14 Parks near Bay Harbor, Michigan
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Sites: 78 | Latest Rate: $70.00 | 40 Reviews
Aug 2016 - $70.00
Park is beautiful. Lots of green space and beautiful ponds with fountains. Great roads and cement pads. Staff very diligent on landscaping and cleaning. - Couch9748
Jul 2016 - $75.00
Petoskey Motor Coach Resort is a first class destination. The grounds are immaculate, the concrete pads are level and wide. The space between coaches is excellent and the clubhouse is fabulous. Look forward to visiting it again. - bw134
Jul 2016 - $93.00
First time at this resort. Previously stayed at Hearthside. However, I like this location better. Was an ownership resort at one time and now all rentals from class A's to Class C's and TT's. Everything is very well maintained. Strong internet. Did have to relocate to another site for satellite access. If important may want to check out on arrival. Best to unhook tow at entry. No planned resort activities. Will definitely return. - DavidO
Jul 2016 - $32.00
We camped on an interior site, near the Hospital. The noise was ok and the site was fairly level, although some sites require a lot of boards to level the RV. The sites are fairly close to your neighbor with the sewer hookup right near your outdoor living area. The area is great with lots of scenery and bike paths to explore!! Downtown is within walking distance. Pretty much self service parking, no one was at the reception house, just your assigned lot number on a chalk board. We asked about our site we reserved later on in the month and would we would need more leveling boards, but the person refused to tell me our assigned site, for whatever reason. Overall a super area to camp and a very average campground and staff. - scirocco
Jul 2015 - $25.00
This park is a gem. Right on the bay with wonderful view of the water, although not from all spaces. Very convenient to Petoskey. Good wifi and over-air TV. One end of park has noise from the hospital's HVAC system, the other end has the water-treatment plant which sometimes smelled bad but it didn't last long. Sites around the end next to the water-treatment plant are much bigger. Would definitely stay again if we could get one of the end sites. - all4pets
Apr 2015 - $25.00
The positives about this park outweigh the negatives. First, the negatives--the bathrooms/showers are old and show their wear (but still very clean). The park sits just below (down the hill from) the local hospital and if you're camped near there, the sound of the HVAC could be annoying. The sites are tight, but hopefully you'll love your neighbors (we did). Lots of grass and level. The positives--this park is located right on Grand Traverse Bay, and you'll have beautiful views of the sunset from your campsite overlooking the water. This park is also located on the Little Traverse Wheelway, so you'll be able to bike south to Bay Harbor or Charlevoix and north to Harbor Springs, with views of the water along the way. The price is right--full hookups for less than $30 a night, and electric and water for a mere $25/night. (The KOA up the road will charge you double this rate without the view.) The campground is very popular with about 1/3 of the park as seasonal or monthly rentals. It is a municipal park owned by the City of Petoskey. Many of the campers have been coming here for years. Everyone is friendly, respectful of quiet hours, and enjoying all that Northern Michigan has to offer. In the summer, you'll probably need reservations especially on the weekends. But give them a call, our friends scored on a cancellation for a Friday and Saturday night. - RagTopDay
Jul 2016 - $65.00
Great family KOA. The grounds were well kept and the pool was clean. Showers and laundry areas were very nice. The sites are tight. The only other issue is that one staff member was quite rude. This was certainly not problematic enough to ruin our trip. I would definitely recommend this KOA. - Iowa family 2
Jul 2016 - $80.00
High-end KOA with lavish landscaping, every conceivable facility, and activities for all ages, such as flashlight lollipop hunts. The high camping cost was figured to be the result of lack of supply, and demand for the last spot in town. At $80 a night, however, our site and the adjacent one had more dust and dirt than grass. Wi-Fi went in and out. Getting a satellite signal was tricky. Vehicle washing was permitted. Verizon service was good. - Mtmoi
Jul 2016 - $40.00
Stayed for 5 nights - all level sites, paved roads and concrete pads, utilities in convenient locations for most RVs. Ample pull-throughs, cable TV. WiFi works great when you can get connected. Many WiFi zones scattered throughout park, you just have to be skookum and patient to connect (there is a very helpful 1-800 # you can call for assistance.) Great amenities, nice laundry (a bit expensive $2.25 per load). KOA cafe (pizzas, ice cream etc.), but we didn't use. KOA is very convenient to Petosky. Will say that Hwy. 31 is VERY busy with traffic, pick your entry and leave time carefully (no stoplight at exit). Negatives: the pool was not accessible to many guests 55+ because it was overrun by kids, including the hot tub where they are prohibited kids, but not enforced. We asked at the office how to kindly get to the hot tub and staff immediately went out to monitor, but acknowledged they couldn't control it. Unfortunate, because they can, just choose not to. Pool was small for size of park which includes large number of seasonal sites and many cabins. Most poorly managed was trash and recycling. We were not here on a holiday weekend, yet all trash containers and recycling cans were overflowing the entire time. We did see a trash truck come one Friday, but by the afternoon, one container was full again. Clearly do not dump trash and recycle enough to keep up with the size of the park.
