Whoever said camping had to be just for summers?
As a Michigan RV dealer, Lakeshore RV especially appreciates the year-round camper and the many fun experiences of four-season camping.
Plenty of campgrounds and RV Parks are open year-round in Michigan, which allow winter RV enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoe and other winter activities.
You will likely plow through the snow to get there, but plenty of adventures wait if you’re up for the challenge.
Michigan campers use their recreational vehicles as a home base for ice fishing, cross country and downhill skiing or snowmobile adventures.
Toy haulers can be the perfect thing to haul that snowmobile as Michigan has over 6200 miles of groomed trails, which makes it a preferred snowmobile vacation destination.
But, with average lows around 14 F during the winter months, proper winter RV maintenance is a must before heading out on that winter camping excursion.
Several things you might want to consider before embarking on a winter camping trip are:
- Adding weather stripping to all doors, windows, basement areas and access panels.
- Check the furnace to be sure that it is working properly before you head out.
- Empty the black water and gray water tanks and add RV antifreeze to the black water and gray water tanks.
- Insulate pipes with foam pipe insulation. You may want to consider adding electric pipe heaters if you will be in an area that has below freezing temperatures for an extended length of time.
Once you have taken the proper precautions, Rivers have several winter camping options.
Several State Forest, State Parks and RV Camping Resorts offer plenty of options for the local RV enthusiast not only in West Michigan, but across the state.
Let’s start with state forest campgrounds, which are the most rustic..
They’re open year-round, but reaching them through the snow sometimes presents a problem. More than 145 state-forest campgrounds are available, and all are located near a river or lake for warm or cold-weather fishing.
Expect rustic accommodations – pit toilets, hand-pumped water, fire pits and the occasional picnic table – at most state forest campgrounds.
Next are state parks, which are open for day visitors year-round, but only ten of Michigan’s state parks have campgrounds that are open all year.
Those include Traverse City, Mitchell, Fort Custer, Algonac, Bay City, Ludington, North
Higgins Lake, Portage Lake Campground and Tahquamenon Falls.
Amenities at state park campgrounds vary widely – some offer full, 50-amp hookups and running water; others provide pit toilets and rustic sites so it advised to call ahead to find out exactly what each state park has to offer RV campers.
Several RV resorts remain open all-year long and offer electrical hookups and running water.
One of those resorts found locally in the Muskegon area is Duck Creek Resort, which accepts pop-up trailers, hybrid trailers, travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers and motor homes of any size.
All sites include sewer, water, electric (up to 50 amp), cable TV and Wife internet.
From here snowmobilers have easy access to miles of trails in the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
Cross-country skiing enthusiasts can find five miles of groomed trails not far away at the Muskegon State Park, which also offers ice skating, luging and ice fishing.
Of the state park locally that offer winter camping opportunities for RV’ers, Ludington has plenty to offer.
The park offers 16 miles of cross country skiing trails and is close to miles of groomed snowmobile trails, including the Hart-Montague Rail Trail.
Minutes away downhill skiing buffs can enjoy Crystal Mountain and Caberfae Peaks, while if sledding is more your speed the park offers Suicide Hill.
Of the resorts that offer RV winter camping opportunities Twin Oakes RV Park and Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort are two of the most popular.
Twin Oakes RV Park in Wellston, which is located between Cadillac and Manistee, sits adjacent to four trail systems: Wellston, Cadillac, Irons and Benzie County, where campers can snowmobile from their sites.
The facility has RV camp sites and cabins for winter use, with most of the parks facilities open in the winter.
There are winter bonfires and breakfast rides, and Caberfae Ski Resort is nearby for downhill skiers.
A little further to the north, Timber Ridge in Traverse City offers offers year-round accommodations for RV’s.
Located along miles of adjacent snowmobile marked trails, Timber Ridge is also close to several downhill ski resorts and cross country ski trails.
The area surrounding Timber Ridge also hosts the North American VASA cross-country ski competition on Feb. 12. Other events include the Bigfoot Snowshoe Race, Jan. 22 and the annual Midwest qualifier for the National Championship Snowshoe Race.
So, you can see it can be a winter RV wonderland out there, just waiting to be explored.
And the best part is you can be parked in your RV with all the toasty comforts of home, while enjoying what the winter season has to offer.