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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 28

Mississippi River State Park, Marianna, Arkansas

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

14 full hook-up RV sites. Some back-in, some pull thru. Sites are level concrete with a gravel sitting area. Some sites are a little close, but in general they are spaced fairly well. Site 14 (back-in site) is the nicest site in the campground. It's more private than the others and has access to it's own peninsula complete with bench seat for viewing the lake or fishing. This site, like some of the others, has a metal fence around the back of the site. Someone did a nice job of spacing the utilities out so they don't interfere with slide outs, however, the sewer connection is just "stubbed up" with no threads or bayonet connection - (why?). You'll have to use the resident rock to hold your sewer hose in. Water pressure was OK at 60psi. The campground is flat and bicycle friendly. There are nice hiking/biking trails in the park, and a small swimming beach is adjacent to the campground. There are 3 tent sites in the RV area (if you like improved bathrooms), but a better pick for tent campers would be one of the 8 tent sites in the Lone Pine campground down the road (in the same park). Those are much more rustic and private. Although access to the campground is not controlled, it seems secure and park rangers were seen several times during the day. Signage in the park is good, all except the small one that tells you to check in at the Visitor's Center before setting up, and the Visitor's Center is about 4 miles before you get to the campground. Most campers just get a note from the ranger to come back to the Visitor's Center. There appears to be an active schedule of nature programs by the park. We camped at Mississippi River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Kayak rentals are available at the visitor's center - $20 for 8AM to 3PM, or $40 for overnight. The visitor's center also has live fishing bait and a small, but well appointed, nature center.

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 28

Springhill COE, Barling, Arkansas

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This CG has two sections - the A section is located on a creek that runs in to the Arkansas River. The B section is in the woods. The A section hookups are 30 amp and water, the B section sites are 30&50 amp and water. there are no full hook up sites. There is a dump station that is in good shape. Some of the sites are a little short for longer rigs; the site lengths shown on recreation.gov seem accurate. Most sites are fairly level, but many of the sites are perpendicular to the road making backing into the sites a challenge since the roads are a little narrow and bordered by ditches particularly in the B section. The camper parking pads are asphalt; the sitting areas are gravel. Some of the gravel sitting areas need to be "refreshed" with new gravel. The bathrooms are functional and basic. Site B10 appears low and would hold water or be muddy if it rains. Sites are well laid out and spacious. Signage in the campground could be improved for the first excursion into the park. The park gate is not closed at night. Good location to use a a base to tour Ft. Smith. We camped at Springhill COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B10
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Tour of Ft. Smith is worthwhile. The America the Beautiful pass is valid for entry to the Ft. Smith museum - (don't know about the History Museum which is separate).

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 28

Coon Creek COE, Ponca City, Oklahoma

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Medium sized, well maintained COE park on a large lake. Sites are all back-in, large and very well spaced. Some sites are not level front to back, but are generally level side to side. Most are in partial shade, however a few are in total shade. Most sites are gravel with a gravel sitting area, but some need to be refreshed with new gravel. Site 44 is muddy when it rains. Sites 31-35 are surrounded by large trees and are exceptionally nice. Wind is present in this area frequently and can be a challenge at times for campfires, tents, awnings that are left out, and even just sitting outside comfortably. The sites in this CG seem to be laid out in "clusters" with large play fields between them. Sites have a covered picnic table - nice in the hot summer sun when you can't put the awning out when there is wind. Plenty of modern rest room facilities in the campground. Basic dump station. We camped at Coon Creek COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Reports from the locals of lots of catfish in the lake.

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 28

Kansas State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, Kansas

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

OK for a base camp for visiting Hutchinson or events at the Fairground, but this is not a camping destination. There are >200 sites in the campground. Some rows are pull through, some are back-in sites. Sites are very narrow, but long enough so that you do not have to disconnect if you are towing a travel trailer or fifth wheel. The grass sites are generally level, although there are some low spots that hold water after a rain. Sites are full hook-up, 50 amp and the facilities worked well. This is an urban campground; the area seems secure although it is not a restricted access area. No security personnel were seen. There is also a grassy field for a tent area. There is a restroom and dump station. Interior roads are paved and easily navigated. This is an open field; there are no trees or shade. Ground fires are not allowed. There is no designated dog walk - most people walk their dogs in unused camp sites. Cleanup bags are provided at a kiosk near the bathroom. We camped at Kansas State Fairgrounds in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
167
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Underground Salt Museum and the Cosmosphere (for the techies) in Hutchinson are both worth the admission price. Both take about 2 hours.

