Just a mile from the quaint village of Ontonagon, this park is right on the south shore of Lake Superior and has several lake front sites (we think the best are #11 and 12). The sandy beach is safe for young and old and alike. Although none of the sites have sewer, the dump station is easily accessible from either direction. Most sites are heavily wooded, but there are a few from which a satellite signal can be obtained. The lake front sites are limited to 9 to 16 days, but very nice sites located just 30 yards from the lake are available for the whole summer. This is a great park. Sites are all "first-come-first served", i.e., no reservations. Camp manager and staff are very cordial and helpful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Arrived without reservations soon after a lakeside site became available and we had to use 4WD to pull into site because of the sand. The next site's camper was very close to ours with a large family group. The site was in the sand so required 4WD to get set up. Because we had such a great lake view site we had all the traffic going up and down to the beach. We used this location to visit Porcupine Mountains and Bond and Agate Falls. Think we would look around for another park if we were in the area. Definitely needs to have the older section updated. Showers required 75 cents for 6 minutes. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Camped here in mid-July so it was fairly busy, but thankfully we got there in the middle of the week and were able to secure a lakefront site (#26). There are really 4 different sections here. The ones on the north end were grassy and generally shaded. Some water hookups were more than 25 ft. The middle section (where we camped) had about 7-8 lakefront sites, all very nice. There were pull-throughs, but not made for longer RV's. Also some sites were along the country road that were grassy and shaded. The newest section, and probably the most sought after, has 7 lakeside sites only. The new restroom/showers were in this section and were very nice and kept clean. The 4th section was across the road from the other sites and the lake. It contained several sites that were level, grassy, and mostly shaded. The dump station was in the newer section and was easily accessible. Usually one young man ran the office. He was pleasant and usually around the campground area attending to duties. This is a laid-back operation, but they take good care of things. The beach was excellent!!! Nice and sandy and not very far from our campsite (about 50 yards or less). Town was about 1 mile south and there is a sidewalk most of the way there. We walked into and around town for our morning exercise. Porcupine Mtns. State Park was about 14 miles south, but the park is huge so there is more driving necessary if you want to enjoy the full park. Syl's is a good place to eat. There is a good grocery store on the east side of town along M-38. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Park is very scenic with view of Lake Superior from about 25% of the sites. Well kept, clean and the management is very helpful. Call ahead and they will reserve a site for you on the day you intend to arrive. No TV reception except satellite and spotty cell phone reception. Beach access is good and while a bit cold Lake Superior is great for a swim on a hot day. Some seasonal campers, but not many. While there are no full hookup sites they will come and pump your tanks for a fee. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We checked in for 2 nights, ended up staying for 6 nights. Very relaxing, right on shores of Lake Superior. Forty eight miles from Quince Mines (copper) in Hancock, and best pastries in the U.P., at Amy J's in Hancock. They don't take reservations, but if you call in a day or two before your stay, they'll hold a spot for you and charge you for the hold days as well as the days of your stay. Our two rigs stayed side by side in sites 6 & 8 with a hedgerow around both sites, making it seem like a single large site, with a good view of the beach and water. We were on grass (which we prefer). The sites right across from us are sandy sites right on the beach. Park is clean, well kept. Trash emptied twice a day. Showers clean, but coin operated ($.75 for first 6 minutes, 2 minutes for each add'l $.25). Sites 65-70 are grassy AND on the beach; cost $23/night, max stay 14 nights. Good dump site on property. Most westerly section of the Eastern Time Zone. Sun sets during our stay at 9:53 P.M. Young folks water skiing at dusk, 10:30 P.M. Water pressure good. 50 A electric. If you call in, expect an answering machine. They will call you back. We loved it here and will definitely stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Fantastic camping on a sandy beach on Lake Superior. What more could you want? The park is clean and well maintained. We camped on one of the newer sites that has 50A service and water hookups. These sites are beach-front with a clear view of the lake. The rate quoted is for the beach-front sites; other sites are less. