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RV Camping and Campgrounds In Michigan

Michigan has an abundance of RV camping sites located along beautiful lakes and in deep forest locations. From the shores of The Great Lakes, to deep woods remote campsites, you should have no trouble finding a great RV camping location just right for you and your family. Below are links to official federal, state, and community public RV camping information, private RV parks, official state tourism information, and tips on finding free camping locations in Michigan.

Private RV Parks and Campgrounds

  • Private RV Parks - Research tool for finding private RV parks and campgrounds in Michigan.

Federal RV Camping

  • National Park Service - NPS information about National Park administered lands in Michigan. These lakshore areas make great RV camping destinations.
  • US Forest Service (USFS) - There are three national forests in Michigan. Free dispersed camping (boondocking) is permitted on USFS managed lands.
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service - FWS information about National Wildlife Refuges in Michigan. Information provided to help locate areas you may be more interested in visiting, but be aware that most NWR's do not allow camping.

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Michigan Public RV Campground Locations

The following are only a few examples of the many great RV camping locations available in Michigan.

ALPENA Alpena RV Camping Location Map
Alpena County offers short term and extended stay RV camping at three campground areas. Their website lists the ammenities, price, and location of these three fine community campgrounds.

BESSEMER Bessemer RV Camping Location Map
The US Forest Service has many developed campgrounds in their managed forests in Michigan. The Black River Campground is a single loop located on a bluff above Lake Superior. 39 campsites include RV dump station and potable water at non site specific locations.

LeROY LeRoy RV Camping Location Map
Sunrise Lake State Forest has 17 first come first serve campsites for tent and small RV use. Good trout fishing, hiking access, and a nearby off-road vehicle trail are located near this rustic campground that includes vault toilets and potable water from a well hand pump.

MUNISING Munising RV Camping Location Map
Located along the shores of Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks National Seashore offers first come first serve camping at three campgrounds. No reservations accepted, and early arrival is suggested during peak season.

PINCKNEY Pinckney RV Camping Location Map
Pinckney State Recreation Area offers over 200 campsites from rustic to electric sevice equiped RV pads. Fishing, hiking and biking are popular activities.

SOUTH HAVEN South Haven RV Camping Location Map
Over 200 campsites ideal for RV camping can be found at Van Buren State Park. Modern style campsites with electrical service, and modern restrooms. Some campsites have 50 amp service.

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USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.

NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.

USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management) - Located throughout the western USA, BLM managed lands offer great camping locations. Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.

Free Overnight Parking Ideas

Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in Michigan. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.

Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.

  • Truck Stops - Asking permission is usually not a requirement Be considerate of the big rigs!
  • Walmart - Not all stores allow overnight RV parking in Michigan due to city ordinances. Check store for policy.
  • Nightclubs - Had one too many or just pretending?
  • Grain Elevators - Ask where you can park your RV out of the way for the night.
  • Fraternal Organizations - VFW, Elks etc. may allow members free overnight RV camping.
  • Cemetery - Sounds creepy to us, but we've also heard they may have water available.
  • Fairgrounds - State and County facilities may allow RV camping when not otherwise in use.
  • Parks - City, County, State, and Community parks often have free RV camping.
  • Churches - You can almost make "reservations" by calling ahead for permission.
  • Hotel Parking Lots - Assuming a nightclub/bar is inside, had one too many or just pretending?
  • Truck Terminals - Parking areas for large trucks might allow you free RV camping permission.
  • RV Dealers - Pretty brave to us, but you could fit right in.
  • Cracker Barrel - These nationwide restaurants usually allow free overnight RV parking.
  • Movie Theaters - Too tired to drive home after the late show?
  • Highway Rest Areas - All rest areas allow a few hours of free RV parking, but noisy.
  • Drive In Movies - Got a small RV, park in the back row and enjoy the show. Fell asleep by accident right?
  • Vehicle Repair Shops - Need to see the repairman first thing in the morning?
  • Big Box Retailers - Kmart, Best Buy, Sams Club often allow free RV camping.
  • Roadside Parks & Picnic Areas - The early day version of the rest area.

As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in Michigan. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.