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20 Best Places to Camp Within 2 Hours of Detroit MI




Folks might know it as Motor City but Detroit is also home to plenty of natural beauty. Michigan’s famous sand dunes are across the lower part of the state. Even closer, visitors will find Lake Eerie, Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, and the border with Ontario.

The interior of Michigan has running rivers ideal for fishing and wooded areas where campers can set up their tents, stargaze, hunt, ride horses, or just enjoy one another’s company. Historic sites around Detroit like the Henry Ford Museum are well within driving distance of some great campgrounds.

Whether you’re visiting Detroit or live there and want to escape the city’s bustle for a while, check out these top 20 best campsites to enjoy nature near Detroit!

Mackinac Island.

Northern Michigan destinations like Mackinac Island blend nature and midwestern charm.

1. Windsor Campground

Drive a short 25 minutes from the center of Detroit into Ontario and you’ll find Windsor Campground. Everything campers need for an enjoyable trip is here on the pristine grounds. Laundry facilities, RV sites with full hookups, flush toilets, showers, plus electric and non-electric tent sites are available. 

Possible activities include volleyball, a mini-golf course, and a playground. There are also picnic tables for outdoor meals, fire rings for nighttime lounging, and a catch-and-release fishing pond. Although swimming in the pond isn’t allowed, there’s a swimming pool available to guests in warmer months.


  • Modern facilities
  • Full hookup RV sites
  • On-site store
  • Mini-golf course
  • Fishing


  • Catch-and-release fishing only

2. Camper’s Cove Campground

Drive your RV or bring a tent to Camper’s Cove for some great views of Lake Erie. Although they have over three hundred campsites including RV sites will full hookups, Camper’s Cove doesn’t feel crowded or overly public. For those who want to experience the great outdoors in a more modern setting, eight cabins are available for rent.

Picnic tables and fire rings are at each tent site and they also provide free hot showers and a clean tiled restroom. Laundry facilities and a dump station are conveniently located and there’s a camp store where you can get groceries and last-minute items. There’s also a video game room and activity shelter.


  • RV & tent sites
  • Clean bathroom
  • Store
  • Dump station


  • Not so remote

3. Mitchell’s Bay Marine Park

If you want to incorporate your boat on a camping getaway, Mitchell’s Bay is a great option. Located on Lake St. Clair in Ontario, this campsite has beautiful scenery and plenty of space for outdoor activity in warm or cold weather. Summer is probably the most fun if you plan to get out on the water. 

While there are some cabins available for rent, Mitchell’s Bay also has tent sites with picnic tables and fire rings. Showers, restrooms, and laundry are available here. Within walking distance of this campground, you’ll also find a beach, playground, basketball courts, restaurants, and even a liquor store. 


  • Shop on-site
  • Boat docks
  • Seasonal rates available
  • Restrooms, showers, laundry
  • Plenty of activities within walking distance


  • Crowded in peak-season

4. Brighton Recreation Area

About halfway to Lansing from central Detroit, this site is optimal for people who want to get away from modern distractions and enjoy nature. Lush oak forests roll over hills and several lakes make for wonderful hiking. It’s the ideal landscape for hiking, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking. Stables are also within the recreation area so people who like equestrian activity will have a blast.

Brighton is just under 5,000 acres so you can have a good amount of privacy if you want. There are places to park motorhomes if you prefer to camp that way. Although it has less established entertainment options than a KOA or similar campsite, this recreation area offers a great opportunity for a more unplugged camping trip.


  • More secluded
  • Great for hiking & cross-country skiing
  • Equestrian stables
  • Motorhome parking


  • Fewer sponsored activities

5. Detroit/Ann Arbor KOA

Most campers are probably already familiar with KOA campsites. They vary from place to place but this location on Bunton Road in Ypsilanti is certainly one of the better ones in Michigan. It has all the common amenities like 50 max amp electric hookups, laundry facilities, and a dump station. 

