Date of Stay: June, 2009
We stayed here for the Alive Christian Music Festival. Our site was in the Sunny Side section. The sites were very large and roomy. The access in and out of the campsite was simple and easy. The park is separated into two large sections. The top section is the "campground" while the bottom section is (for lack of a better term) "recreation." They have a "waterpark" which is not much more than a glorified swimming lake. Compared to most waterparks, it fails dismally. However, compared to most swimming lakes, it is probably the best I've seen. There are only few paved roads and those are rustic at best. The indoor pool is nice but not excellent. I'd give it a 6 out of 10. The camp store however is excellent. Not by the contents, but by the staff. Ralphie's (the name of the bar/grill inside of the campstore) is staffed by wonderfully nice people who make you feel welcome. The worst part of this campground is the large number of seasonal campers that feel like they not only own the campground, but make other campers feel unwelcome. Especially for the Alive Festival. There was an "us and them" mentality that pervaded the cg. We felt that they had to "put up" with the festival campers while we were here. Other than that, the cg was nice. We probably won't choose to go out of our way to return, but would stay here if we are passing through and are looking for a place to lay our head.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
We loved this campground. It's small and cozy, but the sites are large. Our site #21 was perfect. Located right on the beach (close enough to have great access, yet far enough not to be annoyed by the activity) it was perfect for a family. The restrooms were not very clean and the showers could use a little more upkeep, but other than that we have found another one of our favorite campgrounds here!
Date of Stay: July, 2008
We have been staying at this campground for more than 5 years. Needless to say, we enjoy it. We like the "camping atmosphere" that is has. I enjoy being able to take my family for walks/bike rides on the paved roads and still be able to take a nature walk and/or jog on their multiple natural paths. We love to be able to wake up in the morning and look out at the Mackinaw Bridge and Mackinac Island, and be so close that running into historic Mackinaw City is very easy. We have stayed in full hookup sites and Water/Electric. Both are very nice. There is no honey wagon service, but we have the "blue tank" which is easy to bring to their well maintained dumping station. Many sites are separated by trees and/or shrubs like arbor vitaes. This is nice for a little seclusion and privacy from neighboring campsites. Some sites are a little narrow, but that is an acceptable trade off. In other words, I would rather sacrifice a little space for privacy to looking into your neighbors windows and vice-versa. I love taking walks in the evening and see all the different campsites, campers, tents, motor homes, etc. The kids love the playground (there are a few of them, but they like the main one best). They like the original playground equipment that the owner's father built. It is a safe playground and we feel safe allowing our children to play there. The nostalgic firetruck that gives rides every night for the children is a great idea and the kids love it. The pool is nice but could use a supervisor if not a lifeguard. We have experienced excessive horseplay there that for some reason some parents allow. The beach is nice, but could be a little larger (since the campground owns 1 mile of lake front) and could be slightly better maintained. Our kids love it though! One of the things we like most is the large amount of grassy lake front that is common ground for all to enjoy. This is an area where you can sunbathe, relax in front of the lake, play ladder golf, washers, etc., and even enjoy the lighted bridge after dusk. So far, we haven't had much to complain about here. If you stay during off season though, be prepared for less. The camp store is closed as well as the arcade. There are also no bike rentals during off season. Over all, this is a very nice campground. Don't expect an RV resort when you come here, just good old fashioned camping at it's best.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
We stayed here on a non holiday weekend and it was not too crowded. The campground was clean and well maintained. One of my favorite aspects of this campground is that it is patrolled by the Oakland County sheriff. I felt safe staying here and allowing my children to play. We would definitely stay here again.