Whispering Surf Campground at Bass Lake

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Whispering Surf Campground at Bass Lake

7070 South Lakeshore Drive
Pentwater, MI 49449
United States
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Opens: May 1
Closes: October 15


We are proud to be the third family to continue the legacy of Whispering Surf Campground in over 100 years.  Established in 1913 as an Episcopalian Boys Camp, Camp Morrison - Whispering Surf is the oldest continuously run campground in the state of Michigan.  Situated on a peninsula between beautiful Bass Lake and the sparkling sands of Lake Michigan – we are a cozy family campground nestled under beautiful old growth pines.  In 1966 the camp was purchased from its original owner and modernized to accommodate the modern travel trailer.  In the years since, the infrastructure of Whispering Surf has been upgraded to accommodate todays RV needs – full hook-up sites with 20/30/50 amp service, high quality cable TV and free WiFi.  While Whispering Surf still preserves the quaintness of an old fashion campground it has kept up with modern technology.

Third generation families are camping at Whispering Surf.  Our beautiful private beach on Bass Lake is a short boardwalk stroll away from the camp.  There you can swim on our sandy bottom beach, dock your boat, fish off our dock or enjoy a picnic lunch.  Boat rentals are available at Whispering Surf at very reasonable rates.  A ten minute stroll down Lakeshore Drive will pop you out at the outlet on Lake Michigan where the water is always bathtub warm and the surfs always up at Lake Michigan. Children will enjoy playing on The Ark and Saturday night popcorn is popular among young and old. We serve coffee on Saturday and Sunday mornings and offer mini golf to all our guests at no additional charge.

Our Lodge is one of the few turn-of-the century pavilions remaining today and is a great place to spend a rainy day or evening.  The Lodge offers ping pong, pool, foosball and air hockey.  You can also enjoy a wide selection of board games or puzzles.  Our library offers a reading selection for all ages. The Lodge can be reserved for special group events.

In  2017 our two historic cottages were completely renovated - the Davis Cottage offers 2BR's and the Dorothy Cottage offers 3 BR's - both have full modern bathrooms and adequately stocked kitchenettes.  .New for 2019 we now offer a rustic camping cabin with bunk beds for 2 ppl.  This cute little cabin has a breakfast bar, cable TV and an outside gas grill. 

Reservations are highly recommended as we fill up fast.  West Michigan has so much to offer spring, summer or fall.  Please join our family at Whispering Surf Campground where memories are made.

Andy & Jane Hathaway







Go 3 Miles north of the village of Pentwater on Business US 31, turn left on Lakeshore Drive then proceed 1 mile north to the park entrance or Exit the US31 freeway northbound at Oceana Drive, turn left and go 3/4 mile west to Lakeshore Drive. Turn right and go 1 mile north to the park entrance drive.


2019 Campsite rates from $35.00 to $50.00 per day

Local Interest: 

Stearns Park beach, Ludington harbor and North Breakwall lighthouse, Big Sauble and Little Sauble light houses, Fishing ports in Pentwater and Ludington for salmon fishing, Hart-Montague Bicycle Trail State Park, White Pine Historic Village & Rose Hawley Museum, Blossom tour to view a sea of white Cherry Blossoms when the area orchards bloom in May, Pere Marquette Memorial, original burial place for French explorer Father Marquette (Buttersville), Mason County Lumber Heritage Trail. Ludington Area Center for the Arts, Farmers Market and U-pick on local area farms, Mac Woods Dune Rides at Silver Lake, Shrine of the Pines in Baldwin, Pere Marquette Scenic Wilderness Canoe Trail, SS Badger the carferry for the Lake Michigan Carferry Service to Wisconsin, Consumers Hydroelectric Pumped Storage Lake and Lake Michigan Lookout, Pentwater Historical Society and Museum, Chadwick-Munger House and the Oceana County Historical Society in Hart, Swift Lathers Home, Home of Mears Newz and Oceana County Museum in Mears, Drive your 4WD and ATV on the sand dunes at Silver Lake State Park, Michigan Adventure Amusement Park, Color tour for the gorgeous fall colors as the maples turn to their brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red in October.

Campground Map
Private beach/dock on Bass Lake
Camp Office