Date of Stay: July, 2010
The site was very large and the surrounding woods made it very private. The campground charges $5 per night for electric and about $1 per shower. There is no sewer. We would have preferred water and sewer hookups, but that aside this is a beautiful, quiet campground in a very beautiful place. We tubed down the Platte River, climbed the dunes and loved the beach. It is a wonderful family campground that I will be sure to visit again.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
We had a wonderful weekend with the family at this campground. It was our first visit and we found the staff to be very friendly. There were lots of activities for the kids. The pool was great and everything was very clean. The only thing I would suggest is recycling bins and cleaning up the lake somehow. It was kind of mucky for fishing with little ones. We will absolutely camp here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
This is the second time we have stayed here. The park is very clean. The restrooms and the showers were immaculate. My only complaint is that there was not a ton to do. The activities were spread out and there were not a lot of other campers here. After the playground got old, the kids were bored. It's a short trip into South Haven however, for restaurants, shopping and the beach. We really like the family that runs the park and are optimistic things will pick up as it matures. We will definitely camp here again in the future.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
This is an older state park in Manistee, MI. The showers were very clean and lots of warm water. The restrooms were clean but the hand dryer didn't work and once they were out of toilet paper. The park sits on a bluff that overlooks Lake Michigan. You can take about 70 steps down to the beach which is nice, just not very big. The sites are well shaded, but mostly dirt with little grass. The site we had was described as level but was not. The sites are also small and there is very little privacy. Campers are right on top of one another although they do keep it pretty subdued. The playground is dated and there is not much to do really. If I were in the area, I would consider staying there again but I would not make a special trip.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
We just spent our first camping trip of the year here this weekend. We stayed on the "premium" site which includes a kid's cabin, a swing and a hammock. Although the weather was dicey, our family had a very nice time. The owners had plenty of activities planned for the kids and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. It is a new park and still has some growing in to do while the 2nd and 3rd phases are developed, but it is a great place to take a family. The camp store is well stocked and the restrooms and showers were immaculate. We will definitely go back again.
Date of Stay: October, 2007
We visited this campground with our 3 kids and dog in our pop-up trailer. This is not the newest, nicest campground out there. The shower house is older, there is only one, and while its generally clean it gets over run by all the kids sometimes. The sites are a little awkward in how they are fit together, but they work. We liked the camp very much though. The owner/operator escorted us to the site. He moved the picnic table and fire ring so I could pull through instead backing in. He was visible and around all the time. There were activities almost every hour for the kids and they loved it. The Headless Horsemen hayride was very well done. We will go back because the kids had a great time. I would recommend staying on the upper loop because the lower is mostly seasonals.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
We just stayed here for 4 days and 3 nights. The park is very clean and very family-oriented. We liked that security constantly drove through the park. The camp store was nice and well-stocked and the bathrooms were always clean. I would recommend renting a golf cart because the campground is large and it can be far from one place to another. The site we had was tight and not too level, but we reserved at the last minute. There were lots of better sites. The park is right next to Holiday World amusement park and is the real reason to go. It is really geared towards families. There really isn't much else in Santa Claus. Shuttles go back and forth to the park all day. We did drive down to Lincoln's childhood home which was about 5 miles away and the kids really liked the working farm there. We will definitely go back.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
Spent the 4th of July weekend here. The park was full, but our family had a very nice time. There were lots of activities and the staff was very friendly and nice. The pool is for lodge guests only, but there are set aside times for campers each day. We saw lots of wildlife and the playground and other amenities were very nice. The restrooms were also kept clean and there was security around consistently. The park map shows a beach on the lake, but it is closed and grown over, the water is pretty mossy and green. There is also a train ride for the kids, several playgrounds with new equipment, and boat rentals at the lake. My only complaint is that the site description on the web described the site as level. However the site sloped from front to back and there was a steep drop down from the pad about 20 feet to where the picnic table and firepit were. Next to it, there was a ravine. This was difficult for our children who are 9, 4 and 2. There are level spots in the park, we just weren't very lucky. We will go back again.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
Just spent my first weekend here with the kids in a pop-up trailer. To start, I have to say the restrooms and showers exceed expectations. Very clean and the water was nice and hot. There were a lot of sites that were not level, so you need to make sure when you get one. The beach was nice and the kids loved Cowboy Dave at the saddle barn. It featured horse-drawn hayrides and music while you wait. There were other family activities and the campground host was very friendly. It seems Loop A is the most family oriented, loops B and C are a little rowdier. We would definitely go back again.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
We spent the weekend here in a tent trailer. The sites are nice and roomy. The bathrooms and showers were pretty clean most of the time, but needed some touch ups. There are boat rentals, bank fishing, horseback riding and hayrides on Saturday nights. Our family enjoyed our time there and will go back again.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
We just spent the weekend for "Gold Rush Days" at East Fork Lake. It is a nice campground for families, but isn't the best place we have ever stayed. The bathrooms were muddy and not that nice. You could tell they tried to keep up with them because they smelled like bleach a lot, but even clean they were pretty dated. The sites are on the small side and pretty close to one another. There were some fun activities for the kids, but overall it was just o.k.
Date of Stay: April, 2007
I spent the night here to try out our new pop-up camper. The campground is pretty clean and is set up well for families. There were park rangers driving by regularly and the host camper was very friendly. The store is pretty thin and very expensive. There are some spacious sites, but most are smallish. The men's bath house was clean, but my wife complained about the women's. I would stay here again with the kids.
Date of Stay: September, 2006
We stayed here during the Renaissance Festival. Park was very clean and family friendly. The sites we saw were kind of out in the open backing up to trees. The showers and restrooms were very clean and the staff was very friendly. We plan to stay here again for the festival.