In honor of the historical and current popularity of camping and RVing in his state, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has named August the “Michigan Camping and Recreational Vehicle Month”.
These activities are beloved by generations of campers and RVers from both within the state, and visiting from elsewhere, due to the natural beaches and freshwater shorelines, as well as the 19 million acres of woodlands throughout the Great Lakes Region and the rest of the state.
Camping and RVing are also vital components to the tourism industry within the state, which brings in $17 billion every year. There are over 111,000 licensed campsites throughout Michigan, as well as over 950 licensed private recreational vehicle campgrounds and parks. There are also in excess of 160 government or county-operated campgrounds, containing more than 14,700 campsites, ranging from full-service to downright rustic.
With the support of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service, there are also 98 state parks and recreational areas within Michigan, in addition to the 133 state forest campgrounds. In total, the state provides 15,000 campsites on federal and state lands that have been named for use by campers.
Within the state, there are 300,000 licensed RVs, including travel trailers and motor homes. In fact, last year, Michigan held third place for the sale of new RVs.
Participants in RVing and camping enjoy a large variety of different outdoor activities that range from quite traditional to technology-dependent, such as fishing, hunting, boating, nature watching, pedaling, paddling, geocaching, and photography.
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