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 28

Sand Hills State Park Campground, Hutchinson, Kansas

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is a most uninteresting and undesirable campground. It's flat, with no trees and the sites are laid out out like piano keys (see pictures). In the middle of Kansas, not having some wind break is a problem. You can't enjoy sitting outside, you fight your door, you can't extend an awning so there is little shade, and you can't grill outside very well because of the almost constant wind. The campground itself is new - only 4 years old, so the facilities are in good shape. There are back-in and pull through sites, some are full hook up, some are power & water only. The sites are laid out in a circle around a man made pond that is half full of water and algae. It's located close to Hutchinson, so it's convenient to use as a base camp for visiting town, it's just not a good destination park. There are several miles of trails for hikers, ATVs and horses in the sand hills adjacent to the park. OTA TV is good, Verizon coverage is 3/5. Sites are either concrete or gravel. Site spacing is tight and there is no privacy between sites. Trains run nearby about every 30 - 45 minutes. The maintenance staff was very helpful and friendly; the staff host was no where to be found over a 3 day period. I will not be back, even to use as a base camp. We camped at Sand Hills State Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Underground Salt Museum and the Cosmoshpere in Hutchinson are both worthwhile attractions. Both are reasonably priced.

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 28

Flat Rock Creek Campground COE, Chouteau, Oklahoma

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

Typical COE campground - well laid out to take advantage of the terrain. Spacing between sites is a little better than the average COE campground. Sites are asphalt with a gravel or concrete sitting area bordered by timbers. Most sites are level. Interior roads to sites 1-16 (30 amp sites) are just a little narrow, could be a little uncomfortable for a big rig. Sites 18-35 are 50 amp sites. Most of the CG is shaded or partially shaded. The "beach" is poorly defined because the whole CG waterfront is accessible and is used for swimming, fishing, kayak and boat launch. The shore is rock, some sand and mud. The lake bottom has a shallow slope from the CG. Tree canopy is fairly thick so a fixed satellite dish might have a problem, portable dishes should be OK. Good OTA TV - 6-10 channels; Verizon =5/5. The gate is locked at 10PM with no entry. There is an emergency exit. Good security - rangers patrol every few hours. There are a lot of locals using the CG as a day use area, but seem orderly. This CG is dark at night - not a lot of street lights. We camped at Flat Rock Creek Campground COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Convenience store approx 7 miles away, full grocery store, hardware and pharmacy approx 12 miles away.

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 28

Maumelle COE, Little Rock, Arkansas

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Very large COE campground. Most sites are very level, and shaded or partially shaded. A few sites in the interior of the campground are sloped front to back. Camper pads are asphalt, picnic table and fire ring areas are gravel bordered by timbers. Site spacing is typical for a COE park, but the park is big so there are a lot of shaded, grassy "common areas" for throwing a Frisbee or walking your dog. This park is bicycle friendly and has a fairly long paved nature trail. Check in was quick and to the point; the park hosts were friendly and helpful. Most of the riverside sites are about 40 feet from the water's edge. Makes for a great grassy sitting area next to the river for watching pleasure boats and barges. However, the grassy area behind the sites are separated from the river by 3-6 feet of weeds and growth that keep it from being suitable for kayak or canoe launching. There is a boat ramp in the campground. Site lengths are accurate on the Recreation.gov website. Longer sites for big rigs are on the interior of the campground. Sites are electric and water only, with a few full hook-up exceptions (see the tips comment). Interior roads are wide and in good shape; easy to navigate. There is a fairly heavy tree canopy, so satellite reception is 50/50 for a fixed dish, but likely OK if you have a portable dish. OTA TV is good, Verizon coverage is 5 out of 5. We camped at Maumelle COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B34
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are some full hook-up sites available for patients and their families attending University of Arkansas Medical Facilities.

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 28

Wallace Creek COE, Enid, Mississippi

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is one of the nicest COE park I have camped at. Excellent campground layout with very generous spacing between sites. All sites are concrete with a gravel drive and sitting area. Most camper parking pads are completely level, the remainder are very close to level with the only deviation being front to back. Most water sites are above the water level with grass lawn or rip-rap (rocks) down to the water level. All sites have a table, stand-up grill, lantern hanger and a fire pit; on some sites, these are on a level lower than the camper with steps down to them. On a few sites, there are no steps, but just lawn down to the lower level. This campground has full hook ups with good power and adequate water pressure. The interior roads are well maintained and easy to navigate even for for large rigs. The exterior of the bath houses look modern, but the interior looks a bit dated and old. But, they are clean. The showers have real mix valves - no push buttons. The CG has a only the street lights that are necessary, but if you like it dark at night, when you select a site be observant of the location of the lights - they are bright. At the time of this review, there is a well marked detour entering the park, so if you are using a GPS ignore it after you pick up the detour. Lots of room for boat and towed vehicle parking. Staff was friendly and helpful. We camped at Wallace Creek COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
30
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Convenience store about 5 miles away for fishing bait.

