7 Best Winter Cabin Camping Spots in Michigan

By Steve Anderson

7 Best Winter Cabin Camping Spots in Michigan

If the thought of camping in winter in Michigan sounds crazy, don't worry—you're not alone. However, there's one breed of camping that does quite well even in winter, and that's cabin camping. Some of these excursions can be downright cozy, and we're going to check out seven of the coziest such cabin camps Michigan can offer!

1. Fort Custer Recreation Area

Fort Custer Recreation Area in Augusta is something of a double-sided experience. It's a year-round experience, and in mid-October to April, it becomes a "semi-modern experience." The water is shut off, but the power continues to run. That works out well for those looking for a quiet cabin camping experience, because Fort Custer also includes options for hikers, cross-country skiers, and dogsledders, making it a rustic but still cozy cabin camp experience.

2. Lac La Belle Lakeside Cabin, Lac La Belle, MI

It doesn't get much northerly than Lac La Belle Lakeside Cabin, an A-frame cabin for rent in Lac La Belle. Not only will you have modern amenities like Wi-Fi and a TV to watch all those favorite movies, you'll have access to a snowmobile trail, and only three miles away will be the Mount Bohemia Ski Area. For the perfect cabin escape, you'll have it right here at Lac La Belle.

3. Mt. Bohemia Aqua Log Cabins, Houghton, MI

If Lac La Belle appeals, but you'd rather be even closer to the Mount Bohemia Ski Area, you can check out the Aqua Log Cabin setup. Featuring your choice of complete log cabin or a stone-sided half-log cabin, the Mt. Bohemia Aqua Log Cabin will provide several different options for you to make as cozy an excursion as you might like. Throw in the fact that's just half a mile from the ski area—it's a conceivable walk for most—and comes with dinner and breakfast in the winter months, and it's a great value alongside being cozy. Best of all, if you're able to go through the week, staying on Tuesday or Thursday will get you Wednesday at no extra charge.

4. Sleepy Hollow State Park

For a bit of something spooky with your camping experience, check out Sleepy Hollow State Park, in Laingsburg. Yes, Michigan has its own Sleepy Hollow, in the grandest Ichabod Crane tradition. But here, you'll find a modern cabin campsite, complete with a bathroom and shower. You'll need to bring your own cooking supplies and bedding, but aside from that, the cabin is about as rustic and comfortable as you could ask for. Throw in a hiking trail system and fishing opportunities and you’ll have one memorable experience. 

5. Paradise Peninsula, Hope, MI

With a name like Paradise Peninsula, you've got to be looking at something a little special. Indeed, you are, this cabin near Hope features three bedrooms, which is room enough for 10, but you can easily dial that figure down. A large sun room, a slate of board games, and even a pair of DVD towers along with other great amenities makes sure that, whatever you call fun, it's accommodated right here. Throw in the fact that every single window in the cabin has a lake view—not hard when you're talking peninsula—and you'll have fun, relaxation, and enough coziness for anyone.

6. Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, MI

One of Michigan's unquestioned leaders in winter fun, Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls offers some absolutely amazing cabin camping. Not only do you get access to all the fun that Boyne Mountain can offer, but when you're done for the day you can come back to a phenomenal cabin experience. A wood-burning fireplace, a four-person outdoor hot tub—which is an experience you must try in winter—and plenty more awaits you at some of the most comfortable cabin camping you've ever seen.

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7. Allendale/West Grand Rapids KOA, Allendale, MI

This highly-rated KOA will offer a getaway the whole family will fall in love with! The cabin options include one four-person cabin and one six-person cabin. The six-person accommodation features a cozy sleeping loft, a full sleeper sofa, full bathroom, and a partial kitchen. This cabin is quaint and delightful, making for a classic cabin camping experience. 

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