There is no camping allowed at the Headlands.

We know it seems confusing, and we get this question frequently, but just to be clear the Headlands is intended for overnight dark sky viewing, not for sleeping. Visitors are welcomed and encouraged to stay out through the night and early morning hours for night-sky viewing opportunities. You may bring blankets, sleeping bags, chairs, food, beverages, etc. Tents are not allowed, nor are ground fires.

Nearby campsites are listed with links below.

Where to camp nearby

Camping is not allowed at the Headlands. For those who would like to camp near the Headlands, there are several options:

KOA Kampground (approx. 5 minutes away)

Wilderness State Park campground (approx. 15 minutes away)

Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping (approx. 10 minutes away)

Tee Pee Campground (approx. 10 minutes away)

Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga, owned and operated by Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga is located about 30 minutes away in Alanson.

Burt Lake State Park (approx. 45 minutes)


If you don’t want to camp, downtown Mackinaw City (2 miles east of Headlands) has hundreds of hotel rooms. Visit the Mackinaw Chamber of Commerce to get started: