Date of Stay: August, 2009
This is our second time staying at Petoskey KOA, we stayed last year and returned. We really like the location, very convenient to downtown, the beaches, Boyne area and shopping. The Sites: The campground is well maintained and landscaped, there are many large trees and many sites are wooded. There are many different types of sites to suit most preferences. Most sites are paved or have paved patios, however, the sites are much smaller than other parks in the area and this chain, our smaller travel trailer and tow vehicle hardly fit on the paved site. Some sites are very small, pick wisely. The roads are paved but very tight given the size of sites. Larger Rigs I would recommend the pull through sites in the lower numbers. The park has a very “sub division” feel as there is a seasonal section with super nice cottages was nice to walk through. Amenities/Activities: I was disappointed with the significant reduction in the amount and types of activities included from our previous trip. In the four days we stayed, I think there may have been one scheduled activity (outside of the cafe being open). The pool is nice and well maintained. The playground is nice, but very small. The ice (Over $2 per bag) and firewood ($6 per bundle) were way more expensive than any other park we have stayed. Staff: The staff was very friendly and nice. They seemed to be everywhere with their yellow shirts and electric cars. However, I was surprised that in the morning during checkout, my estimation one of the busiest times, the desk/store was staffed with only one person answering the phones/taking reservations and taking care of the long line of customers buying items and checking out. Bottom Line: This is a great resort in a great area. If you are looking for a well maintained, clean, paved, friendly park this place is for you.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
There is something for everyone at this campground. The sites: There are over 600 sites many with different attributes. Some are wooded, some are in the open, some cement patios, lakefront, playground front, etc. there is likely a configuration that suits you best. We stayed in the 600s area which we liked and there was an awesome restroom facility in that area with private FULL bathrooms (in the comfort station) complete with shower, toilet and sink with a lockable door to the outside. I thought the sites in general weren’t as well maintained as other places we stay, they were uneven, gravel and dirt in many places, some grass, smaller for the price, however, the amenities of this resort outweigh it. I think a little maintenance in this area could make a world of difference. I would love to see the 600s area converted to a fully paved RV section with paved sites/patios and full hookup. Pools: Even with a full weekend the resort didn’t feel crowded. My kids loved the outdoor water/splash park, this was great for all ages (I even enjoyed running under the waterfalls). The pools were well heated and clean. While we didn’t ride the large water slides, many did and it was a great addition to the campground. Other Amenities: This campground has the largest best camp store/diner I have seen anywhere. Complete with just about anything you could possibly need, the prices were reasonable and there was much to choose from. The grill/ice cream parlor was a nice touch with a balcony overlooking the lake. The putt putt golf, while basic, was a nice feature, it was affordable and we enjoyed it. We were disappointed in the arcade as about 70% of the games were not working. My kids liked the variety of having 5 different playgrounds here, kept them interested throughout the trip. The bike rentals were quite expensive at $10 per half hour but were fun even if for a short time. And in Jellystone fashion, the Yogi Activities, train rides, crafts, bingo, etc. were a hit with the family. If Wi-Fi is an important need for you, know that you will likely only get a signal at the Ranger Station, not at your site (by the staff's report and my experience). Cleanliness/Maintenance/Customer Service: I think this campground is just inches from greatness. I think with a bit of attention to detail this place could be great. I was taken aback at the number of unkempt seasonal sites, this did create a less than stellar perception for me, some were an eyesore. I thought they could also step up the customer service, while I did not encounter any rudeness the staff was mostly indifferent, even when I asked a simple “how are you doing today…?” I was confronted with no response at all. Bottom Line: Overall this is a great destination and I highly recommend it especially for families with children - this is a kids paradise. Pick your site carefully as some are better than others. Bring extra money for the amenities, most things are extra. If you are looking for a meticulously maintained luxury resort this may not be the place for you.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
Great family friendly RV park. Just returned from a 4 night stay at Duck Creek. We had been excited about staying here after hearing of their opening this year. We have come to Muskegon every year for 6 years and have stayed everywhere. The Sites: We were very pleased with the park only which had been open for about 6 weeks when we visited. The park is well laid out and it was nice that they left some mature trees around some of the sites. Many of the sites are, however, in the open. Most sites on the outside ring do back up to trees and/or wooded areas, which were nice. Sites are all paved with cement campfire rings. The shape of the paved sites is great, allowing ample space to park your vehicle while still allowing much room for your patio, which I find unique to this park. Amenities: The playground is awesome and is very suitable for young and older children alike. Instead of being situated on chips or gravel or sand, it is on that nice “rubber mat” material – alleviating the need for me to “clean out shoes” of chips, sand or gravel debris. My kids had a great time there. The basketball court was well done and professional. The park also offers volleyball, horseshoes and an arcade all were nice. The internet access was great and always working! The pool is great, and has a nice mushroom water feature and I love how the lower end is “walled” off from the deeper end for safety. Pool was meticulously maintained and very nice with ample chairs. My kids loved the pool and I never felt crowded. Shower/Bath house: This was also meticulously maintained and was clean every time we visited. Was surprised at the number of bathroom stalls (I think only 5) for the size of the park; thought there should be more. Never a wait though. Location/MI Adventure: Just a couple miles off the highway, the location was great, right across the street from MI Adventure. Wish the campground coordinated better with MI Adventure for discount tickets, early entry, shuttles, etc. That would make a big difference. I think this park is great and has even better potential once all the grass comes in. If you are looking for a well maintained family friendly RV park near many great attractions and amenities, this is the park for you! We have planned another trip for next year already to Duck Creek!
Date of Stay: June, 2009
This is a very well maintained RV park. The bathhouse was one of the best I have seen, very clean, and the showers all had their own “rooms” with outside access and locks. Restrooms were meticulously maintained. The pool was very nice and good size for the size of the park. Playground is nice but very small; doesn’t seem as though they cater to kids or campers with families at this park. Private lakes were nice, great for fishing, especially for kids, and boat rental was very affordable. This large RV Park has a very open feel. The sites are not treed (with the exception of a few that border a wooded area) but rather have an “open field” feel to them. If you wish a more rustic feel under the trees, this may not be the place for you. We were there in mid-June and, while the grounds were well cut/kept, I was surprised that the “grass” in our site was mostly clover/weeds in bloom – would be nicer if it were treated for a more “grassier” feel like other luxury parks we have been to. The location is great, nearly equal distance between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, providing great opportunities for entertainment and excursions. The park’s close proximity to Gun Lake/Yankee Springs Recreation Area provides a great outdoor escape as well, with great beaches and fishing areas. If you are looking for a quiet, well maintained RV park, this is the place for you.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
We loved this campground! This RV Park is meticulously maintained and manicured. Most all sites are paved and the fire pits are also cement. Sites along the outside are best. Everywhere we went there was staff there to help and answer questions. The gift shop that doubles as an ice cream shop is wonderful. Views are great – right near the water as well as seeing the treed hills. Playground was well maintained and large. Pool was also very well maintained. If you like luxury RV parks with all the amenities, this is the place for you. Because the park is newer, the sites are heavily treed, so if you want a rustic experience, this likely won’t fit that need. This is a great park for kids and adults alike. Their scheduled events were fun. The location has a very remote feel, while only a few miles from a “bigger” city of Big Rapids that offers many large retailers for all your supply and grocery needs including Wal-Mart and Meijer. I highly recommend this park; I think so far it has been the nicest RV Park we have stayed at in Michigan!