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 28

Burchfield Branch Park COE, Adger, Alabama

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

There are two distinct areas of this campground - the "river front", and the "creek side". The river front sites are right on the Black Warrior River approximately a mile downstream from Lock 17 dam. These sites are all back-in, or head-in, and most have a deck extending out toward the river. Fishing is possible, but not practical at these sites because of the shallow water and logs near the shore. However, it's a great place to launch a kayak or pull up a bass boat. The other area of the campground is up a hollow perpendicular to the river, with most campsites situated around a creek which runs down through the hollow. This area is old growth forest with a very heavy tree canopy. Sites for both areas are flat and level with concrete pads. The lengths given on the Recreation.gov website are accurate for the entire length. We stayed on site 4 on the river front. This site is situated for back-in with the awning side toward the river, but there is a retaining wall that limits the width of the site between the wall and a deck post. We were able to park a triple slide fifth wheel in the space, but could not walk between the body of the trailer and the deck post - use caution if selecting this site. Sites 3 and 7 are situated for a unit which can be pulled straight in, such as a class A or C (and still have the awning side toward the river). There are a mix of back-in and pull-thru sites in the "creek side" area. There is NO CELL PHONE coverage in the campground! OTA reception is limited to just the river sites. Satellite reception is very limited in the creek side sites because of the heavy tree canopy. Bathrooms are very clean and the showers have real mix valves - no push buttons. There is only one full bath house for the campground (37 sites). Two playgrounds, a beach with shower house, several fishing piers and a good dump station. Water pressure was very good, lighting at night was limited to the bath houses and bridges. We camped at Burchfield Branch Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Closest convenience store is 4 miles, closest real grocery store, and fuel, is 20 miles.

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 28

Corinth Recreation Area, Double Springs, Alabama

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is a campground, not a 'RV Resort' (just like I like it). 52 sites in two loops, all full hook up. Most sites are level and wide. This campground is off the beaten path so there are not many transient travelers - mostly 'destination' campers. No resident campers because of a two week limit. Old growth hardwoods and a fairly heavy tree canopy - so pick your site carefully if you need a hole in the trees for satellite. The sites are spaced out well and the general layout of the campground is good. This campground is now being run by a management company - American Lands and Leisure; it looks like they are doing a pretty good job. Check-in was efficient, the bathrooms are exceptionally clean and the facilities seem to be well maintained. None of the sites on either loop are directly on the water. But, there's a maze of hiking trails to the West of the Yellow Hammer loop that provides access to the water. There is also a long trail between the two campground loops that has a couple of pleasant surprises - caves and small waterfalls. Be careful though, lots of poison ivy off the trails in the whole campground. Not much for the kids here unless they like hiking and a beach - no playground. This is a quiet campground and dark at night (also like I like it). No street lights except security lights on the bath houses. We camped at Corinth Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Closest groceries, hardware and fuel in Double Springs approx 5 miles away.

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 28

Little Mountain Marina Camping Resort, Langston, Alabama

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

This is not a campground for "camping" in that sense of the word. It is a parking lot for RVs that has lots of amenities for kids and families. The sites are very crowded and small and there is not adequate room to park a tow vehicle for most campsites, therefore everyone has to park on the overcrowded streets. Many sites are muddy after a rain. No fire rings and no campfires allowed on the ground. I do not recommend this "resort" if you want to enjoy nature and enjoy rustic camping. If, on the other hand, you want lots of things to do for the kids, this may be your place. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, basketball courts, carpet golf, game rooms, a spa, exercise room, card room, pavilions and a marina. Kids and golf carts are everywhere. At $32/nite, if that's what you are looking for, it's a fairly good value. The resort has a two week limit on stays, but it appeared some campers have been longer term that that. We camped at Little Mountain Marina Camping Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 28

