Camping tips & advice


Camping at a State Park

  • 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.


Personal Safety

  • 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.