Observation deck overlooking the wetlands of Tobico Marsh at Bay City State Park

Photo: Tobico Marsh at Bay City State Park by @baycitymilove

 

Maybe you’ve been craving dropping a line or hitting a trail (camping), good ole bonfires and s’mores (camping), and spending some laid-back time outdoors with the ones you love… going camping!

Read on to peruse where to park your RVs and pop up your tents — and discover nearby summertime favorites that’ll round out the entire experience when you and yours soon go camping in Michigan!

 

Kids looking out at the water from the sandy beach at Bay City State Park

Photo: Bay City State Park by @shineonsunfish

 


 

Cheers to gathering around firepits, laughing and exploring, and enjoying every minute spent together in the great outdoors of the Great Lakes Bay!

 


 

Dog looking out at the water from the sandy beachfront at Bay City State Park at sunrise

Photo: Bay City State Park by @f.scottfitzthedood

 

Camping Near Bay City

 

Bay City State Park

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Named one of “The 20 Best State Parks in Michigan” by U.S. News & World Report in 2019, this 2,389-acre Michigan state park campground is open year-round with sites for everything from tents to motor coaches, cabins, and even pop-up camper rentals — plus Wi-Fi and 50-amp service available!

Located on the shore of Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay, enjoy nearly a mile of groomed, sandy beachfront; a boat launch and picnic areas; volleyball and basketball courts; Spray by the Bay splash park and Play by the Bay playscape; and exploring the breathtaking wetland haven of wildlife that is Tobico Marsh.

 

Little girl playing on the sandy beach at Bay City State Park

Photo: Bay City State Park by @shineonsunfish

 

Linwood Beach Marina & Campground

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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 and perch fishing on Saginaw Bay! (Hint: Plenty of our top Saginaw Bay charter fishing guides 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

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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.

Nestled on the shore of Saginaw Bay, 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!

 

Kayaks on the beach at Bay County Pinconning Park

Photo: Bay County Pinconning Park by @vagabondhunter

Finn Road Park

COVID-19 Status: Open Button

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!

 


 

Fishing poles cast out on Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay

Photo: Walleye fishing on Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay by @gsp_rufflife

 

Camping Near Frankenmuth

 

Frankenmuth Jellystone Park Camp-Resort

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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 at this extra-special spot.

 

Pine Ridge R.V. Campground

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With the downtown of “Michigan’s Little Bavaria” mere minutes away, 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 even 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!

 


 

Woman ziplining through the trees at Frankenmuth Aerial Park

Photo: Frankenmuth Aerial Park by @ashsmithphoto

 

Camping Near Saginaw

 

Lake of Dreams Campground

COVID-19 Status: Open Button

Camp at this family-friendly spot 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 paddle boating and a mini waterpark where kids of all ages 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

COVID-19 Status: Open Button

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

COVID-19 Status: Open Button

If seclusion is more your style, this 186-acre 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 only 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!

 


 

Camping Near Midland

 

Four Seasons RV Park & Campground

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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 Four Seasons to explore beautiful, winding pathways through 110 acres of blooms at Dow Gardens (and dare to explore the nation’s longest canopy walk that hovers four stories high at Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens). And be sure to check out Chippewa Nature Center 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!

 


 

People walking through a forest of towering pines at Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens Canopy Walk

Photo: Canopy Walk at Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens by @schoolnest

 


 

Looking for more fun things to do on your camping trip in Michigan? Try these 15 top outdoor attractions in the Great Lakes Bay!

 


 

Girl in fitness gear walking the ground trails at the Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens Canopy Walk

Photo: Canopy Walk at Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens by @mrsbrookebeyer

 


 

COVID-19 Update:

As we welcome you back, we’ll be doing our best to keep you in the loop on what’s open & closed in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Just look for the orange banners below on our partner listings as you start planning for your next trip!

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While the campgrounds featured here are open, some elements (like indoor pools, outdoor spray parks, and more) may be temporarily closed. Please check with the individual campgrounds for their reopening amenities and updated policies before visiting!