23 RV Parks near Benton Harbor, Michigan
Sep 2017 - $28.00
If campgrounds were rated like hotels, this would be a 2.5 star hotel with a 5 star rating. No pool and very few amenities, but clean and friendly. Internet was strong and cell service was good, Verizon. Place was charming and staff friendly. About 10 mins from the beach in St Joe. - Irishiwasdrinking
Sep 2017 - $32.00
Good price, clean park and decent site with full hookups. - ThePattersons
Aug 2017 - $29.00
This was a one night stop for us on the way to Detroit. Access to the park is about 2.5 miles straight off I-94. The managers are very friendly and helpful. We had a blowout outside of Chicago and had the tire replaced after we got to the park. The manager offered to help me put the tire back under the rig on the spare tire holder. We found the park very quiet and the residents kind of stayed to themselves. Interesting to walk around the park and see the little train tracks and amusement park. No dog park, but plenty of room to walk the dog. We did not have time to venture around town but seemed to be plenty of restaurants and a mall. The configuration are shared power pole so your neighbor's door faces yours. I am running into more and more parks like this. - akeller156
Sep 2017 - $50.00
We've been staying at this KOA for quite a few years for our annual fall trip. There are big improvements from last year, including a new store/check in area. We also noticed the owner checking tree limbs. Our site (#92) could use a branch or two trimmed. Electric, cable box and sewer were near the center of our site.The campground's pull thru sites were full during our entire stay. We would suggest an escort to the site, as some seemed to have a problem finding their site. We'll definitely be returning. - Looney Bird
Aug 2017 - $47.00
A very nice family bought this last year so it may improve as they put work into it. With that in mind, this is an average KOA with fairly close sites, level gravel, some grass between sites. There may be only one row for bigger rigs. Lots of tent sites. There was a big branch hanging over our site which just missed the roof while getting into our site, 92. WES are way back in the site and seemed to work fine. Wifi stumbles along. There is quite a bit of road noise especially near the front of the campground. If big rig, disconnect before going to the site as some roads are a little tight but manageable. Staff thought because the site was long, the we didn't need to disconnect. Getting to the site needs to be considered! Roads are paved. Forget about satellite TV as the entire campground is heavily treed. They do have cable. Pool, jumping cushion, volleyball and play area for children. Would stay again because not much choice in the area. Hope they're successful. - Team Asphalt
Jul 2016 - $48.00
Out of about 25 KOA's we have stayed in during the last 5 years, this ranks near the bottom. Roads, while paved, are very narrow. Tight turns for big rigs towing. Some extra gravel on the sites would help. Playground has old, tired and broken equipment. A couple of items looked very dangerous. The small lake looked like a cesspool. The bounce was so dirty and looked like it had not been cleaned for years. The pool was good size and looked good.
Lots of bugs, bring repellent.
