Wilderness State Park is a popular Carp Lake area campground located only 10.6 miles from the facilities of Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping in Mackinaw City, MI.
Situated on over 26 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, Wilderness State Park offers year-round recreational activities and 259 campsites on 10,512 acres.
Wilderness State Park
903 Wilderness Park Drive
Carp Lake, MI 49718
Phone Number: (231) 436-5381
Toll-free: (800) 447-2757
Michigan State Parks are famous for their spectacular natural beauty as a vacation as well as with sports and outdoor enthusiasts. Travelers seeking information, brochures or rates on Wilderness State Park should compare the features and costs of a visit to Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping.
Campers interested in Wilderness State Park may be surprised to learn that Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping is voted one of Michigan's most family friendly campgrounds by the Detroit News. The campground is pet friendly and child friendly with two large playgrounds, a full size basketball court and a sandy beach as well as a heated pool (open Memorial Day through Labor Day). Rates are very competitive with Wilderness State Park. Located just 2 miles south of the Mackinac Bridge in Mackinaw City on US Highway 23.
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Whether or not you are planning an event, Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping has the facilities and beautiful setting to help make your visit to the State Parks of Michigan a memorable and enjoyable time for all. If you are planning a group or family event see our group/family reunion information.
Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping features a free shuttle to the island ferries and the camp's web page has extensive information on Northern Michigan State Parks. Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping offers cottage and cabin rentals at our vacation resort with the modern conveniences of water, electricity and bathroom facilities.Related Links:
Northern Michigan State Parks
- Aloha State Park - 285 campsites on Mullett Lake near Cheboygan, MI
- Burt Lake State Park - 306 campsites on 406 acres near Indian River, MI
- Cheboygan State Park - 76 campsites with hiking trails in Cheboygan, MI
- Fort Michilimackinac State Park - 1770s-era fort, Mackinac State Historic Park
- Mill Creek Discovery Park - Reconstructed sawmill, trails, & exhibits
- Mackinac Island State Park - Michigan's 1st State Park, open year round
- Onaway State Park - 158 acres with 96 campsites on Black Lake
- Petoskey State Park - 168 campsites on 2 campgrounds near Little Traverse Bay
- Straits State Park - 270 campsites & the Father Marquette Memorial
- Wilderness State Park - 250 campsites, year-round recreational activities
Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping vs. Wilderness State Park
Camping styles vary widely and many State Parks may not be a good fit for some campers, such as large RV's or campers with infants or very small children. Wilderness State Park varies in their accommodations, features and facilities compared to Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping, so we have gathered information on Wilderness State Park and their facilities and contrasted them with Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping. The chart below compares Wilderness State Park versus Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping.
|Amenities||Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping||Wilderness State Park|
|Site Types||Dozens of site types||Campsites only.|
|Full Hookup Sites||200 Full Hookup Sites||Limited to 20 amp and 30 amp sites.|
|Cabin Rentals||Variety of Lakefront Cabin Rentals||Some rustic cabins available.|
|RV Friendly||Large RV Sites, Seasonal RV Sites & RV Sanitation Station||RV Sanitation Station|
|Park Store||Camp Store (Memorial Day to Labor Day)||Not available at Wilderness State Park|
|Playgrounds||3 Playgrounds & Basketball Court||Playground|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi* (*click for more info)||Not available at Wilderness State Park|
|Modern Camping||Heated Pool (seasonal), Paved Roads, 3 Shower Buildings, Flush Toilets||Modern Restrooms|
|Activities & Natural Surroundings||Natural Beaches, Trails, Metal Detecting||Cross Country Ski, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Metal Detecting, Snowmobiling, Swimming|
|LP Gas Refill||Available at Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping||Not available at Wilderness State Park|
|Shuttle Service||Free shuttle service to Mackinac Island Ferry||Not available from Wilderness State Park|
|Fee for Camper Pass||No extra fee charged for registered guests.||Michigan State Park Motor Vehicle Permit required for entry.|
Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping Amenities
- small, medium & very large tents
- small & medium motor homes
- extra large motor coaches with slide outs
- tent trailers & pop-ups
- groups & large rallies
- Even those who wish to sleep in the great outdoors with sleeping bags are welcome!
- Full Hookup 50amp LARGE
- Full Hookup 30amp LARGE
- Electric & Water 30amp
- Electric & Water 20amp
- 30amp or 20amp Electric
- Non Electric
- Super Saver Discount Camping Area
- See our Campsites page for more details.
