Michigan's state parks are a popular destination for campers, especially in the winter. After all, Michigan is known for its snow. Snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and more is available in the winter. The warmer months bring canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Here is a list of popular Michigan state parks for campers to explore:
Albert E. Sleeper State Park - This state park is a big attraction in the winter. Campers can ice fish, snowmobile, or cross country ski by candlelight. This park truly goes out of its way to ensure that visitors have unique, fun experiences. This park covers 723 acres and is popular in the warmer months, too. The park offers a forest, wetlands, and sandy beach.
Algonac State Park- This 1,500-acre Michigan state park features a great experience for campers, especially in the spring. Spring is when visitors to the park can watch freighters on the river maneuver around while winter ice from Lake Huron, in the north, breaks up and flows into the narrow Saint Clair River. Spring is also an ideal time to view butterflies, birds, and plants in the park's oak savannas and lake plain prairies-which are home to around 19 species of special concern, threatened, or endangered species lists.
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park- This park covers nearly 60,000 acres. This park is the state's largest area of undeveloped wilderness. Campers love this park in the warmer months because of the wildlife, canoeing, kayaking, and trails. Campers in the winter love this park because of it winter recreation, including its lantern-lit nighttime cross-country skiing.
Van Riper State Park -This park covers 1,044 acres and is full of small blue flowers in the spring. There are three miles of hiking trails which offer spectacular views. Wildlife in the park includes moose, otter, bald eagle, and the osprey.
Waterloo Recreation Area - This 20,000 acre recreation area in Michigan is a favorite for campers. Spring is an especially popular time when visitors can see sand hill cranes, colorful spring flowers, and flowering dogwoods. Park staff led hikes on the Bog Trail and on the Spring Pond Trail are a must for anyone who wants to see rare plants only found in these types of environments. This state recreation area has 11 lakes, 47 miles of hiking trails, and offers horseback riding and turkey hunting.
The following Michigan State Parks are open for winter camping: Bay City State Park, Fort Custer, Ludington, Mitchell, North Higgins Lake State Park, Rifle River Recreation Area, Tahquamenon Falls, Traverse City, and Waterloo Recreation Area.