These Michigan State Park cabins offer comfort and views

Michigan is known for its amazing campsites and scenic state parks. While packing a tent and going out with the bare necessities is something that many hardy outdoor enthusiasts appreciate, not everyone enjoys spending a night outdoors without a sturdy roof over their head. For those who prefer to keep rustic charm but also enjoy a night indoors, Michigan State Parks offer a variety of cabin rental options.

Although many may not know it, it’s a great way to appreciate Michigan’s natural beauty and remote state parks without needing to pitch a tent. The convenience and ease of these cabin rentals are worth booking in advance, especially with overnight options like these.

Reservations and fees for cabin rentals in Michigan State Park

There are more cabin rental options at Michigan’s most scenic state parks than many visitors realize, if they’re aware of these great rentals. They offer a taste of the great outdoors while taking the stress out of pitching a tent, rolling out a sleeping bag and setting up camp. They also range from actual cabins to RVs and even glamp-style tents, which also fit a variety of budgets for those hesitant to use overnight accommodations at Michigan state parks.

Reservations for Michigan State Park Rentals

Reservations for cabins can be made up to a year in advance, which means campers should start thinking about their trips long before it’s time to book. Reservations fill up quickly, so those interested will want to start their search as soon as possible. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, reservations can be made in real time from the Reservations page. This allows campers to book a specific site, giving them full cabin details before they even arrive. For those looking for a truly rustic experience, rustic campsites can be booked year-round, while more modern cabins open from late spring to early summer.

Rates for Michigan State Park Rentals

Rates vary from rental to rental, with the most rustic accommodations being around $22 and modern cabins offering rates of up to $90 during peak cabin season. The exact price breakdown for each cabin in each state park can be found here, along with details regarding the opening season.

Types of Cabin Rentals That Can Be Found at Michigan State Parks

To say there’s a cabin for everyone at one of Michigan’s state parks would be an understatement. With so much to choose from, it might be easier to start with what kinds of cabins — or accommodations, more specifically — you can expect.

“Unique” accommodation options, from glamping to cottages and domes

Visitors to Michigan State Parks specializing in “one-of-a-kind” accommodations will have the option of choosing from A-shaped cabins, small cottages, geometric domes, tiny houses (coming soon), hammocks and even glampsite tents. The latter offer safari-style accommodation, which is an excellent compromise between traditional rustic camping and overnight stays in a modern chalet.

These can be found at:

More traditional ‘mini cabins’ at Michigan state parks

Mini cabins are perfect for groups of four or less, as they are smaller than the average cabin. That being said, they offer shelter from the outdoors and basic amenities, such as electricity, bunk beds, microwaves, and mini-fridges.

Tenants are required to bring their own bedding, as well as crockery and cooking utensils.

These mini cabins are available at these state parks:

Rustic cabins offer a more traditional off-grid experience

Those looking for a more traditional log cabin experience will be happy to know that these can also be found at Michigan State Parks. These cabins can also accommodate more people, with the largest group size being up to 24 people, but as few as two. Included are bunk beds, a table, chairs, a broom and a propane heater or wood stove. Additionally, a vaulted toilet is located near, but not uncomfortably close, to the rustic cabins.

Tenants must provide their own bedding, dishes and cooking utensils.

These rustic-style cabins are located at:

RV cabins offer a more luxurious experience that remains rustic

With 400 square feet of space to spare, RV cabins are the pinnacle of rustic luxury at Michigan State Parks. These cabins are equipped with electricity, two sets of bunk beds, a futon, shelves, a fire pit and a picnic table. In addition, toilets and showers are located nearby.

These cabins also overlook scenic waterways, so they are worth the extra price for the incredible views they offer. They are available on:

Other Cabin-Style Accommodations That Can Be Found at Michigan State Parks

Although not classified as cabins, those interested in something other than traditional tent camping might find one of them piques their interest:

  • Lodges: Offering a more upscale experience with fully equipped kitchens, as well as indoor bathroom and amenities within the unit.
  • Yurts: Similar to glamping but with a sturdy structure, they have a bunk bed, table, chairs, cabinets, wood stove with cooktop and small propane grills.
  • Teepees: For those looking for an already constructed tent-like shelter, teepees are a great rustic option. These feature closable shutters, solid flooring and bunk beds or cots.
  • Temporary campers: Campers at Michigan State Park are equipped with basic amenities to make camping easier for renters. Note: These are only available at Bewabic State Park and Cheboygan State Park.

Michigan State Parks provide a temporary home for avid and first-time campers, with many lodging options depending on skill level and desired experience. These cabin rentals are the perfect option for those who want more than traditional tent camping vacations, with enough amenities to keep them comfortable for the duration.

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