Nice park with large, treed sites and a kid friendly environment. This is a good camp to use when visiting Mackinac Island. The nature trail hooks up with the city bike path which is a very nice paved path, which goes for many miles. We would stay here again if in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed at this KOA during a trip to Mackinac Island, and the location is great. This KOA is a short drive to all the area attractions, and even offers a free shuttle to the Mackinac Island ferry. The bathrooms, showers and pool were clean, and they had a good camp store with some local souvenirs. We had a full hookup site which was relatively level, my only complaint is the firepits built into the ground very close to neighboring campsites. Another complaint, and it's minor, was the very expensive laundry facilities. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a tough place to rate. I liked it because it was close to Mackinaw City, it was super quiet, we had a nice shaded lot, water/electric/cable/Wi-Fi all worked, bathroom and showers were clean and the pool was okay. I had no problem with the staff and the lady at the front desk was very helpful. Saying that, this place needs TLC and could really be better. The playground is horrible - my kids are older and don't need it, but if I had younger kids, I would be very disappointed. Pool was nice, but it could have been cleaner. The public use grounds were a mess and things were falling apart. I would come here again because the things I need are in place and work for me. This place has a lot of potential. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We liked everything about this campground except the Wi-Fi was poor at best. We stayed here to walk the bridge and was happy to find out they had set up a shuttle to take us to the start and pickup after the walk for the same $6 fee they charged to wait in line for a school bus. Staff was super at this park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Staff is friendly. Hookups are strange, depending on the site the sewer is extremely close, while the power is very far away. In fact we had a 30 amp site and needed to put two cords together to reach power. The campground does not supply the shuttle to the ferry, they call the ferry and they send their shuttle out to pick you up. The site had enough room for slide outs grass is really worn away from over use. Location is good to all tourist areas. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Clean bathrooms and showers. Great laundry facilities. Swimming pool water was warm but refreshing and greatly appreciated. The kids enjoyed the playground. Our site easily accommodated our slide-out, fire-pit and picnic table. We didn't feel crowded at all. Our camp site was on the perimeter so we did not have cable TV access. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
This is a great campground. Although the sites were grassy we had no problem leveling the motorhome. We would stay here again if we are in the area. Nice pool and helpful, friendly staff. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very tourist friendly. Free shuttle to the island ferries. They also recommend a dog kennel 1/4 mile from them for day boarding. We used that and it was great. Laundry was very clean, but as others have stated probably a little pricey. Sites were level with plenty of room between sites. Wi-Fi was strong. Owners and other workers were very friendly and helpful. Rate reflects KOA discount We camped here in a Motorhome.
Quiet, shaded park with pleasant staff. Clean laundry and bath house. Sites are gravel/dirt and fairly level. Nice woodland path walk to outskirts of town. Convenient to town. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a typical KOA, but it is clean and well maintained. The sites are very close together, but the campground was only half full when we were there so it wasn't too bad. The location is close to Mackinaw City, and the campground offers free shuttle service to Sheplers Ferry for going to the Island. There is a nice paved bicycle trail very nearby that goes all the way into town. You could ride to the ferry if desired. There is also a nice hiking trail out of the park. We used the laundry facilities while here and while they're fairly nice machines the price is a bit high at $2. per load each for wash and dry. We would probably try out a different campground if ever in this area again mostly due to the high cost for the little you get here for the price. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Price reflects VK discount. This is a nice older KOA with shade trees, dog area and nice walking trail. Sites were mostly level gravel with grass between. We just stayed one night but would definitely return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We liked this very quiet and heavily treed park, and would have stayed longer (to linger) if we'd had the time. Nice staff, very rustic setting, good Wi-Fi, good (if small) laundry room. Beware the directions in Trailer Life Directory - they make reference to taking highway M-108. The state has taken down the signs. Look for Nicolet Street instead. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a lovely campground with wide, easily accessible, mostly shady sites. Very friendly staff. Free shuttle to the ferries, and they call for you. Kind of pricey washer & dryers at $2.00 EACH, but it is A TOURISTY area. Wonderful, paved, shady bike path, a mile and a half, to town. Lots to do in town...I think a must stay for the future. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice campground. We took advantage of the shuttle to the ferry from the campground on the advice of the front desk and were very pleased. Almost every site is shaded and the laundry facilities are very nice. We had problems with the Wi-Fi the first night, but it was corrected the next morning. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The first thing I was aware of was the friendliness of staff. They worked very hard to have the perfect space for our 45 foot motor home. They were able to make changes at the last minute and still get us in. The park is shaded with big spots. Wi-Fi worked great and they supplied us with all the information to see the local highlights. We hated to leave as we felt like part of the family. I loved the path I could walk into town, shady and beautiful. Perfect location to explore Mackinack City. I would definitely stay here again if we were in town. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The rating depends on time of year, also over 100 spots now. We were here after school started and at "the beginning of the end" of the tourist season; late August. In the park's NEW big rig, 80 footer row: it was quiet and level, with great 50 amp power and hook ups, and wide spaces. This park is VERY crowded during the season and a kid haven at that time, so reserve way ahead. Check in is weird. You stand outside and talk through a window like when you buy tickets at a movie. So you will need an umbrella if it is raining at check in. Roads are CUT through the woods and wind around with no particular pattern, true nature trail stuff; however our 45' bus had no problem and was very happy here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here 2 nights (Sun. and Mon.) and had a FHU pull-through with 30 channel cable TV and WI-FI. The cable is new this year and the WI-FI would drop every once in a while - annoying if you need to be on for half an hour to accomplish your goals. Maybe 35 of the sites are pull-through with FHU and only 10 of those are 50 Amp. The park is heavily treed so satellite reception is doubtful for most sites. Nice pool and playground. Lots of families here during the peak season. Best thing about this park is that you can walk or bike to the heart of Mackinaw City on a mile and a half path from just west of the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here three nights while exploring the area. Paid $34/night for a full hook-up, pull through. A good sized site but could use a little more grass or gravel. Wi-Fi worked well. Cable TV is fairly new and has excellent reception. Restrooms and shower facility are in very good condition and very clean. I believe this is the best choice RV Park in this area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The purpose of our two-night stay was to visit the island. So, this spot gave us great access for that. We rode bikes to town and the ferry, so we wouldn’t have had to unhook our Jeep. But, we did because our pull-through wasn’t long enough for both. Sites were tight, but ours was level. Wi-Fi was strong and power was good. Because of the convenient location, we would probably stay here again if we plan another trip to the island. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Spent 3 nights here. Typical KOA. Dirt, sand sites. Ours was a back in which was unlevel, but was able to get the trailer level. Had to dig down in the sand to get the jacks down. Lots of families camping, so there are a lot of smoldering campfires as the evenings go on. Staff was accommodating. Really nice boarding kennel for your pet nearby. Close to town, with shuttle for Mackinaw Island ferry. Showers were individual rooms which got really steamy and warm. Would probably stay here again if in area, but nothing special. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The KOA is located 2 minutes off I-75. It is close to town and you can ride your bike the 1.5 miles to the downtown area. The sites are gravel and close together. There is very little grass between the sites. The fire ring next to us was approximately 8 - 10 feet from our bedroom window. Luckily our neighbor did not use the fire ring but, they did smoke, so on the cool nights, we had to use the a/c to keep our coach from filling up with the smoke. The area is heavily wooded so we could not use the satellite. The staff was very friendly and helpful and someone came around every night to make sure everything was okay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Small campground, the playground is dated. Sites are small. You have to drive to Mackinaw City only a mile or two, but have to cross I-75. Showers were clean but are very old. Staff was nice. WiFi worked well. They have a free shuttle to the boat docks to go to Mackinaw Island. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice little family friendly park! We camped here for two days and wish we could have stayed longer. We were in a pull through site which was pretty small and close to neighbors, but they all left the day after we arrived so we then had lots of room! Staff was very helpful and friendly. Free Shepler shuttle was fast and convenient. Bathrooms, showers, and laundry room was clean. Pool looked clean however we did not have time to use it. Definitely would stay again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Park is very clean and the staff is friendly. We had site #48. Sites are very close together!! All are gravel with a little grass in between. Lots of trees so there is no satellite reception. But we got a few channels with the antenna. Campground also offers free WiFi! Bathhouse was clean as well as the laundry facilities. Pool was nice and they had baggo and ladder golf set up all for the kids. Store was well stocked. Campground also offers a free shuttle to the Island Ferry. Good location, good people. We would return!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We spent a week here exploring the island and upper peninsula. This campground is close to the the ferry boats and city. This KOA could use some gravel on their sites, but overall a nice campground. Be aware the showers are unisex and there could be a long wait for them since there's only 6 stalls. If in the area again I would stay here. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Campground was clean and well cared for. The staff was friendly and accommodated my request for a long pull through so that I would not need to unhook during our one night stay. Most of the campground facilities and recreation provided were very well maintained. The only negative is the game room which had a number of non-working vintage games. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The rate is with KOA discount. The road on exit 337 is under construction and one lane. A main road through town is closed due to construction. It is a nice quiet park. Our site, #50, was at the end of a row of pull-through ones, so we could use the satellite, but it did not work. There were too many trees were obstructing it. There is a nice laundry with 4 washers at $2.00 and 4 dryers at $1.00. The rire ring was filled with garbage but other than that, it was pretty clean and well kept. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a convenient campground to Mackinac Island and Northern MI. It is a great place to use as "base camp" to see the local sites. It is clean, fairly wooded and well maintained. The owners and staff are very friendly and helpful. It is not a large campground and does not offer a ton of things to do - which is okay - because we did not camp there for those reasons. This is our second time camping at this campground and we would not hesitate to camp there again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Busy, crowded and minimal maintained cg, with few recent updates. Pads are mostly sand and dirt with some gravel. MH's are advised to unhook prior to going to the site. Limited numbers of full hook-up sites with 50 amp. Cramped tight spacing leaves little privacy and can create difficulty when pulling out, or as in our case backing out of our pull thru, due to neighbors vehicles and a tree blocking our turning radius. Your picnic table will sit nearly on top of your neighbors sewer opening, making a non-sewer site actually more desirable. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Sites were small and conjested to attempt to get our smaller motor home into. Had to do a lot of stretching of the power cords to plug in with the location of the power pole. As travel with dogs, prefer a larger site to give them some room to stretch their legs some without taking constantly having to take them walking. Picnic tables for one site are right next to table for the next site over. Did discover some larger campsites in the back section to the north of the bathhouse which might have been better however, we were not offered these sites upon registration. The pool area was so crowded upon checking it out, thought different about going for a swim. Black flies were bad, but this is the case in the UP in early summer. There is a nice indian trading post next door which makes for some interesting shopping. This was our first experience with a KOA Campground. The staff was not helpful and the camp store was void of most necessities, including a cold pop as the pop cooler was empty. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a warning about Machinaw City KOA's cancellation policy. We had reserved the campground several months prior to our arrival. A week ahead of our arrival, we were camped about an hour away and decided to visit this campground in our towed car. Upon viistation we found the campground not suitable for a big rig. The sites were not level, the roads muddy and there were low branches everywhere. Upon returning to our rig I called and cancelled our reservation. My phone call was 12 hours less than one week before our arrival. Apparently, hidden in the "fine print" on page 3 of the on line document there was a clause that if you cancelled after a full week before arrival you did not get your deposit of one full day refunded. This is a warning to all campers to read the fine print carefully. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Price reflects KOA member discount. We had a pull-thru site but it was too short to allow our toad to remain hitched although there was room to park it across the back of the rig. The site was slightly off level requiring boards to be placed under the one front wheel to allow the wheel to remain on the ground once the levelers were lowered. Site was loose gravel and sand. Picnic table and fire ring were provided. Some low trees & shrubs between the sites allowed minimal privacy. Many tall trees providing plenty of shade so satellite reception might be a problem. Services were located conveniently. No problem with overhead branches. Wi-Fi was very slow. No cable but antenna reception was great on three channels. Very convenient to Mackinaw City and the Mackinac Island ferry companies would send a shuttle to pick you up at no charge. No view of the bridge. Very small playground and pool. Limited supplies in the store. Helpful staff. I would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Good location in relation to town. They have a well maintained path from the campground to another path that goes all the way downtown (about 2 miles), good for walking or jogging but not bikes. The campground is dusty and the sites are close together. All the sites are in the woods but a few you may be able to get satellite, check the site before setting up some are better then others. A friendly staff and very few items in the store. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a lovely campground in October. The autumn foliage was stunning. Sites are spacious; the management is very helpful with directions and visitor information. They arranged a free shuttle to Mackinac Island ferry that accommodated our bikes. There is a pretty nature walk right from the campground as well as a beautiful beach at the end of the road. We will return. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The sites are close but there is so much to do that you don't spend much time there. Bring your bikes! It was a long way to the pool, showers, etc. We camped in electric and water only down on the bridge end and we had a real journey to the pool. The pool was fabulous and heated. My kids loved it (ages 5, 4, and 1). We will return. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Shady, nice, quiet park. Found the perfect holes in the trees for the satellite. Wireless is spotty. We rode our bikes to the ferry about 1.2 miles away. Good location for seeing the sights. