Michigan guys- Camping in West/SW Michigan?

Want to do some camping this summer. Nothing too hardcore, as I'm trying to get the ball and chain into it.

Need a place that's dog friendly as well.

Any suggestions?

Not sure if its dog friendly but Ludington State Park is a beautiful place.

http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/details.aspx?id=468&type=SPRK

Van Buren county has plenty of lakes and campgrounds. I live on Gravel lake year round. I love it here.

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Why that portion of the state?  Not that there is anything wrong with it, just wondering why you're limiting it to that area.  


I guessing to keep it to a short drive as he is from Illinois or Indiana.


Yep, NW Indiana.



Want to keep the commute to around 4 hours one way.

GaryG - Not sure if its dog friendly but Ludington State Park is a beautiful place.

http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/details.aspx?id=468&type=SPRK

Hilarious - my Aunt and Uncle built a house around Lake Ludington.

1st time drunk.

1st time drunk driving a boat.

1st drunken pistol shoot.

1st drunk driving accident (I was a passenger in the jeep and was thrown 30 feet). We collected the strewn beercans and kept the leaking radiator full with beer piss getting the jeep home.

Ludington!

GaryG - Not sure if its dog friendly but Ludington State Park is a beautiful place.

http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/details.aspx?id=468&type=SPRK
Yep! Born and raised in Ludington. Now I try to get back once a year to visit. Phone Post 3.0

Jackson? Coldwater? Phone Post 3.0

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Outside your geographical limit but worth considering

Porcupine Mountains

http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SPRK&id=426

Bears or Mt Lions may eat dog

Isle Royale

http://www.nps.gov/isro/index.htm

Wolves may eat or rape, and Moose may stomp or rape dog

Sleeping Bear Dunes

http://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/index.htm

Great, more Chicagholes to deal with this summer

Mark Phone Post 3.0

sleeping bear dunes and the Traverse City area are great.

Trust - 
GaryG - 
Outside your geographical limit but worth considering

Porcupine Mountains

http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SPRK&id=426

Bears or Mt Lions may eat dog

Isle Royale

http://www.nps.gov/isro/index.htm

Wolves may eat or rape, and Moose may stomp or rape dog

Sleeping Bear Dunes

http://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/index.htm


The Porcs are nice. I had a great day exploring along the Presque Isle river once.   McLain state park is nce, too, and is an excellent base location from which to go local road tripping and explore. 



I LOVE camping in the U.P. 


Porkies are pretty special. I've hiked and camped them about a 1/2 dozen times. Twice in winter. Been too long since I've been up there.

Heading to the Seney area next weekend to canoe the rivers during Spring meltoff/highwater. I'm not sure all the snows gone yet.

And for the OP

Wilderness State Park

Camping on the Straits

http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/details.aspx?id=509&type=SPRK

Beaver Island

http://www.beaverisland.org/camping/

Sw Mich...warren dunes state park...bridge man...very nice.. Great place to start...in covert twp you have van burden state park I believe it's called...another nice place...if your looking for real primitive camping...look into elie lake campground...just north of Pullman...private..quiet and plenty of space on each site...hope that halps Phone Post 3.0

Mark1 - Great, more Chicagholes to deal with this summer

Mark Phone Post 3.0


According to my driver's license, I am a Hoosier

PatK -
Mark1 - Great, more Chicagholes to deal with this summer

Mark Phone Post 3.0


According to my driver's license, I am a Hoosier

The worst are the tools with a Cubs sticker(s) on their car.

But it allows me to determine quickly if they are a moran or not.

Mark Phone Post 3.0

Silver lake sand dunes is always fun. Can rent quads or jeeps or whatever you wanna spend your money on. Walk the dunes. Pentwater isn't far from there. Nice little lakefront city. As far as hiking trails I'm not positive but I'm sure there are many around there. There is tons of state land. Phone Post 3.0

Pat Giles - Silver lake sand dunes is always fun. Can rent quads or jeeps or whatever you wanna spend your money on. Walk the dunes. Pentwater isn't far from there. Nice little lakefront city. As far as hiking trails I'm not positive but I'm sure there are many around there. There is tons of state land. Phone Post 3.0

Ludington State Park is about a 1/2 hour North of Silver Lake/Pentwater.

Good call

Pat Giles - Silver lake sand dunes is always fun. Can rent quads or jeeps or whatever you wanna spend your money on. Walk the dunes. Pentwater isn't far from there. Nice little lakefront city. As far as hiking trails I'm not positive but I'm sure there are many around there. There is tons of state land. Phone Post 3.0
Goddammit. Stop telling these Chicagholes all the secrets.

My family owns a house on silver lake. And that area is still relatively Chicaghole free.

Mark Phone Post 3.0

Long time resident and I have a lot of options for you. I used to live in Ludington for a while and I can attest, there are some good spots around there. However, the overall town of Ludington is pretty lame.

(And to the poster that said Lake Ludington--do you mean Hamlin Lake?).

I'd suggest skipping Ludington and hit up Torch Lake and Sleeping Bear Dunes (although a walking tour of the lighthouse at Ludington State Park is pretty cool).

While I love Ludington, I'd rather you not sully the land or pollute the area with your Indiana accent.

On your trip up, I'd suggest stopping in Pentwater for a meal and to show your support for a Michigan State bar located right in the downtown area. Or, if you'd like, make a stop in Hart and eat at the great little Mexican restaurant, or even hit up the Brown Bear in Shelby and get the infamous Brown Bear Burger.

Or, just let your gay flag fly and camp by Saugatuck. The water will be warmer and you'll probably be happier you can be a true OG'er.

Also, avoid Silver Lake. That place is awful with the Fudgies.