May be typical for KOAs but this seems to be overrun by large extended family reunions with many (many) kids, bikes and dogs. This park is not for those looking for quiet, tranquil settings.
On the other hand, it is a nice KOA - probably better then many, and may be quieter on more on the shoulder seasons. - ErinandCorbin
Sep 2013 - $26.00
Two campgrounds here. One was closed when we stayed there. There are 3-4 loops in the woods. Sites air fairly close together, but we've seen worse. We managed to get a spot down by the lake. Just a short hike over a dune and we were on the beach. Nice campground and this was our second stay. There is a bike path into town, which was a plus. - chris4499
Sep 2013 - $27.00
Petoskey is a lovely state park by Little Traverse Bay. The sites are paved, semi-level, and small. The biggest problem is the difficulty of backing in with all the trees. Verizon cell works fine. MIFI does not work well barely pulling 3G. The area is spectacular including the beautiful drive on the Tunnel of Trees scenic byway. Would stay here again. - fulltimervtravel
Aug 2010 - $42.00
Michigan State Parks are nice as any I've seen, but, their price policy is unfair. We were charges an $8 entrance fee just because we drove a motorhome and an additional fee for our tow vehicle, plus the overnight camping fee. BUT if we had driven a pickup truck towing the same length trailer we would have only been charge a entrance fee plus overnight fees, UNFAIR wake up Michigan you're driving tourist out of your state. - birdbrains
Aug 2016 - $89.00
Nice facility and very friendly staff. Site was very plain with only a small table and two chairs. For the price, we were a bit disappointed. Cable requires their cable box, so all TV's had to receive the same channel. Park was secure and clean. - coolz4
Jul 2016 - $120.00
We are on a 6 month journey across the US. We stayed only 2 nights of our 8 night stay. On the second day as we were making breakfast there were several people on our site. When we asked what they were doing, the Resort Person told us the site was for sale and he was showing it. No warning at all about this when we made the reservation or when we checked in. To top that, the Resort Person became aggressive with this language and told us if we didn't like it we could leave. Very, Very unprofessional.
The internet is a total joke, we were able to use it for one day before they started to slow our band width to a crawl. We were only checking email and searching the web, no streaming. Extremely disappointing for the amount we paid for this site.
Cable tv requires extra equipment to use. Frustrating.
Hearthside requires you to take you garbage to the dumpsters yourself. Even KOA picked up the garbage. Again for the price you are paying, this is very disappointing.
We have stayed at several high end RV Resorts. Although it is beautiful here at Hearthside, we had to cut our stay short because of the lack of privacy with the showings.
If you decided to stay here, make sure you get a site that is not for sale!! - Sarasota RV couple
Jul 2016 - $95.00
Beautiful place. Huge concrete sites full of Prevosts and Newells, but they don't pick up the garbage and cable TV requires their special equipment.
Office staff is excellent. They are building out more sites so you will get a sales pitch or two. Owners here are not very friendly.
Probably worth staying here once, but we will stay someplace cheaper next time. - pcmike
Jul 2014 - $29.00
We loved this park. The utilities were great, the site was superb, the staff was friendly, and it was quiet. The park is off the beaten path but is convenient to Petosky and Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. We will definitely choose this park again. You can't best the price for all they offer. - Tammy7
Jun 2014 - $20.00
We agree with previous reviews, this IS a jewel place to stay. We requested an open site so we could receive satellite reception which we received. We backed up into the forest and were shaded by pines, aspens, maples, etc. Great site, good water and 50 amp electric. The only FHU sewer sites are the 5 pull-thrus across the street from us, but they had no shade. One bathhouse serves the entire park and was quite a ways from our site, #67. But this was no problem for us as we normally use our motor home facilities. We did "experience" the visitation of mosquitoes but that was to be expected. Pickerel Lake was very clear and clean, would be refreshing for a dip at the beach. The day use area is very inviting as are the several rustic cabins that are for rent. We plan to stop here again--. Thanks to Emmet County for the very nice facility! - gatordan
May 2014 - $20.00
We have been in 46 states in the past 4 yrs and this is the most attractive and best maintained government-owned campground we've seen; plus, the $20 is the best value we've had. Wooded, spacious sites of which only 5 have full hook-up. We had reservations, but there is self-registration as you enter. Perhaps, the only less-than-optimal thing is the location. Great as a destination campground, but a bit out of the way for overnighting. We would stay here again. - judb
Aug 2015 - $26.00
This park is an older one of the MI system causing mixed reviews.
Pros: quiet, sites large enough for big rigs, great lake, power levels good, wooded sites with plenty of firewood available, ability to park at any angle on your site. Park personnel great at making a pleasant stay.
Cons: Roads are old and very narrow making large vehicle access tricky. Allows multiple tents on any site making crowding on the site a problem with cars close along the road. Restrooms older but clean with shower head at shoulder level so interesting showers.