You can also buy propane refills, firewood, and other items at the shop. A mini-golf course and game room offer great family-friendly fun. Watersports rentals are available and there’s a swimming beach on-site for people who want to jump right in. Like many KOAs, this one can get crowded and you might be right next to other campers, but it’s still a nice and tranquil place for a camping trip. 


  • Restrooms, showers, laundry
  • Plenty of activities
  • Swimming beach
  • Rentals available


  • Less privacy

6. Pontiac Lake Recreation Area

The standout feature of this campsite is the model airplane flying field. Even if you don’t have your own plane, it’s great family-friendly fun to watch others take their wings out for a spin. A ½ mile beach shares space with marshes, forests, fields, and lakes at Pontiac Lake. 

If you like mountain biking, you’ll love the 11-mile trail at this location. Horseriding trails are on-site. There are also plenty of animal species for hunting. Motorcoach parking makes this site available for people in the middle of longer trips. 


  • Stellar mountain biking
  • Model plane field
  • Variety of landscapes
  • Hunting
  • Motorcoach parking


  • Mostly basic amenities

7. Lakeport State Park

Gorgeous views of Lake Huron from a sand beach await visitors to this campsite. There are two campgrounds available here, so there should be plenty of space, although that can also translate to big crowds in peak season. Each tent site has a fire circle, picnic table, and electricity. Modern toilets and shower buildings are readily accessible. 

Lakeport even has mats for their tent sites so campers don’t have to suffer through sleeping on unlevel ground. Pull-through sites for motorcoaches are available and the small village of Lakeport is a great place to stock up on essentials or just get a bite to eat.


  • Nearby town
  • Electricity on tent sites
  • Pull-through motorcoach parking
  • Modern plumbing
  • Tent mats available
  • Sand beach


  • May get crowded in peak season

8. Algonac State Park

The St. Clair river is visible from the campsite at Algonac. Anglers flock here for great fishing and family-friendly barge viewing is a great way for everyone else to enjoy the river. Trapshooting and archery are some other common hobbies practiced here. 

Some tent sites here have 50-amp electric hookups. A picnic area and restroom facilities are located in a common area. Even if it isn’t the most modern campsite, Algonac is a terrific place to enjoy the outdoors. Best of all, it’s open all year. 


  • Electric hookups available
  • Riverfront camping
  • Good fishing
  • Restrooms & picnic area


  • Few modern amenities
  • Shared restroom

Otisville offers wooded landscapes just over an hour from Detroit.

9. Downriver Marina & Campground

Prime boat parking on the Huron River can be found here, alongside some great RV and tent camping sites. They have a store that specializes in breakfast sandwiches and chili in addition to selling camping necessities like beer, live bait, and bug spray. Campers who want to take their boat out and still have a place to get a hot meal will love it here. 


  • Boat parking
  • Grocery store on-site
  • Hot meals available 


  • Mainly for RV camping

10. Camp Dearborn

Camp Dearborn is a one-stop-shop for your next camping trip. In addition to a private beach and swimming lake, they have organized activities like hikes, arts & crafts, weekend movies, and campfires. People looking for a bit of solitude can opt out. 

Modern restrooms and shower facilities are available here as well. A canteen for buying snacks and drinks is on-site and there’s a dance held there nightly. Picnic tables, grills, and fire pits are at each camp. RV sites with electric hookups can be rented, too. 


  • Planned activities
  • Modern facilities
  • Swimming
  • Canteen


  • Less private

11. Detroit Greenfield RV Park

Located on Bunton Road in Ypsilanti, Greenfield RV Park is ideal for groups and families with their own campers. They even have two models available for rent. They’re open between April 1 and October 30 and offer swimming, a mini-golf course, paddleboats, and a playground. 

Catch-and-release fishing and inflatable crafts are possible on the lake as well, but they do have a rule in place against hardshell kayaks and canoes. If you don’t have a tent, they have 5 one-room cabins to rent. There’s wifi and a fully stocked store, not to mention laundry facilities and clean restrooms. 


