Camping on Michigan’s U.P.—the state’s Upper Peninsula—is something every RV traveler should add to their ‘must-go’ camping list. Here’s why: the region’s rocky shorelines, lush forests and picturesque campgrounds promise the kind of trip you’ll think about for years.
There are so many special places on the U.P. that it’s hard to narrow down to just three. We’ll introduce our favorite Upper Peninsula picks, and then encourage each RV camper to find their own treasured spots on the U.P. (please share with our readers, too!)
Straits State Park – St Ignace, Michigan
The Straits of Mackinac, a five mile waterway that allows ship traffic between Lakes Huron and Michigan, is also the boundary between the U.P. and the lower ‘thumb’ of Michigan. The spectacular Mackinac Bridge spans the Straits and thrills RV campers who take the drive from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace on I-75.
Straits State Park offers unforgettable views of Mackinac Bridge, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan and easy access to the Mackinac Island ferries. The nearly four-thousand-mile-long North Country Trail has a section through this park, inviting hikers to explore the shorelines, granite cliffs and pine forests of the Upper Peninsula.
Indian Lake State Park – Manistique, Michigan
Skirt the shores of Lake Michigan west along US-2 from St Ignace to Indian Lake State Park near Manistique. A wide, shallow lake famed for its fishing holes, this favorite U.P. spot also features swimming beaches, lakeshore campsites and the vast beauty of Hiawatha National Forest on its boundaries.
The area surrounding Indian Lake is filled with historic towns, lighthouses and trails. You might also enjoy a stroll along the Lake Michigan boardwalk in Manistique.
Black River Harbor Recreation Area – Ottawa National Forest—Bessemer, Michigan
If waterfalls, hemlock forests and the scenic shores of Lake Superior call you to come camping, this is the place for you. A Western U.P. favorite, Black River Harbor is at the northern end of the fourteen-mile long National Black River Scenic Byway. Along the byway from Bessemer to Black River Harbor, you’ll follow the river past its five photo-worthy waterfalls.
Once you reach the Harbor, there’s a rustic campground with views of the water, or you can camp farther into the National Forest. Take the time to explore the beaches, a unique suspension bridge over the river and the trails that make up a section of the North Country Trail. One more tip for anglers—a number of Lake Superior sport fishing charters operate from Black Harbor, so why not book an outing before you come?
There’s so much more to see on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula! Here’s a link to even more information on Michigan campgrounds and attractions.
RV camping to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula offers an almost endless variety of things to see, things to do and friendly campgrounds on the shore or in the forest. An RV rental makes it all affordable, so why not head to the U.P. this camping season?