Whitewater Township Park
Camping on Elk Lake
Camping close to Traverse City and Elk Rapids, Michigan
55 Campsites for Tents and RVs
Elk Lake View Campsites
Click the link above to reserve a campsite.
Free camping weekend to take place May 5th thru May 7th – two (2) free nights of free camping in exchange for picking up debris on sites. Free Camping Weekend Reservations will be made through this website (no phone calls) beginning Monday, April 3, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. (same day as regular park reservations). Park to close on Sunday, October 1st at Noon.
Free Camping Weekend in May
Every year the campground will re-open in May with a Free Camping Weekend.
Campground Map (PDF opens in new tab)
Includes the campground map and site descriptions. We have 55 sites for tents and RVs, some with views of Elk Lake, near Traverse City and Elk Rapids, Michigan. Park location – 9500 Park Road, Williamsburg, MI 49690
Policies & Rules
Must be 18 years of age to reserve camping sites. The holiday weekend minimum is 3 nights. Holiday weekends include Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day.
Refund Policy (Modify or Cancel a Booking)
With at least 14 days’ notice of change in arrival and/or departure date that results in an overpayment, a refund will be issued, with the exception of the $8.00 reservation fee+ the 1st-night camping fee.
If less than 14 days notice, no refund will be issued. Full camping fee-only refunds will be given under certain limited circumstances. The $8.00 reservation fee is non-refundable. Full camping fee refunds must be approved by the Parks & Recreation Manager.
No refunds will be given for early departure based on the weather or other discomforts of nature.
Within the Whitewater Township Park, there are approximately 2 miles of nature trails that wind through various landscape and gentle terrain. Maps are available at the Ranger Station located at the entrance of the campground.
A beach volleyball court is located north of the picnic/pavilion area.
A two-lane asphalt boat ramp with parking area (handicap accessible) and vault toilets (handicap accessible) are located adjacent to the picnic area.
The picnic/pavilion area includes a marked swimming area (swim at your own risk; there is no lifeguard on duty), playground equipment, charcoal grills, large fire pit, and a hand pump for drinking water. Electricity is available when renting the pavilion.
Pavilion reservations will be accepted beginning January 1, for the upcoming season, with payment due within 30 days. For reservations made after April 1, payment is due within 7 days. Reservation fees shall be waived for school groups and non-profit organizations whose physical address is in Whitewater Township.
Pavilion Rental Fee: $100.00. If cancellation is 30 days or more in advance, $25.00 of the $100.00 fee is non-refundable. No refunds if cancellation is less than 30 days in advance.
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WHITEWATER TOWNSHIP PARK
Tent and RV Sites
Firewood for Sale
RV and Tent Camping
Camping in Northern Michigan
55 campsites near Traverse City and Elk Rapids, Michigan.
Access to sandy beach and boat launch on Elk Lake.