Michigan has many areas of natural beauty, tourism spots and is a popular place for travel. With plenty of state parks, campgrounds and lakes, there’s much to do for all types of campers. This article will cover what you need to know about Michigan and camping in the Great Lake State.

Where to camp in Michigan

From lakes to forests, dunes to parks, there’s many locations available for camping. Lake Michigan has many amazing campgrounds to experience; Sandy Shores is on the eastern park of the lake and is names after it’s clean sandy beaches. There are many grass sites and there are local stores nearby. You can rent cabins on the private beaches or spend time with others on the public beaches.
Weko Beach Campground is on the southeast side of Lake Michigan. It’s an hours drive away from most stores and hotels, so it’s quite isolated. Families have Captain Mikes Fun Park nearby, which offers many activities and facilities for youngsters and adults.
St. Ignace Campgrounds is at the Straits of Mackinac, the crossroads between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Its famous for his lodging options, with some offering amazing views of the lake and the surrounding hills.
Porcupine Mountains is an area for extreme camping enthusiasts. If you dare to brave the infamous Summit Peak, there is a gorgeous view of the countryside and forest. There are a few campgrounds around the Porcupine mountains such as Pomeroy Lake, Balsam, Maple, Perch, Pine Mink, Wolf and Racoon.
Captain John Langland Park is in Onekama, near Pierport and Bear Lake. A well-organized village, with beautiful beaches and approachable prices. The area is for both hard-core and beginner campers, as there are few stores and resorts in the close vicinity.

What to pack for camping in Michigan

Depending on where you intend to camp, you will need to pack accordingly. If you are planning on hiking or backpacking, you will benefit greatly with lightweight equipment. Our T-mini 2-person hammock and UNA 1-person Tree Tent are perfect selections for either a quick-pitch rest or an overnighter. If you are travelling and camping in a vehicle, a heavy-duty tent may be more suitable. Our Safari Connect 2-person Tree Tent is ideal for those overnighters, if there are more of you then a Safari Stingray 3-person Tree Tent will tick the box. Essentials that you’ll always need when camping are sleeping bags, a portable phone charger if you are using your phone to navigate your way, sunglasses to protect your eyes from that glaring sun, a first aid kit and plenty of food and water.

What to consider before camping in Michigan

There are a few things to consider, most importantly the rules and regulations of Michigan state in regards to fires, maximum stays, Leave No Trace etc. Follow this link to find out more https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79145_81215---,00.html
Along with this information, you have to ensure that you stay as safe as you can. If you can start a fire, ensure you keep it a safe distance from surrounding debris and ensure it doesn’t get too large. When out wild camping, wild animals are an issue unless you pack the proper equipment, so search for information about your desired location.
Of course, you have to ensure you have the most comfortable experience, as well as enjoyable. Cinsider where the amenities will be, such as washing facilities for both your own hygiene and clothes. Look got the nearest rubbish bin to ensure you leave no trace and keep your surroundings free from litter and damage.

Michigan Camping Tips

In summary, before heading out to camp in Michigan, get familiar with the rules of your chosen area. Make booking reservations far in advance, and research the available amenities to ensure they suit your needs. Consider the time of year you are planning on camping, as the population of campgrounds will vary on the season.  Pack in preparation for various weather if rain looks likely, keep a close eye on the weather forecasts. Most of all, enjoy yourself and the outdoors!

Jack Thomson