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State Forest Campgrounds

• DNR State Forest Campgrounds Offer Rustic, Secluded Camping People associate the word "campground" with a place that includes electrical hook-ups and running water - maybe even a bathhouse with showers. And while those sorts of amenities are available at many campgrounds, including those at Michigan's state parks, the Department of Natural Resources maintains a system of campgrounds that provides none of the above.

• About Michigan's State Forest Campgrounds State Forest CampingIf you are looking for a rustic camping experience, with plenty of space between camp sites, the many Michigan state forest campgrounds are for you. Located throughout Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula, the state forest campgrounds provide over 3,000 campsites in the nearly 4-million acres of state forest. Every campground is located on a river or lake, providing excellent access to fishing, boating and canoeing/kayaking. Over 60 campgrounds have nearby pathways for non-motorized trail recreation, such as hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature observation.


State Forest Campground News

• Some State Forest Campgrounds Now Offer Advanced Reservation Options In addition to reduced costs at many state forest campgrounds, some state forest campsites are now available for advance reservation through the DNR's online reservation system.


State Forest Campgrounds Information

• State Land Rules PDF icon

• List of all Michigan State Forest Campgrounds

• Interactive Map Search for state forest campgrounds, state parks and state trail system using this interactive map.

• Campfire Tips PDF icon Always follow safe campfire practices to prevent them from starting a wildfire. Remember, you can be held responsible for the cost of putting the fire out if it escapes and for any property damage.

• Black Mountain Forest Recreation Area Straddled between Cheboygan and Presque Isle Counties, just north of Black Lake, Black Mountain Recreation area pathway system provides a ton of recreational opportunities!

• State Forest Camping Registration Information Registration takes place at the state forest campground.

• Campsite Amenities and Fees A full list of the various campsite amenities and prices in Michigan state parks, recreation areas and state forest campgrounds. Please note that camping prices will increase beginning Nov. 1, 2014.

• Dispersed Camping Strike out on your own, and try camping off the beaten path by getting your own Dispersed Camping Permit.