Great state park on Lake Superior. Sunsets were amazing. Sites are level and spacious. Bring an extension cord as the power was 75 feet away from the site. They are improving the bathrooms, but the existing ones are clean with plenty of hot water. Staff and campground hosts were friendly. We stayed in site 82, two nights so that we could take a day trip to Copper Harbor. We cannot wait to return to this beautiful park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We were disappointed to learn that we could only stay one night, as all sites were reserved for a music festival weekend. Only the camp sites on the lake have great views, and we would try to return for one of those sites. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Many maps list this as McLain State Park, rather than FJ McLain, and this can cause confusion finding out about the park including RV Park Reviews. It is a long tarmac drive surfaced park along the low sand cliffs bordering Lake Superior about 8-9 miles north of Hancock. Beautiful lake shore view including sunsets. Cleanly kept. Lots of wooden benches. Long drives for bikers and loads of kids having a wonderful time biking. Now for the negatives. Three showers and 3 flush toilets plus several pit toilets for 104 sites. Most of the sites are very irregularly unlevel and most of the electrical power outlet post are between widely spaced sites and way back from the drives, many in undergrowth. Most sites will have to have long extension cords to get electricity, and bring lots of leveler blocks. For the poor site surfacing and poor electrical post locations, and inadequate bath facilities I rate it down to a 7. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a fantastic setting on Lake Superior. Park was clean and well maintained. Site 82 was tight for our 40' MH because of the slope of the asphalt and decorative boulders. We needed approx. 40' of electrical cord to hook up for 30 AMP. This park is all about the view and sandy/rock shoreline. PS: Bald eagles are around the park We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful campground on Lake Superior. They have double wooden resort chairs on the lake which are wonderful for sunning or watching the sunset. We stayed in site 14 which was a very easy in/out. The site was level enough. The camp hosts have lots of information on the area just outside their RV which is very helpful. The only problem one might find in this park is the location of the electrical boxes. In some cases you might need up to 75 feet of electrical cable. The only reason for the 9 rating is the position of the electrical boxes and of course no water or sewer hookups. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We dearly loved our stay at this park. The view of Lake Superior is beyond words. The main roads were paved. Some sites had asphalt pads and some were grassy. Each site had a picnic table, fire ring, there was a good distance between each site and the sites were level. Verizon cell service was very weak. Due to the marvelous trees we were unable to use our roof satellite. There are no elaborate amenities (cable, 50 amp, Wi-Fi, sewer, water) but the natural scenery more than makes up for the lack of the extras. The campground was quiet and peaceful. We used it as a base to see Copper Harbor, Eagle River, Eagle Harbor, Calumet, Hancock and Houghton. We would definitely return to this park if we were in the area again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very attractive campground with well-spaced sites. As a previous reviewer mentioned, the higher-number sites (for the most part) are more private and wooded, while the others are close to the showers and restroom. The weather while we were there was very calm and warm for the season, so the pit toilets were not at all pleasant: hence I did not rate this campground higher. Trash bins are provided at the entrance to this long and narrow campground: so it's quite a walk for some sites, but you don't have to pack your trash home with you (that just applies to day visitors). Electric hookups are available for each site but may require several extension cords. The big plus is the lake. The campground provides several Adirondack-style chairs positioned at strategic view spots along the edge of the lake, and there are a couple decks along the lake-edge bluff as well. Access to the beach is via steps from one or more of the decks. Very peaceful park; quiet hours are "all the time" and must be enforced, as the weekend nearly filled the campground, but we never observed any loud noise. We would return again (and have a favorite site picked out for that event.) We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The view of Lake Superior was beautiful! Site was back-in electric only. There was an asphalt pad for the trailer and some grass and dirt with a fire ring and table. Site had good vegetation around it for privacy. Went in to Calumet for ice cream at what looked to be an old gas station at one time that is now a coffee house, good stuff. Also good are the pasties at Jim's pizza in Calumet. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park offers peace and quiet, serenity and unmatched sunsets over Lake Superior. It's large and very peaceful. There is not much to do except hike, bike ride and enjoy the beach and lake. For us, this campground had everything we like about camping. Negative things were no sewer hookups, but there is a dump station. Also, they have no dumpsters so you must take out any trash you bring in yourself. The site we had was right on the lake, site # 78, very large and open. There is a campfire area and picnic table at each site. The roads are paved and its very neat and well kept up. We had a nice stay at this park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Expensive even without including the required motor vehicle permits ($58 total for MH and car yearly passes otherwise it's $8 per day for the MH and $6 per park for the toad) and they don't have water at the sites but once you get over that the park isn't bad if you get the right site. We had site #24 which was pretty level, shaded and big enough for our 30 ft class A but had no privacy whatever. Our area of the campground was really crowded the weekend we were there but thankfully not too noisy. The larger sites with some greenery between for privacy are about 48 through 71. They are quite a distance from the showers but pit toilets are nearby. Bath/shower house had private individual showers and one in with the restrooms seemed OK but we did not use them. Dump is easy to access and has fresh potable water that you can reach while dumping your tanks. The drive to Copper Harbor through Calumet, Eagle River and Eagle Harbor was worth doing. Ft. Wilkins State Park and the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse exhibits were interesting as well. We camped here in a Motorhome.
