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Places to Camp In and Around Metro Detroit

September 1, 2020

Southeast Michigan is home to lots of camping spots. Check out our list — then prepare to hit the great outdoors

By Nicole Glynn

Haas Lake Park RV Campground

25800 Haas Road, New Hudson

Haas Lake Park RV CampgroundVia Hass Lake Park Facebook

Come September 8th, Haas Lake Park RV Campground will welcome weekend campers to enjoy amenities including beaches, playgrounds, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and more. There’s plenty of space for socially distant, outdoor activities, and bathrooms are open for camper use  and are sanitized regularly to maintain safety standards.

Taylor’s Beach Campground

6197 N Burkhart Road, Howell

Located on Cook Lake, Taylor’s Beach Campground  offers affordable family camping options. From tent sites for rent to spots to park your own camper or RV, this quiet, relaxing getaway offers nature trails, putt putt golf, tiki boat rides and other daily family-friendly activities. There are also on-site bathrooms and showers.

Detroit Greenfield Campground

6680 Bunton Road, Ypsilanti

Detroit Greenfield CampgroundVia Detroit Greenfield RV Park Facebook

This RV park has several trailers and cabins available for rent. Campers can hit the beach or hang out on the volleyball court, playground or softball field. The campground also provides WiFi.

Highland Recreation Area

5200 Highland Road, White Lake

Experience 5,900 acres of forest, marshes, lakes and undisturbed land right outside Metro Detroit, where you can fish, hiking, horseback ride and more. The park is pet-friendly, too, but animals must be on a leash at all times.

Camp Dearborn

1700 General Motors Road, Milford

Camp DearbornVia Camp Dearborn Facebook

Pitch a tent, park your camper or rent a rustic tent or cabin at Camp Dearborn. Daily activities include fitness programs, arts and crafts, hikes, movie nights and even campfire sing-a-longs. Bonus: There are also hot showers, outdoor dishwashing stations and a laundromat.

Appleton Lake Campground

6360 Chilson Road, Howell

For just $17 a night, soak in some nature at Appleton Lake Campground, which offers a boat launch, toilets, fishing, hiking and biking trails.

Proud Lake Campground

2700 Glengary Road, Commerce Charter Township

Proud Lake CampgroundVia Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Website

Located on the scenic Huron River, Proud Lake Campground features 20 miles of trails across several habitats for biking and hiking along with a plethora of other recreational activities such as fishing, swimming, boating and more. And with onsite cabins for rent or campsites to pitch your own set up, the choice is yours !

Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area

7800 Gale Road, Waterford Township

Pontiac Lake State Recreation AreaVia Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Website

This 3,745-acre park boasts the  longest beach in southeast Michigan, plus horseback riding, picnicking, swimming, hiking, biking, paddling, hunting, fishing and sightseeing. Visitors can also enjoy the park’s unique aircraft field for flying model airplanes!

Wayne County Fair Grounds and RV Park

10871 Quirk Road, Belleville

This RV-only park is just a short drive away from many attractions like the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, the Detroit Zoo, downtown Detroit and much more. The campsite offers easy setup with level grounds, plus it’s pet friendly and includes WiFi, a shower house and on-site laundry facility.

The Walnut Grove Campground

40151 E Huron River Drive, Belleville

The Walnut Grove CampgroundVia metroparks.com

Located within the Lower Huron Metropark, Walnut Grove Campground has 27 campsites available to reserve for $25 per night. Bring your fishing rods and head to the Huron River, explore 23.75 miles of hiking, biking and walking trails or hit up one of the basketball courts. Whether you’re staying for a weekend or a week, this campground offers a secluded, rustic camping experience  with the perk of an on-site restroom.

Bishop Lake Campground

5210 Bishop Lake Road, Brighton

Grab your tent or camper and camp for just $25 a night at the Bishop Lake Campground. Situated within the Brighton State Recreation Area, this campground offers a boat launch, fishing, hiking and mountain biking and on-site restrooms for camper use.

Island Lake State Recreation Area

6301 Kensington Road, Brighton

Get that “up north” experience without leaving Southeast Michigan at the Island Lake State Recreation Area. Rent a cabin and explore the 4,000-acre park full of open brush, hardwood forest and open meadows. Enjoy on-site amenities such as shooting ranges, volleyball courts, picnic shelters and swimming areas. For a more extreme outdoor experience, opt to camp on Island Lake campground, which is only accessible by canoe or kayak.

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