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very close to town. There is a bike trail to town which takes 10 minutes to ride. The shuttle comes to your camp site and takes you to the ferry docks to go to the island. The pool is a bit small. The roads are good gravel but can get dusty at times. The sites are large and can accommodate large rigs. We've stayed here twice in the past year and we'll stay here again. Campfire wood is available 24 hours a day. Very friendly staff. Very clean restrooms. All the showers could use a better spray head. Overall this is a great campground near enough to everything and yet secluded enough not to hear any noise from the interstate. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you are looking to spend a night and not a fortune in a touristy area, this campground is an excellent choice. Good 30 amp solid electric with water and convenient dump station. There are both shade and open sites available. Self contained units would be best as there is no bath house. We stayed 6 nights while touring the area. We would stay here again when in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an older CG with decent hookups, 30 amp electric and water. Both good for our stay. Nothing fancy here, but a solid value for $15 a night. Sites are hard packed grass pull thrus and fairly level. TV via batwing was strong, but with a limited channel list. Verizon cell and broadband both very good. Be careful pulling in, it is a long narrow drive so you want to avoid meeting on coming traffic. But traffic volume is low here. As long as you don't expect much, you will have a nice spot to visit the Mackinaw from. Which is a lot bigger than we expected given its population of under 1,000, so we ended up spending 6 nights. Plenty of food and drink choices in town, but on the high side. For a good alternative, try Clydes Place which has outstanding pizza and much better prices. Take a left out of the CG to US-31 and then 3 miles south to Carp Lake. It is just south of the blinking light on the left. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This 'no frills' campground is perfect for those not needing amenities (pool, playground, showers, etc.) It is big rig friendly and offers the basics - 30 amp electric, water, dump station, good AT&T and Verizon access, and good satellite reception. You can't beat the $15 price. Those of us who are self-contained need more reasonably priced parks like this. It's just a short distance to town and all the activities of Mackinaw City. I'm rating it a 9 because despite the lack of amenities it was adequate for our needs at a fair price. We stayed a week and would return again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Well-kept and clean, probably because it isn't advertised and isn't near the tourist traps. Payment is honor system. Good grassy sites (about half of them have tree shade), good gravel roadways, some site butt up to the road and there is a bit of road noise (not much, since this isn't on the main tourist road). Each site has a picnic table and grill. Satellite reception is decent. Electrical is 30 amp. There's a dump station and the pit toilets are pretty clean. Very basic and inexpensive place, which is great if you're self-contained and don't want hordes of screaming children or amenities like pools...this is a great home base for exploring around Mackinaw City. From US-23 or from I-75 Exit 337, turn SOUTH on Nicolet Street/Mackinaw Highway; cross over I-75 and go south about a mile. The campground is on the left (east) side of Mackinac Highway at Paquet Road. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Clean. All sites are pull through. $15 per night honor system payment. Good gravel roads. Nice grass sites. 30 amp. Approx. 50% of sites shaded. Satellite reception is good from most sites. Clean and bright pit toilets. Dump station. Fishing stream. GREAT VALUE. 13496 Mackinaw Highway (old main highway), Mackinaw City, MI. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a BIG RV Park. Lots of amenities. We paid extra for a Lake view site, but from any site it's easy to walk to the lake and sit in the grass to relax while you look out at the Mackinaw Bridge and Mackinac Island. Sites are close together. Showers are outstanding, though they are a driving distance away. Very clean, very hot. Wi-Fi was based on a "coupon" usage. We got good Verizon MiFi during our stay. We stayed here for 6 nights. We would return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Close to attractions and park provides shuttle to the ferry's. Sites down by the lake are nice with a pretty view of the bridge. But park is huge and only one dumpster at the entrance by the office. Kind of a pain. Need to provide trash pick up or at least dumpsters spaced around the park. No patios. Site was fairly level. Forget about the Wi-Fi - a pain to use and weeds were pretty tall and overgrown. Wood was wet. I would stay here again because of the location, but not as wonderful as other posts have said. At least not where we were. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Easy and well marked off the main road. Very wooded sites and some narrow roads. Very large park. Big rig sites where at far end and next to primitive bathrooms (indoor outhouses which were very clean). New modern bathhouses where located next to general store a short drive away. Very few big rig pull thru sights available so had to disconnect car and dolly to back in. Wi-Fi needed coupons, 1 for 24 hours for 1 computer only. If you had 2 computers than you had to use 2 coupons. If you used both coupons in 1 day than you had to pay an additional $2.00 for 24 hours. Very confusing and was not explained at check in. Trash location at front of park so you had to drive there from your site way in the back. Best part was location to Mackinaw and feeling of being in a State Park but with full amenities. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice park but overrated to say the least. We were mislead as to park amenities and were just assigned a site. Would have been nice to have been given the opportunity to look at other sites in the campground: as we later found sites that were better to our likings. A huge park that needs work done on each camping site: grass was in need of mowing/trimming and huge gopher hole on site was not appreciated. Once given another site things improved: WiFi and electricity at site was sporatic. On the plus side this park is close to everything you want to do in the area. Bridge view/lake view sites are packed like sardines: hope you like your neighbors. Will look for another place next time we are in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a large campground, but has been a very nice place to stay. The park is in a fantastic location right on Lake Huron and it offers a wide variety of accommodations. The people are very friendly and work hard to make your stay enjoyable. You don't need a lakefront site to enjoy the lake and a view of the bridge. We would love to stay here again! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful park, well located near major attractions in the area. The park partners with a local ferry service to offer free shuttles to and from the dock from which transportation to Mackinac Island is available. The park itself is beautiful - heavily wooded with lots of amenities. It's huge - big enough to get lost in - but most of the sites are quite large and well-spaced to afford privacy. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is our second time at this campground. The last time we were near the lake. Beautiful views, narrow sites. This time we got a pull-thru. Large sites in an older, wooded area. We like this campground and will return again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our spot overlooked Lake Huron, very nice. This campground is huge, but the signage was clear so it wasn't too difficult to find your spot. The campground does not have laundry facilities, so you have to go into Mackinaw City if you need to do laundry. You get one Wi-Fi connection an additional connection is $2 a day. The park is huge, but the trash bins are located at the exit to the park, which we didn't find too convenient. I didn't find the campground very dog friendly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The lake view lots are the best. The park is hard to navigate, there are so many winding roads. We had no trouble parking our 32 ft MH. All grass or dirt pads. This is mostly for families; there were lots of kids. It is close to the city and convenient to the ferries to Mackinac Island. We stayed 4 nights and would probably try to find another park in the area if we returned. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This place is large, so bring bikes or a vehicle to get around. No trash pickup or dumpsters distributed through the park for trash. That is a big negative. We did not have transportation other than our motorhome which meant a LOT of walking. Lakefront sites have a great view but they are tight. "Free" Wi-Fi is available but you need coupons to get on...but they don't offer the coupons which meant another hike back to the office. The new super size sites are large enough but rather rustic. I would return with a lakefront site AND bikes. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Wi-Fi is marked as not available, because it was basically unusable. The signal was there - but the Internet was not. Something must have been broken. The need to ask for, and use coupon codes, is also a hassle, even though free. It is true that almost all the interior roads are very dusty dirt, your car will become dirty, no need to wash it before coming here. We had a big rig site, very nice and spacious. We would get it again, even though no lake view. We enjoyed the space, privacy and 50 amp full hookups. There should be trash pickup. There is only one dumpster, and everyone drives there. What a waste. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a huge park with over 600 camping sites. From where we were parked, it was too far to walk to the dumpsters and the office. On the positive side, the park is managed well. There are lots of campers of all sorts including tents, trailers, etc. Given the number of campers, it was surprisingly quiet at night. Overall it is well maintained, but it is showing its age in some areas. The 50-amp site we had was large and the utilities were good. Sites are mowed weeds for the most part. Water pressure was about 30psi. This is a popular place to stay when visiting Mackinac Island for the day. The Star Line ferry company provides shuttle transportation from the park to the ferry and back, including a trailer to take bicycles to the Island. Mackinac Island is certainly worth a visit. Wi-Fi service in the park was poor, most likely volume related as network signal strength was fine. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The view from the sight was incredible. Mackinac Bridge and Island and Lake Huron's beauty. But that is where the good ended. The sites are very narrow. We were only able to extend our awning about 3 feet before it touched the tall shrubs that separated our site from the next. Wi-Fi was useless. First, they require a daily passcode and allow only one device per site. The signal was too weak to even get to a point to enter the code. Fortunately, the Verizon data signal was strong. For a 600 site campground, they only had one place to dump trash. It was near the office and generally overflowing. They advertise being pet friendly. The sites are too small for the dogs to get their business done and certainly too small for any exercise - and we have small dogs. The area across from our site was marked "No Dogs". Fortunately, the staff did not enforce this policy. Everyone walked their dog there. I understand the need to keep the area clean and we ALWAYS pick up after our pet. If there was a dog designated area, it was too far to be useful for the daily important dog business. The sites were in bad need of trimming and weed control. Not a very neat appearance. Lastly, I would like to meet the rocket scientist who decided it is a good idea to tape the campground ID tag to the windshield. The tape doesn't remove cleanly. Windex did not remove the residue. A fresh razor blade was required to remove the adhesive. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here with another family and had a wonderful experience. Yes, some of the sites we saw were VERY tight, but they appeared to be the bridge and lakeview sites. We had 2 sites a bit further back in the "large RV" section, and had great wide open, very level, full hook-up sites. Could not have been happier with them. No, we didn't have the view, but a short stroll took us right up to the lakefront where there is a large, park-like area to sit and relax and enjoy the view of the bridge and Mackinaw Island. Pool was great, shuttle service was great, Wi-Fi however was terrible. We did not use the bath/shower facilities so I cannot comment on those. Only a couple complaints to mention: the new firepits they are putting out are huge cement rings. The one on our site was badly placed (being under one of our slides) but they are impossible to reposition. Also, an additional dumpster or two within the campground would be a nice addition. With 600 sites all spread out it can be a pain to load your trash in your truck and drive up to the main entrance to dump it. But that's minor stuff. We loved our stay and will return again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We were on a Bridge View campsite which offers great views of Lake Huron, very tranquil and enjoyable sunsets. Across from our row of sites was a grass parklike setting for any campers to bring lawn chairs to take in the views. The campground is a short distance from town for shopping and sightseeing. Bike riding in the campground is good because of the large size and many roads are paved. The sites are snug in width, though the length was good for ours. If on a site other than lakeview I don't feel it would have been as enjoyable. The only trash disposal is at the entrance of campground, very far away. Pool also seemed very small considering size of campground. Sand beach area had a very muddy and rocky lake entrance. I would return to this campground because of the views. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a large park with heavy check-in activity. There are two incoming lanes and 5 (I think) windows to facilitate the check-in process. The security for the park is good in that there is only one entrance and exit with employees watching each incoming vehicle. Unfortunately, that same entrance is also the only exit and the single location of the dumpsters - with no trash pickup provided, we had to walk or drive >1/2 mile to get rid of our trash. The campsites are gravel/sand and the interior roads not paved. The sites were large enough and level, and we were able to access the satellites easily between the trees. Otherwise, there are lots of activities for families and a long lakefront. The Wi-Fi had a fee, but we were given coupons for free access. We found the staff friendly and helpful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Hugh campground that has only some of their interior roads paved. The area for "Big Rigs" with 50 amp service is all unpaved. Very dusty. No need to clean your coach before coming, very dirty when leaving. Small pool for size of campground. Nice friendly staff and access to Lake Huron. Would probably not camp here again only because of the dust. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful park. The largest campground that we have ever stayed in during our 7 years of travels! The lakefront and bridge view is awesome, especially at night. Check in is a little different but nice people. Being so large, a nicer campground map would help and as mentioned before the Wi-Fi is spotty at best. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Other than the Fire-pit situation (which they are working on) this was an OUTSTANDING facility. Extremely friendly and fun folks working the camp store and great (and clean) facilities. Stayed 4 nights and would have stayed more if our schedule would have permitted. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Full hook up sites were on top of each other; 32 foot motor home filled site side to side and end to end. Neighbor could not open awning completely due to old tree on small site. No fire rings on site; too close together. Wonderful lake and Mackinac Bridge view. Rows 3-9 were unkempt with dead trees and high grass. Beautiful at night. Bathrooms very "tired". Made reservations in March and still had undesirable sites. Remember to ask for large site. They have a few that are longer yet still very close together. Very quiet at night. Nice park for walking. Primitive sites are beautiful. Would only return if tent camping. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Excellent campground for viewing Mackinac Island and Lake Huron. Our site was one over from the water, but still an excellent view. Only minor complaints, sites not paved or very level. Ends of campers are so close I can shake hands with my neighbor through our windows. Still very quite and nice and would stay here again, as well as recommend it to all our friends. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed for a week in a bridge view sight and the view was spectacular! The camp is well run with friendly and helpful staff. The sites are very close together, and our 35 foot trailer with the two slideouts took up almost the entire site. Wifi at the campsite was intermittent at best. Because of the view and location, we would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Wow! This place is huge, but it is subdivided into small areas with lots of privacy between sites. Hookups worked well with decent (but not too high) water pressure. Nice landscaping between sites. Gorgeous views of the straits, bridge, and Mackinac Island with common areas at the shoreline with benches. Showers/restrooms were clean, but could use updating. One note on the Wi-Fi. It was free in the office, store, and pool area, but not at our site. I didn't inquire as to the price, since we were there only one night. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Good location, we had a view of the bridge. The lots were small, the only dumpster was located at the entrance to the park, the mosquitoes were horrible, the restrooms and showers were on the other side of the park. The lot we stayed on had no fire pit so we had to get one from the office and it resembled an oil drip pan. We had to purchase granules to sprinkle around the campsite just to be able to enjoy the outdoors. We were already using citronella and thermo cells. It wasn't enough. The only sandy beach was on the other side of the park even though we had Lake Huron directly in front of us we were unable to use that part of the beach. It was to rocky for small children. The roads in the park were confusing and probably could be marked a little better. However, the park was clean. