The Ultimate List of Fun West Michigan Campgrounds
Hit the road and get ready to pitch your tent in West Michigan this season with our West Michigan Campground Guide!
If you’re looking for variety in your campground, the Covert/South Haven KOA offers a camping experience that will fit just about any guest. They have tent sites nestled in the trees, RV sites that accommodate the biggest of rigs, deluxe patio sites that include a propane BBQ gas grill, and rustic or deluxe cabins to let you experience true glamping. The kids won’t be bored while you’re there, with a jumping pillow, rock wall climbing, trampoline basketball, gagaball, a heated pool, crafts, games, and more. If you want someone else to do the cooking, order a pizza from their snack shop, and they’ll deliver it right to your campsite! Located within 15 minutes of six Lake Michigan beaches, antiquing, quaint downtown shopping, and an abundant variety of wineries and craft breweries, you are sure to have an enjoyable stay with plenty to do.
True to its name, there’s a good chance you’ll run into a turkey or two during your stay at Cornwell’s Turkeyville in Marshall! Camp Turkeyville is just a short walking path away from everything that Turkeyville has to offer: a restaurant (serving turkey, of course!), ice cream parlor, gift shop, dinner theatre (get discounted tickets with your RV site), and a full schedule of special events. The kids can splash in the sparkling pool at the campground, or try their hand at the fishing pond. Camp Turkeyville RV Resort is full hook-up only, and is pet-friendly.
3. Covert Park Beach & Campground - Covert
Located just a short walk from the beach of Lake Michigan, the sites at Covert Park Beach & Campground range from walk-in primitive sites to cabins for the less adventurous campers. You’ll want to set up camp and then hit the trail to catch a sunset over the lake before returning to your site for an evening campfire. Open from mid-May through October, Covert Park Beach & Campground offers a combined 62 developed and primitive sites, each with a picnic table and fire pit. Guests can purchase a day pass to access the quarter mile of beach on the shore of Lake Michigan, and kayak and paddle board rentals are available to take out on the water.
For more beach-side camping, head to Weko Beach Park Campground in Bridgman. Swim or relax on the beautiful, sandy beach and stop by the beach house for lunch or a snack. They have developed and semi-developed campsites, tent camping, and cabins. Take the boardwalks to the observation decks to get a great view of Lake Michigan, and then head down to cool off in the waters of the lake.
From roller coasters and water rides at Michigan's Adventure amusement park to relaxing by KOA's peaceful private lakes, you will find it all at the Muskegon KOA Campground. Settle into a lakeside cabin or pitch a tent on the beach. Swimmers enjoy the warm waters and sandy beaches, while anglers are drawn to the great "catch and release" bass fishing. Saturday evenings, enjoy KOA's ice cream social or a hayride around the lake. Beyond this camping oasis you'll find golf courses, numerous festivals and fairs, and other popular attractions such as the USS Silversides, a WWII submarine.
6. Cran-Hill Ranch - Rodney
A great place to plan a camping trip in Mecosta County is Cran-Hill Ranch. From swimming and boating to horseback riding along the lake, there is always something to do! Plan your own trip, or join one of their programmed retreats, which offer different focuses, including horsemanship, deer hunting, and even a winter sports retreat! If you’re planning your own stay at their family campground, check out all the activities offered, ranging from hiking and swimming to rock climbing and a high ropes course!
If you thought camping by one lake was good, you’ll be amazed by Oak Grove Campground and Resort! Located on the north side of Holland, Oak Grove is located within walking distance of both Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan beaches. Rated “One of the Best Parks in the USA” by Good Sam Campground Directory, this family resort offers grassy full hookup sites surrounded by mature oak trees. The resort also has a heated pool, hot tub, laundry, bike rentals, and wi-fi for those who can’t quite bring themselves to unplug all the way.
Indigo Bluffs RV Park & Resort in Empire delivers three unique experiences close to the Sleeping Bear Dunes: a beautiful RV Park, an extended-stay RV Resort, and luxurious cottages. A limited number of rustic cabins and tent sites are also available. Indigo Bluffs boasts a quiet and warm atmosphere where you can enjoy daylight until 10pm during the summer, and relax with a mosquito-free evening around the campfire. The blend of cottages, cabins, & campsites allows for your whole group to vacation together, despite everyone having different tastes in lodging.
Located in the heart of northern Michigan, Pine River Paddlesports Center in Wellston is perfect for hitting the river during your camping trip. Their campground is in the midst of the Huron-Manistee National Forest. Nestled in the wooded area, the campsites are quiet, clean, and cozy, with river trips available right from the campground. Rent canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rubber rafts, and tubes on Michigan's premier paddlesport rivers: the Pine and Big Manistee. Before you leave town, make sure to stop by the Dublin General Store for some of the best jerky in West Michigan.
About the Author: Courtney Sheffer is the Marketing Director for the West Michigan Tourist Association, and loves getting out and exploring the many campgrounds in the area. Her favorite campgrounds are ones close to lakes or rivers that will let her bring her two dogs along. You can find out even more about the many campgrounds located throughout West Michigan at the WMTA Campground Map.