Camping near Detroit

The Great Lakes are waiting near Detroit—come year-round for swimming, fishing, skiing, and ice fishing.

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Thousand S.’s Land

13 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents84 acres · Lapeer, MI
Welcome to Thousand Suns, a unique 84-acre sanctuary where the land is intentionally cultivated and vibrantly alive. Unlike any ordinary campground, our space is designed to support both traditional and non-traditional ceremonies, fostering a profound connection to oneself and the natural world. At Thousand Suns, guests and members can explore 84 acres of scenic trails, pristine spring-fed waters, and a flowing river, offering an immersive experience in nature's tranquility. Whether you're seeking solitude or community, our land provides a serene environment for personal growth and reflection. Depending on the timing of your visit, you may have the opportunity to participate in private sessions with our skilled facilitators. Our offerings include yoga, bodywork, and other holistic practices designed to enhance your well-being. Additionally, we host various events throughout the month, providing diverse experiences that nurture your mind, body, and spirit. Join us at Thousand Suns with your Fishing poles swim trunks and a desire to relax and enjoy the land while you embark on a journey of self-discovery and connection in a space where nature and intention come together harmoniously.
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White Pine Farm HipCamping

6 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Ann Arbor, MI
EVENTS & LARGE GROUPS - We are hosting events! Graduation parties, small weddings, family reunions, you name it. You can rent the whole campground for a day a nght, a weekend, or a whole week if that suits your need. Just send us a message and we can talk about it. We can also accomodate large groups at a single campsite or you can rent several of them. Our primary guideline is that if your event will be held while other campers are here, it cannot disturb them. So, consider renting the whole campground: we can work with you on a reasonable price. IMPORTANT NOTICE 1 - If you book a site for the Labor Day Weekend, please be advised that a neighbor holds a camping event at the same time and there will be some noise from 4 wheelers on their property. If this kind of activity wouldn't bother you then feel free to come stay with us! We'd love to have you. IMPORTANT NOTICE 2: Please plan to arrive and set up camp between 3 and 9 PM. If you are planning to arrive after 9 PM, please send us a message letting us know. We decide on a case by case basis since we prefer not to have late arrivals. In any event we do not accept arrivals after 11 PM except in an emergency since many campers and your host may have already gone to bed. Our beautiful 10 acre farm and homestead is situated between Ann Arbor and Dexter not far from the Huron River. The 5 acre area where our compsites are located is wooded with mature oak, maple, walnut, elm, and white pine trees. We're isolated and surrounded by wild areas and natural farm land but just a 10 minute drive to restaurants, groceries, fuel, and other amenities. The Ann Arbor area is home to a huge array of worldclass events from the Ark music venue to National Champions Michigan home football games and a whole lot more. Downtown Ann Arbor or Dexter or Chelsea is only a 15 minute car drive. White Lotus Farms, which has a wonderful farm market on Saturdays from 9 - 2 and Wednesdays from 9 - 1, is a 10 minute walk down our dirt road. If you forget to bring something that you need, don't hesitate to ask! We've got a growing number of camping essentials for rent or sale for very reasonable prices that can make your stay even more enjoyable: from bug repellants to camp chairs, potable water in 2.5 - 5 gallon containers, and more.
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Tom and Julie's Place

