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Best of Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping in Mackinaw City, MI

| Updated May 31, 2023

Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping is a must for families!

Michigan is a favorite vacation spot for Jennifer and me. We have even enjoyed the Lake Michigan shoreline in winter!

If you have not visited Michigan, you may want to add it to your list.

Today I am highlighting an excellent place, Mackinaw City in Northern Michigan. It has something for everyone: good eats and treats, historical landmarks, adventurous outings, and enough beautiful nature for outdoor enthusiasts!

Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping


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Situated on more than 200 acres of woods, Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping is considered Michigan’s favorite campground. It has won awards to prove it!

Voted “Michigan’s Favorite Campground” by TV 9 & 10 viewers, there are many reasons why people love this campground. It also won the title as one of Michigan’s “Top Family Friendly Campground” from the Detroit News!

Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping is beautiful. Located on one mile of the shores of Lake Huron, you can view the Straits of Mackinac.

It even boasts a spectacular view of nearby attractions Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City, St. Ignace, Round Island, and Bois Blanc Island.

This campground offers camp sites for all types of campers. It features 600 campsites, with over 200 full hookups sites, that can accommodate large RVs to small tents. Some spots are lakefront.

You can even go camping with those that do not like to RV or tent camp. Cabin rentals are available to rent!

Richard and Rose Rogala designed Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping after the great national parks. The campground features groomed sites surrounded by thousands of acres of wilderness. You can find wildflowers and indigenous plants all around.

As mentioned, Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping is considered Michigan's top family RV park. That’s because they have so many amenities; there is something for everyone. These amenities include:

  • Mile of natural beaches
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Free Shuttle Services to the Mackinac Island ferries

In-season amenities (Memorial Day through Labor Day):

  • Heated pool
  • Camp store
  • Arcade and Game Room
  • Free mini golf
  • Antique fire truck and hayrides
  • Sanitation station
  • Playgrounds
  • Basketball courts
  • LP gas station

The campground is also conveniently located to lots of nearby attractions.

11 Great Things to Do While Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping

After enjoying the campground amenities, venture outside to one of the nearby attractions. There is a lot to see and do in Mackinaw, City, MI.

Straits of Mackinac

The Straits of Mackinac are narrow waterways located in Michigan between the state’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas. Flowing beneath the Mackinac Bridge, the central strait connects two of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron.

Mile of Shoreline

Did you know that Michigan has the longest freshwater coastline in America? Enjoy the gorgeous mile of shoreline, which is only one piece of this magnificent coastline.

Mackinac Bridge


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Open since 1957, this gorgeous suspension bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac, connecting the Lower and Upper Peninsulas in Michigan. It is 26,372 feet long, making it the world’s 24th longest main span and suspension bridge in the western hemisphere.

Mackinaw Club Golf Course

If you love to golf, enjoy a round at the Mackinaw Club Golf Course. The property's 18-hole golf course is located nearby on 310 lush acres of nature.

Mackinac Island


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Sitting in Lake Huron, Mackinac Island offers trails, woods, and a limestone rock formation called Arch Rock. Enjoy a ferry ride over to this Top U.S. Island (by Trip Advisor and USA Today) to enjoy delicious eats, such as fudge and fun activities.

Things to do on the island include:

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Biking
  • Ferry rides under Mackinac Bridge
  • Horse-drawn carriage

Fort Michilimackinac State Park


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Check out Fort Michilimackinac State Park, located close by in Mackinaw City, MI. This 18th-century fort and fur trading village makes you feel like you are taking a step back in time. 1778 to be exact.

You will feel like you live amid rumors of the Revolutionary War by taking part in live programs and tours and visiting exhibits. There are even movies, kids’ rendezvous experiences, and ongoing archeology sites. Experience the way that civilians, soldiers, and Native people experienced the city at this time.

Downtown Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City is a village located on the northern tip of Michigan state’s Lower Peninsula. This city, rich with history, features shopping and dining for everyone. Enjoy casual or bar dining before topping your meal off with some fudge and souvenirs!

Mill Creek Discovery Park


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Visit Mill Creek Discovery Park, one of the oldest industrial sites on the Upper Great Lakes. It features a Revolutionary War period water-powered sawmill.

Then take the adventure Tour where you can enjoy ziplining, a five-story Treetop Discovery Tower, and the Forest Canopy Bridge.

You can cool down in the afternoon by taking a hike on one of the more than three miles of groomed hiking trails.

A Little Further Out

For those that want even more outdoor fun, you can venture a little further out. Situated about an hour and a half drive from other beautiful, natural attractions, you can enjoy many day trips. Enjoy all the Upper Peninsula has to offer, including Tahquaquamenon Falls and Soo Locks.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

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A view of the Upper Falls

If you follow us at all, you know how much we love Tahquamenon Falls. We have a lot of blog posts and videos about this particular area. Check it out.

The Tahquamenon Falls are two different waterfalls located on the Tahquamenon River. Both sets are near Lake Superior in the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Soo Locks

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That's Jen and me and the dog watching the big lake freighters from our campsite at the Soo Locks Campground in the Michigan UP

The Soo Locks are two parallel locks, maintained by the United States Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. The locks enable ships to travel between the lower Great Lakes and Lake Superior.

Many people enjoy checking out the locks via boat tour.

Have You Ever Stayed at Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping Campground?

We'd love to hear about your experience. Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2021-05-20

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

7 Responses to “Best of Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping in Mackinaw City, MI”

May 21, 2021at1:31 pm, Janet Schmit said:

Gary and I have been going to Mackinaw Mill Creek every September for the past several years. We have a favorite campsite that has a view of the Island and Big Mac. Harder to get now as it seems the secret is out and people are reserving a year ahead. But we are going again this year at the end of September. Can’t wait!

May 21, 2021at8:43 am, Diana combs said:

Please help. I purchased the 3. Florida trip but never received my downloads.

May 20, 2021at10:18 pm, Rebecca Armstrong said:

We had reservations there last year but…Covid. We now have reservations for September, so this was very timely! Thanks so much!

May 20, 2021at4:25 pm, David Bates said:

We’ve stayed at Mackinac Mill Creek several times and loved each and every stay. It offers one of the most spectacular views of anywhere in the world and the amenities are first rate.
The UP is one of our favorite travel destinations. We will definitely be back, even if we are trolls.

May 20, 2021at1:45 pm, CINDY GLASER said:


May 20, 2021at3:01 pm, Maria said:

Cindy, you don’t need to take a ferry to get to the Mill Creek Campground, or to Mackinaw City. They are at the top of the Lower Peninsula. You do have to take a ferry to get to Mackinac Island.

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