Michigan summers aren’t complete without some form of nature expeditions. If you are heading to the Upper Peninsula and want to get your dose of nature, here is my guide for an excellent Marquette camping experience and other areas in the UP.

Marquette Campgrounds

Rippling River:

Rippling River is by far the best camping experience to be had in Marquette. Adjacent to the South Trails bike area, Marquette Mountain Ski resort, and close enough to downtown, Rippling River has it all. Choose between: Luxury Cabins, Rustic Cabins, Rustic Tent Campsites, Full Hook Up Campsites and Electric Hook Up Campsites. Mini golf and Bar on site!

Tourist Park:

Tourist Park is an ideally located campground for quick access to the North Trails network and out of town hiking. The campgrounds site right on the Dead River and includes: Hot showers, restrooms, dump stations, grills and drinking fountains. There are 110 Campsites and firewood is sold on site!

2020 Rates at Tourist Park: $18 primitive/tent site, $30 electric, $35 full hook-up

Forrestville Campground:

There are 18 rustic first come first serve rustic campground sites at the Forrestville Campground. Some sites have fire pits and picnic tables and there are pit toilets on site as well as water on the west end of the chalet. Fires are permitted in the Central fire pit and metal fire rings ONLY! $7 for a bundle of wood

2020 Rates at the Forrestville Campgrounds are $15/night

Little Presque Isle Cabins:

Situated on the shores of Harlow Lake are the Little Presque Isle Cabins. AT $74/night these cabins are hard to come by with only 6 available lodging options.


Campgrounds Near Marquette, MI

Marquette has more places near it to camp at rather than smack dab in it. Here are some of the spots that you can camp near Marquette:

Big Bay 

Van Riper 


Munising – Stay close to the action around Pictured Rocks! Or CAMP in Pictured ROCKS National Lakeshore

Au Train – Superior Times Family Campground offers cabins, tent sites, campsites & now, Bungalows! WIFI in the main office


Camping in the Upper PEninsula of Michigan

The UP has some amazing camping outside of Marquette. Here are some other areas that are at least one hour or more outside of Marquette that you can consider for your Upper Peninsula of Michigan camping trip:

Copper Harbor 

Tahquamenon Falls 

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Stay tuned for more information on campgrounds in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

What to bring camping in michigan

  • Bug Repellant – Bugs and insects here can be a nightmare. Bring enough repellant!
  • Smores – No campfire is right without smores
  • Tent/Hammock – You’re probably going to need something to sleep in. Check what area you are visiting to ensure you can hang your hammock from it’s trees.
  • Sleeping Pad – The ground is really not that comfortable.
  • Headlamp – Don’t fumble with your phone while holding your beer and smores. Use this hands free option to light your night
  • Lighther – For extra curiculurs and starting the fire
  • FOOD – You GOTTAA eat!
  • Water – Stay hydrated especially during these warm, humid days
  • Bear Spray/Canister – Depending on location
  • Here’s the best bet, IF you’re looking for a CAMPER RENTAL in MICHIGAN

Thanks for reading and hope to hear from you guys! Where are some of your favorite campgrounds in Michigan? Let me know and maybe I’ll be lucky enough to find my way to one of them and hopefully it’s in one of the amazing Michigan State Parks I’ve never visited yet! Has anyone done any winter camping in Michigan? Drop a comment below!

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