For several years the Michigan DNR has worked with local companies that offer RV and camper rental delivery and set up services in Michigan’s State Parks. This allows outdoor camping for those who want the experience of staying in a camper but not the ownership of one. It’s a great option for those who want to explore and camp throughout Michigan but don’t want to tow a 30 camper for 700 miles.
There are over 30 Michigan DNR approved vendors that can deliver RVs and campers to Michigan’s State Parks. Many of the vendors listed indicate they can deliver to all of the parks while some serve specific park campgrounds. This is a great option for those who cannot tow a camper themselves.
Camping is considered a family get-a-way activity that is increasing in popularity this year. With many working at home, camping is considered an option for those who can work anywhere. Both state parks in Michigan’s Thumb; Albert E. Sleeper and Port Crescent, offer WiFi services. This is ideal for those who need to open a laptop and check email or the status of a project at work.
The Pop-Up, Camper and RV Rental Process
The first step is to reserve a campsite at one of the Michigan state parks you want to visit. The Michigan DNR has an on-line reservation system that can now indicate open sites with only a few days’ lead time. Be sure to note the number and the size of your campsite. You will need this information when renting your pop up camper or RV.
Next, review the list of camper and RV vendors that can deliver and set up your rental pop up camper, fifth wheel, or RV at a Michigan park. Our review shows that you can get a full-size camper that sleeps 6 to 8 people from $125-150 a night. Pop up campers range from $300 for a 3 day stay to a full week, (7 days), at $500. Pop up campers can sleep up to six. Consider the security deposit, pet and smoking fees and cancellation terms into your budget
What Should You Bring When you Rent an RV or Motorhome at a Michigan State Park?
Here is a list of suggested items you will want to bring with you when camping.
- Bedding + pillows
- Cooking utensils (including pots & pans)
- Outdoor grill and utensils
- Personal items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc)
- Bath towels & washcloths
- Bug Spray
- Wood and lighter for campfire
- Smores (marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate bars)
- Swimsuits and beach towels
- Hiking shoes
- Small mat to wipe your feet
Once your ready to leave your pop up or camper rental you just clean up, pack your belongings and leave. There are no worries about towing, pump-outs or storage when you get home.
What Can Be Rented at Michigan State Parks?
Horse Rentals And Guiding Services – Privately owned riding stables and guiding services operate in five southeastern Michigan state parks.
Cabins, Lodges, Safari Tents, and Yurts – This is a more upscale camping experience. Numerous state parks now have remote rustic cabin, lodges, safari-style tents, pop-up campers, cottages, tepees and yurts available for rent.
Track Chairs – Seven state parks have or will offer these great replacements for wheelchairs for an off-road experience. The electronic chairs can easily handle trails, snow, sand, and up to 8 inches of water. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost.
Bike Rental – Currently eight state parks offer bike rental
Camping Gear Rentals – Offers tents, sleeping bags, camp chairs for camping and backpacking.
Canoes, Kayaks, and Paddleboards – Forty Michigan state parks located on the water offer various boat rentals.