Explore Michigan State’s Unique Campgrounds for Summer Fun

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — Memorial Day may be the unofficial start of summer, but it’s also the kickoff to camping season.

There are so many ways to camp here in Michigan.

But the first question you need to ask yourself is HOW do you want to camp?

You can camp in a tent, caravan or full motorhome.

“Then you start moving more towards the semi-modern, modern camping experiences that would have electrical hookups and access to showers and bathrooms and things like that,” said DNR’s Ron Olson. “And then, at the other end, we have full hook-up sites in some parks, where if you have a motorhome, you can hook up your sewage device directly to the system, and you can be pretty much self-sufficient with your unit.”

If you don’t want to invest in a tent or caravan, there are other options you can rent that are cheaper than a hotel…like cabins, yurts, safari tents and now tiny houses .

“We are now going to move into tiny houses, which was brand new. These are, you know, on wheels, and they’re sited and we can move them,” Olson explained. “Some of them have ramps and things like that, but we put them in places that are in nice places.”

Now the next question you need to ask yourself when booking a trip is where you want to go camping and how far you are willing to travel.

Here on the DNR website, you can find over 100 campgrounds spread across the state. https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Default.aspx

You can also check out the hundreds of private campgrounds in Michigan, and some are literally right downtown, like Cottonwood Campground. The campground was built by my grandfather 49 years ago. It’s been in the family ever since. And 49 years ago, of course, the city was not there yet. said director Jacob Schmidt. “It’s kind of developed around us, but it still feels like, you know, far from the city here.”

State Parks and Cottonwood say they are seeing an increase in interest in camping.

“Last year we saw a huge increase in campers looking like they had the virus and wanting to go out and you know, maybe not stay in hotels as much,” Jacob said. “A lot of people said they went out and bought motorhomes for the first time. So the end of last year ended up being really good for us. And it looks like it’s continuing this year. We are fully booked for this weekend.”

But before you go camping, the experts have a few safety tips:

– bring a variety of clothes

– always have water with you

-have a backup plan to navigate the hikes


– bring insect repellent with deet

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