, Harbor town is an excellent place to stay if you are in the area!
- Only a short drive from historic River Raisin Battlefield, the Henry Ford Museum, and Greenfield Village.
- Fun theme weeks enjoyable for the whole family.
- More fun amenities than you have time for in one weekend including go-karts, batting cages, mini golf, etc.
Covert / South Haven KOA Holiday
|Cost per Day||Inquire for full rates|
|Season||April 21 – |
|No. of Campsites||Yes|
Tucked away in the Southwestern corner of Michigan by such famous attractions as the Michigan Maritime Museum, South Haven Light, Chocolate Garden, and Van Buren State Park, lies the Covert/South Haven KOA Holiday.
Nearby, on the glistening shores of Lake Michigan, are some of the most stunning beaches Michigan has to offer. Spend your day relaxing in the sun, splashing in the water, or playing in the warm white sand.
And that’s not all.
Like most KOA campsites, the award-winning South Haven KOA offers more activities than you will know what to do with including, fishing, a climbable rock wall, bike rentals, swimming pool, blueberry picking, and hayrides just to name a few.
The campgrounds are spotless. Bathrooms, fire pits, on site kitchens, showers, and picnic table all conveniently located. Not to mention full RV hookups and excellent WiFi.
- Visit the Michigan Maritime Museum, South Haven Light, Chocolate Garden, and Van Buren State Park all only a few miles away.
- Spend time enjoying some of the many activities loaded into Covert/South Haven KOA Holiday including swimming, fishing, climbing, and more.
- Relax at the beaches of Lake Michigan only 16 miles away.
Twelvemile Beach Campground
|Cost per Day||$16|
|No. of Campsites||37|
Perched atop a majestic bluff by the shore of Lake Superior, Twelvemile Beach Campground sits snugly in a sparsely wooded are by a beach.
Try your hand at fishing the waters of Lake Superior. It is fun to fish from the shores but even better to launch about and fish from the lake’s middle. If fishing isn’t your thing, swimming in the cool lake water on a hot day is very refreshing.
Miles of hiking trail surround the campsite. Among the more famous trails are the White Birch Interpretive trail and the North Country Trail. Also, if you are feeling more adventurous, hike the 13-mile trail to scenic Picture Rocks.
Visit the historic Au Sable Point Light House only a few miles from the campsite. It is beautifully situated on the rocky shores of Lake Superior. A majestic sight that many visitors to the area don’t see.
The campgrounds see a lot of use throughout the year but are still pretty clean. Find pumpable drinking water, toilets, camping pads, and lantern posts at each campsite. Plus tables and fire rings.
- Swimming and fishing in Lake Superior.
- Miles of hiking trail including a path to the famous Picture Rocks.
- Visit the Au Able Point Light House.
Baxter Bridge State Forest Campground
|Cost per Day||$13|
|No. of Campsites||25|
Riding the banks of the Manistee River in Northern Michigan, the Baxter Bridge State Forest Campground is famous for its fishing, hiking, and all manner of water activities.
Do you love spending time on the river? Spend hours fishing the Manistee R
This lushes pine forest is a favorite among nature lovers. Spot a variety of wildlife roaming the woods including deer, river otters, and even bald eagles.
Paddle sports are abundant on the Manistee R
Baxter Bridge State Forest Campground is a popular camping destination for tourists and locals alike. They can be fairly busy in the summertime. Nevertheless, they are well maintained and include bathrooms, water pumps, and fire rings in each site.
- Spend hours fishing for trout on the banks of the Manistee River.
- Take a nature trail and observe the beautiful animals that call these woods home.
- Rent a boat and splash around for hours in the refreshing river water.
Camp Lord Willing RV Park
|Cost per Day||$35|
|No. of Campsites||100|
In the Southeast corner of Michigan in Monroe county find Camp Lord RV Park, the quaint waterfront resort. Nestled in the woods and located to such attractions as River Raisin National Battlefield Park, Monroe County Michigan Historical Museum, and Sterling State Park, Camp Lord Willing is a destination you won’t want to miss.
Camp Lord Willing is the classic camping experience with all the perks of an RV spot with full hookups.
Go swimming or paddling on the waterfront. Fishing is welcome as well. Don’t have a boat? No worries! You can rent one on site from the boat rental.
If you don’t want to spend time on the water, go hiking on one of several trails nearby. Take your kids to the playground or play horseshoes or basketball with friends.
If you want a different camping experience, you could always visit Detroit less than an hour away or go golfing on a course only a mile from your campsite.
- Hours of fun on the lake boating, swimming, fishing, etc.
- Hiking, horseshoes, basketball, there is a lot to do on this campsite.
