Forest camping in Michigan

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Forest camping in Michigan

With lakes and forests covering two-thirds of the state, Michigan is a camper's paradise.

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Lynx Run Wilderness Retreat
7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents100 acres · Stanwood, MIMy property (Lynx Run) has an amazing geological and historical background. During the last ice age, glacial waters carved out the ravine in which the Betts Creek flows.  Sometimes, the creek drops over 60 feet below the surrounding terrain as it meanders back and forth in oxbows as it flows toward the Muskegon River.  It was once the hunting, foraging and camping grounds of the Potawatami Indians.  In the late 1800's it was at the center of the Michigan Timber Industry.  Running along the edge of my property is the old railroad bed where timber was once hauled away.  Only two miles from my home, the logs were sent down the side of the hill and into the Muskegon River on log chutes and then floated to where the Muskegon empties into Lake Michigan.  Piles of field stones indicate that after the timber industry moved on, farmers moved in and attempted to tame the land.  But, fortunately for me, the land was abandoned by the farmers and has returned to a much more natural and pristine state.  My land is now a part of the Manistee National Forest and I am surrounded by thousands of acres of beautiful land (both public and private).  I am the only person who lives back here in this part of the forest, so seclusion and privacy are wonderful and the wildlife and beauty is abundant.
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Heritage Hills
5 sites · RVs, Tents21 acres · Ishpeming, MIHeritage Hills isn't called Heritage Hills for nothing! It's situated on 21 acres of what was the original Wawonowin Country Club, a 9-hole golf course that was built in the early 1800s and then closed in the mid 1960s. This area was boom town in those early days because the very spot where iron ore was discovered is within walking distance! You are free to explore by foot, bike or horse the whole 800 acres between Ishpeming and Negaunee (and further if you would like!) and expedience this diverse area of hardwoods, pines, meadows and some wetlands, too, to discover many historical spots of interest. We can provide a map if you would like to explore on your own, or put together a special tour by wagon or horse to see top points of interest like Mathews Cross: a big steel cross mounted in a big rock about 600 some feet up, erected by historian Frank Mathews in  honor of all the miners who died. You can walk around Union Park originally built for the Green Bay packer team (now the Packers) to play the Ishpeming/Negaunee football team but later a horse harness race track where Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show performed! Explore areas of old mines, and where Iron ore was discovered: the Iron Ore Heritage trail is nearby, too. It's a 48 mile walking & biking trail with historical points and old shafts and pits along that way - it goes all the way to Lake Superior if you dare go that far! Heritage Hills came to be 8 years ago as 'Heritage Hills Horseback Riding' where we did just that - lots of horseback riding with guided horseback rides for the public! We still do a few limited public trail rides and, of course, have horses and ponies on the property, but we do so much more:* Wagon rides in summer & sleigh rides in winter.* Horse camps for kids and adults every Friday in the summer.* We are certified in the EAGALA model of equine assisted psychotherapy along with a learning technique with horses called Horse Powered Reading.
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Sage Campground
4 sites · RVs3 acres · MIThe property is wooded, swampy when it’s rainy, and a mostly flat cut grass area. It can be muddy in spots at times. We have chickens, goats and a lot of dogs that bark. Tractors and vehicles and neighbors on bikes and ATVs go by regularly. It’s mostly peaceful and we love it here. Our house is under renovation and you can see signs of that on the exterior. You must clean up after your dogs. Keep your campsite area clean and free from piles of your belongings or trash.
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Oak Meadows
30 sites · RVs, Tents27 acres · MIPark your RV or pitch your tent at Oak Meadows. You will have access to our almost 30 acres of a beautiful meadow, hardwood forest, or secret field. Each camp sight comes with access to a private fire ring. Oak Meadows is minutes away from all of West Michigan's popular destinations: Michigan Adventures (3 min drive), ThunderBird Raceway (2 min drive), bike trails to endless destinations (3 min drive), Duck Lake State Park (12 min drive), Whitelake Pier & Lighthouse (14 min drive), 5 major Motorcross / Snowmobiling trails (13-50 min drive), 1000's of acres of National Forest, and surrounded by many lakes and rivers to fish, canoe, boat, kayak, paddleboard, and ski.
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Harvest Village - Farmstay
5 sites · Lodging, RVs10 acres · Le Roy, MIYour Hosts - Dan and Arlene Cool: “We served as missionaries in South America for over 20 years. Our first assignment was in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, primarily at a school for missionary children, teaching Bible classes (Dan) and helping to start up and run a hot lunch program (Arlene). After this we ministered in Paraguay for 10 years. Our final years of missionary service were in Chile where we founded a missionary training school to train Chilean missionaries. Latin American students that we helped train are now serving around the world bringing hope and the Gospel to needy people. Harvest Village helps to support the ministries of our former students. We are excited to enter this new stage of our lives and to share our family’s centennial farm with people interested in healthier living and farm vacationing.”Your stay at Harvest Village helps bring hope to the hopeless; We set aside $1 /per guest, per night, to help our former students who are serving as missionaries in some of the neediest places around the world.
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Halls Haven
3 sites · RVs, Tents30 acres · Gladwin, MIThe property was purchased by my father more than 40 years ago and left to our family a paradise. As a escape from the city you can find a great place to view the stars and passing satellites in the night sky. We are located about half way between Gladwin and West branch, about 40 minutes south east of Houghton Lake. As campers ourselves we are focused on the experience and always working improving the land. Sharing some of our land with you is a benefit for all. We have a pond you can fish upon request, a nature trail, Disc Golf practice baskets and Play field on the 30 acre site. Tubing or Canoeing experience at: 989-387-8658 E-mail Info@GladwinBoatRental.com Operating With Gladwin City Campground www.GladwinBoatRental.com Our Specialty, Paddling the “Golden” Cedar River near Gladwin, Michigan 2-6 times daily. Everything by appointment - Call 1st. Canoes (electric motor - optional) Kayaks - small 12' Fishing Boat.
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 Bring your own camping equipment & Pitch your tent @ Camp Squid Off The Grid!
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Kendra S.’s Land
150 sites · RVs, Tents15 acres · Benzonia, MI
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McCormick Artisans Woods/River
3 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents33 acres · Jonesville, MIWe bought this property in 2012 and have built several buildings and forged paths throughout the...
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Air & Sun Acres
3 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents35 acres · MITucked back in the woods of North Western Michigan. A turn down a pine lined driveway takes you into a simpler world. Conveniently located, our cabins are rustic, beautiful, and timeless. Enjoy the solitude and peace not far from local amenities. We live here on the land and strive to share its beauty with you. Need some more room to spread out? Interested in hosting a retreat? We share our land and scenic walking trails with neighbors MorningStar Adventures. They offer additional cabins within walking distance for larger groups seeking connection with the land.Learn more about this land:Gabriel's cabin is just a short walk to the Hersey Creek and the hiking and cross country skiing trails on the 125 acres of surrounding property which has been enjoyed as an eco-spiritual retreat center for over 40 years. This cabin sleeps 1-4 people and has electricity, a full kitchen, water jug and well hydrant near by, a gas stove for heating, three beds, an outside fire pit, and an outhouse as well as an indoor camping commode. PLEASE NOTE: There are no shower or bathing facilities at this cabin.As an Eco-spiritual retreat center, we encourage our guests to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Walk the trails or labyrinth on our 35 acres or those on the neighboring 90 acres. We share the opportunities to wander with our friends to the south for a seamless experience for our guest and theirs. A second larger labyrinth, medicine wheel and wailing wall are also on the property to the south. Overall 125 acres of woods, creek, gardens and places to wander await you. The Fred Meijer White Pine Linear State Park is only a few steps away an is a paved path way of over 90 miles stretching from Grand Rapids to Cadillac. Plan a bike excursion and stay here half way! No hunting, ATVs or snowmobiles allowed on our property.
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Da Sugarbush on Stanley Lake
7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents9 acres · Iron River, MIYou'll be camping on our Stanley lake sugarbush property. Lakefront sites have power and water -...
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White Horse Ranch
13 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · Rapid River, MIPerfectly located for day tripping in the U.P. as we are centered within an hour drive from Marquette, Manistique, and Munising. We are located on Stonington Peninsula, 2 miles from Peninsula Point Lighthouse, and one mile from a boat launch. We have 20 acres of property that offers spectacular views of the stars as well as cedar forests, hardwood forests across the road, and pasture land that is fenced for horses and farming. The barn has cooking facilities open to all our guests, along with a lounge area and dining. It closes at 10 pm to offer privacy to our Glamping guests. Located within 4 miles we have tennis courts and a playground at town hall, complete with horseshoe pits and free Wi-Fi. Tranquillity vacation spot with lots of amenities! Hope to see you soon!
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Nature and Nurture Farm
4 sites · RVs, Tents130 acres · Dexter, MIOur 130 acre property is currently an organic heirloom vegetable seed farm that is only 12 minutes from Ann Arbor. Part of it was formerly owned by the Egeler family who at one time owned quite a bit of Marshall Rd and part of it was owned by the Mersereau family. It was formerly a conventional farm, but we've converted it to organic production. The rolling land is 1/2 forest and 1/2 fields, making it a biodiverse hot spot for plants, animals, and fungi.
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When it comes to natural attractions, Michigan holds all the aces. This landlocked state has more state parks and state forests than any other, miles of coastline, and more than 10,000 lakes—which means you’ll never be more than six miles from the water. Some of the best camping is found on the beaches and islands of the Great Lakes, so plan a summer getaway to swim, fish, and kayak, or a fall camping trip to admire Michigan’s spectacular foliage. Winter is best suited for RV camping, with snow blanketing much of the state from November through March.

