Hi there!

 

So you’re planning a camping trip in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!

What’s a perfect way to spend your time in the UP?!

Camping with views of Lake Superior!

There are campsites at the McLain State Park campground from which you can get views of Lake Superior.

 

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FJ McLain State Park campground. michigan state park, lake superior camping, great lakes camping. campground near keweenaw peninsula, houghton mi. western upper peninsula. up michigan travel blog

FJ McLain State Park campground. michigan state park, lake superior camping, great lakes camping. campground near keweenaw peninsula, houghton mi. western upper peninsula. up michigan travel blog

FJ McLain State Park campground. michigan state park, lake superior camping, great lakes camping. campground near keweenaw peninsula, houghton mi. western upper peninsula. up michigan travel blog

FJ McLain State Park campground. michigan state park, lake superior camping, great lakes camping. campground near keweenaw peninsula, houghton mi. western upper peninsula. up michigan travel blog

FJ McLain State Park campground. michigan state park, lake superior camping, great lakes camping. campground near keweenaw peninsula, houghton mi. western upper peninsula. up michigan travel blog

FJ McLain State Park campground. michigan state park, lake superior camping, great lakes camping. campground near keweenaw peninsula, houghton mi. western upper peninsula. up michigan travel blog

FJ McLain State Park campground. michigan state park, lake superior camping, great lakes camping. campground near keweenaw peninsula, houghton mi. western upper peninsula. up michigan travel blog

 

 

First, some quick things to know about the FJ McLain State Park campground.

Then, a bit on how to make camping reservations.

 

 

Things to know about camping at FJ McLain State Park

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FJ McLain State Park campground. Michigan state park camping. things to do in mclain state park. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

1. McLain State Park is located in the western part of the UP

The western side of the upper peninsula is where you will find the Keweenaw Peninsula and the Porcupine Mountains.

Houghton is the “big city” of the Keweenaw Peninsula (it’s not that big), and it’s about a 20 minutes drive from McLain State Park to Houghton.

Copper Harbor is the town at the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula (and also the northern tip of “mainland” Michigan!), and it’s about a 1 hour drive from McLain State Park to Copper Harbor. 

From McLain State Park to the Porcupine Mountains is about a 2 hour drive.

 

 

2. You can get views of Lake Superior from the campground area

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior camping. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior camping. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior camping. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior camping. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior camping. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior camping. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

3. It’s possible to get a campsite right on Lake Superior for some Great Lakes lakefront camping!

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior lakefront camping in Michigan, campsite. keweenaw peninsula. western upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior lakefront camping in Michigan, campsite. keweenaw peninsula. western upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior lakefront camping in Michigan, campsite. keweenaw peninsula. western upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

4. There is tent camping and RV camping at McLain State Park

…and other types of camping!

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McLain State Park campground. rv camping in michigan. Lake Superior camping in Michigan. keweenaw peninsula. western upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. rv trailer camping and tent camping in michigan. Lake Superior camping in Michigan. keweenaw peninsula. western upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

5. There are picnic tables with views of Lake Superior

Even if you don’t get a campsite right along Lake Superior, you can take a short walk to the “community” picnic tables so you can eat with up close views of Lake Superior!

 

McLain State Park campground. picnic with lake superior views. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. picnic with lake superior views. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

6. There are spots near the campground where you can see erosion along the shoreline

All across the the Great Lakes, there are areas of shoreline where you can see quite dramatically the effect of erosion.

And you can see some erosion along the shores of Lake Superior right from the McLain State Park campground. It appears as though a spot where a tree was standing basically fell off the “cliff” due to erosion.

 

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior beach erosion. great lakes in upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior beach erosion. great lakes in upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior beach erosion. great lakes in upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior beach erosion. great lakes in upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog
Pictures from July 2020.

 

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior beach erosion cliffs. great lakes in upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

7. There’s a small sandy beach area right near the campground.

Directly from the campground, you can access a small sandy area to wade in Lake Superior… or if you want to go swimming! Lake Superior water does tend to be cold, even in summer, but people do still swim.