Will never be back. - kegmaster
Aug 2017 - $33.00
This park has big trees for shade and a pretty setting. It is 15-20 min. out from South Haven in a very rural area along the interstate. It was not enjoyable to sit outside beause of the bugs and interstate noise. The bathrooms are very old, small and crowded in the mornings. There was no tv reception. There are not many water hookups, so bring extra hose to reach. - Red dog mom
Aug 2014 - $15.00
We enjoyed this rustic campground. There are lots of huge trees. It's a bit tricky to get parked. However, the owner was very helpful with suggestions on how to get into our site. He even let us drive the wrong way on a road to avoid having to unhook our car in a rainstorm. There are several long term residents, but all sites were clean, as was all the campground. This campground only has water and electric and no cable. However, the satellite worked surprising well with all those trees, and Verizon signal was strong. The owners were friendly and helpful. We would camp here again. - RV Artist
Sep 2011 - $15.00
Campground is in the timber so the sites are grass/forest floor. When it rains it will be muddy in most places. Water and power connections are shared so you may have to connect on the curb side. Some require 50+ feet of hose and may be across another site. Both water and power (30amp) were good. The sites are situated around the connections and are hard to tell which way to park since they are not set up with gravel or pads. If you plan to stay any time soon be aware that you cannot go by any published directions or GPS. There is a bridge closed over the Blue Star Highway right next to the campground. When we called for availability they didn’t tell us about the closure and we drove for an hour to find it. You have to be on 44 East of the park and follow 44 around the road closed barrier. - Fulltime 5er
Oct 2017 - $37.00
Beautiful park, well maintained, friendly staff. Loved the unusual fire rings. And our water loving dog was thrilled with the river. Also a convenient distance from Notre Dame. Would definitely stay here again. - fulltimerjan
Oct 2017 - $28.00
I rated Shamrock Park a 9 out of 10 because it did not have laundry facilities. Otherwise, this is an excellent campground. The sites were spacious, there was a fire ring and picnic table, the area had plenty of grass and trees, all hookups worked fine, and the WiFi was good (it worked best during the day, not so much at night when everyone started using it). Interior roads were paved and campsites were gravel and level. We would certainly stay here again. - Melodycthomas
Apr 2017 - $28.00
Very nice campground right on the Saint Josephs river complete with a boat ramp, fish cleaning station and on site storage. Park is open all year and they allow long term stays but all the sites in the park are very clean and well kept including long term. Fire pits, level gravel pads with plenty of parking, good spacing between sites, 50, 30, 20 amp, some pull thrus, fhu's, water & electric, primitive and tent sites. A little gem of a city owned park with great staff and easy check ins. Will definately stay here again whenever we're back this way. - papaken
Sep 2017 - $77.00
This is a really nice park. It was mostly filled the weekend we were there, even though it was after Labor Day. Lots of kids, but very quiet. There were a number of activities for the kids. Our dog enjoyed the dog park, and we appreciated the very helpful escort when we arrived. They sent me an email a day or so before our reservation date, offering us the ability to order pizza delivered to the site when we arrived. Also a nice touch.
We had a premium site, and it came with premium wifi, but I wasn't impressed with either the premium or the regular wifi. We liked our site: it had a nice gas grill, patio set, and a two-seat bench with a table in the middle by the fire pit. Very pretty.
We went to visit the dunes during our stay, and it was ~1/2 hour drive to get there. Honestly, my only complaint, and it was a pretty major annoyance, is about the weeds that had small burrs in them that grew along the park's dirt roads. Unfortunately, our dog got burrs in all of her feet before we knew that they were there. The plants themselves weren't really obvious: they looked like any other small, short weed right next to the road and the burrs were green and not obvious at all. We hadn't gone 15 steps before the dog refused to walk anymore, and we had to carry her to and pick out about 20 burrs from the fur around her feet and in between her toes while she cried. (Which of course stuck our fingers while we were trying to remove them.) I think they should mow about six inches further in from the roadway, and that would solve the problem. Once we knew they were there, we were able to walk in the middle of the road and avoid them. - Morning Star
Aug 2017 - $52.00
