Frankfort MI


est. 1968


Q & A


Welcome to camp!


Celebrating 50 years of not actually being on the river! Why the name Betsie River Campsite? Well... It was named long ago and was one of the early campgrounds in the lower Betsie River Valley. Today the camp is nestled in the Betsie River State Game Area and on the Betsie Valley Trail. To get to the rivers edge you can trek the 400-420 feet through the swampy woods on muddy deer paths. Waders/knee boots and a compass are highly recommended. It is much easier just to walk or ride down the bike path or take a quick car ride to the launch! So now that we have that folderol out of the way, lets see what you can expect!

the salmon are gigantic.. Salmonasaurs!

the greatest!


Pop open your lawn chair and relax by the crackling fire. Most sites have room for 4 folks, a camper or tent, a boat, a dog or two and a few kiddos :D We have a tiny cafe, a small playground, a fish station, warm showers and bike/kayak rentals!  Hop on the Betsie Valley trail for a 3 mile adventure to ice cream, beaches, much! We are not a big concrete pad RV park, we are a nice small family owned campsite. We try and keep it quiet and calm (but still fun!) If you are looking for the far North Electric Forest, this is not the place. What we are is a great base-camp for all your awesome Northern Michigan adventures!


Camping like they did it in the 70's

If you like to fish, this is the place to be! World class salmon, as well as perch, bass, trout and steelhead (lots of fishies) . Bring your boat or grab a charter for big lake fishing. Grab your waders or small boat for small lake fishing on Crystal, Platte, or Upper/Lower Herring Lakes. River fishing is close on the Betsie or 13 miles to the Platte. We are 2.3 miles to the Frankfort Marina. We have room for boats on our sites and a pretty decent fish cleaning station. When you are done fishing come back to camp for nice warm showers, a sweet campfire and a hot breakfast!

So are there things to do?

Sandy beaches within 3 miles, on your way to the beach stop at yummers restaurants, a brewery, get some ice cream, go shopping, park a boat at marinas, swing in the park, or go see a movie! Looking for more adventures? Check out Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries, Crystal Mountain, Alpaca Farm, Gwen Frostic, Traverse City, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, Manitou Islands, Cherry Bowl Drive-in, Lighthouses, Leland, Casinos, Golf courses, Glen Arbor, Betsie Valley Bike Trail, Grand Traverse Commons, Old Mission Peninsula, Leelanau wine trail, Crystal Lake, Lake Michigan, kayaking, tubing, hiking, everything on M22, oh yea and fishing! So much stuff. Look at a map, figure your trip out! Or come to the shop and we will help you with a day plan!

World Class Fishing

The great up North!




Trips down the wonderful Betsie River. 2-2.5 hour trip down ungroomed river in the refuge. Perfect for nature lovers! See front desk for more details.


25$ for single

45$ for tandem


Bike trips down the trail!

Bike Rentals:


Burley or tag-along:


Local products! Made to order breakfast, open 7am-ish until 11am-ish. This Summer featuring Homemade biscuits, Crescent Bakery buns, Sanders Meat, Cream Cup Dairy, Northwoods Soda and Leelenau Roasters Coffee!

More local stuff! Snacks, and stuff you need. Get some fancy t-shirts or sweatshirts, and some Moomers ice cream. Cool down with an ice cold Northwoods Soda! Have the kiddos get some nickel candy, and then treat yourself to local jams and sauces.  OH! We have bundles of wood and bags of ice too!

with less disco


Ya! Camping! Woo!

Grab up a spot!


    "20 amp"


kamper kabin





 "pull thru 30 amp"



  • 15 amp electric
  • tents, small pop ups,  and your boat
  • borders the refuge!
  • fire ring
  • picnic table!
  • $198 weekly
  • 20 amp electric
  • water hook up
  • perfect for a few tents
  • medium sized pop ups, campers, boats
  • fire ring
  • picnic table!
  • $210-$216 weekly
  • Pull through 20 Amp $36
  • 30 amp electric
  • water hook up
  • pop ups, campers, boats
  • pull through from either side
  • fire ring
  • picnic table!
  • $228 weekly
  • Call for long stays!
  • 20 amp electric
  • Glampers & Cabins
  • sleeps 2-4 comfortably
  • coffee pot by request
  • fan & heater
  • bring bedding!
  • fire ring & picnic table
  • $450-534 weekly
  • $75-89 Dollar deposit

Due to Covid we are only taking reservations by phone, Give us a Call!





