One of my favorite things to do in the summer to enjoy the northern Michigan outdoors is camping! Friends come up from downstate every summer and we choose a different campground to visit. If you’re looking for an awesome place to camp, check out some of these places we’ve stayed.
Leelanau State Park is located in Northport, right on the shore of Lake Michigan. Mini cabins are available for $49/night, but we have always opted for rustic tent camping. These sites are available for $13/night and are reservable online. Leelanau State Park offers beautiful lake views, swimming, picnic shelters, and you can even check out the lighthouse.
Most recently, we camped at Fisherman’s Island State Park in Charlevoix. Similar to Leelanau, we were right on Lake Michigan in a rustic tent site. The beach was beautiful and just what we needed on a hot summer day! This is the perfect place to enjoy swimming, hiking, and just relaxing by the campfire with friends.
I would highly recommend either of these campgrounds if you are looking for a rustic, in-the-woods experience while also staying close to the water! Dogs are also welcome at these campgrounds, and Bentley loved every minute of it!
We are planning a trip this weekend to Hartwick Pines State Park, so stay tuned for a review! Some other campgrounds that I’ve heard great things about but haven’t had a chance to check out yet include D.H. Day Campground and Platte River Campground. Let us know if you’ve discovered any other great campgrounds in the area!