4 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · MI
6/19/2024 The camping season is in full swing. Always exciting! Before you know it, the 4th of July will be upon us. Get those bookings in soon to make sure you get a site. All 4 campsites are open and available to book. The deer are moving around, and we see them several times a day currently. Bunnies, birds, and turkeys are plentiful. Book your trip now and start making plans to explore the area! We look forward to your visit. The property has a lot of wildlife; Deer, Turkey, Rabbits, Coyote, Birds, and Fox. A small creek runs across the back of the property. There are many lakes just minutes away, as well as the Huron river for fishing and kayaking. Public beaches at Lake Chemung and Bishop Lake. Campfires allowed. Plenty of dead wood around, or you can purchase firewood bundles onsite. Potable water is available to fill fresh water tanks and containers. It is softened from the house system. Sewer dump station is 5 miles away at Brighton Recreation Area (there is a fee). NOTE: The campground is going to be closed August 11, 2024–May 2025 for upgrades & maintenance work. Pets are allowed (cats & dogs only). They must be leashed at all times (15 ft. max). Guests that are not part of the Hipcamp Reservation, are not allowed on-site. Guests will need to be met at a location other than our Hipcamp. There are numerous places nearby to gather instead. This assures maximum privacy for all sites and for our family. Summer activities: These are a few of the larger festivals. Howell Balloon fest in June. Howell Melon fest in August. Captain Frosty's Ice Cream is located approximately 2–3 miles away. They offer a variety of ice cream deliciousness, slushies, shakes, and malts. Fall activities: U-Pick Pumpkin Patch and Petting Farm next door. Free wagon rides on the weekends and a free corn maze anytime. Purchases available: pumpkins, cornstalks, Indian corn, gourds, squash, mums, honey, and other wonderful treats. Terrified Forest and Haunted Mansion are just 1 mile away beginning around mid-September for Halloween. Apple Orchard is 3–4 miles away. They offer apples and have an organic farm stand with a variety of vegetables.
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34Long Haul Flower Farm

3 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Chelsea, MI
Long Haul Farm is an organic flower farm in Chelsea, MI dedicated to sustainably growing plants, family, community, and soil biology for generations, the long haul! --- 2024 update ---- R We are doing less flower growing that we did before, as life has taken us to work outside of our own space. However, we've shifted to more stewardship on our property and the adjacent preserve. We'd love to guide you on a hike and teach about the local ecology, flora, and fauna too! The goats and chickens continue to provide joyful entertainment as well. --- AN OFFERING --- Acknowledging that this land was unceded by the people who previously occupied it, we're offering that anyone with indigenous ancestry can stay for reduced rates, just message us and ask! -------- History -------- Growing up, I used to come here to visit my great-aunt & uncle's horse ranch. My great uncle grew up visiting his great uncle who was one of the first in our family on this land. They were animal and nature lovers, and in their retirement, sold 130 acres to The Nature Conservancy, all of which is now protected as a county nature preserve. Unfortunately, 11 years ago, my great-uncle and aunt had passed, and we had to sell the family land. Serendipitously, as we were looking for a farm homestead to move to, we reconnected with the owners of the land, and they were just deciding to sell it. My family was able to buy back the family land and continue the legacy. -------- Onwards ---- Kathryn and I are restarted our cut-flower farm and hoping to develop a permaculture inspired orchard and keep chickens and pigs. We love living here surrounded by extensive state and county parks and recreation land, while still being close enough to Chelsea and Ann Arbor for all that they provide. Our aim is to create a safe, inclusive, and enjoyable atmosphere for our visitors. We hope to provide a refuge in nature and perhaps even some education of flowers or wildlife. Join us in carrying on the legacy of family land stewardship and love for natural spaces! - Doug (he/him/his) & Kat (she/her/hers) & Phoebe (3yr old - She/they TBD)
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Boone Farm & Forest

1 site · Tent600 acres · Ann Arbor, MI
Come set up camp at this beautiful wooded site in the middle of our 600+ acre farm. Your site rests along a secluded stream surrounded by woods away from any noise of the city or road. It's back to the basics camping at Boone farm, no bathroom or water is available however we will have firewood for purchase as you are not allowed to bring in your own. While the farm is sprawling, there are multiple houses across the property so stay on marked trails only and keep your noise levels down. And please be respectful of nature and our home by following the Pack It In Pack It Out protocol- what ever you bring to the site, please take it with you when you leave.
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Mulligan's Valley in the Woods