  • We want to have a rocking party?!?!?!?!

    Betsie River Campground is a quiet chill out kind of campground! Rockin' parties are best suited at a rockin' partying kind of campground!

  • Can we camp right on the Betsie River?!

    Our camp is located in the Betsie  River State Game Refuge. Approximately 400-420 swampy feet from the no. So it's accessible, but we wouldnt reccommend it for kiddos, and adults should go with caution

  • So why are you called Betsie River campsite?

    Well we didn't name it! We are right in the middle of the refuge, and its been here for 50 years! We cant just go renaming it for no reason!

  • How many folks can we have on a site?

    4 , if you need to have more, get another site! you can add a fifth person for $5 a night. If you have real young kiddos thats alright!

  • Why can we only have 4 on a site?

    Its because we work really hard for this to be a quiet fun base camp and not a rave in Berlin.  Believe us the limits per site make the whole place much better! Some exceptions can be made (kiddos 3 and under are fine for example) so give us a call and we will figure it out.

  • How far from the beach?

    3 miles from Elberta Beach, 3 Miles from Frankfort Beach, both are fantastic! Frankfort beach is accessible by bike, or even a walk if you are up for it! There are TONS of beaches within driving distance!

  • When do you open/close for the season?

    We open when the ground thaws and we can turn the water on! It is the reverse for closing, once we have to shut the water off we shut down the camp! April-ish to October-ish....ish

  • So are you open in the spring or fall?!

    Yes! To be completely honest it is the absolute best time to come, everything isnt as busy and its just as or more beautiful!  Give us a call!

  • Do you have sewer hookup/50 amp?

    We don't! But we do have 30 amp and a dump station. We can recommend a few places that are 50 amp and  have great owners that are real close! Check out Frankfort Crystal Lake RV Resort! if you need a big spot with lots of power!

  • Rules?

    Dont cut through sites, be a friendly camper, no fireworks for any reason, no firearms, watch out for bears, drive so slow (like so slow), quiet time 10pm, come talk to us if you have any problems!, Trash in trash bags ( we will provide you with a trash bag if you need one ) not firepits!

  • Wildlife in the camp?

    We are in the middle of a wildlife refuge so be prepared to deal with critters sometimes! We haven't had a bear at the camp yet, but they have been sited on the bike trail! Keep food put away and trash cleaned up! Raccoons and skunks are also just a part of camping life!

  • Are there great places to eat nearby?

    So many! Frankfort and Elberta both have great places to eat, and you are just 45 minutes from Traverse City!

  • What do we need to bring for a stay in the Kamper Kabins?

    You need, sheets, blankets and pillows! Some coffee grounds and filters, good cheer, etc etc

  • Can we have dogs?

    Of course! We ask that you keep them leashed, clean up after them, and dont leave them alone at your site!

  • Can we bring firewood from out of the camp?

    No! Please dont transport firewood outside of your local area, here look at this , the state of  Michigan has made it illegal to transport firewood! Buy it local! Save our forests!

  • Are you full for July 4th, labor day or memorial weekend?

    We very well might be, check facebook or give us a call!

  • How far from Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore?

    10 miles to the first trail (old Indian Trail), 12 miles to Platte River, 24 miles to the visitors center and just a lil' past that is the dune climb! Once you are at the visitors center, grab a map! Or go to the site!

  • Will a boat fit on my site?

    Yes! Well, in most cases yes. Most sites are 30 feet long, and wide enough to accommodate most fishing boats. Check individual yardage on the reservation page

  • Do you have a pool?

    Laaaaakkkkeeeeeee Michigan! It is gigantic!

  • Rustic sites?

    Nope all of our sites have either power, or power and water.

    Platte River State Forest Campground has rustic sites and is very nice!

  • Up north weather

    This is Northern Michigan and we are 3 miles from the lake! Expect the weather to be fairly unpredictable, it could be perfect and gorgeous , it could be a monsoon and 8 foot swells on the lake. No rain checks! (bring scrabble)

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1923 River Road, Frankfort MI, 49635

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Check out this map! Look at all the lakes and dunes and golf courses and beaches!