Marquette Camping: BOOK Outdoors in the UP Now

Michigan is synonymous with camping and if you haven’t pitched a tent here yet, you need to. 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 as well as some of the other top areas in the UP.

Marquette, MI Campgrounds

Rippling River:

Rippling River is by far the best camping experience to be had in Marquette for those newer to camping/families. 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!

2021 Prices will range from about $25 to north of $100 per night. Convenience 

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!

2021 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

2021 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.


Best Campgrounds Near Marquette, MI

Marquette campsites definitely fill up quick (summertime) so plan early. Luckily for those who don’t need to be in the heart of Maruqette, you have plenty of other options. Here are some spots that you can camp within one hour from Marquette

Big Bay – 30 miles north of Marquette sits Big Bay. This tiny UP city has more campsites at your disposal and makes for a great spot with close access to hikes on the outskirts of Marquette.

Van Riper – Van Riper State Park is an Upper Peninsula gem about 40 minutes west of Marquette. Find a great campsite here on the shores of Lake Michigamme!

Munising – For most travelers, Munising is on their agenda if they are in the Marquette region. If you want to camp closer to Pictured Rocks, find a spot in Munising! Or CAMP in Pictured ROCKS National Lakeshore

Au Train – About 35 minutes east of Marquette is Au Train. Au Train is an often overlooked spot in the UP but don’t sleep on this area. Check out Superior Times Family Campground which offers cabins, tent sites, campsites & now, Bungalows! WIFI in the main office


Best 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 – One of the more remote areas of the Upper Peninsula, Copper Harbor is a fantastic spot to pitch a tent. This is one of the best places to bike in Michigan and amazing for stargazing. Check out the Trails End Campground or Fort Wilkins State Park West Campground

Tahquamenon Falls – What could be better than pitching a tent close too the best waterfall in all of Michigan. Find a campsite at the Lower Falls Hemlock/Portage campsites.

Porcupine Mountains – The Porkies are arguably Michigan’s Best place to camp. Find a spot and hike/drive your way up to Lake of the Clouds.

Stay tuned for more information into 2021 as this list of campgrounds will continue to grow.

Winter Camping in Michigan

Michigan is known for it’s brutally cold winters, but don’t let that stop you from exploring the great outdoors. Some of Michigan’s best scenery can be found in the winter and with a significant decrease in visitors. Here are a few tips for those going winter camping in Michigan:

Track Weather Reports – Venturing into the backcountry probably isn’t the best move with an approaching storm for a novice camper. Obviously you can’t control weather but you can have some control by picking conditions that look more favorable than not.

Bring Layers – It’s going to be cold. Bring layers and maybe more than you think.

Go with someone who has done it before – Stay safe and smart by venturing with a seasoned vet. Gain some experience before you go alone or with others who have never done it before.

Check gear before heading out – Don’t be the guy who gets too the campsite and realizes there is a gaping hole in his tent. Due your due diligence and always check pre departure.

Ski IN/Out Yurts – The Porcupine Mountains in the winter turn into a backcountry connected trail network for those who want to cross country ski/snowshoe into Yurts. This is an amazing and majestic way to experience winter in Michigan.

What to Bring Camping in Michigan

Here’s a list of supplies that anyone should bring camping in Marquette and 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

Best Michigan Camping Resources to know in 2021

Before you go reserving a site at your favorite campground, take a step back and remember that Michigan is full of free dispersed campsites. Use these resources below to help plan a safe and fun Michigan camping experience

LandGrid – This Free app is amazing to find free dispersed camping throughout Michigan. The best part is the app shows you exactly what designation of land you’re venturing on and whether it’s legal or not. Download this today!

Google Maps/Earth – Both of these are another excellent resource to accurately direct where you are going. Pair it with Landgrid to know where to go


Explore the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Thanks for reading and hope to hear from you guys! Here are some things that you should definitely shouldn’t miss when in the Marquette area:

Little Garlic Falls 

Wetmore Landing Trail 

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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