free camping area's in ohio

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rgs80074

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Hello everyone,

My brother lives in ohio by the michigan border.

he's looking for a free camping location that he can go to and camp with his kids and get away for a while.

I tried looking but i was not able to find anything for him and he's only got a tiny cell phone so he really can't surf the web looking.

thanks for your help


ryan
 

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I believe the power company has large tracts of land that they allow camping on but that was years ago and they may have required a yearly pass. Several nice state parks but all with fees. You might get to stay free overnight at some of the public boat launches.
 

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Be careful parking at boat launches in Michigan. My son-in-law got a $250 ticket for parking at a boat area during salmon season a few years back. The DNR (Department of Natural Resources) which the state parks fall under is quite strict. I would use the National Forests, county parks, just not state parks and launches.
 

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Free camping in the eastern US is a little hard to find. Check this website - https://www.campendium.com/

Use the category and price filters to eliminate anything but free or very inexpensive camping spots.

We've camped at the American Electric Power campgrounds. They're very nice but a good distance from your brother's house. https://www.aep.com/recreation/areas/recreationland

The Heron Manistee National Forest  https://www.fs.usda.gov/hmnf https://www.fs.usda.gov/hmnf  looks like it might be good too and it may be a little closer.
 

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Most of the free camping in Ohio is in the SE area. AEP recreation land, wayne national forest.
 
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