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


The campground at Whitewater Township Park is now closed for the 2022 season. The dock will be in at the launch until approximately the end of October. Please check back for information about the 2023 Free Camping Weekend in May.

Please direct inquires to Whitewater Township Offices at (231) 267-5141.

Camping Information

Father and son drink coffee near campfire

Free Camping Weekend in May

Every year the campground will re-open in May with Free Camping Weekend.  Please check back next year to book your site for the free camping weekend. 

Green tent under pine trees on sunny day

Campground Map (PDF opens in new tab)

Includes the campground map and site descriptions (updated July 2019).  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

Woman cooks breakfast on Weber grill near RV

Policies & Rules

Must be 18 years of age to reserve camping sites.  Holiday weekend minimum is 3 nights. Holiday weekends include Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.
Policies & Rules | Privacy policy (PDF opens in new tab)

Father and young son by blue tent look at map

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 nonrefundable. Full camping fee refunds must be approved by the Parks & Recreation Administrator.

No refunds will be given for early departure based on the weather or other discomforts of nature.


Nature trail in spring with flowers and trees

Nature Trails

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.


Events pavilion under the trees with open sides and picnic tables


Pavilion Amenities

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.

Man and woman canoe on calm lake at sunset

Amenities & Nature TrailServices


Boat Launch

Tent and RV Sites

Bath House

Sandy Beach

Soccer Area

Volleyball Court

Nature Trails

Firewood for Sale

Dump Station

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.