6760 W. Empire Hwy (M-72)
Empire, MI 49630


Hi Friends! How is it almost September? I can’t believe summer is coming to a close, but alas, we shall look forward to fall. This past weekend we visited Indigo Bluffs RV Park and Resort in Empire, MI. We camped with Ian’s Brother Garrin and his wife, Liz and their two pups!

I don’t know if it’s the extra blue water (why is it so blue here!? Seriously, does anyone know?), the cute little shops in every town, or the vast amounts of hiking, biking and exploring at the nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, but I have always loved this little corner of Michigan. I’m fairly certain it’s all of these things combined that make it one of my favorites . Indigo Bluffs is just outside of Empire, but fairly close to both Empire and Glen Arbor, and just a 30 minute drive to Traverse City. I have to say up front I think you need more than just a weekend to visit this area. There are just SO many fun things to do.


I really loved this campground. It is split into two sections, a RV Park, and an RV resort. The resort area has gated access and only allows certain types of RVs. They also don’t allow kids to ride bikes without a parent. This is probably a good area for those who want a little more peace and quiet. We obviously stayed in the RV park.

Nolan was practicing his camera skills and snapped this shot of Uncle Garrin.


We had barely parked the camper when our boys were off and running and out to find new friends. I saw a parade of kids, bikes and hover boards go by about 20 minutes later- my kids were in the thick of it, and I knew it would be a good weekend.

While there aren’t a lot of planned activities and fancy amenities for kids, ours still had a lot of fun exploring the playground and playing in the nearby trees- building a fort and playing hide and seek close to dark. They didn’t even seem to notice the absence of anything “planned”, Gaga pit, or arcade, which we typically find at other campgrounds.

One of the things I just LOVE about this campground is the trees. The sites all seem really good sized, and there is no shortage of wooded sites. Our site unfortunately didn’t have many trees, however, that just wasn’t the norm at this campground, so I’m not even complaining about it. The area of sites we were on were pull-through and space in a forward/backward way so that you didn’t have anyone right next to you- which I though was really smart! To see all the sites, here is a map of the park.