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MICHIGAN CAMPGROUNDS & Camping Preparation Guide

Michigan is known for it's great outdoors. Michiganís nearly 100 state parks, state and national forests, and private campgrounds offer many sites for campers to pitch their tents, park their RVís, and reserve a cabin. 

Michigan Department of Natural Resources State Park Campground Reservation Page

Reservations may be made up to 6 months in advance of your arrival date. 

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State Parks & Campgrounds

Alger County

Baraga County

Chippewa County

Delta County

Dickinson County

Gogebic County

Houghton County

Iron County

Keweenaw County

Luce County

Mackinac County

Marquette County

Menominee County

Ontonagon County

Schoolcraft County

Antrim County

Benzie County

Charlevoix County

Emmet County

Grand Traverse County

Kalkaska County

Lake County

Leelanau County

Manistee County

Mason County

Missaukee County

Oceana County

Osceola County

Otsego County

Wexford County

Alcona County

Alpena County

Bay County

Cheboygan County

Clare County

Crawford County

Gladwin County

Iosco County

Midland County

Montmorency County

Ogemaw County

Oscoda County

Presque Isle County

Roscommon County

Preparation is the key to any successful venture into the great outdoors. Here is a checklist of frequently used camping gear to consult before you head out. As you and your family continue camping, youíll get a better idea of what you want to add or delete from this basic list.

  • ir Mattress
  • Batteries
  • Blankets
  • Camera and Film
  • Radiant Heater (Cold Weather)
  • Coffee Pot
  • Cooler(s)
  • Dishpan and Pot Scrubbers
  • Eating Utensils
  • First Aid Kit 
  • Flares/Mirror - emergency devices
  • Flashlights
  • Folding Chairs or Camp Stools
  • Folding Stands for Cooler and Stove
  • Fuel
  • Ground Cloth
  • Stakes
  • Stove
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Tablecloth
  • Toilet Paper 
  • Hand Ax
  • Ice or Ice Substitutes
  • Insect Repellent
  • Jug of Water
  • Knife
  • Lantern
  • Mantles
  • Match & Waterproof Container
  • Pad, Pencil or Pen
  • Pet Camping Supplies
  • Plastic Zipper Bags
  • Rope, Cord or Wire
  • Shovel - Folding Type
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Snakebite Kit
  • Soap - Biodegradable
  • Toiletries
  • Tool Kit or Multi-plier, Hammer & Nails
  • Towels - Paper & Bath
  • Trash Bags
  • Water Container/Purification Tablets 
  • Coleman AC 120V QuickPump


Grand Haven State Park
1001 Harbor Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417 

Reservations: (800)447-2757
Phone: (616)847-1309
Fax: (616)847-1360

Grand Haven State Park is a 48 acre park with beautiful sandy beach on the shore of Lake Michigan and the Grand River to the north. 

The park has 174 modern campsites on pavement, picnic area, and playground equipment, pier and lighthouse and the boardwalk from the park to Grand Haven are big attractions.

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