With its sweeping panoramic reach and immaculate horizon line, you might be tempted to forget Lake Michigan is just a lake. A stay at well-maintained, thoroughly-accommodating Lake Michigan Recreation Area is your ticket to summer fun on the beach and surrounding trails (including Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area). With a close-knit site setup in one of the most beautiful areas in the state, you can enjoy swimming, fishing, picnicking or visitor programs with your fellow campers. Sure, Lake Michigan may just be a lake, but it’s still pretty Great!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
51 sites
Up to 50 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


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Hipcamper Kate
Kate M.
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September 19th, 2017

We stayed at the free campsites just east of the recreation area in the national forest. There is a long dirt road called Green Road in the national forest with signs that say to not park on the west side of the road. Lots of great open campsites with fire rings. No amenities in the national forest.

This is one of the more open camping spots in the national forest.
Hipcamper Adam
Adam P.
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December 7th, 2017

If you search well enough or in advance you can find some secluded spots to post up up for some amazing summer weekends.

Hipcamper Jill
Jill W.
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January 29th, 2019

One of the best kept secrets in Michigan, this campground has beautiful, large sites covered with trees, and within walking distance of Lake Michigan.

We had the beach to ourselves.Campfire kept us warm.Dinner stories.Relaxing -- READING! -- in camp.
Hipcamper Cory D.
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February 1st, 2019
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November 29th, 2018
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Huron-Manistee National Forests
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44.152° N, 86.194° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer - Group: 3 Sites
(Up to 50 people per site)
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 48 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)