Date of Stay: June, 2009
Another great stay at Lake Leelanau RV Park. Staying here has now become a yearly tradition with our family. The park is kept up to immaculate conditions by the staff. Someone is always cleaning, mowing, checking on things. If you need anything from firewood to directions to local hot spots the staff will help you. One great thing about staying in the “off season” is the discounted rates and 2 free nights for booking 5. Park is quiet in the evening and at night. Everyone is friendly including the permanent residents. You get all the hookups including cable TV and free WiFi access. WiFi is pretty fast compared to other parks. For a high end RV Park they also welcome tenters and pop-ups and have several nice tent sites right along the creek (all with the same full hookups). No snobs here! Bathrooms are clean and the best of any park we've seen and a highlight of the park for sure. Separate rooms each with a shower, sink and toilet. Fantastic fishing in the lake and you can rent boats from the office. Nice small beach for the kids. You are in the “middle of nowhere” but have all the amenities and are close to several small towns to stock up if you need to. We will stay here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
Deep Lake is the rustic campground in the Yankee Springs Recreation Area. Fantastic place to camp to "get away from it all". Most sites are in the deep woods along with a few more sunny sites. There are quite a few smaller sites or sites for tents only so be sure to check. Sites range from grassy to sandy and a few overlook the lake. Our site only had one other site within 100 yards of it. On check-in you can go thru the campground and choose a site. There are 120 sites, only half are reserveable and they are typically only full on holidays. Being rustic there are no hookups but there are several vault toilets (clean) and well water via pump available. You can use a generator during the day so long as it’s quiet. Wood available at the ranger station. There is a dump station over at the modern Gun Lake campground that you can use, less then 10 miles away. Lots of hiking trails and mountain bike opportunities. Very, very quiet.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
Fantastic place to camp. I'd give it greater then a 10 if I could. Staff is very friendly and will do anything to help you out and they are on site 24x7. Wood is available by a self serve wood pile and ice also available, both at good prices. If someone is not in the office take what you need and pay the next day. Sites are large and there are many pull thrus for the big rigs (up to 40') but the roads are a bit narrow. However I didn't see anyone with much trouble. Full hookups (including cable) at every site and most sites have a cement pad and patio but there are a few grass only sites along the creek which are great for tents. Every site is grassy and many are shady. Everything from Class A's to tents are welcome although you find the big rigs more then anything. There are quite a few seasonal sites but most are well kept and the people are very friendly. Most camping sites are up by the lake or along the creek. There are several sites on the lake and beach and along the docks. Lots of docks available for your boat and you can rent boats from the office. Very good fishing in the 21 mile long lake. Small nice sandy beach and playground for the kids as well as plenty of activities for the kids during the summer. Wi-Fi is available and we had no problems. Best bathrooms I have ever seen. There are 10 bathrooms that are private and you have a shower, sink and toilet all to yourself with lots of room. Clean laundry facilities available as well. The park is very quiet in the evening and at night. We asked around and even in season when it's packed it's pretty quiet in general. Since staff is on site if there was a problem I'm sure they would take care of it. 4 miles to town, 8 miles to 2 other bigger towns and 20 miles to Traverse City (Wal-Mart, Meijer, etc). Very centrally located. We already booked for next year.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
Once again a great trip to Fort Custer. Many of the sites have had some new landscaping by filling in low spots with dirt and planting new grass. The already modern shower/bathrooms have had slight remodels, updated towel and paper dispensers and new stall walls mostly. Wood is now also available at the ranger station all the time, no longer a private company selling wood at selected times (ice also still available at the ranger station). Excellent facilities as always and a pretty quiet park with plenty of space between most sites. If you like "being in the woods" but still have electric this is a great place to do that.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
Had a fantastic time at Mill Creek. We skipped the full hookups which are cramped (however there are new large full hookup sites available this year that are much bigger). We were in a shady section with water and 30 amp and all the sites were very large with many right on the lake across the access road. Great camp store with all the goodies, dump station, rec room with arcade, bike rental, propane fill-up all available. WiFi is available in many parts of the park. Staff was very friendly and they were seen throughout the day as they worked in the park. There is a small sandy beach, but most of the shore is typical for Lake Huron, rocky. The showers and rest rooms were very clean and were taken care of at least twice a day. There weren't very many people in our area but the park was very quiet at night, even in the packed full hookup section. Number is posted to call for any loud noise after 11pm so it seems they will enforce it. There is a shuttle bus, to the ferries, that stops in the park, but you are only 3 miles from town. Note there is a Super Walmart in Cheboygen which is about 12 miles south on 23 if you need anything. Basically there are 2 parts to this park: Full hookups that are mostly cramped and nice wooded sites, most with electric and many with water. If you can get by without the sewer I think you'll really enjoy the larger and shaded sites available. There is also a really nice rustic and 20 amp section that is perfect for tenters and small popups, very heavily wooded, almost like a state park. We will be back without a doubt.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
Just an update on this campground as we stayed there last year and posted a review then. Park is still great as ever. Was very packed for Memorial Day holiday but wasn't too bad. Restrooms and showers very clean. Showers are never busy since 90% of the campers have big rigs and trailers and thus use their own showers. Big plus for us in a popup with no shower. The only problem we had was that we ended up being across from the only people that were partying late. Uggg. But I kept a good attitude because they were just talking loud and it could have been a lot worse. Security guy kept hounding them to be quiet since it was quiet hours and they finally settled down by midnight. Again, could have been worse and at least security was trying. The next night they were a lot better. We will be back, great home base for shopping.
