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At the very tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, the Leelanau Campground is a stunning base for exploring the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. It’s on the doorstep of miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails within Leelanau State Park, as well as the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum.RV camping at the Leelanau Campground includes access to around 50 rustic RV sites that are just a stone’s throw from the water, as well as three mini cabins. There are vault toilets and drinking water available at the campground, together with dumpsters and a picnic shelter.Pets are welcome to stay with you at the Leelanau Campground, provided they remain on a leash, and there’s a small office/gift shop that’s open until late in the evening. No Wi-Fi is available, but you should be able to get phone service, depending on your provider.



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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

A highlight of camping at the Leelanau Campground is its direct access to Lake Michigan and the surrounding Leelanau State Park. Just to the west of the campground stands the Grand Traverse Light, which has watched over the Manitou Passage since 1858. An early brick tower was constructed here in 1850, with a separate lighthouse keeper’s quarters, and the foundations are still visible today. The current lighthouse now houses a museum that’s designed to resemble a lighthouse keeper’s home from the 1920s and 1930s. Browse the exhibits detailing local shipwrecks and admire the restored foghorn, then climb the tower for sweeping views across Lake Michigan.A short ferry ride from the Leelanau Campground is North Manitou Island, which is shaped like an upside-down teardrop with Lake Manitou at its heart. It forms part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and is surrounded by more than 50 shipwrecks, many of which have become popular scuba diving sites. Stretch your legs on the system of trails that traverse the island’s unpaved roads or explore the former roadbed of the Smith & Hull logging railroad, then cast a line to see what’s biting in the waters of Lake Manitou. The island is a popular destination for birdwatchers, with endangered piping plovers nesting here and bald eagles regularly seen, together with white-tailed deer, beavers, and eastern chipmunks.Spend a day exploring the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which covers a 35-mile-long stretch of Lake Michigan’s eastern coastline. It encompasses wild areas of beaches, dune formations, and forests, as well as historic lighthouses, former Coast Guard stations, and a rural farm district. Climb the huge dunes that overlook the bluffs of Lake Michigan or relax on the beach at Platte River Point, then explore the 19th-century farmsteads that dot the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

Exploring the Area

The campsites at Leelanau Campground are just ten minutes’ drive from Northport where you’ll find a supermarket for stocking up on grocery supplies. There’s also a handful of eateries and restaurants in the town if you want to dine out, together with a gas station for filling up your motorhome rental.A one-hour drive from the Leelanau State Park will see you in the heart of Traverse City, which lies on the shores of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. It’s home to a handful of fine museums, including the Dennos Museum Center, where works by Michigan-based artists are displayed. Coincide your visit with a performance at the Victorian City Opera House or attend the annual National Cherry Festival, then head to a baseball game featuring the Traverse City Pit Spitters. A short drive east of the city center is the Traverse City State Park, where you’ll find hiking trails and a picturesque beach on the shores of East Arm Grand Traverse Bay.Also nearby is the community of Leland, which is home to the Leelanau Historical Society Museum. Its exhibits detail the cultural heritage of the Leelanau Peninsula and its surrounding islands, with a focus on the fur trade, early tourism, and the shipwrecks of the Manitou Passage. Admire the traditional Anishinabek baskets and quillwork crafted by local Odawa artists, then stroll to historic Fishtown, which encompasses a cluster of Gothic Revival brick buildings, smokehouses, and fishing shanties along the Carp River.The Leelanau Peninsula is also renowned for its wineries, which can be explored along one of three wine trails. While renting an RV in the area, you can take a leisurely day driving along the Sleeping Bear Loop, the Northern Loop, or the Grand Traverse Bay Loop, with each of the tasting rooms offering their own unique experiences. Cool-climate Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc are all grown here and can be enjoyed while soaking up the viticultural views and chatting with the local winemakers.Whether you want to explore the lighthouses of Michigan or get cultured in Traverse City, create a memorable vacation when you book an RV in Leelanau County.


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All towables

Trailer

Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

Other

All other types of drivable vehicles.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


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How does check-in work?

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Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.