Highland Recreation Area RV & Campground Guide


Located in the rolling hills of Southern Michigan, the Highland Recreation Area is comprised of an expansive array of ecosystems and unusual flora and fauna. Covering over 5,900 acres that includes four lakes, the park is a paradise for paddlers. The winter offers opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. This park is an RV travelers’ delight, too, as you'll find conveniences that include full hookups, visitor centers, stores, and other in-park amenities. Nearby, you'll find the communities of White Lake, Milford, Waterford, and Commerce. The Highland Recreation Area was once the estate of Edsel Ford, a Detroit native, and son of Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company. 

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Spring 35-65 F
Summer 55-72 F
Fall 50-73 F
Winter 21-34 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Highland Recreation Area

Highland Recreation Area is a perfect place to camp. However, you may want to be protected from the elements. RVshare is your go-to source for finding the right RV for exploring this area, so visit our rental page to find yours.

Flint Holly KOA Campground

Flint Holly KOA Campground is conveniently located off Highway 75 in the Auburn Hills area in Holly. This KOA offers pull-thru sites, including some that can accommodate rigs up to 80 feet. Nightly rates range from $60-$115, and there are also monthly and seasonal rates available. The campground is open from May 1 through October 31.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes; 50/30 Amp

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Bike rentals, firewood, pool, propane, pavilion, dog park, mini-golf, snack bar, cable TV, restrooms, and shower

Groveland Oaks County Park

Offering 269 campsites with either water and electric or full hookups, Groveland Oaks County Park is a great option 15 miles north of the recreation area. This campground also provides five pull-thru sites for your convenience. Nightly rates range from $38-$50. There are also monthly rates available.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: 50 Amp

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Access to Stewart Lake, mini-golf, kayak, and bike rentals, three large playscape areas for children, a skateboard park, BMX bike course, basketball and volleyball courts, paved trails, and the Blue Water Grill concessions and campground store

Camp Dearborn

Located in nearby Milford, Camp Dearborn offers over 120 RV sites for units up to 50 feet. Each site includes a fire ring/charcoal grill combo and a picnic table. Nestled in 626 acres of rolling hillscapes and six lakes, there's plenty for any member of your family to enjoy. Choose from lounging on the private beach, around the swimming lake, or heated pool. Nightly rates range from $29-$168 during the offseason and from $33-$198 during peak season. Rates for 20-AMP sites are between $35-$210, and 50-AMP sites go for $40-$240. In-season rates apply from June 14th-August 23rd while off-season rates are from August 24 through June 14th. There are also monthly rates available.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes; 20/50 Amp

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Laundromat, heated swimming pool, private beach, swimming lake, a modern playground, picnic area, modern comfort stations, zip line, golf and fishing

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What to Do at
Highland Recreation Area

Inside Highland Recreation Area

With over 5,900 acres to explore, Highland Recreation Area has an activity for every season and every visitor. Three different day-use areas provide areas for picnics, swimming, horseshoes, and volleyball, and you can also access lakefronts at any of the four lakes within the park for fishing and recreational boating. Make sure to take advantage of the variety of interpretive, scientific, historical, and educational visitor services provided on-site as well.

Outside Highland Recreation Area

You'll enjoy exploring the surrounding townships and cities near the Highland Recreation Area. From interactive centers to nature and wildlife encounters, you'll appreciate the diversity this area of Michigan has to offer. Keep in mind, Detroit is less than an hour away.


Stella's Table

Run by White Mountain natives since WWII, Stella's Table is a family-owned restaurant serving classic traditional and contemporary Italian dishes in an informal setting.

Type: Italian

Location: 340 Town Center Blvd. White Lake, MI 48386

Billy's Tip N' Inn

The place to gather in White Lake is Billy's Tip N' Inn, this log cabin restaurant features an eclectic décor with a warm and cozy atmosphere also houses a stage and dance floor for live entertainment every Friday and Saturday. Menu items include Certified Angus Beef steaks, classic Italian, and great BBQ. The in-house smoker and mesquite hickory grills have earned Billy’s Tip N’ Inn local recognition for great flavor.

Type: American, Italian

Location: 6707 E. Highland Road White Lake, MI 48386

Leo's Coney Island

Founded by the Stassinopoulos brothers, this casual diner provides the Special Coney menu consisting of beloved hot dogs and hamburgers along with Greek specialties, soups, and salads, breakfast items, desserts, and more. Catering services are also available.

