The traditional end to summer, the Labor Day holiday weekend, is just around the corner. If you want to squeeze in a little more outdoor fun, there are plenty of options at Michigan state parks and campgrounds.
For a more rustic experience, there are 138 state forest campgrounds – all located on a river or lake – throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. The majority operate on a first-come, first-served basis, with fees and registration procedures posted at each location’s information kiosk. If you’d like to stay closer to home, Michigan’s 103 state parks, thousands of miles of state trails and hundreds of public boat launches make it easy to plan a great day trip.
Though many state park campgrounds are filling up for the holiday weekend, there still are opportunities to find the right spot. Visit midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-44PARKS throughout the week, and check often because cancellations do occur and sites open up across the state.