Brimley State Park RV & Campground Guide


Brimley State Park is on the shore of Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay, about 11 miles south of the town of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2023. The park is a popular place to visit year-round. The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald lies offshore, 17 miles as the crow flies to the northwest. If you take a short drive up the coast from Brimley State Park, you can visit the memorial to the famous ship. If you are a history buff, you may also want to explore the Wheels Of History Train Museum in the nearby town of Brimley. Housed in a vintage railroad passenger car and caboose, it features photographs and artifacts of area railroads, early telephones, and the Bay Mills Townsite. Nearby cities: •Sault Ste. Marie •Petoskey •Mackinaw City •Newberry

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Spring 36 F to 63 F
Summer 70 F to 74 F
Fall 44 F to 63 F
Winter 23 F to 39 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Brimley State Park

Brimley State Park Campground • Water hookup: No • Electrical hookup: Yes • Sewer hookup: No • Wi-Fi: • Pet-friendly: Yes • Max RV length: 30' • Other amenities: Showers, pull-through sites, camp store, dump station, vault toilets, fire rings, and picnic tables.

Sunrise View RV Park

Sunrise View RV Park is one of many great options you can consider when searching for an RV park near Brimley State Park. With 124 sites, this campground is spacious, to say the least. Each site has a width of 30 feet and a length of 58 feet. Each one also comes equipped with electricity, water, cable TV, and internet for no additional charge. Moreover, the campground is right across the street from the Bay Mills Resort & Casino, a venue with quality entertainment for those of age. Pets are also welcome as long as they are kept on leashes and are properly cared for. The nightly rate on sites here is $19. The address of Sunrise View RV Park is 11386 W Lakeshore Dr, Brimley, MI 49715.

Monocle Lake Campground

Monocle Lake Campground is located a bit farther out closer to Sault Sainte Marie, but it provides a unique experience that many consider worthwhile. The atmosphere is quiet and relaxing, allowing you to immerse yourself in peaceful activities like fishing and hiking without distraction. You can also explore Whitefish Bay’s National Scenic Byway and Tahquamenon Falls. The nightly rate to stay here is $18, and the address of Monocle Lake Campground is Forest Road 3699, Brimley, MI 49715.

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What to Do at
Brimley State Park

Brimley State Park provides some of the warmest swimming areas on Lake Superior and has a large sandy beach. It is a great place to bring kids because the water along the beach is shallow, the sand is excellent for castle building, and you'll find a playground nearby. Alternatively, you can launch motorized boats from the park's ramp for water skiing or fishing. When the temperatures drop and snow arrives, the park is a popular destination for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Inside Brimley State Park

Brimley State Park is among the best places to camp in Michigan's Upper Peninsula — its modern campground has 237 sites. If you love to get out on the water, you're also in luck. Visitors can go swimming, boating, water skiing, fishing, and more. There are also fantastic options for those who prefer to stay on land. Brimley State Park contains quality hiking trails that allow you to experience the North Woods environment in its most authentic form. 

Fishing Fishing

Lake Superior has many species of fish that you can catch either from shore or on a boat. Northern pike, salmon, whitefish, perch, and walleye are all plentiful. You can fish for trout at Brimley State Park.

Geocaching Geocaching

The cache in Brimley State Park was first placed in 2019 as part of the celebration of 100 years of Michigan State Parks. The combination of the lock is hidden among the answers in an online survey.

Nature Watching Nature Watching

On land, you may spot deer, black bears, and rabbits. Birders will be able to put ruffed grouse, loons, several species of ducks, and maybe even a bald eagle into their notebooks of sightings.

Stargazing Stargazing

Since there is little light pollution in the area, Brimley State Park is a great place to view the night sky. You can spread out a blanket on the beach or use one of the picnic tables to relax as you check out the heavens, and on some very dark and clear nights, you can even see the aurora borealis.

Hiking Hiking

There are no designated hiking trails in Brimley State Park, making it a perfect place to practice your off-trail hiking skills. Before embarking on your adventure, ensure your navigation skills are up to the task, and you let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back. At the park, people also enjoy taking long strolls along the beach.


The abandoned railroad corridor that runs alongside the park has several unofficial bike trails. The various routes here offer a variety of difficulty levels, so you should be able to find one that suits you.


The boat launch at the park is suitable for small and medium-sized motorized boats. Paddlers can also use it to launch canoes and kayaks.

Swimming Swimming

The average water temperature during the summer is between 63 F and 66 F, making the park a pleasant place to swim. Wading in the water is also enjoyable because there is a gradual descent to deeper waters.

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How to Get to
Brimley State Park

From the Lower Peninsula, take the Mackinac Bridge to St. Ignace and then proceed north on Route 75 until you reach the exit for Route 48. Take Route 48 west to Rudyard. Next, turn north on Mackinac Trail until you reach Route 28. Turn east on Route 28. Follow it a few hundred yards to the Sunoco station at the corner of Routes 28 and 221. Turn north on Route 221; the park will be on your right.

Entering Brimley State Park

To visit Brimley State Park, you need a Michigan Recreation Passport, which you can get online. The funds are used to support outdoor recreation areas in the state.

Michigan Recreation Passport - Residents : $13.0

Michigan Recreation Passport - Non-Residents : $39.0

Frequently Asked Questions About Brimley State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Brimley State Park?

Summer is the best time of year to visit because the weather is mild, and the water is warm enough to swim comfortably. The water may be too chilly in the fall for watersports, but the foliage is breathtaking. The park is open in the winter if you love winter sports or are visiting to hunt.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Brimley State Park?

Many waterfowl and other migratory birds make stops in Brimley State Park. The St. Mary's River, which is just a dozen miles away and forms the international border with Canada, is one of the country's most important ecosystems for birds. You'll see skeins of geese overhead and asylums of loons swimming or flying.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Brimley State Park?

There are 237 RV-friendly campsites at Brimley State Park. They're fairly well-equipped with electrical hookups, fire rings, and picnic tables. However, there is no water or sewer service at these sites.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Brimley State Park and what is the cost?

Yes, you must have both a reservation and a Recreation Passport to camp at Brimley State Park or any other Michigan state park. The Brimley State Park RV Campground costs $25 per night.

Are pets allowed at Brimley State Park?

Yes, Brimley State Park is pet-friendly. Your pet is welcome to join you in the campground and picnic areas, but you can not bring them to the designated swimming areas or inside any of the facilities. However, visitors often walk with their four-legged friends along the water in the undeveloped areas of the park.