Lake Lowndes State Park, Columbus, Mississippi

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Large State Park with lots of space. About 40% of the 58 sites are right on the water. The land slopes gently into the water for most sites making it ideal to pull up a fishing boat or kayak right to your campsite. The sites are all full hook-up, and at a daily rate of $24 (no discount) for a premium site, it's a pretty good value. Good 30/50 amp power and excellent water pressure. Some of the sewer stubs are several inches out of the ground. Sites are all either concrete or asphalt with a rock apron or traffic area. They are spaced out well. This is an older park and some of the sites are short for longer campers which results in some folks parking across the site or on the side of the road, most site lengths are OK, though. There is one bath house for the campground which would be insufficient if the sites were not full hook up. The CG is relatively flat and "bicycle friendly". The bath house is old and a little out dated, but clean, stocked well and maintained. There are two washing machines and two dryers in the bath house entrance - $1/cycle, takes quarters. In the campground, Verizon service is marginal depending on location. Over the air reception is adequate. Tree coverage is fairly thick for satellite reception, but most campers with a portable dish were able to find a "hole" in the canopy. Ants and mosquitoes have been a problem when we have camped here before, but were not a problem this trip in the spring (late March). The State Park is large with multiple play fields, a good Frisbee golf course, lots of Geocaches, one good long hiking trail around the lake 3.5 miles (moderate). There is no swimming in the lake at the campsite, and I did not see a swimming beach at the Park. There is a real grocery store and fuel within 4 miles from the CG. We camped at Lake Lowndes State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 28

Columbus Woods-N-Waters, Columbus, Indiana

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

OK for a one night stopover. About 1.5 miles off the interstate. Many long term campers, but for a private campground, it was relatively clean. Sites are very crowded. Bathroom was surprisingly clean. We had one of the few sewer sites, but noticed the dump station was very poor: a sewer connection in the middle of the exit road.

Staff was "bothered" that we were there. WiFi didn't work. Verizon coverage here=5/5. I don't think we will be back; there are other campgrounds in the area. We camped at Columbus Woods-N-Waters in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
50
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 28

Platte River Campground, Honor, Michigan

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Large, well laid out campground. Sites are spaced nicely with good room between them and lots of trees. Consequently, satellite reception is spotty. Many, many miles of hiking trails, although many are in the sand. Great put-in spots on the Platte River for canoes/kayaks. Rental boats also available at the outfitter just outside the front gate. Friendly , knowledgeable staff. The showers are nice (private room), but they need more of them - frequently there is a waiting line. Firewood vending machine next to the bathhouse between loops 2&3! The Sleeping Bear Dunes are approx 17 miles from the CG, and other attractions are spread out among this sprawling park. The main dunes spill right into Lake Michigan about 400 feet below. There is also the dunes climb (110 ft.) if you're not brave enough for the main dunes. The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is pretty, but the Maritime Museum isn't on the same level as the rest of the park. Keep your tank full - the closest diesel fuel is 20 miles from the CG, and the park is huge. Power is good, no local TV reception, Verizon coverage=3/5, no water at the sites. We camped at Platte River Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
50
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 28

Straits State Park, Saint Ignace, Michigan

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

The campground has two sections. The lower is right next to the lake, and some sites have a good view of the Mackinaw bridge. There are some swimming areas there. The sites in the lower section are generally closer together, shorter (although there are a few sites long enough for a class A or long fifth wheel). Some are not level, and some look like they tend to be muddy. Most are back-in sites.

The upper sites are more spacious and most are long pull-throughs. I don't know about the bathrooms in the lower section, but in the upper section they are great. Large, clean, and the showers are excellent: private rooms with plenty of hot water and no "push button" valves. The check-in procedure was aggravating. There may be an attendant at certain times of the year, but when we checked in, we had to stand in line to use a dedicated phone to the reservation desk. Even with a confirmed reservation, we had to provide all the check-in information again to the agent: name, address, credit card number, license number, camp site, number of people, etc. Then, when I was finished the agent told me I had to hang up the phone, that I couldn't hand it to the guy who had been standing there waiting (of course that guy was put on hold when he picked up the phone). They really need to fix that procedure.

There is constant noise from the traffic on I-75, but you tend to get used to it. If you are from out of state, buy the annual Michigan Park pass if you are going to stay in any Michigan park longer than 7 days. There are a few hiking trails in the park. The dump station and power is good. There is no water at the sites, drinking water is available at the dump station to fill your tanks. This park is good for it's location and close proximity to the Mackinaw Island ferries, and the "touristy" stuff in the area, but not for a good "rustic camping experience."

I would have rated it higher if it had not been for the aggravating check-in procedure. We camped at Straits State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
128
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Gang Plank Pub & Grill on the main drag in St. Ignace: good food at a reasonable price. The prices of all the ferries are the same, but we prefer Shepler's because of the better parking at the dock. If you catch their first two excursions in the morning, they take you under the Mackinaw Bridge with a narrated tour (same price).

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