We had 4 different track teams during our stay and they were the most polite and quiet every. - dalenoel
Aug 2012 - $25.00
The Good: Close to Boyne City which has a nice Farmers Market. Nice swimming beach. Our Verizon aircard had a good signal here. The Bad: This park is not a highlight in the MI State Park system. The roads are narrow and the facilities are aging. The park was extremely crowded with High School track and cross-country teams. We saw sites with 5-6 large tents on them with multiple kids in each tent. We thought there was a rule covering how many unrelated campers could be on each site. The bathrooms and showers were not cleaned any more for the large crowd so were constantly muddy. The park was loud until quite late. Other campers had parked their trailers parallel to and right next to the already-narrow road which made getting our RV in difficult. Not a restful or enjoyable visit. - Boyinks4Adventure
Jul 2012 - $31.00
Most of sites are a bit cramped in, and the numerous boats and trailers parked all over do not help the maneuvering process. Our site #80 in Terrace had lots of small pieces of garbage in-bedded in the dirt, otherwise not a bad size site as it backed onto trees and the trail area. Bathrooms were closed/cleaned at very inconvenient times: 9:00am every morning. Only 2 water spigots to fill up with and one is very slow, you may be in for a wait. On the plus side Lake Charlevious is absolutely gorgeous! Very accessable from Oak section. The sandy beach in the park is awesome. Boyne City and surrounding area just beautiful. Lots of stuff to do around the area, shopping zipline, etc. Will come back to the area but will pass on the park. - jbondy2
Sep 2015 - $28.00
This is a beautiful state park. There are many shade trees and plenty of area to walk you dog. We camped here after Labor Day weekend so it was quiet. The lake appears to be clean and a good place to swim on a hot day. There are no sewers at the sites. It is a short drive to the Cross In The Woods Shrine. Also short drive into town for groceries, gas. Listed our site as 1 since I did not retain paperwork. Most of the campground is heavily shaded so if you want sun ask for a site near to the lake. - petpeople
Jul 2007 - $28.00
This campground is very nice. The lake is warm and sandy and great for swimming. The sites along the water are perfect and there is a lot of grass to spread out. Some site are even paved. Be careful of the sites in the back row, as you leave the water sites the sites become very sandy and there is too much shade. I would return. - chipper1360
Jul 2016 - $30.00
Nice, clean, quiet park. Level, grassy sites. Value priced for northern Michigan in July. The cable tv did not work and we were only able to get 5 channels over the air. The wifi was pretty good most of the time. I would suspect someone was streaming which caused occasional slowdowns. The bathrooms seemed to see a lot of use and they were mostly kept clean. It is right on the edge of the south arm of Lake Charlevoix so the scenery was beautiful. There are softball fields at the south end of the park and a nice swimming beach at the north end. We made good use of the ice cream stand within walking distance. Easy drive to Charlevoix and Petoskey. We will stay here again if we are in the area. - AT hiker
Sep 2014 - $35.00
Sites were grassy and not that level. Nice view of lake. Not very crowded in September. The restrooms were clean but old. This was a very noisy campground due to the East Jordan Iron Works that was running all day and night. Lots of trucks backing up and making beeping noises, trucks dumping ore down chutes, steam shovel digging, etc. It was noisy. Staff was friendly and low key. - Pager60
Aug 2012 - $34.00
The Good: Clean park, nice grassy sites, and nice views of the lake. I got some awesome sunrise photos. Close to town, shopping, gas, food, etc. Our Verizon aircard had a good signal. Local Police have a strong presence in the park. The park was quiet except for one weekend night that had a lot of campers that stayed up all night. The Bad: The Wi-Fi is not free. It's $5/day if you buy by the week. It seemed fast during my trial period but I didn't want to pay for it. The bathroom and showers were decently clean but aging & not in that great of condition. Showers are pretty small & with a curtain that doesn't cover the entire door opening. The sewer hookups were the oddest we have seen. The connections are 10" off the ground and without a threaded top. I had to use a bungee cord to keep my connector from slipping off and still had to walk the contents down the hose since it was all lower than the final connection. The fire rings are buried without a flag or anything easy to forget and drive a wheel through. Be careful! Overall a nice park if not just a tad over-priced. - Boyinks4Adventure
Jul 2016 - $24.00
Campground was clean and orderly but sites were very small and cramped. Nighty rate was low but they charge extra for more than two people on the site and for using the air conditioning. They had pontoon rentals which I didn't use, and a dog walk, bike path through the woods. The camp office is also not always staffed, we stopped in to ask a question and no one was around. - No 1 Camper
Jul 2016 - $41.00
$41 a night for full hookups. Pay for 6 nights, got 7th night free. Sites were pull thru with two facing each other. Sites were a little tight. Pool was very nice. Many people had boats, and many of the sites are seasonal campers. - laredoct
Oct 2015 - $30.00
Arrived the night before the park was closing for the season. We were having RV problems and the owners kindly allowed us to stay an extra night. They were very understanding and friendly.
The park grounds appeared well maintained, didn't use any of the facilities. We had no problem maneuvering our 40 ft RV through the park. - Tazi4cricket