Best Family Camping Spots in Michigan

Summer is around the corner and you know what that means – campfires, s’mores and the great outdoors.

These are some of the best things about taking a camping trip with your family. Whether you are a seasoned camper or looking to take your family camping for the first time, there are a number of great options all around Michigan.

There’s something to be said for packing up the family car and venturing into the great outdoors for an unplugged weekend full of outdoor activities and family bonding.

We have camping options listed near Kalamazoo, as well as other options within a few hours drive of Southwest Michigan.

Check out our list of 15+ family-friendly camping options from the primitive to glamping and book your outdoor summer adventure today.


Camping Close to Home

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

A general store, a beautiful waterfront and family fun weekends are just some of the fun amenities at Camp Michiwana. There are 54 campsites, some with water and electric only and others are full hook-up sites. Rustic cabins are also available at 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. In addition to the campground, this State Park features three lakes, the Kalamazoo River, a swimming beach, more than 25 miles of multi-use trails and much more.


Hungry Horse Campground
2016 142nd Ave, Dorr, MI 49323 | (616) 681- 9843

A swimming pool, splash pad, three playgrounds, jumping pad, basketball courts, wagon rides, and tons of family activities make this campground a family favorite. With 96 large sites located on 90 acres, there is plenty of room to roam and enjoy!

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Hungry Horse Campground


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.


Michigan’s Adventure: Coaster Campout *June 29-30, 2018*

1198 W Riley-Thompson Road, Muskegon, MI 49445 | (231) 766-3377

Coaster Campout is your opportunity to camp out overnight at Michigan’s Adventure! Your donation includes admission to the park on the first day, an evening meal, exclusive ride time, the campsite, and a morning breakfast treat just for campers.

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

Sandy Pines Wilderness Trails offers member and non-member camping options.  Clean, level sites all with water and electric make it easy to relax for 2 nights or up to 2 weeks per season. Sandy Pines also offers Rustic Cabin or Rental Trailer options. With tons of activities and amenities, there’s something for the entire family!

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. Come and enjoy 90 acres of beautiful shade trees, hiking trails, peaceful ponds, spacious fields, large lots, friendly staff and clean facilities.

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Triponds Family Camp Resort

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. The campground has 220 modern campsites. 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.


Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort
3403 64th St, South Haven, MI 49090 | (269) 637-6153

Family-friendly campsites, cabin rentals, themed weekends, and plenty of family activities make this campground a local favorite!

Camping Outside of Southwest Michigan

Silver Lake Resort & Campground

1786 N 34th Avenue, Mears MI 49436 | (231) 873-7199

Silver Lake Resort and Campground is a family-owned and operated business.  The resort and campground has over 200 campsites and offers both RV sites and campsites for tent camping. They even offer both standard and loft-style cabins!

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Silver Lake Resort & Campground

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

Just outside of Michigan is Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park. Lodging includes 540 camp sites, 21 deluxe cottages and 21 rustic cabins. They have a number of family-oriented amenities including an indoor pool, three outdoor pools, a water splash park, paddle boat & row boat rentals, five playgrounds, game room, mini-golf, pedal cart rental, kiddy train rides, wagon rides, horseshoes, sand volleyball cards and more!


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, 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, make sure to visit Waterloo Recreation Area, the lower peninsula’s largest recreational park. In addition to the two general campgrounds, nature trails, beaches and boat launches, Waterloo hosts a unique equestrian campground.


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