Where to Go

​Upper Peninsula

The Upper Peninsula is Michigan’s wild toupée, with swathes of old-growth forests, sandy beaches, and inland lakes stretching along the southern shore of Lake Superior. This is the spot to escape the crowds, whether pitching your tent by the sand dunes in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, parking your RV by a waterfall in Tahquamenon Falls State Park, or yurt camping in the Porcupine Mountains. For the ultimate camping experience, the Hiawatha National Forest has some 60 campsites to choose from.

Northern Lower Peninsula

Bordered by Lake Michigan to the West and Lake Huron to the east, the northern Lower Peninsula has the highest concentration of Michigan state parks. Miles of mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking trails await in the Huron National Forest, where you can choose from modern campgrounds or backcountry camping. Along the coast, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a must-see, Wilderness State Park is a dark sky reserve, and Ludington State Park Beach is a family favorite.

Southwest Michigan

Grand Rapids is the gateway to Michigan’s southwest, where the shore of Lake Michigan provides plenty of options for a summer camping trip. Lakefront cities such as South Haven, Benton Harbor, and Holland have sandy beaches, historic lighthouses, and seafront campgrounds. Forget tent camping in the wilderness—RV sites come equipped with full hookups, playgrounds, and watercraft rentals.

Southeast Michigan

Michigan's "Thumb" juts out along the west shore of Lake Huron, where Sleeper State Park and Port Crescent State Park are the big draws for campers. Below this, the west coast is ideal for a road trip, peppered with shipwreck dive sites, secluded beaches, and golf courses. South of Detroit and Lake St. Clair, Sterling State Park is the only state park on the shore of Lake Erie, with a mix of RV and tent sites by the beach.

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