Monday, May 24, 2010

Kick off Summer at a Michigan Campground

Travelers looking for destinations and activities that will stretch their minds and imaginations, without stretching their wallets, are invited to give Michigan camping a try this summer season. Camping is ranked the #1 outdoor vacation activity in the United States by the Travel Industry Association of America.

There are plenty of camp sites – for tenters, RVers and cabin-dwellers – available at private campgrounds from Southwest Michigan to Metro Detroit to the Straits of Mackinac and throughout the Upper Peninsula for the upcoming holiday weekend. The summer season officially kicks off May 28 with the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend, when 1.1 million Michiganians are expected to be on the open road, according to AAA Michigan.

Campgrounds reporting availability for the holiday weekend include:

Ann's Putman Lake RV Park & Campground
Baldwin | 231-745-2621

Big Cedar Campground
Germfask | 906-586-6684

Cedarville RV Park
Cedarville | 906-484-3351

Clementz’s Northcountry Campground
Newberry | 906-293-8562

Coolwater Campground
Wellston | 231-862-3481

Covered Wagon Camp Resort
Ottawa Lake | 734-856-3058

Crystal Lake Campground
Scottville | 231-757-4510

Duggan’s Canoe & Campground
Harrison | 989-539-7149

Dumont Lake Campground
Allegan | 269-673-6065

East Branch River RV Park
Tawas City | 989 362 8000

Gammy Woods Campground
Weidman | 989-644-2267

Gaylord KOA
Gaylord | 800-562-4146

Grand Rogue Campground
Belmont | 616-361-1053

Heart of the Forest RV Park
Wellston | 231-848-4161

Hearthside Grove Motorcoach Resort
Petoskey | 888-GROVE88

Hidden Hill Family Campground
Harrison | 877-801-CAMP

Holiday Camping Resort
New Era | 231-861-5220

Insta Launch Campground
Manistee | 231-723-3901

Irons RV Park & Campground
Irons | 231-266-2070

Petoskey RV & Cabin Resort
Petoskey | 800-562-0253

Twin Oaks Campground
Wellston | 877-442-3102

Whispering Surf Camp Resort
Pentwater | 231-869-5050

Whispering Pines Family Campground
Mancelona | 877-479-5005

White River Campground
Montague | 231-894-4708

Wooded Acres Family Campground
Houghton Lake | 989-422-3413

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
Grayling | 989 348-2157

Type and date(s) of site availability vary by property. This is not an all-inclusive list. This list includes campgrounds that responded back to a survey indicating availability, as of May 24, 2010. Availability subject to change. Reservations are required.

Throughout the summer, ARVC Michigan is once again teaming with Michigan Blood – – for a series of summer blood drives at member campgrounds. Over the holiday weekend, blood drives will be held at the following ARVC member campgrounds:

May 29
Grand Rogue Campground (10-3) Belmont (GR)
Lakeside Camp Park (9:30-1:30) Cedar Springs
Lincoln Pines Resort (12-5) Gowen
Whispering Waters Campground (5-8) Hastings

May 30
East Lake Camping (12-4) Hopkins

ARVC represents 200+ 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 2010 Michigan Campground Directory, published by ARVC – Michigan, is now 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.


ARVC Michigan’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 (

UPDATED: Monday, May 24 ** This list will be updated again on Wednesday, May 26. **

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