Welcome to the Gaylord South / Bradford Lake KOA Holiday!

Nestled right on beautiful Big Bradford Lake, near Otsego Lake State Park, 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 or the many other sights of this incredible area.
After a great day of sightseeing, come back and relax lakeside! Lie out on our 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 many bike trails 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!
Come in the winter and we'll see you on the snowmobile trails or staying warm by the fire.
Either way. 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

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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

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes is a popular attraction located just under two hours from Bradford Lake KOA. It offers stunning views of Lake Michigan and the surrounding area. A day trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Visitors can hike the dunes, swim in the lake, or take a scenic drive along the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. It's important to plan ahead and pack plenty of water, sunscreen, and snacks, as there are limited services within the park. Additionally, visitors should wear appropriate footwear for hiking the sandy terrain. Sleeping Bear Dunes is a must-see for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors and wants to experience the beauty of Michigan's natural landscapes.

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Otsego Lake State Park

Home to 62 acres of lakeside recreation, Otsego Lake State Park is a popular family destination located between Big Bradford Lake and downtown Gaylord. The park is known for its beautiful, half-mile sandy beach, and the popular boat launch provides excellent access for motorized and nonmotorized watercraft.The park is heavily shaded with large oak, maple and pine trees and is home to large campsites near or within lake views. The day-use area features an accessible swimming beach, fishing pier, quarter-mile pathway and picnic area with tables and grills.

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Aspen Park

Located just blocks from downton Gaylord, the park offers many different paths to enjoy your quiet sport of choice or benches to sit and enjoy the view. If mountain biking is more to your liking then that too can be done in Aspen Park on one of the "dirt" trails developed in cooperation with the Northern Mid-Michigan Chapter of Michigan Mountain Biking Association. Featuring 100 acres of woods, paved and unpaved trails, tennis courts and some of the best scenery in Northern Michigan.

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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.

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