Monday, June 29, 2009

Michigan Camping is a Star-Spangled Family Experience

Campsites still available at private facilities throughout Michigan

Some three dozen private campgrounds around the state of Michigan are reporting site availability to accommodate those looking affordable outdoor vacation options to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) – Michigan has compiled a list of those campgrounds with availability; the list is posted online at

The Travel Industry Association reports that camping is the number one outdoor activity in America, with one third of U.S. adults saying they have gone camping in the past five years. People who go camping also tend to attend local events as well as enjoy hiking, biking, canoeing/kayaking and other outdoor adventure activities.

Whether attending a specific holiday weekend event or enjoying the woods and waters that the Great Lakes State is known for, Michigan campers will find a variety of site options – from rustic to luxury full service set-ups – throughout the state.

According to AAA Michigan, an estimated one million Michiganians are expected to hit the roads during the upcoming 78-hour Independence Day holiday weekend – which begins at 6pm on Thursday, July 2 and ends at 11:59pm on Sunday, July 5. The Top 10 destinations on AAA’s list include Mackinaw City / Mackinac Island, Traverse City, Frankenmuth / Birch Run, Boyne Area, Dearborn, Munising, Sault St. Marie, Dundee, Saugatuck / Douglas and Lansing. For a list of Fourth of July events throughout the state, visit Travel Michigan’s website at

ARVC represents 225 member campgrounds with more than 32,000 sites available throughout the state. Whether pitching a tent, parking an RV or reserving a rustic or modern cabin, Michigan campgrounds offer a great way to disconnect from busy lives and reconnect with families. Campers in Michigan enjoy the great outdoors while fishing or canoeing on the countless lakes, rivers and streams or hiking, biking and riding on the miles of trails that wind throughout the state. There’s definitely no shortage of activities, no matter where the campground is located.

The 2009 Michigan Campground Directory, published by ARVC – Michigan, is available at various locations statewide, including all Welcome Centers. A PDF version is also available for viewing online at The directory not only lists campgrounds by region, but also includes helpful information on the type of sites available, various amenities such as restroom, laundry and dumping station facilities; recreational offerings such as pools and golf courses; and seasons of operation. Campgrounds that now offer wireless internet access onsite are also identified.

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