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Bay City State Park

Named one of “The 20 Best State Parks in Michigan” by U.S. News & World Report in 2019, this Michigan state park campground on the shores of Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay is open year-round with sites for everything from tents to motorcoaches, cabins, and even pop-up camper rentals — with Wi-Fi and 50-amp service available. Enjoy nearly a mile of sandy beachfront; a boat launch and picnic areas; volleyball and basketball courts; splash park and playscape; and exploring the breathtaking wetland haven of wildlife that is Tobico Marsh.

Linwood Beach Marina & Campground

At Linwood Beach Marina & Campground, choose from 135 sites suited for tents or RV campers — complete with water, sewer and electric hook-up. Enjoy the new bathhouse and showers, fish cleaning station, fishing pond for kids, and access to unbeatable walleye fishing on Saginaw Bay. (Plenty of our top Saginaw Bay fishing charters launch from Linwood Beach Marina, so consider setting up camp here if you want to be near all the world-class walleye action!)

Bay County Pinconning Park

Set deep in a 206-acre hardwood forest nature preserve, this “Gateway to The North” campground includes 62 modern/semi-modern sites with varying amenities, log cabin rentals, and maintained bathhouses. Enjoy a sandy beach, kayak rentals, two playground areas, a boat launch, and miles of boardwalks and trails. Explore the nature preserve with a floating fishing dock, two observation decks, and three observation towers — one being the only lookout of the entire Saginaw Bay!

Finn Road Park

At Finn Road Park Campground, trailers are welcome to 56 campsites with water, sewer, electricity, fire pits, a playground, a modern bathhouse — and a boat launch with direct access to Saginaw Bay. This RV campground offers free Wi-Fi, too.

Bay City Camping Bonus

Want to up the ante this year? You are, after all, camping near Saginaw Bay, renowned for its world-class walleye fishing! Consider chartering an expedition with The Michigan Experience or Adventure 1 Charters — or any from this ample list of expert Saginaw Bay charter fishing guides. You’ll get the kind of fishing tales where you don’t have to stretch the truth!

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Frankenmuth Jellystone Park Camp-Resort

Camp in Frankenmuth year-round with Yogi Bear at Frankenmuth’s only full-service campground! This mecca of family fun offers a playground, an indoor and outdoor pool, game room, daily activities, exciting themed weekends, and outdoor mini-golf! Choose from standard, deluxe, and premium sites — or cabins, cottages, and even a vintage trailer rental — when you camp here.

Pine Ridge R.V. Campground

With Downtown Frankenmuth mere minutes away from your campground, enjoy 200 tree-shaded sites — all full hook-up with water, electrical, and sewer — at Pine Ridge R.V. Campground in Birch Run. Add the perks of modern restrooms, a bathhouse with pay showers, Wi-Fi, and a laundry room, and enjoy this seasonal spot each time you return.

Frankenmuth Camping Bonus

Heads up (way up): Frankenmuth Jellystone Park Camp-Resort is less than 400 feet from Frankenmuth Aerial Park, where you’ll zoom through treetops on ziplines and high-five one another through obstacle courses and rope challenges!

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Lake of Dreams Campground

Camp at the family-friendly Lake of Dreams Campground in Merrill in your RV, pop-up, or tent — or rent a rustic cabin! With 253 modern campsites set on 77 acres, experience clean restrooms and hot showers. Enjoy the four-acre lake and sandy beach, complete with paddleboating and a mini waterpark where kids can conquer “The Summit” and bounce “The Blob” in the water! There’s also hiking, biking, beach volleyball, mini-golf, and two ponds with free catch-and-release fishing.

Tom Graham Memorial Campground

Inside Chesaning's Showboat Park — or 68 acres along the Shiawassee River — you’ll also find the 70-lot Tom Graham Memorial Campground. With electrical hookups and primitive sites (and a bathhouse with hot showers), the park is also home to two basketball courts, three sand volleyball courts, an 18-hole disc golf course, over 6,000 feet of riverfront, a boat launch and a fishing pier!

Price Nature Center

If seclusion is more your style, the 186-acre Price Nature Center just south of Saginaw is generally peaceful and quiet, with nearly three miles of hiking and biking trails. Enjoy a large playground, pavilion, and a few rustic campsites available.

Saginaw Camping Bonus

Price Nature Center is just 15 minutes from the 10,000-acre Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge that’s ripe for exploration! Home to deer, bald eagles, swans, American white pelicans, and more — look to the 6.5-mile Wildlife Drive that allows you to drive right through on a pre-set route. Or, take your experience to the next level with Johnny Panther Quests Adventure Trips, where you’ll boat through the beauty while wildlife spotting alongside your expert, one-of-a-kind guide!

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Four Seasons RV Park & Campground

Camp in Midland's only family-owned RV park with a full health club, featuring 77 full hook-up sites, Wi-Fi/cable, and a three-acre pond stocked with fish! Be sure to also enjoy: the indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna; clubhouse; laundry facilities; modern restrooms and showers; kayak rentals; camp store; park activities; plus, basketball, volleyball, and a sandy beach!

Midland Camping Bonus

Travel mere minutes from Midland's Four Seasons Campground to explore beautiful pathways through 110 acres of blooms at Dow Gardens (and take the nation’s longest canopy walk up to four stories high inside its Whiting Forest). Check out Chippewa Nature Center, too, for more than 19 miles of trails through woodlands and wetlands — with an observation tower that provides the perfect photo op to remember your camping trip by!

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