Camping along the lakeshore, part 1
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
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.
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.
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?
Holland State Park Campground
2215 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland
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.
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.
Know before you go: A Michigan Recreation Passport is required for entry.
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.