Marshmallows? Check. Towels? Yep. Tent stakes? Got ’em. Pack the car and head out for a long weekend at these Northern Michigan campgrounds, voted the best in the north by our readers.
Your own piece of Sleeping Bear Bay real estate—for up to two weeks. Close to downtown Glen Arbor for camping essentials (hot dogs, graham crackers, sunscreen).
Set between two well-known fishing and swimming lakes. We’ll see you on the water.
Pick your adventure level. RV, tent, group and backcountry sites are available. Tubing the river is a must.
Barnes Park // Eastport
Located on Grand Traverse Bay, this wooded park is the spot for beach lovers and hikers alike.
Surprise! It’s actually not on the river. But it’s really, really close to the river and absolutely gorgeous Lake Michigan beaches.
Spacious sites, panoramic views, sandy beach on Hodenpyl Dam Pond (it’s more like a lake), lots of family activities like kayaking and basketball.
The state park has close to 52,000 acres for you to explore—hiking, canoeing, fishing. Restaurant and gift shop at Upper Falls. Four miles downstream is the Lower Falls (five smaller falls cascade around an island).
Open year-round. Tents and RVs welcome or rent a cabin. The resort has 60 kilometers of groomed trails and connects to the Vasa trail system.
Tent camping. Horse camping (how cool!). RVs. Get ready for relaxing days on the lake.
Sandy beaches on Lake Charlevoix—gorgeous. Less than 5 minutes from downtown Boyne City and 20 minutes from downtown Charlevoix.
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