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6 Outstanding Camping Sites Minutes Near Caseville Mi

Caseville, Michigan, is the avowed “fun town” in the Upper Thumb. It has four major festivals, one for each season. Winter starts with Shanty Days. Late Spring has country music and BBQ fun with Ribstock. The late summer has its massive Cheesburger in Caseville, and the Fall is wrapped up with Pumkinfest. There is also a mini-golf, ice-cream shops, gift stores, pubs, a brewery, and a distillery. There is certainly plenty to do. Those looking to camp out and enjoy the festivals, fine fishing, and beaches are in luck; there are over 650 campsites within 10 miles of Caseville Mi Camping.

#1 Caseville County Park

Located on the banks of Lake Huron, on Saginaw Bay, this is one of the most active and fun parks in the area. You can drive and park right on the beach. It’s situated on 40 acres. The Caseville campground features 58 water & electrical locations and 172 full-hookup sites. Many of these sites are suitable for camping during the full summer season.

Caseville County Park Beach Volleyball - Caseville Mi Camping
Caseville County Park Beach Volleyball

The park is located within walking distance from the little port city of shops and stores. This campground has large portions of it covered with a tree canopy. Many campers bring their boat along as launch ramps are available at the nearby marina, fishing off the Caseville Pier.

Caseville County Park Map
Caseville County Park Camp Sites – Courtesy Huron County Parks

The park also features pavilion rentals and offers a few prime beachfront sites. In addition, the park has an open-air theater with live entertainment during the summer season during the Ribstock BBQ festival in June, and the Caseville Cheeseburger festival in August. For those working remotely, the park has WiFi Internet service available in the campground area. This is the premier campground for Caseville Mi.

Making Campground Reservations at Caseville County Park

Check for availability and make your reservations online at Caseville County Park.

#2 Beadle Bay Marina & Campground

Located on Sand Point about 9 miles west, Beadle Bay is the third closest campground for Caseville Mi Camping.

Its 31 campsites are nestled near the marina for a mix of boating and camping that is commonly seen in the Thumb area.

Camping in a marina is a unique location, and many folks enjoy the experience. Beadle Bay Marina is a perennial participant in the Cheeseburger in Caseville Parade. It’s also located near the Sand Point Nature Preserve. Thus it is not uncommon to see deer walking through the camp.

Making Campground Reservations at Beadle Bay Marina & Campground

Check for availability and make your reservations online at Beadle Bay Marina & Campground

#3 Albert E. Sleeper State Park

Sleeper State Park Welcome Sign

At only five miles, Sleeper State Park is one of the nearest campgrounds near Caseville. Driving by the park, visitors immediately see the day-use picnic and beach area along the shoreline and the tree-hidden 226 site campground across M-25. That is a small slice of the park. Sleeper State Park has over 700 acres of wetlands, an ancient dune forest, a half-mile of beautiful sandy beach, and natural dunes guarding the shore.

Safari Campsite at Sleeper State Park
Sleeper State Park Safari Camping

In the forest and dunes, the back of the park is an extensive trail system for hiking, running, and mountain biking. In the winter you can cross-country ski. The camp also offers cabins to rent and the opportunity to camp on the beach or in the secluded woods in a safari-style platform canvas tent. This upscale camping at Sleeper State Park is called glamping and is new to the Upper Thumb in 2020.

Glamping is becoming popular for couples and those who don’t have a camper or RV. However, tents can get warm in the summer. We learned that you don’t have to give up the comfort of sleeping in a cool tent by finding the best tent air conditioner for campsites. All it takes is ice and the ability to charge the battery from time to time.

Making Campground Reservations at Sleeper State Park

Check for availability and make your reservations for Sleeper State Park online at Michigan State Park & Harbor Reservations.

#4 Oak Beach County Park

Oak Beach County Park Campground - Camping Near Caseville Mi
Oak Beach County Park Campground

Located almost exactly between Caseville (9.5 miles) and Port Austin. (9 miles) This park offers a great beach across M-25 from the campground. It has a total area of 46 acres with 55 full-service campsites. Pavillitons near the beach is available for rent, as are picnic tables and grills. The large area with ample parking is perfect for large parties and family reunions. There are playground areas and horseshoe pits too.

Oak Beach County Park Pavilion - Camping Near Caseville MI
Oak Beach County Park Pavilion

Its large beach is noted to be groomed, and sandy, and has a gentle shallow frontage. It’s perfect for those with little kids. The changing rooms/showers have been noted to be very clean. Campsites are large enough for our children to play in. The management and on-site hosts have been constructive with tips on where to go and suggestions for restaurants and events. The park is located near the Huron County Nature Center with its famous Broadwalk trails.

Making Campground Reservations at Oak Beach County Park

Check for availability and make your reservations online at Oak Beach County Park.

