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On the tip of the thumb on Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, Port Crescent Campground gives campers a wonderful place to relax, get away, and soak up the sun on the shores of Lake Huron. This quiet area of Michigan has a few small villages and towns, but a few hours of driving is needed if you camp at Port Crescent Campground and want to visit Lansing or Detroit, the nearest major cities.
If you are looking for good reasons to stay at this lovely, state-run campground in Michigan, you’ll find quite a few. You can choose from one of over 140 peaceful campsites when you stay at Port Crescent Campground, and if you are lucky, you might snag a spot close to the beaches that line Lake Huron. For those without recreational vehicles, there are cabins available as well as tent camping sites too. There is nothing quite like waking up to a sunny beach at your doorstep or falling asleep to gentle lake breezes.
While camping at Port Crescent Campground, you'll be in the midst of Port Crescent State Park. This stunning park features breathtaking views, magnificent sunsets and sunrises, white sand beaches, peaceful swimming areas, and dark night skies. This ADA-accessible, pet-friendly park is the perfect place to camp in an RV when you feel like getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a while.
Michigan is teeming with state parks, national forests, and recreation areas. A staggering number of these parks can be found on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron since the state is surrounded by three of the Great Lakes. Port Crescent State Park is just outside your RV campsite, easy to explore. Here you can enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, beachcombing, hiking, and stargazing. Sleeper State Park is a few minutes' drive down the road, occupying the same stretch of beach that Port Crescent State Park does. This pleasant state park has beautiful hiking trails, dreamy beaches, bike paths, picnic areas, and great swimming spots.
Bay City State Park is found in Bay City, not too far away from your campsite at Port Crescent Campground. This charming recreation area occupies space alongside the Saginaw Bay, an offshoot of Lake Huron. Visitors adore the beaches and fishing areas of this urban park, and birdwatching, kayaking, canoeing, hunting, swimming, and fishing are also part of the fun when you spend time at Bay City State Park.
Huron National Forest is one of many national forests nearby, home to half a million acres of lush forests and incredible ecosystems. You can do some camping at small campgrounds scattered throughout the forest, or take a multi-day trip up to the jewel of Michigan, Isle Royale National Park. This mesmerizing island park is so remote that only 25,000 people see it every year. Take a boat to this incredible natural area by the Canadian border and see some forest critters in their natural habitats.
The “thumb” of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is largely uninhabited, aside from a few sleepy villages, so city sightseeing here will be unique. Port Crescent State Park was once home to a fishing village but now lies in ruin as a small ghost town. A quick drive to Bay City in your campervan rental is always an option if you feel the urge to explore a city and see some historical sites. The Central Avenue Historic District is loaded with Victorian homes, so take a stroll through the area to observe the brightly painted historic mansions built over a century ago.
The Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum is a wonderful place for military historians and boat enthusiasts to tour, considering it is a living piece of history. This decommissioned ship dubbed the “Grey Ghost of the Vietnam Coast” was a vital naval destroyer during several conflicts in American history. The USS Edson DD-946 is taken care of by volunteers, some of whom once served on the ship. Take a tour with these naval veterans and climb through tight spaces on this fascinating piece of military history.
If you can’t get enough of Bay City’s history, take a closer look at the Historical Museum of Bay County. Each floor of the building is dedicated to a different facet of Bay City’s history, from the lumber and maritime industries to the Native America tribes and pioneers who called the area home. When you book an RV in Huron County, you’ll have plenty of things to see and do.