Date of Stay: August, 2006
Had a seminar in the Lansing area and this was the closest campground $25 for W/E $29 for W/E/S. Overall it was fine. I'm not much into RV park type camping and like to be in a roomier site then most private parks provide. They do have some nice sites along their pond, which can be fished and paddleboats are available too. The bathrooms seemed to be clean whenever I used them. Things seemed quiet overall at night, but traffic noise could be heard from nearby road, left AC fan on one night to drown out the noise. Overall I wouldn't hesitate to use this CG again if I'm in the area for an extended time. Not to far from I-96, and would make a fine stopover for most travelers.
Date of Stay: July, 2006
Nice park overall with a great beach. We had sites along the woods that border the water, which had a little view of Lake Huron, but I don't consider them waterfront. Saw some larger fifth wheels in the park but finding large sites for bigger rigs may be a problem on busier weekends. There's a nice path to the beach, which is sandy with very little rocky areas, especially considering it's Lake Huron, and of course the water is cold, but felt great as we had some warm weather. It would be nice if the state rebuilt the older bathroom in the north end to one of the modern shower houses other SP's have had built over recent years, as theres only three showers and there small and water pressure could be a problem at times, not sure how the other shower house was, but seemed fine on a previous visit in 2004. The bathrooms were kept pretty clean, considering the amount of rain we had. They have some nice programs for kids which seemed to be at least once a day sometimes two or three, except for the Monday we were there. As we can't transport firewood, we found a decent deal on firewood just a half mile north of the park on US23 at the second large sign for firewood, on the left side of the hwy. There's a nice paved trail that leads to Rogers City, but one section runs along the shoulder of US23 and I personally wouldn't want to ride that section with kids, but the rest of it is nice and runs along the lake. We really like the park and beach and would easily give it a 10 if the sites were a little roomier and the north bathroom had some of the nicer showers.
Date of Stay: June, 2006
Nice park with lots of scheduled activities for the kids. The park has a pool, but was small and packed normally with a lot of kids doing jumps, flips and diving with only a depth of 4' 6", so we didn't use it much and the temps were hot, so that was a big negative. Bathroom was outdated and small for 62 sites, waits for showers or toilets became a problem once and awhile. Roads getting to the park from I-75 or I-71, were narrow, so I wouldn't consider it for an overnight stop, as passing other trailers, farm equipment and dump trucks was common and somewhat nerve racking as the locals don't slow down much, and there were areas with no shoulder and a drop of several inches that may damage a trailer if your wheel were to go over the edge.
Date of Stay: June, 2006
Nice small quiet campground with spacious sites, most are on the water or have a view of Lake Barkley. Bathrooms are outdated, but were clean for the most part, when found dirty it seemed to be from a group of kids that took pride in plugging toilets, etc. Once they left it was fine. I don't believe anyone waited for a shower. Not a ton for kids to do as there are no scheduled activities in the park, but with three families our kids kept busy. Nice small swim area, with some muck once you were out a little ways. Saw folks fishing from shore often away from the swim area. Rented a boat from a marina in Grand Rivers which you could see across the lake. Within about 5 miles of I-24, and would make a nice stop if in the area. Seen some larger motorhomes and fifth wheels. Easy drive to LBL. Hard to find info on the CG and it has an address listed as Grand Rivers, but is closer to Kuttawa or Eddyville.
Date of Stay: October, 2005
Nice park with plenty of good sites to choose from. The bathrooms have both been rebuilt in the last couple of years and are real nice. We camped here for a Halloween Harvest Festival weekend, and it was packed with lots of families. Overall it's a real nice place, but as mentioned the water can be a little nasty for swimming, we stopped by in the summer and the beach was a long walk from the campground and didn't appear to be used due to muck in the water. But for a spring or fall trip this is a nice place and an easy drive from SE Michigan. If you need firewood there is an oil change place on hwy 13 just as you get to Kawkawlin that will sell 1/2 ($22.50) or full face cords ($45), which I thought was real reasonable for good hardwood, as the firewood purchased near the park was soft, rotted and/or wet. If the beach was nicer I would rate this park an easy 9, but gave it a 7 due to not being the best option for a hot summer day.
Date of Stay: August, 2005
We liked the campground overall but were surprised by some things too. We had a few nights with groups of people playing music late at night, to say the least the quiet hours didn't appear to be enforced. There also seems to be alot of folks that like destroying the mens toilets by either plugging them with TP or defecating on the seats, it was a nightly occurrence. We had a toilet building near our site that was lit real poorly so a flashlight was a must to check things out. Also the amount of garbage left on our site was surprising with a ton of smokers leaving butts on the ground, along with pop tabs or beer caps, etc. This park seems to be used by alot of locals with large groups of folks knowing each other. So we were surprised by the lack of chit chat we experienced in WV on previous trips. The lake was great and we even rented a boat from Summersville Lake Marina which was alot of fun. The swim area was nice, but became deep quite quick. We even swam out from our site, and life vest are a good thing to have in the deeper waters. The staff was nice and the restrooms were cleaned daily. There was a nice playground, along with horseshoes, volleyball and basketball areas.