  • Swimming & fishing
  • Cabins for rent
  • Mini golf
  • Wifi
  • Shop


  • Closed seasonally
  • No kayaking

12. Sleepy Hollow State Park

Modern campsites organized over 2,600 acres of wooded land with the scenic Lake Ovid in the center gives this sprawling campsite tons of natural beauty. There’s also a river running through the park so people can spread out and enjoy the water in smaller groups. 

Surrounding Laingsburg has a charming town square where you can stock up on supplies. Birders love Sleepy Hollow State Park for its incredibly diverse population of over 220 bird species. Hiking, mountain biking, and hunting are also popular here. In the winter, you can go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. 


  • Plenty of space
  • Swimming
  • Year-round
  • Natural beauty


  • Popular in peak season
A girl walking along the beach.

Sleeping Bear Dunes are one of Michigan’s most popular natural attractions.

13. Coloma/St. Joseph KOA

If you have a bit of extra time, you can drive across the lower peninsula to this KOA on the shores of Lake Michigan. It’s also just a short drive from sand dunes. Visitors can also go to white sand beaches, see lighthouses, or go hiking and mountain biking on nearby trails. 

The KOA itself also has plenty to do. In the summer, they sell pizza and ice cream and organize activities like chili cook-offs and July 4th celebrations. It has a mini-golf course, bathrooms, showers, dog park, snack bar, propane, firewood, laundry, picnic tables, and even a swimming pool. 


  • Tons of activities
  • Located on Lake Michigan
  • Nearby attractions
  • Modern facilities


  • Swimming pool closes seasonally
  • Crowds likely

14. Clearwater Campground

Owned by the Neadow family, this private campground in Ortonville is built for family-friendly outdoor fun. The owners have endeavored to make this campsite unique with its attractions that are based in nature rather than digital toys. There’s a petting zoo, a nature trail, and a lagoon. Clearwater offers cement tent sites as well as grass ones. 

100 pull-thru RV sites with full hookups and modern cabins are also available if you don’t want to camp in a tent. Campers can enjoy fishing and hiking during their stay. There are showers, restrooms, and laundry facilities on-site as well. Overall, this is a great option for secluded family-friendly camping trips. 


  • Plenty of space
  • Hiking & fishing
  • Tons of RV sites
  • Family-owned & oriented
  • Secluded


  • Longer drive from Detroit

15. Caseville Campsites

Campers who want to hit the links can check out this campsite, which is located at the Caseville Golf Course. For other campers, the surrounding area contains the Pigeon River and Saginaw Bay, which has breathtaking views. 

The campsite itself is rustic, which is a drawback for some but appeals to those who prefer primitive camping. Port-a-potties and charcoal grills are available to campers. 


  • Golf included with campsite
  • Located near Saginaw Bay
  • Natural beauty


  • Primitive camping only

16. Cathcart Park & Campground

Nice mowed grass and picnic areas await visitors to Cathcart. There are 37 seasonal RV sites with full hookups and about 40 more for shorter overnight stays. Their tent sites are limited to only 4 but there is water at each one. Showers and toilets are on-site and they also have fire pits.

Perhaps best of all, this campground is on the St. Clair River so campers can bring their boats if they have one. You can also swim in the river and a playground is available for kids. It’s only open seasonally from May to around mid-October. 


  • Riverside camping
  • Boater-friendly
  • Restrooms & showers
  • Water at tent sites


  • Closes seasonally
  • Few tent sites

17. Fort Firelands RV Resort

The shores of Lake Erie are a great place to catch a sunset if you bring your RV to Fort Firelands. Open space dedicated to tents is also available for campers without an RV. The most unique draw of this place is that it’s a full replica of a 19th-century fort. They’ve built a restaurant and shops for visitors. 

