Date of Stay: June, 2006
This is a very, very large state park in the Michigan park system. It has wonderful perks, including both a inland lake and lake Michigan shoreline - miles of it!! It is one of the most scenic parks in the system. It has miles of paved bike paths, and a Dam from which many people were fishing. It has a fish hatchery and amazing beaches. No really bad sites, although many are tight together, but most are well shaded. None on Lake Michigan - but when you book you might think they are so read carefully. The best campsites (in our opinion) are furthest from Lake Michigan -Beechwood Campground. Sites 316-322 are on an inland lake but no beach just weeds, still it is a nice view.
Date of Stay: May, 2006
When we booked this trip the State of Michigan Reservation system made our site, 75, look like it was lakefront. It was not. The lake front sites, which are very nice and some with pavement, are very, very difficult to get. You can book up to 6 months in advance, but when I tried, 6 months to the day, the web site crashed 5 minutes after it opened and it took 35 phone calls to get through, and then the good sites were gone! Too much work to book for what is really a mediocre park with the exception of the lake front sites. The sites that they say are on the highway side, are so close you can see and hear the traffic. The rest of the sites are way too close together.. The sites by the beach that are the best are right by the beach access. Also, site 112 is very shaded and scenic. Site 75 has no lake view and little shade, plus the smoke from campsites above it on the hill in the back, drift down and make it hard to breathe!
Date of Stay: July, 2005
Excellent campground with beautiful views of the Mackinaw Bridge. Landscaped lakefront park with park benches. Sites were tight together, but view was worth it. The tent sites have great shade and privacy while the full hook up sites are not as private. Exceptional cabins available for non-campers. I really liked this park even with tight spacing.