Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park Campsite Information

Operating Dates:

Open all year.

Entrance Fees:

Just $11 when purchased with your license plate registration renewal, the Recreation Passport is your very own key to exploring Michigan’s state parks, trails, historic sites, boat launches, and more. It’s the easiest way to support and protect these resources for the next generation.

Michigan Resident Vehicle Passport When Purchased:
with Annual Plate Renewal via Secretary of State $11
at State Parks (Valid Until Next Vehicle Registration) $16
Michigan Resident Motorcycle Passport When Purchased:
with Annual Plate Renewal via Secretary of State $6
at State Parks (Valid Until Next Vehicle Registration) $11

Non-Resident Annual Pass $32

Non-Resident Daily Pass $9

Camping Rates:

$33 per night

2 Mini Cabins For Rent Year Round: $49 per night

Pop-up Camper Available Seasonally: $58 per night

Youth Organization Campground: $17 per night
Rate is per night, per 6 people. Call 231-992-5270

Cottage For Rent Daily and/or Weekly Year Round:
Three bedrooms, fully furnished.
Please call park for pricing and reservation information: 231-922-5270. Or visit


Registration Office: 8am-10pm, Memorial Weekend through Labor Day
Check-in: 3pm
Check-out: 1pm

Special Camping Rules:

Campers may not camp for more than 15 consecutive nights. All campsites must be occupied for the first 24 hours. Minors in possession of alcoholic beverages will be prosecuted. Quiet hours are 24 hours per day.

Animals and Pets:

Pets must be kept on a 6-foot leash. Animals must never be left unattended. Please clean up after your animals.

Don’t Move Firewood! Help Protect our Michigan State Parks and Campgrounds!:

Invasive insects and diseases have killed MILLIONS OF TREES in Michigan–often after hitching a ride on firewood. Please don’t transport firewood! At most campgrounds, it can be purchased on the premises or from nearby vendors who sell USDA-certified firewood. If certified firewood is not available, purchase your firewood as close as possible to where you will burn it. If you purchased wood and don’t use it all, remember–don’t transport it or take it home with you.


Advance camping reservations can be made up to six months in advance of a customer’s planned arrival date for both campsites and harbor slips. Advance reservation for overnight lodging or day-use shelters can be made up to one year in advance. Reservations can be made 24/7 by visiting or Mon-Fri: 8am–8pm, or Sat-Sun: 9am–5pm by calling 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).

More Information:

Log on to:

Write: Traverse City State Park
1132 US-31 North
Traverse City, MI 49686

Call: (231) 922-5270
*Recreation Passport price subject to change.

Welcome to Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park

These businesses welcome you and wish you an enjoyable stay.

Backcountry North

Bay Area Pet Hospital

Bayside Market

Cracker Barrel of Traverse City

Crystal Gardens

Dairy Queen, Traverse City

Dickey’s Barbecue

Don Orr Ski ‘n Beach Haus

Eastfield Laundry

Frankfort Crystal Lake RV Resort

Holiday Park Campground

Jay’s Sporting Goods

Jimmy Johns of Traverse City

Murdock’s Fudge, Traverse City

Music House Museum

Pirate’s Cove

Riverside Canoe Rentals

Scuba North

Smoke and Porter Public House

TC Bait & Tackle & More


The Honor Trading Post

The River Outfitters

Tom’s Market

Tri Gas of Traverse City

Woodland Sweets