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Campground is large but you still feel like you are by yourself. Good privacy between sites. Very good roads and level sites. This place easily handles large rigs. Friendly staff...but got to chuckle at the little check-in window. I am glad it wasn't raining when we got there! The views from the lake sites are incredible although we chose to be in the "woods' towards the back. Definitely camp here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Wow! The view here is fantastic. There were lots of comments in the other reviews about the staff and we found them to be very nice and helpful. You do check in through a little window, but put yourself in their place - they have 600 sites. If they didn't do it that way, you'd be there forever waiting. As far as it being hard to find your site, this place is big, but they gave us a very nice printout with detailed directions, so we did not have a bit of trouble. The sites are a little close together, but if you are lucky enough to get a waterfront site, you will be glad you stayed here. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Campground is 3 mi from Mackinaw City. Pull through sites were not available. Camped at site 778, a large back in with FHU/50/30amps and gravel. The roads were wide but made of gravel with numerous pot holes. Dish sat reception and Virgin Mobile were good. Check in was outside, and yes, it was cold and raining. The host was polite and helpful. The pool and camp store were closed for season. Price reflects Good Sam Discount. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We reserved our site a week in advance for 6 nights, for which there was a 3 night in advance nonrefundable charge. The campground would not provide us with the site number we were reserving. Our site was back in the woods on a dusty gravel road. The front sites on paved roads with lake view are nicer. Also, it would be nice if the campground web site showed a detail layout if the site. Wi-Fi was real spotty, garbage drop inconvenient. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We wanted to walk the bridge on Labor Day, but didn't think that we would be able to find a place to camp. We were pleasantly surprised that we found a site available at the last minute, especially one that could accommodate a big rig. After we arrived, we found out why. The campground is GINORMOUS!!! And it has a wonderful view of the lake and bridge. In fact, there is a mile long beach. The park normally has a checkout time of 11am but to accommodate the bridge walkers, they extended that to 1pm. That didn't affect us, since we were staying over an extra day, but I thought that it was still a nice consideration. Nobody at the park office told us that there was a bike path just the other side of US23, but luckily my Maplets App let me know about the Gaylord to Mackinaw Rails to Trail that was right there. Very convenient, since we had left our tow vehicle in Traveres City for the short side trip. We hopped on our bicycles, and rode the couple of miles into the city without having to worry about the traffic. The trail is very nice. But if you have a city bike and not a hybrid or mountain bike, it will not be for you. The campground does not have a good garbage policy. You have to walk or drive your garbage to the one dumpster located at the the park store. This wouldn't be a problem in a smaller campground, but is a huge inconvenience in such a large park. We didn't use the showers or restrooms, so I can comment on that. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our first stay with our new trailer. Lake front views are amazing if you can get one. Our site was very tight, after opening our bump out and the awning we nearly touched the neighbors. Campground is great tho. We want to return, Mackinaw Island was worth our long trip from NJ. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We loved this campground, we choose a Lake Huron view site which are very narrow, all other sites are much larger but we loved our view. Wi-Fi was spotty, worked only part time. Nice efficient check in which we appreciated, but staff at the store were not helpful or friendly. No laundry but a wonderful large laundry in town was almost a treat clean and comfortable. We would stay here again: loved riding our bikes and the City and Island. They work very hard to keep things tidy and with so many campers, I have to give them kudos for that! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a nice campground with spacious sites. There are a lot of kids, but we're retirees and thought they were fun to watch. We appreciated the golf discounts and used them twice during the week. The course was in great shape and fun to play. Our suggestions for park improvements would be: an escort to the site, a more convenient garbage service and a laundry facility. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We made the reservation for 2 nights and extended for 1 night upon arrival. Met other folks that had to move if they extended. Great location to go to Mackinaw Island and we did that and to visit two Lighthouses. Park is very family friendly, but if you don't like to be around kids, don't go. We had no complaints and didn't use any of their facilities. Wi-Fi is not free. Beautiful Sunset the first night, the remaining two were nothing to brag about. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great family camping area and there are literally hundreds of sites. Most seem to have a fire ring (you cannot bring your own firewood)and a picnic table. The sites are gravel and ours have a few trees between us an our neighbor. I would have paid $10 to an enterprising young person to direct us to our site. Even with a map we got lost and it took us way too long to find our place. That being said we can see the water and walk easily to the beach. Mackinaw City is about 10 minutes away and I recommend trying Mackinaw Pastie and Cookie Company for a meal. The downtown area is packed with shops and is wall to wall people and cars but this was on a Saturday so maybe midweek is better. We would stay here again for one night but not any longer. Would recommend it to friends. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
If you are seeking a place to enjoy Michigan in all its lake glory and wilderness solitude, then Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground may not be the place for you. If you are seeking a densely populated campground where your kids can race their bikes on the interior roads and paths; if you enjoy having cars, motorcycles, and golf carts cruise past your trailer frequently; and if you don’t mind very low electric power, then Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground is the place for you. We spent 5 days here with an absolutely stellar view of the Lake and access to the beach. However, our lake front site did have a heavily used, mostly gravel road between us and the Lake. Our gravel site was bordered with trees and bushes and had room for our awnings, a picnic table, a fire ring, and space for our tow vehicle. The campground is on an electric cooperative so when the temps are high, electric consumption is up and you don’t have enough voltage to safely run your air conditioner or refrigerator, you are just out of luck. When we arrived at least 6 clerks were working the walk-up check in windows. Ours was not the most welcoming clerk; no smiles and no welcome to Mackinaw Mill Creek from her. The campground does need better directional signs and maps, and a more efficient traffic flow. Throughout the day, the bathrooms stayed decently clean despite the number of guests. Any lack of cleanliness was on the part of the guests who used the facility. We chose not to use the campground showers since we prefer more than a shower curtain separating us from the next person. Our expectations were set quite high from the videos we watched on the campground web site. Our stay did not meet those expectations. Earlier reviews are spot on for this campground. One in particular mentions that you need to know why you are thinking of staying at Mackinaw Mill Creek. That advice is so true. These two retirees with no kids, who enjoy the peace and solitude of nature, don’t rank it so high. Other guests may find that a stay here gives their kids the time of their lives. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Unbelievable views..the Mackinac Bridge and Island are out your front window. And swimming in Lake Huron is 50 feet away. This is a fantastic traditional campground. If you want cement pads vs grass or gravel, forget it. But, you can not do better than this family campground for relaxing and sitting by the lake. It is Northern Michigan in all it's glory! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Camped here over July 4th great view of the fireworks from the waters edge. Staff was very helpful and part of the events, selling glow sticks to kids. This was our first time to Mackinaw and we did get lost trying to find our site, all the roads can be confusing but by the second day we had it all worked out. The beach was nice as was the pool but it was a little small for the size of the CG, you could just about walk over the water with the amount of bodies in the pool. Gravel roads but a water truck came by daily to keep the dust down, sites are large and private from your neighbor. We found only one dumpster in the entire park and that's all the way out by the entrance, over the holiday week it was overflowing with trash. They could have a few more around the park. I would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The check in process was not nice. The workers sit behind a small screen and you have to bend down to speak to them. The map inside the camp ground is horrible, we got lost trying to find our site. The sites are very close and the roads are very dusty. Now the good. There is a great view of the bridge and lake. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Campground has a beautiful view of Lake Ontario and the Mackinac Bridge. If you choose a lake site, you will have a site just large enough for your camper and awning and you will be able to virtually see right into your neighbor's windows. I would highly recommend taking an inland site and then walking the short distance to the lakefront view. The campground has a nice grassy area with benches that anyone can use to take in the view as well as paths down to the rocky waterfront if you want to touch the water. They allow pets but ask that you keep them off the grassy area on the lakefront and keep them on the paved road only which is nearly impossible. If you have a lake site, then your pets also have absolutely no yard either. The view was beautiful and it did have the full hook ups, but I would not take a lake site here again. This is also a very large campground with many sites and the map is very poor, so it can be difficult to find your site. The registration person was not very friendly or helpful. There are no fire pits: only very shallow fire pans that you can use. You would be better to bring your own fire container as the pans they provide would be better to bake a cake in. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Large campground and convenient to Mackinaw Island. You can purchase ferry tickets to the island here for a small discount. $2 off each adult ticket if you purchase at campground. Free shuttle will take you to the ferry. We paid for a view of the lake and bridge. We did have a nice view but were very close to our neighbors. They really pack you in here. We could hardly put our awning out. Very nice young people working in the office. No cable but our antenna worked well. Wi-Fi works great but you can only use one computer per coupon. Additional computer is $2 per 24 hours. Nice place to stay if you only want to use it as a base camp to visit Mackinaw Island. No ambiance. We will not stay here again because it was just too crowed for our taste and we thought the price was very high for the site we had. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed three nights in this campground. One night on a lakefront site and two nights on a regular, full-hookup site. It was a wonderful campground, It was clean, well-run, with friendly staff, and friendly campers. Lake Huron was just beautiful. The campground was well laid out, with plenty of room to position campers and vehicles. Would definitely go back again. Loved it. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
If you're reading these reviews, you're noticing that this place gets ¾ rave reviews and ¼ pans. I read them all myself before I came. I've been here now for the first of two weeks I'll be here in total, in a 35 foot fifth wheel with three slides. My spot is in row 6 on the graphic map available on their web site, about 1/3 of the way down the row from the Lake Huron end. After a week's worth of being here, I am very pleased with this campground, but I'll also say that ALL of the reviews, good and bad are probably accurate! So, here's my take and advice. First, be clear on WHY you're thinking of staying here. Some campgrounds I stay at for themselves, for things about the camp that I value and want. Some campgrounds I stay at because they're base camps for things I want to see / do in the surrounding area. This one fell in the latter category for me, so I can shrug off some of the negatives about the camp itself. This place is HUGE. Read the descriptions. 500+ sites. That's twice as big as a very big state park campground. They are busy. They do have check-in down to a science. I have seen as many as 5 or 6 staff working the check-in windows, and I've seen as many as 9 RVs lined up to check-in, while 6 staff are serving them. It's true that no one will escort you to your site. Think about it: if 6 staff are working check-in, and are fully busy doing so, how many would be needed to escort everyone? Ain't going to happen. BUT, they do give very good directions to your site at check-in, and the place is very well signed and marked. Pay attention to the instructions you are given at check-in for finding your site, and if you have any questions about it, ask. Because it's huge and spread out, there are a wide variety of sites. Some people gripe that their site was on a gravel road and dusty; some gripe that they couldn't open their slides and put out their awnings. It's possible. Some people gripe about smokey campfires; that was not a problem for me. My site is called “economy” because it's “narrower: 25 feet by 50 feet, and not as close to the water.” My site is actually closer to 20 feet by 40 or 45 feet (by pace off measurement), but is within 40 or 50 yards of the lake shore, with a great view of same, is sufficient for my slides and awning, and is on a paved road. Every rally I've ever been to, has given me a smaller space. Yeah, the guy next door is close, but again, I came here as a base camp, not as a destination in itself. I'm happy with the site. Final comment: the staff have been uniformly friendly, helpful, and courteous. The store is remarkably well stocked, and as a side note is the only camp store I've ever seen that sells not only beer, but hard liquor as well. Be aware of why you're thinking of staying here, be aware of what 500+ sites means in terms of people per square foot, and a resounding YES, I would stay here again. Advice to the management: Do away with the graphic “map” of the campground and replace it with a to-scale map with site numbers. You'll get a lot fewer complaints from people who couldn't find their spot on their first drive around, (i.e. couldn't follow directions). We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
You can't come here without experiencing the incredible view/location. A mile of lake shore viewing the Mackinac Bridge, Islands, boats, heaven! Well maintained (always something new or remodeled here). They water the roads constantly when it is dry to keep dust down, and it works. This year the park store and many of the bathrooms have been remodeled (again). It is family owned and operated which is a big plus for us. Summer isn't summer for us without a trip or three to this place. They have sites for all types of campers, economical/inexpensive sites are smaller, there are Large RV sites (these sites are quite large) for the big rigs that are more. WiFi is available through most of the park for $2.00 a day. Heated pool, great park store with fresh made pizzas and ice cream, lots of things for kids to do free, beach. Free mini golf, heated pool, several playgrounds, arcade. Free antique firetruck/hayrides in the evening. Free shuttle to Mackinac Island ferry. If you come on a busy holiday, don't think you are an expert on this place, holidays are busy in any park, this one handles large crowds quite nicely, with speedy checkin's and detailed maps and directions when you arrive. Don't come on a holiday weekend if you don't like camp fire smoke, kids and lots to look at. We like the people watching and meeting all our friends on the busy holiday (reserve early for best sites) weekends, most any other time the atmosphere is very relaxed and there are tons of choice sites to pick from. Bring your bike: lots of roads and trails to explore, plus a trail to Mackinaw City is adjacent to the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The Park offers very nice amenities such as two pools, awesome Camp Store and paved roads. The campground is very large which affords you many roads within the facility to ride bikes. My only complaint is that the camp sites were not well groomed. Our site needed its grass cut and trimmed. The camp sites could be maintained better. I was surprised for such a big holiday as the 4th of July, that the sites were not groomed to the max. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
