The best camping near Rock Island State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Rock Island adventure.

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A serene island that gets you away from crowds. Sail in or take the ferry!  

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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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$25
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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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$75
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South River Getaway

2 sites · Lodging30 acres · Garden, MI
Edit this property description on Hipcamp with proper grammar and punctuation: Enjoy your time in this beautiful yurt style bell tent equipped with beds, wood stove in colder months and everything you need in the gorgeous woods of the Garden Peninsula. Located on private land with miles of ancient ice age escarpment cliffs and ledges to discover. Only one mile from historic Fayette State Park ghost town and Sherrys Pirt family bar and restaurant .
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$120
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River View Get Away

1 site · RV, Tent10 acres · Powers, MI
This property was once a old lumber Mill with a river running through it. We purchased it and are restoring the buildings and turning most into storage units . Learn more about this land: We have a rustic campsite along the side of a river with a Limestone base where you would camp on ! We have wildlife , including deer, turtles , Geese, otters & Ducks !  picnic table and fire pit on site very quiet and Relaxing .   Take a snooze in the Hammock.  Our spot is 3 miles from Food and Gas , 9 miles from the Island resort and Casino.  Come unwind in beautiful Pristine Upper Peninsula. Bring your Kayak's and check out the river ! Or rent ours for only $40 each for a day ! Peaceful , private setting.
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UP Glamping Getaway LLC

1 site · Lodging10 acres · Stephenson, MI
Indulge in a unique glamping experience at any of our four distinct sites, scattered across two picturesque campgrounds in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! Choose from a geodesic dome, a cozy yurt, a charming bungalow tent, or a stargazing tent. Each site ensures complete privacy for your enjoyment. We welcome both pets and children, making our accommodations perfect for families and animal companions alike. The geodesic dome is available year-round, providing an all-season escape, while our tent sites are open from May 1st through October 31st. Experience the beauty of Michigan's UP in style and comfort with our range of glamping options.
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Camp Bear Paw

1 site · Lodging240 acres · Garden, MI
Welcome to Camp Bear Paw, your off-the-grid retreat nestled on 240 acres of pristine wilderness in Michigan's picturesque Upper Peninsula! Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature. Our secluded property boasts a mile-long walking path where you can encounter a variety of wildlife, providing the perfect backdrop for outdoor exploration and adventure. Adjacent to numerous 4-wheeling trails and surrounded by public land, Camp Bear Paw offers endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Relax and unwind by the campfire, complete with provided firewood, or grill up a delicious meal on the propane griddle, conveniently located on the covered porch of our main living space. Our cozy bunkhouse comfortably sleeps 4 guests, with the option for an additional 2 on the pull-out couch. For larger groups, there's ample space to set up air mattresses for extra sleeping accommodations. Explore nearby attractions such as the Hiawatha National Forest, Kitch-it-a-Kipi and Indian Lake, and Peninsula State Park. Don't forget to indulge in some delicious ice cream at Rapid River Dairy Flo! As night falls, gaze up at the star-filled sky and keep an eye out for the enchanting Northern Lights dancing above. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventure or peaceful relaxation, Camp Bear Paw offers the perfect retreat for your Upper Peninsula getaway. We can't wait to welcome you to our slice of wilderness paradise!
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The best camping near Rock Island State Park guide

Overview

About

Getting there is half the fun! You need to take two ferries, but the visit to this island is well worth it. You can take your car as far as Washington Island. But you'll have to leave it at the ferry port there.

Next step? Take passenger-only ferry that makes you feel as if you're entering another world. Check out the tour of the beautifully restored lighthouse. You can hike the entire island in 2 or 3 hours (it's just 6 miles).

Another option? Sail to the island on your own boat. You can moor overnight (though dock space is limited and first-come, first-served). Watch out for storms and reefs! Whichever way you travel, you'll enjoy the pristine beach and the sense of calm and isolation.

Campsites are available on the south end of the island, near the ferry port. But make sure you bring everything you need since there's no store on the island. You can stock up on Washington Island before you get on the ferry, but that's your last chance. All campsites are reservable.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot, as the unique, rustic campsites are a sought-after retreat.
  • Check for cancellations regularly, especially close to your desired travel date.
  • Consider visiting during the weekdays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Explore nearby camping options if Rock Island is fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Rock Island State Park is between Memorial Day weekend and Columbus Day when the ferry service is operational. Summer offers warm weather perfect for beach activities and hiking. Winters can be harsh, with limited access and services, making it less ideal for visits.

Know before you go

  • Rock Island is open from 6am to 11pm year-round, offering ample time for exploration.
  • No vehicle admission sticker is required, making your visit hassle-free.
  • Prepare for a primitive experience, as the island allows no vehicles and offers rustic accommodations.
  • Ensure you check ferry schedules in advance to plan your trip accordingly.
  • Volunteering opportunities are available for those looking to contribute to the park's preservation.

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