The Michigania Story
Michigania is owned and operated by the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. It’s the home of Michigan alumni camping in the summer, and a variety of educational and recreational programs throughout the fall, winter, and spring.
In the summer of ‘61, the Alumni Association began its camping program. Two one-week sessions for Alumni Association members and their families were offered at the University’s Biological Station on Douglas Lake (approximately 45 miles north of Michigania). The first families would later be known as the “Pioneers” for founding a grassroots tradition which would become a University staple passed down through generations. Following the first year success, and after many letters and phone calls from the Pioneer group, our Association leased the facilities of two children’s camps during the post-camp seasons: Camp Charlevoix on Lake Charlevoix, and Camp Huntington/Sherwood on Walloon Lake. Both camps filled quickly and it became apparent a permanent site was needed.