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Go Camping in These Dog Friendly Campgrounds in Michigan, USA

The state of Michigan is one that is sprawling with natural wonders, from the numerous water systems that provide fun and exciting water activities to old growth forests where you can take a relaxing stroll with your family and family pet. The wilderness in Michigan is perfect for any camping activity, and you can choose between pitching your awesome tent under the towering trees in the forests or under the stars in the open skies of lakes.

Of course, it would be a pity if your canine friend is going to miss out on the wonderful adventures that lie in Michigan, so you definitely would want to have them along. Although most parks allow dogs in their vicinities, there are some exceptions. In order to not make that mistake of bringing your hound and then being turned away by park rangers, it is important that you know where the pet friendly campsites in Michigan are.

Learn more about campers and camping in Michigan through this infographic about camping in Michigan from graphs.net.

Sunset Bay

Minutes away is the Copper Harbor, one of the most scenic spots in the Keweenaw Peninsula. ©Howcheng on Wikimedia

This campground is located in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan, and covers 70 acres of forests with about 30 campsites shared by tent campers and those with RVs, with the tent sites fronting Lake Superior which is famous in the area for its gorgeous sunsets from which the name of the place was derived. As such, you and the family can enjoy various activities like swimming in the sandy beaches in the warm mornings and admiring the sunsets in the afternoon. Come night, you can sit down by the fire pits and roast some marshmallows while telling stories.

There are other activities that can be enjoyed in the campgrounds, like taking a hike in the wooded areas along old logging trails and more. Short distances away are some points of interest in the peninsula like several lighthouses (Sand Hills Lighthouse and Eagle Harbor Lighthouse), museums and the Keweenaw National Park.

Here a map of the campgrounds, and some reviews of Sunset Bay Campgrounds from happy and satisfied campers in the area. Don't forget to check their official website for rates and a complete list of activities and amenities.

Fast Fact: Michigan is known by many nicknames, one of which is “The Wolverine State.” Accordingly, the name was given by the Native Indians who compared the Michiganian's land-grabbing characteristics to that of a wolverine viciously hunting for its meal. This was also observed by the Ohio folks who fought against Michigan for the Toledo Strip back in the 1800s.

Oscoda KOA

Even dogs have fun at Lake Huron. ©masmithers on Flickr

Oscoda KOA is near the Sunrise Coast of Northeastern Michigan, and accommodates both tent campers and RV campers along with their pets.

Inside the campgrounds are various amenities and activities to be enjoyed. There are basketball and volleyball courts if you're up to some friendly matches, and outdoor swimming and bike rentals as well. The young and the young at heart will surely have fun in the recreation rooms and arcade rooms and playgrounds. There is also a dedicated Bark Park for your dogs to run about.

Situated a few minutes from the campgrounds is Lake Huron where you can go swimming with the kids, and the AuSable River for some canoeing. You can also take a day trip to the other attractions of the locality like the Dinosaur Gardens, Wurtsmith Air Museum and many others.

Read reviews of the campsite in order to get an idea of how much fun the place is. You can also check out this map of the campgrounds so you know where you can pitch your tent.

Fast Fact: Another nickname for the State of Michigan is “The Great Lakes States” since four out five of the Great Lakes have shores in the area. Also, there are about 11,000 inland lakes in the whole state.

Tee Pee Campground

Tee Pee Campground is famous for its fantastic views of the Mackinac Strait and the Mackinac Bridge. These views can be observed from various sites in the camp, especially the ones near the beach. The waters are very conducive for swimming, and warm enough that kids will surely enjoy it. Take note though that the beach here is a stone beach and not sand, so best bring your beach shoes to protect your feet. Dogs are welcome to the campsite as well as long as they are on a leash and under control.

There are various amenities which are top of the class, garnering them high marks from various campsite review sites like Good Sam Club and tripadvisor.com. Here is a map of the campgrounds and the rates you can refer to when making your reservations.

Fast Fact: If you look closely at the lower peninsula of Michigan, you would notice that it is somewhat shaped as a mitten, thus earning another nickname as the “Mitten State.” However, the controversy started when Wisconsin, another mitten shaped state is arguing for the same nickname. So who is the “real” mitten state? The debate goes on. (Then again, that makes these two states a pair, doesn't it?)

Northland Outfitters Camping Resort

This is a small camp located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, about 14 acres of soil or so and over 1,000 feet of river frontage, so it is normal that there are only few camping sites here which are shared by tent campers and RV campers. Despite its small size, many people flock here because it is one of the very few campsites that offer less noise and true camping experience because of the low number of people that visit and stay here.

Despite being small, there are a lot of things to be done in the area, like beach volleyball in the sandy shores of Manistique River. You can go fishing in the area as well with your kids. Other water based activities include kayaking and canoeing in the Manistique River and Fox River. There are also bikes for rent for kids and adults and indoor activities like board games and card games. A day trip to the Seney Wildlife Refuge is a must, and fortunately, you can bring your dogs along for the hike provided they are kept on a leash and you clean up after them.

You can view the campground map and see their rates by visiting their official website.

Cool Springs Campground

Camping by the creek can be an awesome experience with the mellow sound of flowing water lulling you to sleep. ©Matt Zimmerman (Threat to Democracy) on Flickr

Cool Springs campground houses over 50 walk-in tent camping sites, which are dispersed in various areas of the campground. It covers 45 acres of forest area with the Cool Creek running through, which is actually great because you can hear the gently flowing waters of the creek as you go to sleep.

There are various activities in the area that can be enjoyed by campers, like an exciting game of volleyball or soccer, or a bike ride through the camp and the trails. There are also numerous hiking trails in the area for those looking for an easy and relaxing stroll and the lakes nearby are great for teaching kids how to fish.

Check their official website for the campground map and the rates, as well as a list of the various amenities and activities in the campsite.

Michigan is known to be one of the tent camper's paradise, as most of them are not only family friendly but pet friendly as well. There are hundreds of campsites to choose from so you will never run out of options – just like us here at Camping Cove. So whether it is a campsite by the lake or in a wooded area that you are looking for, Michigan is definitely your destination! 

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