Skip navigation

A little winter lodging with your cross country skiing?

Tue, Jan  5, 2010 - By Michigan DNR

All Michigan State Parks are open in winter and allow cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Grooming on the cross country ski trails is done at 22 state parks.

Ten campgrounds are open in the winter: Tahquamenon Falls, Waterloo Recreation Area/Portage, Fort Custer, Bay City, Ludington, Algonac, Mitchell, Traverse City, Rifle River Recreation Area and North Higgins Lake State Park.

Four parks have heated restrooms in the winter: Traverse City, Rifle River, Mitchell and Tawas Point.

Many of these parks have winter activities scheduled including cross country skiing by lantern light. Check out the GO-Get Outdoors Calendar. Activities are being added daily.

Rustic Cabins

Rustic cabins are generally located in quiet areas of the parks. The number each can accommodate is different. They range from two to 24 campers. Each cabin provides single-sized beds or bunks with mattresses, a table, chairs, brooms, and a propane heater or wood stove for heat. When planning trips, campers should consider bringing bedding, cookware, lanterns, a first-aid kit, ax or handsaw, and flashlights.

**Except for the cabins at Sleeper State Park and Holly Recreation Area, the rustic cabins do not have electricity.

Rustic Cabin Location Grooming?
Bald Mountain No
Brighton No
Cheboygan Track set only
Fort Custer No
Harrisville No
Hartwick Pines Groomed and Track Set
Holly** No
Island Lake No
McLain No
Ortonville No
Porcupine Mountains Groomed and Track Set
Rifle River Groomed and Track Set
Sleeper** Groomed and Track Set
Van Riper No
Waterloo No
Wells No
Wilderness Groomed Only

Mini Cabins

Mini Cabins open throughout the winter season are listed below. These one-room cabins are located on a campsite within the campground and are generally slightly smaller than a rustic cabin. Because they are located on campgrounds, all have electricity. Mini-cabins are designed to sleep four people with bunk beds and mattresses provided. Campers must provide all bedding, cookware, tableware. A first-aid kit, lanterns, flashlight, ax or handsaw and a portable cook stove are recommended.

Mini Cabin Location  Grooming?
Bay City No
Fort Custer No
Fort Wilkins Groomed and Track Set
Harrisville No
P.H. Hoeft Groomed and Track Set
Ludington Track Set only
McLain Groomed only
Mitchell No
Muskegon Groomed and Track Set
N. Higgins Lake Groomed and Track Set
Port Crescent Groomed and Track Set
Sleeper Groomed and Track Set
S. Higgins Lake No
Tawas Point No
Traverse City No

Camper Cabin Location

Camper Cabins open and heated for visitors throughout the winter season are listed below. The camper cabins sleep up to six people with two sets of bunk beds in their own rooms and a futon in the main living area. Another difference is the view. The front deck is the ideal place to enjoy the view of the sun coming up over one of our many lakes. Camper cabins offer electricity, refrigerators and microwaves. Visitors must supply their own bedding, dishes and cookware.

Camper Cabin Location Grooming?
Fort Wilkins Groomed and track set
Holland No
Mitchell Groomed Only
Pinckney No
Tahquamenon Falls Groomed and Track Set
Port Crescent Groomed and Track Set
Tawas Point No
Waterloo/Portage No
Proud Lake Track Set Only
Van Riper No


Lodges that are open throughout the winter season are listed below. Lodges vary by location and can accommodate from 6 to 24 people. Lodges come furnished and fully equipped with full bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms and some even have a washer, dryer and linen service.

Lodge Location Grooming?
P.H. Hoeft Groomed and Track Set
Porcupine Mountains Groomed and Track Set
Wells No
Proud Lake Track Set Only
Traverse City No
Fayette Groomed and Track Set
Tahquamenon Falls Groomed and track set
Twin Lakes Groomed and Track Set


Yurts open throughout the winter season are listed below. Yurts are sturdy, tent-like structures that originated in central Asia. They offer a new adventure in camping providing visitors with a snug, weather tight shelter that is close to all available winter activities.

Yurt Location  Grooming?
Pinckney No
Porcupine Mountains Groomed and Track Set