Take a Virtual Tour of Glamorous Camping at Oakland County (Mich.) Parks

For illustration only; not the actual Glamping experience
at Oakland County Parks
OAKLAND COUNTY – With an interest in diversifying the types of camping experiences it offers, Oakland County Parks and Recreation is previewing a “glamper” (glamorous camping model) at Waterford Oaks County Park now through Jan. 2, 2014.

The 33’ x 12’ unit is equipped with a stove, refrigerator, microwave, table and chairs, couch, shower and flush toilet. Individuals interested in viewing the unit can stop by Waterford Oaks Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (no viewing available on weekends or county holidays). Visitors are asked to check in at the administration office to access the unit.

“This is the closest overnight option we will have to a hotel room at our campgrounds,” Executive Officer Dan Stencil said. “We try to stay on trend with the camping industry and debuted yurts in 2013. With the glamping option, we hope to bring the camping experience to those who love the outdoors but aren’t interested in roughing it. And guests with small children or mobility issues may want to camp but need a more convenient option than pitching a tent or hauling a trailer.”

According to Glamping.com, the global glamping trend has traction because travelers can leave the uncomfortable negatives of camping – such as sleeping on the ground - behind and enjoy some comforts of home in the outdoors.

The parks system operates two campgrounds from mid-May through October – Addison Oaks County Park near Leonard and Groveland Oaks County Park near Holly. In 2013 the parks system constructed yurts, circular, spacious canvas-walled tents that sleep six and are furnished with two bunk beds, one double bed, night stand/mirror, small refrigerator and table and chairs. The campgrounds also offer furnished four and six-person cabins plus individual and group sites for tents and RVs. All sites feature outdoor fire circles and picnic tables.

Waterford Oaks County Park is located at 2800 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford.

For more information about the 13 Oakland County Parks, call 248-858-0906 or visit DestinationOakland.com. Find Oakland County Parks and Recreation on Facebook and follow via Twitter @DestinationOak.