If you want to camp near Lake Erie without giving up hot showers and laundry facilities, this is a great option. It’s not ideal for a completely secluded camping trip since it’s a bit of a tourist attraction in its own right, but it is ideal for family-friendly fun. 


  • Restaurant & shops
  • Modern facilities
  • Lakeside camping
  • Ideal for RVs


  • Not secluded

18. East Park Campground

As long as you don’t mind the extra travel time to get to Peelee Island by ferry, you can’t beat East Park. It’s close to a beach and there are picnic tables and fire pits at each campsite. It’s very pet-friendly and they also have a noise and alcohol ordinance that takes effect at 11 PM each night. 

Tent campers will enjoy camping here and still having toilets and hot showers at their disposal. It’s like stepping into another world when you leave the wooded, grassy picnic area and cross over onto the sand beach.


  • Perfect for tent camping
  • Toilets and showers
  • Nearby beach
  • Pet-friendly
  • Island location


  • 11 PM ordinance

19. Auburn Hills/Holly KOA

If you’re traveling between Lansing, Detroit, and Saginaw, this KOA is a great place to stay. They have all the necessities and some modern perks as well. Toilets, showers, and a shop are all on-site. You can buy firewood and propane as well. They have wifi and a dog park. 

There’s a pool and mini-golf course on-site. More unique entertainment options include historic fire truck rides and an outdoor bowling alley. If you can’t be fussed to cook on your campfire, this KOA can even have pizza delivered to its campsites. 


  • Great entertainment options
  • Swimming pool
  • Restrooms and showers
  • Store on-site
  • Centrally located


  • Modern distractions
  • Potential crowds

20. Lansing Cottonwood Campground

This classic RV camping setup offers wifi and modern conveniences like a rec room, hot showers, restrooms, and laundry facilities. There are RV sites with full hookups and some with half hookups that have a great waterfront view. Primitive sites are also available at a reduced rate. 

You can mingle with other RV campers or have your own family camping trip here. If you’re near Lansing, this is the closest option for RV camping. 


  • Near Lansing
  • Waterfront sites
  • Primitive sites available
  • Laundry, restrooms, & showers


  • RV-centric
People bathing in the lake.

Lake Michigan is ideal for swimming, boating, and other watersports.

Final Verdict: 

If you really want to get a taste of the area surrounding Detroit, East Park Campground is the best. It doesn’t have the fanciest facilities, but the surrounding nature makes it supreme for tent camping. The best part is the trip to get to the island, during which you’ll get to take in the wealth of natural beauty Michigan has to offer. 

Bonus tip: Check out this video to see what you can do in just one day in Detroit!


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Living Life on the Edge: Embracing Adrenaline-Fueled Moments



Life is an adventure, a journey filled with countless opportunities for thrill and excitement. For some, the idea of living life on the edge, embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is an exhilarating concept that fuels their passion for adventure. This article delves into the world of adrenaline-chasing, highlighting the benefits and experiences of such a lifestyle.

Kitesurfing: Riding the waves of excitement

The first step to living on the edge is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Kitesurfing, a water sport combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding elements, is an excellent example of an adrenaline-fueled activity. The activity entails utilizing a sizable maneuverable kite to capture the force of the wind, enabling the rider to traverse the water on a board specifically designed for kiteboarding. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of soaring through the air, feeling the breeze caress your cheeks, and mastering the art of maneuvering a kite. Kitesurfing is a remarkable adventure that captures the spirit of embracing excitement and pushing boundaries.

The psychological thrill

In addition to the excitement of the tangible experience, embracing a daring lifestyle offers a mental rush that is just as stimulating. Engaging in these activities provides an exhilarating experience that stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s innate pain relievers. This results in a profound sense of joy and an overwhelming feeling of invulnerability. The thrill of this frenzy can become habit-forming, compelling thrill-seekers to pursue fresh and increasingly demanding adventures consistently. 