Type: Greek, American

Location: 6845 Highland Road White Lake, MI 48386

Highland House and Carry Out

Highland House and Carry Out is a casual family establishment featuring Italian entrees, such as lasagna and Stromboli, sandwiches, ribs, salads, and desserts. Catering services are available here as well.

Type: Diner

Location: 340 Town Center Blvd. White Lake, MI 48386


Frontier Town

Frontier Town is a unique, well-established Western-themed landmark retail community that has been in operation for over 30 years. It features a variety of stores, antique shops, restaurants, and galleries dating back to the 1800s, and the kids are sure to enjoy the live animal encounters.

Location: 67310 VanDyke Washington, MI 48095

Shops at Commerce Township

This collection of retail stores, local boutiques, and restaurants is conveniently located in nearby Commerce Township. You can go shopping for gifts, apparel, and boutique items, or stop for a bite at one of the restaurants located in a central shopping venue.

Location: 2220 Union Lake Rd Commerce Township, MI 48382

White Lake Commons

White Lake Commons is a shopping mall featuring The UPS Store, Office Depot, and boutique shops offering a variety of goods. Search for unique gifts, jewelry, hair accessories, cards, candles, and more.

Location: 7121 Dixie Hwy, Independence Charter Township, MI 48346

Michigan Made Gift Co

Michigan Made Gift Co is a wood sign workshop that now offers an interactive format in which groups can paint and create their own projects under instructorship. Michigan Made Gift Co. gifts are also available for sale within this local shop.

Location: 7400 Highland Road Waterford Township, MI

Great Lakes Crossing

Great Lakes Crossing is home to over 185 outlet and retail stores and restaurants. Known for being one of the biggest retail spots in all of Michigan, you're sure to find just about anything you may have forgotten or run out of during your stay at the park.

Location: 4000 Baldwin Road Auburn Hills MI 48326


Michigan Whitetail Hall of Fame Museum

The Michigan Whitetail Hall of Fame Museum is a family-owned business that's been operating since 1994. It's home to live deer encounters, trophy bucks, and one-of-a-kind antiques on self-guided tours.

Location: 4220 Willis Road Grass Lake, MI 49240

For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum

For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum is a nature preserve consisting of 383 acres with walkways, miles of trails, and a collection of gardens for your hiking enjoyment. The 116-acre arboretum is ArbNet Level II Accredited for its 1,800 woody specimens representing 157 different species.

Location: 2142 N. Genesee Road Burton, MI 48509

Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad

Climb aboard the authentic Baldwin steam locomotive at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, which gives you an experience you will never forget as it winds along the shores of Mott Lake, along a stretch of the historic Pere Marquette roadbed, and returns you to the heart of Crossroads Village. Additional attractions include 34 themed shops and a paddlewheel riverboat.

Location: 6140 Bray Road Flint, MI 48506

Legoland Discovery Center

Legoland Discovery Center offers the interactive LEGOTM center, including a café, rides, and more. This place guarantees fun for kids and the young at heart.

Location: 4240 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

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How to Get to
Highland Recreation Area

From the Detroit area, take US-23 to M-59 and drive east for 12 miles. You can also choose to drive from I-75 to M-59, then drive west for 14 miles. The main park entrance is on the south side of M-59 between Bogie Lake Road and Ormand Road. 

Entering Highland Recreation Area

To enter, you'll need a Recreation Passport. State residents can get a $5 discount when they get their passports during the license plate registration renewal process.

Highland Recreation Area Per vehicle : $17.0

Highland Recreation Area Per motorcycle : $11.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Highland Recreation Area

What is the best time of year to visit Highland Recreation Area?

Visitors can enjoy Highland Recreation Area year-round. In warm seasons, the park offers hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. In the cold months, visitors enjoy beginner and intermediate cross-country skiing trails.

What is the climate of Highland Recreation Area?

Southeastern Michigan has a humid continental climate. You can expect cold winters with moderate amounts of snow. On average, 52 days each year do not get above freezing. Summers are warm and humid.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Highland Recreation Area?

There are a total of 30 RV and tent camping sites at Highland Recreation Area, but none offer hookups. Guests are limited to camping stays of up to 14 days.

Are pets allowed at Highland Recreation Area?

Pets are allowed on a six-foot leash. Feel free to bring your leashed pet on the multi-use trails, in the campgrounds, and in the picnic areas of Highland Recreation Area. They are not allowed on any beaches or inside buildings.

Is Highland Recreation Area accessible for disabled visitors?

ADA-designated parking spots are available at Highland Recreation Area. In the campground, there are two ADA sites that feature concrete pads. Plus, the recently opened Cedar Creek Trail is barrier-free.