Northern Michigan’s Best Dog-Friendly Campgrounds –

Are you bringing Fido on your next overnight outing outdoors? With a little planning, your canine companion will enjoy these dog-friendly northern Michigan campsites as much as you do.

Featured in the April 2021 issue of Traverse Magazine.

South Higgins Lake State Park

This 1,000-acre park south of Grayling offers nearly a mile of shoreline along Higgins Lake, spring water known for its clarity and fishing. Pitch your tent or park your motorhome in one of the 400 modern campsites in the shade of hardwood and enjoy the sandy beach, boat launch and picnic area.

Dog-friendly hike: In the park you will find a self-guided nature trail. For a longer, historical hike, take the short drive to Grayling and spend an afternoon exploring the trails of Hartwick Pines State Park through ancient white pine trees. Some of these trees stretch over 30 meters into the sky and date from before the War of Independence.

Per puppy type: While all state park and state forest campsites are pet-friendly, not all cabins and lodges are, says Maia Turek, a resource development specialist for Michigan’s DNR Parks and Recreation Division. Visit for a list of options for traveling with your furry family members.

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