Southwest Michigan campgrounds

Aug 24, 2014
New to Michiana area and want to go camping in southwest Michigan. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Prefer electric and water but would consider a state park without water if highly recommended. Retired couple, no children.


Super Active Member
Nov 1, 2007
Perry, MI
Welcome from Michigan!
There are some great State Parks in SW Lower. Yankee Springs in Hastings, Ft. Custer in Battle Creek, anything along Lake Michigan [:D] I don't believe any State Parks have water at each site nor are there any with full hookups. There are usually potable water spigots scattered around the sites as well as the dump station/water fill near the entrances.
Here is a link to the DNR site so you can see all the State Parks in SW Lower.


Art & Joyce - Columbus, O
Jul 18, 2013
Thornville, OH
Welcome to IN. I use to live in the Michiana region in Granger IN in the late 80's early 90's. My rear property line was the IN/MI border. I like potato creek SP in IN. Just south of south Bend. Also we like Warren Dunes in MI. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was nice too, but at that time it was dry camping only.

Our favorite park was Ludington SP in MI, but it seems you always needed reservations. In IN our favorite park was Brown Country SP. Both of these parks are about 160 miles from South Bend

We did a lot of camping in both MI and IN, over all we like the IN SP more because the CS were larger and more showers.


16 weekends a year camping just isn't enough.
Jun 8, 2008
If you are wanting a campground with easy beach access and not as crowded, check out Covert County Campground. It is nothing fancy but they have a private beach that has never been crowded when we were there. We like being able to walk to the beach, back to the camper for lunch and then back to the beach. It is a little bit south of South Haven, MI.


retired camper
Jul 13, 2011
Just returned from our first visit to VanBuren State Park near South Haven. Very nice park with access to a beautiful Lake Michigan beach. There are 220 sites with electric hookups. Sites were good sized in the area we were in (site 191). Lots of trees. Rangers were VERY friendly and patrolled the park on a regular basis. We will return again.







Active Member
Jul 24, 2013
We really like Warren Dunes. All sites are electric. Water available at spigots throughout the grounds to fill your tank if needed. The shower/batch facilities are very modern and clean. Sites are decent size with most being surrounded by trees for a bit of privacy. The dunes are something to see and climb if you have the energy to make the climb. The beach is a short drive within the park, or a long walk if you like.