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Old 05-27-2011, 10:05 AM   #1
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michigan state parks

We want to go to Michigan and stay in the state parks on the great lakes or along waterways. We have never been up there and I would appreciate information on state parks that can accomidate a 33 foot MH with 30 amp e .
We have no problem dry camping as we are self contained and we really enjoy boon docking. We just need information on this.
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Go to the Michigan Web Site (SOM - State of Michigan) then to DNR (Department of Natural Resources) I believe the park web sites give you size limits.

I've never been to a State park with my motor home so can not tell you what it will fit in.

I have been to a few very nice Michigan State Parks however..

But budget limits me to membership parks for the next 2 years.
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When making a Michigan State Park online camp site reservation, one of the questions is about the RV. Type, size etc. The reservation system will give you choices where you can fit. Works great.
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We've been to most state parks along Lake Michigan and would recommend them all, except maybe Grand Haven State Park. Too tight... they pack you in like sardines in Grand Haven.
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Old 05-28-2011, 02:29 AM   #5
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Lakeport State Park on Lake Huron has plenty of room for your rig size.
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You might want to check on getting an annual pass. We only stayed in an MI SP once at Sterling SP in Monroe. They charged $6 bucks a day for our toad and $6 once for the Bounder (has a motor) plus the site fee. So that was our first and last stay a an MI park. Not a friendly state if your just passing thru.

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Michigan State Parks are nice. But be prepaired for the cost to be high for us out-of-staters. All of the cost may not be listed with an on-line reservation. If I recall correctly, besides the out of state fee, there's the daily entry fee plus another fee for your towed vehicle. Last time we stayed in a MI park (3 or 4 years ago), they had us up to the $44/night range. I've heard the cost has gone up since then. We have stayed in some nice county parks that were far less costly than the state parks. For that matter we have stayed in several private parks that were excellent for less money than the state system.
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if u go over the mac bridge west on us2 brevort state forest camp ground very nice. big rig ok . no hook ups .
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Oh yes, in the UP, there is a town called Paradise (You'll be glad you made it) There is a State Park a few miles west of town.. Tahquemenon Falls State Park.

Microsoft Streets and Trips knows the location. The Lower Falls state park is where the campground is. If you read the "Song of Hiawatha" (Free Kindle Book) the "Swiftly Falling Stream" referenced is the Tahquemenon river.. The waterfall is not all that high, (perhaps 20 feet) but in gallons it's #2 in the country (Niagra is #1) which is kind of impressive, also it is golden in color.

And where as Niagra there is commercial develeopoment extending out OVER the falls, nearest business (Other than a canoe livery) to Tahquemenon is the park store, a good hike back through the woods.
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Depending of where you want to stay, there are numerous parks that will highlight Michigan. I completely agree with a previous poster to stay away from Grand Haven State Park! If you put your awning out you are almost touching the next unit. Add the fact that you are parked on asphalt and no sewer hookups, it really isn't the best. My suggestion is to to find a privately run park because most of the state parks are probably already booked by now. They begin taking reservations after the first of the year and fill up very quickly. We drove past the Silver Lake park last summer and it looked beautiful and is on Lake Michigan. It is next to the dune rides and appears to be very clean. A "hand map" of the approximate location is to look at your right palm and the tip of the little finger is approximately where it is. Gotta love Michigan....
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Many beautiful State Parks are found in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Most if not all are Big Rig friendly. There is so much to see ie Tahquemenon Falls (already stated) and Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, both in Paradise area, Soo Locks and shipping canal in Sault Ste Marie, Fort Wilkins State park in the Keweenaw Peninsula at Copper Harbor is some of the most picturesque you'll ever see. I live here and am spoiled by it all.
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I stayed at the Tawas State Park last year. You need to get reservations early. It's on the point of a narrow peninsula, so you are surrounded by beaches and water. Lots of walking paths, beaches, lighthouse, wildlife. There are pull thru's and large sites that easily accomodated our 42 foot coach. Well worth the stay.
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