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Sites are big, roomy, grassy, and well kept. This is a church owned campground, and the property is alcohol free. You are allowed to bring your own firewood and golf cart which is highly recommended. We camped here during family camp week, so all the activities were open, however, were open on a limited schedule. Our boys, ages 8 & 10, loved the waterside that lands them into a pond. There is also a zip line that dips through a pond and 2 dry zip lines for those not wanting to get wet. A sandy beach area near a pond also kept the kids entertained There is an ice cream store that is open for a couple hours a day. There is no camp store here, but if you need something the town of Vassar is not far away. Bathrooms and showers were clean; weak 3g connection and no wi-fi. It is a quiet and relaxing camp week here. Staff was very friendly; roads were very dusty, but it was a dry summer.

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We camp at this KOA a great deal during the summer. It is close to home and the kids love it here. They make improvements to the campground every year. Some of the positive things are the campground is very clean, generaly quiet, (exception; train tracks just south of the campground), nicely wooded, close to town/grocery store. Some things that need improvements are the pool which is way too small for the campground size, the extra $$ that it cost to join all the extra events or activities they have. Sawmill City adjoined with KOA is very pricey for what you get. Most of the help during the busy months is teenagers who just drive around on the golf carts and chase each other. Rarely do you ever see an adult. Overall it is a great campground, but a bit overpriced for what you get.

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This was our first trip to this campground and we really enjoyed it. The campground is nicely wooded with shady sites. Our site was not level, however we bring proper equipment to level the camper out and this was not an issue for us. The bathrooms were very clean and showers were clean with nice hot water. This particular weekend was Halloween weekend. They had many activities, contests, site-to-site trick or treating, haunted house, haunted hayride, etc. And, you do not need a fat wallet to stay here! If the activities were not free, it was a reasonable and well justified fee. Other campers are very friendly and staff very accommodating. Would recommend and will return.

     

Emmett KOA

Emmett, Michigan

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Nicely wooded, shady clean campground. Upon check in we were led to our camp site (which was a very nice touch). Site was pretty level however we were unable to use the septic as it was to far away from our site and we did not have enough hose. Nice list of activities (some were a $ fee). Neighbors across from us were very loud with music and all well after 1am. Several dogs were also running around unleashed. We had our own dogs which caused issues there. Pond was nice for catch and release fishing and the kids enjoyed swimming in it. Mosquitos were quite thick, bring spray! Would give it a higher rating if the security were increased along with rule enforcement on loose dogs. Office staff was friendly, however the wood delivery man was not.

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This was our first time at this park. It is located 5 miles south of Harbor Beach and on Lake Huron. There are lake view sites however Lake Huron is only accessible via the boat ramp or walking through the wetland/weed area. There is a sandy area but again, does not meet up to the water edge. The campground is well taken care of. We were in a pull-thru lake view site which was pretty level, grassy and shady. Most of the sites are electric only however there is a full-hook-up section located in a different area of the park but further from the Lake. Our site was shady, level and we enjoyed watching the many freighters pass by. There is no camp store on site (Harbor Beach has no grocery store just gas station/party store) There is a delicious restaurant in town that is worth the trip in to town (Al's) and a homemade ice cream store across the street from Al's. Cabin area is very private and wooded. Many bike trails and hiking trails. Its is very quiet and friendly campers. Nice kids playground. Would return.

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Very nice State Park. Most sites were roomy and shady. Park had nice mature trees and was pretty clean and quiet. We camped in the lower falls campground which is closest to the lower falls. The upper falls campground is located at the same park and just a bit further away to walk to the lower falls. Not sure why it is called upper falls since you are not camping at the upper falls. I was confused about this and had to check it out. To view the upper falls, you can hike the 4 miles or drive. We toured all the State area campgrounds and the lower falls campground seemed the nicest to us. Bathrooms and showers were very busy and for the most part, clean. There is a park store within walking distance and near the falls. Walkways are nicely paved and well worth the walk to the falls. Mosquitoes were very vicious and could not sit by evening campfire they were so bad. Would stay again.

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This is the first time we have stayed at this park and honestly I will not return. We had a back in site which was difficult to back into due to narrow streets and trees. The site itself was decent (roomy, grassy, level, etc). For campfires you have to rent a fire pit at $1 night which was no big deal but we feel it should have been included in site fee. Showers and bathrooms were not clean nor dirty. Showers are .25 for 4 minutes. Everyone in our party seemed to get all cold showers. At the time of our visit, beaches were open but there was approximately 3' of black/brownish sludge that went from shore into the water. After that water was still merky and could not see the bottom in 2' deep water. Needless to say we did not stay at the beach long. On the up side, you are right in town, across from a party store and Dairy Queen. Would check out Sleeper State Park down the road or stay elsewhere next time. My husband stays the best part of the stay here was leaving!

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Very nice little family friendly park! We camped here for two days and wish we could have stayed longer. We were in a pull through site which was pretty small and close to neighbors, but they all left the day after we arrived so we then had lots of room! Staff was very helpful and friendly. Free Shepler shuttle was fast and convenient. Bathrooms, showers, and laundry room was clean. Pool looked clean however we did not have time to use it. Definitely would stay again.

