Port Crescent State Park RV & Campground Guide

Michigan

Port Crescent State Park

takes up 640 acres along Lake Huron in the Saginaw Bay at the tip of the Thumb of Michigan. As a lakefront recreation area, it's ideal for campers who enjoy lying on sandy beaches, fishing, and boating. Visitors can also explore the ruins of the city that once sat where the park is today. This includes an old steel bridge and a brick mill chimney. The weather in Huron County, MI, is conducive for visitors between May and September when most days are sunny and partly cloudy; however, snow-lovers like to visit in winter to go cross-country skiing. Outside the park, the nearest communities are Port Austin, Caseville, and Kinde.

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Weather
Spring 24-61 F
Summer 55-77 F
Fall 33-70 F
Winter 15-34 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Port Crescent State Park

Port Crescent State Park is a great place for nature lovers who love scenic views and activities such as hiking, birding, and exploring natural habitats. Whether you travel alone, with friends, or with family, there is a lot to enjoy while RV camping in this park. The campgrounds inside and outside the park offer all the amenities you need to enjoy your trip. If you don't own an RV, consider getting a rental through RVshare.com.

Port Crescent State Park Campground

You can camp at Port Crescent campground any day between April and October. Inside the campground are 140 modern campsites with electric hookups. Not all sites offer full hookups, but you will still enjoy a lot of amenities regardless of the site you choose. Some sites offer 50-amp electric hookups, but others only offer 20- or 30-amp hookups. Trailers and RVs up to 50 feet long will fit in all the campsites. If you are lucky, you will have a waterfront campsite either along the Saginaw Bay or along the banks of the Old Pinnebog River. Even if you do not find a waterfront site, you will be a couple of meters from the beach.

While at the campground, there are many routes to access the beach and many more to access the trails that traverse the park. You can choose a campsite in the sun or one under the shade of majestic trees in the park. All campsites are level, and you can park two vehicles. You can camp for 15 consecutive days, and you are allowed to reserve a site up to six months in advance. Pets are allowed as long as you pick up after them and keep them on a leash. You need a gate pass for a fee of $12, and nightly rates start at $33 for 20/30-amp electric hookups.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Picnic tables

Duggan’s Family Campground

The Duggan’s Family Campground is a smaller campground about two miles from Port Crescent State Park. While it's a favorite of golfers, the scenery makes it a great place for nature lovers, too. Unlike the state park, this park has more amenities, but the campsites are closer together.

For recreation, the campground offers an on-site swimming pool, a game room, and playgrounds. Most campsites are level with amenities such as fire rings and picnic tables. All campsites come with water, sewer, and electric hookups. However, there are no sites with 50-amp hookups – the campsites only offer 30-, 20-, and 15-amp options. You can enjoy Wi-Fi while there for free. There is also a restaurant for campers who want to eat out. Nightly rates start at $35.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Picnic table, fire ring, laundry room, shower, game room

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What to Do at
Port Crescent State Park

Inside Port Crescent State Park

Port Crescent State Park is one of the best places in Michigan for cross-country skiing. The park boasts of seven miles of flat trails ideal for skiing when the snow falls, but that is just one of the winter activities. If you love hiking, birding, and stargazing, the park gives you a perfect opportunity to do all the above. Lake Huron attracts hundreds of bird species and makes for a scenic environment that all visitors can enjoy. Other popular activities at Port Crescent State Park include picnicking, relaxing at the beach, fishing, and canoeing.

Outside Port Crescent State Park

Whether you love nature, city life, shopping, hiking, or water activities, the areas surrounding Port Crescent State Park provide it all. Port Austin is perhaps one of the best places to head if you're looking for restaurants. Furthermore, the Thumb of Michigan is home to many more parks and recreational areas.

Restaurants

Lake Street Local

Lake Street Local is a simple restaurant that serves seafood and American cuisine. It is a favorite of local people who come here to pass the evening. Drinks and live TV sporting events are abundant at this eatery.

Type: American, Seafood

Location: 8708 Lake St, Port Austin, MI

The Farm Restaurant

Located less than a mile from Port Crescent State Park, The Farm Restaurant serves classic American dishes, including vegan and vegetarian options. All ingredients are fresh from the farm, and all meals are prepared from scratch, which makes the meals great.

Type: American

Location: 699 Port Crescent Rd, Port Austin, MI

Buccaneer Den

Buccaneer Den sits 0.6 miles from Port Crescent State Park. The restaurant serves American dishes with appetizers such as soups. There is also an open bar for drinks and good times.

Type: American, Bar

Location: 1884 Port Austin Rd, Port Austin, MI

The Fireside Inn

Located in Port Austin, just 1.5 miles from the park, The Fireside Inn serves American dishes, pizza, and drinks for lunch and dinner. The menu is expansive, and the ambiance inside brings the feeling of a big city.

Type: American, Bar, Pizza

Location: 1146 Port Austin Rd, Port Austin, MI

The Lighthouse Cafe

You will drive for 3.7 miles from the park to The Lighthouse Cafe, but the journey is worth it. The breakfast is great with many menu options to choose from. You can enjoy drinks, lunch, and dinner.

Type: Café, American, Vegetarian-Friendly

Location: 44 W Spring St, Port Austin, MI

Shopping

Grindstone General Store

Although this shop is referred to as a general store, it is more popular for ice cream. If you want the best ice cream in the area, stop by this shop. They also sell souvenirs and more.

Location: 3086 Copeland Rd, Port Austin, MI

Indigo Mood

Indigo Mood is a clothing store for women. They sell everything from stylish clothes to handbags and accessories.

Location: 73 W Spring St #2, Port Austin, MI

Port Austin Farmers Market

Port Austin Farmers Market is more than a place where you get fresh produce. You can enjoy live music here and a lot more entertainment.

Location: 2 W. Spring St, Port Austin, MI

White Church Gallery

White Church Gallery is a renovated Methodist Church that sells fine art, glass, wood, and ceramics, among other crafts.

Location: 8686 Rouse Rd, Port Austin, MI

Lisa's Loft

If you need a gift for your friends and loved ones, this unique shop might be a great place for you to check out.

Location: Lake Street, Port Austin, MI

Sightseeing

Knoblock Riding Stable

Located in Port Austin, the Knoblock Riding Stable allows you to explore the country on horseback. It offers trails through scenic areas featuring streams and meadows. You can also learn a few techniques to enjoy your ride even more.

Location: 1075 Hunter Rd, Port Austin, MI

Port Austin Lighthouse Tour

If you want to explore Port Austin, take a boat tour to see Port Austin Lighthouse, the famous Turnip Rock in Pointe Aux Barques, and the Burnt Cabin Point. The tour allows you to see Port Austin from a great vantage point.

Location: 8265 N. Van Dyke Rd, Port Austin, MI

Huron County Nature Center

You can get a new perspective on the Great Lakes region when you visit the 280-acre Huron County Nature Center. While at the center, you can walk the trails, watch birds, picnic, and enjoy the cool atmosphere. The Center is located between Port Austin and Caseville, a few minutes' walk from Oak Beach.

Location: 3336 Loosemore Rd, Port Austin, MI

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How to Get to
Port Crescent State Park

Port Crescent State Park is located two and a half hours from Detroit. To get there, you'll connect with M-53 N, which turns into Van Dyke Road and goes straight to the park. Route 25 leads to the park for those coming from the east or west.

Entering Port Crescent State Park

You need a park pass to enter this Michigan park, which is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Per vehicle (1-12 people) : $12

Per day

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