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Moonshadow is a quiet retreat minutes from Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, developed for families and friends to enjoy.  The whispering pines will soothe the soul and offer you a peaceful return to nature.  The full moon rise over the pines will explain the naming of the camp.  On most nights you will be amazed to see more stars and satellites than you could imagine.  We are nestl


Moonshadow is a quiet retreat minutes from Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, developed for families and friends to enjoy.  The whispering pines will soothe the soul and offer you a peaceful return to nature.  The full moon rise over the pines will explain the naming of the camp.  On most nights you will be amazed to see more stars and satellites than you could imagine.  We are nestled in a valley near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park.  Sleeping Bear Dunes, the villages of Empire and Glen Arbor are no more than 10-15 minutes away.   Lake Michigan is 5 minutes away.  The northern gem of Traverse City is only 25 minutes away.  Hiking, biking, swimming, surfing and exploring up north are only minutes away.

Pitch your tent in our whispering pines   Our amenities include an outdoor covered kitchen with limited dishes, pots pans,& utensils this year due to the Pandemic. but plenty of fresh running water from our house well at camp   The kitchen has a stove for cooking and 1950's style Full size refrigerator.  It helps to bring a cooler of your own as well, and have it stocked with plenty of ice, as we don't have Ice on site. Tents sites are walk in only. A Communal Covered Kitchen is on site to cook your own Gourmet meal. A fire pit, with wood is on site, Two porta Potties with hand washing stations are on site and a shower house with secure private Hot Indoor & Outdoor showers

RV SITE:  We have one SITE for a RV Camper, teardrop, camper van, or small   camper (no more than 16 feet) if you want to rent that site. Contact Robb to reserve this site

1950 Vintage Shasta Trailer is also available to rent. (The" MOON UNIT"(at Camp) (Sleeps 2)-and is available with heater, towels, sheets , blanket, snacks, a coffee maker with ground coffee & creamers for the morning wake up. A canopy is connected to the unit for outdoor seating with a private small above ground firepit with wood located next to it.  See Shasta listing for nightly pricing.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
4 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Walk to listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Laundry present
No wifi
Pack it out
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Trails near by


Many small Lakes near by

Horseback riding

Riding stable about 3 miles from Camp


Many Rivers, The Betsie, Manistee, & Platte rivers


Alligator Hill and sleeping bear dunes


Body Surfing on Lake Michigan


Lake Michigan down the rd at Otter Creek Beach

Wildlife watching


Wind sports


Natural features you'll find at CAMP MOONSHADOW Tent Camping in Michigan.


Located on Lake Michigan


Yep, we live in a remodeled farmhouse


Dirt rd heads up to the Big Barn where camp is located


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Hipcamper Vito
Vito G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 28th, 2018

This place was absloutely beautiful and peaceful. Which is exactly what my girlfriend and I were looking for! This was our first hip camp and I'm glad it was here. The hosts were extremely hospitable and we loved that they took time to chat with us and gave us suggestions on awesome places near by. We had a good conversation over wine and cheese! Absolutely beautiful property and endless activities to do near by. Short 12 minutes to the sand dunes national park and 25 minutes to Traverse City. Think rustic camping meets glamping. You park your car a short walk away from camp and hike 1-3 minutes up the hill to set up your tent. At the bottom of the hill near the entrance there is an community outside kitchen set up with a gas stove, toaster, coffee maker, grill, mini fridge, two grills and kitchen supplies. At night the outside kitchen illuminates with lights wrapped around the top. There is also a community outdoor dinning area as well that is on a wooden platform and covered with an awning. Then you walk over to the beautiful outdoor shower place. This was one of my favorite parts of camp. You literally shower outside with the trees above you and the sunshine beaming on your face. The outdoor area features a changing room and two showers. Although it is outside you are still completely covered for privacy. There is an enclosed inside shower. There is also a porta potty as well. There's also a community fire pit and picnic table as well. This is in the woods and is absolutely magical at night when the moon shines over camp. Bring bug spray and apply it generously. We will definitely be returning and recommending this little gem to friend and family. Thanks for having us guys!

Cute frog stopped by the kitchen for a late night snack .  Lol. Views from our tent in the morning. Beautiful sunset at esch beach only minutes away!They greeted us with good conversation and win and cheese!
Hipcamper ROBB & JEANNE
Response from ROBB & JEANNE, the Host, on June 3rd, 2018

Dear Vitto and Chelsea, You and Chelsea were great campers and left the camp very clean We appreciate that. We would definitely recommend you to as great campers. The next time you come up the bugs will be gone. This was an unusual May as far as mosquitos go for our camp. It was an abnormally wet spring and the bugs cleared up almost as soon as you left.