4 sites · RVs, Tents12 acres · Oxford, MI
We are situated at the end of a private road with only 2 residences. 12+ wooded acres to enjoy(hiking/exploring). At this time, only Sprinter Vans, Truck Campers and small trailers are ideal for the RV sites. Tent campers set up at the back of the property in the woods. Several hiking trails and locations to camp. There are multiple fire rings out back and plenty of fallen wood to burn or you can purchase seasoned split wood bundles on site. Suggested Local Attractions: The property borders a public golf course, downtown Lake Orion or Oxford are less than 1.5 miles as is public access to All-Sports Lake Orion(the lake) as well as others in the area. Dozens of miles of hiking/mountain biking trails. Bald Mountain State Park and Addison Oaks trailheads 2 and 3 miles respectively. Disc Golf courses. Public beaches, paved trails, etc. Or you can just hang out and watch the various wildlife that frequent the property. At least a dozen breweries, distilleries, restaurants a couple miles away, easily able to walk/bike/drive.
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2 ponds on a farm

4 sites · RVs, Tents52 acres · Oxford, MI
Our beautiful family farm is a 52 acre paradise. Rolling hills in the pasture and fields around a large and medium pond fading into 22 acres of hardwoods with a small seasonal stream cutting through the forest from an elevated point creating multiple small drops that is a soothing sound of falls. Our wooded land wraps around an amazing beaver swamp that has some beautiful views from the ridge around it. The ponds are filled with smaller fish to have fun with. There are 2 lakes within 5 miles to put a boat in and go fishing as well. One of the lakes has a nice clean beach to go swimming that has kayak and paddle board rentals. We have a canoe for rent to get on our ponds. Biking and hiking trail entrances are less then a mile from the property. A county park is 15 minutes away that offers more fishing and boat rentals as well as A full disc golf course. There is a nice quiet 18 hole golf course a half mile from the property. We have multiple municipal nature trails in the area and are 5 miles from downtown Oxford with many attractions and restaurants. Here you will most likely see our chickens, ducks, goats and horses. Per appointment you can even hang out with us and our Clydesdales Bonnie, Patriot and thoroughbred Cooper. There is also an abundance of wildlife that can be seen and is not limited to deer, coyotes, turkeys and all types of water fowl. You should know that you will most likely hear gunfire while staying here as it is a part of daily life in our area. We hope you come and enjoy our land as much as we do.
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Beautiful Lake Shawood Sanctuary

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Novi, MI
Beautiful camping experience on our little slice of heaven. Lake Shawood is a beautiful, natural spring-fed, non-motorized lake that primarily borders the City of Novi's exquisite Lakeshore Park. Lakeshore Park has everything from playgrounds for very young children and older children, to picnic pavillions and a sandy beach, and miles of hiking, running, and biking trails. We fell in love with this property the second we walked behind the old cottage. I love nature and being outdoors, especially hiking and biking. We are still making improvements on the land with a small garden, which you are welcome to enjoy during your stay. Our big-picture vision is to renovate the old cottage and live in it. This property is about 1/3 of an acre and has 1 large old oak tree and garden beds with flowers, herbs, and vegetables. (You can help yourself to any of the fruits or vegetables that are ripe) We are on an old smaller home/cottage-style small residential street. Please keep in mind, that this is a spot for family and friend fun with the awareness of keeping it a sanctuary space for the neighbors as well. Enchanting Lakefront Camping Site Pitch your tent and bring your family and children to our exquisitely beautiful site. The property sits on Shawood Lake, a non-motorized private waterfront site. There’s plenty of room to park your car, pitch a tent, enjoy a campfire, and the beauty of all types of birds (swans, geese, ospreys, and the occasional bald eagle), and animal life. The sunsets in this area are breathtaking. Take a short 30-second walk and enjoy Pavilion Shore Park, a family-oriented park with a playground, swimming, fishing pier, and waterfront seating of Walled Lake. You’ll also find public restrooms which are open until 10 pm through the summer and a restaurant across the street. We also have a portable camping toilet with a nice pop-up tent for privacy. Lakeshore Park is a 5-minute walk, an 11-acre park with volleyball, swimming, bike, and hiking trails (more than 10 miles of mountain biking and multi-purpose trails), horseshoe pits, BBQs, picnic shelters, and play structures.
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Nature and Nurture Farm

4 sites · RVs, Tents130 acres · Dexter, MI
Our 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 seed production (see www.natureandnurtureseeds.com). The rolling land is 1/2 forest/wetlands and 1/2 fields, making it a biodiverse hot spot for plants, animals, and fungi.
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Country In The burbs!

