The Gaylord KOA will be your perfect base camp as you explore everything that Northern Michigan has to offer!

Located on the 45th parallel, the Alpine Village of Gaylord has unique shops, wonderful restaurants and world class golf. There are many lakes in the area for fishing and trails for hiking and biking, such as The Iron Belle Trail and the North Central State Trail ,from Gaylord to Mackinaw City. Take a day trip to Mackinaw City, Thunder Bay Underwater Preserve or the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. In season, go hunting for tasty morel mushrooms.  Also, enjoy several festivals in the area, including Alpenfest and Big Ticket Festival! After a great day of sightseeing, come back and relax! The kids can go swimming in the heated pool or play on the two playgrounds. Check out our activity area with our Trampoline Jump Shot and Jump Pad!  Play mini golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard, volleyball or rent banana bikes or 4 wheel pedal carts! Your furry friends will love our Camp K9 Bark Park! You will enjoy the cable TV and you can stay in touch using STATE OF THE ART FREE Wi-Fi perfect for working remotely or school. The Gaylord KOA is located in the heart of the Gaylord Golf Mecca with many golf courses to choose from. This KOA is big rig friendly!

Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 120' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Pool (5/28 - 9/6)
  • Snack Bar ($)
  • Propane ($)
  • Mini Golf
  • Firewood ($)
  • Bike Rentals
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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

Big Weekend

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WHEN: May 12-13, 2023

WHAT: Stay Friday night, May 12th at a participating campground, and get Saturday night, May 13th for just $20*.

WHY: The Big Weekend helps raise funds to send kids with cancer to medically-supervised camps all across North America. Kids fighting cancer deserve a chance to attend a summer camp and to just be a kid again. Funds raised from May 13 support the KOA Care Camps Trust which distributes more than $1 million dollars annually to support 125+ Care Camps each year. Learn more at koacarecamps.org.

* Only at participating KOA locations. Applies to one-site, for two consecutive nights at the same KOA. Sites may be limited. Not valid with other discounts.

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Local Area

Alpine Village

Enjoy the Alpine Village motif of Gaylord, sister city to Pontresina, Switzerland! Gaylord is located in Otsego County, where there are numerous restaurants and unique shops in this quaint city. Gaylord has many events through the year including farmers markets, concerts, and the annual Alpenfest held in July.

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Water Sports

Located only a short distance from the shops and streets of downtown Gaylord is Otsego Lake. The county's largest and most popular lake, it's enjoyed by visitors and local residents alike. Nearly five miles in length and about one mile across at its widest point, Otsego Lake has the added attraction of a concrete boat ramp for day use at the Otsego Lake County Park.

Otsego County also boasts beaches that are a perfect way to beat the heat. With miles of public waters for swimmers and boaters to cool off in, Otsego County can keep the fun going as the temperatures rise.

Wah-Wah-Soo - off Old 27 South on Otsego Lake is only 1/2 mile from the campground and a great place to spend your day!

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Golf

The Gaylord Golf Mecca marked its 30th year in 2017, and the greens of 22 courses continue to beckon golfers of all playing levels to their links.

Boasting 22 championship courses and numerous awards from golf magazines and organizations, the Gaylord Golf Mecca provides plenty of great quality golf to match every style of play. For further details, call the Gaylord Information Center at 732-4000.

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Elk Viewing

Elk viewing is a popular pastime in Gaylord! The city of Gaylord maintains an elk herd and provides viewing areas for the public to stop and watch the impressive herd. Under the city's care, the roughly 70 elk can be viewed from near the Elk's Lodge off Grandview at Elk View Park. The herd is contained on 108 acres. City staff feed the animals corn, hay and sugar beets, plus vitamins. The herd started with three elk 14 years ago, when a local nature center closed. Currently, a few of the bulls weigh well over 800 pounds and stand roughly 6' tall. The bulls will don their massive horns during the fall and winter, dropping them in the spring.

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