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Campers looking for destinations and activities that will stretch their minds and imaginations, without stretching their wallets, are invited to give Michigan camping a try this summer season. Camping is ranked the #1 outdoor vacation activity in the United States by the Travel Industry Association of America.

There are plenty of camp sites – for tenters, RVers and cabin-dwellers – available at private campgrounds from Southwest Michigan to Metro Detroit to the Straits of Mackinac and throughout the Upper Peninsula for the upcoming holiday weekend. The summer season officially kicks off May 28 with the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend, when 1.1 million Michiganians are expected to be on the open road, according to AAA Michigan.

Campgrounds reporting availability for the holiday weekend include:

Ann’s Putman Lake RV Park & Campground – Baldwin 231-745-2621
Big Cedar Campground – Germfask 906-586-6684
Cedarville RV Park – Cedarville 906-484-3351
Clementz’s Northcountry Campground. – Newberry 906-293-8562
Coolwater Campground – Wellston 231-862-3481
Covered Wagon Camp Resort – Ottawa Lake 734-856-3058
Crystal Lake Campground – Scottville 231-757-4510
Duggan’s Canoe & Campground – Harrison 989-539-7149
Dumont Lake Campground – Allegan 269-673-6065
East Branch River RV Park – Tawas City 989 362 8000
Gammy Woods Campground – Weidman 989-644-2267
Gaylord KOA – Gaylord 800-562-4146
Grand Rogue Campground – Belmont 616-361-1053
Heart of the Forest RV Park – Wellston 231-848-4161
Hearthside Grove MC Resort – Petoskey 888-GROVE88
Hidden Hill Family Campground – Harrison 877-801-CAMP
Holiday Camping Resort – New Era 231-861-5220
Insta Launch Campground – Manistee 231-723-3901
Irons RV Park & Campground – Irons 231-266-2070
Petoskey RV & Cabin Resort – Petoskey 800-562-0253
Twin Oaks Campground – Wellston 877-442-3102
Whispering Surf Camp Resort – Pentwater 231-869-5050
Whispering Pines FamilyCampground – Mancelona 877-479-5005
White River Campground – Montague 231-894-4708
Wooded Acres FamilyCampground – Houghton Lake 989-422-3413
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park – Grayling 989 348-2157

Type and date(s) of site availability vary by property. This is not an all-inclusive list. This list includes campgrounds that responded back to a survey indicating availability, as of May 24, 2010. Availability subject to change. Reservations are required.

Throughout the summer, ARVC Michigan is once again teaming with Michigan Blood – www.miblood.org – for a series of summer blood drives at member campgrounds. Over the holiday weekend, blood drives will be held at the following ARVC member campgrounds:

May 29
· Grand Rogue Campground (10-3) Belmont (GR)
· Lakeside Camp Park (9:30-1:30 Cedar Springs
· Lincoln Pines Resort (12-5) Gowen
· Whispering Waters Camp. (5-8) Hastings

May 30
East Lake Camping (12-4) Hopkins

ARVC represents 200+ member campgrounds with more than 32,000 sites available throughout the state. Whether pitching a tent, parking an RV or reserving a rustic or modern cabin, Michigan campgrounds offer a great way to disconnect from busy lives and reconnect with families. Campers in Michigan enjoy the great outdoors while fishing or canoeing on the countless lakes, rivers and streams or hiking, biking and riding on the miles of trails that wind throughout the state. There’s definitely no shortage of activities, no matter where the campground is located.

The 2010 Michigan Campground Directory, published by ARVC – Michigan, is now available at various locations statewide, including all Welcome Centers. A PDF version is also available for viewing online at www.michcampgrounds.com.

The directory not only lists campgrounds by region, but also includes helpful information on the type of sites available, various amenities such as restroom, laundry and dumping station facilities; recreational offerings such as pools and golf courses; and seasons of operation. Campgrounds that now offer wireless internet access onsite are also identified.

John Palasek has enjoyed the RV lifestyle for many years. He started with a pop-up camper in 1971 but moved up to bigger and more luxurious recreational vehicles over the years as he traveled the country.

But the snowbird from Maryland recently said goodbye to the open road, though not the vehicle or the recreation, when he bought an RV site not far from Walt Disney World.

Palasek replaced his motor home with a “cottage RV” — a 400-square-foot trailer that’s extra wide and not designed to be moved often — when in February he bought a small lot in Elite Resorts at Citrus Valley, a resort campground in southeast Lake County.

“We still get the RV lifestyle, like seeing different people with different stories,” he said of the decision to rein in his wanderlust and return to the same campground each year. “Plus there’s entertainment on Saturday nights, group dinners, potlucks, games and activities — it’s kind of like a big resort where you can have fun, versus a house where you’re going to watch TV and fall asleep.”

Citrus Valley began selling its RV sites two years ago and has sold about 15 percent of the 305 lots, which start at $55,900 and come with park amenities such as a pool, cable television, Wi-Fi Internet access and planned activities.

“We were motivated by people’s desire to own the lot,” said Eduard Mayer, chairman of Elite Resorts Management. His Salt Springs-based company owns four campgrounds in Florida and has been offering the ownership option at its other resorts for the past five years.

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