The best camping near Hiawatha National Forest

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Hiawatha National Forest adventure.

The best camping near Hiawatha National Forest

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Hiawatha National Forest adventure.

Camping near Hiawatha National Forest

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Hiawatha National Forest adventure.

This woodland wilderness borders not one but three of Michigan’s Great Lakes.  

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Top-rated campgrounds near Hiawatha National Forest

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Superior Times Resort

24 sites · RVs, Tents15 acres · Au Train, MI
Hello, and welcome to Superior Times Resort and Campground! We would like to take a moment and introduce ourselves. Our names are Tom and Heather Holmstrom. We were married in 2016 and have four children as part of our blended family. We are both originally from the Upper Peninsula. Superior Times Resort and Campground was the result of us wanting to do something “outside of the box” that would allow us to raise our family and show them there is more out there than the traditional path. We also wanted showcase our love and respect for the beauty of the Upper Peninsula; the area that many refer to as “God’s Country.” In December of 2016, we mistakenly pulled into the driveway of this property. At that time, it was known as Coleman’s Paradise Resort. There was a For Sale sign marking the property. We both knew at that point our fate was sealed to become this property’s new owners. We learned that this property had been a family vacation destination for nearly 100 years. We could only imagine the special memories that had been made here over the years! We wanted to become a part of that deep history. Through the many years of the resort’s history, the owners had changed and the cabins were showing true signs of their age. We knew there was A LOT of work that simply had to be done. On a wing and prayer, we somehow made this great resort ours. In April of 2017, we opened what we named Superior Times Resort and Campground. We pulled up or sleeves and went to work! Thank you for choosing us and allowing us to be part of the memories that you create here. We know that you work hard for your own money, as we do. Knowing that you chose our resort to support, means a lot to our Superior Times and Resort family team. We truly appreciate your loyalty and give special thanks to our returning customers. There is nothing more rewarding to us than a return visit! It means to us that we have exceeded your expectations. Thank you for considering us for your next vacation! Tom and Heather Holmstrom
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Elli's Lazy Days Resort & Campground

10 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Manistique, MI
Beautiful campground located on the Westshore of Indian Lake in Manistique, MI near Big Springs ( Kitch-iti-kipi), Hiawatha National Forest and many ATV/Snowmobile trails.
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Ted’s Farm

4 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Munising, MI
Learn more about this land: This is an old family farm site near the heart of all there is to see here in Munising. We love to share the history and hope you enjoy all there is to offer in the community. There are water adventures galore. Trails for hiking and trails for side by side adventures. Many fantastic restaurants, breweries and pubs. Gifts and memorabilia shops galore.
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Indian Lake RV Resort & Campground