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a city park right on Lake Superior. The rate we paid was for a non-waterfront site. Waterfront sites, I believe were $21.00 and some had limitations on how long you could stay at the site. Sites 65-70 had a 1-week limit, the other waterfront sites had a 2 week limit, I think, didn't pay too much attention to this since we didn't have a waterfront site. We had site 8 which was good because we still had a nice water view. Park is mostly sandy. Beach was very accessible and wide. All roads were sandy. Lots of kids and families here and RVs of all descriptions and size which made the park look, at first glance, a little on the dumpy side, but found it to be a great deal and very scenic. The office was not manned all the time. Trash cans at every site. Dump station was nice. Lots of shade trees. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Right on Lake Superior at Union Bay. There is lots of hiking, canoeing, kayaking and motor touring to be done in the area. Sites are grass, somewhat level and open. Make sure to take the time to go over to the Black River National Forest Scenic Byway. A bit of a drive; however, well worth the trip. The "Porkies" as they are known would qualify as a National Park. Michigan decided it couldn't wait for that status so created the state wilderness park instead. The park does have the essence and quality level of a National Park. Well worth the trip. Would come again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Quiet, remote area. Each site has 30-amp service. There is fresh water at the dump/sani-station (which is easily accessed and easy for big rigs). Campground has potential, but needs works. Huge sinkholes in almost every site, and quite unlevel. If you don't know the area, go past the Visitor's Center to the Union Bay Ski Area (sign does not say "campground") and get set-up there, then go back to the Visitor's Center for area information. If coming from the east, get all supplies (including gas) in Ontonagon - nothing past that point. Surprisingly, with a booster, we get Verizon 3G. Yes, would stay here again, but not if weather calls for big rains - think we'd get stuck with all the mud. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Sites are tight as are most Michigan state campgrounds. Lakeside sites are extremely small and very windy. We moved from a lake front site when the winds approached 40 mph with no storm present. Staff was friendly and helpful. We would stay here again but would rather stay at one of the smaller rustic campgrounds if they are available. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
This was a nice campground. Nothing fancy but a good place to stay while exploring the mountains. The sites on the water were nice but far from the restroom. A good place to eat in Ontonagon is Syls Cafe/Bakery: homemade pastries. My only complaint would be the set up of the fire pits, all were on the back of the sites, not much privacy. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We enjoyed our 3-day stay here. That said, I was not pleased with our site. Those in the row of site 36 to 57 are basically in a flat mowed lawn that slopes away from the road unevenly with electric posts about 70' back from the road where the land slopes considerably. We setup closer to the road and used a 50' 20a extension cord to bring power to the coach. Even so, I had to have several 2" thick boards under the front wheels. So recommendation #1: avoid sites 36-57 if you're in a motorhome. A popup or other trailer would be fine. No trees in this section of sites either. Sites 9 through 29 are just lovely and give you a great view of the lake. Sites 10 - 26 are also good if you can see the lake through those camping right next to it! All the other sites are generally adequate. Facilities are clean, modern, and have seperate shower rooms. Onsite laundry available too. Quite a few families and many dogs while we were there: but noise was never a problem. Recommenation #2: you'll miss a lot if you don't have a car with you. Once the MH is setup, we normally walk everywhere; but the distances are too vast at this park for all but a few good hikes. On the 3rd day, we packed up the MH and drove the 35-ish miles to the Presque Isle campground: to hike and see the falls. We would have loved to camp at Presque Isle (next trip this is where we will go!) but they were full. No electricity at Presque Isle - but generators are permitted in the eastern loop. Recommendation #3: Go hiking - some wonderful views and the trails are generally good. However, the West River Trail just South of the Manido Falls, has a horrible path up the side of a steep hill with nothing but tree roots to hold onto. We decided not to go up it (as did the family after us too). This decision prevented us from seeing the Nawadaha Falls. Recommendation #4: There are a LOT of steps on the West River Trail. Don't take it unless you're comfortable climbing 120 steps each: up and down! (Lots of benches provided). Recommendation #5: Cross the foot bridge at the North end of the West River Trail and, on the far side, turn North (rather than the recommended South). There is a trail through tall pines that takes you to a wonderful beach on Superior with Lots of Flat Rocks just the right size to hold in your hand. And finally, Recommendation #6: Spend time in the Visitor Center. Well done exhibits and a great 12 minute movie. