Wilderness State Park Campsite Information

Operating Dates:

March 24 to December 31, 2017. Water is on May 7 to October 17.

Entrance Fees:

The Recreation Passport* is the easiest way for residents to explore, support and protect state parks, trails and waterways for the next generation. Check “YES” for the Recreation Passport when it’s time to renew your Michigan vehicle registration or purchase one at a state park. Check here. Park here. Learn more at michigan.gov/recreationpassport.

    • Resident Recreation Passport – $11.00 (valid until your next vehicle registration date)
    • Resident Motorcycle/Moped Recreation Passport – $5.00
    • Non-Resident Annual Motor Vehicle Permit – $32.00
    • Non-Resident Daily Motor Vehicle Permit – $9.00
    • Commercial Vehicle or Bus – $16.00

Camping Rates:

    • May 12–Oct 19: Modern – $32.00/night
    • June 23–Oct 19: Full Hook-up, Lakeside – $45.00/night
    • June 23–Oct 19: Full Hook-up, Non-Lakeside – $40.00/night
    • June 23–Oct 19: Rustic, Tent-only – $20.00/night
    • March 25–May 11 & Oct 20–Dec 1: Semi-Modern – $20.00/night


 During the peak season, the Registration Office is open from 8 am to 10 pm. Visitors must leave the park by 10 pm. Two vehicles allowed per campsite.

Special Camping Rules:

Campers may not camp for more than 15 consecutive nights. Campsites must be occupied each night. No minors in possession of alcoholic beverages strictly enforced. Quiet hours are from 10 pm until 8 am. Please respect your neighbors.

Alcoholic Beverages Allowed

Animals and Pets:

 Pets must be kept on a 6-foot leash. Animals must never be left unattended. Please clean up after your animals. Ask the park staff about special animal restrictions at Wilderness State Park.


Reservations for Michigan state parks, recreation areas or harbors can be made 24/7 at www.midnrreservations.com or Monday-Friday from 8 am to 8 pm or Saturday & Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm by calling 1-800-44PARKS. Campsite and harbor slip reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance. Day-use shelters and all other overnight lodging reservations can be made 12 months in advance. New reservations come available at the start of the 6- or 12-month window Mon-Fri at 8 am and Sat & Sun at 9 am. Payments must be made by MasterCard, Visa or Discover (credit or debit) or by a DNR state park and harbor gift card.

More Information:

Log on to www.michigan.gov/stateparks

Write: Wilderness State Park
903 Wilderness Park Dr. • Carp Lake, MI 49718

Call: (231) 436-5381

*Recreation Passport price subject to change.

Welcome to Wilderness State Park

These businesses welcome you and wish you an enjoyable stay.

Sea Shell City


B.C. Pizza

B&L Camp Store

Alice Kandy & Korn

The Broken Barrel