May 28, 2020 | Story by: Shelby Rochowiak
How much do you spend on gas on your seven-hour drive to the U.P.? As things begin to open up around the state, save some money by trying these hidden gems in Southeast Michigan instead! Livingston County boasts 184 lakes. Surrounding these lakes are campgrounds waiting for your family to arrive to create fun, lasting memories. Camping here will surely give your family a lasting appreciation of Michigan’s beauty.
With Waldenwood’s endless list of activities and amenities to try, there’s an appeal for guests of any age! Rent kayaks and paddleboats, or take a dip in the Olympic sized swimming pool. Warm up in the jacuzzi or dry off in the sauna.
Waldenwoods has a clubhouse with a lounge and bar that overlooks the gorgeous shoreline. Many weddings are held there so that newlyweds can photograph the remarkable view.
The best part? Become a member and camp for free!
Calling all hot air balloon enthusiasts! The Meadow picnic area of Island Lake State Recreation Area is the site of the only Hot Air Balloon Port in the state park system.
Still looking to blow off some steam? Try Island Park’s Shooting Range, one of the nation’s most modern and safest shooting ranges.
Taylor’s Beach Campground is a summer paradise for children of all ages. Kids can enjoy the playground, arcade room, and free sports equipment such as Gaga Ball, Ping Pong, Putt-Putt Golf Cornhole, and more!
Pinckney is known not only for its chain of lakes but also for 26 miles of hiking trails. Avid hikers and mountain bikers who camp here will not be disappointed.
Fearless campers can also choose to spend a night in Hell, MI at the Hell Creek Ranch, only two miles away. Campers may enjoy horseshoes, swimming, playgrounds, trail horse rides, and more.
Located just 45 minutes from Detroit and 30 minutes from Lansing, Lake Chemung is a vacation without hassle. Rent a lodge with a fireplace, full kitchen, and restroom facilities for your next outdoor event, or bring an RV.
There is always an exciting activity awaiting you here. Participate in Karaoke, Beach Games, Fishing Contests, Dog Shows, Game Nights, or Ice Cream Socials. Activities like these create the most unforgettable camping memories.
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