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Top 20 Best Campgrounds of the Midwest

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The midwest is known for its lush forested views, breathtaking dune vistas, and stunning sunsets over the big blue waters of the Great Lakes. With so much to see and so many activities to enjoy, the midwest also boast a variety of lovely campgrounds to accommodate both tourists and residents alike. Check out our list of the top 20 best campgrounds of the midwest to learn how you can make the most of your stay in the Great Lakes region to enjoy your new RV from Lakeshore RV! 

Middlebrook, Missouri: Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park Campground

Nestled at the foot of Goggins Mountain, this beautiful campground has beautiful natural wonders, cozy cabins, modern facilities, and premium electric hookup sites. A new boardwalk leads to the shut-ins and wooded trails snake along the river for some supreme hiking. The campground store is located in the center of the campground to conveniently stock up your camping necessities. Have an outdoor family meal in one of its picnic areas, watch the kids splash around in the shallow waters of the East Fork River, and after the sun goes down, unwind around the toasty fire pit at your comfortable campsite. Call (573) 546-2450 or click here to plan your stay!  Johnson's Shut-Ins

Nashville, Indiana: Brown County State Park

This massive year-round outdoor playground is Indiana’s largest state park. Weed Patch Hill, located inside the park, is one of the highest points in Indiana at 1058 feet. Brown County State Park first opened to the public in 1929. It has 20 cabins that sleep 8, plus 118 RV sites. Over 18 miles of hiking trails and 25 miles of mountain bike trails will keep you and the family busy all weekend long! Brown County State Park boasts contemporary and clean restrooms, a well-stocked camp store, and an indoor aquatic center with a water slide and whirlpool! Bring your new RV from Lakeshore RV to enjoy the parks hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing and boating. The Little Gem Restaurant, known for its pork tenderloin sandwiches and fried buttermilk biscuits covered in cinnamon sugar, makes your stay here that much more enjoyable! Call (812) 988-6406 or click here to plan your stay! Brown County State Park

Hayward, Wisconsin: Hayward KOA 

This huge wooded campground has 157 RV sites and 31 cabins. Plan your stay here and enjoy themed weekends, (including a chocolate weekend, with a chocolate slide), a water park, free smores, outdoor movies, and DJ dances! Families can rent kayaks and inner tubes to explore the Namekagon River, then carpool shuttle back to the campsite to unwind. Kids can also bounce around on the ginormous jumping pillow or pan for gold in the mining sluice. Enjoy bike rentals, 18 hole mini golf and two playgrounds. On site, there is the Red Pine Express Cafe that serves your favorite breakfast, lunch and dessert items. Hayward KOA is near golf courses, hiking, ATV and mountain biking trails. This family-oriented, award-winning campground offers you a camping experience that you and your family won’t soon forget! Call (715) 634-2331 or click here to plan your stay!Hayward KOA Wisconsin

Carp Lake, Michigan: Wilderness State Park Campground 

Take your new RV from Lakeshore 11 miles west of Mackinaw City, Michigan to Wilderness State Park Campground. This 250 site campground is settled on a 26-mile stretch of rocky shoreline, giving campers an awesome landscape to explore and discover. From certain areas, you can see the 170 year old Waugoshance Lighthouse near the straits of Mackinac. The breeze off the straits keeps bugs away letting you fully enjoy all the recreation activities within the 10,000 acres of this phenomenal park. Its modern sites have some of the most dramatic water views of any campground in Michigan. Visitors often spot eagles, osprey and bears along 20 miles of hiking trails. As the name suggests, the Wilderness State Park Campground will give you and the whole family an intimate experience with the natural world! Call 231-436-5381 or click here to plan your stay! Carp Lake, Michigan

Chesterton, Indiana: Indiana Dunes State Park 

This federally protected area features towering sand dunes and primitively beautiful landscapes. Marshes draw migrating birds, and lush vegetation makes this park a hot-bed for wildlife sightings. With 16 miles of hiking trails that weave through thick woods and across warm sand, this is the perfect spot to make your vacation dreams a reality! Stroll the 3-miles of breathtaking beaches or climb a dune to scope out a spot to watch the sunset. The large sand dunes beyond the shoreline tower nearly 200 feets above Lake Michigan. This well-kept campground includes 136 RV sites, a nature center with hands-on activities for the kids, and an updated bathroom facility. Indiana Dunes State Park is reasonably priced and just 45 miles east of downtown Chicago! Call (219) 926-1952 or click here to plan your stay! Indiana Dunes State Park

Ashland, Nebraska: Eugene T. Mahoney State Park  

Are the kids begging you to go to a water park this summer? This park has an outdoor aquatic center with water slides, a wave pool and a zero-depth zone! There’s also a mini golf course and pedal boats that dock near the lakeside for even more family-friendly activities. Enjoy camping with free wifi, trail rides, arts and crafts nights, disc golf, and theater performances, there isn’t much this park doesn’t have! Eugene T. Mahoney State Park recently added an outdoor high-ropes adventure course and a 42 foot climbing wall. The Mahoney Grille serves delicious sandwiches for easy dining and boasts a spectacular view of the Platte River. Plan a stay here in the winter and enjoy sledding, ice skating, cross country skiing, and toasty bonfires! Call (402) 944-2523 or click here to plan your stay! Eugene T. Mahone State Park