57 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Manistique, MI
Welcome to Indian Lake RV Resort and Campground, your home away from home in Manistique, Michigan. Nestled in the heart of nature, our campground offers spacious RV sites with full hook-ups, as well as cozy tent sites for those who prefer a more rustic experience. We're situated on the shores of beautiful Indian Lake just a short drive from the Manistique area. Located directly on Michigan’s third largest inland lake, Indian Lake RV Resort provides the opportunity for plenty of swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing during your stay with us. With nearby attractions such as Kitch-iti-kipi, Indian Lake Golf Course, Stoney Point Golf Course, The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Tahquamenon Falls, Fayette State Park, TWO Great Lakes (Michigan and Superior), and more within driving distance, our park provides you and your family the perfect spot to spend your vacation and see all the U.P. has to offer. Come relax and unwind with us at Indian Lake RV Resort and Campground! Hiking For those looking for an easy stroll, the Dufour Creek Trail is a perfect place to go. There is little to no elevation gain on the trail. The path is on the shorter side, measuring in at 1.4 miles. The Dufour Creek Trail is generally well-kept, though there can be a few muddy sections when it rains. The path leads through a forest of hemlocks and cedars, fully wooded yet easy to follow. You may also get a glimpse of the native wildlife along the way. Swimming Perhaps the biggest feature of the entire park is the designated swimming beach. The beach remains very popular with guests, due in part to the clean, sandy shoreline as well as the vast, cordoned-off swimming area filled with shallower waters. There are restrooms and showers on site, which also have a reputation for being clean and well-kept. Fishing Indian Lake in Michigan features large swaths of underwater vegetation, making this area a great place for fishing. This is especially true if you are looking for panfish, as you can expect to see plenty of species like bluegill, crappie, and the like. However, there are plenty of other kinds of fish available, including Walleye, Perch, Brown trout, Rock bass, Smallmouth bass, and Northern pike. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to cast your line, whether on the shore or out on the water. Boating Getting out onto the lake can be a peaceful experience. You won’t feel cramped, even when sharing the lake with others as there is plenty of room for everyone. With clear water beneath you and great weather, boating at Indian Lake makes for a great pastime.The lake is fairly shallow, with 90% of the area being less than 15 ft deep. The deepest point is 18 ft. Owners of larger boats should keep this in mind when traversing the lake. If you are looking for water access for paddle sports such as kayaking, there is a carry-on access located at Indian Lake State Park at the Western Shore Unit. Local Eats: One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture of a new place is to dive into the local foodie scene and Manistique will not disappoint. Here are a few of the best restaurants, pubs, and local eats in downtown Manistique. - Clyde’s Drive-in - This local dive was straight out of the Movie Grease. Clyde’s has been a resident favorite for years. When you stop by, try some unique staples like the Bison Burger, a Big C Burger with Cheese, or a Pasty with gravy. - Dairy Kream - This local ice cream shop is the perfect pitstop during your vacation to the waterfront district. Dairy Kream has a delectable menu of ice cream including 24 soft-serve flavors, shakes, malts, splits, flurries, and sundaes for every type of ice cream fanatic. - Tap 21 - This American pub in Mansitique serves delicious and indulgent bar favorites like pizza, appetizers, wraps, burgers, garlic cheese curds, and bruschetta. Be sure to pair it with a cold and frothy, local beer. Local Activities: - Check out the Manistique East Breakwater Lighthouse - Walk the Manistique boardwalk - Seul Choix Pointe Lighthouse - Kitch iti Kipi (The Big Spring) - Seney National Wildlife Refuge - Hiawatha National Forest - Fayette Historic State Park - Schoolcraft County Historical Park
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Birch Top ~ Rustic Cabin

1 site · Lodging40 acres · Marquette, MI
Rustic cabin sitting on a hill top surrounded by beautiful birch trees! 40 acre parcel to explore located in Harvey, just 10 miles outside of Marquette. The cabin is within several miles of: Lake Superior beaches, world class mountain biking, miles of hiking trails, and all that the City of Marquette has to offer! Cabin has 1 full size bed, 1 twin size bed, along with a pull out bed. Please bring your own bedding, pillows, and/or sleeping bag. Feel free to pop a tent next to the cabin as well! There is no running water or electricity provided, so please be sure to bring your own cooking stove and light sources. We will provide a 5 gallon jug of water, and there is an artesian well located outside of the nearest convenience store, Kassel's Korner (Corner of US41-and County Rd 480). Other amenities include: outhouse, charcoal grill, outdoor fireplace, indoor wood stove.
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Forest Overlooking River

7 sites · RVs, Tents360 acres · Rapid River, MI
Learn more about this land:Beautiful backwoods birch forest with campfire spots on the edge of Rapid River. We’re within the hour of pictured Rocks National Park and many other beautiful places to visit...We’re only 2.5 miles off of main hwy, US 41 , We have kayaks, four wheelers and hiking /biking roads and trails available for guest..
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Sporley Lake Retreat