For those who enjoy roughing it this might be the spot. Nothing was as expected from what we saw online. There is an additional charge for Wi-Fi which we did not pay, using our own broadband. I heard from others, it was not accessible at the sites. Although I indicated we did not need to be on the water, lakeshore, I did not expect to be stuck out in the boonies in the dirt with weeds all over and no grass, only a tiny bit of scattered gravel at our site. We had booked online for 4 days over July 4th so felt stuck here. No refunds. It is overpriced for what it is. There is no escort to your site. The staff at check in are amenable but not helpful with information about anything, they are focused on just wanting to process you in. The site map provided at check in is confusing and it took us several repeats along a very sharp twisting dirt access road, no pavement to these sites and terrible dust which made a mess of the tow car and motorhome. This is not at all big rig friendly. At the site when a car drove by, which happened a lot, the dust arose all over the sites. Standing outside you would be covered or gasp for air. We talked to other RVers who had the same bad experience; some left the same day, some stayed only one night and departed. One good thing, no potholes in the dirt roads. Finally we found our site but had to circle around again to access it and back in our 41 foot motorhome; we had requested a pull through. There is not a convenient area to unhook the tow car and with all the vehicles checking in they discourage unhooking at entry. Hooking up to the 50 amp, sewer and water was an experience in climbing through weeds. The site had a very slight sprinkling of gravel and we were able to be level but it was dirt and dusty. We also had more privacy and room at our sites than the sites we saw along the lake. However lake shore has grass and pavement. We were able to put out our slides and awnings. Satellite reception was poor, we were across that access road with tall trees along it. We never could access local TV channels through our DISH. This is obviously for families: many children and adults out on bicycles on the road which also makes it difficult arriving and leaving. Our sites out away from the lakeshore, were too far to walk to the camp store or the pool in the dust and the heat, and parking there is very limited to none. We were told there was a free shuttle to the ferry dock in town. We'd purchased tickets for that on arrival but had to drive to town anyway because there was no parking at the shuttle pick up site which was too far from our site. They finally began to water the road early evening to settle the dust, but that was too little too late. We would not stay here again. I think they get many one time RVers who stop here unaware. The people we talked to agreed they would never return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very busy campground. Excellent for families. Many sites very close to shores of Lake Huron. Sites very narrow and could be difficult to park if a neighbor's vehicles are parked in front of their respective RVs, which is the case most of the time since the access roads are narrow. CAUTION: if you're allergic to smoke or have COPD, this could be a problem in this campground. The firewood they sell is very smoky and, combined with tightly packed sites, smoke can be an issue. The amenities are up to par. The store is well stocked and even includes sale of alcoholic beverages along with beer and wine. Shuttle service to the ferry docks (for Mackinaw Island) is available from inside the campground. Price is after Good Sam discount. Value is there for this campground. But expect a lot of tents, kids, RVs and cabin campers. Wal*Mart nearby. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Just finished a great week long stay in the newer Bridge View section. Steady utilities, well organized, and maintained. View towards Mackinac Island and the Mackinaw Bridge was breathless. Some gravel roads, but they were watered and well maintained. Large park, easy to get lost but just keep driving towards the lake and it will be ok. Bike path to town runs along front of park. Easy ride to Mackinaw City to catch a ferry to Mackinac Island. Nice camp store, but no laundry facilities. Great place to camp. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was a huge park and I can't imagine how it would be when crowded. We had a cabin on the lake which was quite nice. I used the campground showers and they were barely usable. They were clean, however you had to push a button to get water & it lasted about 45 seconds. They had shuttles from Star Ferry so that was convenient to get over to the island. I think If I had been camping in my RV on a crowded weekend, I would give it a lower score. Pool was nice & camp store has everything. Wi-Fi did not work in our cabin by lake. We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
Very large, spread out park. We paid for Internet and had numerous problems. There are NO trash cans in the park. You must drive or walk the mile to the front of the park to get rid of trash - and that includes pet droppings. Not really a pet friendly park - they are not allowed on the grass, signs everywhere tell you to keep pets on the roadways. A bicycle is a must to get around, unfortunately we didn't have ours. The overpriced $34/night includes the $2/night for worthless Wi-Fi and 3 TV stations. Office help very friendly, AT&T phones worked fabulous. Better signage in the park would be helpful. We got lost just walking to dump the trash. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Outstanding, well run campground. We had a lakeside site that was just spectacular. This campground does not reserve the best sites for seasonal renters rather it makes them available for transients. Discounts available for the Mackinac Island Ferrys. This campground does not have laundry facilities. One of my all time favorites. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed at this park twice this summer, once in July and again after Labor Day in September. We are full timers and have been for 15 years and found this park to be one of the nicest we have stayed in. Yes, during the busy months the park is crowded and you are close to your neighbors on some sites, but the view is great, the office staff is VERY friendly and helpful and the outside workers are always smiling. The park is well maintained and clean and a good campground to see the area. I have read the other reviews on this campground and found some need to lighten up and realize this is camping, not the Ritz. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had a lake view and bridge view site. The sites are very narrow. If we opened our awning, it hit the trees. As someone else stated, we received a metal pan in which to have a "campfire". We do not consider this a 'pet friendly park'. There are signs all along the lake front and grassy areas which read 'no pets' and 'keep pets on roadway'. The Wi-Fi is Tengo which you pay for at the office or online. The good thing about this campground is that it is convenient to town and makes a good base for touring in the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We had a lake view site. The lake could not be seen from any of our trailer windows. We were backed to within six feet of another RV. That was our view. Sites very narrow. We could only sit on one side of the picnic table because the other side was a drainage ditch. All the RVs were clustered together like sardines. The good lake view sites were unoccupied. It was exactly 1/2 mile to showers and flush toilets. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The lots are so small we could not open our awning. If anyone would of been camped next to us we would of kicked their sewer hose while sitting at the picnic table, when I called and made our reservations they asked "What side is your awning on. We had just took picked up our new camper we really wanted to make sure everything worked. I went to the office the lady sitting above everyone at the window seats was rude acted like it was my fault as if we picked that site. The fire pans are a joke, I can have a bigger fire on my stove at home, the only think that was great was the view, needless to say we will not be going back. I could not imagine camping there in the peak season, they pack them like sardines, with rude service from the office. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
My husband and I took our two grandchildren (ages 6 & 10) to this campground. We found this campground to be a wonderful place for families to spend quality time. Store, pool, game room and playgrounds all well kept. The office staff was pleasant at check-in, outside help always helpful and smiling and willing to answer questions. Bathrooms and showers were clean. In all, yes we will be coming to spend another vacation with our little ones at this campground. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is our 3rd year at this campground. It is the best on the South side of the Mackinac Bridge. The sites on the water give a view of the bridge but are windy from the lake. The sites on the water are also narrow but recently deepened. The pool is below average but the beach to swim in the lake is perfect. The playgrounds are the kids meeting place and they really have a good time there. The cabins are well done but need better ventilation. Overall the campground is affordable and close to all the area attractions. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Read a lot of mediocre reviews about this place but have little negative to say. Had fast accurate check-in, found the staff friendly. Grounds were well maintained. We had a LG back in site and everything worked great. Received 8 different network TV stations but did not pay for Wi-Fi. Used computer in camp store to check e-mail. Some nice waterfront spaces available. Dirt roads were watered to keep dust down. Not sure what the big deal reviewers have with trash in front of park, we were far from the front gate but it was a short bike ride (3 minutes) or short drive out if sight seeing in the area. Would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
While this park was a nice looking park and there was a great view of the bridge, there were a number of things that we found disturbing. First, we had emailed them and received a reply which turned out to be totally different than when we actually made the reservations, as far as the site location/price we would pay, etc. Upon arrival, check in is standing outside of the building and speaking through a screen...very impersonal. We were fortunate it wasn't raining when we checked in. We had been told the location we would be camping in and had to "argue" our point in order to get it. We had a Good Sam coupon specifically for this campground (a coupon given to us by Good Sam for an extra discount), yet it was refused by the campground. The attitude of the person checking us in was very annoying and unprofessional. There is a separate charge for Wi-Fi. Wood cannot be brought in, even from a nearby source, and a very small, rusty, split container is included with the wood bought, for the fire. It is extremely small and we couldn't get the wood they sold us to fit in it very well. The "wood" was actually cut boards. Our fire lasted about an hour and was $5. Our site was a nice size, but it seemed the more expensive the site, the smaller the sites were. Our electricity kept going off and even though the breaker was not thrown, we had to turn it off and on to get electricity back. The showers were clean, however it was like "tent city" in there. No solid walls...all cut shower curtains all the way around and they were not wide enough to stay closed. Not what I would expect out of a "higher class" campground. The water did not come out well in one shower and when it did, it was not very hot. I am still trying to get the sticky off my window from the tape they used to put on our car pass. The garbage needed to be taken to the front of the campground which was quite far if you weren't going somewhere for the day, and it was in a position where if stopping in your car to throw it out, you blocked others from leaving. There were three lanes coming in to the park and only one out, which made turning a bit difficult. Must say the playgrounds were extremely well kept and very nice for the kids. Overall, we were not impressed, for the price. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our site was the corner. It was big but the location made it noisy from traffic. We stayed here for 4 days and had sewer smells on 2. The park maintenance was responsive and found a cracked sewer cover the first time. This fixed the problem the first time. The second time we were leaving that morning and did not report the problem. This park has sights with great views of Lake Michigan. Overall this was a little above average park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground gives a Good Sam discount. There are a lot of sites here and some are right on Lake Huron, part of the park is paved but our site was in an unpaved section and with the wind off the Lake, we got a fair amount of dust. We requested and got a full hookup and 50 amp. We are close to Mackinaw City--about 3 miles away. The nearest K-Mart of Wal-Mart is in Cheyboygan which is about 15 miles away. There is no cable and we don't have satellite so we only get 4 channels. We would stay here again. They do charge a $3 reservation fee but check in is swift with prior reservations but this is a big park and you have to find your site yourself but the map and signs are plentiful. There is no laundromat on the premises. Have to go to town unless you have your own washer/dryer. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Beautiful view! This was a very pretty campground, and well maintained. Our site was a bridgeview site and although the view was awesome, the site was very narrow. When we made our reservations, we were told that the sites were bigger now, but I think they just made them deeper not wider. We were unable to put our awning out, it was that tight. However, that said, we will still go back, that view was like no other. As far as the Wi-Fi goes... well when we asked, we were told by office staff that it was complicated and people were having problems. They didn't seem very helpful or interested in helping us. And since we had no real need to get online, we just didn't try. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park is okay. We got the last 50 amp site in the park and didn't get to choose the location. There are sites with water views that are prettier than our's. We had a woodsy site that made us feel like being in a state park with trees and foliage between the sites. No Wi-Fi or cable TV for our site. Long way to the only dumpster. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park is a beautiful setting and it is huge. That has been posted enough times. They do a very nice job with maintenance and the sites are arranged so you have reasonable privacy. The camp store is the best stocked of any I have ever seen. I will caution you about a couple of things. You need to have a discussion with the representative about exactly what you want. All sites are not equal. Some roads are paved, some are not. They really try to wet down the dirt roads but it is a losing proposition. On the weekends the traffic is constant the air is full of dirt. All surfaces in your RV will be covered in dirt. You cannot get 50 amp service on the paved waterview sites. We wound up in a back-in site backed up against a "primitive toilet" on a dirt road, facing west, with no shade that was effective. The only place to dispose of trash is at the front gate. Few sites are in walking distance. The traffic driving to the dumpster adds to the congestion at the gate. I have never had to drive my trash around. You have to pay a daily rate for Wi-Fi access. At this price point, that is not expected. Pets are not allowed on beautiful waterfront grass. Signs direct you to keep pets on the roadway. Why? There is no part of the very long shoreline where dogs are allowed to swim or wade. And, as responsible pet owners we always pick up after them. But, with no trash cans in the park, where to deposit the little bags? Again it is a very beautiful scenic park. More trash containers and relaxation of all the pet prohibitions would make it just about perfect. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a good park for touring the upper Michigan area although a little pricy. We chose this park over the other campground because it has sewer hookups and we were staying several days. We were in the area across from Lake Huron but not the water view. This is a very large campground with lots of twists and turns. Bathhouses are few and far between for size of campground. Nice campstore, pool, and play area for children. Nice wooded sites for tents. They were putting campers on every other site in our area which was great, would be very close if an RV was on every site. Wi-Fi is $2 per day and was often difficult to sign on, and if you turned off computer you had to sign on again. Never could get Wi-Fi on IPad2. Some of roads are gravel/dirt and were very dusty. There is a very lovely view of Lake Huron and Mackinac Bridge. All in all we would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very large campground, some sites with nice water view, others on the lake. Site sizes are average, some roads a bit narrow. Lovely view of Mackinaw Bridge and Mackinaw Island. Only one trash area for entire park at entrance, so you have a long walk or have to drive your car to take out the trash. Definitely would stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a huge park with very nice, level gravel Very quiet and clean. We had a good check in experience except no one to guide you to your site. This is a huge RV park and a little overwhelming to a first time camper. We strongly suggest a guide or ranger to direct those persons visiting for the first time. We brought our grandchildren and were very impressed by the kid friendly atmosphere! Trash disposal was a little disappointing as they only have dumpsters at front of park- inconvenient. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped here for 3 nights. The kids enjoyed riding bikes and swimming. We are fairly new to camping, but the bathrooms seemed clean and well kept up. Our site was gravelly, but so did most of the sites we looked at. My biggest concerns were the mosquitoes and that we had to walk quite a ways to get water. All in all we enjoyed this campground and would camp here again. We camped here in a Tent.
