Hi there!

 

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

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

Well, if you’re driving up from the south, you’ll be driving across the Mackinac Bridge and the Straits of Mackinac to get to the Upper Peninsula, which will be the eastern part of the UP.

So then of course it would be perfect to stay at a campground with views of the Mackinac Bridge on your first night!

 

Straits State Park campground. best michigan state parks camping. see mackinac bridge, St Ignace MI, near mackinac city, near mackinac island. great lakes camping in upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park campground. best michigan state parks camping. see mackinac bridge, great lakes camping in upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park campground. best michigan state parks camping. see mackinac bridge, great lakes camping in upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park campground. best michigan state parks camping. see mackinac bridge, great lakes camping in upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

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

Then, a bit on how to make camping reservations.

 

 

Things to know about camping at Straits State Park

Straits State Park campground - entry to Michigan state parks. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park campground. how to get there. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

1. Straits State Park is about 5 minutes from the Mackinac Bridge once you cross over into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Mackinac Bridge to Straits State Park campground. UP michigan travel blog

 

 

2. There are spots near the campground where you can get views of Lake Huron.

…and the Mackinac Bridge!

Straits State Park campground near Lake Huron, great lakes camping. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park campground near Lake Huron, where to see mackinac bridge, great lakes camping. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park campground near Lake Huron, where to see mackinac bridge, great lakes camping. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

3. There’s a small beach at the campground.

Trail to beach from Straits State Park campground. UP Michigan travel blog

Trail to beach from Straits State Park campground. UP Michigan travel blog

Trail to beach from Straits State Park campground. UP Michigan travel blog

Beach near Straits State Park campground, St Ignace MI. UP Michigan travel blog

Beach near Straits State Park campground, St Ignace MI. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

4. It’s a beach with views of the Mackinac Bridge, so you can go swimming in Lake Huron with bridge views!

Beach with Mackinac Bridge views near Straits State Park campground, St Ignace MI. Where to see Mackinac Bridge. UP Michigan travel blog

Beach with Mackinac Bridge views near Straits State Park campground, St Ignace MI. Where to see Mackinac Bridge. UP Michigan travel blog

Beach with Mackinac Bridge views near Straits State Park campground, St Ignace MI. Where to see Mackinac Bridge. UP Michigan travel blog

Beach with Mackinac Bridge views near Straits State Park campground, St Ignace MI. Where to see Mackinac Bridge. UP Michigan travel blog

Beach with Mackinac Bridge views near Straits State Park campground, St Ignace MI. Where to see Mackinac Bridge. UP Michigan travel blog

Beach with Mackinac Bridge views near Straits State Park campground, St Ignace MI. Where to see Mackinac Bridge. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

5. The campground is for tent camping and RV camping

…and other types of camping!

Straits State Park campground. tent camping. Michigan state park camping. St Ignace MI. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park campground. RV camping. Michigan state park camping. St Ignace MI. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park campground. trailer camping with porch. Michigan state park camping. St Ignace MI. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park campground. trailer camping. Michigan state park camping. St Ignace MI. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park campground. trailer camping. Michigan state park camping. St Ignace MI. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park campground. pop-up trailer camping. Michigan state park camping. St Ignace MI. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

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

Great Lakes camping on Lake Huron at Straits State Park campground. Best UP upper peninsula campgrounds. Michigan travel blog

Great Lakes camping on Lake Huron at Straits State Park campground. Best UP upper peninsula campgrounds. Michigan travel blog

Great Lakes camping on Lake Huron at Straits State Park campground. Best UP upper peninsula campgrounds. Michigan travel blog

Great Lakes camping on Lake Huron at Straits State Park campground. Best UP upper peninsula campgrounds. Michigan travel blog

Great Lakes camping on Lake Huron at Straits State Park campground. Best UP upper peninsula campgrounds. Michigan travel blog

 

 

7. It’s possible to get a campsite with views of the Mackinac Bridge!

Great Lakes camping on Lake Huron at Straits State Park campground. Best UP upper peninsula campgrounds. Michigan travel blog

Great Lakes camping on Lake Huron at Straits State Park campground. Best UP upper peninsula campgrounds. Michigan travel blog

Mackinac Bridge camping. Great Lakes camping on Lake Huron at Straits State Park campground. Best UP upper peninsula campgrounds. Michigan travel blog

 

 

8. The Straits State Park campground is a “modern” campground.

As opposed to a “rustic” campground.

 

 

9. You can get electricity at your campsite.

Straits State Park camping, modern campground electricity for camping, tent or RV. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park camping, modern campground electricity for camping, tent or RV. UP Michigan travel blog

 

No electricity at the lakefront campsites though. 