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Many sites are small and cramped, but the spectacular views and clean showers made up for the site space. With the rocky shoreline and waves crashing, it made for a delightful experience. About a third of the sites had lake views. Shade is scarce, but it is cooler with the lake close by. Porcupine is a huge State Park with trails, skiing, waterfalls, and fishing. A camp store with mainly trinkets and a few supplies is nearby. Wonderful place. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The campground could use some updating, but the location is great, right on Lake Superior and in one of the best State Parks in the country. We had site 29 right on the lake and very pretty. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Really nice campground on the shores of Lake Superior in Porcupine Mountains State Park in Michigan's upper peninsula. This is by far the most scenic spot in Michigan. The views down the rocky shoreline are outstanding, the restrooms clean, and the sites are spacious. A true wilderness experience in the Midwest. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is the Union Bay Campground on North East side of the Porcupine Mountains State Wilderness Area. A nice campground with some waterfront sites and others with good views of the lake. Fresh water was available to fill tanks at dump station. Sites are level and grassy. Camping fees don't include park entrance fees that must be paid daily as well. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Park was very clean and felt safe. Hosts had information as well as the ranges. Walking the beach involved climbing flat rocks which was very nice. There is much to do in the park regarding sightseeing and hiking. Will return here if in the area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed in the Union Bay campground in Porcupine Mountains State Park. We stayed in spot 45 which is in the back row of spots. This back row was spacious and level - good for big coaches. We had only an occasional peek of the lake, but we could feel its cool breezes. The lakefront spots are literally right on the lake - beautiful! I would say that these lakefront spots are more limited in size and big coaches might have problems getting into these spots. (Although we did see some people parking at angles or sideways to take advantage of the view. This parking approach might be helpful to the bigger coaches.) The showers were great - individual shower rooms, plenty of hot water, clean. The potty house section of the building was clean also. There is a laundry room available in the potty house which was a pleasant surprise. $1.25 per load, wash & dry. There is a wonderful sandy beach as you enter the park - not exactly near the campground in terms of walking, however. There were plenty of educational programs for the kids - archery, animals, crafts, etc. You should be advised that in addition to your camping fee, you are required to pay a vehicle fee. $29/year or $8/day. We would go again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice lake side campground, although most sites are not on the lake. The sites will accommodate big rigs, but all sites are grass. It rained a lot during our visit and caused lots of ruts. The lake side sites are small and close together, but worth it for the view. The park has many activities and loads of trails for hikers. It got really warm during our visit and the flys were a tremedous pest and got in everywhere. We were told this is not uncommon in the summer. We will go back anyway. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were lucky to get a lake front site, with no reservations, in this beautiful park. Our site had electricity, no water/no sewer, and was large enough for a big rig. This park would get a higher rating; however, during this time, there were thousands of flies that made the camping experience disgusting. Hundreds of flies swarmed inside the motorhome for two days. We paid for three nights, but decided to leave a day earlier because of the flies. The park ranger refunded our money on the spot. I would call the park to check on the fly population before staying here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had a reservation here for one night. We arrived in the afternoon and did a quick drive through the park to see what it looked like. We were disappointed. It was wide open. No shade trees, privacy, or seclusion of any kind. There were some sites right on Lake Superior, but they didn't even look that nice. The camping sites are right on top of each other. Not the type of camping we prefer. You will get to know your neighbors real well at this type of campground. We actually left and did not stay the night. We wouldn't return to this campground for another visit. