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We found this park from our Passport America book after deciding to take the back roads and not the freeways south. What a great find! Gracious hosts checked us in, told of us the sights to see in the quaint Swiss town of Berne. We settled on site 221, a full hookup site with 50 amp electric. Quite a large back-in site and very well cared for grass “carpet” adorning the area we were in. We overlooked corn fields, soon to be harvested. Behind us in a fairly large area were “seasonals”, mostly 5th wheels, trailers and motorhomes; did not see many “permanents”. We were surprised at how large the campground was. We happened to be here when the annual “small engine festival” was being held in the town of Portland, 12 miles south. The town of Berne is rich in Swiss history, and in the heart of Amish and Mennonite homesteads. We enjoyed driving through the countryside seeing the typical well-kept farms they are famous for. And, of course, the roadside vegetable stands. Downtown Berne has a very large Mennonite church just across the street from Muensterberg Plaza and Clock Tower. The square--a city block--has a unique Glockenspiel, a fountain playground for children, and soon to be finished and dedicated band shell. We were not in town to witness the Glockenspiel play, complete with costumed figures characters dancing. We plan on staying here next year on our trip north.

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This was a great place to stay during our trip south. Many large sites, all on grass, with 50 amps and water. Rate reflects Passport America rate. Only 3 or 4 sites occupied while we were there but is most probably full during weekend festivities and fairs. We will stop here and use our Passport America again.

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We stayed here for 2 nights. Ours was a full hookup site overlooking Lake Michigan. We could see the large ships carrying cargo passing through the Mackinaw Straits. A little pricey but worth it. We will stay here again.

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Bingo! What a great destination park on the Portage Canal. All sites have full hookups with 50 amp electric and cable TV. Most sites are directly on the waterfront and have their own private covered deck, while a half dozen or so are at a high elevation looking out over the lower sites providing great views of the canal. Roads and sites are asphalt. There is a lot to do here besides shopping the downtown area close by. Across the lift-bridge is the sister town of Hancock and access to the upper Keweenaw peninsula towns and villages of Copper Harbor, Eagle Harbor, Calumet, Copper City and others. In Houghton the NPS has headquarters for the area and the NPS Ranger III takes passengers to Isle Royale for visits. A favorite passtime at the park is watching the pleasure boats cruising up and down the canal, some pulling water skiers. Next to the park is the city park with swimming beach, children's playground, etc. We booked our reservation for 6 days but extended another 2 weeks. Be aware there are no restrooms in the RV park, hence no tenting. For this reason we gave the park a "9" rating. We definitely will return.

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We stayed here over the busy 4th of July weekend. We were assigned a 50 amp electric site but no sewer hookup. Sites were large, on grass, and reasonably level. We had ample shade from the trees but were lucky to get good satellite and phone reception. The main drawback was the abundance of mosquitoes and horse flies at that time of year. This is an okay place to stay for a night but not a destination, at least for us.

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Another favorite park in the quaint village of Grand Marais. Although we had a waterfront site we couldn't see too much of the grand Lake Superior because trees had grown too large. But we enjoyed the layed-back ambience of the area. Not too much to do in town (which is only one block long). Woodland Park is a city park and probably the largest commercial establishment in the city.

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Stayed here for 4 nights but had to leave because of the Hiawatha Music Festival; no sites available. We had a site backed up to the maintenance shed of the local University, and yes, they do start their heavy equipment early in the morning. We also could not get satellite service due to trees and could only get 3 channels on TV. We did enjoy reruns of "All in the Family", "Mash", "Rockford Files", etc! Overall a good place to stay and enjoy the sightseeing in Marquette where there is a lot of history.

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We love this place! It was our 4th visit over the past 20 years. We had a magnificent river-front site with 60 amp service. No sewer hookups. But, the view of the river and the big ships makes this a great place. Also, the restrooms/showers are absolutely excellent. Showers are in private "cells". We WILL return.