Utica, Illinois: Starved Rock State Park Campground  

Hit the open road in your RV to Starved Rock State Park Campground! While this campground isn’t inside the state park, it’s still a gem of a destination! The 133-acres of secluded woodlands, will give you the perfect break to relax and get away from it all. Explore canyons, discover waterfalls, and take in the sights on more than 13 miles of scenic hiking trails. Enjoy a day on the water with fishing, boating or kayaking. Here, you don’t even have to worry about cooking because Utica is packed with tons of restaurants and award-winning wineries, plus ice cream shops to cool you down after an active day under the sun! Call (815) 667-4726 or click here to plan your stay! Starved Rock State Park Campground

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Honor, Michigan: Platte River Campground 

Locals try to keep this place a secret, but the word is definitely out about this natural playground! Located with easy access to the Dune Climb, the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and the historic village of Glen Haven. Popular with paddlers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds, this year-round campground provides you with a variety of camping options from primitive to electric hook up sites. Platte River Campground is located in the Southern district of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The clear, sandy-bottomed Platte River empties out into Lake Michigan and is perfect for cooling off after an active outdoor day. The whole family will enjoy picnics beneath the shade of pine trees canopies for a picturesque dining experience unlike any other! Ranger-led programs share the sad Native American legend about the sleeping bear waiting for her cubs to cross lake Michigan. Call (231) 325-5881 or click here to plan your stay! Sleeping Bear Dunes

Branson, Missouri: Silver Dollar City’s Wilderness 

The Ozark woodlands cover this location near the theme park known for its rides, hearty restaurants and on-site artisans. Deer, turkey, and armadillos often wander out from the woods to give you an intimate glimpse into the natural world. 39 cabins are available ranging from rustic to posh, and guests can rent several RVs parked on-site too. Silver Dollar City’s Wilderness features a swimming pool, complimentary shuttle service, air conditioned TV lounge, game room, 24-hour laundromat, playground, free wifi and a fully-stocked camp store. Newly renovated restroom complete this quality campground. Call (800) 477-5164 or click here to plan your stay! Branson, Missouri 

Ludington, Michigan: Ludington State Park

This is one of the most popular state parks in the midwest for a reason. Take your new camper to Ludington to enjoy a must-see lighthouse and beautiful views of the forests, marshland, and over six miles of Lake Michigan shoreline this is the perfect destination for any midwest adventure! There are a total of 355 sites among all the campgrounds, including three mini-cabins, but the three campgrounds within the park fill up months before the summer season, so don’t wait to plan your stay! Whether you prefer modern or primitive camping, Ludington State Park has it all, including swimming pools, playgrounds, and a fully-stocked convenience store. Camp here and enjoy the peace of being surrounded by nothing but water and dunes. Call (800) 447-2757 or click here to plan your stay!Ludington Beach

Council Grove, Kansas: Canning Creek Cove Park 

Nested between the Flint Hills, Council Grove Lake welcomes campers looking to hike, boat, fish and bird-watch. Hills and limestone rise from the 40-mile shoreline for plenty of picturesque hiking opportunities. This 49-site park offers adventurers with over 3,300-acres to explore and discover. Many amenities including playgrounds, swimming beach, restrooms and showers. Take a guided bus tour through the grasslands and see a 1881 ranch home for a glimpse back in time. This campground is ideal for avid outdoorsmen with great fishing opportunities and nearly 2,700 acres of public hunting land. Call (620) 767-5195 or click here to plan your stay! Council Grove, Kansas

Grand Marais, Minnesota: Grand Marais Recreation Area

The famed North Shore is a perfect blend of fine dining, great shopping and picturesque views of the Lake Superior shoreline. This 300-site recreation area offers pull-through spots with water, electric and sewer hookups. When you stay here, you’ll be snuggled up to the cobblestone Lake Superior shoreline for amazing scenes of the color-changing sky above the calm waters of the vast lake. With downtown located only 3 blocks up the road, some of the best cuisine on the North Shore is only a few minutes away from your campsite! The campground includes: Sweetheart’s Bluff nature area, beaches, harbor break wall, public water access, 4 bathhouses, ball field, playground, community garden and more! Call (800) 998-0959 or click here to plan your stay! Grand Marais, Minnesota

Mandan, North Dakota: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park Campground  

With Native American earth lodges, a military fort, and Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s home all housed on the land, this campground is an ideal location for any history buffs out there. Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park Campground is more than just a place to stay the night, it is a unique look into the nation’s past. Guides lead groups through all the sites while sharing stories and heart-tugging details of the life on the windswept prairie. Cottonwood trees and the Missouri River give this campground, with 57 RV sites, gorgeous view, while modern facilities ensure a pleasant and comfortable stay. Bring your RV from Lakeshore to enjoy this historic and scenic campground. Call (701) 667-6340 or click here to plan your stay! Mandan, North Dakota

