Sunday, June 5, 2016

Cabin camping in Michigan

Lake Huron beach near camping cabins and campsites at Harrisville State Park, Michigan. Photo: Alisa Theil
by guest blogger Sandy Hewitt

Here is some information about Michigan camping and cabins.

Michigan State Parks:  reservations link: https://www.midnrreservations.com/MichiganStateParks or call 1-800-447-2757.

The online reservation system can be a bit frustrating, so call the 800 number if you have any trouble. Some parks have:
  • Camper Cabins (have electricity, two bedrooms, and sleeps up to seven),
  • Mini-cabins (have electricity, is one big room, and sleeps up to four),
  • and/or Rustic Cabins (have no electricity, sleeps from four to eight depending on the site, and can be far away from the main park facilities - so there is usually a vault toilet close by).

Cabins can be booked up to one year ahead of time, but they go fast depending on the park. There are also private homes for rent in these towns if the park cabins are booked up. 

Some of our favorite parks:  
Camper cabin at Holland State Park on Lake Michigan, Michigan. Photo: Alisa Theil
Holland State Park 
This park has two really nice Camper Cabins very close to the water.  It's on Lake Michigan in Holland, MI.  These cabins are hard to reserve because they book up so fast! Holland is a nice little town too.  

Wilderness State Park
 This park has very secluded Rustic Cabins. They are cool because you are close to the beach on Lake Michigan and there is no one around (the next closest cabin is one-half-mile away). It's like your own private cabin. BUT it is very far from the main park facilities and running water. The vault toilets can be icky. This park is near Mackinaw City. 

Camping mini-cabin at Luddington State Park on Lake Michigan, Michigan. Photo: Alisa Theil
Ludington State Park
We stayed in the Mini-cabins. The location of the cabins was not the best because it was near the pumping station (a bit smelly at times) but the beach to Lake Michigan was close by. There are additional cabins located in other parts of the park that would be farther away from the water. There is a lot to see in this area - a cool lighthouse, the town is nice, sleeping bear dunes are close by too. 

Headlands Dark Sky Park
Not part of the state parks but might be a nice option is a large guest house for rent in the Headlands Dark Sky Park in Emmet County.  http://66.129.44.37/rent-the-guest-house--674/  The house sleeps up to 20 people. The house is on Lake Michigan but not sure if you can swim right there. 

And more!
Some other nice areas to stay in Michigan: 

  • anywhere on the Lake Michigan side, in the Upper Peninsula - Munising (Pictured Rocks) is nice but Lake Superior is very cold and refreshing :),
  • the East side of the state (Lake Huron) can be nice too - but you need to go at least to Tawas or farther north. Tawas has a state park but we haven't stayed there yet. Harrisville has a nice state park and a nice cabin but the town is tiny and there is not much to do there. The beach is good for little kids since the water drops off slowly. There is also a chain of lakes that might be fun if you are a boater (http://irchamber.com/our-community/inland-waterway/)  - you go through multiple lakes and rivers and eventually end up in Lake Huron.  

UPDATE: Sept. 4, 2016 
We stayed in the "Tawas Bay" camper cabin at Tawas Point State Park in early August, 2016 and took the photos in this Blurb book I produced after the trip. Click on the book cover to look at the book.