Date of Stay: August, 2015
Spent 4 nights at campsite #42 on the Lake then the next 4 nights across on site #46. 42 was awesome, gorgeous setting, some nice tall trees, great access to the lake (maybe 150' from the back of the site). #46 was a bit tight but not too bad. Not a lot of privacy but, the nice tall pines gives you the "Up North" feeling. This park is truly a state of mind place, if you go there with the feeling that the sites are small, the bathrooms are old, and there are too many loud people and dogs you are going to have a bad time. I choose to enjoy the beach, watch the awesome sunsets, take time and enjoy the gorgeous dark night sky full of stars, paddle the kayak out a half a mile straight out to get a fantastic view of the Mack. Bridge, take a few long bike rides on the roads and trails, and just relax and breath in the fantastic clean air. Apart from the strong winds that can come off the Lake, the Lower campground is nice although there were some decent sites up the small hill at the Pines camp. I would love to go back there!
Date of Stay: August, 2012
This is how you treat campers! Nice spacious, treed site with grass and fine gravel pad. Older but clean bathrooms and showers. Awesome beach area, guy drives around the campground selling very reasonable priced firewood right to your site! Sewer pump out hose is already connected to the dump station. Don't need to get yours out, makes it a bit quicker. Just a few little things that I noticed. Staff and management work harder than other places we been to. We not only acknowledge this: we appreciate it! We stayed at site #26 and would highly recommend it. A bit of a walk to the bathroom and a bit longer to the beach but paved bike path behind our site made it easier. I've been to quite of few Michigan State Parks over the years, but this is one of the best! Negative is the town of Harrisville, cute but not much there. Alpena and Oscoda about 30 minutes drive in opposite directions, have just about everything you will need. No doubt we be back!
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Most of sites are a bit cramped in, and the numerous boats and trailers parked all over do not help the maneuvering process. Our site #80 in Terrace had lots of small pieces of garbage in-bedded in the dirt, otherwise not a bad size site as it backed onto trees and the trail area. Bathrooms were closed/cleaned at very inconvenient times: 9:00am every morning. Only 2 water spigots to fill up with and one is very slow, you may be in for a wait. On the plus side Lake Charlevious is absolutely gorgeous! Very accessable from Oak section. The sandy beach in the park is awesome. Boyne City and surrounding area just beautiful. Lots of stuff to do around the area, shopping zipline, etc. Will come back to the area but will pass on the park.