We just did a trip from Cincinnati. 2 nights outside of Cheboygan, 2 nights near Sault Ste Marie and 2 nights in Traverse city.
Here is our site at P.H. Hoeft State Park
The thing about Michigan campgrounds is that they do not pave their RV pads.
HOWEVER, their bathrooms are amazing. Every park we went to, the bathrooms were super clean, and have private showers. Each shower room has a door to the outside, then you have a changing area and the shower, all private. No shower curtains, communal benches, etc. Super nice.
If you stay near Cheboygan and want something to do, give Capt. Steve at Chum Bucket charters a call. $400 to take the 4 of us out, and we caught a ton of fish. Here is my wife's steelhead.
If you make it up to Sault Ste. Marie, eat dinner at The Antlers.
Good food, and tons of cool stuff to look at
We stayed at Brimley campground near Sault Ste Marie. Site 55 is the BEST in the park. You have a great view of Lake Superior.
Go over to the Canadian side of Sault Ste Marie, and check out the Bush Plane Museum. Cheap to get in, and a great way to spend a few hours.
My girls had a blast there
DO NOT make the mistake I did. If you stop at the duty free store, you still have to pay duty unless you spend more than 48 hours in Canada. Its STILL super cheap, so stop and stock up on liquor and beer. 12 packs of good beer were $6. But I got the third degree from the US border agent on my way back in to the US, but they let me off with a warning.
I liked Traverse City's campground the least. We stayed at the Traverse City state park campground, and it is literally RIGHT in the middle of the city. Good thing is you can walk out of the campground and down to somewhere for dinner, so if you want to have a few drinks, thats a bonus. But, the campsites were super small and we had zero privacy.
If you do go to that area though, check out the Jolly Pumpkin Brewery. They had some fantastic artisan pizzas.
Here is a shot of our campsite. I really disliked how little privacy we had. We were there during the cherry festival, so it was slammed.
They had these hilarious black squirrels though and they were not afraid of people.
We did another fishing charter in Traverse City. "Ultimate Fishing Charter".
We had an OK catch
But the captain was kind of a jerk. Just a real gruff unfriendly guy. And the first mate complained when I asked him to steak my trout instead of filet.
We did this 6 night trip the end of June, coming back on July 3rd. Pack warm. We had to go out and buy jackets. It was already in the 90s in Cincinnati, and we got up to our first over night, and were freezing at night.