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West Michigan camping fun for season's end

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Relax under the sun during the summer camping season

Once again this summer, the Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa county area proved to be one of the more popular destinations for camping near the Lake Michigan shoreline.

What draws people to West Michigan from all over the state are the miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline and numerous options for camping from state and county parks to privately-owned campgrounds.

It is not an uncommon site during the summer months to see, roadways packed with all types of towable trailers, campers, and motorhome RVs heading to the campgrounds found in West Michigan.

Many of these campers return yearly to West Michigan and their favorite camping spots.

One of the favorite camping options that attract people yearly are the state parks found in Muskegon, Ottawa and Oceana County.

West Michigan State Park Camping

PJ Hoffmaster State Park beach view

Beginning in the south, you will find Holland State Park takes its name from the adjoining town that was settled by the Dutch. Divided into two sections, one part extends along the Lake Michigan shore, while the other borders Lake Macatawa. A Dutch village sits nearby that features windmills and handicrafts, and the city features an annual tulip festival in May.

Further north, Grand Haven State Park features a view of the town pier and lighthouse, and nearby a musical fountain entertains visitors in the summer. The P.J. Hoffmaster State Park features hiking trails and a staircase leading to the top of a dune, offering beautiful panoramic Lake Michigan views.

Muskegon State Park sits on both Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake shoreline where visitors hike forested dunes. Nearby Muskegon offers museums, including tours of the USS Silverside, a World War I submarine.

Duck Lake State Park also sits close to the shores of Lake Michigan and offers access to the big lake.

North of Muskegon, Silver Lake State Park features 3,000 acres along Lake Michigan and a 450-acre off-road sand dune driving area.


Charles Mears State Park lighthouse view

Charles Mears State Park lies in the village of Penbrook. Visitors enjoy several summer festivals, including an art fair and Independence Day fireworks.

State Parks are not the only option available to campers traveling to West Michigan as there are numerous county and privately-owned facilities.

Muskegon County affords camping options at its Pioneer and Meinert County Park’s and Oceana County Black Lake allows camping.

Privately-owned campgrounds are numerous and include the following:

Ottawa County

    • Oak Grove Campground/Resort

    • Conestoga Grand River Campground

    • Baldwin Oaks Campground

    • Lake Michigan RV Campground

    • Dutch Treat Campground

    • Campers Paradise

Muskegon County

    • White River RV Park and Campground

    • Oak Knoll Campground

    • Wolf Lake Resort and Campground

    • Duck Creek RV Resort

    • Lake Sch-Nepp-A-Ho

    • Muskegon KOA

Oceana County

    • White Lake RV Park

    • Silver Lake RV Resort

    • Hill and Hollow Campground

    • Hideaway Campground

    • Luck Lake Campground

    • Silver Hills Campground

    • Jellystone Park Camp Resort

These campgrounds in West Michigan offer campers with conveniences such as water, electric, sewer hook-ups, showers, laundry rooms, playgrounds, fish freezers and convenience stores.

Yes, the summer camping season maybe officially over for many, but this time of year offers some great opportunities for late-summer and early fall camping.

Many of these campgrounds will have open campsites available during this time of year and are close to many options such as salmon fishing and great fall color tour areas.

The natural beauty of West Michigan, with its numerous lakes and richly forested lands, makes camping that much better.

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View of the Grand Haven Musical Fountain

If you plan on taking that late-season camping trip to West Michigan don’t forget to stop at Lakeshore RV centrally located in Muskegon.

We can take care of any RV need that arises on your trip, while offering the lowest prices on new and used fifth wheels, travel trailers and pop up campers.

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