3 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Gwinn, MI
Experience Nature's Paradise at Sporley Lake Retreat Welcome to your secluded oasis on the shores of Sporley Lake, Michigan! Nestled within 5 acres of enchanting hilly hardwood forest, this retreat offers the perfect blend of tranquility and adventure. With 280 feet of pristine lake frontage, you'll be treated to breathtaking views and direct access to the crystal-clear, spring-fed waters of the 77-acre Sporley Lake. The public access boat launch is less than a mile away for those who want to bring a boat and enjoy all that the lake has to offer. This campsite offers the following amenities: 20amp electrical service available (limited use, no AC use), non-potable water, a fire pit ring, and a picnic table. Please provide your own firewood. Dogs must be well-behaved and leashed. Owners/Residents are on property. Property Highlights: 🌲 Natural Beauty: Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature as you explore the 5-acre property adorned with majestic hardwood trees. The hilly terrain adds a touch of adventure to your surroundings. 🏞️ Lakefront Bliss: Reconnect with the water and embark on endless aquatic adventures. Sporley Lake beckons boating enthusiasts, fishing aficionados, and those seeking refreshing swims on warm days. There is lake access, however, please note that there is a steep staircase down to the lake and is not handicap accessible. 🦅 Eagle's Eye View: Prepare to be amazed by the local wildlife. Witness the majestic flight of two bald eagles and a golden eagle that call this area home. Keep an eye out for the impressive eagle's nest visible from the water—a true marvel of nature. 🌅 Wildlife Haven: The wonders of nature extend beyond the water's edge. Watch in awe as a family of loons glides gracefully across the lake's surface, their haunting calls creating a soothing soundtrack to your stay. If luck is on your side, catch a glimpse of the occasional Great Blue Heron gracing the shoreline. 🚣‍♂️ Outdoor Adventures: Just a short 30-minute drive away lies the bustling town of Marquette, Michigan, and the magnificent Lake Superior. Explore a plethora of nearby attractions, including hiking trails that wind through lush forests, biking routes that offer stunning vistas, and climbing spots that challenge and reward. Surfing enthusiasts will find their haven in the Great Lakes' waves, and ORV trails promise exhilarating exploration. 🏖️ Beach Bliss: If you're a fan of white sand beaches, you're in for a treat. The nearby Lake Superior boasts picturesque shores where you can unwind, sunbathe, and let the gentle waves lull you into relaxation. 🍻 Local Delights: After a day of adventures, satisfy your taste buds at the local breweries, savoring handcrafted brews that capture the essence of the region. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and discover a world of natural wonders at Sporley Lake Retreat. Whether you're seeking outdoor thrills, wildlife encounters, or simply a peaceful lakeside getaway, this property offers it all. Book your stay now and create memories that will last a lifetime. Your slice of Michigan's paradise awaits!
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Bear Tree Homestead

3 sites · Lodging50 acres · Trowbridge Park, MI
Bear Tree Homestead is nestled among the cliffs and ravines which drains the south face of Hogback Mountain into Lake Superior. Hogback Mountain is one of the larger rock formations in the Huron Range, a surprisingly rugged, and diverse region of low mountains carved by glaciers. We have been inspired by these ancient rocks to build our homestead with materials gathered on our land. Each cabin is hand-built of log and stone using traditional Scandinavian building tools and techniques. The Pond Cabin is completely off the grid and the Orchard Cabin with electricity and handpump water. Our buildings, gardens, and pastures are integrated into the forested landscape and are not your typical homestead. One of the most wonderful things we have to offer is the accessibility to thousands of protected acres surrounding us and the trails that bisect them. We are located 8 miles from downtown Marquette in Michigan's Upper Peninsula where there are many great restaurants, shops, and brewpubs. However, once you drive into Bear Tree Homestead and settle in you will not want to leave.
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High Swamp Camp

9 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents40 acres · Seney, MI
*2023 👍100%* Very Close To The Pictured Rocks! Large Private Campsites! Bathroom & shower! Morning coffee & weather! Guest room available! Miles of Hiking Trails. Close to the Fox River Trout Stream. Close to the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. 1.5 hours to the Tahquamenon Falls. 1.5 hours to the Big Springs. 2 hours to Mackinaw Island. 2 hours to the Soo Locks. Only 1\4 Mile From OHV Trail-88. Please review details using show more before booking! Text for details.
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Cabin on the lake

2 sites · Lodging130 acres · Rapid River, MI
Learn more about this land: Cabin on lake with no public access. Owner's home is out of sight and sound 1/4 mile away.  Pasture and forest property borders 2500 feet of private lake front.  Property also borders the Hiawatha National Forest.  Great pike fishing on shallow lake with access to 10' jon boat with oars and four single seat kayaks.  Life vests beneath bunks. Cabin is one open room with bunk beds that sleep 4 plus a full size futon. Cooking and dish water is provided by hanging 7 gallon jug over kitchen sink. No indoor toilet, outhouse available. Gas cooking stove and wood burning stove/oven for heat and cooking. Battery powered electric lights and inverter for small devices. Wood burning sauna outside. Water, box of firewood, pots and pans, and utensils provided. Bring food, ice, and drinking water. Bring charcoal and lighter fluid if you want to use small grill outside. Dogs are welcome just not on beds or futon :)
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Explore the U.P. from here!