The benefits of embracing the edge

Embracing a daring lifestyle goes beyond pursuing excitement; it presents many advantages. Participating in thrilling adventures can enhance physical well-being, as numerous pursuits demand robustness, stamina, and skill. Furthermore, they have the potential to enhance one’s emotional well-being by offering a means to alleviate tension and unease. Engaging in these activities demands concentration, which can effectively alleviate mental clutter, resulting in a serene state once the surge of excitement diminishes.

The balance of risk and reward

While living life on the edge can be exhilarating, it’s important to remember the balance of risk and reward. Adrenaline-fueled activities often involve a certain level of risk, and it’s essential to approach them with a healthy respect for safety. Proper training, equipment, and precautions can help mitigate these risks, allowing you to enjoy the thrill without unnecessary danger. 

Always research your activities and location. This understanding can help you decide if the risk is acceptable and if you have the skills and equipment. Check and maintain your gear, and never sacrifice safety. Finally, embracing adventure with a responsible and safety-conscious mentality lets you enjoy high-risk activities without risking injury.

Living life on the edge embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is a lifestyle choice that offers a unique blend of thrill, excitement, and personal growth. Whether kitesurfing across the waves, scaling a mountain, or skydiving from a plane, these activities provide an escape from the mundane, a chance to challenge oneself, and an opportunity to experience life at its most vibrant. So, step out of your comfort zone, embrace the adrenaline, and start living on the edge. After all, life is not meant to be lived in the slow lane; rather, it’s about experiencing every thrilling moment it offers.

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Renewable Energy Farms That Make Beautiful Hiking Trails



Wind farms and solar panels are not just alternative means to get our natural resources. They have now combined with another industry and are making some unexpected news. 

The tourism industry has marked renewable energy farms as hiking trails, and hikers are here for it. You can read more about renewable energy sites. Although you might not think of hiking on a wind farm as beautiful as hiking along a famous mountain trail, you might just be in for a surprise. 

Let’s discuss the benefits that renewable energy farms have as hiking trails. 

Why are Renewable Energy Farms Important? 

Renewable energy farms are important for the future of civilization. These farms provide an alternative to our natural resources, such as wind and energy. 

The most important benefit of renewable energy is that it doesn’t produce any greenhouse emissions and reduces the air pollution other traditional processes create when providing natural resources. 

These farms also allow for the creation of the country’s own resources without having to import natural resources from another country and save their limited natural resources. 

Here are some of the reasons why energy farms are important: 

  • Allows for sustainable rural development 

This will allow landowners to make an extra income by generating energy. 

  • Test new technologies 

Providing the opportunity to test technologies to find new ways to create renewable energy. 

  • Improving the effect of climate change 

Climate change has left the environment filled with toxic pollutants, which has led people to become sick and breathe in harmful air. 

Renewable energy can change this by lessening the number of pollutants that are released into the atmosphere and providing much safer, cleaner, breathable air. 

  • This leads to job creation 

Job creation within the renewable energy farms industry is plentiful as there is a need for skilled workers such as construction, maintenance and manufacturing to build the necessary infrastructure that is needed to generate these wind and solar farms. 

The Benefits of Renewable Energy Farms As Hiking Trails 

Renewable energy farms have many benefits for both the environment and people who love spending their time outdoors. 

Embracing the Use of Green Technology 

Since wind farms and solar plants are located in areas that are unpopulated, they make for great hiking trails. 

By visiting these sites, people get to experience green technology, and by integrating them into recreational spaces, people can visit these sites and embrace green technology by seeing how they work and the positive effects that it has on the environment. 

The more people embrace the shift to green technology, the easier it will be to use it. 

Energy Farms Offer A Unique Experience For Visitors 

Visiting energy farms means you will have a unique experience while there. You will get to see how these large devices work and how they replace the basic resources needed to survive. 

Tours can give visitors more information on the background of the construction of devices, their environmental impact and why it is important for us to switch to sustainable energy resources. 

