Van Riper State Park

State Park

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851 County Rd. AKE
Champion, MI 49814
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GPS: 46.5208, -87.9848

Last Price Paid: $22
Number of Sites: 145
Pad Type: dirt
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 1581 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

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Conneaut Lake, PA 25' Sprinter Winnebago 24 G
10 reviews
Nightly rate: $22
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 43

JLFotomeister would stay here again

“Beautiful Lakeside Campground with Swimming Beach”

Reviewed Oct 06, 2017

Overall Rating

Following a beautiful drive along the shore of Lake Superior, with a stop at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, we ventured further west to beautiful Van Riper State Park on Lake Michigamme. There are 2 campgrounds, one "Rustic" with 40 sites and the other "Modern" with 147 sites. We opted for the "Modern" with electric hookup (water was spaced throughout the campground). Sites are well-spaced, fairly level grass and dirt with plenty of space between campers, but not a whole lot of privacy. Each site has a nice picnic table and a fire ring. Firewood is available at the check-in as well as ice. We arrived at 4:30pm on a Monday and there were lots of sites available. Very friendly person at the desk gave us a map and told us to take a drive through and pick a spot from the many available. We picked #43, forested on one side and close to the beach. We were disappointed with the road noise at first, but it quieted down at night. Also train tracks nearby with a train arriving at 7 pm and another at 7 am so it didn't bother us during the night. Just steps from our sites was a stairway down to the lake and we experienced a beautiful sunset the first night. (See Photo) The swimming beach was a short walk from the site.
The sandy beach is beautiful, and there is a bath house, benches and a playground. There are some nice nature walks and wildlife viewing areas. We liked it so much we decided to stay an additional night and set out on our bicycles and were able to find a nice 17 mile ride down a quiet logging road across the highway toward Clowry and back again. It was great fun. We would definitely stay here again! We camped at Van Riper State Park in a 25' Motorhome.

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112 reviews
Nightly rate: $24
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 99

CeeGee would stay here again

“Family orienteted campground with great beach”

Reviewed Jul 25, 2015

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This is another excellent Michigan State Park. The roads are paved. The spacious, shady sites are grass/dirt mixture due to the high use. Lot of families here and pretty much every spot is taken on the weekend. Sites have 30 amp power with some having 50 amp. The beach is pretty much what everyone comes here for. It's sandy and the water much warmer than any of the Great Lakes. Big playground for the kids. If you are in the area, I highly recommend this park. GREAT Verizon 4G service and 6 OTA channels, with NBC and Fox being the primary networks.

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  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • Partial Hookups
  • wifi: free
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • playground
  • recreation trail
  • swimming beach
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • picnic table
  • cabins
  • dump station
  • general store
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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