Camping season is just around the corner in Michigan. Okay, it might be a few months away but I’m itching to get the camper cleaned, organized and to start my healthy camping meal preparation. I can’t do much this time of year other than pin great ideas and start planning where we’ll camp here in Michigan. This has led me to create my 2015 camping wish list, a list of where I hope and dream my family will camp this spring, summer and fall.
For starters, I’m eyeing many Michigan State Parks. The great thing is you can sort by location, type of camp site and even find cabins, if they’re available. My family prefers a pull through or back-in site with electricity. Water is nice but optional. Our camper is currently a 28 foot trailer but I’m eyeing something a little roomier for our future. One camp ground I know I want to hit, is the Cheboygan County, Aloha State Park. Oh, I loved this camp ground as a college student and teenager. I remember it being roomy, friendly and clean. I think my kids would enjoy the biking, swimming, hiking and fishing. Ludington State Park is also at the top of my list. My brother-in-law is from the area and says this is such a beautiful park. Each year I try to get in and it’s booked. That’s the thing with Michigan State Park campgrounds, they book up quick! The kids got a metal detector for Christmas and this beach I hear is perfect for using a metal detector!
Michigan is full of beauty but the Sleeping Bear Dunes; oh they’re a sight to see. My husband and I climbed the dunes for our 10th anniversary and I’ll admit it was hard work; he made it further than I did! After visiting years ago, we promised to bring the kids back to the area. Again, camp sites for the Sleeping Bear Dunes, fill up quickly which is why I advise booking late winter or early spring. The sooner the better! If they do book up, I highly suggest Holiday Park TC, which is only a short drive to the dunes. We stayed at Holiday Park TC a few years back before a Traverse City Beach Bums game, with Duck Dynasty guests. It was very clean, spacious and the staff was very friendly.
I don’t ordinarily travel to southern Michigan for camping but when I do, I love to visit Lucky Lake Camp Ground and Pirolli Park campground. Both on opposite sides of the state but the children love the bike riding, fishing and amenities. I hope to get to both of these this year, again. I’ve never had a camping adventure at either campground that I didn’t enjoy! If I ever get to Pirolli Park campground again, I’ll be ordering their breakfast pizza! It was to DIE for.
In my own backyard, I am aiming to spend time this year at Camp Petosega in Emmet County, literally, one of my favorite campgrounds in Michigan. The restrooms are sparkling clean; the sites are so spacious and woodsy. I’ve never, ever had a bad camping experience here. They offer movie nights, the beach is clean and again, the bathrooms are CLEAN! I am all about clean restrooms! I’m also eyeing Tee Pee Camp Ground in Mackinaw, as someplace new this year. My sister has recommended this several times because of what she’s heard from friends over the years. There’s a nightly bonfire, it’s only a short distance to downtown Mackinaw City and free shuttles to the Mackinaw Island Ferry. I also took my son on a field trip years ago to Mackinaw Mill Creek Camp Ground and everything was so beautiful, I’m thinking we should try this campground also.
And lastly, I’m looking at the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and some quiet and tranquil camping. This brings me back to eyeing the Michigan State Parks. Porcupine Mountains State Park especially is eye catching to me. The views alone make me want to stay, until the snow falls! They offer boat rental, children programs and swimming. Sounds like the perfect campground to me!
Oh my camping wish list is long but it’s a start for the 2015 camping season. A Michigan girl can’t wish for spring to come soon enough so camping can begin. Tell me, what is your camp bucket list for 2015? Do you have a favorite campground? Oh, please share the link or campground name and state, I’d love to extend my list and camp throughout the U.S.!