Date of Stay: October, 2009
This is one of our favorite campgrounds in the fall. There are not many trees as it is a young park and will take several years for the trees to grow. Most of the full hook-up sites are very private. The bathrooms/showers are quite a walk from the full hook-up loop depending on where you are located. All of the sites have a very nice gravel pad. The electric sites are out in the open but are spread out. There are lots of nice hiking trails and biking trails. There is a nice open field in the center of the electric loop so kids can play tag, football or just run themselves silly. There are also numerous playgrounds around. There is Historic Prophetstown to visit as well as Wolf Park (very well worth the visit) nearby. Two notes: there is a train nearby that you hear once in awhile, but really isn't a problem. If you are driving to this park or in this park at dusk or dark, be extremely careful and watch for deer. They are everywhere!
Date of Stay: July, 2009
We camped here over the 4th of July weekend. The good points are that if you have children, there are many things for them to do and there is a decent beach and nice lake with slide. For adults there were also some organized fun things going on too. If you have a boat or jet ski, this would be a nice place to stay. Now the not so good. If you have a dog stay far away. You have to carry or transport in a wagon or car your dog to the dog area. You are not allowed to walk them anywhere in the park and they are not shy about letting you know that. This is primarily a seasonal campground and they clearly do not like having the few nightly campers there. We all felt like we were intruding. Even upon check-out, no one ever asked if we enjoyed our stay. There was some noise from 80/90 as you are pretty close, but wasn't real annoying. But tent campers, be aware, where they stick you, you are almost right on the highway itself. I would NEVER camp in a tent here. It is too bad. This is a very nice park and would normally be someplace we would return to, but no way, with the vibe we felt.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
Having chosen a site off the Internet, sight unseen, we were pretty lucky. We had site 31 which is very shady, but we did have a very hard time getting our 25' trailer in there. Would be better suited for tents, smaller trailer or pop ups. Site was level. Many sites in park are not and many do not have shade. Sites 27 & 41 were either wet or had standing water in them so beware. Sites 19-35 all had a lot of standing water behind them. Took a hike passed the volleyball courts (by day use area) on the trail to the beach and down. Would be way to much work with children but we enjoyed it. Dogs not allowed on beach, we carried our small one once down there. Camps hosts were wonderful and friendly and kept the campsites spotless. Had a real nice DNR young man stop by and show us a spider and told us of a night hike he was leading that night. We really enjoyed our stay here, but depending on where you are, it could be iffy. There were a lot of groups that camped together, but nights quieted down. We look forward to going back and walked around and chose the only sites we would consider.
Date of Stay: September, 2006
I will post my negatives first. I agree that it is a dirty/sandy campground (you get that with a lot of shade though). There are too many street lights and I do not like the fact that they removed all the trees along the back to make pull-throughs. Took away something to me. This would be a plus for the bigger rigs though. This is a wonderful family campground. If you have kids they should never be bored. Nice pool and many other things to do. The staff is wonderful. They are really trying to attract more business and make many improvements. They have definitely read the "manual" on customer service.
Date of Stay: May, 2006
This is a small quiet, very friendly campground over looking Hart Lake. Many seasonals, but very nice. Most of the sites are very narrow and not very shaded, but we love this campground because of the location. It is at the beginning of the Hart/Montague bike trail and is a short walk down the hill into historic Hart. There is fishing on Hart Lake with a boat ramp. It is also close to Silver Lake. The managers are awesome and couldn't be more helpful. There is security after dark and the restrooms are locked (you are given a code to open door) at night, which was nice. Great new restrooms. Will definitely return.
Date of Stay: September, 2005
We happen to live in Holland and enjoy this park a couple of times each year, usually in the fall. We prefer the Pines section over the others as most of the sites are shaded. There are miles of bike trails in Holland that are accessible from this park. It is right across the street from Lake Macatawa and just down the road from Lake Michigan and the beach portion of the state park. If you don't feel like cooking there is a great restaurant (Ottawa Beach Inn) that you can walk too.
Date of Stay: July, 2005
We really enjoyed our stay here. There are sites that overlook the Grand River from a bluff area, very peaceful. Would recommend either 14 or 16. Most sites are shaded. Pool was very nice though didn't actually go in. They have a boat ramp for boating on the river and the river is channeled out to Lake Michigan. Only complaints (mildly): one of the seasonals has a very foul mouth, another seasonal's kids were up way past "quiet time" and very loud, they didn't seem to enforce the quiet time, though most were quiet. The grass needed cutting and the bathrooms, though clean need to be remodeled. Would definitely go back this fall. Should be beautiful.