We stayed here over the 4th of July weekend. It is a very nice campground 2 miles from Mackinaw City. The only issue we had were the directions to the site; it would be nice to have someone escort you to your site. We had a back in site which was very large and all gravel. Hookups were setup perfect. the campground is very large and big enough to take long walks or a nice bike ride. The beach area was OK, a bit murky due to the boat launch keeping the debris in the area. the other side of the launch is nicer, but with small rocks and some sandy areas and only ankle to knee deep. The store is well stocked and the arcade has just enough to keep kids busy. The pool was very nice and heated. The only negative is that the garbage is all the way up front, that is a long walk carrying a bag of garbage. a daily garbage pickup like other campgrounds have would be nice! All in all a nice place. If we ever make it back to the area we would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
If you are looking for a resort , this is NOT the place for you. Campground is huge. You have to be proficient at reading a map to find your site. It took us several tries and luckily a camper knew enough to direct us to our site. Sites are either grassy or gravel and dirt mix. Most people used a patio rug. We haven't used ours in years and luckily we had it in the compartment. The people are friendly and the site was large enough for our 35 footer and our Vue. There is a picnic table and fire pots are available. Don't worry about paying extra for the bridge view, it's not worth it in my opinion. As far as riding the bikes to town to take the ferry, yeah if you are a triathelete not a 60 something out of shape senior. This campground suited our needs as a central location to go to the island, north to the peninusula and even Sault St. Marie (50 miles). We are used to camping in the newer rv resorts, but since there are none around here we chose Mill Creek and it was just fine as our base camp. I would stay here again if coming to Mackinaw. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful park right on Lake Huron with a fantastic view of the Mackinac Bridge. The restrooms/showers are cleaned twice daily and are immaculate. The WiFi is good but costs $2 per 24-hour period (Tengo Internet). This park first opened in 1963 and has been added on to many times I'm sure. Unfortunately, they didn't add additional restrooms/showers throughout the park so it is a very long walk to get to them. This park has over 200 acres and is HUGE. Due to the large number of sites it is also very crowded with tons of walkers, bikers, and children running all over the place. Also there is no laundromat on site so you have to go downtown to do laundry. The biggest negative is that there's only one place to dump your trash which is by the front office. This is a nice park in a beautiful location--it's just too big. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is fairly nice. It is huge and I cant imagine what it would be like if it were full. We had a front row bridge view site. These sites are VERY tight. We could not put our awning out and neither could our friends who camped next to us. We ended up putting both vehicles on one site and both tables and our fire pan on the other site. The fire pan is about the size of a dinner plate and could hold maybe 2 logs. This is fine because if it were any bigger the RVs would be in danger. This campground has lots of potential because of the view, but greed got in the way. I personally would rather pay more for the view and have enough room to open my awning. The sites could have been staggered somewhat. The second row back had sites that were twice the size of the front row. Pets were well controlled, and there was a nice area along the lakefront that was grassy and unobstructed. The campground had a small pool, a nice camp store and plenty of roads to bike ride. The area is lovely, and if you go to the island, take your own bikes and enjoy the 8 mile ride around the island, It was the bet part of the week, but I don't think the price of the campground was worth the cramped conditions. I don't think we will return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We love this campground, had a great lakefront site. Big park, can be very busy. The staff is very accommodating. The new sites are very spacious, the older sites near the lake are very small. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We camped the week of June 26-July 2nd. We had front row site with bridge view. The sites were very tight. We could have our slide out but not our awning. I think the campground would do better to make 1 site for every 2 sites in that front row. They would have more satisfied customers if they offered a little more space. We camped with friends beside us and we put the vehicles on their lot and the picnic tables and fire dish on ours. We made do with the space the best we could. The upside is the view! It was beautiful! The entire lakefront area is open green space for all to enjoy. Everyone was very friendly, the kids loved the pool and we golfed several times at a great discount rate. All in all we had a great time in the area and we would return. We did check out the campground down the road: it was just as crowded with less amenities and a very small waterfront area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed at Mill Creek from Jun 28 to July 5 2011. This is a VERY LARGE CG, over 1,000 sites, close to Mackinaw City with transportation to Mackinaw Island. The town and Island are tourist oriented, beware of HUGE crowds during the summer. The park itself leaves much to be desired, if I were the owner I would half the number of back in sites and make them pull-throughs, but there would still not be adequate space at each site. I could have touched the slide of the site next to me while standing on my steps, well maybe not quite that close but there is very little "free" area between sites. The parking is terrible, if the park had to vacate due to an emergency it would be a nightmare, fortunately for us there was one site across from us that was vacant or I would not have been able to depart until the camper moved his truck. Don't get me wrong, if you just want to visit a couple days and do the tourist thing, OK, but be aware there is not much to each site. Also, everyone seems to want to light a fire and with the sites so close together the smoke is stiffing, as one fellow put it "camping here is like sitting in a parking lot on fire". We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground didn’t show up on our Garmin GPS but it showed up on our Microsoft Streets and Trips. It is a sprawling complex that allows all kinds of camping from in the woods (tents) to on the beach (trailers and motor homes). We opted for the beach site with a view of the Mackinaw Bridge. The view of the bridge sites are only 30 amp (maybe that’s the case throughout the campground) but ours does have water and sewer. Our 40’ MH once backed in allowed plenty of room for our toad. We weren’t too impressed with our check in as the directions to our site caused us to wander all over the place and we had to turn around to back into the site. Our neighbors reported the same problem. Recommend they escort campers to their site for the first time. Once set up, things were fine but the sites are a bit narrow. We couldn’t put out our main awning and there’s an extra fee for Wi-Fi. Our Verizon air card and cell phone worked well as did our rooftop satellite dish. For a campground of this magnitude they need to place quite a few more dumpsters for trash throughout the park. Hauling your garbage to the front entrance (usually a 3-5 minute bike ride or get into the car) doesn’t get it for us. They also do not have a Laundromat on site due to waste water restrictions. On the plus side, they offer 18 holes of golfing (white tees 6313 yds, blue 6807 ) for $10.00 including a cart AFTER 2PM. Very adequate and challenging course. Extra pax (the wife doesn’t golf, but likes to drive the cart ) is $5.00. Before 2PM is 15.00 per golfer. Can’t beat that. The course is 6.5 miles from the Campground. We used the Trailsend Kennel (231-436-7334) to board our two dogs while we went to Mackinaw Island. Cost $30.00 for both dogs in the same dog run. The trip to the island is a must if you have never been here. It’s a little over 7 miles across the water from our campsite. Bikes can be carried over on the ferry, dogs too. As this was our first time we opted for the carriage rides, hotel tour: the whole deal. Made for a fun day away from the camp. There is plenty of space to walk the dogs and having bikes in the campground is a plus. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Not extremely busy during our stay, early in the season. Facilities are extremely clean and well-kept, right down to designated bins to dispose of ashes. Some of the RV sites are narrow and surrounded by wooden posts; good solid gravel bases--our site was very level and utilities worked great. Wi-Fi accessible at our site in Loop #9, but we didn't use it. The wide-open grassy area between the numbered loops and Lake Huron is GREAT--lets everyone have access to the shore and views of the islands and Mackinac Bridge. Drawback: flush toilets in ONE building near pool, showers in that building and a second one next door (but no toilets in that building). The bathrooms are spotless, and the primitive toilets are too (even vented with fans to prevent smell). Roads are narrow with many turns. The nice things outweigh the drawbacks. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Mistakenly thought that the campground offered pull-through sites, but it did not. While it was nice for the staff to try to guide my husband as he backed into the rather narrow site, they did not seem to have an understanding how to assist in a helpful manner. Still we finally managed to get into the site and get settled. There is supposedly free Wi-Fi but the signal was too weak for us to use it. I think the park would be much nicer in the summer than it was when we were here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed 4 nights with a perfect view of the lake. Our site was be enough for our 32 foot travel trailer and truck. Some of the sites close to us, were not all that big. Some of the campers had problems getting everything on their lot. The full hook ups on our site worked good. We faced the lake which was great but had to be careful about using our awning. The wind coming off the lake was kind of strong. While we were here, a pretty strong storm came in, the wind was bad, it rained 4-1/2 inches. The campground had good drainage, not much water standing around were we were. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Entrance into the campground has a flower pot and a sign to squeeze through, most roads have lots of curves but we had no trouble in our 37' motorhome. There is only one set of showers and bathrooms located in the middle of this huge park, all other bathrooms scattered around are outhouses with no water to wash your hands. Overall, the camp was very pretty, nice view, not as close to the bridge as pictures show, but nice view of lake. We experienced a very heavy rain one of our 2 nights, water was standing in some areas. I would stay again, even if cost was a little high for service received. Our TV only picked up a few channels, we could not get satellite coverage. The one big thing I did not like was no trash cans were available throughout the park, only one as you leave the campground, a long way from most of the campers. No where provided to put doggie waste that must be picked up. Dogs are not allowed in some grass areas, must keep them on the pavement? We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rate reflects Good Sam discount. First site was not one we were happy with, strong sewer odor constantly. Second day we asked to be moved and were accommodated, new site was much better. We were three slots off the water with a great view of Lake Huron and the bridge. Every time we visited the public bathrooms, they were being cleaned. Young kids working the store and they were more intent on entertaining each other than taking care of business. The park was clean, huge, easy to maneuver around once we learned the short-cuts in and out otherwise there were some very narrow turns, corners and trees to work around. Talked with several campers that have been coming here for years, they wouldn't think of going anyplace else. We enjoyed this campground immensely, so much to do in the area. We stayed for four nights and couldn't get everything done we hoped to do. We would definitely return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We moved after our first nights stay to a nice large 50x70 site that views the lake with full hookups including 50 amp. The lake shore sites have no sewer, but one row back does. We are on site 698, it has been great so we extended for a week. Our site was nice grass on hardpack, making a clean and level site. This is a very clean and well kept park and most roads at camp sites are paved. There is a nice swimming beach, pool, and tons for kids to do. The road in the park is a little strange, very confusing but OK once you get to your site. The Wi-Fi is a paid site at $4.00 a day. Now that I know the park, I would come back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a huge campground. The sites were very close to each other and the roads were fairly narrow. We had to ask a camper to move his vehicle so we could maneuver our 33' rig into our site. Pets were not allowed on the grass along the lake shore, which we found somewhat prohibitive. There was only one garbage dump site and that was at the entrance to the park, which was a long way from our site. The park has a beautiful view of the Mackinac Bridge as well as of the straits. When we were there the cg was packed solid and it felt like it! We did enjoy exploring the surrounding areas. Warning: it takes longer to pass thru customs if you go to/from SooStMarie, Ontario than it does to actually drive up there! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great camping location to see all the sites in the area. We had a great time at this beautiful campground. The sites were a little close together but the views are worth it. Very friendly and helpful staff. We would recommend camping here to everyone. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This place has the feel of the 1960s, and I mean that in a positive way, a lot of families with kids running around having fun, feeling safe. Our site was nice, it was on the end of a street with a clear view of the bridge. Some of the amenities were older but maintained. Some of the things that other folks might complain about like: paying for extended use of WiFi, curtain type showers, or even the smaller pool (which our whole family enjoyed). If you want a great family experience this is the place for you. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Rate includes Good Sam discount. Big rigs stay away from this campground. In 5 years of fulltiming this campground would be in the top five of being "user unfriendly." What a mess. Of course, they are listed as "big rig friendly" in the books and on their website and I have to say our site was nice, but fairly narrow. However, going in they have metal road signs on stands in the roadway and you have to wind your way around them. All traffic going to the west side of the campground (which is where the big rig sites are) must enter and exit on the same road and the approaches and the turn itself are not much wider than one lane, so you must sit and wait. As we approached the turn we notice a large semi truck waiting to come out, after supplying the camp store. We couldn't turn and neither could he, so we drove on and used the map to get ourselves around the roads and headed back the right direction. We were back in an older section with very tight turns and two way traffic on one lane roads. We finally ended up back where we were to take a turn and went the wrong direction and drove right back out of the park on the roads we were supposed to be going in the opposite direction! There is no where to turn around. We drove three miles back down the road to turn around and then drove back into the camp. This time a large 45-foot motorhome was coming out. We both squeaked by each other and we finally made the turn and got back into our camp. This park needs to have one way roads for access or the owner needs to fire up a bulldozer, knock down some trees and widen some turns. There is an exit to the highway from the area we were parked in, but it has a cable across it. How about an exit-only gate to route the traffic out of this mess. Also we were told our site was "satellite friendly", it wasn't. Access to the propane fill station is as bad as the roads in, so we didn't fill. Glad we stayed one night only, that's enough of this park for us from now on, we will not be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
