Welcome to the Gaylord South / Bradford Lake KOA Holiday!

Nestled right on beautiful Big Bradford Lake, Gaylord South/Bradford Lake KOA is your perfect Northern Michigan lakeside getaway. Stay and play, or set up the perfect basecamp to explore all that Northern Michigan has to offer. Make the trek 15 minutes north to be smack dab in the middle of golf mecca or explore the alpine village of Gaylord. Take a day trip to Mackinaw City, Thunder Bay Underwater Preserve or the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. After a great day of sightseeing, come back and relax lakeside! Lie out on the private beach and soak up the sunshine while the kids splash in the designated swim area. Prefer some speed? UTVs and toys are welcome, and pontoon rentals are available close by. Is hiking or biking your thing? We've got that too! Check out The Iron Belle Trail and the North Central State Trail from Gaylord to Mackinaw City. Come in the summer and enjoy farmers' markets and frequent festivals in the area, including Alpenfest and Big Ticket Festival! We'll see you soon!

Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 80' Max Length
  • Snack Bar ($)
  • Fishing
  • Firewood ($)
  • Pavilion
  • Dog Park
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Ways to Stay

KOA Holiday

KOA Holiday Campgrounds

Whether you’re exploring the local area or hanging out at the campground, KOA Holidays are an ideal place to relax and play. There’s plenty to do, with amenities and services to make your stay memorable. Plus, you’ll enjoy the outdoor experience with upgraded RV Sites with KOA Patio® and Deluxe Cabins with full baths for camping in comfort. Bring your family, bring your friends, or bring the whole group – there’s plenty of ways to stay and explore.

KOA Holidays Feature:

  • RV Sites with a KOA Patio®
  • Deluxe Cabins with full baths
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Group meeting facilities

Latest Hot Deal

KOA Rewards Appreciation Weekend

KOA Rewards Appreciation Weekend Photo

WHEN: September 6-7, 2024

WHAT: KOA Rewards holders stay as a paying guest on Friday, September 6th at any participating KOA campground and get Saturday, September 7th for FREE*.

WHY: KOA Rewards Appreciation Weekend is designed exclusively for KOA Rewards holders to say thanks for your loyalty and for trusting your camping memories to us. On this late-summer weekend, we gather to celebrate friends, family and fun in the great outdoors we all adore.

* Only at participating KOA locations. Applies to one site per a KOA Rewards account, for two consecutive nights at the same KOA. Sites may be limited. KOA Rewards discount does apply but not valid with other discounts.

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Local Area

Mackinac Bridge

At 5 miles long and 200 feet high, the Mackinac (pronounced mack-in-aw) bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere. Dividing the Upper Peninsula from the "upper-lower" portion of the state, "the mighty mac" is certainly a sight to see!

The bridge connects the city of St. Ignace to the north with the village of Mackinaw City to the south. Envisioned since the 1880s, the bridge has since become an iconic symbol of the state of Michigan.

While the bridge can be driven 364 days a year (weather permitting) on each Labor Day visitors can walk the bridge, opting to walk half (5-mile round trip) or the whole (10-mile round trip) bridge while it's closed to traffic.



Delta Bay Planetarium

Take a trip an hour and a half south to visit the Delta Bay Planetarium, offering a wide variety of educational, entertaining, and immersive shows that explore the universe. From interactive shows about the constellations to captivating programs about the planets and stars, the planetarium has something for everyone. The state-of-the-art projection system and surround sound system make the shows even more captivating. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, always willing to answer questions or provide more information about the topics being covered. There is also a gift shop where you can purchase souvenirs and books about astronomy.



Sault Saint Marie

Divided down the middle by the Canadian Border, Sault Saint Marie boasts an amazing assortment of things to do and see. From the vibrant arts and culture scene, to hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing, all the way to amazing cuisine and wine tours, Sault Saint Marie makes a spectacular day of sight seeing. Enjoy the festivals, galleries, and performances taking place all year round. Whether you're looking for a relaxing day or an adventure-filled one, this jaunt north has something for everyone!



Mackinac Island

Taking a day trip to Mackinac Island is a great way to experience the beauty of Michigan. The island is just a short ferry ride away from Mackinaw City, and offers a unique combination of history, culture, and scenic beauty. Once you arrive, you can explore the historical sites, enjoy the natural beauty of the island, indulge in some world famous fudge, or check out the festivals throughout the year, including the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival and the Mackinac Island Music Festival.