 

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior beach. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. McLain state park beach dogs allowed? pets allowed? Lake Superior beach. UP Michigan travel blog

 

Water levels and erosion can affect how much of a sandy shoreline there is in front of the campground.

 

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior beach. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior beach. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

8. You can watch a Lake Superior sunset from the campground area!

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior sunset. keweenaw peninsula. western upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior sunset. keweenaw peninsula. western upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior sunset. keweenaw peninsula. western upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior sunset. keweenaw peninsula. western upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

9. You can wake up to a sunrise on the lake

It may not be as dramatic, but you can enjoy a Lake Superior sunrise too.

 

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior sunrise. keweenaw peninsula. western upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. Lake Superior sunrise. keweenaw peninsula. western upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

10. The McLain State Park campground is a “modern” campground.

As opposed to a “rustic” campground.

 

 

11. There are paved campsite areas

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McLain State Park campground. camping, campsites. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. camping, campsites. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

12. There are campsites with extra parking spaces out front

McLain State Park campground. campsite parking. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. campsite parking. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

13. There are regular bathrooms along with hot water showers.

McLain State Park campground. bathroom, hot showers, modern campground. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. hot showers, modern campground. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. hot showers, modern campground. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. hot showers, modern campground. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

14. You can get electricity at your campsite.

McLain State Park campground. electricity, hot showers, modern campground. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. electricity, hot showers, modern campground. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. electricity, hot showers, modern campground. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

15. There are faucets around the campground for drinking water.

McLain State Park campground. drinking water. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

16. There’s a garbage dumpster for campers.

McLain State Park campground. what to do with trash when camping. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground. what to do with trash when camping. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

17. There’s an RV dump station.

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18. There are cabins at McLain State Park.

Similar to camping, except shelter is provided! Bring your own everything. See more about mini-cabins in Michigan state parks.

 

 

19. Summer days are long!

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In June, there are days where sunrise is before 6am and the sunset isn’t until after 9:45pm in Houghton MI, the nearest “big city” to McLain State Park.

That means time for lots of outdoor activities!

 

 

Read the reviews of the McLain State Park campground.

 

 

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Now…

How to make McLain State Park camping reservations

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This is the official website for making Michigan State Parks camping reservation.

You can choose McLain State Park, and then go from there. 

You’ll be able to find an updated campground map too that shows current availability of individual campsites for your dates. This can give you an indication of how soon you may want to book.

If you click on an individual campsite, it will also give you any noteworthy description of the site, including mentions of lake view campsites.

You can reserve the cabins the same way you do the campsites, but you’ll want to select the “lodging” part. These are called mini-cabins.

 

McLain State Park campground map. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground map. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground map. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground map. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

Cost of camping at McLain State Park campground

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In 2020, the cost of camping at McLain State Park was around $30 per night. There is an additional reservation fee. See here for updated camping fees.

The cost of McLain State Park cabins are around $68 per night

Also, as a Michigan state park, a Michigan recreation passport is required for entry.

If you’re a Michigan resident, hopefully you already have the annual recreation passport, in which case there’s no additional fee.

If you don’t have the recreation passport, or you’re from out of state, for Michigan residents the annual pass is around $17 when purchased at a state park and for out-of-state residents it’s around $34. See current fees here.

 

Checking in to your campsite

Then, once you arrive at McLain State Park, you’ll stop by the campground office to check in and get your camping permit!

 

McLain State Park campground check-in, registration. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground check-in, registration. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground check-in, registration. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground check-in, registration. UP Michigan travel blog

 

Then off you go to find your campsite!

 

McLain State Park campground check-in. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground check-in. UP Michigan travel blog

McLain State Park campground check-in. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

And that’s a bit about camping at McLain State Park!

See some things to do as a day trip from McLain State Park when you’re in the Keweenaw Peninsula.

You may also look to do some more camping a bit further south with a trip to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. (Lake Superior camping also available at Union Bay!)

Looking for more camping near the Great Lakes in the UP?

You can make it a Lake Superior camping trip.

And more Great Lakes camping spots on the list of best Michigan state park campgrounds in the UP.

 

HAPPY CAMPING AT MCLAIN STATE PARK!

 

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