Top Ten Spots for Michigan State Parks Camping

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Whether you’re looking for fun and laughter, or rest and relaxation; camping in Michigan can provide. From the best in cabin accommodation to rustic cabins, to the roughest form of tent camping, it’s all here! This list of top ten Michigan State Park Campgrounds has been compiled to help you choose.

1. P.J Hoffmaster State Park

Michigan State Parks Camping

P.J Hoffmaster State Park is located in Muskegon, Michigan and hosts a veritable banquet of activities for even the most seasoned camper. From dune ecology to picnicking, or hiking on the miles of trails available for use, P.J Hoffmaster has it all. There is a visitor center available for education and other information about Lake Michigan which is only a short hike away.

2. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Established in 1945, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park has plenty for all including a snowmobile trail system, an overlook onto the Lake of Clouds and attractions like the Caledonian and Adventure Copper mines. Porcupine also plays host to its own contemporary music festival every August. This Michigan campground accommodates the backpack hiker through to the camper and day use visitor.

3. Ludington State Park.

Hardwood forests, sand dunes, a lighthouse, marshland and much more is all offered by Ludington State Park. Neatly sandwiched between Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake, Ludington is often described as the ‘Queen of the State Parks’ and once you get a glimpse of the activities available, it’s easy to understand why! 

4. Waterloo Recreation Area

This State Park offers over 47 miles of hiking trail, exceptional wildlife habitat and is home to the Phyllis Haehnie Memorial Sanctuary. Eleven inland lakes are at Waterloo, so the glacial topography is pretty awesome. Waterloo Recreation Area is definitely a place to be, in winter when over six miles of hiking trail is used as cross-country skiing territory for the intermediate to advanced skier.

5. Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a magnificent Michigan state parks camping choice for the bird and fishing lover. Camping in Michigan is great here no matter what the season. With amazing views, hiking, cross-country skiing and much more you’ll never be lacking something to do. Whether it’s a black bear or a moose the wildlife lover will definitely see some great sights while there, and the gift shop means you can take home a memento of your stay.

6. Young State Park

With boating access to Lake Michigan being one of its most desirable qualities, Young State Park offers the best in water sports including, water skiing, power boating, fishing and lots more. Stocked yearly with rainbow and lake trout Lake Charlevoix is a good choice for the fisherman.

7. Holland State Park

Holland State Park is home to the ‘swimming and metal detecting campers’ of us, so always proves to be really popular. Located less than 50 feet from swimming areas, Holland State Park is a great Michigan campground to stay with the kids.

8. Traverse City State Park

A highly developed urban park, Traverse City State Park is just a short drive from all major features in its area such as casinos, the Sleeping Bear Dunes and an array of golf course opportunities.

9. Interlochen State Park

Interlochen State Park is opposite the National Music Camp and is situated between Green and Duck Lake and renowned musicians from all walks of life perform all year around. 

10. Albert E. Sleeper State Park

For the best Michigan State Parks camping in the winter, Albert E. Sleeper State Park is a natural choice for the snowmobiler, cross-country skier or ice-fisher with plenty more activities to do in between, and is located only 10 miles north of Bad Axe.  

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