Date of Stay: September, 2006
This campground is great. The new owners are spending a lot of money upgrading things all around the campground from upgraded shower buildings to new sewer hookups sites. The cabins and bunkhouses you can rent are also really cool, some with full bathrooms and mini-kitchens. We camped after Labor Day so the place was virtually empty. For the weekend a bunch of soccer families arrived for a tourney and if not for them it would have been pretty sparse. It got really noisy with all those kids but by quiet time it was indeed quiet. The management really keeps things like that in check, at least while we were there. This is a very family/kid friendly campground with tons of things to do and on the weekends the owners sponsor all types of activities. As for the previous bad review on dirt/sand...well...it's a campground, not an RV parking lot. All sites are very wooded and fairly level. We had a great site but we noticed some had some strange locations of the utilities, so be on the lookout for that. But most sites were fine. Some sites are small but seem to be at least 20 feet wide, you don't feel right on top of each other. Some sites are actually quite large. I think of this place as a cross between a state park and a KOA in that they have resort type features like a pool, mini-golf and such but the setting is very parklike. Dump station and propane fillup also are available. Also tons of things to do in Traverse City on to the west. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2006
Surprised there are no reviews of this very popular park yet. Interlochen is about 15 miles SW of Traverse City and less then 20 miles east of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Very centrally located to lots of outdoor fun and small towns with great shopping. The park itself is very wooded with many large sites. We prefer the south loop. There are many sites right on the lake with great views (most really don't have a beach, there is a drop). Most sites are level but be aware there are some that aren't and more for tents. 3 of the 4 shower/bathroom facilities have been remodeled in recent years to the new state park standard but the farthest south has not and is the "old" style. Still was fairly clean, considering a very busy 4th weekend and the water always hot. Was pleased with how quiet it was at night outside a few people here and there on a holiday weekend. DNR patrols at least once an hour. There is a small camp store on site where you can get ice and wood but you can easily get this stuff much cheaper at a gas station just a couple miles away. There are playgrounds in each loop as well as a ball field. Small beach near the camp store on the lake and you can rent boats and canoes. There are also 2 rustic (no hookups) loops about a half mile south of the main campground with lots of sites on a lake. We will be back.
Date of Stay: June, 2006
We really like this park for it's rustic nature. Majority of sites are very large and those in the forest parts are private, surrounded by trees and brush. Many sites have a "driveway" which then opens up into a large clearing in the woods in the back. Fort Custer is actually a State Recreation Area and not a state park. This means there are lots of activities such as fishing and boating on one of the many lakes or the river, hunting and tons of mountain bike trails. If you are expecting lots of things to do for the kids you should look elsewhere. However there is a very nice and large beach on a lake so there is something for the kids to do. Bugs can be bad. I think it's just the nature of being in the woods and near water. Bug spray is a must or have a screen room. There is one shower/bathroom facility per loop. Personally I think they need more on busy weekends. But we took showers in the "off hours" and didn't have a wait. They were generaly clean but I've seen better at other state parks. There is no camp store but wood and ice are available at the campground office. Horeshoe pits are near the camp host. BIG NOTE: There is no alcohol allowed in the park! I'm certainly known to toss a few back myself but I actually find this refreshing. I don't know how strict they are but not having a drunk loud party next to you is pretty nice for a change. Overall we will be back despite the bugs.
Date of Stay: June, 2006
Fantastic place to camp. Most of the campground is pull thru sites and can take the big rigs. Ringing the campground are back in sites that back up to the woods. Lots of trees throughout especially the back in sites. All sites are quite level with hard packed gravel camp pad. Most sites are pretty deep. Some are a little narrow but most seem at least 20 feet wide. Take a back in site for more privacy as the middle pull thru sites fill up first. They fill the back in sites every other site so you get lots of room except on busy weekends. We had no problem with the "rules". Not sure what some of the other reviewers had a problem with. Rules are clearly posted in the office. Frankly I find it refreshing that someone actually enforces their rules. We found the staff very friendly and they actually deliver wood to your site if you pay for some at the office. Less then 5 miles to Frankenmeuth and to the Birch Run outlets. Close to lots of activities. There is a onsite playground, basketball and volleyball courts for the kids but nothing else. Jellystone down the road might be better if your kids need more to do. Bathroom and shower facilities were very clean at all times. Showers were good and warm and are coin operated. 1 quarter per 4 minutes so 50 cents gets you a long hot shower. All sites have full hookups (15/30/50 electric, water and sewer) and most of the sites near the front have phone hookup if you arrange it with the phone company. We will be back whenever we want a weekend getaway to go shopping. Much cheaper then a hotel!
Date of Stay: May, 2006
One of the best and most popular state parks in Michigan. This park fills up very fast from Memorial Day through Labor Day as soon as booking is available online which is 6 months in advance. So book quickly or off season. Many large and shaded sites. There are three campground and we prefer the one closest to Lake Michigan. To us the sites here seem a bit bigger and not so packed in and a bit more "primative." The shower building however is quite new. Also the high sand dunes right behind the campground provide some shelter from high winds coming in off the lake. Lots of activities to do from canoe and boating on the inland lake and river to the huge sandy beach to tons of hiking and biking trails including a 3 mile round trip to the lighthouse which you can climb to the top of the tower and go outside! There is a camp store in the middle campground which has just about anything you need. The town of Ludington is about 10 miles away and has a Wal-Mart (along with everything else) should you need something. We'll be back when we can.