Camping tips & advicePreparation
- Michigan is known for its unpredictable weather. Check the weather forecast for the area.
- Plan your trip--know about the area and how to get there.
- Take enough food, clothing, and equipment to keep you comfortable in case of emergency.
- Notify others of where you will be, and when you plan to be home, in case someone needs to find you.
- If you are a beginning camper, contact your local camping outfitter for a general checklist of camping equipment.
- Prevent animals from getting into your food. Consider placing it in your vehicle, or hanging it in a tree (12' high, 4' from tree trunk).
- State forest campground wells are approved by Michigan Department of Public Health.
- Keep a few logs in your tent to keep them dry.
- Always bring extra matches.
- Be careful with your campfire -- keep it small.
- Be a good neighbor -- control your noise and animals.
- Be respectful of your state forest -- keep the trees and shrubs alive and growing.
- Always keep your dog on a leash no longer that 6 feet, and away from public swimming areas.