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Gr8LakesCamper: Showcasing the Michigan DNR – winter camping alternative lodging

Winter campers enjoy their coffee outside the Green Lake Yurt at Waterloo Recreation Area.

Who really wants to pitch a tent when there’s a foot of snow on the ground and the thermometer reads well below freezing?

But folks who want to get away from it all in the winter have a plethora of options at numerous state parks and recreation areas that don’t involve sleeping out in the elements.

State parks and recreation areas across Michigan (managed by the Department of Natural Resources) offer lodges, cabins, mini-cabins or yurts that’ll give you a warm place to spend the night when there aren’t a lot of other campers around.

A total of 13 state parks feature lodges, though only 12 are available for rent in the winter.

State park lodges all are unique; they vary in size, age, amenities and design, though all feature kitchens and bathrooms. Costs vary, too, depending on each lodge’s location and accommodations.

To read the full story by Gr8LakesCamper, click here.

About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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