- Bridgeview Cabins with Bathrooms
- Lakeview Cabins with Bathrooms
- Mackinac Island View Lake House
- Medium Cabins with Bathrooms
- Large Cabins with Bathrooms
- Medium & Large Cabins (no bathrooms)
- The Icopod (Best Value)
- Motel Rooms
- See our Cabins page and Cabin Comparison Chart for more details.
- Bridgeview Campsites
- Lakeview Campsites
- Modern Lakefront Cabin Rentals
- Bridgeview Cabin Rentals
- Large RV Sites
- Seasonal RV Sites
- Large RV Sanitation Station
- Fresh Pizza
- Ice Cream
- Camp T-shirts & Sweatshirts
- Free Mini Golf
- Three Playgrounds
- Full-sized Basketball Court
- Wi-Fi* Internet Access (*click for more info)
- Heated Pool (seasonal)
- Paved Roads
- Three Shower Buildings
- Flush Toilets
- Swimming (natural beaches)
- Trails for Hiking & Biking
- Metal Detecting
See our full list of campground amenities, including:
- Bike Rentals
- FREE Antique Firetruck and Hayrides
- FREE Shuttle to the Mackinac Island Ferries
- Discount Tickets
- Discounts for the Mackinac Island Ferry
- Discounts to the Jack Pine Lumberjack Shows
Wilderness State Park Amenities
Wilderness State Park offers 259 campsites, some with electrical service.
Limited to 20 amp and 30 amp sites.
Rustic cabins, only 9 available.
Playground is available.
- Cross country ski
- Metal detecting
- Mountain biking
- Watchable wildlife
- Trails: Big Stone, East Boundary, East Ridge, Hemlock, Nebo, North Country, Point Road, Pondside, Red Pine, South Boundary, Sturgeon Bay, Swamp Line
Michigan State Park Motor Vehicle Permit required for entry.
If you are searching for Wilderness State Park resort for accommodations, recreation, or camping you will want to consider Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping. Located only two miles south of the Mackinac Bridge, Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping also features accommodations for large RV's, cabin, cottage and lakefront kitchenette rentals. Wilderness State Park does not feature Mackinac Bridgeview cottages, cabins or kitchenette rentals like Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping. If you are interested in a Wilderness State Park cabin rental or cabin resort, experience camping at Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping's 200 acre campground with one mile of shoreline on the Straits of Mackinac.
If you are organizing a rally, large group meeting, or just camping in a group and looking at Wilderness State Park, you might not be aware that Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping has large group camping rally facilities as well as group accommodations and facilities. Wilderness State Park dog campers with pets in search of a dog camping site will be interested to learn that Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping is a pet friendly resort. Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping is a family friendly campground that enforces quiet hours after 10 PM, while Wilderness State Park does not. It is difficult to arrange a family reunion at Wilderness State Park for groups with various types of campers. Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping has a reputation as a family reunion camping destination that also features cabin rentals, a huge variety of campsite types and is a family reunion camping RV resort. If you want your family reunion to be a success, explore lodging your party at Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping's facilities.
When searching for reservations, cabin resorts, or RV parks you will want to compare the rates, location and features of Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping vs. Wilderness State Park. Campers who may not enjoy Wilderness State Park vacation resort might be interested in motels or hotels until they have tried a beautiful cabin at Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping. If you like the experience of the Wilderness State Park resort, but you need a hook up with water and electric for your RV, Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping is an RV Resort Park with extra-large RV hookup sites. Wilderness State Park campers can choose electric or water hookup sites, while Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping has sites for all types of campers and hookups. Compare Wilderness State Park costs, fees or site rentals to Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping's thrifty rental fee costs, among the lowest in the State of Michigan.
Many campers who previously stayed at Wilderness State Park now prefer Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping because of its large RV and trailer park sites that feature sewer and water full hookups. Wilderness State Park campers who prefer tenting or campers who specifically enjoy tent campgrounds specifically designed for tents will not be disappointed by the beautiful natural camping areas at Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping. Wilderness State Park travel trailer campers seeking an RV park or resort that specifically accommodates their trailers need look no farther than Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping. Small motor homes and vans are a convenient way to camp and campers will find no shortage of beautiful sites at Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping.