Summer Camp

Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington. Photo Courtesy of Midwest Living/John NoltnerMore Summer Camp More State Parks 

 Bay City Recreation Area, Bay City
Birders come equipped with scopes and birding books to identify aviaries they're likely to spot in Tobico Marsh, one of the Great Lakes largest coastal wetlands.

Brevoort Lake Campground, St. Ignace
Located in Hiawatha National Forest, this area offers more than just camping. Fish, swim or follow trails curving around forested dunes and meadows and into neighboring Superior State Forest.

Craig Lake State Park, Champion
Lakes lined with boulders and cliffs blend with woodlands in this secluded fishing haven. Loons and eagles make appearances for visitors hiking trails or canoeing the blue waters.

Hanson Hills State Recreation Area, Grayling
With 23 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and activities like disc golf and archery provided by Grayling Recreation Authority, this recreation area is always abuzz.

Pigeon River Country State Forest, Vanderbilt
Elk roam the more than 100,000-acre forest, which offers trails for visitors to hike, bike and horseback ride. Dusk or dawn offers the best times see the wildlife.

Pines Point Recreation Area, Hesperia
The White River provides the perfect 40-minute floating route for those looking to relax in its warm waters, or get active on one of the longer canoeing paths.

 Proud Lake Recreation Area, Commerce Township
Nearby Huron Rivers headwaters give way to peaceful streams through hardwoods and red pines, offering paddlers easygoing floats, and 20 miles of trails welcome horseback riding, biking and hiking.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising. Photo Courtesy of Midwest Living/Per BreiehagenSand Lakes Quiet Area, Traverse City
Part of Pere Marquette State Forest, this 2,800-acre tract of gently rolling hills includes 10 miles of trails, including routes along small lakes with sandy beaches.

Sylvania Wilderness and Recreation Area, Watersmeet
Part of the Ottawa National Forest, Sylvania boasts 34 lakes. Sandy beaches and oversized woodlands surround the lakeshores, and visitors can hike on trails around the clear waters .

Wilderness Shores Recreation Area, Iron Mountain
Boating and fishing are enhanced by the deep, crystal-blue tributaries that slither through the forest to Michigamme Reservoir and Peavy Pond. Wilderness Shores offers rustic campgrounds.