Welcome to Karner Blue Campground, where beauty, solitude and nature come together! Named after the the Karner Blue butterfly, our goal is to do what we can to preserve this federally endangered beauty living in a narrow band from Eastern Minnesota to New Hampshire. Located in West Michigan and neighboring Manistee National Forest, our campground is set within a beautiful oak grove overlooking our small lake and private beach. Assuring the integration of our campsites into this beautiful area while we strive to manage and improve the nature and wildlife in our area to keep our butterflies safe, is our primary goal. There are certain areas of the campground we plan to never develop to preserve the land for our butterfly’s home, allowing us to enjoy the beautiful Karner Blue butterfly’s presence for life!
While here, we invite you to enjoy our wild Lupine flower, the only plant Karner Blue butterflies feed on in the caterpillar stage. Once they become butterflies, the Karner Blue feeds on the abundance of wild flowers found in and around our campground and area.
Our campground boasts viewing of all types of wildlife and is just an arms-length away from the Hart-Montague Bike Trail, Hiking trails, Lake Michigan, Beautiful White Lake and many other smaller fishing lakes.
As owners, Karner Blue Campground allows us to do what we love most, connecting with people and nature. Our main goal is to provide each guest with a wonderful camping experience while exceeding their recreational needs. We look forward to having you in our campground to enjoy the beauty and activities of Karner Blue Campground and our area.
Tonight’s meal doesn’t have to only be served with fresh caught fish. Stop by the Montague Farmer’s market, Montague Foods or Lewis Farms orchards for farm to table eats.
Currently we have 25 sites: 22 electric and water, 3 rustic and plans to expand! Every site comes with a fire ring, picnic table and trees for shade. We have a dump station on site as you exit our facility. There is much more to come in within the near future!
Perfect site for a quick weekend getaway! The only negative thing I can say is the site is somewhat close to the highway so that can be slightly distracting. Other than that, everything was perfect and the hosts checked on us frequently to make sure everything was going smoothly.
Michael S.July 21, 2020
Fun campsite for the kids!
Leah G.July 7, 2020
We had a great 4th of July weekend at Karner Blue! The sites were well spaced and roomy. Brody was a great host and really made you feel welcome. It was a nice quiet camp. The trash bins supplied and the toilets were very clean and maintained. Thanks Brody for making the stay great. This was our first Hipcamp experience along with our dog, Brody’s first camping excursion and both could not have been better. We will be back again, thanks.
Nate R.July 6, 2020
The campground was secluded and very clean. Brody was super nice and attentive. We had a great time and would 100% camp here again!
Chris S.July 5, 2020
The sites at Karner Blue are perfect for hammock camping! So many trees. The lake was an added bonus and beautiful around sunset. The noise from the highway was a little bit distracting but overall a great experience and very peaceful site. The price is great and the firewood bundles were the biggest I have seen for the price. Thanks and I would definitely recommend staying here!
Dain S.June 22, 2020
This place was awesome. Simple, private, and quiet. If you’re looking for a clean, safe spot that’s close to Lake Michigan, this is it. Can’t wait to come back soon!
Chelsie W.June 7, 2020
Brody was extremely friendly and went above and beyond to make sure that our group was taken care of. Nothing but good things to say about this place. Great price, and it’s a good mix of being close to beachs/stores/other conveniences while also feel feeling a bit secluded. Would definitely stay here again.
Gary H.May 26, 2020
Awesome campground. My wife and I absolutely love it here.. It is a great place to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet. Very friendly people, and a great place... read more to bring the dog and hike through the woods and go for a dip in the pond. Just a short drive to downtown Montague in case you want to play a tourist for the day or to enjoy a bite to eat. If you are looking for all the bells and whistles like playgrounds and a pool for the kids this isn’t the place for you. However if you are looking for nice peaceful spot with electric and water hook up this is the perfect spot.
Alex Kaminski May 14, 2022
We loved our stay at this campground! The hosts were super friendly, the sites were just right and it was a quiet setting right near hiking. But I did way... read more more biking! I clocked it as 1.25 miles between my campsite and the Hart-Montague bike trail. Biked ~28 miles into Muskegon mostly staying on trails and had a ton of fun! Great jumping off point for beaches, hiking & biking — I can’t wait to come back.
Emily Lawler September 7, 2021
Karner Blue was a wonderful spot for me and a couple of friends to do some laid back camping! It’s a safe haven close to Whitehall and Montague. The spots... read more were spacey and more than enough to have a table and our RV. Great water and electric hook ups and the best priced firewood in the area. We were welcomed by Brandon and Brody and their intentionality to connect with us was vibrant! Honestly only place for glamping you should be considering in middle Michigan!