Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gift Ideas for the Michigan Camper on Your Shopping List

Even though the traditional Michigan camping season has ended for the year, the Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) - Michigan has come up with a list of gift ideas for the camper on your holiday list.

• A campfire poker from Camp Masters in Cedar Springs, Michigan.

• A tri-pod campfire grill, patio carpet or water pressure regulator, available at various retail outlets - including the Michigan-based Meijer.

• A hammock, outdoor fire pit, patio heater, camp stove or one of dozens of other items from - a company operating in Roscommon, Michigan, since 1994.

• Merrell Hiking Boots made by Wolverine Worldwide in Rockford, Michigan.

• A custom-made kayak from Betsie Bay Kayak in Frankfort, Michigan.

• A hand-painted campsite sign from in Southeast Michigan.

• Cozy beading (pillows, comforters, featherbeds) from Outdoor Adventure Down Outlet based in Traverse City, Michigan.

• An original Stormy Kromer hat cap made in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

• Nordic walking poles from, based in Glen Arbor, Michigan.

• Custom-crafted snowshoes or fishing nets, made by Iverson Snowshoes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

• A hand-crafted spinning rod, fly rod, casting rod or ice fishing rod from Rick Smith Custom Fishing Poles in Portage, Michigan.

• A GPS Unit…whether hiking or biking or geocaching, a hand-held GPS (global-positioning-system) is a hot item for any outdoor enthusiast.

RV, the movie, starring Michigan’s own Jeff Daniels.

• A 2010 Wild & Scenic Michigan calendar, available at

• A subscription to RV Life, Pop-Up Times or Camping Life magazines.

Michigan - Off The Beaten Path by Jim Dufresne, Backroads of Michigan: Your Guide to Michigan’s Most Scenic Backroad Adventures by Robert W. Domm or Scenic Driving Michigan by Kathy-Jo Wargin. For other titles, visit your local bookstore or and search Michigan camping or travel.

Totally Camping Cookbook by Helene Siegel, Campground Cookery by Brenda K. Kulibert or Camp Cooking: 100 Years by National Museum Of Forest Service History, available at local bookstores or at

• The Michigan County Atlas, Michigan Atlas & Gazetteer or laminated state or county Michigan travel maps.

• A gift certificate to one of the nearly 200 member members of Association of ARVC-Michigan, available by calling any of the campgrounds directly (listed at

ARVC represents nearly 200 member campgrounds with more than 32,000 sites available throughout the state. These private campgrounds are promoted in an annual Michigan Campground Directory, available at various locations statewide, including all Welcome Centers. ARVC’s mission is to lead in the development of the RV Parks and Campground industry through education, communication and representation. ARVC Michigan is a member of the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds.

1 comment:

mopar_man said...

Good article but some links would be great. Most of those places have websites but I had to Google them all to find them.