The Great Lakes are waiting—come year round for swimming, fishing, skiing, and ice fishing.
Just a short drive out of bustling Detroit, wild Michigan takes over. Suburbs give way to rolling fields and forests, and inland lakes sparkle in the sun. Lake Huron and Lake Erie are less than an hour from the city. From rustic beach sites to RV parks with fast Wi-Fi, this part of Michigan has a campsite for any traveler. Although it’s just 70 miles from Detroit, Lakeport State Park feels like a different world. The wide, sandy beach is perfect for swimming, and the shady tent sites all come with private picnic tables. Forgot something? The friendly camp store has all of the essentials. Multisport campers should head for the tent and RV sites at the Highland Recreation Area. Hike and bike the trails, or bring your horse—he’s even welcome in the campground! Pack a picnic and head to the three day-use areas, which offer swimming, volleyball, and fishing. In the winter, this spot is popular for cross-country skiing. Are you hoping to go boating on Lake Erie? A variety of private RV resorts with full hookups line the shoreline just south of the city. Other spots for a camping trip include Groveland Oaks County Park and Algonac State Park. The best time to camp near Detroit is in the hot summer and pleasant fall. Winters are cold; stay dry in the occasional snowstorm with a cabin or yurt rental. Spring weather is unpredictable, but if you bring warm rain gear, you can camp comfortably.