Date of Stay: September, 2009
This is a very popular campground and is usually full most weekends. Arrive early in the week for a first-come first-serve site. Odds site are reservable. Very clean neat park, with outhouses and water spigots throughout the park. Each site is large and roomy, only one we saw that our 40 ft rig would not fit in. Trees are very close to the road, so not for the squeamish to drive through. Our wide-body motorhome just made it in a few places with careful monitoring to drive through the campground. Sites are large and able to have slideouts. Many are graveled and surrounded by timbers making a deck-area of sorts. The lake is a bit of a walk away, with swimming beach. A large log lodge building is available for family reunions, parties, etc. overlooking the lake. 2 walking paths go wayyy up to an overlook outcropping for spectacular views over the area. Dump station is available, but for $5 fee, even for the campers already staying in the park (first time we have seen that!). More development is ongoing in the back of the park for larger drive through sites and 50 amp service, as government funds allow in the future. All the sites are 30 amp presently. After you stay longer than 2 weeks, the price drops to $10 a night, and seasonal rates are available. Got a very faint sporadic air card and cell phone signal with AT&T. Digital TV stations fade out during the day but come back at night.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
(Do not confuse this park with the OLD VETERANS PARK up the road about 10 miles - both run by the Marinette County park system.) This is a county run campground, situated a bit away from the river, and a bit too close to Parkway Drive for our tastes. We could hear road noise through the trees, and nearby cottages. But the campground was neat and clean, outhouses, pit toilets and fire rings. NO hookups and well pump for water. 3 sites are walk-in tenting sites. We got an air card signal (AT&T) and liked the large roomy sites. Walking down some steps from the picnic playground area, there is a lovely waterfalls, with a little bridge to stand over them, and further down around the bend is a sandy swimming hole. Very rustic and quiet down by the falls. We really liked spending time here. First Come, First Served - No Reservations Firewood $3.00 Per Bundle
Date of Stay: August, 2009
There are a few sites close to the water in this park that are snapped up immediately. It's a national forest campground, so that means no amenities or hookups, other than pit toilets, fire rings and picnic tables. There is a water spigot at entry to fill your tanks. Very quiet lake and good fishing. Boat landing is next to the campgrounds for easy access. Very clean and well kept, with rangers driving through a few times on the weekend to keep an eye on things. No showers.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
We love the rustic national forest campgrounds. Many of the sites at this one back right onto the lake, with wonderful views. We are in site #7 right now as I type this! The loons are out on the lake, calling us to come out in the boat one more time. Fishing is large and small mouth bass, and the loons keep coming near the boat to see what we are doing. Well spaced out sites, all under a thick canopy of trees. I get an AT&T wireless aircard signal and cell phone signal from here. Rustic sites with fire-ring, picnic table and multiple outhouses (pit toilets) around the park. Well pump for water. NO showers. Recycling cans at the entrance. Swimming area in on neighboring lake just a short walk from this campground. Walking path around the lake, and a biking trail too (though we didn't go on it) Very quiet well-kept campground. We sure don't want to leave, and will be back again.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
This waterfront park is part of the Delta County park system of Escanaba area. We enjoyed the neatly kept grounds, great campground hosts, lovely natural beach and sand dunes along the shores of Lake Michigan/waters of Green Bay. The sites along the water are higher priced than the sites on the backside of the loop. Dogs are allowed on the beach and dunes area (on a leash) and very dog friendly park and walking areas. Ice and soda machine on site for convenience. Nearest stores are 10-12 miles in either direction. Dump station is located far enough away from the park to avoid smells, unlike some other parks. Cell phone service is limited in Delta County, most plans omit Delta County in coverage, why, I do not know. Our AT&T would register 1 bar, but each time dialing out, it would say *CALL NOT ALLOWED* ... go figure? Our campsite was missing a picnic table, but we noticed 2 tables further down at a group who was using it. So instead of making a fuss, we just pulled out our own folding table. Woke up each morning to sun rises over the lake, shining in our front windshield, how nice is that?
Date of Stay: July, 2009
Came back again this year! Becoming a favorite campground for us. Rated a 9 only because some folks might not like having to go to the main entrance for water. Very nice new park with improvements from last year. Now there is grass growing on the sites, the shrubbery is filling in between sites and they have leveled out a few that were sloped. Added horseshoe pits too! We like the quiet rustic nature of this park. Located close to the boat ramps for the Menominee river for fishing and recreation. Up the road is Pemene Falls. Quiet rustic camping with the added plus of electric on site, and water spigot at the entrance. Also was able to pick up three digital channels here (2-1,2-2 and 2-3) but faded during daytime somewhat, stronger at night. Also got one bar on AT&T phone and aircard for internet connectivity. Wonderful hosts bring you stack of kindling wood, a pack of personalized matches and help answer any questions you may have. P.S. Fill in blanks require an answer if the showers were clean: YES NO or DIDNT USE THEM. Well: if there are NO showers, how do you answer that?