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Nice clean friendly park. Roads are all dirt and sites are grassy and (mostly) level. Quite a few seasonal local campers here and were very friendly. The campground is right on the beach which is a decent size. Very rocky so bring beach shoes if you intend to use the lake. Showers/bathrooms were always being cleaned. There is no adjustment to the water temp but it was fine. Older bath houses could use some updating but actually prefered them to the newer bath house. Would definitely camp here again. We enjoyed this campground much more than the newer campground just up the road!

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We enjoy camping at this park and look forward to our return trips. Kids are well entertained with their daily activities and, unlike a lot of other parks, the activities do not cost any thing creating happy parents. The campground was very family friendly and the staff was great. New rules this year are wrist banks for everyone entering the park. This was a bit of a nuisance to adults but proved to be helpful with lost kids. My only complaints are the park is very sandy and the pool was a bit chilly.

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Cute little mom & pop campground located on Lake Nepessing. Great fishing for the guys and a Kohl's only 2 miles away for the ladies! Nice mature shady, grassy sites. Our site was level, however some others looked a bit tricky. Small playground for the kids, small beach area. They rent boats of all kinds and have a nicely stocked camp store. Campground was clean and quiet. Lots of security with cameras and key gates.

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We camp here quite often, as this is our favorite campground!! The sites are level, the campground is clean and wooded. There is lots for kids to do and they never seem to be bored here. Nice bike riding throughout the park and bike trails to take you to the grocery store in town. Our only complaint is the pools are small for the size of the campground and unheated. The pools are unsupervised and too many kids are in the pool at a time making it dangerous, as there have been a couple incidents already. They have a jumping pillow for kids however there is a fee for the kids to use it. Train rides are nice ($1 a ride), good weekend entertainment, clean, hot showers. I would recommend this campground over any campground I have seen yet.

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This is a new campground which just opened in 2007. We were impressed with all the activities they have to offer which include paddle boats ($8/hr), row boats, nice outdoor pool,and putt putt golf. They have 3 small lakes (which are old gravel pits that are spring fed) Although we did not stay on a weekend, the weekend activities seem to be very nice. They did offer discounted rental rates during weekdays. The staff did a wonderful job of keeping the bathrooms clean. The negatives: sites were unlevel, most of the park is W/E sites with only 14 W/E/S sites that are non shaded area, staff not very friendly, the roads through the park are uneven w/potholes. There is a working gravel pit by the tent/rustic section and tractors were noisy in that area all day long. Security was all over the park and did a good job keeping traffic slow and escorting you to the site upon check in. Despite the few negatives, this is a great overall campground and we will be returning.

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We stayed here as a "guest" for the weekend for the price of a sales tour. Having heard about the membership and costs, we were disappointed in the cleanliness/maintance around the campground. They recently added new sites on to the park and those are much roomier with concrete patios with some shade trees. The roads are dirt in this area and became very dusty. Sites in the older section were crowded and small but shady with blacktop roads. They have an outdoor pool (did not feel heated) and a nice heated indoor pool. There is a beach area, putt putt golf course, playground, recreation building, basketball, volleyball, etc. Bathrooms were clean, locker rooms by the indoor pool needed some attention. It is a long hike from the campsites to the area where the activities are, luckily we had bikes. They do not rent bikes or golf carts but you can bring them with you. The kayaks, row boats, paddle boats are all free along with most activities in the park. Lots for kids to do here but again they are quite a distance from the campsites. For the amount they charge for membership and annual dues we expected a "top of the line" campground with concrete sites, roads and a nice campstore and restaurant. They had a small grill by the outdoor pool with reasonably priced food but that always was hot inside and lines of people with only 1 staff waiting on them. Staff was polite as long as they thought they might have a sale. For the sales tour they pick you up in a golf cart and take you to the front of the park (approx 1 mile) After the sales tour if you do not purchase into it, they send you walking back to your site. We had 2 little kids which was a long walk for them. Overall: Disappointing for the $6000 they change for membership with $425 annual maintence fees.

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Nice roomy sites and wide streets. Most all sites are sod and are level as long as its dry and has not rained. Camp store is the best I've seen yet. The offer homemade bakery goods from a local bakery in Harbor Beach. The bread is awesome! Bathrooms/showers were clean but few and far between. We camped on Memorial Day weekend, which was a full campground and again in August which was only about 1/3 full. Neither time did we see security or staff members anywhere within the park (other than the main buildings up front). There is a 24-hour phone number to call if any problems. The pool is small for the number of campsites. If you are looking for a shady campground, this is not the place for you. There are no shade trees through 90% of the park which allows the wind to whip right through. The sites in the back of the park do seem to be less windy than the sites in the front of the park. We would like to see more bathrooms, security through the park, and activities (ie: playground, pool) in the back of the park. It will be a nice campground once the trees mature.