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City of Houghton RV Park

1100 West Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931

The RV Park is located on the shore of the Portage Waterway. The park has 25 sites and is located next to the Kestner Waterfront Park at the western end of the four mile paved, non-motorized, waterfront trail that stretches from one end of Houghton, through downtown, to the other city limit. Beyond that is a trail along a former railroad grade for many more miles.

Historic Downtown Houghton is just a short half mile walk/bike away along the flat, lit waterfront trail. Downtown is home to a variety of restaurants from a diner-style breakfast to candlelit cuisine to professionally prepared sushi; including local ethnic delicacies, coffee shops, salons, taverns and brewpubs, retail shops offering quality clothing, gifts, wine, sporting goods and a full-service hardware store. Just south of the park the M-26 business strip contains a Walmart, Walgreens, AutoZone, Econo Foods, Tractor Supply, a walk-in clinic, a day spa, several sit-down and fast food restaurants, and places to rent a car. There is a mobile repair service in Houghton that provides excellent RV service.

Park amenities include: paved sites, water and sewer connections, 20-30-50 amp electric service, satellite TV, Wi-Fi; picnic table, park bench, and fire ring at each site.  Some sites have barbecue grills.  We do not accept pop-up campers or tents as there are no bathroom/shower facilities in the park. The City pier, just east of the park, has some transient slips available for boaters. Please contact the City to check slip availability.

The Kestner Waterfront Park consists of a sandy bathing beach, pavilion, picnic tables, fishing piers, boat launch, and the amazing Chutes and Ladders play area. The park hosts Bridgefest in June, Brewfest in late August, and weekly music concerts in August.

This season we will be welcoming Portage Paddle Sports to Kestner Park! Located in the building at the park entrance, they will be offering bike, kayak, and paddle board rentals along with ice cream and concessions for the summer season.

Map of RV Park Sites

2019 Season

The park will be open from May 13 to October.


The City of Houghton RV Park is a small park and our hosts pride themselves on being able to provide personal service and are able to schedule stays at the RV Park for as many guests each summer as possible. We schedule by telephone only. We do not use a web-based reservation system that many larger parks use. We've found that for such a small park an impersonal electronic system simply cannot shuffle a schedule around to keep a park full, nor can it speak with guests to help modify their travel plans slightly to get them into the park. While some may find this old fashioned way of scheduling to be antiquated or annoying, we've thus far found that it works out the best for making sure guests can find a spot in the park.

The RV Park is typically scheduled at 99% to 100% occupancy for the prime summer months. This is a credit to the hosts who work hard to make sure that as many people get to enjoy time in Houghton at our RV Park as possible.

Reservations will be taken in order of length-of-stay at the start of the reservation window, though guests may call for a reservation of any length after May 6th. Calls will be taken after 9:00 a.m. eastern standard time for those guests planning to stay:

  • One month or more and the month of May: April 29th - 30th
  • Two weeks or more and the month of May: May 1st - 2nd
  • One week or more and the month of May: May 3rd - 4th
  • Daily reservations will begin: May 6th, 7th, and 8th
  • Additional reservations of any length will be taken from May 6th throughout the rest of the summer subject to availability

We won't take reservations for stays of less than one week (7 days) until May 6th.

To make Reservations:

  • Call 906-482-8745.
  • Credit cards are accepted.
  • All deposits are non-refundable.
  • All payments for stays in excess of one night are non-refundable.
  • Holidays and special events require a minimum three night stay.
  • You can request a specific site, but no sites are guaranteed.
  • Reservations are made by the hosts in order to accommodate the demand as, with the limited number of sites, an automated reservation system cannot maximize occupancy, answer questions, or help guests with their reservations.


The basic rates include 2 adults. There is a $3 per night charge for each additional adult. There is no extra charge for children.

  • One month $1,000
    Deposit: $200
  • One week $ 270
    Deposit: $ 60
  • Daily rate: $ 45
    Deposit: $ 45

The park does not refund deposits. There is also no refund for leaving early. 


  • Check-in time is 1:00 pm (EST) - check-out time is noon (EST).
  • Quiet time is from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am.
  • Pets are welcome; however, dogs must be leashed, their messes cleaned up, and they cannot be left to bark and disturb others.
  • Washing vehicles on site is allowed for a fee of $10 for an RV and $5 for a car.
  • All sewer hookups must be threaded, air tight connections.
  • RV repairs at the park must be approved by the park host.
  • Generators may not be run in the park.
  • We ask that you not bring campfire wood into the park to help reduce the spread of invasive insects. Campfire wood is available for purchase in the park.

Park Hosts:

Jim Quinlan


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