Tent opened to view the sunset
Save Your Gas and Camp Out in Livingston County!

May 28, 2020 | Story by: Shelby Rochowiak

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, hours and restrictions may change frequently. We are doing our best to keep visitors informed, but encourage confirming with the businesses you are looking at to eat, shop, or explore to be sure you have the most up-to-date information.

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.

1.) Waldenwoods Resort (Hartland) – For the Fish Out of Water

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!

kayaks and paddleboards in Lake Walden.


2.) Island Lake State Recreation Area (Brighton) – Hot Air Balloon Enthusiasts

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.

island lake bordered by forest.

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3.) Taylor’s Beach Campground (Howell, MI) – A Child’s Paradise

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!

This campground sitting on a spring-fed lake provides endless entertainment for children for an affordable rate.
Children diving off an inflatable raft into the lake


4.) Pinckney Recreation Area (Pinckney) – Hiking & Biking Junkies

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.

Hikers following a trail in Pinckney.

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5.) Lake Chemung Outdoor Resort (Howell) – Social Butterflies

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.

Lake Chemung


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Lake Chemung Outdoor Resort

320 S Hughes Rd, Howell, MI 48843, USA

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Pinckney Recreation Area

8555 Silver Hill Road, Pinckney, MI, USA

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Island Lake Recreation Area

Island Lake Recreation Area, 6301 Kensington Road, Brighton, MI, USA

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Waldenwoods Resort & Conference Center

2975 Old US 23, Howell, MI 48855, USA

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Taylor's Beach Campground

6197 N Burkhart Rd, Howell, MI 48855, USA

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