Summer is officially here in Northern Michigan and even though school isn’t quite out yet (crazy, right?!) we are in full summer mode already. This past weekend we took the kids to Michigan Adventure and then to Sleeping Bear Dunes. Have you ever been? It’s gorgeous! It was my first time going to Sleeping Bear Dunes, crazy too, right?! I grew up here in the Northern Michigan and I guess I lived a sheltered life out on the farm because we never really went anywhere. We were always too busy out in the fields and running the farm. Now that I’m older my husband and I make it a priority to travel with the kids, locally as well as internationally.
This summer we are looking at taking a few local overnight camping trips so I’ve been doing some research on local campgrounds in our area. If you’re planning a quick weekend away or a week up north we have quite a few choices in our area to get outside and have some fun!
Petoskey Area Campgrounds –
Magnus Park Campground: This campground is in the heart of downtown Petoskey. Located right below McClaren hospital at the end of W. Lake Street, along the shores of Little Traverse Bay. This campground boasts 76 campsites, restrooms/showers, electric, water and sewer hookup plus more!
Camp Petosega: This Petoskey area campground is located only a few miles away from our home. This gorgeous campground sits on the eastern side of Pickeral Lake and offers a sandy beach, a new state of art playground,
Even if you are not camping, the park is free to enter if you want to take advantage of the beach and playground. They also offers a place for wedding, business retreats, family reunions, parties, youth and sporting group activities. Camp Petoskey offers 90 modern campsites with electricity and sewer hook up as well and bathrooms and showers. On Saturday evenings during the summer months, make sure to stop by the open air pavillion near Pickeral Lake to catch a movie!
Young State State Park: Located about 14 miles southwest of Petoskey, Young State Park is a favorite state park by locals and tourists alike. The park sits on 560 gorgeous acres on the shores of Lake Charlevoix and offers modern camping facilities as well as a boat launch.
Petoskey KOA: This modern campground sits just a few miles north of Petoskey on US-131. It’s close to Petoskey State Park and only a few miles from downtown. The KOA offers fun educational nature events, movies, bingo and Saturday pancake breakfasts. The campsites are modern with full amenities and there is even a pool and a hot tub to unwind in after a fun day of touring Northern Michigan.
Petoskey State Park: Located on the north end of Little Traverse Bay, Petoskey State Park is right off M-119 and sits a few miles from both downtown Petoskey and Harbor Springs. The park offers almost 200 modern campsites as well as a playground for the kids and a huge beach right on Little Traverse Bay.
Wilderness State Park: Although, it’s not located that close to Petoskey I wanted to add in this state park. It’s about 36 miles north of Petoskey and close to Mackinaw City. It’s huge – over 10,000 acres and sites on Lake Michigan. It offers rental cabins and both rustic and modern campsites. If you truly want to get away from it all, Wilderness State Park is a great choice.
Petoskey Motor Coach Resort: This 5 star resort is just that: 5 star with every amenity imaginable for your RV: 78 spacious RV sites with water view lots and concrete pads, state-of-the-art fitness center with saunas, temperature-controlled outdoor pool and spa, tennis court, 9-hole putting course and more!
Hearthside Grove Motorcoach Resort: If you are looking for a fabulous 5 star RV camping experience, Hearth Side Grove is the place for you. Located only a few miles north of Petoskey on US-131 this 5 star RV resort is just that and boasts multiple 5 star amenities such as full size clubhouse theater, cooking series classes with local chefs, resort-style pool, free wireless internet, full service cafe and more!