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The campground itself is beautiful! Most sites are densely wooded lots but there are also some pull-through sites on open ground (but close to the highway). Most sites were spacious. Cable TV signal was great and there is a very nice open shelter area with picnic tables and a concrete base. That's where the pro's end. Pool was out of service, at least a month. Contrary to their website, there is no Wi-Fi, game room (they advertise 2), Miniature Golf or "great playground" (there are a few pieces of 70's era playground equipment). The restrooms are dimly lit, outdated and in need of repair/upgrades and...they are closed from 12-2 daily for cleaning! Closed! Check-in was pleasant but every other interaction with staff wasn't. The desk person was rude my wife when she asked about the lack of advertised amenities and rude to my daughter when she asked for a badminton racquet. I was very polite when I asked for a full refund on night three so we could leave early- and I'm happy the owner obliged- but she was rude about it. I decided to keep my mouth shut and just let her process the refund to my credit card. Campgrounds don't understand that families with 3 kids are researching for pools when they make reservations. When you start your stay by telling the kids "no pool" it sucks! If everything was as advertised at this campground I would have rated it at least a 7 or 8. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt with an 8. I'm deducting 2 points for no pool that should have been repaired given the month it hasn't been working (and no phone call to let us know- they knew we had 3 kids!), 1 point for shoddy bathrooms and showers, 1 point for zero Wi-Fi (not even a hint of an access point), and 1 for a rude staff.

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We stayed at this campground for two nights on our way to Copper Harbor, MI. It was pretty disappointing that the pool was out of service but it was because no fault of theirs (closed because of health dept regulations- think Caddyshack). They instead offered wristbands to swim at the motel pool next door. Not the same as an outdoor pool but I'm not lowering my rating for that. The staff was very friendly. The campground main loops were blacktop. Lots were packed red gravel with grass and spacious. The campground is very wide open with almost no trees. This is primarily a motor coach spot and there weren't many families, at least not that we could see. The playground is a little lacking for families but no biggie. Everything was as expected or greater for our visit.

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As a frequent visitor (never in an RV) to Copper Harbor over the years I was looking forward to our visit here since I had not been to the Lake Fanny Hooe resort in over 15 years and never been there in the summer. This area (and campground) is stunning in the summer. The campground has a great mix of full, partial and primitive camping lots. There are just 8 full hookup sites so reserve early if you want sewer. The campground was well groomed and very...community-like. The campsites are in in a semi-circle with a newer playground set in the center. The clubhouse is right next door and had plenty of tables if you wanted to escape the elements or gather with others. There was not much else in the clubhouse but it was clean and everything in good shape. The restrooms were always clean. Showers were nice with good pressure and always clean too. My only complaint would be the wi-fi. Granted, many go here to get away from it all but there's no cell service or internet in town. The wi-fi worked so long as few were using it. It was unusable when everyone was at their sites. I'm not lowering my rating since I know they always had good signals to the routers, but the overall bandwidth for everyone in the campground was too low. I sync'd my email a couple times a day. It's tough to get good internet up there! The check-in experience was great because the man suggested many things for us to check out during our visit. His advice was spot on for us and we're looking forward to a longer stay up here in a year or two. I do think that $55 a night is a little pricey for 2 adults and 3 kids ages 4, 9 and 11 but this was a great destination in a remote area!

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We stayed in Mill Creek last year in June and we were less than thrilled. We gave it another go this year because there didn't seem to be anything better in the area and we hoped that the peak-season experience would be better. The highs are that the views this campground offers are spectacular. There is a long stretch of grass along Lake Huron with a full view of the Mighty Mac. There are community fire pits spaced out and an evening along the shore offers wonderful views. Another high for me was this place was packed and there was a lot of fun energy in the park. It was pretty well booked with everything from tents to motor coaches. The lows are about the same as last time. There doesn't seem to be much pride in the details here. The playgrounds are older than dirt (although freshly painted), every picnic table and wooden post in the park needed replacement 10 years ago and the sites are terribly narrow. The pool (closed last year for painting, unbeknownst to us) was open...but awful. One small pool for this massive campground. It was dirty and was overcrowded to the point of the "Caddies Only" pool scene in Caddyshack. Our site (210) had branches growing from an old stump that were taking up a good portion of the small space we had to sit outside so I trimmed things up with a hatchet. This park is fine if you're simply looking for a home base from which to explore Mackinaw City and the Island. If you're looking for a amenities rich campground this is not a good choice.

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Hill and Hollow is our seasonal campground. 2015 is our 4th year staying. Our seasonal rate is $2,425 and although our home is just miles away in Pentwater this campground offers our family the feeling of being hundreds of miles away. Roads and sites are ravel. There were about 35 new campsites added this year to the east side of the park. The park is divided by Business US 31. The west side is the original 'old' side. The east is the new and also has the new sites, including a bunch of pull-throughs. Both sides have a playground and pool. The west side has a nice little outdoor cafe "The Galley Cafe". The east side has everything a little bigger and newer. Nice playground. Big pool. This campground's bathrooms are always spotless and the staff is very nice. The east side also has "AJ's", a fun park with go-carts, ice cream shop, mini-golf and arcade. My kids are ages 4, 9 & 11. They have plenty to do in this park without direct supervision of mom and dad.

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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.