BIG RIGS stay away from this campground! What a mess. Of course, they are listed as "big rig friendly" in the books and their website, and I have to say our site was nice. HOWEVER, going in they have metal road signs on stands in the roadway: you have to wind your way around them. All traffic going to the west side of the campground (which is where the big rig sites are) must enter AND exit on the same road, and the approaches and the turn itself, are not much wider than one lane in dense trees. So you must sit and wait. As we approached the turn we notice a large semi truck waiting to come out, it been to the camp store we guessed. We couldn't turn and neither could he, so we drove on and used the map to get ourselves around the roads and headed back the right direction. We were back in an older section with very tight turns and two way traffic, on one lane roads. We finally ended up back where we were to take a turn and went the wrong direction and drove right back out of the park on the roads we were supposed to be going in the opposite direction! There was no where to turn around. We drove three miles back down the road to turn around and then drove back into the camp. This time a large 45-foot motorhome with a car in tow was coming out. We both squeaked by each other and we finally made the turn and got back into our camp. We met 5 more RVs getting to our campsite. We got parked without a problem once we got to our site. The site we were assigned to, was to be open to the SW sky for satellite TV and internet service. Wrong on the TV. The owner of this place needs to designate some roads one way and cut down some trees at major intersections. Would we go back: no way. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Always pros and cons depending on your needs. Park is huge. RV sites are close to each other offering little privacy. Major park roads paved with gravel/grass sites. Lake and bridge view excellent (get a lake view site if you can). Kid's paradise. Many bikers (two-wheel kind). Three miles from downtown, so you need transportation. Drawback: there is no place to deposit trash; you had to carry your own trash to the main entrance, where the only available dumpsters were (long trip). Really inconvenient. Camp store had good selection of food and camping items including beer, wine and hard liquor (which was a surprise considering the family environment). Another drawback was no laundry facilities; had to do laundry in town. Overall, good stay (4 days) in a great, scenic area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This will be my 30th year in a row staying here! I'm 32 now! I love this place, still come here every single summer with my family. There is nothing I can say bad about this place! We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Start with the good: it has nice playgrounds, clean sites and a beautiful view from the lake. Then the rest of the story. This is a racket out to make money: push button showers w/o hot-cold control, beach too shallow to swim in and rocky, fire rings are the size of a pie tin, pool was over crowded as were the streets and sites, office staff was not friendly or accommodating in the least. Don't plan on using the Wi-Fi even though you have to pay for it, worse than dial up. We only stayed for 2 nights and were so thankful that our diving in the Straights made up for the bad camp experience. Changing our August plans to a different campground in the area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
First the positives... The campground was well kept and the playgrounds were nice. Yeah, that's about it. This is about the worst camping experience I have ever had. The staff is entirely unaccommodating, the small pool was overcrowded, the showers were clean but use one button to push for a 30 second or so shower with no way to adjust the water temp.(If I want that on/off shower I'll use my camper) Curtains, not walls, were the dividers in the showers as well. There wasn't even any soap at the sinks in the shower houses which, by the way, are separate from the bathrooms. Some sites seem nice and wooded but ours was very small in sardine row. They require you to have fires in very small pans (about 12 or 18" diameter). Everything about the place said they were doing it to maximize the revenue. The beach looked sandy but the bottom was covered with rocks and didn't even make it to waist deep by buoys. We had reservations there for later on in the year but will be canceling them and finding someplace else to stay. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed on a w/e site. This was one row over from the lake and had a view of the lake. The spot was narrow and I could either put my slide out or awning, not both. Since we only had w/e I usually use the camp showers, these were about 3/4 of a mile away, making them very inconvenient. There was a charge for the Wi-Fi. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Asked for "lake front", when I made phone reservations. No lake front, but there's a slot one site off. So I say: "Fine, but I've camped there once before, just so long as you don't shoehorn me in to a tiny site, I'd like a little bit of real estate." "Fine," she says. "This site is a larger one." Now, my storage yard has a 12' right of way, and my slot is 12' wide. There's a box truck on one side, and a Jayco on the other. I can back my rig into this spot with no problems. So when I finally arrived at my reserved spot and saw the available room, I was annoyed, to say the least. Negotiating this site was going to be very difficult. Went all the way back up to office. "Nope, nothing else available." Had to ask the neighbors across the road, to move their tow vehicle, then grease my trailer down, just to get it into the slot. Pros: There are none. Cons: $2/night charge per child. TINY sites. Cramped. Expensive. Dishonest reservation taker. If you're into sardine can camping, you'll probably be "OK" with this place. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We got lost on the way and it was storming, so we asked for a cabin when we called for directions (we had planned to tent camp). The cabin they gave us was directly across from the camp store, so there was a lot of traffic. The cabin was clean, warm and dry, with one set of bunks and one pyramid bed. We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
Very large park. Lots of trees if you want to use your satellite. Quiet overall. We were there for only one night, so do not know a lot about the place. It was cool, so did not use the pool. It is easy to find from I-75. We would stay with them again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you like large, crowded campgrounds then this is the one for you. Our site was in from the lake view, and we had the privilage of being next to not 1 but 2 slobs. They left stuff all around their sites and were loud when they were here. Wi-fi is private and cost more than I wanted to pay for 3 days: $20? We did get a few TV stations on the digital receiver. We used this campground to access Mackinaw Island and the surrounding historic sites. This place is so large that you can do a nice hike or bike ride. We would not stay here again: too large and impersonal. Cheap price for a site and they give you free golf at their golf course, a big plus for cheap golf. Didn't have a chance to play, to rate the course. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was our first stay in this sprawling CG on the lake shore. The property has a lot of shoreline with some lake/bridge view sites. We had a bridge view site which was just so-so in that department. This CG is pretty basic. The sites in our area are narrow and not very deep so it is very cozy camping. They do have some more desirable, roomier sites available. The 30A electric was stable. I would only stay here again as an over nighter. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great location with great views if you get a lake and/or bridge view site. The rate reflects the Escapee discount. The less than friendly staff and gravel sites keep it from rating a 10. We would stay here again if in the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
First impression oftentimes taint what is to follow and that is the case here. I was a bit put off with having a $3 reservation fee imposed on me and the off handed handling of the reservation. But after I got there I found this to be a nice campground that was close to closing up for the season. This is a VERY LARGE campground and there was probably only 30 of us staying there. There are many walking trails and a path that goes some 12 miles to Cheboygan should you be so inclined. The main shower area was closed up for the season and the bathrooms were rustic to say the least. Probably would not call to make a reservation next time. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have stayed at Mackinaw Mill Creek for 8 years in a row over the Labor Day holiday weekend. This is when the park is filled to the MAX!!! Even with this many people at the park we always have an enjoyable stay and look forward to going back each year. It is very close to Machinaw City and the docks for taking the ferry to historic Machinaw Island. The park has breathtaking views of the Mackinaw bridge from many of the sites. The camp store has pretty much everything you would need and even had local Michigan only wine for sale. This is such a large RV park that the wireless wifi is still not in all areas. Wi-fi is not free so it didn’t matter to us. The only bad thing we have experienced each year is the long lines at the dump station when everybody is trying to leave after walking the Mackinaw Bridge. The two dump spots fill up quickly and there is a pool of black water. We leave and dump on the way home at a truck stop at I-75 and I-127. They have a nice dump station there. I would highly recommend the Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground no matter what time of year you go. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A huge park you could get lost in without a map. The section we were in has unpaved roads and can get dusty but paving is in the plans. Wi-Fi costs, which seems a bit much at the price of a site. Free shuttle to town for one of the ferries to Mackinac Island. Sites near the lakefront are pretty close together but have great views of Lake Huron. A nice park but there are cheaper alternatives. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a famous campground and everybody should stay here at least once. We did. We had a great waterfront site with a view of the bridge. The sites were very tight for slides as there were hedges. I am sure it was designed prior to slides and 50 amp service. The check lady was a little abrupt bordering on rude, but that can happen anywhere. We were there as the season was winding down and there was not a lot of activity. There are no on site sewers. Signage leading out was poor and we saw several motorhomes wandering around looking to leave. Coming back at night, it was easy to get lost as it is huge. I would spend the extra $5 to get lakefront. All in all it was a good experience. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a wonderful campground! We got a lake-front spot and thoroughly enjoyed our two nights here. We have to have Wi-Fi because we home-school and work from our RV. Although you have to pay for the service, it worked flawlessly and met our needs. The employees were professional and courteous. You could not beat the view. The only negative was the tight campspots. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park had nothing much to offer. Dirt roads, no level pads, no cable. Sewer hook up was so/so, not the best. You could take a short walk to the water front which was beautiful but we could not see the water from our location. Staff not so friendly. Probably would not recommend this place unless no where else to go. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a big facility and an excellent park. It is a clean and well maintained. There are a variety of sites. There are sites with a spectacular view of the bridge although these are limited in number. We had a site on the water (#145) that was not bridge-view, but looked out at the straits and Mackinac Island. These are water and electricity only sites with a dump located quite convenient in or out. Our site was large and grassy although some of the sites are gravel. Internet is pay-for, but with excellent reception. After having a lot of experience, “free internet” is sometimes suspect. I’d rather pay for reliable, fast internet separately from the campsite fee. The shower facilities were limited but with plenty of hot water and good pressure. It’s about 3 convenient miles from Mackinaw City, with a dedicated bike path to downtown if you are so inclined. This same path goes 60 miles in the opposite direction, through Cheboygan (14 miles) and beyond. Great riding. We hope to return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We had a great site with a bridge view. For a large park, we didn't have the feeling that we were camping with 800 other families. There is easy access to the bike trail, we were able to ride our bikes to Macinaw City, catch the ferry to the Island, and rode our bicycles around the perimeter of the Island. We have done this trip several times, we recommend that if you are not an experienced biker, or if you have small children, you may be better off driving in to town. The biking on the Island can be long, uphill, challenging, and at times congested. However, it will be the most beautiful bike ride you have ever taken! We have rented a horse and buggy on previous trips, and found that to be an enjoyable way to tour the Island. We have camped here 3 times, we hope to return and highly recommend it! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was a nice campground located about 3 miles from the center of town. Our site was somewhat shaded with a great view of the Mackinac Bridge and Island. Sites were level with good drainage. WI-Fi is NomadISP and was $5 for a 24 hour period. The staff was friendly and helpful. The campground allows pets, but they request you keep your pet off of the grass. How many pets use the bathroom on pavement? Not mine, so we pick up after them. We found a great pizza restaurant in town called Mancino's. Very tasty and not pricey like restaurants on Mackinac Island. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We loved this park. We camped here over the July 4th weekend and could watch the fireworks from the campground beach. The views and location were terrific. Sites were narrow, but the view made up for it. Our only complaint would be that there was only 1 bathhouse for such a large campground. Staff were friendly and helpful. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was an interesting campground. It is very large but very nice. It was quiet, no problems with rowdy campers. The pool was nice and the camp store was adequate. They do offer discounts to the StarLine ferry to the island. I never saw allot of security or staff on the premises. I wasn't sure if I wanted this campground or Wilderness State Park and I was glad that we picked this campground. Tons of trees and adequate privacy/shade in the large rv section. The waterfront sites were super tight, more than I would prefer. Beware of tent/pop-up camping--no bathrooms except a main shower house in the middle of the property. We have discovered that we really enjoy Michigan and hope to visit again soon. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice campground. Located about 2.5 miles out of the center of activity around town. Wooded, but the trees were not so dense to prevent satellite receptions. No cable TV, so satellite is the only TV unless you are DTV ready. Not the campgrounds fault, but this has to be the coldest June I have ever experienced! They were in the process of repairing the road in our section so unless you were fond of oil on the carpet, you left the shoes outside. The positive side of this is that it made it easier to find your campsite in this very large campground. Sites are level and good drainage with all the lake sand and gravel. WIFi was down for the first 4 days of our stay then came up. WiFi is NomadISP and is a bit expensive. For being the end of June, the place was surprisingly sparsely occupied. Get a site near the lake, they have a wonderful view of the bridge, but not 50A AC. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very large park. Level sites. Get one on the water if you want to see anything. Shuttle service to ferry to Mackinac Is. Very convenient. Wifi was down while we were there. Closest pizza place to outside of park had great pizza and they delivered to the front entrance. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a huge RV Park that caters to both RVers and Campers. Lots of trees but also open sites. It's close enough to town for easy access. The view of the bridge is good. I would stay here again although it's very expensive. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Despite reading several negative reviews, our experience was outstanding. This was probably because we stayed during the "off" season. The sites are very close together, however, all were vacant around us. In fact, only a handful of the sites in the park were occupied. It was quiet and the park was well maintained. The view of the bridge is breathtaking: especially at night. The campground is only a couple of minutes from downtown Mackinac City. Again, if you looking for a peaceful stay, go after Labor Day. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The sites are small but the view pays back. Get a site on the lake. We had no sewer but the dumping station was ok. It was a little noisy at times but overall we would come back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very large campground that feels like it's run by a corporation. There are many cabins as well as RV and tent sites. Even though it's big, the section we were in offered a fair amount of privacy and quiet. We were in the section that can access satellite TV, so we didn't have a direct view of the lake (Huron). That's OK, though, because it looked pretty crowded along the lake. It was an easy walk to get to the lake, so it was just right for us. From the lake shore, there is a nice view of Mackinac Bridge and Island. The water had a bad smell and was off color, so we tried not to use it. The sites were mainly gravel and fairly level. The office staff was a little stand-offish at first, but when I needed to talk to them several times about some mail I was expecting, they were very friendly and helpful. The dumpsters are located at the entrance to the park, so you must carry it out when you leave. