Camping along the lakeshore, part 1

Camping along the lakeshore

Are you ready for a getaway to the great outdoors? You’re not alone! Camping has become even more popular over the last two years, as people seek a connection to nature and some fresh air. Whether you’re sporting a shiny RV or plan to pitch a tent, the lakeshore is full of campgrounds to meet your needs. And even better yet, where you stay is only part of the fun. We’ve rounded up a list of local campgrounds and things to do nearby. Happy camping! 

Oak Grove Resort & Campground

2011 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland
616-399-9230
oakgroveresort.com

Oak Grove Resort & Campground is a family-owned campground located on the north side of Holland — within walking distance to Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa.

Amenities: 

Full hookup RV resort with grass sites and mature oak trees; rustic and modern cabins; heated pool; hot tub; dog park; gift and country store; bike rental; laundry; resident chickens and goats.

Know before you go: Tent camping is not available. 

What’s nearby:

Make it a beach day: Holland State Park is only a 10-minute walk away. Snap pictures of the iconic Big Red Lighthouse and grab an ice cream or snack at the on-site Beachplace Cafe and Shop. 

Grab a drink: After a day in the sun, Lolo’s Bar & Grill is a great place to relax with a cold drink. Located by the water at one of Holland’s yacht marina’s, Lolo’s offers patio seating, a menu featuring appetizers, salads, tacos and sandwiches, and a large drink menu to please all palettes. Punch bowl, anyone?

“big red” holland harbor light
“big red” holland harbor light

Holland State Park Campground

2215 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland
616-399-9390
www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=458&type=SPRK

Holland State Park is home to two large campgrounds: the Modern Beach Campground, just over the dune from Lake Michigan; and the Lake Macatawa Campground, featuring wooded and sunny campsites. 

Amenities: 

Two play structures, a sand volleyball court, horseshoe area, small swimming beach on Lake Macatawa (across from the campground’s entrance), boat launch 1 mile away, cabin rentals. 

kayak

Know before you go: A Michigan Recreation Passport is required for entry. 

What’s nearby:

Paddle up: The Macatawa Boat House, located across from the Lake Macatawa Campground, offers stand-up paddleboard, canoe and kayak rentals.

Take a hike: Take the Holland Dune Trail, a 1-mile, out-and-back trail that’ll take you to the top of the Mount Pisguah sand dune. Climb steps to the top of the dune to witness breathtaking views of Lake Macatawa. 

Camping along the lakeshore

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