McLain State Park – Campground General Info

Site Map - click for full size

 

DNR Websites:
Campground Site Map

Types of Sites:
Lakefront    Interior

 

McLain - campground host site

Camp Host Site #13

McLain Deck #1

Three really nice lakeside decks for fabulous Lake Superior watching.  This is near Site #91.

McLain - Deck 2
This one is between Sites #85 and #87.

Deck 2 - McLain State Park

This one is across from Site #76

 Playground across from Site 86

Besides the large public playground and areas at the front of the campground seen on the general Park Scenes page, there is also this small playground across from Site #86.

Chairs on bluff - McLain State Park

There are also lots of these chairs scattered around the bluff for front row lakeside seats.

Water faucet - McLain Campground

There are eight water fountains/faucets scattered through the campground.

Bathhouse - McLain State Park

There is only one bathhouse to serve the entire campground and it is near the front between Sites 13 and 17.  It is large, kept immaculately clean, and I particularly liked how the shower stalls had skylights. 

Pit toilets - McLain

 

 

There are dual pit toilets between sites 38 & 39 on the far outside row, and between sites 47 and 49 on interior row, as well as two located at entrance to road leading to cabins.

 

 

 

 

I have pictures of a lot of other sites, so if you're interested in seeing something else in particular, please comment on this page and I will add them.  Thanks!

Campground Button General Campground Information:

98 Total Sites – Campground Site Map showing layout

At the time of my visit, no 50 amp electric service at any site.  No ADA accessible or pull through sites.

Make a Reservation Online.  Campsites may be reserved up to 6 months in advance of arrival date. The lakeside sites go immediately, so be quick!

Michigan's Recreation Passport is necessary for entrance and/or camping here: FAQs

Reviews from other RVers:  RVParkReviews.com and State Parks.com

Pros & Cons
Readers have asked for short recaps of pros and cons about the parks I visit. I realize this is subjective stuff and what bothers some people, others won't have a problem with, and vice versa. As a fulltime RVer, I like things that weekend campers can do without. But, based on my own observations and/or comments from others, here goes:
2 miles of sandy beach; beautiful sunsets; quiet and peaceful setting. Electrical cords on some sites (particularly the 3rd loop in the back) are situated strangely and some posts are shared between sites, so you either need extra long electrical or extension cord (100') or need to situate the RV closer to the post than would normally be desirable.
Incredible views of Lake Superior. Not just on the beachfront, but due to the topography of the land, some of the interior sites can see bits of the lake.

Not much or no privacy between sites in some areas (mostly the very front lakefront sites).

The bathhouse and showers were good sized, very clean and had natural light (skylights). There's only one modern bathhouse for the entire campground and it's located near the front. So it's a long walk for the folks in the back area; there are a couple of vault toilets in the interior loops and near the entrance to the road leading to the cabins.

Other Camper Comments:

John Fist from Ohio, "I've been in a lot of parks, but the best park is McLain."

Judy from Hancock: "I've been all over Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, but there's just something special about this place."

2 centsMalia's 2 Cents: A campground with mostly nice sized sites and a good blend of shaded and sunny areas, plus it's so close to the amazing shores of Lake Superior you'd be happy never to leave the park. But there's also so much to see in this gorgeous Keweenaw Peninsula area you could be gone all day, every day, exploring also. And did I mention how much I love being right on Lake Superior???

Staying Connected:

Icon-internetI have a built-in Verizon aircard in my Lenovo laptop. Since I have to work to support my travel habit, it's important that I have internet access.  I could connect and work okay most of the time when I was in the RV, but the reception wasn't great and speeds were very slow. A few times I couldn't get a signal at all, but if I brought the laptop to the parking lot on the way to Breakwaters, it worked there, but still very slow.

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I never could make a phone call from the RV – only on the lakeshore and at Breakwaters.

 

All Michigan Miles pages about McLain State Park:

Inside the State Park:

Park Scenes
Campground – General Info
Campground – Lakefront Sites
Campground – Interior Sites
Moody Lake Superior

Nearby Activities and Attractions:

Brockway Mountain Drive (my page coming soon)
Calumet (my page coming soon)
Calumet Theatre (my tour page coming soon)
Quincy Mine (my tour page coming soon)

Other Area Information:

Keweenaw National Historic Park
Keweenaw: Michigan's Top of the World

Keweenaw Peninsula (Hunts Guide)
McLain State Park (Copper Country)

My public Facebook pictures and comments on McLain State Park

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I'd love to hear your own experiences about places I've been - and what you think are "must-sees" - and I really value any suggestions and feedback from readers, so please let me have your 2 cents in Comments below:

  • M. Wilkie

    Hi. Do you happen to have info and/or a photo of site 71? We will be camping there in September and are a little worried about having a long enough electrical cord. I love you site. I just stumbled upon it.
    Thank you!

    • Hi and thanks for the compliment – it’s always great to hear that others find the info I provide useful!. I posted a picture of Site 71 on the page I created for such requests at http://www.michiganmiles.com/mclain-state-park/mclain-picture-requests/. The picture shows the electric box is at the very rear of the site, so I hope that works for you!

      • M. Wilkie

        THANK you so much.

        • You’re welcome – have fun!

      • M. Wilkie

        Thank you so much! We have about 75′ in 2 cords. Maybe we should get another 25′.

        • I notice on the specs they give in reservations that the site length is 60 feet, so it would seem your 75′ would be enough. But I also saw site description said, “longer or additional extension cords may be needed to reach electrical boxes.” They’ve obviously changed the link to their site map from when I did these pages, but I saw this at
          https://www.midnrreservations.com/McLainStatePark%2f39-85%3fMap and then clicking on site 71. So I guess it just depends on the location of your cord from your RV to the very back.

          • M. Wilkie

            Yes. They do suggest longer cords for many of the parks. Our trailer is very small so we should be ok most places. I watched a video where someone was complaining because his cord was too short to reach. We have made reservations at quite a few state parks in Michigan already and one federal and one township. Most are just for two day stays but in September we are staying in the UP at different ones for about 10 days It has been cold and snowing frequently but supposed to start warming up now finally!

          • The UP is one of the most glorious places in this country in my opinion. Your making me look at pictures from my summer there in 2011 is really making me remember that! One of these I will return!

          • M. Wilkie

            Yes. Over the years I have visited the UP but never really had s chance to really explore some regions other than quick stops. This trip will be different. We’ll spend two nights at each place starting at Collwell Lake, then head up to Ft. Wilkins, McClain, Fayette and one night at Hartwick Pines on our way home. My husband has cousins in Alberta, Trimountain and Escanaba so we will say hello to them as we pass through. It should be fun. A bit early for colors but who knows?