Michgan is a small RVer’s dream come true. With four of the five Great Lakes (Michigan, Erie, Huron, and Superior), splashing its shores, along with more than 13,000 inland lakes and numerous streams, opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating, canoeing, rafting, and tubing abound. You can usually find a campground or RV park just steps from your favorite outdoor sport. Private campgrounds are virtually everywhere. Check a WOODALL’S or TRAILER LIFE directory for what is available at your preferred destination.
If you prefer state parks over private campgrounds, you couldn’t be in a better place. Most, but not all have overnight camping facilities. All you have to do is park your small RV, extend the awning, fire up the grill, then relax in that special magic that is Michigan. Some parks offer secluded getaways. Others, like Grand Haven State Park, allow you to play on white sugar sand beaches just blocks from downtown entertainment, shopping, and dining. You may be camping, but a dinner out can be a welcome change of pace.
Campsites range from primitive, for those who are fully self-contained, to almost as many amenities as the upscale RV resorts, and at a fraction of the cost. Depending on the park, you’re likely to find planned activities for children including educational nature presentations. Visit www.michigan.gov for details, and for registration. Most will have maximum stay limitations, and are open from mid-spring to mid-autumn, but those dates can vary.
Don’t overlook venues like the Manistee National Forest in the Lower Peninsula, or the Hiawatha and Ottawa National Forests across the Mighty Mac suspension bridge in the Upper Peninsula. Managed by the National Park Service, they provide both lakeshore and wooded camping experiences. Best of all, there is no charge for boon-docking. Learn more at www.wildernet.com. Factor in the vast number of county and municipal campgrounds, and the wealth of possibilities becomes almost overwhelming. This state takes its outdoor recreation seriously.
Your Minnie Winnie, Roadtrek, Egg camper, or other small recreational vehicle will be right at home in any of Michigan’s many public campgrounds, and so will you. The combined federal, state, and county or municipal offerings all add up to Michigan being one of the nation’s largest holders of publicly held land for recreational use. The state motto says it all: If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you. Follow that advice and be forewarned. You’ll like what you see, and one visit will only whet your appetite for more.