Michigan's State Forest Campgrounds
If you are looking for a back-to-basics camping experience with plenty of space between campsites, Michigan's more than 130 state forest campgrounds are the place for you.
Located throughout Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula, the state forest campgrounds provide over 3,000 rustic campsites in the nearly 4-million acres of state forest.
Every state forest campground is located on a river or lake, providing excellent access to fishing, boating and canoeing/kayaking. More than 60 campgrounds have nearby nonmotorized trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature observation. The campgrounds also are the base for other recreation opportunities including picnicking, mushroom gathering, berry picking, cross-country skiing and hunting.
Accommodations range from 5 to 50 campsites, with group sites available at some campgrounds. All campgrounds have vault toilets and potable water from hand pumps. Some sites are so remote they can only be reached by a determined hike through picturesque woods or by paddling down a scenic river course. This kind of camping is for those who really want a connection with nature, and rest assured, you'll get a great connection here!
Some State Forest Campgrounds Now Offer Advanced Reservation Options
The following State Forest Campgrounds have been added to the Central Reservation System. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance by visiting www.midnrreservations.com or calling 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).
|Lake Margrethe State Forest Campground||Crawford County|
|Little Presque Isle (Rustic Cabins)||Marquette County|
|Elk Hill Equestrian State Forest Campground||Otsego County|
|Big Bear Lake State Forest Campground||Otsego County|
Find your ideal State Forest Campground
Find a campground below (organized by county) and click its name to view details including contact information, amenities, location on a map and more using the DNR's Recreation Search Tool. This tool also allows users to search by amenity, location and accessibility.