Location, location, location! Yes, the sites are small(ish), yes there is not a lot of shade, but there are shady sites when the trees are in leaf! Yes, there is a LOT of sand - BUT - you are within feet of a gorgeous beach that has its own concession stand. You can walk to the beautiful village of Pentwater and enjoy bars, restaurants, shopping and art galleries! Tell me one other campground that has all this going for it at $24/night! It would be great if they had water and sewer hookups, but most Michigan State Parks do not, so it is not unusual. However, the location, the friendly folk, and the fun you can have there more than make up for ANY shortcomings. I am also not sure how you can rate a campground when you haven't stayed there! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We didn't camp here but drove through the park to check it out while in the area. When we first entered, I thought it was a parking lot, as all I saw was asphalt with patches of sand in between and the odd tree. Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that this was actually the campground (the electrical posts gave it away!) If you like zero privacy and like to eat sand, then this is the place for you. Only benefit is the scenic location right beside the lake and sand dunes. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We like the beach so this campground was a great spot for us to camp. It is very tight quarters and most sites are not shaded, but all of them had paved pads for parking your RV. Lots of sand so be sure to have a broom to keep it out of the camper. The restroom/shower facility is very new. Our campsite (#139) was excellent. The lake was just over a dune from our site and we had a nice maple tree to help shade our site, although we kept the awning out because of the warm weather. The beach was great and the lake water was clear and sandy. Lots of lake shore activity with boats, jet skis, and swimming. The Pentwater River empties into Lake Michigan here and there is a nice walkway along the river where you can also fish from if you're so inclined. Downtown Pentwater is very close (about 3 blocks). Nice little shops and eateries in town, but there is not much in the way of grocery stores in Pentwater. Ludington isn't far away if you need supplies of any kind. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The area is beautiful. Walking distance to town with restaurants and stores. Campground has access to beautiful sand dunes and beach. The negative points are that the sites are very close together not very private and the bathrooms were a little dirty! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful campground located right on the dunes of Lake Michigan in the town of Pentwater. A very short walk to the beach and long concrete pier. Great for biking as well. Very clean well-kept beach--water is clear. Store located on beach for snacks/ice cream. All sites are blacktopped. Only problem is they are a bit difficult to back into, but everyone seems to manage. Town is about 3-block walk and has restaurants and shops. We were very impressed and will camp here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice location to take your kids to the beach (right over a small dune) on Lake Michigan. BUT - Rules are not enforced and there are 8 or more noisy partying adults on some sites, quiet time is listed as all the time - it was noisy all the time! Multiple dogs off leash. Streets are narrow and there is no privacy between the sites. Our fire ring was so close to our neighbors that we could not have a fire due to the smoke from theirs drifting over. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We just stayed at this campground and were happy with it. Close to town which is a plus for us because have friends who live there. We stayed on the west side campground which had plenty of shade. The campsite was a little on the small side but we squeezed in there. I would have gave a better rating but the water has tremendous amount of iron in it which they told us it was safe. Bring a lot of bottled water with you if you stay here. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We drove up here from TN. We went from 98 degrees to 62 and we live it! The campground's heated pool was nice and warm for the 4 kids to swim in. All of the roads were safe and biker friendly. The kids loved the free games like horse shoes, and tether ball. While this does not have paved roads and cable TV, it has actual mature trees & woods. We love it here! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The campground is divided into 2 sections, 1 on each side of Highway 31. You could hear & see traffic on the sites bordering the highway. All sites were spacious, well-kept, and offered privacy with the mature trees and hills in between. We stayed prior to the Memorial Day weekend and no reservations were needed as barely any campers present. No extras at this time either (pools, restaurant, activities were closed) but price reflected this. Saw several deer in the campground. Would definitely return if in the area again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
