Clean out the camper and dust off the coolers, camping in Michigan is back. The Department of Natural Resources has announced that camping will once again resume in Michigan state parks on June 22nd. Campgrounds in Michigan state parks have been closed this summer due to COVID-19 until at least June 21st.

Overall, here is what you can expect to see when it comes to camping:

  • Camping in Michigan state parks and recreation areas will resume June 22nd.
  • Sanitation stations (dump stations) will open June 22nd.
  • All Michigan state forest campgrounds will open June 10th.
  • Dispersed camping on state forest land opened on May 29th.
  • All overnight lodging facilities and shelters will open June 22nd.
  • Shelters in state parks and recreation areas will open June 22nd.

Be sure to check each individual campground as some will remain closed for a bit longer due to construction delays from COVID-19 including:

  • Burt Lake State Park modern campground is closed until at least July 17th.
  • Interlochen State Park campground (South B loop) is closed until at least August 7th.
  • Indian Lake State Park modern campground is closed until at least July 17th.
  • Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park modern campground is closed until at least July 31st.
  • Lakeport State Park south campground (sites 301-356) and group-use campground is closed until at least August 7th.
  • Sleepy Hollow State Park north campground (sites 1-100) is closed until at least October 31st.
  • Port Austin State Harbor is closed to new reservations for 2020 season.
  • Wilson State Park modern campground is closed at least July 31st.

I will be taking my first camping trip this weekend as well. While some privately-owned campgrounds remained open, like the one I will be staying at, state campgrounds have been closed, which made it hard to find a spot. I plan on camping quite a bit this summer so I am glad more options will be opening up.

Source: Michigan DNR