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We took a fall camping trip to this park. After a long drive we arrived mid to late afternoon only to find that the ranger station was closed and it was posted that we had been assigned a site inside the campground loop. I normally wouldn't want an inside site, but it was ok because no one else was in the inside loop. Overall, we were disappointed with the campground. We were expecting a more wooded campground with secluded sites. You would expect more after driving through miles & miles of forest. The campground is like a city park. There are some tall shade trees, but that's it. My wife was also frightened to see a dead bear hanging from a tree about 50 yards away when we woke up in the morning (we didn't realize our neighbors were bear hunters). The park is beautiful and I would visit it again. However, I would probably find another campground to stay at. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Part of the MI DNR Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, right on Lake Superior. Some sites right on the lake, but had a rocky shore, not something you could easily wade in. Boat access/launch as well as canoe & bike rentals right at campground. The state park is HUGE and has tons of hiking, waterfalls and small lakes. You can backpack in to the 'backcountry' where there are primitive sites with fire rings and bear poles. At main campground the sites were good size, had fire rings, and they have a small playground and a volleyball area. Neighboring sites share the electric towers, so depending on how you are parked you may need up to a 50 foot cord. Campground had clean restrooms and free individual shower rooms; the rest of the park has pit toilets. Camp hosts did free coffee & hot cocoa every morning. Would have rated it much higher if it weren't for the terrible flys. They were everywhere and were biting. Other than the flys everything was outstanding. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Expensive even without including the required motor vehicle permits ($58 total for MH and car yearly passes otherwise it's $8 per day for the MH and $6 per park for the toad) and they don't have water at the sites and the laundry room was filthy and not functioning but once you get over that the park is fair. We had site #100 in the Union Bay CG which was grass, very sloped and very close to neighbors on one side but there was no one on the other side and you could hear the waves on Lake Superior crashing on the shore after some windy days, it was just like being on the ocean (minus the salty air smell). Even mid-week the campground was cramped and crowded when we were there but the bathrooms and showers were kept clean. The showers are private, individual rooms. The roads were narrow but one way and in good condition; we have a 30 ft class A. Nice hiking opportunities in the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Some of the sites are in a wide open field and some are more private. Sites 31,32,33 seem to be the most private. It is rare for a state park to have laundry facilities but this is nice for we were on a long vacation. The playground is only a set of swings and the swimming is difficult to get to with children because of the high cliffs. Lots of sites to see in the area and this made up for the lack of things for the children at the campground. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The only thing keeping this campground from being a 10 is the lack of full hook-ups. If you're quick enough, you can secure a spot right on Lake Superior. But you have to reserve 6 months to the date of arrival, the moment reservations become available for the day...and hope someone hasn't extended their stay through your arrival date. Lots of hiking trails in the "porkies"; some bear but they are scarce. Overall, there is actually not much wildlife to be viewed. Awesome visitor's center and many programs offered throughout the day. Oddly placed sites, and electric hookups double up with the neighbor's. You will be camping on grass. Heed the website's site limits. This place is very popular and nearly impossible to get into without reservations. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We had a nice, grassy site with 2 open sites next to us so it was roomy. Most of the campground had sites very close to each other. The owners were very nice and the campground was well taken care of. It was a great location to tour Porcupine Mountains State Park. Be sure to eat at Henry's Inn located about 10 miles away. They have some great nightly specials at a great rate. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is a nice alternative to the ones in the Porcupine Mt. State Park or the Ontonogan City Park. It is conveniently located close to the parks and town. Very nice IGA grocery store in town. The bathroom and shower facilities are a little dated and were not cleaned every day. They could use a good scrubbing. Cable TV was provided, but no Wi-Fi. Verizon cell coverage was very good. Some of the sites are quite close together, so if the park is full you would be up close and personal with your neighbor. Good gravel access roads. Sites are mostly grass, but firm and only a few wet areas after a heavy rain. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice quiet place as a base for sightseeing. Not a destination site. Great Wi-Fi and Cable. Close to town and easy drive to Porcupine Mts, Victoria and other interesting places. Staff friendly. OK Sprint service. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A great campground to base your activities in the area from. Level, grassy, spacious sites. Friendly, helpful management. Pick your own site if they're not crowded. Convenient to a marina, shopping, and exploring the area/region. Nicely away from the major roads. Quiet. Would definitely come back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is our kind of RV park - very quiet, far from the highway and railroad tracks. Gravel roads, grassy sites which are fairly level. Site 13 is great - it looks out over a nice lawn to the distant trees. Good WiFi, good Verizon data coverage, no T-Mobile. Lots of channels on the TV cable. Fire rings, with fire wood for sale. IGA supermarket is a couple of miles away, a nice store (though our dopey GPS didn't know about it). Roxy's in town is a great little tavern, serving simple and well prepared food. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
There was some trepidation approaching this park but the faded sign near the marina sends you down the proper road, there is plenty of clearance under the unmarked overpass and you don’t need to travel to the end of the ‘no-outlet’ road. The park is quiet, has good utilities, lots of cable channels and strong WiFi. Roads are gravel; sites are easy to maneuver, consist of level grass and gravel and have some shade. Restrooms are worn but large, well-lit and clean. AT&T phone in the area is through a partner company and does not provide a data signal. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Stayed here several nights, hook ups vary. Thought we were in a 50amp site and it was a 30. No rhyme or reason which is where. Got $5 back for each night since 50amp is $35. Cable cut out for several hours on the most desired digital channels. Complained to office but they thought it was OK as the channel they were watching 1960's re-runs on was still on. Location is excellent for exploring the areas. Got to go to several 150 year old abandoned copper mines, etc., after getting advice from the locals, as to where to find the overgrown entrances. Neat. Don't expect too much in the way of groceries, etc., as the one store is really limited. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rate reflects weekly rate. Sites long and narrow, very close together, but typically rigs assigned to every other site, giving fair space. Staff helpful friendly and knowledgeable. Sites fairly level. Laundry and bathrooms clean but in need of updating. Agree with prior review: a good old fashioned cleaning and trimming is needed, also agree sewer connection too high. Playground no longer exists. Cable good w/ 60+ channels, HD cuts in and out. Good 3G Verizon voice and data. Very convenient to Porkcupine Mountains, and copper mines. I doubt that we would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very open campground. Wide, long, level sites. Good cable and Wi-Fi. Managers very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Very quiet. Did not do laundry here, so cannot comment on the facilities. An ideal location to visit the Porcupine Mountains and the Kewaunaw Penisula. The campground looks rustic but is a great place for an extended visit to visit local sites. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is OK overall. It needs a good old fashioned cleaning and trimming. Electric, water, cable TV all were good, however, the sewer connection was higher than the the outlet on my MH. This is inexcusable in my opinion. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is our third stay here in the past 10 years and the park is on their third set of owners in that time span. The current owners were not on site but the folks managing the park were quite friendly. We stayed here twice in a week for a total of 3 days. Each time we were in a FHU, pull-thru with 70+ channel cable TV and adequate, but sometimes slow Wi-Fi, site. Most sites fit this description, are satellite friendly, and appear the be fairly level but there are some that don't have cable. The park was surprisingly empty all 3 nights - even on Friday. Everything worked fine but there is little else in the park. This is a fairly nice place that should be doing better business. The local public camping facilities (Porcupine Mtns and the city park) do not have full utilities so I don't know why more folks aren't staying here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The rate reflects an eight day stay. We agree with the previous reviews. We were able to pick a nice pull through site in the side by side section. Luckily we didn’t have a close neighbor so pulling out of the 90 degree angle site wasn’t a problem. Not all sites have all the services. Our welcome packet included maps and plenty of information on the area. GPS may direct you to the downtown; we used the owner’s verbal instructions and found the campground right away. It is on “north” River Road. Unfortunately, our last night there, one group of campers stayed up until around 5am. The talking, laughing, and vehicle door banging was quite obvious even though we used a fan for “white noise”. We were disappointed that quiet time was not enforced. There is plenty to do in the area and we would come here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is now called River Road RV Park and Campground. We stayed here as we wanted full hooks ups to be able to do our laundry in the coach, have Wi-Fi, and cable TV so we could see an upcoming sporting event. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. The roads and sites are gravel with quite a bit of grass growing between the rocks. Each site was level, had 50 amp, cable TV, sewer, fire ring and picnic table. When we first came, the grass was very high and needed to be cut. After 3 days the grass was mowed which made it much better. The Verizon cell service was excellent. The Wi-Fi in the park was very good and the cable TV channels were extensive. This park could be much better if more regular maintenance was given, ie: keep grass mowed and use of weed eater around structures. If you are looking for all the amenities, but the park is in need of some tlc, this would be the park for you. If we were here again, I would probably try to find another park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is now called River Road RV Park. Owners are on site and helpful. The paved access road leads to a bike path into town where you can get propane at the True Value Hardware. Our open, gravel site was long, mostly level, and easy for our big rig. 50 amp was fine. Cable is not available at all sites but was very good, as were the Wi-Fi and Verizon signals. The restrooms were very clean, and two washers and dryers are available at a reasonable price. There is a truck stop for diesel a short distance west on 64 and grocery east on 38. This is not a destination park, but it is good, full hook-up spot to base and do many tours--Keweenaw, Porcupines, falls, etc. We would return. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed at this park while visiting Porcupine Mountains State Park and visiting Copper Harbor. This is the only park we could find in this part of Michigan that offered full hook-up RV sites. This is a well-maintained park with wide access roads and easily accessible sites. Hookups were logically arranged and close to the sites. The staff at the park were friendly and helpful. The Wi-Fi worked well and the cable service provided offered a large number of channels. The park has a very large, well kept and clean bathhouse and nice laundry facilities. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Your basic RV park: it has gravel roads and sites. There are sites with shades trees and sites without. The Wi-Fi worked well. There is a small playground that is in decent shape. Office staff were friendly. Park is right across the road from Ontonagon river. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were very pleased with the campground. Sites were level and the hookups were in the right places. Staff was helpful and recommended a great place to eat that we would never have found. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
About half the sites are in trees, the rest are open and satellite friendly. Sites are not overly wide and some hookups are side by side. The staff was friendly and we were told that they have good food but we didn't get to sample it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We liked this campground, it met all our basic needs. Sites were long and level. The ones in the open were side-by-side, which meant that we were close to our neighbors in the back, but we had a large "front yard" that did not have the neighbors sewer in it. Sites vary in size. Some are in a setting that resembles a pine forest. Others are in the open and therefore are roof-top Internet satellite dish friendly. There are a few small sites, but most will accommodate the largest of rigs. Sites are level packed dirt. Water pressure was very good and the electricity was stable. All sites had fire-rings and picnic tables. Roads in the park were gravel. Staff was friendly and had excellent pastries and pasties for sale. The park was clean, quiet and a pleasant place to stay. We are full-time RVers and lived here for a week. We would return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I have been to this older park several times in the past when it was run by some older folks who were letting things slide. Back then I would have given this park a 3. New owners have made some improvements (60+ channel Cable TV and working, on site WIFI) and have done a better job of park maintenence. Most of the full hookup, pull-thrus are in the open, but there are some sites in the pines. The sites and roads are mostly gravel/dirt with what passes for grass up here. The river is across the road and Lake Superior and the town are about a mile. Not much in the park or town but beautiful Porcupine Mountain State Park is only a 20 minute drive. Not a great park, but the best full facility park in the western Upper Penninsula. We camped here in a Motorhome.