Nothing beats a night spent in the great outdoors situated near a Great Lake. Sault Ste. Marie has a handful of campgrounds and state parks that make for excellent camping trips whether you’re looking to rough it or bring your camper. Here are five suggestions on how to have the best Soo camping trip.

All the options for camping in and near the Soo bring tons of awesome opportunities. Most are close to the water for easy paddleboard/kayaking access. And they aren’t too far off the beaten trail, meaning shops, restaurants and attractions are still easy to visit. Of course, if you’re after seclusion and campfires, there are plenty of places to camp in the Soo.

Aune Osborn Campground

Located within city limits, Aune Osborn Campground offers a great view of the St. Marys River and is located just minutes from the downtown area. It gets bonus points for being next to the Sugar Island Ferry and Clyde’s Drive-In. Plus, if you’re into “clubbing,” the campground is across the street from the Sault Ste. Marie Country Club. Aune Osborn Campground has sites for rustic camping as well as electric hook ups, a fish cleaning station and a boat launch.

Soo Locks Campground

The Soo Locks Campground is located on Portage Avenue near the Valley Camp. It’s just a short distance to the Soo Locks. We highly recommend bringing your bicycle since the campground is so close to the downtown area and the Soo Locks. There are 100 sites with water and electric available. Amenities include a dump station, restrooms, a store, and a game and recreation room. Both the Soo Locks Campground and Aune Osborn Campground are excellent for watching freighters.

Sherman Park Campground

The third campsite located within Sault Ste. Marie city limits is a fan favorite area for locales. Sherman Park features a pavilion for rent, a public beach, a large picnic area, outdoor grills, a volleyball court and nature trails. And of course, you can still see freighters from this upper river location. If you have a large group, we recommend Sherman Park.

Brimley State Park

Located about 15 minutes west of Sault Ste. Marie, Brimley State Park features 237 modern sites with electricity available. There are mini cabins and a dump station available. Brimley State Park is one of the oldest parks in the Upper Peninsula. It features hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and beach access.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

For the outdoor enthusiasts, nothing beats a weekend at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Pro-tip for the ultimate nature lover: you can camp at Tahquamenon year-round. At the heart of the park is the Tahquamenon River and its accompanying waterfalls. The state park offers rowboat rentals (we highly recommend) and concessions. Whether bringing the tent or a camper, we recommend bringing bug repellent.

Whether you’re into “roughing it” or bringing your RV up to the UP, we think the Sault Ste. Marie area is a perfect location for pitching a base camp and having an adventure to remember. Share your summer camping photos and recommendations on us by using the hashtag #ilovethesoo. Be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter, TikTok, Instagram, and Pinterest.for more camping and outdoor recommendations.