There are differences between public and private, from lot size to types of amenities, and there are many options for each type of RV owner. With experience and recommendation from others, you may prefer one or the other, but we wanted to answer some basic questions about private campgrounds to help you plan your trip. Both routes allow you to relax and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer. A: It is true that seasonal, weekly and night prices can be slightly higher than public campsite prices. But it depends on the campsite, park or resort – if you belong to certain associations or groups, you can benefit from discounts. Your expectations and what you get out of your experience also play a role, influencing the “value” of the campsite and whether you overpaid or not. There are many options where you can take the motorhome and set up your camp. There are public campgrounds, such as those located in national forests and state parks, that are managed by federal, state, or local agencies. Counties and municipalities also run public campsites. Or you can also choose a private campsite or a motorhome park. These are operated by individuals or companies.

A: It all comes down to preferences, recommendations, and “instinctive feeling.” Research the campsites on the internet and social media to see what your experience would be like, call them to get an idea of the management and staff, look for testimonials from people who have stayed there, and ask other RVs who have stayed there for their recommendation. Some campgrounds offer activities that are perfect for kids, but it may not matter to you if you don`t have boys. Again, it depends on what you want your experience to look like. Chances are you`ll find the perfect spot. Before building a new campground or modifying an existing site, a building permit from the MDEQ is required. A: Public campgrounds and RV parks are generally more “forested” with more surrounding forests and dirt roads. They also offer more space and isolation, and they may have limitations in the use of generators. Many public campgrounds don`t have full hookups like private campgrounds and parks, so they may not be the best choice for a longer stay. However, many of them do; Just do your homework in advance. A: Probably not, for many reasons. Private campgrounds and RV parks can fill up faster because (1) they can be smaller; or (2) have many loyal customers. There`s also more RVs on the road than ever before, and Michigan has made a name for itself as a destination state, so you`ll have to compete with tourists and Michiganders alike.

Getting a spot also depends on where in Michigan and what time of year you want to camp. Beach on Lake Michigan in mid-July? These places are often the first to leave, and this applies to both private and public places. Campgrounds must be authorized under the Michigan Public Health Code, Act 368, PA 1978, as amended. Annual licenses are issued by the Michigan Department of Environment Quality (MDEQ). The state of Michigan contracts with local health departments to inspect all campgrounds annually. In addition, the health department investigates complaints from citizens about campsites. These inspections ensure that campgrounds comply with Michigan laws and regulations. Note that booking systems vary between private and public campsites. Private campsites may or may not have an online booking system, unlike public campsites – such as those in state forests. Each of our member campsites would be delighted if you stayed with them! Browse our interactive map to learn more about them and see if they`re suitable for your next VR adventure. The EGLE Campgrounds program began on September 14, 2020 with the use of a new computer system called Michigan Environmental Health and Drinking Water Information System (MiEHDWIS), nicknamed Eddy.

This new, easy-to-use system allows for better communication and more efficient processes for licensed campsites. The current feature allows external users to create an account and directly upload documents such as apps, building plans and other additional information from campground owners or inspection reports from local health department employees. Additional features will be released in the future. Campground owners should continue to communicate directly with local health departments about water supply and field work. To learn more about MiEHDWIS and how to create an account, please visit For more information, visit the MDEQ campground website. A: Yes! Many public campgrounds have restrictions on the size of your platform. Private campgrounds can typically accommodate different sizes of platforms, from a small tug to a large Class A RV. However, some private locations are limited by the type of RV. Some will be open to mixing, while others may only be for broad RV or RV categories of certain ages. Part 125 of the Michigan Public Health Code, 1978 PA 368, as amended, and its by-laws set out the requirements for the construction, alteration, licensing and operation of a campground.

A permit from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy is required to operate a campground with five or more campgrounds or recreational units in the State of Michigan.