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here for the 2008 summer season. This is a very well run family owned campground. The owners are very hard workers and are constantly making updates to the camp sites and cabins. The cabins are absolutely beautiful and very well maintained. The website has a lot of information about the local area and things to do. The store is beautiful and well stocked employees are very friendly. The RV sites are level and clean. You must be able to get along with your neighbor, because of the closeness of the sites. The staff had people on duty constantly and any problems that are reported are taken care of immediately. I would stay here again, I just wish the season was longer. It is so beautiful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We really enjoyed this campground. We traveled with three other big rigs. In order for all of our rigs to have full hookups we were off the waterfront; however, we had a short walk to the water that had a wonderful view. Overall the park is very well kept. The sites we were on could have used some attention to the foliage. We stayed here three nights and would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This place is well run and clean. We paid extra for a large 50 amp site, and it was worth it. Some of the sites can be claustrophobic ,and when there are a lot of kids in the campground they can also be noisy. You pay extra for Wi-Fi, and it is poor at best. It works O.K.,but their fair use policy is so tight that even a good sized email will slow to an absolute crawl. Most of the restaurants in town have Wi-Fi so unless you just have to have it take your laptop to town. We will stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have been staying at this campground for more than 5 years. Needless to say, we enjoy it. We like the "camping atmosphere" that is has. I enjoy being able to take my family for walks/bike rides on the paved roads and still be able to take a nature walk and/or jog on their multiple natural paths. We love to be able to wake up in the morning and look out at the Mackinaw Bridge and Mackinac Island, and be so close that running into historic Mackinaw City is very easy. We have stayed in full hookup sites and Water/Electric. Both are very nice. There is no honey wagon service, but we have the "blue tank" which is easy to bring to their well maintained dumping station. Many sites are separated by trees and/or shrubs like arbor vitaes. This is nice for a little seclusion and privacy from neighboring campsites. Some sites are a little narrow, but that is an acceptable trade off. In other words, I would rather sacrifice a little space for privacy to looking into your neighbors windows and vice-versa. I love taking walks in the evening and see all the different campsites, campers, tents, motor homes, etc. The kids love the playground (there are a few of them, but they like the main one best). They like the original playground equipment that the owner's father built. It is a safe playground and we feel safe allowing our children to play there. The nostalgic firetruck that gives rides every night for the children is a great idea and the kids love it. The pool is nice but could use a supervisor if not a lifeguard. We have experienced excessive horseplay there that for some reason some parents allow. The beach is nice, but could be a little larger (since the campground owns 1 mile of lake front) and could be slightly better maintained. Our kids love it though! One of the things we like most is the large amount of grassy lake front that is common ground for all to enjoy. This is an area where you can sunbathe, relax in front of the lake, play ladder golf, washers, etc., and even enjoy the lighted bridge after dusk. So far, we haven't had much to complain about here. If you stay during off season though, be prepared for less. The camp store is closed as well as the arcade. There are also no bike rentals during off season. Over all, this is a very nice campground. Don't expect an RV resort when you come here, just good old fashioned camping at it's best. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great week at Mackinaw City Mill Creek. Hard not to like this campground with the lake right out your door. Staff was great and plentiful to help you out and keep the grounds clean. Only thing it could use is more modern bathrooms and facilities. A very large campground with limited facilities. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
What an experience in this campground. And it is definitely a campground, not an RV resort. There are tents everywhere with towels and swimming suits hanging on makeshift clotheslines. It’s full of kids and dogs and it is unbelievably noisy most of the time. The roads are narrow and the sites close together. The rear of our coach was barely three feet away from our neighbors and there was barely space on either side to open our slides. Big wooden posts that are meant to define this narrow space were a real hindrance for backing in. Close living: Kids ran and biked across sites, over hoses and under windows. Our neighbors had electrical problems one night and conversed below our bedroom window well after midnight, shining flashlights in all directions and talking in loud voices. Dogs: Although there were strictly stated rules on the checkin brochure, we had barking dogs on every side. Occasionally, someone would shout to the dog, which was a bigger intrusion than the barking. Some dogs barked off and on all night long. Firepits: Fires are allowed in designated firepits, which guests can move wherever they want. Firewood must be purchased only from the park. A layer of smoke permeated the entire campground much of the time. The two units on our right also smoked an illeagal substance each night around their campfire. Security: There was none. I never saw any monitoring of the campground to provide security or to remind campers about the rules. I felt anything on the coach could be taken or damaged without anyone ever noticing. Garbage: Although there were frequent cans in which to deposit ashes from the omnipresent campfires, one had to drive a mile to the front of the park to deposit garbage in the proper area. Water pressure at our site was generally a trickle. Too many waterlines and too many people. Quiet hours: They were stated, 10 p.m. until 7 a.m., and they were totally ignored and certainly not enforced. Would I return? Never, never, never. It is overpriced, oversubscribed and undersupported. It is rustic if not outright primitive. The only thing it has going for it is a beautiful view of the Straits and proximity to all the Mackinac attractions. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an old park and need lots of updating. Playground equipment for the kids is the old metal stuff. The sites were very small and tight. Wi-Fi was not free, but signal strength was great. Staff was friendly, but there was garbage lying around in a few areas. Our lot faced the lake so the view was great. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The sites are very small (narrow). I don't think I could have put the awning out. Water pressure is very low (have pressure gauge} 40 psi direct out of faucet. Would I stay here again? NO!! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
My family has been staying at Mill Creek Campground for a number of years. It's only a few miles from downtown, but it's far enough away from the hustle and bustle that we can relax there without being in the middle of downtown. Actually they expanded a lot of the sites last year, so there are bigger sites for RVs now and they upped the electric, too. It's been really busy on the fourth of July before, but other times we have stayed there when it wasn't a holiday, it wasn't too bad. They always seem to be upgrading stuff, last year they added Wi-Fi coverage, so I was able to get the laptop online. They even remodeled the shower buildings, which are really nice now. We even got free use of the driving range at their new golf course a few miles away. I would recommend this place any day. We'll keep going back, the family that owns/runs the place is really nice and that's number one in my book. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very narrow sites. Site situated across road from lake shore. Great view. Had a family emergency, needed to leave 3 nights early- wouldn't give me any kind of refund. Would not stay here again. Made plans for Straits State Park over the bridge We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Yes the park is crowded, but not that bad. We stayed in lot 102 so it may have helped that we were near the roadway and didn't have other campers in the way. Never had to wait to use a shower, nice water pressure. Only thing I wasn't fond of was the small fire pans. Never could get a decent fire going in that small pan. Probably meant for it to be that way, but I'm happy I wasn't planning on cooking over the fire or I would have had to find another way to eat. I would visit again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We returned to this park this year after a number of years without visiting. We stayed in one of the new "large" 50 A FHU sites. I must say that this park has gotten too big for their own good. The park has more than doubled in overall size but the support facilities have remained the same. From where our campsite was to the nearest (only) shower house it was at least 3/4 of a mile! The new sites will be nice some day when the grass starts growing. Right now they are all gravel. the "large" sites were larger than the standard full hookup site but the location was well away from the lake. Since the "large" sites command a premium price tag they should be located closer to the lake. Also with 800 plus sites the narrow twisty access roads have outlived their usefulness and are in dire need of re-design. Hopefully they will get their act together. We will visit again, but it won't be for a few years. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is huge! Our original reservations were for their deluxe 50 amp sites which were new in 2007. In our area there were no trees or shade of any kind. Our leveling jacks on our motorhome sunk 8-10 inches into the sand/gravel/dirt. These "premium" sights were very far away from the lake, pool, store, etc. Finally after leveling and realizing we were sinking, we went back to the office and asked to be relocated. They moved us to a 30 amp site that was close to the lake. These sites were extremely tight for our motorhome and we were unable to use our awning because of the close proximity of our neighbor. The people were very friendly and tried to be helpful. At least at the 30 amp site we weren't sinking. We would probably try to stay somewhere else on our next visit to Mackinaw. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Lots of potential in this campground, but they need to condense the lakefront sites and make them twice the size that they are now. We had a wonderful view of Lake Huron but could almost reach out and touch our neighbor's camper. We did alot of sightseeing when we stayed at the campground and the location is great for many things like taking the ferry over to Mackinac Island which is a "must do". The sites are just not big enough to accommodate the size of campers today. I wouldn't write the campground off but I do think there are some significant updates that need to be done -- mainly being the size of the sites. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Got back a few days ago from the Mackinaw City area and Mackinaw Mill Campground. For those of you that are wondering what the new extra large full hookup sites are like, as I was after hearing all the complaints about the regular size full hookups, they are not bad. Our site was right across the road from the full hookups that are by the lake. They have a lot more room than the sites right by the lake. And yes, the ones right by the lake are tight, but I have seen other campgrounds with just as tight of sites so their's is not all that highly unusual. It also appears they are also adding even more of the large sites further back into the campground. Lot of clearing of land going on and you can see the rough hookups of sewer, electric, and water they are installing. Looks like a lot of improvements are going on there. As far as the rest of the campground go's, it's a pretty nice place. It's clean and well kept. Nice pool, although we did not swim as it was fairly cool for the middle of July in the 60's and 70's. Not a bad rec room with several pool tables and a lot of vintage video games. Also a nice bike ride into town as there is a bike path. And yes the view of the bridge it great. I would stay there again if I ever returned to that area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park was huge and the sites were very close together. The view of the bridge was awesome and there was a lot for the family to do. The pool facility was great! We had an excellent time and would return to this campground. Bring bikes, it is the only way to get around in a timely fashion. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a very large park close to the city of Mackinaw. There are allot of things to see and do close by, however the park is very tight. They have put too many camping sites in the park and on most sites you are not even able to open your awning. I did not like how cramped the park felt and the fire pans they give you to have your campfire in were not even big enough to put a whole piece of wood in. My back was against the next sites car in my lawn chair. I would not go back. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
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. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
The campground is well cared for, staff is friendly and helpful. Even if you don't have a site facing Lake Huron, there is a grassy lawn along most of the lake and spectacular sunsets can be seen. We were in Row 4 about the middle of the street and we often could see the lake and Mackinac Island from our rig. We could ride our bikes to Mackinaw City (3 miles of easy biking) and could ride our bikes to Historic Mill Creek which was about one mile away. Only negative is that many sites are too narrow We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Huge park, we stayed last week in May so not very crowed yet. Everything clean. Sites are close together. If you get one on the end of the row facing lake very nice. Great view. We would stay again off season. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Lovely campground. Lots of activities in the camp. We camp here every year to walk the Mackinaw Bridge (the campground provides shuttle service) and have never been disappointed. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
30' wide site with picnic table and campfire dish. Roads are paved but sites are gravel. Includes arcade, internet cafe, playgrounds and cabins. There is no laundry. Awesome view of the Straits of Mackinaw. Beautiful landscaping and excellent maintenance. You must purchase firewood from the resort. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Lakefront sites are beautiful and reasonably priced, but a little tight width-wise. If you want lakefront, ask for site #609 -- it's huge. Some areas are sunny and some are shady. WiFi is not free but it's pretty cheap if you go for more than one day. Lots of kids around, but it's quiet at night. The staff is much in evidence and they come around to clean up after each site is vacated. Would definitely camp here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a third rate park in a million dollar location. The park is grossly underpowered with only 20 and 30 amp sites and, even though the park is heavily treed and most satellite systems won't work here, management refuses to install cable TV (you can only get three or four channels on your antenna here). Wi-fi is ridiculously expensive in those few sites where you can get it. This park was built when an 18 foot motorhome was a behemoth, and it hasn't been upgraded or improved since. A shame that someone has a park with such potential but won't improve it. Stay somewhere else. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very large campground. Some sites heavily wooded and others with a direct view of Lake Huron. Very close to all the tourist spots in downtown Mackinaw City including ferry access to Mackinac Island. Sites for larger rigs near the lakefront are very small but what a great view. Nice long lawn area to take a lawn chair or fly a kite. We wanted to have a campfire: but would not consider it as we did not feel it would be safe being so close to our neighbors. Neither the store or the internet cafe was open during our stay. We assume these amenities were not available after Labor Day, however the rates remained the same. It was very quiet during the day and at night. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Huge campground with tremendous variety of sites. Our experience was quite different than the last reviewer's - probably due to our location. If I was rating the full hookup section (bridgeview area) I'd probably give it a 6 due to the small size of the sites and the lack of shade. We were happy to be in the older section near the pool, bath house, store, and gameroom. This section has plenty of shade trees, nice size sites, with water and electric hookups only - it might be worthwhile to skip the sewer hookup to camp here. There is another more densely wooded area with lots of privacy but too much road noise for us (section nearest entrance and office). The only thing better than the view and watching the moon rise over the water each night was our fellow campers! This came as a pleasant surprise especially considering the amount of alcohol available for purchase in the store. We stayed from a Friday-Tuesday in late August and were surrounded by families and retired couples - no partiers! Less than 5 minutes to Mackinaw City and ferries to Mackinac Island. Only complaint were the showers - clean, yes - but need to be reconfigured. Curtains separating stalls instead of walls, no way to adjust water temperature (too hot), and shower heads that keep timing out. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Excellent campground with beautiful views of the Mackinaw Bridge. Landscaped lakefront park with park benches. Sites were tight together, but view was worth it. The tent sites have great shade and privacy while the full hook up sites are not as private. Exceptional cabins available for non-campers. I really liked this park even with tight spacing. We camped here in a Motorhome.