Date of Stay: June, 2009
Nice wooded COE remote campground with many deep sites to accommodate a 38-foot motorhome, tight squeezes on the turns so unhooked any tow vehicle is recommended. We reserved here via recreation.gov website to be sure to have a site as we were planning on a late arrival. Wonderful service and we were happy to have our site waiting for us. A few of the "first come first served" sites 1-7 might be a tough parking situation as they are sloped or slanted, but some folks with pop-ups, class B's and tents made the most of it. Campground road is blacktopped, but the sites are either gravel or grass. Dense underbrush and heavy foliage make completely private campsites. No aircard signals or cell signals unless you went up the road a few miles. Water is available from spigots throughout the park and there is a dump station. Great hosts were friendly and helpful and courteous. The resevoir and beach area were a drive around to the south side of the lake, far away from the campground, not a walkable distance. Cute town of Spring Valley nearby with groceries, gas, restaurants and shops. I only give this place a 9 due to distance to lake. But it's the type of quiet camping we prefer, so it's a 10 in our book!
Date of Stay: June, 2009
This is a nicely run county park, with a great host this year. The fully shaded mature trees cover over pleasantly spaced apart sites. Electric on all sites, water on some. Sites down near the end of the loop (12-20) don't have water hookups on the site, but water is available at the entrance to the park near the dump station. The Great Lakes waters are now on the rise again, so soon more of the beach area will return to normal as in years past. Two breakwaters angle out into the harbor for protection, and make a nice walk with the dogs for a change of pace. Well-designed boat launch area with 3 docks, $3 fee to launch. Plenty of parking area for the boat trailers and vehicles, far away from the campground. Firewood is $5 a wheelbarrow full, please don't bring outside wood here, as Wisconsin is trying to keep down the Emerald Ash Borer infestation, and the whole campground is mostly ash trees. It would be awful to lose all the trees in the entire park! Big playground area with new equipment for the kiddos. We like site number 16 that we pull in nose first and enjoy the view out the front windshield. Blacktopped road and some sites blacktopped, rest are grassy areas to pull into. This year they started group camping way down on the other end of the park by the pavillion. Fee is $75 for up to 6 campers, around a central pavillion, $25 refundable deposit.. what a great way to camp with a group of friends for a reasonable fee all in a cluster, without take up 6 spaced out campsites. Quiet camping on the shores of the waters of Green Bay where it meets up with the waters of Lake Michigan.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
This is a Brown County park, and has a great playground, picnic area and boat access to the waters of Green Bay. Located just 10 miles north of the city of Green Bay, just off Hwy 57, it's a great stopover on the way to Door County. Easy to get sites during the week, but by Friday night it's pretty much full of weekenders. All sites are blacktopped with a smaller side patio area on each slab, large heavy picnic tables and firerings. Multiple restroom, shower, laundry buildings. Ice and coke machine near entrance. Convenience store within 1 mile of campground too. All sites are shaded, mature trees and lawns. Firewood sales by rangers in the park, due to Emerald Ash Borer infestations in Wisconsin, they wish you do NOT bring in firewood, trying to save our trees in the Northwoods. No WI-FI around, but I did get a good strong aircard signal, and cell phone signals are strong too. Look close at the map provided on the link, if you have a big rig, avoid turning into the smaller circle of sites (3-13) as it's too tight to manuver. There is a sign telling this fact, but some folks miss it. Separate tenting sites are in a loop of their own, rustic with no hookups for $15 a night. And three group sites in that area too for $50. Also note sites #26a and 26b are positioned together for family camping with two rigs together. All sites are first come, first served, no reservations. So you take your chances, but like I said, many openings during the week, with only 10-20 campers in the whole park. We go either on a Thursday night or early Friday morning to get our choice of the best sites. I would honestly say there are only 3 or 4 sites that are sloped requiring leveling blocks, the rest are all level. We have camped here many times, not just the most recent weekend. It's always nice and quiet. We did note one person blew off about three fireworks and cranked his stereo over in the tenting sites, and the rangers were there in about 2 minutes flat. Peace and quiet reigned the rest of the packed to capacity weekend in this nice county park.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
We LOVE this campground, been going here since I was a wee child. It's a national forest campground, so that means no electric or water at the sites. There are a few water spigots around the campground and also at the dump station there is potable water available. Fire rings and picnic tables at each site. We have a 40 ft motorhome and regularly try for site #17, our favorite. It's long enough for two, 40 ft motorhomes to fit, us and our folks. Of course we pay a double fee for doing so, but we don't mind. Our friends try for site number #15 where they can leave their boat tied up to shore right near their camper. New concessionaire this year, seems to be really nice. He handled some noisy folks immediately and they were quiet the rest of the night. Well kept, clean, and rustic camping with well-spaced out sites. You can barely see the next site over as it's well closed in by shrubbery and tall trees. All sites are wooded, so satellite signals are questionable. Host lady has been there for many years, and always comes back! She is so sweet and helpful and keeps the bathrooms immaculate. Bathrooms have flush toilets and cold water, no showers. Bathhouse by the swimming area is very rustic and pretty structure, able to be rented for parties, complete with a fireplace and a little kitchen. No cell service in the campground as its down in a hollow, but if you drive up the road a mile or two, you can reach an Altell signal. Great fishing, our guys regularly catch walleye here, it's their favorite lake for night fishing. Large boat landing area with parking. Only rated a 7 because of course no electric, no water at sites, no showers, and none of the frilly froo froo that some folks come to expect in a park. But we love it, so it's a TEN in our book!
