Northern Exposure Campground

When you are making plans to book an RV in Wexford County, you’ll need a place to park, stay, and play and the Northern Exposure Campground in Mesick fits the bill for all three. The campground is spread out over 300 wooded acres and includes 2.5 miles of shoreline along Hodenpyl Dam Pond, 3.5 miles of paved roads, 13 miles of hiking trails, and a boat launch. Recreational opportunities include fishing, sports fields, and playgrounds. There is also a pizzeria and a camp store on-site.The sites at Northern Exposure Campground are secluded, and many have lake views. Sites may have back-in or pull-through access. All sites have water hookups, and some have 50-amp electric hookups. Campground amenities include restrooms and showers.

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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


Find the perfect RV

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


Delivery or Pickup

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

Let us help

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


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 host in the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

The Manistee River runs for 190 miles and empties into Lake Michigan. It passes through the village of Mesick, where you will be RV camping at the Northern Exposure Campground. The river is considered easy to moderate for paddling, and it is one of the best trout fisheries east of the Rocky Mountains. The 245-foot-long Little Mac suspension bridge is a feat of engineering and a spectacular sight. Recreational activities along the river include rope swings, fishing, boating, paddling, canoeing, and exploring.You can also take your Mesick camper rental to the Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park to experience the great outdoors and a great sense of community. This park features a quarter-mile of beach lining the shores of Grand Traverse Bay along with a beach house and a picnic area with tables and grills. Food concessions and bike, canoe, and paddleboard rentals are available. Recreational activities here include hiking, biking, fishing, metal detecting, a playground, and cross-country skiing.The Huron-Manistee National Forest covers nearly one million acres between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. You can explore the spectacular natural beauty when you rent a camper near the Northern Exposure Campground. One of the highlights of the forest is the only wildflower sanctuary in the National Forest system, established as a joint venture with the Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan. The Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary is home to more than 230 identified species of wildflowers. Kirtland’s warbler guided tours and programs at the Lumberman’s Monument are also offered. Recreational activities in the forest include disc golf, beaches and dunes, swimming, boating, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, rock and mineral collecting, and winter sports such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. You can also enjoy a scenic drive along the North Country National Scenic Trail.

Exploring the Area

You can visit nearby Traverse City when you camp in an RV near Mesick. Traverse City is situated on Grand Traverse Bay on the shores of Lake Michigan, and it is a very popular vacation destination. Some of the highlights and hot spots here include the Dennos Museum Center, the City Opera House, the Great Lakes Children’s Museum, the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, and the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, which is an upscale development that retains the character of its culturally and historically significant setting. Special events that take place here every year include Traverse City Beer Week, the Bellaire Winter Farmer and Artisan Market, the National Cherry Festival, and Blossom Day with the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. Be sure to check out Traverse City Tourism and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce for the latest in local news, happenings, and visitor information.You can also experience Grand Rapids with your rental motorhome at the Northern Exposure Campground. Grand Rapids is the second-most populated city in Michigan, and it sits on the Grand River. It is known for its many breweries and the excellent food, live music, and other social life that surrounds them. Other highlights of this city include the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Heritage Hill, and the Downtown Market Grand Rapids. Special events that happen here include Cocktail Week GR, ArtPrize, the Michigan Bridal and Wedding Expo, and the International Wine, Beer & Food Festival. Visit Experience Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, and Pure Michigan for up-to-date information on area attractions, events, and tourist information.There is a pizzeria on the property at the RV campground, and if you want to head out to explore more of what’s available locally, you can find bar and grill fare, pizza and wings, family-friendly comfort food, and much more. If you need to refill your rig as well, there are numerous truck stops, service stations, and convenience stores with both gasoline and diesel fuel.

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Questions about RVs?


What type of RV should I choose?


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.


Do the RVs have bathrooms?


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.


How does check-in work?


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.