Camp on the shores of Lake Superior in this remote, friendly Michigan town.
Hidden away on the shores of Lake Superior, Marquette is one of Michigan’s best-kept secrets. Getting there is an adventure in itself — this small town lies 450 miles north of Detroit. With its evergreen forests, starry skies, and crisp, clean water, Marquette is worth the trip.
Here, you’re never far from the perfect campsite. About 2 miles north of downtown, the Marquette Tourist Park offers 110 sites with picnic tables and fire pits. Book the RV park to enjoy full hookups, or choose a rustic tent site near the Dead River. Cool off at the kid-friendly beach, or ride into town on the city bike path.
Are you looking for true Upper Peninsula wilderness? Head to the secluded Little Lake State Forest Campground. Local families love the quiet sites, calm water, and Wi-Fi connection at Van Riper State Park. Or, get off-grid with a backcountry campsite in the Hiawatha National Forest.c
Summers are warm and sunny in Marquette, creating perfect camping conditions. Stay in town, or drive down to Munising to paddle by the Pictured Rocks. Fall, with its brilliant leaves and crisp air, is one of the best times to visit. Head down to the lake during an autumn gale — you might even see surfers riding the huge waves.
In the winter, lake-effect snow blankets the Marquette area. Try ice fishing on an inland lake, or break out your cross-country skis. Tent camping is possible, but a cabin or yurt rental is more comfortable when the temperatures drop below zero. Be sure to bring warm layers; evenings are cool year-round.