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Michigan State Park Campsite

Michigan State Park Campsite Reservations – Our Top 9 Tips

Have you ever found your dream Michigan State Park campsite and logged on to the Michigan DNR reservation website at 8:00 am only to lose out on it?!  If you follow us, you know that we LOVE camping in Michigan State Parks. And, we also LOVE camping in the lakefront sites that are nearly impossible to reserve with so much camping competition out there. We’ve...

Michigan State Park Campsite Reservations

How to Book Michigan State Park Campsites

If you’re like us you LOVE vacationing in Michigan State Park campsites but find the MIDNR reservation system website to be a bit daunting. Or, maybe you’ve never used it and have no idea where to start. We see questions about this topic in the Camp the Mitten Facebook community frequently so here’s a brief overview of what you need to know – and a few...

2019 RV Design Trends

We traveled to two local RV shows this year; the Grand Rapids Camper, Travel and RV Show and the MARVAC Detroit Camper and RV Show in Novi. We wanted to check out what’s new and trending in 2019 RVs and share it with you! We purchased our new Grand Design fifth wheel last summer so we had already seen some of the 2019 models. It was fun to look at different campers...

Halloween Camping

Michigan Halloween Camping and Harvest Festivals List

One of our favorite camping trips every year is a Halloween themed camping weekend. And, luckily, there are SO many Michigan Halloween camping options! Most Michigan state parks and many private campgrounds offer one at some point in the season. They typically include fall favorites like hayrides, bonfires, crafts, and best of all… trick-or-treating! We...

How to Shop for an RV Like a Pro

The weather outside doesn’t scream camping right now but the 2019 RV shopping season is about to officially kick off. RV Show season is beginning in Michigan and it’s time to think about what you’ll be camping in this season. When we started shopping for our RV, one of our biggest questions was, “How we be sure we’re buying the right camper at...

Why RV Camping is the Best Vacation Option for our Family

Thinking about taking the plunge and buying an RV? Or, trying to convince someone you know to buy an RV and become your BCFF (best camping friend forever)? We’re sharing our reasons for purchasing an RV for our family vacations – and a few stats from the experts thrown in there too!My husband and I couldn’t wait to purchase an RV and hit the road with our...

Firewood Facts

Michigan Firewood Facts

For many (us included), camping and campfires are like peanut butter and jelly – they just go together! That’s why there has been so much heated conversation about the DNR’s proposed plans for firewood in Michigan’s state parks as part of their effort to stop the spread of the emerald ash borer. If you missed it, the DNR proposed banning all...