Wilderness State Park RV & Campground Guide

Michigan

Wilderness State Park

in Michigan offers wilderness areas and a beautiful shoreline that provide great places to observe nature from the many trails throughout the park and year-round recreational activities within its 8,000 acres. The terrain is a mixture of dense coniferous forest to mature hardwood forest, with some pockets of open, wet, meadows mixed in. If you visit in the fall, you should expect a bit more rain than in other months, especially in October. However, the fall foliage is beautiful to see. The highest temperature averages 68 F in July. 

The landscapes have made this park known for excellent fishing, deer and snowshoe hare hunting. There is an abundant population of beaver, coyotes, mink, muskrat, and otter. You may even see a few bobcats. It is easy to get lost in Wilderness State Park and everyone going into the forest is advised to carry a map and compass. 

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Weather
Spring 15-64 F
Summer 49-79 F
Fall 36-78 F
Winter 8-31 F
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Nearby Cities
Mackinaw City, MI
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Wilderness State Park

The park's 250 modern campsites are divided into two units, the Lakeshore and the Pines. Six rustic cabins and three rustic bunkhouses are additional options for accommodations within the park. Whichever kind of camper you are, you should experience the state parks any way that offers you the most comfort. If you rent an RV with RVshare.com, your RV rental with come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team to make sure you get the RV perfectly designed for your adventure-seeking self. RVing offers you better protection, a better night’s sleep and better eating when you can have all your comforts in an RV. You will be ready to tackle each day’s adventures, whatever they bring. 

Whichever you choose, plan ahead because state park campgrounds fill up quickly. Just in case you miss grabbing a spot at Wilderness, here are a few great options nearby: 

Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island KOA

The Mackinaw City KOA is located within the Mackinaw City limits just one mile south of city center and only 20 minutes from Wilderness State Park. With quiet, spacious, wooded sites and a pool heated to 86 degrees, there is serenity and fun for everyone. Use this KOA as a base camp for easy access to many area attractions. You're less than 2 miles from a Lake Michigan beach. After sightseeing, head back to KOA to enjoy the heated pool and a campfire. There are sites for everyone: pull thrus/full hookups, pop-ups, tents and cabins. Rates start at $39 per night. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: cable, pool, free shuttle to Mackinaw Island ferry, bathhouse, convenience store, laundry, playground, activities for all ages

Lakeshore RV Park & Campground

Located just 20 miles north of Wilderness State Park, Lakeshore RV Park is near the Mackinac Bridge with beautiful lake views and access to shopping and offers prime R&R time. There are also free shuttles to the Mackinac Island Ferries and the Kawadin casino. Full hookup sites start at $42 per night. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: bathhouse, convenience store, laundry, playground, activities for all ages

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What to Do at
Wilderness State Park

Inside Wilderness State Park

Pack your bags and plan to stay on the shores of Lake Michigan at Wilderness State Park. Once here, be sure to check out the park’s Explorer Programs for weekly nature classes, guided hikes and interpretive programs because there are so many things to love about this park. The beauty, serenity, wildlife, paddlesports, fishing and trails offer so much adventure and true opportunities to unplug and unwind.

Trails: Cross-country hiking, walking, snowmobiling or biking – whichever the endeavor, there is a trail for you. More than 16 miles stretch across the East Boundary, South Boundary, Nebo, Sturgeon Bay, Swamp Line and Big Stone trails. These trails are shared with all bicycles, including mountain bikes. The North Country Trail includes ten miles within the state park, including the Red Pine Trail. This national scenic trail hiking route from North Dakota to New York includes more than 1,500 miles in Michigan. Follow the markings and check the park map for the right location to fit your adventure.

Metal Detecting: Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage natural and cultural resources in Michigan state parks nor violate applicable state statutes. The park map clearly shows where this activity is allowed to take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation. Areas located within the campground are limited to registered campers only.

Beach: A hard-pack surface is located in the day-use area with mobility access to the beach.

Boat Launch: The park has a boat launch for access to Lake Michigan on Big Stone Bay. The boat launch provides an ADA accessible vault toilet. Due to low water conditions, launching larger boats may be difficult. For further information please contact the park.

Outside Wilderness State Park

The proximity to other cities and places to explore is absolutely perfect for exploring the Upper Peninsula and Mackinac Island, if you wish. Take a ferry ride and tour the stunning coastline of Wilderness State Park and Lake Michigan, you can even see the gorgeous, historic lighthouses of the area. There is really something to do that everyone can enjoy.

Restaurants

Scalawag's Whitefish & Chips

A quirky, nautical-themed fish house. Enjoy whitefish of the Great Lakes – walleye and perch. Also enjoy fresh, never frozen chicken, the famous whitefish chowder and more.

Type: American, Seafood

Location: Mackinaw City, MI

Mackinaw Crossings

A Victorian-inspired shopping center where shopping, dining and entertainment come together. With over 50 specialty shops, a 5-plex cinema, musical entertainment, attractions and eateries, there is even a laser light show in the summer nights. 

Type: Upscale

Location: Mackinaw City, MI

Shopping

Mackinaw Crossings

A Victorian-inspired shopping center where shopping, dining and entertainment come together. With over 50 specialty shops, a 5-plex cinema, musical entertainment, attractions and eateries, there is even a laser light show in the summer nights. 

Location: Mackinaw City, MI

Historic Gaslight District

Only an hour drive from Wilderness State Park, you will find a beautiful, historic town with tons of independent shops, boutiques, and galleries. Enjoy the stunning views of Little Traverse Bay while walking through the streets lined with antique gas lights and dining with the sunset.

Location: Petoskey, MI

Krueger's Fish Market

Located in Mackinaw City, Krueger’s is perfect for busy families, whether you're stocking up on ingredients for a week of home-cooked meals or just need a quick ready-made dish for a hectic weeknight. Super fresh seafood is readily available. 

Location: Mackinaw City, MI

Sightseeing

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

Visit Mackinac Island, go for a night sky ferry ride or a lighthouse tour on Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry. With tours for anyone to enjoy, grab a ticket, hop on the boat, sit back and take in the gorgeous coastline. Check out the website here for a list of tours available. 

Location: Mackinaw City, MI

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

A guiding beacon since 1889, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse helped ships navigate through the Straits of Mackinac. There’s just as much to see from the top of the tower as inside the original buildings. Authentically restored quarters and exhibits, including the original lens, a movie, “Shipwrecks of the Straits,” and the Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum make this a true gem of the Great Lakes.

Location: Mackinaw City, MI

Cross In The Woods National Shrine

The Cross on Calvary Hill was created to make people come to see the largest crucifix in the world and the Body of Christ, a place of peace to reflect and pray. Today, millions of vacationers make this a stop and relish in the serenity and awe-inspiring beauty and attend a mass at the outdoor church.

Location: Indian River, MI

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How to Get to
Wilderness State Park

The state park is 11 miles W. of Mackinaw City on Wilderness Park Drive. Take M-108/Mackinaw Hwy/Michigan Hwy 108 in Michigan. Take exit 337 from I-75 N.

Address:

903 Wilderness Park Drive

Carp Lake, Michigan   49718

Entering Wilderness State Park

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