3 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Commerce Charter Township, MI
Nice spot for camping and a fire on the edge of the suburbs. This land backs up to the Proud Lake Recreation area, and has a trail that can meet up with the proud lake trails that spread throughout hundreds of acres of state land. I offer 2 camp sites and a large array of yard games from bouchée ball and croquet to cornhole and volleyball. Personal fires at your site, and a possible community fire area with larger fire and treated lawn for reduced bugs. A nice quiet getaway and still close enough to home that you can wake up and go to work. Or If it’s the weekend, relax and kick your feet up or throw something on the grill. 2 possible 30 amp sites. One site has optional camper ready to camp in professionally cleaned and sanitized, all the amenities you could imagine. Can move between sites. Or bring your own camper and stay at the site with your own unit and I’ll supply the power. I don’t get to enjoy this property enough so I want to make this nice vacation spot available to others.
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Five Pointes West

10 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Highland Charter Township, MI
Learn more about this land: Twenty acres of rolling, open land, perfect for star gazing, with community fire pit and pavilion just steps away. Indoor restrooms for your convenience. Inquire about our fabulous event or hospitality packages! Please note that we are only taking guests on the weekends. Check-in is on Friday. Late check out on Monday a.m. can be arranged.
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Lyanna B.’s Land

4 sites · Tents2 acres · Superior Charter Township, MI
Learn more about this land:Set up your tent on the spacious property, enjoy sitting next to the large bonfire pit, and wake up to the beautiful sounds of nature. There is plenty of sight seeing on the gorgeous wetlands. The Lefurge nature center is just across the street which offers hiking and photo taking opportunities. It is ten minutes from historic depot town Ypsilanti, the Matthai Botanical Gardens, and EMU's football stadium.
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Camping near Detroit guide

Overview

Just a short drive out of bustling Detroit, wild Michigan takes over. Some visitors are surprised to see that just outside the Motor City, the suburbs give way to rolling fields, forests, and inland lakes that sparkle in the sun. Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie are less than an hour from the city, while Lake Huron sits just beyond as well. Campers can hit the beach for boating and fishing, or explore Detroit-area state parks and recreation areas. From beach campsites to RV parks with wifi, this part of Michigan has a campsite for any traveler.

Where to go

Detroit River

Don’t underestimate the local river, as it offers a ton of opportunity right in the city. Both the east and west sides have riverfront pathways for walking, biking, and fishing. The east side connects Gabriel Richards Park to the Joe Louis Arena with a ton of green space and views expanding into Canada.

Lake Erie

The Detroit River connects to Lake Erie, where recreation abounds. Bring the kayaks, paddleboards, and outboards to take advantage of the sandy beaches and open space. The Pointe Mouillee State Game Area is just south of the city, not far from the river outlet into the lake. It has opportunities for fishing, paddling and hunting. Continue south to Estral Beach for a boat ramp. A variety of campgrounds and 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.

Lakeport State Park

Although 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.

Highland Recreation Area

Multisport campers should head for the tent and RV campsites at the Highland Recreation Area. Hike and bike the trails or bring your horse—the campground is equestrian-friendly! Pack a picnic and head to one of the three day-use areas offering swimming, volleyball, and fishing. In winter, this spot is popular for cross-country skiing.

When to go

The best times to camp near Detroit are in the hot summer and pleasant fall. The lake effect makes for great weather on many summer days, as it keeps temperatures comfortable, and the water is ideal for swimming to cool off. The trend continues into fall with changing colors and a great climate. Spring weather is unpredictable with often muddy or ice-blocked trails, but if you bring warm rain gear, you can camp comfortably. Winter is especially cold but also brings cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and the opportunity for ice skating on local rinks. Stay dry during the occasional snowstorm with a cabin or yurt rental.

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