The Michigan DNR says about 30 vintage campers are touring state parks in Michigan this summer from July 24 - August 8. 

The Tin Can Tourists is a vintage trailer and motor coach club open to all makes and models of campers. This summer there are opportunities to see the campers at state parks in northern Michigan.

The campers will arrive at the parks before 5:00 PM and spend the evening at the park. Campers leave at varying times on travel days for the next park on the tour. Non-camping visitors may not be able to drive or park in the campground.

  • July 24-27: Port Crescent State Park (Huron County, tours of the campers are available on July 25 from Noon - 4:00 PM)
  • July 30: Straits State Park (Mackinac County)
  • July 31-August 1: Grand Marais Woodland Park (Burt Township Park; not a state park)
  • Aug. 2: Baraga State Park (Baraga County)
  • Aug. 3-4: Fort Wilkins State Park (Keweenaw County)
  • Aug. 5: Porcupine Mountains State Park (Ontonagon County)
  • Aug. 6: Bewabic State Park (Iron County)
  • Aug. 7: Indian Lake State Park (Schoolcraft County)
  • Aug. 8: Burt Lake State Park (Cheboygan County)

“The Tin Can Tourists devote so much time and energy into reviving their campers,” said Port Crescent State Park Supervisor Betsy Kish. “It’s a really fun and heartwarming event, seeing people of all ages connect with the owners and learn about the history behind their campers.”

The Tin Can Tourists club was organized in 1919. By the mid-80s, the group was no longer in existence. Forrest and Jeri Bone re-established the club in 1998.

The organization is open to all who want to preserve, promote and share information about vintage trailers and motor coaches.

There is no charge to attend the vintage camper tour, but a Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to all participating state parks.