College Corner, Ohio: Hueston Woods State Park Campground  

Let’s set the scene: Mature forest, miles of hiking and mountain biking trails weaving past waterfalls. Sailboats glide across Acton Lake while kids splash along the sandy beaches of the shoreline. Campers picnic in the shade beneath a covered bridge while others tour a restored Pioneer Farm museum and join fossil-hunting expeditions. Outdoor activities are endless including golfing, fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding, and picnicking. And when the sun goes down, families can be seen sharing stories circled around fire rings at any one of the 250 electric-hookup sites, 3 cabins, and 37 cottages. Call (513) 523-6347 or click here to plan your stay! Hueston Woods State Park Campground

Sandusky, Ohio: Lighthouse Point and Camper village at Cedar Point  

Voted one of the 9 most beautiful RV campgrounds in the U.S. by Travel and Leisure Magazine, Lighthouse Point and Campers Village is the perfect place to take your family! After a long day of thrills, it’s nice to have a place to relax and unwind! This campsite is conveniently located to accommodate amusement park-goers. When you’re done exploring the world’s best amusement park, you can walk back to one of the 209 RV sites, or 104 cottages and cabins in this waterfront village tucked between the Lake Erie shoreline and Cedar Point. RV sites offer full electric, water, sewer and cable hookups, with lovely overlooks of the gorgeous lake. And if that isn’t enough of a reason to stay here, guests also get discounted tickets and early admission to the park! Call (419) 627-2106 or click here to plan your stay! Lighthouse Point and Camper Village at Cedar Point

Norton Shores, Michigan: P.J. Hoffmaster State Park Campground  

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park sits on over 3 miles of Lake Michigan Shoreline, alongside sand dunes and the Gillette Visitors Center. This 297-site campground is settled beside the spectacular shoreline of Lake Michigan and is nestled among huge beech, hemlock and maple trees along the backside of lakefront sand dunes. Summertime nature walks give you a chance to spot wildlife. A forested trail snakes along beside a creek and guides you to the beach for a scenic hike with a breathtaking destination. Cap off the perfect day with a jaw-dropping sunset from atop of towering dune. If campers are craving a little civilization, just head down to the ice cream stand 5 miles down the road or browse store and sample restaurants in nearby Grand Haven. Call (231) 798-3711 or click here to plan your stay! PJ Hoffmaster State Park

Hill City, South Dakota Mount Rushmore KOA/Palmer Gulch Resort 

Old West Main streets themed resort sets the tone at this location. The 290-RV-site resort is packed with family-friendly activities and gorgeous views to boot! This destination is ideal for sun-lovers and features two pools, a water park, a new foam pool and splash pad, stables, gold panning, four wheeler rentals and stunning vistas of Harney Peak! For more family-oriented activities challenge the kids to a round of mini golf or take a drive through the Black Hills and see some iconic landmarks, such as Mount Rushmore, along the way. Then head back to the campsite to unwind and get ready for another active day! Call (800) 562-8503 or click here to plan your stay!  Mount Rushmore

Merrimac Wisconsin: Merry Mac’s Campground

Campers can take their pick from a range of activities offered at this campground. With a fishing pond, swimming pond with inflatables, a jumping pillow, dunk tank, nickel bingo and Texas Hold ‘em tournaments, there is something for everyone in your family here! Themed weekends like the under the sea beach party, complete with sand castles, a beach-blanket party and limbo contest, make stays here even more exciting and entertaining. Make reservations for one of 252 RV sites and make your next adventure one to remember! Call (608) 493-2367 or click here to plan your stay! Merry Mac's Campground

Lodi, Wisconsin: Smokey Hollow Campground

Cinderella’s pumpkin-style coach escorts kids around this wooded campground, and that’s just one of the offerings you’ll find here! A water-balloon war, segway clinics, and a weekly Friday night fish fry are some of the more standard activities. From large inflatables to jumping pillows and mini golf there is fun for all ages! Travelers can choose from 100 RV sites snuggled into the woods for a cozy and private feel. Or choose from nearly two dozen other kinds of lodging options, including yurts, covered wagons, cabins and gazebos for a unique camping experience. Call (608) 635-4806 or click here to plan your stay! Water Balloons

Yankton, South Dakota: Lewis and Clark Recreation Area

This beautiful and laid back campground boasts manicured landscaping, modern bathrooms, and new playground equipment. Many people come here to go boating, but there are also 409 RV sites and 17 cabins to take advantage of. Take a romantic walk down the sandy beach, challenge the family to a round of disc golf, or stroll down the 4.1-mile paved trail along the Missouri river. Once you quickly become settled into this recreation area, you are not going to want to leave. Experience the peace and relaxation of the outdoor lifestyle at this phenomenal campground. Call (800) 710-2267 or click here to plan your stay!

Lewis & Clark Recreation Area Choose from any one of these phenomenal campgrounds and have a blast during your next midwest adventure! with your camper from Lakeshore RV! If you know of another must-visit campground that didn't make our list, tell us about it in the comments below!
2024 Summer Vacation Special
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