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First, we did not stay here. We visited the campground while we were staying in Cedarville. This would be a great place to stay if you want to stay in a secluded, quiet waterfront site with and abundance of wildlife. We saw two pairs of nesting swans during our visit. The parking pad for a rig is hard-gravel, surrounded by well maintained grass areas. We met the very friendly owner who lives next door. She and her husband recently built the campground. I believe about 6 sites are waterfront and in the open while the remaining ones are in a wooded area. We would consider staying here in the future. Not a problem for a 33' motorhome but might be challenging for anything over 37' long.

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Rate was for Passport America, however, we were able to use PA for only 4 nights, not a week as specified in the PA book. We did not use the bathrooms or showers, so no comment. We were assigned a very nice pull-in site overlooking the bay, which we enjoyed looking at out of our windshield. We had a lot of privacy and some shade trees on our west side. Site was hard-packed grass. Our electric and water hookups were on the wrong side of our rig but that was no problem for us. However, the sewer was also on the wrong side but impossible for us to reach with our hoses. We realize owners have to compromise hookup locations to accommodate 5th wheels, trailers, or motorhomes. We noticed other sites' sewer locations would also be challenging for any type of rig unless they had a LOT of hose. This campground is convenient for touring the eastern area of the U.P. One drawback: the mosquitoes were bad, however we found out that there was an over-abundance of the pests all over the country! Oh yes, we had visitors to our site; deer and sandhill cranes. No loons though. We will visit again providing we can us PA. We travel in a 33' rig.

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We agree with previous reviews, this IS a jewel place to stay. We requested an open site so we could receive satellite reception which we received. We backed up into the forest and were shaded by pines, aspens, maples, etc. Great site, good water and 50 amp electric. The only FHU sewer sites are the 5 pull-thrus across the street from us, but they had no shade. One bathhouse serves the entire park and was quite a ways from our site, #67. But this was no problem for us as we normally use our motor home facilities. We did "experience" the visitation of mosquitoes but that was to be expected. Pickerel Lake was very clear and clean, would be refreshing for a dip at the beach. The day use area is very inviting as are the several rustic cabins that are for rent. We plan to stop here again--. Thanks to Emmet County for the very nice facility!

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We were pressed for time on this trip north so only saw campsites near the office. We were in a VERY LONG pull-thru, FHU. Park was very clean and quiet for us. We were impressed. We were able to get good satellite service and Verizon phone and MiFi reception. We could see in the distance the part we didn't visit but it looked very nice also. Good grocery stores in Angola. We will visit again, perhaps for a longer period of time.

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We agree, not a destination park but good for an overnight or two. Most sites were occupied by temporary construction personnel but this was not necessarily a negative. Park was very quiet an a ways off the road where the traffic was. We had excellent Verizon service and satellite reception. Convenient to grocery stores, gas stations, etc. We would stay here again if in the area for a short stay.

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We agree with other comments: this is an excellent State Park that offers a lot. We also stayed in the East camping area which is close to: (1) a large picnic area, (2) the Interpretive Center, and (3) tennis courts. Also, the trailhead to the falls is walking distance from the camping area, as are very nice large cabins for rent (8 persons). The north area also offers cabins and a Yurt Village. We were told the campground only has 30 amp service, which is what we had. The sites in the East Camping are are all gravel, built up an level from the surrounding hilly terrain, and bordered with 8x8 timbers with railings. Much like we experience at Corps of Engineer campgrounds. We were lucky in that we did receive satellite reception on site 68. It was very peaceful here during the week with only one other camper in the park. We definitely will return here in our motorhome and visit all the attractions in the area.

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After traveling all day in heavy rain we exited exit 116 to the park-easy in and easy out. This was a nice overnight park for us, with full hookups. Park roads and sites are gravel, fairly narrow sites with no grass between sites. Some plantings, however. Good Verizon and MiFi reception. In spite of all the rain sites we were high and dry and level. Owner was very gracious when we called for a campsite and during our check in. We will stop here again.