Date of Stay: July, 2005
This review is based on the fact that this is a Rustic campground. We stayed here for 6 nights and really enjoyed our stay, the weather was real nice. The problems with this campground first off is that Lake Michigan is experiencing a problem with algea, we could swim nearby our campsite but had to walk a little ways up a point to get to good clean water, and the sites on the water are beautiful, but the water is rocky, water shoes are a must! There is a sandy beach area near the day use area at the south end of the park, provided you walk south once on the beach. We also used a Charlevoix city park, called Ferry Beach that was nice and an easy drive (either side street near Glenns or 7-11 will take you there). Another fact is that a cement plant is in view from the water front sites and it has a constant noise about it, but nothing to obnoxious or anything that would upset your night of sleep, but it's there. The pit toilets were cleaned every morning and weren't to bad. There is no dump station, so we brought a porta potty and small shower shelter for the kids to use, this worked real nice to keep the black tank from filling to quick. Water, if needed, is from hand pumps, so bring containers if this might be needed, the water had the usual hard water taste, but wasn't bad. Any site on the water is pretty nice with plenty of privacy, I ran my generator in the evening and didn't have to worry about disturbing my neighbors, who on our last morning were both running theirs and I didn't even realize it. So the quiet and privacy here are real nice and the lake views great with occasional frieghters heading into the cement plant. The town of Charlevoix is only a mile or two away and the grocery store is before you have to go into the downtown area that can be real busy and congested, especially after the drawbridge has been up. There are plenty of shops and stores in town to check out if your into that too. Overall a real nice area with a real quiet campground.
Date of Stay: June, 2005
We camped hear as an overnight stop (within 5 or 6 miles of I-75) and didn't have alot of time to check out the entire park, but it's a beautiful area with nice sized secluded sites. The bathrooms were nice and clean. Our evening there was quite rainy with tropical rains from tropical storm Arlene, and the sites seemed to drain well. There were deer roaming around the park in the morning. We had a reservation for our return trip home, but our plans changed. We would like to go back someday. We tow a trailer that is just shy of 30 feet in total length, and I'm not sure how much larger rig that you could get through the campground due to some trees along the roadway.
Date of Stay: June, 2005
After reading so many nice comments at Woodalls forums regarding Bahia, we weren't all that impressed. They had signs stating to conserve water and electricity, yet the mens bathroom had a missing shower head so the water would pour out. When this occured, the toilets wouldn't always flush properly. So to say the least, we had several occurences of plugged up toilets in both the mens and ladies bathroom, which weren't cleaned all that well. There are no doors or screens on the bathroom entry doors that made for some major bug problems with skeeters. Even the park staff said, they were the worst they had seen in years. They made sitting outside darn near impossible at times, especially in the evening's. As for the beach, if this is rated as one of the top beaches in the nation, they haven't seen some of the wonderful beaches along the Great Lakes, (of course the water is a little cooler). At high tide the beach was covered in seaweed, and had small bugs flying all around it. At low tide we could sit out in chairs in the water. The snorkeling was nice though. The ocean front sites have a great view of Hwy 1, with quite a bit of noise. We didn't realize how close the Hwy was going to be. We think we would have liked Long Key better since the view isn't wasted on a HWY. There is a dumpster in the area between sites 38 and 45 and the smell in this area was terrible. I wouldn't even consider a spot in this area as it was that bad. (Think rotting fish guts in 90 degree temperatures, and you'll have an idea). The camp store closes at 5 PM, doesn't carry any groceries, but ice is available. The kids liked getting ice cream, besides that the store was kind of worthless. We heard that there was a park ranger that patrolled the area. We only saw them on two occasions in 5 days, but there were no real problems with noise or rowdy's.
Date of Stay: June, 2005
Nice campground with a pool open 24 hours, the bathrooms were clean and adequate, but I've seen nicer and there were occasional plugged toilets. We used this park to visit Universal Studios which was a 10 or 15 minute drive. Disney is real close. We checked out Old Town and weren't real impressed. But for relaxing around the camper after spending the day at the theme park this worked out real well for the three families that traveled together.
Date of Stay: June, 2005
We used this park for an overnight stop on the way to and back from Florida. It's easy to get back and forth to I-75, and there are a couple of gas stations that didn't seem too crazy, just across the street and down a little ways, which made fueling up easy. The sites were level. On both visits we left the truck hooked up, which made getting on the road in the morning pretty easy. It's a quiet and clean park, with a nice pool that felt great after traveling all day. The sites are somewhat close. On our first night here we received rain from part of a tropical storm and the site had quite a bit of water along the low sides. The airport issue was really no problem, we saw a few planes on both stops, but nothing that was enough to disturb us. The bathrooms are real nice and clean. For an overnighter, this is a great place. If I was staying in the area for any longer I would want to check out one of the nearby county or state parks. (They are not located real conveniently to I-75 though.) We just don't like being so close to other campers. The one down side is that they charge for any more then 2 campers, including kids over 6.
Date of Stay: June, 2005
We used this park for an overnight stop on our return trip home. We only paid $22.50 for a water/electric site, super sites were in the $33/night range. We were near the pool and had no other campers near us, which made for a quiet night. The pool was real nice, the bathrooms were adequate and clean overall but I've seen better. The campground is located near I-4 (only 5 miles east of I-75) so getting back to the interstate was real easy and getting to Tampa International to drop our two older kids off was pretty easy. Overall not a bad place to stop, there was no staff when checking in so it was a self serve type operation, but easy enough. There was construction on the building off of McIntosh and we had to use the entrance off of hwy 92 (just around the corner), and there were no signs indicating this.