5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Newberry, MI
A simple PRIVATE and affordable campsite should be this easy! Two choices: Come sleep in a levitating tent already set up, OR Your own camper or tent. in a quiet, private location. Campsite neighbors are out of sight, you have privacy here! All sites have their own private entrances, you can’t see any sites or buildings, and they are very spaced-out. My location is situated PERFECTLY central to the major UP attractions Pictured Rocks, Tahquamenon Falls and Kitchittikippi. And there’s even a convenience store within walking distance! Showers are also available in town (Pickelmans gas station).
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Red Pine Ranch Yurts

1 site · Lodging8 acres · Chatham, MI
Come stay in one of our tent style yurts located at Red Pine Ranch, just minutes from Chatham, MI. Inside the 20 ft yurt is a queen and twin sized mattress, table and chairs. Outside is a picnic table, gas grill, and firepit. Sitting on the hill, they overlook a large pond and working horse ranch. Portable outhouses, drinking water, and a heated 4×8 shower w/changing room all within walking distance. Bring your own bedding or sleeping arrangements and enjoy the peace and quiet.
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The best camping near Hiawatha National Forest guide

Overview

About

Woodlands, wetlands, and waterfalls are just some of the highlights of this sprawling national forest, and with more than 800,000 acres to explore, it’s a good job there are plenty of spots to camp. More than 100 miles of shoreline borders Lake Superior, Huron, and Michigan, affording endless options for boating, swimming, and water sports. Visit the six historic lighthouses, ride the ferry out to the Grand Island to camp by the beachside, then head inland to hike, horseback ride, or mountain bike along hundreds of miles of trails. Did we mention camping? There are a mind-boggling 60 campgrounds to choose from. 

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for lake explorers: Bay Furnace Campground has 49 non-electric tent/RV sites with easy access to Lake Superior and Grand Island. 
  • Best for peace and quiet: Tom’s Lake Cabin sleeps eight and has everything you need for a back-to-nature retreat by the lakeside. 
  • Best for backcountry campers:  Little Dune Campsite on Grand Island has hike-in tent-only sites right on the beachfront.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve a site at one of 60 campgrounds (including three camper cabins) at Hiawatha National Forest online via Recreation.gov. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so check ahead if you have a specific site in mind.
  2. Campsite reservations typically open six months in advance. 
  3. Some campgrounds are only open during the summer season (typically May through October); others stay open year-round.

When to go

Weather conditions can change quickly along Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but as long as you come prepared, outdoor adventures can be enjoyed through all four seasons. Come in summer to cool off in the lakes or in winter to cross-country ski, snowmobile, and snowshoe. If you have to choose, opt for a fall visit—temperatures are ideal for hiking and camping, and the blazing fall foliage is a leaf-peeper’s dream. 

Know before you go

  • Hiawatha National Forest is split into two units, both located on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The west zone lies about 50 miles west of Newberry, or about a 50-minute drive away, while the east zone lies about a 30-minute drive east of Newberry.
  • Permits are required for some recreation activities at trailheads, picnic areas, and river access sites. Camping reservation fees also apply. 
  • You can bring your own boat or watercraft to Hiawatha National Forest, and there are several boat launches along the lakefront. Be sure to follow localized rules regarding motorized boats and launch times. 
  • Dispersed camping is permitted in Hiawatha National Forest, but strict rules apply. Permits are also required for some sites.
  • Cell phone and GPS service is patchy throughout the forest.
  • There are accessible day-use areas, campsites, and restrooms at Hiawatha National Forest.

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