After our first visit with a small Motorcoach I said that I would never return-600 campsites and one bathhouse, are you kidding me!? Now we have a 36' 5th wheel and believe or not, we went back (I mention how big our fiver is here for those who have stayed their before-it is a true test of your camper parking abilities like no other place, wouldn't you agree?). Why did we return? Location, location, location! Forgive them for their shortcomings (extremely cramped sites and horrible amenities)-full hook up is the only way to go here. It is the best place in the Mackinaw area-which is a beautiful area! During the 4th of July, you can sit on the Lake Huron shoreline and watch the fireworks going on at Mackinaw City, Mackinaw Island and St. Ignace in one sitting. Add the view of a lighted Mackinaw bridge into all of that and it is truly breathtaking. They probably won't ever improve their sites-they are not lacking customers because it is a great location and probably don't feel the need to change what they have. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Although they list "600 sites with lake view," there are sites numbered in the 900's, you do need to stroll for a lake view. All the sites are very tight, to the extent of our awning being 4 feet from our neighbor's slide outs, and being within 10 feet of their trailer. Limited privacy because of congestion. Very crowded park, and due to the number of people one must be extremely cautious when riding bikes with children. The vent stacks from the full hookup sewers produced a horrible smell which was hard to get away from. We couldn't have a fire due to the site size and the danger of it burning our trailer or truck. Rules were set out for speed limits in the park and no dogs on common areas or beach, but not enforced. Pool definitely did not feel heated. The store is pricey and sells hard liquor, which loud patrons took advantage of. We needed to leave the campground to enjoy some peace, and would never return to this site again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We paid extra for a water front site only to find out that there is no beach just slippery moss cover rocks. We took the grand kids to the pool only to find about 30 unsupervised kids running, diving and jumping around, of course they had three signs up prohibiting all of these things and also stating that no one under 16 was allowed in the pool without an adult present. Well there were no parents and no one from the park to enforce the rules. The bathrooms and showers are few and far between (this is a very big park) it would have been at least a ten minute walk to the shower house. The sites were very small, when the people next to us made a fire I had to move our car to keep the flames from it. When we first pulled into the park there were tons of employees there to tell use where to park and where to go to register, but other then the front gate I don't recall seeing another employee anywhere in the park. As we drove through the park we notice numerous sites where the picnic tables were covered with empty beer and wine bottles, it was quiet in our area but I don't see how it could have been in these areas. We would not camp here again. (5 years full timing) We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is beautiful. We had a site right on the water and we could see Mackinaw Island. The facilities were clean and the campground was very family friendly. We loved it. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 8 / 10 ]
WE stayed on the Water, great view. Sites are very small but the view of the Mackinaw
bridge is great!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 7 / 10 ]
Lots of stuff to do in area and overall a nice campground. Some sites are smaller than others with full hookup sites close together. Campground grounds are well maintained. Although dates of operation were listd as May 1 to October 31,we visited in September after Labor Day and found the store and area for modem was locked tight even though lots of campers still head to this area and were camping here. Also there was only 1 bathroom area still open with 2 showers and 4 stools for entire park. They are now charging an extra $4 nightly for waterfront lots which they hadn't done on prior visits We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 8 / 10 ]
Very large campground, on the shore of Lake Huron. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 7 / 10 ]
Very large campground, not the largest campsite. Lots to do for everyone and the staff was very friendly! Great view of Mackinaw Island and of the Big Mac bridge! Lots of people it was quiet after 10pm! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 9 / 10 ]
This is a very good park. We unhooked our tow upon arrival in town and looked at the
other area campgrounds and decided to stay here. They have nice sites and are very clean. It was quiet at night and some sites are across from the lake with a nice view of the lake and bridge. I would definitely stay here again. The management said sewer hookups had been approved by the city and would be installed next year. I believe it is a little expensive though for only water and electric hookups at present. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 8 / 10 ]
Overall this is a very nice campground. The campground was well maintained with mostly paved roads The sites really vary. Some are quite large and are under tall trees, some are small and out in the open. Sites with tall trees are closer to the highway but the road noise was very minimal. The full hook ups near the lake are more like a little village with a little shade. It was mostly families or older couples. The lake view is great but there isn't much for beach because Lake Huron is rocky and cold. They don't let you reserve a particular site so be very clear about what type of site you like and what you do or don't want to be near. We didn't like the site they assigned to us but they were quite gracious about letting us switch. The staff were very friendly. We had a nice large site under the trees but we discovered the skeeters were worse here than the open sites near the lake. If we returned, we would stay near the lake. The showers and bathrooms were kept very clean but the water was barely lukewarm for showers. This was our only complaint, otherwise we would return. Very reasonably priced. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
[ 9 / 10 ]
This is a wonderful campground. Close to everything. Many of the sites have a view of Mackinaw bridge. The only down side I can say is the full hookup sites are small. When we were there my pop out touched the awning of the neighbor. There is a lot of common areas to use. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Pictures on their website are not realistic as the campsites are close! For example, beach was small and weedy, more weeds than sand. Water pressure was so low that we could not shower. We were there on Labor Day weekend and every possible space for a campsite was used. If the park is not crowded it would probably be much better. On the plus side: close to Mackinac City and the hosts were pleasant. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here for two nights and although its certainly not a great park, it was pleasant and friendly. There were 30 amp hookups with water and a dump station which we didn't see. The location is excellent, as its very close in to the Mackinaw City area and the staff was very friendly. We would stay here again if visiting this area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Sites are a little close together. Beach and waterfront view is glorious. Hosts are friendly and helpful. Quiet hours are NOT enforced. No sewer hookups and no pump out available. You may borrow a portable waste tank to hand dump at dump station if you are there more than a couple of days. It was really noisy late at night with kids up late, loud partying neighbors. Very few private campgrounds on the Great Lakes, but we will not return due to late night noise and no pump out service with no sewer hookups at any site. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We camped here over the 4th of July weekend and the park was full. We lost power several times during the holiday weekend (reason unknown) however service was restored fairly quickly. The sites were adequate but not overly large, some were however big enough to accommodate big rigs. The camp store was average and stocked with the basics. All sites had water and electric hookups. No issues getting level at our site. Staff was friendly and helpful when we arrived and provided an escort to our site. If you are looking for a home base while sightseeing in the area this campground will provide that. The local ferry services to Mackinac Island will provide free shuttle service to the ferry dock. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The purpose of this post is to "flip" the "water" to YES. This is important in this area of Michigan because many campsites, especially public, do not have water at each site. Also, the 2011 rates are higher than those prior postings. 20 amp service: $30. Tents 20 amp service: $32. Pop-ups, pick up campers and vans without A/C, 30 amp service: $34. All trailers, 5th wheels, motor homes, and all units with A/C 50 amp service: $37. RV's, trailers have a reservation fee: $3/site. The balance of the info as to hookups and accommodations is from the September 2010 post. We camped here in a Motorhome.
To be fair, we arrived in some unusually wet weather. What we saw were many grass sites submerged under large puddles. One site was in the process of swallowing a picnic table. Fortunately, there were some semi-graveled sites available, which were not too bad for level, and didn't require a life jacket. Lots of mature trees. "Free" internet is available at the office, which was closed from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. But for $9.00 per day, you can have internet in your coach from a third party provider. Showers were rustic, with old pipes and laundry tub style taps, but were very clean. Change and shower areas were a bit small. Park has a nice beach and kids play area, with a pretty view of the Mackinac Bridge. Overall, not a bad park, but not a good port in a storm. (Unless your unit floats.) We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is a basic park for short stays. There are no sewer hookup. You have to move your rig to the dump station. Shower bathrooms were moderately clean but not a pleasure to use. Shower and change room floors were kind of yucky. Rate paid included a Good Sams discount. I would stay again for a night but no longer. Sites are very heavily used by tenter's. Loud music playing. Many many camp fires causing smoke problems. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I'm sorry I didn't have more time to spend. I was traveling home and stopped for the night. The park is on the Lake Huron side of the Mackinaw bridge in a nice cove. Spots are wide and shaded. Many activity areas - basketball court, beach, etc.It quieted down at 10. They have access to the tourist things in the area. Showers and toilets were very clean. Overall, the CG is well kept , even seasonal sites were kept up. Would stay here again (for longer next time). We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice and clean park, area by lake is crowded and more for tents. Some lots have 50a, dump is in center of park. Very nice staff, close to town and have shuttle pickup for ferry to Island. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground has a beautiful view of the Mackinaw Bridge and Island. The facilities were very clean and the grounds were well-maintained. We will definitely be back again and more importantly tell our friends to visit! We camped here in a Tent.
Park was clean, but extremely crowded. It's an alternative to a hotel, but just as busy and just as close to downtown. As we pulled in you could see many of the sites right from the highway. Will not come back here, it doesn't feel like camping, it feels more like just one more place to get crowded in to. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Small, quiet, clean campground with a few lake view sites, or just a short walk to the
lake from other sites. Nice view of the bridge. Very friendly, helpful staff. Small playground. Only downside, no sewer hookups but not a big
inconvenience. Enjoyed it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very appropriate name for the park. We followed the directions in the CG Book that said to follow the signs. There was 1 sign in Mackinaw City and no more. The road was so rough on the way that we could not go over 20 mph. The 10 miles was more like 15 miles. You will get a true idea of dark when you go out at night. There is nothing to do there unless you are a reader. I finished 2 books while sitting there a day. The park is nice but not worth the trip on those roads. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice size sites in the Pines Campground area, little smaller and closer together in the lake front campground. Historic Civilian Conservation Corp site. Lots of shade. Great, extensive hiking trails. Two stores, one located at each end of the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were in the Pines section of this state park. The Lakeshore section is like an entirely different park. The road in the Pines was excellent and all the sites had paved pads and electric hookups. The water fills were very conveniently placed. The road in the Lakeshore section are basically gone and the sites are grass or dirt. The sites in the Pines are quite large where those in the Lakeshore section are much smaller. I would say that if you have a big rig you would want to be in the Pines section even though it is not on the water. The restrooms in the Pines section were very clean and tiled. I did not go into the Lakeshore bathrooms. The road into this park is in need of some work and quite rough. We would definitely come back but only to the Pines area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Road in although paved is very rough. Stayed in campground section on the lake. Sites are medium size, suitable for modest size rigs. Roads are wide. Trees leaning over road that show signs of being hit before were being removed. Sites along lake are sandy and relatively open; interior sites are shady and covered in pine needles. Lots of beach area. Hope to go back! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful country. There are wooded sites in 'Lakeshore' loop. Some of the lakefront sites are wide enough to pull the trailer curbside facing the lake. It is family friendly with lots of trails. There is a great pond for the youngins to go fishing. The outdoor theater is a treat. A good sandy beach areas on Lake Michigan. There is a nice little general store/coffee bar just a mile up the road. The youngsters loved the nature center- very informative. The 'Pines' loop is more wide open. Too bad most Michigan State Park's don't have full hooks, otherwise it would be a '10'. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Had site right on water with views of UP. You could walk from your site through a trail and site on the beach. Nice. Tons of bike and walking trails. Close to town and UP. Only complaint is showers. You had to keep pushing the button on the wall for the shower water to keep running. Not a problem, they did get you clean, just annoying. The sites along the beach were all sand, so be prepared with a broom. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Beautiful beaches to walk, fish and swim. Wonderful woods with nature trails. A large wilderness area. Sites have fire pits and picnic tables. Sites are at least 40' wide. Paved pads and access roads. Plenty of staff. Very family friendly. Twenty minutes from town with all the major tourist attractions. This would be a ten if it had water and sewer at sites. In the newer Pines campground many sites are close enough to a water tap to run a hose to fill fresh water tanks. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I believe we were the first campers for the 2008 season. We arrived mid April in mid week to find a maintenance guy hooking up the power. All the picnic tables were still neatly stored on their sides for the winter. Snow was still under trees. Ice was still 50' out from the beach. Beautiful park & we had it all to ourselves for a couple nights. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Resting on the shores of Lake Michigan this park is a gem. Many sandy water front sites or if you prefer, wooded sites with long asphalt pads for big RVs are available. The park is remote - 11 miles from town but offers great camping with a beach and other camping activities offered by state parks. We were able to get satellite in the beach campground after carefully selecting our site. We camped here in a Motorhome.
One of the best campgrounds we have been to. This campground is very close to the beach and the beach is great. They have many trails and the park is very close to Mackinaw city where you adults and children can do just about anything. We will be back next year. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.