What a wonderful park. The restrooms were cleaned everyday at 10:30am and 3pm. The staff comes within an hour of a camper leaving and makes sure the sites and fire rings are cleaned and raked. Lake Superior has the best sunsets I have ever seen. Swimming can be done at the campground (stairs to the beach) or at the day use area. The site we had (#15) was quite large and across from the bathrooms. Even though we were on the second road we had great views of the lake with no campers obstructing our view. I highly reccomend this park. Our site was not that private but there are many that are but they are smaller. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
This is a beautiful member of the Michigan State Park system. Most of the sites are paved and level, and most are shaded. The best sites are located steps away from Lake Superior with some of the most spectacular sunsets I've ever seen. The waterfront has benches angled to the direction of the sunset for optimal viewing. Swimming is available near the outlet of the Portage River, but very cold! The only complaint is one bathroom building supplying the whole campground. The sites are private and well maintained. This park is an absolute joy and one we travel back to again and again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a nice city park, lots of room and forested. Very reasonably priced for the area. Laundry facilities in the bath-house, had to look. Very convenient location to explore the area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Sites are small, with overhanging trees on many. Campground is across a highway from a gravel pit, lots of heavy truck noise. Many unsupervised children on bikes, lots of locals cruising through, which is a scary combination. This park does not take any credit cards, a fact not disclosed on their web site. Also no confirmation of reservation, just verbal. We called & reserved a site with electric & water, found no sites with water available on arrival. Gate attendant was very rude and unfriendly. I cannot recommend this park to anyone and would not stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Overall, this is a nice park. The interior roads are on asphalt and the sites were on packed gravel and dirt. Some of the sites are more leveled then others. It took us a while to get level in our site. About 7 sites had Electric and Water, others had electric only and still others had neither. A very few sites had 50 amp, all the others had 20/30 amp service. The electric voltage was good, hovering about 123. Almost of the sites were back-ins. About a 1/3 of the sites could accommodate a large rig. The utilities were located at the appropriate place. Dump station with potable water was near the entrance to the park. There was a separate area for tent camping. There were two tiers to this park. The bottom tier had the lake view along with a boat launch area. The upper tier did not have a view of the lake. The lower tier was busier due to the launching of the boats. The bath house had 3 showers per sex. They were very clean especially since the campground was almost full. Cable was available for those that had electrical service. No Wi-Fi. Verizon air card and cell phone worked well here. We would come back to this park if we were in the area. We camped here with a 32 foot 5th wheel. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice alternative to the state park system. Only a few sites have water and just a handful of 50 amp sites. We were at the back of the large boat ramp parking lot with a nice view of the river. WiFi at our site was limited. had to sit at the picnic table to get any reception at all. Short walk to the beach area on the lake. Lots to do in the area. The Quincy Mine is a must do and get your pastries at Toni's in Laurium. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I had to clean the plastic bottles out of the fire pit and there were lots of cigarette butts on the ground too. No sewer sites so okay for a few days. Didn't use shower facilities but they looked fairly clean. No shade at our site. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A few sites have waterway views, most don't. 50 amp service is available; however, you get 30 amps & water, or 50 amps and no water. Dump station is handy and easy to access. The city swimming beach is nearby, in walking distance. All roads are paved, and RV sites are level. Big rigs fit OK. Restroom/shower does have a washer/dryer and uses quarters. Boat launch is included as is free Wi-Fi. Cable TV at all sites, excellent channel offering. We shared water hookup (separate spigots) with another rig, but needed all of our hoses to hook up. Lots to see and do in the area -- good spot to make your headquarters! I would have rated it a 10 if there were sewer hook ups. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice city owned park. Little bit of a trick to find. On M203 just West of city beach. Like the others we stayed at site 51 on the river. Great view. Not to busy with boaters coming and going. Spacious site. Friendly staff. And yes they do take out of state personal checks. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Rate is for 30amp, no water. $22 for 50amp site, or water site. Staff was friendly and helpful. Road through the campground is paved, sites are gravel/grass/dirt. We parked in #49 down by the river which was a little out of level but easily within range of the jacks. About 2 feet to spare on either end of our 33' class A. Site is very wide and we had room to park the car on either side of the RV. Cable TV had 64 channels, but must be satellite fed because there was pixelization on and off during the evening. Our site was one of three that overlook the parking lot for boat trailers and then across the water toward beautiful fall foliage. The parking lot was empty while we were here, but could be a different situation in the summer with boats going in and out of the water, thus being rather noisy and busy. Dump station was easily accessible. Leaving the west side of Hancock the campground is on the left right after the beach area. We used this as a base to visit Copper Harbor and Keeweenau areas by car. We camped here in a Motorhome.
There is good water and electric service. There is easy access to dump station. There are shaded and open sites. This is a nice views of river. Apple trees are all around. We would stay here again. Cash or check only. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice little park with some sites on the water. We had site 52, a large gravel site which is on the water and we considered the best view in the campground. The park is a good location for day trips to Calumet, Copper Harbor, etc. Many sites are shaded and appear to be adequately. Cable TV was very good! sized. We would stay here again We camped here in a Motorhome.