The Great Lakes are just that, great for honeymooning. And since camping is almost a national pastime in these parts no matter what area or national park you choose, some of the most amazing waterfront campsites in the nation are here. From rustic to modern, couples can choose their camping style while navigating hundreds of quaint beach towns rich with local history, gorgeously carved sand dunes, amazing fishing, hiking, and plenty of local fare and fodder.
Best Great Lakes Camping Spots for Honeymooners
Ludington State Park – With breathtaking vistas, shoreline, marshland, forest, and sand dunes, there are 5,300 acres and 347 campsites tucked between Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan. Honeymooners have several miles of beachfront and bodies of water to frolic upon, not to mention 20-miles worth of hiking, four miles of canoeing, plenty of swimming, fishing, hunting, and boating.
Spring and summer are the most popular months, but October has some beautiful trails with gorgeous foliage that pop against the gorgeous lake views. For a romantic day out, the Big Sable Lighthouse is a wonderful trip for a picnic and some quiet time together.
Castle Rock Campgrounds – Located on the pristine shores of Mackinac Island, Castle Rock is a quaint town with gorgeous beachfront resorts, shopping, fishing, and restaurants. For the couple who loves to camp in style, Castle Rock Campgrounds saddles itself up to Lake Huron and was rated by Frommer's as one of the best campsites in the entire nation. Accommodating big rigs and small tents for cozy couples, take advantage of the horseshoes, hot showers, fish pond, and the 45 acres of federal forest and mile-long beach.
Orchard Beach State Park – Overlooking Lake Michigan, this relatively small park (201 acres) is less crowded than most of the other state parks in the area. For couples who love camping in the great outdoors but love sightseeing as well, can take the trailhead from the campsite to the beach and explore many other nature trails interwoven along the way.
The Victorian town of Manistee is only a short ride away. Be sure to take the trolley tour of this uniquely beautiful place, and if honeymooning between August and September, the harbor in Manistee is flush with Coho and Chinook salmon – perfect for a fireside BBQ!
Cool Landmarks & Things to Do
Since the Great Lakes are so vast – comprising 21% of the world's freshwater supply – choosing between the five Great Lakes themselves can be daunting. Whether you choose to set up camp on Lake Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, or Ontario, there are hundreds of ways to spend your days. Some of the highlights would include the Lilac Festival each June in the Upper Peninsula and riding the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in the West Central region. For a slower pace of life, the Northeast region is ideal and has “The Shipwreck Coast” off of Lake Huron where a number of sunken vessels reside making an eerily romantic way to spend a day on the water.
When to Visit
Summer is by far the most popular time with a buzz of local festivals and events happening all across the region. However, if you like to camp with less crowds (this is your honeymoon, after all), autumn is breathtakingly beautiful with gorgeous trees and quieter campsites.
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