Wilderness State Park Campsite Information

Operating Dates:

Open March 23 to December 1, 2018. Water is on May 11 to October 17.

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:

May 12–Oct 19: Modern – $33/night
May 12- Oct 19: Full Hook-up – $45/night
March 23- Dec. 1: Rustic, Tent Only – $22/night
March 23-May 11 & Oct 20-Dec. 1 – $25/night


Registration Office: 8am-1 pm
Check-in: 3pm
Check-out: 1pm
Quiet Hours: 10pm-8am

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.

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. Visitors must leave the park by 10pm. Two vehicles allowed per campsite.

Alcoholic Beverages Allowed

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 www.midnrreservations.com or Mon-Fri: 8am–8pm, or Sat-Sun: 9am–5pm by calling 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).

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.