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2012 Michigan Campground Directory

2012 Michigan Campground Directory

Labor Day weekend is traditionally Michigan’s last hurrah before kids return to school and the fall color tour season sets in. It’s also a big weekend for camping at the hundreds of Michigan’s private campgrounds around the state. There are plenty of camp sites – for tenters, RVers and cabin-dwellers – available at private campgrounds throughout both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas between over the holiday weekend.

ARVC represents some 180 member campgrounds with nearly 30,000 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 2012 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.

 

2012 Michigan Campground Directory

2012 Michigan Campground Directory

RVers looking for destinations and activities that will stretch their minds and imaginations, without stretching their wallets, are invited to rediscover Michigan camping this summer. 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 RVers available at private campgrounds throughout both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas for the upcoming Memorial holiday weekend. Below, nearly three dozen campgrounds reported in with availability:

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 23, 2012. Availability subject to change. Reservations are required.

ARVC represents some 180 member campgrounds with nearly 30,000 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 2012 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.

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Cliff and Debbie Olson and friend Mike Harris sit before a crackling fire at Silver Springs Campground, almost nothing to obstruct their view of the green rolling landscape.

The facility opened for the season Friday night, earlier than many private campgrounds, so it will still be a few weeks before the trees get their leaves, schools adjourn, and more trailers and tents join them on this 49-acre retreat.

But the Olsons couldn’t wait. Mild though the winter was, they longed to get back outdoors — specifically here, their favorite getaway.

“It’s just so beautiful and peaceful here,” Debbie Olsen said.

Silver Springs is the only campground owned by a municipality in Northeast Ohio. Park attendant Ken Barnhart said he’s been told there may be two other cities in the campground business somewhere in southern Ohio, but he’s never been able to identify them.

Stow purchased the property in the late 1960s when it was still farmland. The idea for the campground came about in 1976, Barnhart said, and “probably stemmed from the fact that [a park board member] was an avid camper and member of a camping club.”

The campground is “one step above primitive,” he noted. There is electricity, water spigots and portable toilets, but you won’t find a swimming pool, showers, or a game room here.

Still, there will be weeks this year when the park is filled to capacity, with children flying kites or hitting baseballs on Groundhog Hill, anglers catching blue gill in Heritage Lake, and star-gazers slipping off to the parking lot of nearby Fishcreek Elementary, where astronomers set up their telescopes on clear Friday nights.

There are some organized events, including a spring fishing derby for youngsters and the annual Summer Sunset Blast featuring fireworks and live bands.

For the Olsons, it’s enough to relax and watch nature pass by.

“Last year I watched baby bunnies playing. That’s my TV,” Debbie said.

The Olsons started coming to Silver Springs because the backyard of their Cuyahoga Falls home was too small to enjoy the outdoors.

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