Camp the Mitten member, Andy was kind enough to share this review!
Brimley State Park is an excellent place to camp when exploring the Eastern U.P. It is located on the shores of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior. We have camped there several times and have yet to be disappointed.
We have stayed on many campsites throughout the park, but our favorite is #188. It sits on the outside edge of the loop, is spacious, all grass, and is one of the few sites in the park that offers views of Lake Superior. There is a swing set and some other play equipment for children nearby. You can fit just about any size camper on this site. If the campground happens to be busy, I would not recommend staying on the inner part of the campground, as those sites tend to be very tight.
Brimley State Park’s campground has a beautiful, sandy beach on Lake Superior. And because its located on Whitefish Bay, the water tends to be a little warmer than the rest of Lake Superior. It is not warm by any stretch of the imagination though! The restroom facilities, while not new, are all up to date and well kept by the staff. While not known for hiking, the park does have a few trails that meander through the Upper Peninsula Forest. Brimley has a nice pavilion you can rent out for family functions and also has fishing access.
You could spend well over a week touring the Eastern U.P.! Brimley State Park is an excellent base camp to go visit Sault St. Marie, Tahquamenon Falls and St. Ignace/Mackinac Island. All of these locations around one hour away.
The campground is nestled right next to the village of Brimley, which offers a few restaurants to choose from. If you are looking to escape for some adult time, Bay Mills Casino is just three miles away.
Just outside of Brimley is Port Iroqois Lighthouse, a MUST do! The lighthouse keeper, Gilly, and his wife, make homemade fresh cinnamon rolls on the weekends. Gilly will explain the history and importance of the lighthouse to guests. Often you can see large freighters in the distance from here. Monocle Lake is also in the area. It’s off the beaten path just a bit, but well worth it when you arrive. Many people visit the U.P. to experience its raw, natural beauty and its quiet, pristine forests. Monocle Lake is just this. If you enjoy some time to yourself away from the crowds, this a great place for that. Be sure to visit Wilcox Fish House for one of the best fish dinners you will ever have.