#5 Duggan Family Campground

Duggan's Family Campground Entrance - campgrounds near Caseville
Duggan’s Family Campground Entrance

Duggan’s is one of the largest private campgrounds in the Upper Thumb. However, this park is a “whole season” campground where folks park their RV and stay for the entire summer. There is no short-term or transient camping with 327 sites that can handle just about every size of camper or RV. Access to the beach is across M-25 at McGraw County Park. McGraw is a day-use beachfront park known for its fine sugar sand and quiet beach.

Duggan's Family Campground Pool Area - Camping Caseville Mi
Duggan’s Family Campground Pool Area

Amenities include an on-site convenience store, activity center, playground, game toom, a large pool with a pool heater, showers, and an on-site laundromat. They also offer complete pump-out services, firewood, and winter storage. The camp staff also arranges many events and outings in the area. If you’re interested in setting up a permanent site for camping near Caseville, Mi for your camper or RV, stop by the camp office and ask to be placed on a waiting list.

#6 Port Crescent State Park

At twelve miles from Caseville, Port Crescent State Park. It is a bit far, but it’s one of the prettiest camps in the Thumb. Sporting an impressive three miles of beach coastline, it’s the largest swath of undeveloped coast on the western shore of the Thumb. The picturesque beach is bordered on one end by a 137-site campground. Many of the tree-shaded sites are on the edge of the beach or the old Pinnebog River.

Beachside Camping At Port Crescent State Park
Beachside Camping At Port Crescent State Park

Just in from the day-use beach, a sizable boardwalk curves around some of the protected dunes. This allows exploration of hidden clearings for beach access and a chance to see wildlife. In addition, the beach nearest the campground is dog friendly.

Swimming Beach Area at Port Crescent State Park
Swimming Beach Area at Port Crescent State Park

Port Crescent State Park offers rustic cabins and upscale glamping geodesic domes for an outdoor experience for those not wanting to camp. Your family or group family will never be bored. The park provides visitors ample chances for hiking, and ADA opportunities for fishing, canoeing, hiking, and bird watching. This is an ideal park for year-round camping near Caseville, Mi, with trails for cross-country skiing and nearby hunting areas.

Camping does not have to be expensive. For those who are exploring and learning how to camp, start with a good tent. You can find a camping tent for under $100. Try camping with a stay in over a hundred public and private campgrounds in Michigan.

Making Campground Reservations at Port Crescent State Park

Check for availability and make your reservations for Port Cresent State Park online at Michigan State Park & Harbor Reservations.

See Other State Park Campsite Availability for Caseville Mi Camping

In 2020, the Michigan DNR offered an online service for Port Crescent and Sleeper State Park reservations. This allows inquiring campers if space is available at their favorite campground park. This service makes it easier to find mid-week availability on short notice. In addition, you can see which locations have open spots immediately.

Caseville Campgrounds with Cabins

Lake view from Camper Cabin at Port Crescent State Park
Lake view from Camper Cabin at Port Crescent State Park

Both Sleeper State Park and Port Crescent State Park offer campsites with cabins. Sleeper also offers platform tents that are situated in the remote wooded area of the park as well as right on the beach. Port Crescent State Park offers two unique camping experiences. Sleep in a geodesic dome or bring your hiking hammock and sleep steps away on the beach.

  • Fun at Caseville Campground Since 1919 – The park first opened in 1919 and has been a Caseville campground and beach destination for Southeast Michigan. The park is located on the site of a former sawmill and salt production operation.
  • Port Crescent State Park – 5 Things To Know – You don’t see a single cottage or sign of civilization on its beaches. In its large campground, you can literally set up your tent or RV on the beach’s edge. In between the beach area and the campground is a series of trails that meander through forest and dunes that were once the site of a lumber town along the slow-moving Pinnebog River.
  • 15 Interesting Secrets of Michigan’s Sleeper State Park – Visitors can watch both sunrises and sunsets on Saginaw Bay, relax in the shade and seclusion under the tall oaks in the campground or roam the trails of the ancient dune forests. It’s one of the most widely visited parks in Southeast Michigan.
  • Ghost Town in the Thumb – Port Crescent State Park – Located at the tip of Michigan’s “thumb” along three miles of sandy shoreline of Lake Huron Saginaw Bay, the park offers excellent fishing, canoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing, birding, and hunting opportunities. However, a little-known aspect of this park is that it sits in a ghost town location.
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Michael Hardy

Michael Hardy is the owner of Thumbwind Publications LLC. Michael was born in Michigan and grew up near Caseville. In 2009 he started this fun-loving site covering Michigan's Upper Thumb. Since then, he has authored a vast range of content and established a loyal base of 60,000 visitors per month.

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