WHAT A DEAL.... Off season rates during the week. The ONLY draw back is the area is so densely forested, it makes it hard to line up a satellite dish, as no cable is available We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We just returned from an 8 day stay at this beautiful campground. The campground is divided into two sections, "East" and "West" Park. We stayed in the east section and I cannot comment on the west as we only drove through and did not use the facilities there. There are two pools on this property. The one on our side of the campground was quite large and extremely clean. The campsite (#189) was close to the pool, store, and other amenities, yet seemed secluded because of the surrounding pine trees. The majority of the sites have semi private areas and appeared to be seasonals. Regardless, everyone we spoke to was friendly and pleasant. There is a game room on the property that is connected to an AJ's fun center that offered ice cream (must try the chocolate and coconut Eskimo Kisses), mini-golf and go karts. The go karts did run until 11pm each night, but it was not a major noise issue. At night, this campground is so quiet you literally feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. The kids had a blast and would love to go back again someday (this was 10 hours from home for us). They felt more than entertained. The campground staff were friendly without being over-bearing. The restrooms and showers were immaculate. This campground also offered free Wi-Fi, which was spotty, but you could sit up at the office on the quaint front porch and get a connection just fine. The campground also features an entrance gate and is conveniently located just north of Pentwater and Lake Michigan. I would definitely recommend it! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a big park. Has many seasonal campers but very well maintained. The big rig sites were level and had plenty of room. I typically do not like this kind of park, but did enjoy our stay here. The park had plenty of shade. It has two swimming pools and a great park store. You can also get propane at the store. If you have kids: they have a putt putt golf course and a go-cart track. Very close to Pentwater which ia a quaint little town. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We loved this park! It is divided into 2 sections (East Park and West Park) with US 31 running between them. We stayed at the East Park. Nice-sized wooded sites with plenty of shade. Many are seasonal, and the people were all so very welcoming and friendly. (First time we ever experienced that with such a heavily seasonal park!) Two pools, one each in the East Park and West Park (although only the East Park one was in use during our stay), basketball court, really nice newer playground equipment, and of course the fun center with go karts, arcade, and mini golf. I personally did not use the restrooms, but my husband and the friends we camped with, said they were very clean. We had a nice lunch one day at the Galley Cafe in the West Park, good food and so friendly! This park is very much family-oriented and quiet, so if you're looking to party, it's not for you. The Wi-Fi is free and worked great for us. The beautiful little town of Pentwater is about 2 miles south of the campground. Don't miss the ice cream at House of Flavors! Silver Lake Sand Dunes is about 20 miles south, and Ludington is approximately 20 miles north. So much to do in the area we couldn't see/do everything. Marked down 1 rating point because there were no cable TV hookups and the second pool was not in use, otherwise this park has everything you could ask for. We will be back without a doubt! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I'm surprised that no one has ever reviewed this campground because it's a special one. While it's very quiet and wooded, it has all the amenities. Two nice swimming pools, a cafe, a go cart track at the entrance and it is just down the street from the quaint little town of Pentwter. I would have given it a 10, but the Wi-Fi was marginal, but hey, it was free. If you are looking for a quiet park by Lake Michigan with stuff for the kids or grand kids to do, this might be the one for you. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Clean, nice, caring. THese folks know how to run a park. THe management is super helpful and keep the park and bathrooms immaculate. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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Wonderfully located and very quiet, River Farm is an ideal location for relaxing, fishing, boating or just strolling through the nearby towns of Pentwater, Hart, Silver Lake and state parks. It is near I-31 but far enough away to not be bothered by traffic noise or trains. Roads and sites are gravel and ample for big rigs with slideouts and awnings. Electric and water are excellent. Only a few sites are good for satellite TV reception but local TV has only 2 stations which breakup frequently. Owner lives on premises and is very friendly and helpful. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I was looking for a place where I could enjoy a quiet weekend near some water with my wife and dog which their website bragged about. Unfortunately this couldn't be further from the truth. The place is nasty dirty and full of dripping pines. There was no room on the lots. A lot of dilapidated seasonals every where. The campground was noisy and no one had control of their animal's barking. If you're looking for a place to relax, this is not it. I never left my RV except to walk the dog so I can't say whether the facilities were clean. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Old park with dirty, run down seasonal trailers. We had a reservation made months in advance and were given a site that we could not even extend our awning at. The bathrooms were a mess and the seasonal unit next door had trash and old food containers laying around every where! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Small friendly old fashion semi-rustic campground. Half seasonal, wonderful small Bass Lake private beach with dock,paddle boat and canoe rentals. Short walk to small public access on Lake Michigan. Wonderful sand dunes, friendly helpful staff. Short drive to shopping, harbors, activities. Great place to spend time while exploring North West Michigan We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.