Our 3rd Annual Tahquamenon Falls Winter Campout – Jan 20-22, 2017

 Our 3rd Annual Tahquamenon Falls Winter Campout – Jan 20-22, 2017

It's still unbearably hot and humid in much of the country but soon it will be cold and that means a lot of folks are getting excited about our annual Freezeout Winter Camping Extravaganza at the beautiful Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Reservations are now open and this event always fills up! And yes, you certainly can camp in the wintertime.

Each year, we've had from 28 to 32 inches of snow on the level ground and it's been an absolute ball.

Here's a link to all our stories and pictures on camping at Tahquamenon Falls – https://rvlifestyle.com/?s=tahquamenon+falls

The Upper Tahquamenon River Falls is awesome to see in the wintertime
The Upper Tahquamenon River Falls is awesome to see in the wintertime

The Michigan DNR rangers plow sites for us.

There's no real agenda and no plan.  Just show up with your winter gear and have fun. There's snowshoeing, hiking, photography, snowmobiling, sight-seeing and lots and lots of fun socializing. We'll have a guided snow shoe hike on Saturday morning. It's just like summer camping, except we wear lots of clothing.

Snoeshoe hiking is a lot of fun!
Snoeshoe hiking is a lot of fun!

Each site has electricity. There is no running water and the rest rooms and showers are closed. There are pit toilets available.

Because your RV is winterized, you have no running water in it, either. So bring a jug of water for drinking. Use antifreeze to flush the toilet. We usually eat out as a group on Friday and Saturday nights at area restaurants. Other meals are on your own. There's a big bonfire each night.

Come join us!
Come join us!

How it works:

It's a two-step process, Go to the Michigan DNR website and reserve a spot at Taquamenon State Park in the Hemlock campground for the weekend of January 20 – January 22.  Then go to the Eventbrite booking service where we manage these gatherings and tell us about it.  Enter your campsite number so we know where you are. There's no charge from us, you pay your booking fee with the Michigan DNR. You can also post your site number here, attached to this post as a comment.


Remember, you must sign up through Michigan DNR to reserve a campsite. Since the rangers plow the sites on demand, walk-ins are difficult to accomodate unless you bring your own snowplow.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park – 41382 West M 123, Paradise, MI 49768 – View Map

We'll set up a special Facebook group for this event in a few weeks.

Jennifer and I, and Bo, are in site 181 this year!

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • Pam and Mike Stanley are registered for site #187. We had a great time in 2016. We are looking forward to a repeat. Perhaps more snow? See what you can do about that, Mike W. Thanks.

  • Mike and Sue Talaski site 154

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