Hipcamp host Matt W.,
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Pitch a tent or park your RV, this is the perfect riverside campsite for either.  We are a short walk from Lake Superior.  We have the latest sunset in the Eastern Time Zone, very popular with our guests!  One of two campsites on over 3 acres and 370 feet of river frontage with sandy beach access to the largest and cleanest lakes on Earth a short walk away.

Campsite area
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 3 guests per site
Up to 1 vehicle
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Pull-through site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose-gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Electrical hookup available
Water hookup available
Ask about max length
Hookups: No sewage and TV connection
Generators not allowed
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
Have a question? Send Matt a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding

There are trails in the area

Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at On the river RV/tent site in Michigan.

River, stream, or...

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Hipcamper Nate
Nate B.
recommends this listing.
September 23rd, 2021

Wonderful place, wish we would have spent more time in this area

Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew P.
recommends this listing.
September 16th, 2021

Great stay with Matt, KJ, Matthew and Jax!

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Hipcamper Spencer
Spencer S.
recommends this listing.
August 22nd, 2021

Matt’s site was a great place for us this weekend. The location was amazing! It was so close to the beach and river. We spent some time exploring the Porcupine Mountains and it was great to not have to drive far after the visit was over to get to Matt’s site.

Hipcamper Peri
Peri S.
recommends this listing.
August 8th, 2021

We couldn't find a spot to reserve at campsites in the Porkies, so looked at Hipcamp and found this spot, only 20 min from the visitor center. It proved a great launching off point for our many excursions. We stayed 3 nights.

The pros ... the hosts could not be nicer! Lake Superior is a quick walk away and the beach was nearly empty every time we went. Free wifi, electric hookup, water refill and if you need it a bathroom (we didn't use it). Their dog Jax is the cutest and very friendly, but he stayed away when called. We also enjoyed the town and checked out 2 ice cream spots (one is less than a block away, which was a big hit with the kids). My son enjoyed fishing nearby.

FYI ... the location is on the edge of the small downtown but you feel like you are in a commercial district (sort of). You will park in a private lot behind a long two-story tudor building that has a mix of residences and businesses. Across the street is the VFW. At the end of the street is a large factory on the beach (which was mostly quiet minus some large noises for 10 minutes Sunday at 6.30 am). We did not face the direction of the tudor building and instead had a view into the nice lawn and river that flows into Lake Superior. There was a large ferry docked in the middle.

It wasn't the quiet, private idyllic place I had made up in my head but the description is accurate. It worked for us and had plenty to offer.

Hipcamper Caitlin

Small walk to the brightest sunset

Caitlin B.
recommends this listing.
July 10th, 2021

We would certainly stay here again. It felt like we were in the middle of nowhere, then came to the small cozy town, drove through the town and ended up at Matt’s place at the end of town. We parked our van on his property right on the canal facing a historic lighthouse. It a brief walk to the beach. We collected our own drift wood and made a fire at sunset. (We recommend breakfast at Syl’s place..) The proximity to the beach is what we loved most. Also, Matt was a genuinely nice gentleman to talk to upon arrival.

The brightest sunset we have seen.Enjoying a beautiful sunset and fire. Our bonfire on the beach.Collecting our our firewood on the beach.
Hipcamper Amy

Awesome camping spot!

Amy K.
recommends this listing.
June 29th, 2021

Really wonderful camping spot! We camped right next to the water, and were within walking distance of the beach and town. The hosts were very friendly, and their dog Jax is extremely polite and checked in from afar with some inquisitive eye contact before coming over to see us (his visits were most welcome :)
Highly recommend this spot!!

Hipcamper Jessica

Awesome hosts and location

Jessica L.
recommends this listing.
June 27th, 2021

First, Matt & Kandice are super nice hosts - very friendly, loved chatting with them by the fire at night! Their dog Jax was a sweetheart, and my kids loved playing with the dog in the yard and jumping on the trampoline.
This was our first hipcamp experience, and it was definitely different then what we are used to!
We have a pop-up, and true to info, we parked in the parking lot, with our site fronting the grass and river views. We were able to level easily. Views were beautiful, could see the lighthouse from where we were! You are at the back of their building complex in Ontonagon, but you cannot beat the location-literally across the street from the beach.
Water and electric were provided no issue as noted, and the bathroom was indoors, clean and well stocked!
Ontonagon is a true to form small town-some restaurants, bars, two ice cream options (we tried both, were delicious), grocery store less than 5 min away. We also trekked into Twin Lakes for pasties and visited local waterfalls.
Definitely recommend their site, friendless on par, location awesome for the River and the beach, town is charming.

Hipcamper Katie
Katie L.
recommends this listing.
June 26th, 2021

This was a special little spot for our kids and dogs to enjoy! Matt was helpful with directions and getting us situated. We arrived near dinner time and enjoyed Syl’s Cafe down the road from our RV. Our only complaint, which was not the fault of our host, is the traffic outside of the site. The night was filled with local traffic cruising the streets, revving their engines and congregating under a shelter near our site. It was a distraction on the otherwise beautiful evening.

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Hipcamper Erin

Very hospitable!

Erin E.
recommends this listing.
June 24th, 2021

Matt and his wife were very hospitable and everything on the listing was as stated. Will stay here again if we ever find ourselves passing through again!


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