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Whether you are a seasoned camper or looking to take your family camping for the first time, the greater Kalamazoo area has many options. We asked our Facebook followers to share their favorite family-friendly campgrounds. Check out the list below to find the right location for you this summer:

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Campgrounds Located Within An Hour Of Kalamazoo

Camp Michiwana
6475 Wilkins Road, Hastings, MI 49058
(269) 623-5168

Free fire wood, general store, and special events are just some of the fun amenities at Camp Michiwana. There are 54 RV campsites and rustic cabins available in this Christian campground located on Long Lake.

Fort Custer Recreation Area
5163 Fort Custer Drive, Augusta MI 49012
(269) 731-4200

Fort Custer is just a short distance from both Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. Located near Eagle Lake, the campground offers 219 modern campsites.

Markin Glen County Park
5300 North Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49004
(269) 381-7570

The 38-site campground is located near downtown Kalamazoo, but you would never know it! The park has 160 acres of campsites, trails, beaches, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and fishing.

Sandy Pines Wilderness Trails
3681 28th St, Dorr, MI 49323
(616) 896-8315

Sandy Pines Wilderness Trails offers member and non-member camping options. A unique campground, be sure to check out their long list of family-friendly activities and amenities.

Triponds Family Camp Resort
3687 Dumont Road, Allegan, MI 49010
(269) 673-4740

Triponds Family Camp Resort hosts various levels of family campsites, including eight rental cabins. A lodge and ice cream shop are new to the resort for 2015.


Van Buren State Park

23960 Ruggles Road, South Haven, MI 49090
(269) 637-2788
Michigan’s Van Buren State Park sits on beautiful Lake Michigan in South Haven. Experience the lakeshore and dunes, just a short walk or bike ride from your camping site.

Yankee Springs Recreation Area
2104 South Briggs Road, Middleville MI, 49333
(269) 795-9081

If you enjoy swimming, fishing, boating and other water activities, check out Yankee Springs. The main campground sits on Gun Lake, but there are a total of nine lakes in the park area.

Campgrounds Located Just Over One Hour From Kalamazoo

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Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park
140 Lane 201 Barton Lake, Fremont, IN 46737
(800) 375-6063

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park lodging includes 540 camp sites, 21 deluxe cottages and 21 rustic cabins. In addition to the campground, there are many other attractions nearby, including a water park.

Warren Dunes State Park
12032 Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer, MI 49125
(269) 426-4013

Known for the spectacular sand dunes and six miles of hiking trails, the Warren Dunes State Park offers views of Lake Michigan you can’t get anywhere else. Semi-modern and modern campsites are available.

Waterloo Recreation Area
16345 McClure Road
Chelsea, MI 48118 (Grass Lake)
(734) 475-8307

If you have a love of horses, you may want to visit Waterloo Recreation Area, the lower peninsula’s largest recreational park. In addition to the two general campgrounds, beach, trails and boat launches, Waterloo hosts a unique equestrian campground.