 

 

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

Straits State Park camping, modern campground bathrooms. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park camping, modern campground hot water showers. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park camping, modern campground hot water showers. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

11. There are faucets throughout the campground for drinking water.

Straits State Park campground, drinking water for camping, tent or RV. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park campground, drinking water for camping, tent or RV. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

12. There’s a garbage dumpster for campers.

Straits State Park campground, trash garbage dumpster for camping, tent or RV. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

13. There’s an RV dump station.

Straits State Park camping. rv dump station at campground. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

14. There’s firewood available for purchase on-site near the state park entrance.

Buy firewood at Straits State Park campground. UP Michigan travel blog

Buy firewood at Straits State Park campground. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

15. There are cabins at Straits State Park.

Straits State Park cabins. michigan state parks. upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park cabins. michigan state parks. upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Straits State Park cabins. michigan state parks. upper peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog
Similar to camping but your shelter is provided! Bring your own everything. See more about mini-cabins in Michigan state parks.

 

 

16. There’s a trail to a Mackinac Bridge overlook from the campground, or you can drive there

Trail to Mackinac Bridge overlook from Straits State Park campground. UP Michigan travel blog

Trail to Mackinac Bridge overlook from Straits State Park campground. UP Michigan travel blog

Trail to Mackinac Bridge overlook from Straits State Park campground. UP Michigan travel blog

Trail to Mackinac Bridge overlook from Straits State Park campground. UP Michigan travel blog

Trail to Mackinac Bridge overlook from Straits State Park campground. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

17. The Father Marquette National Memorial is located in Straits State Park.

Straits State Park campground near Father Marquette National Memorial, national park service. UP michigan travel blog

 

Father Marquette is considered to be an important part of Michigan history, along with the Great Lakes region in general. 

There is a U.S. national memorial that’s a part of the National Park Service located in Straits State Park. This is in a separate area from the campground, and you’d drive to it.

In the area of the memorial, you can learn more about what Father Marquette did, along with general history of the Straits of Mackinac area in Michigan. 

 

Straits State Park campground near Father Marquette National Memorial, national park service. UP michigan travel blog

Straits State Park campground near Father Marquette National Memorial, national park service. UP michigan travel blog

Straits State Park campground near Father Marquette National Memorial, national park service. UP michigan travel blog

 

According to Michigan State Parks, Father Jacques Marquette was considered a “missionary explorer.” Also:

In 1675, Marquette and Louis Jolliet departed St Ignace on a 3,000 mile trip to explore and map Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River Valley.

Marquette’s map was the most accurate then known.

Marquette stands as one of Michigan’s greatest men and the memorial honors him and his achievements.

 

 

18. Summer days are long!

Straits State Park camping. sunset time in st ignace mi. UP Michigan travel blog

 

In July, there are days where sunrise is before 6am and the sunset isn’t until after 9:30pm in St. Ignace MI, the city where Straits State Park is located.

That means time for lots of outdoor activities!

 

 

Read the reviews of the Straits State Park campground.

 

 

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Now…

How to make camping reservations at Straits State Park

Straits State Park camping reservations. michigan state park campground booking. UP Michigan travel blog

 

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

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

You’ll be able to find an updated campground map too.

You’ll see that there are 3 campgrounds at Straits State Park:

  • Upper
  • Lower West
  • Lower East

You can also see the individual campsites that are available. If you click on an individual campsite, it will also give you any noteworthy description of the site, including whether it comes with a Mackinac Bridge view. 

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.

 

Straits State Park map

Straits State Park map. Michigan state park. St Ignace MI. UP Michigan travel blog

 

Upper campground map

Straits State Park campground map - upper campground. Great Lakes camping on Lake Huron. Michigan state park camping. St Ignace MI. UP Michigan travel blog

 

Lower West campground map

Straits State Park campground map - lower west campground. Mackinac Bridge views. Great Lakes camping on Lake Huron. Michigan state park camping. St Ignace MI. UP Michigan travel blog

 

Lower East campground map

Straits State Park campground map - lower east campground. Mackinac Bridge views. Great Lakes camping on Lake Huron. Michigan state park camping. St Ignace MI. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

Cost of camping at Straits State Park campground

Straits State Park camping reservations and fee cost. Michigan state park camping. St Ignace MI. UP Michigan travel blog

 

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

The Straits State Park cabins are around $52 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.

 

 

Visiting Straits State Park campground. How much time, how many days to stay. UP michigan travel blog

 

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

 

If you’re driving over from the south, stop by Wawatam Park for Mackinac Bridge views on the Lower Peninsula side.

Plus things to do as a day trip from Straits State Park when you’re in the eastern UP.

And then if you’ll be continuing your drive, here are more ideas for your circle the UP trip route with the best places to visit.

 

Looking for more lakefront campsites in the UP?

 

You can camp on in inland lake at the Andrus Lake State Forest campground that is kind of near Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

Some lakefront campsites on Lake Superior available at these campgrounds:

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

 

HAPPY CAMPING AT STRAITS STATE PARK WITH MACKINAC BRIDGE VIEWS!

 

Straits State Park campground. best michigan state parks camping. see mackinac bridge, great lakes camping. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

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