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This campground was our last 4 night leg on a two week trip. We reserved here based on recommendations from friends that stayed in a cabin last summer. Pulling in to the campground is a nice parking lot and newer looking lodge, store, and registration areas. This is where much of the pluses for our stay ended. First, a couple more pluses. The sites are large and this is a very large campground with lots of trees that were enjoyable at night. The playground is very nice and there is a unique BMX bike park. There are a lot of trails in the area we did not use. On the bad side, this campground is neglected and very terribly misrepresented by it's website. Our problems began at our campsite. There were 4 piles of dead leaves on the site. The site was large but the sewer pipes are a full foot above ground. We set up and went to the pool. It wasn't heated, wooden fencing had paint falling off it, and there was a kiddie pool that was out of service. It was full of water and debris. The main pool was not clean, there was a large dirt pile they covered with a mesh table contraption, and my 10 year daughter stepped on a rusty roofing nail near the drinking fountain. Their response had little concern and said they would let the maintenance person know. Looking at their 'Activities' section under camping, there were none of the following offered during our stay: Wagon Rides, Bike Parades, Heated Swimming Pool, Capture the Flag, Nighttime Glow Parades, Kool Kids Krafts, or Candy Cannon. The speed limit is 5 MPH but you'll have to drive slower or risk your truck and camper being violently shaken. Main lodge shower, $.50/5 minutes, was broken. Bathroom was dirty. Went to the other bathroom and the stall didn't lock, at least i was only walked in on once. Washing machines were all out of order, every one of them. The kids rented a 4-seater bike for $15 and the tires were very low. No one to come fill them. A couple of pinball machines in the lodge were out of order. There is so much potential for this campground but the owners just don't seem to care.

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We made reservations at this campground at the last second because of a terrible mosquito problem at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. We arrived on a cool, overcast (56) windy day and were still able to enjoy the pool because it was heated to about 85 degrees. There were quite a few kids activities throughout the weekend. This is a well cared for campground with newer structures and nice landscaping. Roads and sites were paved. The kids loved catching frogs at the small pond. The staff was very friendly and the staff frequently drove past our site for area garbage pickups or a friendly smile and wave. The only plausible complaint during our stay is the playground could be updated. For us, this is a campground we would enjoy returning to for a week long visit to the Petoskey area.

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We selected this site for a view of Mighty Mack, and it delivered. On the good side they have three playgrounds for the kids, a nice camp store and game room. The grassy area along Lake Huron is very nicely groomed and picturesque. On the bad side the sites along the Lake Huron stretch are horribly narrow. Checking in required standing outside and speaking with employees protected behind screened windows while I dealt with a dense swarm of mosquitoes (not fun but the wife was laughing). Benches, wooden fences, and every wooden post in the place is in need of replacement. Roads were terribly dusty, and we were notified 5 days prior to our arrival that the pool would be closed for maintenance with no offer for a discount of any kind. We would have rated Mill Creek an 8 if not for the pool issue.