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Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 7th, 2018

Such a great place to stay! Robb and Jeannie are amazing hosts. The camp is close enough to Sleeping Bear that you can experience it but still be far from the hustle and bustle. Beautiful pine forest with nice sized spots. The camp kitchen has a stove, small refrigerator, coffee maker, and everything else you’d need for basics. We brought food and some utensils and definitely felt fully prepared. The site was easy to find from their directions/GPS. The campsite could be busy if all the spots were filled at once, but we had the fire pit to ourselves and could work around other campers cooking times so it wasn’t too hectic. I would definitely recommend it, such an easy going place and beautiful star gazing!

Our little camp in the pines!
Hipcamper ROBB & JEANNE
Response from ROBB & JEANNE, the Host, on July 7th, 2018

Andrew was a great camper. Gave us a few ideas to help improve the flow of the camp workings, which we will definitely look into. W would recommend Andrew and his gust to any Hip Camp Site

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Hipcamper Piet
Piet V.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 8th, 2018

Jeanne and Rob are fantastic hosts. We loved the community aspect of Camp Moonshadow, and meeting fun fellow campers. It was a bonus that several families also had children who had a blast playing together with our kids. Sleeping under the pines and viewing the stars was so soothing for the soul. We appreciated the spaciousness of the sites and the amenities provided. Thanks so much!!!

Hipcamper Emma
Emma S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 4th, 2018

First things first - My family and I had a wonderful time at Camp Moonshadow! For us, it was a one day stop on an epic road trip around Lake Michigan, but for others it is a destination all by itself.

For the weary traveler, Camp Moonshadow has it all. Take a warm shower inside the shower house or outside, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. For those traveling to Camp Moonshadow as a destination, you can leave most of your camp supplies at home and travel easy thanks to the camp's fully outfitted outdoor kitchen. Complete with a working stove, a coffee maker, a sink, mini fridge and more, you can cook a gourmet meal for your crew in the outdoor kitchen any time of day, even in the rain. Just be sure to keep it clean for your fellow campers to enjoy as well.

The provided directions to Camp Moonshadow are easy to understand and brought us right to camp. Once at camp the signs and instructions are clear, visible, and easy to understand.

When we arrived we were treated to a happy hour in the communal dining area - wine, cheese and crackers, as well as snacks for the kids. The kids happily filled the provided utility wagon with our gear and pulled it up the small hill to our campsite before playing soccer as the sunset in the nearby mowed field. As the adults got dinner ready in the amazing outdoor kitchen, the kids used the wagon to collect kindling to add to the communal kindling pile next to the fire pit and after dinner we enjoyed a roaring campfire before tucking in for the night.

Our hosts were available to chat and answer any questions we had. We highly recommend a quick stop at Camp Moonshadow or a multi-day trip. While there, be sure to head over to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for a view of Lake Michigan you'll not soon forget.

Welcome to Camp Moonshadow!A soccer ball and nets are available for play.tent forest lodgingWe were greeted with information and detailed instructions outside of the kitchen as soon as we arrived.
Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah E.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 3rd, 2018

What a pleasant surprise! This was my first HipCamp stay and Camp Moonshadow was far more than I expected. The tent camping sites were spacious, flat and beautifully set in the trees. The kitchen was stocked with all the basics one could need, though I just used my Jetboil for coffee and some MREs left from a prior camping trip and chatted with the other campers in the communal area. There are super clean port-o-johns and hot showers! The hosts were very attentive with messages, but I wasn't able to meet them due to my itinerary so I hope to next time I'm in the area. If you're still reading this...Stay here! It's wonderful!

Hipcamper ROBB & JEANNE
Response from ROBB & JEANNE, the Host, on July 7th, 2018

Sara was wonderful, and we enjoyed the time we were able to catch her between the Sunsets. Would definitely love to have her back

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Hipcamper Douglas
Douglas B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 2nd, 2019

This is our fourth trip to Moonshadow. It's the perfect spot for just a night or an extended stay. The amenities are fantastic and make it an easy and comfortable experience. With close proximity to so many great attractions it's should be on every Hip campers list. Robb and Jeanne do a great job to keep the place in great shape with everything you need for a relaxing break

Hipcamper Julie

Fabulous basecamp & ideal location!

Julie B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 13th, 2019

Camp Moonshadow was the perfect landing spot for our family! The hosts were fabulous, the property was private and comfortable, and the outdoor showers were amazing! We plan to return for years to come :-)

Community board and welcome station.Family camping area, great for performances too!5 minutes to beach for sunsets!Vanlife!
Hipcamper Carol

Happy camper

Carol H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 3rd, 2019

As a solo camper I felt safe in my surroundings. Other campers were friendly. The amenities were great, hot shower, stove to cook on, fridge, Everything this rookie camper needed.

Hipcamper sharon

Quiet, close to lake michigan

Sharon J.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 31st, 2019

Robb and Jeanne were attentive to the needs of our group and even offered their dryer after an all night rain soaked some things! The camp is quiet and peaceful and the extra touches like wood for our fire and use of the out door kitchen really worked well for our group of 22 campers. Our hosts were so thoughtful and accommodating. I would highly recommend staying at MoonShadow Camp


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