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!
Photo: Bay City State Park by @f.scottfitzthedood
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.
Photo: Bay City State Park by @shineonsunfish
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!)
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!
Photo: Bay County Pinconning Park by @vagabondhunter
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!
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.
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!
Photo: Frankenmuth Aerial Park by @ashsmithphoto
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!
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!
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!
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!
Looking for more fun things to do on your camping trip in Michigan? Try these 15 top outdoor attractions in the Great Lakes Bay!
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!
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!