For many Michiganders, August signifies the beginning of the decline in camping excursions. Sweet memories have been made, adventures taken, and there is always the lingering smell of campfire smoke that just won’t seem to leave all of your clothing! Truth is, Michigan is one of the best places in the country for camping. This state is filled with such a unique geographical set up that in one area you can be running down sand dunes and other areas searching rocky beaches for agates or Petoskey stones.
Michigan is, without a doubt, unparalleled in terms of geography for camping. The amount of campgrounds available for use by the public is expansive. There are approximately 229 campgrounds around the state, spanning from the Lower Peninsula to the upper most peak of Copper Harbor. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) cares for the state grounds, those of which consist of 13,500 campsites, in addition to the local recreation areas, and the Kampgrounds of America (KOA). Camping’s prevalence has become a culture for Michigan, one that allows us to thrive through connection. Below is a brief list of camping regions that portray the true message of what it means to be ‘living Michigan!’