Michigan Before 'Michigan'

So you've come to Michigan early and the Festival gates don't open until Monday at 1pm - you have a golden opportunity to explore the local area. It could be a wonderful experience!

Listed below are some of the campgrounds in the area and their approximate fees. Many holiday camps are privately owned and require reservations, but those listed are large enough, publicly owned, or friendly enough (not necessarily all three at each place!) and may be able to accommodate you on short notice. For information or reservations for any Michigan state park, call 1-800-447-2757. Among the rich history of the region is nearby Idewild, home to the former "Black Eden," the historic African-American resort community of the early 20th Century.

We also list the names, Web sites and phone numbers of some local accommodations for the convenience of womyn who may not be able to do outdoor camping at all and need somewhere within commuting distance to the Land, or for campers who want somewhere indoors to stay before the Festival. Call for availability, updated rates, etc.


HART   SILVER LAKE STATE PARK   231-873-3083 or 800-447-2757
SW of Hart, near Lake Michigan; 100% reservations; $8 reservation fee; modern sites - $27/night; non-resident State Park Pass $9/day or $31/year ($11/year for MI residents); bathrooms/showers; Pets ok, six-foot leash required.
CUSTER   WHISKEY CREEK CAMPGROUND   231-898-2030 or whiskeycreekcamp@gmail.com
Only a few short miles north of the festival location along the same dirt road. No reservations needed, but recommended. $30/night for wooded private campsites with water and electric hook-up, $15/night for rustic sites. Heated indoor pool, 16,000 sqft lodge, wifi, party store, pets ok, surrounded by 22,000 acres of the Manistee National Forest.
LUDINGTON   LUDINGTON STATE PARK   231-843-2423 or 800-447-2757
8½ miles north of Ludington on M-116; 100% reservations; modern campsites with electric hook ups $27-$29/night; limited rustic sites $16/night; RV's with electric hook up only; cabins $45; State Park pass $9/day or $31/year ($11/year for MI residents); bathrooms and showers. Has five miles of sand beach on Lake Michigan, trails, dunes, etc. Pets ok, six-foot leash required. No pets on beach.
From US 31 take the New Era exit. Head west (about 8-9 miles) on Garfield Rd - it jogs left, then right and then becomes Stony Lake Rd; At the T in the road turn left on Scenic Drive. The park is at 6407 Scenic Dr. No reservations needed. $15 site/$20 w/electricity. Lots of Michigan womyn camp here.
SAUGATUCK   CAMPIT   877-CAMPIT-1 or 269-543-4327
Lesbian and gay campground, adults only. 25 acres of open woodland, few miles from beaches. Exit 30 off of 196 east of Fennville; go right on Blue Star Hwy and right on 118th. $10 membership per person; tent sites $10 per night per person (Sun - Thurs), $20 (Fri & Sat); add $6 for electricity; RV/trailer/pop-up/camper $48 Fri/Sat, $24 Sun - Thurs. Log cabin rentals for 1 or 2 people, $99/night Fri/Sat, 50% off Sun-Thur.
PENTWATER   MEARS STATE BEACH PARK   231-869-2051 or 800-477-2787
North of Pentwater, off US-31; 100% reservations; $8 reservation fee; RV's can fill or dump; sites $27 per night; State Park Pass $9 per day or $30 annual ($11 annual for MI residents); bathrooms and showers; beach frontage; guided nature tours. Pets ok, six-foot leash required.
PENTWATER   HILL & HOLLOW   231-869-5811, 8915 N. Business 31
On US 31 business loop 1 1/2 mile north of Pentwater; 100% reservations, 2 night minimum; wooded; bathrooms/showers; heated swimming pools; tents $38-$44; RV's $46, *$5 extra for Friday or Sat; wi-fi; hook-ups, dumping available. Up to 2 pets, $2 per day/per pet, six-foot leash required.
EMPIRE   DUNESWOOD   231-668-6789
Further away but a popular destination before and after Festival! This lesbian - owned resort 1.5 hours away is in the heart of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore (2 miles north of park entrance on M-109). 12 - room hotel, $135-145/ night (ask about their Michfest discount and work-trade option!)


HART   AMERICAN HOST INN - 231-873-1855
GATEWAY HOTEL - 231-873-2125
COMFORT INN - 231-873-3456
PENTWATER   PINES MOTEL - 231-869-5128
CHANNEL LANE INN - 231-869-5766
BAYMONT INN - 231-845-7311
DAYS INN - 231-843-2233
BEST WESTERN - 231-843-2140

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