Date of Stay: May, 2009
Very nice county park, on a good fishing lake. Nice little boat landing, and also a pier nearby to moor boats near the campgrounds. Pit toilets, fire rings and tables, plus elect and water at the sites. No dump station. Great cell phone signal and air card on computer signal nearby towers. River fishing down a side road near a dam too. Newly updated electrical and water lines last fall make each site very well supplied. There was even cut firewood all over for the taking, but please do not transport any wood into or out of the park, as Wisconsin is fighting the Ash borer beetle invasion.
Date of Stay: February, 2009
This is rustic camping at it's finest! This is a first come, first serve national forest park. Two great hosts greeted us at the gate. There are security codes for the gate after hours, and security codes for the nice neat clean bathrooms too. Well-spaced out sites with plenty of palmetto bushes, tall live oaks, dripping Spanish moss and quiet surroundings make this quite a tranquil experience. Each site has a huge picnic table of a plastic coated grid mesh that we have never seen before. Each site also has a built in charcoal grill, fire ring, and tall lantern hook. We are still camped here as I write this. Air card internet via Sprint allows me to access the net from this remote location. We were only going to stay the weekend, but we decided to stay 2 or 3 more days! Our folks are camping in the next site for only $6 a night, with Golden Age passport. There is a dump station and also water spigots placed all over the park, usually within hose distance to most sites to fill your camper up again if needed (don't leave your hose hooked up all the while, that is not fair to the other campers) Some sites are pull through, others are short and better for tents. We are here with 2 big diesel rigs 40-footers. The two friendly hosts are busy all the time, cleaning, picking up stuff, chatting with folks and answering questions. Nice beach with fenced off swimming area for gator protection. Bear-proof trash containers spaced all through the park at convenient places, not just at the entrance. Our friends are coming to join us tomorrow on the next site, and we might just stay a few more days.
Date of Stay: February, 2009
OH what a nice park... we found it on a map, and drove in on a whim to see if they had any sites open. The nice gate worker said sure for one night, but reservations on the weekend might make us move. We only needed a single Thursday night, so that was fine with us. Great hosts and helpful in selecting a site. VERY quiet park with adequately distanced sites and each had kind of a timber arrangement surrounding the campfire ring, picnic table area to make a deck like atmosphere. Pounded sand sites. Road a bit rough coming in for some folks, but didn't phase us a bit. Trees dripping with Spanish moss, lovely shrubbery and shade trees, and we had a great view of the water and the wildlife and birds. A nice T-shaped fishing dock and fish cleaning station. Canoe rentals and even a small cabin nearby to rent. Located within 10 miles of the interstate, but in a quiet woodsy location with no highway noises or tourist trappings. We felt very lucky to find this place and will return again!
Date of Stay: November, 2008
We rated this high because of the peace and quiet and rustic sites. It's a privately owned campground and a caretaker lives nearby and brings you a bundle of kindling wood and a box of matches! This is a brand new campground near the Chalk Hills Dam on the Menominee river with GREAT fishing and boat access nearby. We enjoyed the animals and peaceful quality of this park. First 5 or 6 sites are 50 amp, rest are 30 amp. There is a water spigot near the entrance to fill your tank before parking. There are no showers, but there are very clean pit toilets. Sprint air card was able to access a weak signal, which is super for the UP of Michigan. Also weak cell signal on roaming with Cellcom phone, I think it was accessing Alltell towers. We have camped here twice this summer and we will go back again and again.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
This is a very fun park with great family activities. They even had a COW RIDE ... a hay wagon ride through the park multiple times behind an old tractor. Kids loved it. There was an accommodating staff and they were very polite and helpful. There was a nice little camping store and gifts too. We really liked the layout of various loops of sites, so all the traffic is not funneled along a single route. We camped here in the 90's, and it's much improved since then, due to the fact that the original owners took it back over and updated and improved it. We marked down our remarks a bit for the strong sewer smell at times which seemed to almost come from the creek too, and was told they had holding tanks that emitted vapors from time to time. Also the surrounding farm land had liquid manure smells that could not be helped either. The sites were very close, but some folks like that. We were fine and enjoyed ourselves, but our guests for 3 hours were charged additional fees for a visit, although they didn't use any of the facilities other than sitting on our chairs on our site and eating our food. We were told of the charges in advance and knew about them, but still feel that it was an imposition on registered campers to pay for guests to visit for a short period.