- Visit Detroit less than an hours drive from your campsite.
Bray Creek State Forest Campground
|Cost per Day||$13|
|No. of Campsites||9|
Often described as a Fisherman’s dream, this lightly used campsite is home to some of the best trout fishing in the northern United States. Anglers flock here to fish brown and rainbow trout, along with salmon and steelhead in the later season.
The campsite is located on the banks of the Baldwin River and has plenty more than just fishing. Launch a boat to paddle around or float the river in a tube.
Close to the Pine Forest Pathway, there is plenty of opportunity for hiking or biking whichever suits you best.
The plentiful trails are also popular for ATVs and other off-roading vehicles.
- Famous trout fishing especially in the early Spring.
- Hike/bike the Pine Forest Pathway.
- Plenty of room for ATVs, dirtbikes, etc.
Carrieville State Forest Campground
|Cost per Day||$13|
|No. of Campsites||31|
A classic camping experience along the banks of a lazy stream. Carrieville State Forest Campground, hugging the Little Manistee River, affords plenty of fishing, hiking, offroading, etc. to the outdoors adventurer.
The spacious campsites are far from each other so you won’t have to worry too much about bumping into anyone while in nature.
Fish the Little Manistee River for brown and rainbow trout. Fishermen are sure to appreciate how close the river is to the campgrounds.
Launch a boat for better fishing or to have a little fun paddling on the water.
The 47-mile ORV trail is a perfect place to spend the afternoon. Bust out your dirt bikes, ATVs, etc. and spend hours speeding down the dusty trail.
The campgrounds are nice with bathrooms, potable water from pumps, and a convenient general store within walking distance.
- Excellent brown and rainbow trout fishing.
- A boat launch near the campgrounds.
- 47 miles of ORV trail.
Hideaway RV Park
|Cost per Day||$35|
|No. of Campsites||56|
A scene of pastoral perfection. On the glistening banks of a shimmering lake and tucked between the oak and pine trees, Hideaway RV park is a serene gem of a campsite far from the stresses of modern life.
Fishing and paddling, hiking and biking, Hideaway RV Park has anything you could ever want from a classic camping experience.
Fish the local waters or splash around in a kayak or canoe instead.
Visit local attractions such as Cascade Falls, Ella Sharp Park & Museum, and Cell Block 7.
Take your kids over to the on site playground for hours of fun.
The campgrounds at Hideaway RV Park are something to be admired. Clean and beautiful. There may not be WiFi like at other RV Resorts, but who wants to be looking at a screen when you could be admiring nature?
- Excellent fishing.
- Kayaking or canoeing in the lake.
- Visit Cascade Falls and other local attractions.
Holland State Park Beach Campground
|Cost per Day||$11+|
|No. of Campsites||309|
Holland State Park has been described as a “must-see attraction” in Michigan. Home to some of the state’s best beaches you will have no trouble keeping busy if you stay here.
Relax at Holland State Park’s beautiful beaches. The best in the state and only a short walk from your campsite.
Explore the Holland Aquatic Center, an indoor water park equipped with a water slide, diving pool, and a splash pad with equipment.
Visit nearby Nelis’ Dutch Village. Take a step out of time and enjoy Dutch architecture and culture as you explore the family-owned park.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of this excellent park.
The grounds are well maintained with full hookups and restroom facilities. There are a lot of campsites, so be prepared to meet some new neighbors if you stay here.
- Enjoy some of Michigan’s most celebrated beaches right outside your RV door.
- Explore the Holland Aquatic Center.
- Visit Nelis’ Dutch Village.
Pigeon River State Forest Campground
|Cost per Day||$13|
|No. of Campsites||19|
Located on a beautiful bend of the Pigeon River, this campsite is celebrated by anglers and hikers alike.
Fishing is easy in the relatively shallow waters. The most common catches are brook, brown and rainbow trout. Get even better fishing from a canoe or kayak.
Conquer the Shingle Mill Trail. Over 14-miles of beautiful woods and streams. Tackle it on foot or from a bike.
One of the biggest attractions to this site is the largest heard of elk east of the Mississippi that calls this region home. Spot hundreds of elk graze the grassy plains from the comfort of your RV.
The campground has all of the basic amenities. Potable
- Excellent brook, brown, and rainbow trout fishing.
- Extensive hiking trails.
- Largest elk herd east of the Mississippi River.
How Cold is Michigan in the winter? Michigan temperatures usually hover around the mid-20s in the wintertime. If you plan on going camping when it’s cold, it would be best to winterize your RV.
How much is a fishing license in Michigan? A nonresident annual fishing license is $76. However, you could buy the cheaper 72-hour license for $30 or the 24-hour license for only $10.