Visitors Get to Enjoy Natural Beauty 

The sites for these renewable energy farms are often located in areas that are surrounded by natural beauty, such as large landscapes. 

Natural pathways can be used as hiking trails without the need for carving out new roads and damaging the ecosystem. 

Visitors can even discover native plant life and explore the natural wonders that are located at these energy farms, as they are often placed where no infrastructure has been built on the property before. 

Providing Health and Wellness Benefits 

Hiking has many health benefits, such as reducing stress, improving fitness, and helping aid mental well-being. 

Energy Farms have Community Benefits and Increase the Economy 

These hiking trails can help boost economic sales, bringing tourists to the community. This will give the local people the opportunity to expand their businesses. 

This can also help increase employment within the community as these sites will be visited frequently and lead to new business openings to cater to tourists. 


Renewable energy farms greatly benefit both the economy and the people who want to spend their time on them. These farms are especially important for transitioning from natural resources to newer energy resource power plants. 

From learning how to embrace green technology to getting health and wellness benefits to enjoying nature’s natural beauty and finding job opportunities within the market. 

Spending time on these renewable energy farms can be educational and recreational for anyone who visits them. To find more renewable energy farm hiking trails, you can visit


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Top Recommendations for RV Window Maintenance



Much like other sections of your RV, the windows sometimes need a bit of maintenance. It is essential to clean off dirt and insect smudges and also make sure they are adequately sealed to avoid leaks and water harm.

If you have a broken RV window, then you may want to consult Van Isle Glass. However, if you wish to know more about simple measures to ensure your RV windows stay spotless and secure, you are in the right spot! Continue reading below.

Polish Your Windshield Using Ultra-Fine #0000 Steel Wool

Numerous RV enthusiasts have praised the use of the finest grade of steel wool #0000 for removing stubborn bugs and water marks from their windshields. Before proceeding, first test the #0000 steel wool on a small portion of your windshield. Apply it with light, circular motions. Sweep away any remaining steel wool bits with a microfiber towel. Next, spritz the surface with a residue-free glass cleaner and wipe it down with a separate cloth.

Steel wool is also great when used with a spray lubricant for cleaning tires, maintaining grills, starting campfires, and repelling mice. A gentler alternative is cleansing dish pads. These pads are versatile, suitable for cleaning various materials such as wood, porcelain, stainless steel, chrome, painted areas, and glass.

Apply a Sealant to Avoid Leaks

Silicone sealant is effective in stopping leaks in areas like your windshield, RV windows, sunroof, and vents. It penetrates tiny gaps, creating a robust waterproof barrier. Ensure the surfaces are clean before application and do not have old caulk, dirt, oil, and other residues.

Furthermore, clear away any standing water on windows to prevent hard water stains. Make sure the inside of your windows stay dry to avoid condensation and mold build-up. If there is significant condensation on your windows, consider getting a small dehumidifier.

Use Tools to Access Difficult Regions

Using cleaners with long handles can prevent you from straining to clean those distant parts of your windshield. Windshield cleaning tools often feature a lengthy, swiveling triangular head that is ideal for getting into corners and spots difficult to access manually.

Opt for a Residue-Free Glass Cleaner

A high-quality glass cleaner will maintain the clarity of your windows and windshield. A great glass cleaner performs well on both standard and tinted windows, making sure to remove streaks or leftover residue. Another option is a natural concoction of half vinegar and half water, with a touch of lemon essential oil.

Steer Clear of Cleaning RV Windows in Bright Sunlight

A sunny afternoon may feel perfect for washing your RV windows, but the warmth can speed up the drying of the cleaner, resulting in streaks or spots. It is advisable to tackle your RV window cleaning during early morning, late evening, or when stationed in a shaded area for the best outcome.


Keeping your RV windows clean and clear is not only about aesthetics, but is also vital for safety. The subtleties in cleaning, like steering clear of the sun and using the appropriate products, play a key role. Adhering to these guidelines will help you maintain a pristine view during your various journeys.

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