Camping in Michigan with swimming

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Camping in Michigan with swimming

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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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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 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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Hunt’s Hillside Vineyards
3 sites · RVs, Tents45 acres · Lawton, MIStay in our beautiful vineyard! Enjoy walks through the vines and enjoy beautiful sunsets. Also...
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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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Harvest Village - Farmstay
4 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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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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Rocky Top "Preserve"
2 sites · Lodging300 acres · Ellsworth, MIGrandpa Tom started this farm in the 1970's. Rocky Top Farms is a fruit farm. We grow a lot of...
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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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Doriath Springs
5 sites · Lodging, Tents6 acres · Hersey, MIDoriath Springs is a family homestead learning to grow into an intentional community committed to peace path revolution. We are eager to learn and grow with others.Learn more about this land:Doriath Springs feels magical! We are a small 5+ acre family homestead dedicated to environmental sustainability and peace path revolution. Easy arrival by the Muskegon River, the Pere Marquette Bike Trail, or highway M-10. Space for tents along the river in the sun or by the creek in the forest. Rustic outhouse. Pets are welcome as long as they are kept with their families and well socialized to get along with other animals on the land. Please plan to leave no trace.
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The communal fire pit is well built and perfect for evenings hanging out and talking
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Bear Lake Meets da Yellow Dog
2 sites · Lodging, Tents10 acres · Marquette, MIThe land around Bear Lake was divided into 10-acre parcels in the 1970s using an original logging...
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Art Farm Fennville
2 sites · Lodging20 acres · Fennville, MIWelcome to Fabulous Fennville Birds abound, Bees buzz, and the milkweed is full of Monarchs. The sultry evening air lengthens the day until the fire flies remind us to stop and enjoy the night-lite show. It’s an authentic slice of nature with a pond backdrop and a perch atop of a slope side forest. Enjoy a sunset stretch on a yoga mat in the near by Gazebo. Watch the morning sun creep over the pond with a cup of artisan crafted coffee roasted on site. Private yet so close to Saugatuck (10min) Douglas (5min) and Fennville. Cannabis friendly and local musicians sometimes join us for fire pit impromptu when stars align. We’ve set aside a slice of Art Farm Fennville for quiet contemplation. The tent is steel frame canvas with complete screened in comfort. You’ll have access to the restroom and the shower, outdoor communal kitchen space of the Art barn 24 hr’s. Our canvas camp Bell Tent is great for birdwatching and spying shooting stars surrounded by water, with it’s own dock and swim access. We love to foodgeek-as we locavore the best of our neighboring farms offerings with a pop-up artisan goods market weekly featuring the coffee beans we artisan roast /grind/ french press right here on site. Freshly Roasted Coffee Beans in the a.m and firefly good-nights! Perfect for Bike Trekkers, Road Touring groups and nature seekers, this end of the road private space is 18 acres of gardens and ponds. The two large barns host summer art workshops and events and a cabin is offered as a creative retreat. A shower and small dressing area is available with a locker for longer stays. Bicycle storage and tools available for use. The welded sculpture is the work of Christine and the painted steel work by the late Terry Thomas. Art featured throughout the property. The Saugatuck Interurban comes to our doorstep and takes you into Saugatuck and Douglas, load your bike upon the rack and for a buck you're car free. Lake Michigan is a few miles away. Ask for best local access due to changing lake levels. Your host is onsite and available if you have questions for her you may txt/call directly. Care to inquire about art offerings? Care to host an event? It's possible...
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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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