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Marquette Tourist Park Camping

Enjoy camping at Marquette Tourist Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan near Lake Superior. There is so much to do in the area!

camper parked at a campsite overlooking a lake

Another stop on our UP Camping Trip was Marquette, Michigan. It is the biggest city in the upper part of the state. It is also a stop on a Lake Superior Circle Camping Tour.

Marquette Tourist Park Campground

Marquette Tourist Park is a municipal campground located in a large park along the Dead River Basin. The river is damned to form a beautiful lake.

This city-run campground is open from mid-May to mid-October. Reservations can be made online starting the first business day of January.

The campground has 110 sites in total. Ten are rustic tent sites, and the remaining 100 are a combination of full or electrical hookups.

2024 Rates
$30 rustic tent site – $45 electric – $55 full hook-up

Stays are limited to two weeks at a time. Campers must leave the park for 48 hours before returning for another stay.

View of campsites at Marquette Tourist Park

The ground is sandy-packed dirt with a little bit of grass. Most sites have at least a little shade from tall pines.

While there are no clear lines marking each site’s border, most sites are not crowded. Several sites on the west end of the park can serve as pull-throughs.

We were fortunate to have a waterfront site. We stayed in site 8, which has an electric hookup.

The campground has two bathrooms with two toilet stalls and a roomy shower. There is also a separate family bathroom with its own shower.

Bathrooms at Tourist Park Marquette

There are two sanitary stations with water and a dump. The campground has two dumpsters.

The office sells ice and firewood. The staff there is very helpful.

Tourist Park Campground Office

We were most impressed to see the friendly manager picking up trash around the park with a smile on his face. This is a testament to how well-run the campground is.

Things to do at the Tourist Park

The city park also has a playground, a kids’ bike playground loop, and picnic areas. The sandy basin beach allows swimming. It is a great place to launch a kayak or SUP.

Tourist Park Beach with the Sun reflecting in the lake

Hiawatha Music Festival

Music fans flock to Marquette Tourist Park for the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival each July. The festival includes folk and traditional forms of music and arts.

Things to do in Marquette, Michigan

The bicycling infrastructure in Marquette is amazing! Wide paved paths run from the park down to the Lake Superior waterfront. You can bike, walk, skate, or jog along this trail. We even saw some people with roller skis.

We rode our bicycles over 30 miles during our stay. Twice out to Presque Isle.

Presque Isle is closed for 2 hours a day, six days a week, allowing visitors to walk or bike around the peninsula. It is a great place for beautiful Lake Superior views, cliff jumping off the Black Rocks into the lake, and seeing a sunset over the lake.

Sunset over Lake Superior from Presque Isle

More things to do Nearby

  • Hike or bike on the Noquemanon Trail Network
  • Hike and enjoy Lake Superior views at Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Hike and beach at Little Presque Isle Day Use Area
  • Enjoy the lakeside parks and recreation areas
  • Eat pasties (we recommend Iron Town Pasties in nearby Negaunee)
  • Explore the Iron Ore Heritage Trail
  • Go fishing or boating on Lake Superior
  • Watch a freighter load and unload at the ore dock
  • Visit the Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse
  • Visit the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum
  • Enjoy shopping, breweries, and eateries

Things to do in Marquette Michigan

We had a great stay at Marquette Tourist Park and enjoyed exploring the area. We will definitely return on a future trip!

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