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Camping Along the Pere Marquette River

There are over 2,200 private campsites which are dispersed through the watershed. Other outdoor recreational facilities provided by private sources include golf courses, horseback riding and skiing activities.

Campground Camping within the PM River Corridor:

  • Bowman Lake Campground (walk-in campground)
  • Bowman Bridge Campground (also RV camping here for a fee)
  • Claybanks Campground (also RV camping here for a fee)
  • Elk Canoe Campground
  • Gleason’s Landing Campground (camping fee required; no RVs)
  • Logmark Rest Stop
  • Sulak Campground (also RV camping here for a fee)
  • Whelan Lake Area

Group Camping along PM River

  • Bowman Bridge Campground (requires reservation from mid-May to mid-September)
  • Gleason’s Landing Campground

Dispersed Camping along the PM River

There is no camping along the Pere Marquette River within 1/4 miles of the river, or outside of designated campgrounds on the National Forest. 

There is no permit to camp in National Forests or designated campgrounds. Some do require a reservation and/or camping fee.

For more information, contact the Baldwin White Cloud Ranger District at (231) 745-4631.

Activities & Attractions in West Michigan

Biking in West Michigan

Much of West Michigan is bicycle-friendly, and you’ll find many nice paths on which to ride. It’s great exercise with great scenery to enjoy.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is situated at the end of the Leelanau Peninsula within, about eight miles north of the town of Northport.

The Pentwater River

The Pentwater River provides opportunities to experience a paddle sport for the first time or take on a challenge for those more experienced.