Enjoy Sault Ste. Marie Camping at Aune-Osborn Campground. It is one of the best Campgrounds in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
On our Circle Lake Michigan trip, we detoured up to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
We discovered that the best Sault Ste Marie Camping is at Aune-Osborn Campground.
Camping Near Sault Ste. Marie
Aune-Osborn Campground is located along the American side of the St. Mary’s River. This municipal campground has sites close together without any shade. While this might be a big negative, the big payoff is seeing the huge Great Lakes freighters going up and down the river.
There is a large grassy area between the sites and the river with benches for people to sit on while watching the ships go by.
Aune Osborn Campground Rates 2022
Waterfront $35/day $800/month
Non-waterfront $32/day $750/month
$8 online reservation fee, book here
There is another campground nearby in Sault Ste. Marie, but the sites are even closer together and the river view is limited.
Check out Sherman Park Campground, which is along the river on the other side of the Soo Locks. This is also a municipal campground.
At Aune-Osborn, the sites are level and include a picnic table, fire ring, electricity, and water. There is a dump station on
The campground has clean bathrooms and showers. The check-in staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the area.
Since this campground is right across the river from Canada, our phones kept picking up Canadian cell phone towers. We called our cellular provider to tell them that we, in fact, were NOT traveling internationally. The reception was better on the Canadian towers.
Camp near the Soo Locks
Aune-Osborn Campground is located very close to the downtown area, near the world-famous Soo Locks. We rode our bikes down to the locks to watch boats go through. Street parking is plentiful in the area.
The downtown area has a lot of great restaurants, souvenir shops, and of course plenty of fudge and ice cream.
We took a cruise through the Soo Locks and visited the Valley Camp. Other area attractions include the Tower of History and the Cloverland Electric Cooperative Hydroelectric Plant.
We would definitely stay at Aune-Osborn again and recommend it as part of an Upper Peninsula Camping Trip.
Our reservations were made six months in advance, which is why we got a riverside site. It is possible to get a site without reservations, but it probably won’t be along the river.
Find out more information at the Sault Ste Marie website.
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