There are a few things to be aware of prior to making a decision to stay at this KOA: 1. The fee displayed on the website when making a reservation is not the fee you will pay. They charge a $6 per day "resort fee" which means that every site is $6 more than the quoted amount. You do not discover this until you have clicked the reserve button. 2. You are charged the full amount for your stay at the time of reservation. The KOA reservation policy states that normally you will be charged a deposit of one night's stay, but sometimes the campground may charge the full amount. But if that is the case, it will be stated on the specific campground's website; I could not find any such statement. Again, you do not find out about this until you click the reserve button. 3. They say they have free WiFi. However, they do not have free functional WiFi. The free WiFi seldom works even to just get email. When we questioned this they said it was because the campground was full and had too many people using it. However, we stayed beyond the weekend when the campground had maybe 10% occupancy and it only worked occasionally for a short time. They will sell you "premium WiFi" for $8. Our experience with the premium was better, but you still got dropped occasionally. Our attitude about the campground would have been better if these things were known before making the decision to stay in this campground. A few of the other negatives: • Dirt/gravel roads and sites. The roads can be dusty and the sites dirty. Some sites have grass. • Very few sites have any shade. Okay if you like to sit in the hot sun. • Here are some of the good things: • Staff is very friendly. Probably the KOA's staff is their best asset. • Lots of activities for kids if you like that sort of thing - especially on weekends. • Most sites are pretty good size. • Some nice landscaping around the office. - RXA-ADM
Aug 2017 - $60.00
Everything was well kept. E/W/S worked well. - Skipp
Aug 2017 - $34.00
The campground was clean and the staff was friendly. There were a lot of families with kids. The sites were small, very close together, not level and very difficult to back into; expect to make several attempts. It's an older park that hasn't been updated. Several sites share electric panel. Dump station on slight hill as you enter the park. No TV, cell phone or wifi service since the campground is in a ravine, completely surrounded by trees. On a positive note, the beach is very close and nice; sandy with very few rocks. - max7_3
Jul 2016 - $32.00
This is our favorite "hidden gem" campground, and we drive up annually from central IL to this southwest corner of MI to stay for 4-5 days. The campground has a 1/4 mile stretch of Lake Michigan beach that you MIGHT share with a dozen people during the week. Weekends are a little busier with day-pass traffic to the beach, but still not very crowded.
The camping area is wooded, nestled between shaded dunes for a nice protection from hot sun and heavy winds (you can leave your awning out all the time). A short walk over some boarded stairways/walkways and you are on the beach! It's a great blend of environments that I've never experienced at any other campground.
This side of Lake Michigan has real sandy beaches, crashing waves on breezy days, outstanding weather in the summer months, and sunset views over the Lake that you will not forget. For us Midwesterners, it's as close to an ocean beach experience as you can get.
The campground is older with water/30 amp electric sites (no full hookups), a dump station, as well as primitive tent sites and small cabin rentals if you don't have an RV. Sites are sandy (which I don't mind) and fairly level. There are two "loops" of RV sites, one larger loop for smaller trailers/motorhomes, and another smaller loop with larger sites for bigger rigs. We have been here in a 35' motorhomes and trailers and have always been able to get a larger site in the smaller loop, which is actually a more private because day traffic goes the other direction.
Sites are nicely separated with heavy rope dividers on wooden posts. The office has very friendly staff on-site every day, and they sell small supplies, firewood, ice, drinks, and ice cream.
Recent years have brought some upgrades in walking paths (to the beach) and a new bathhouse in the smaller loop. This is a town-owned park facility and it's obvious that they do put money and care into it, to keep it updated (as much as possible) and maintained. - scottydl
Aug 2015 - $32.00
This is a little known park. You can walk to the beach at Lake Michigan which is 100 yards away. Very nice sandy beach. People bid on the park to run it. Sites are okay for a more rustic stay. Value was good because of access to lake which is not dog friendly. We would stay here again, maybe for a week. If you rent a site access to beach is included otherwise people without RV's pay $7 a day for beach access. Lots of people stay in tents. - Mark from Missouri
Jul 2010 - $1.00
This would be a great family campground. Area set aside for tents and popups. Park like setting. Fishing pond. Don't know why it is not full. Added an extra day when we got here. Very quiet. Would stay again. The only reason for the overall 7 rating is the roads. Just go slow. - ChrisnMarv
Jul 2017 - $30.00
Thousand Trails has begun selling off lots either permenatly or seasonally. The result is all of the good spots are gone. The membership they sell is a first come first serve deal with a maximum 21 days at a park. Then they sell the spots. A bait and switch at the least!!! THis park follows a theme of deferred maintenance at Thousand Trails. The place could be nice but all the monies are stripped out and a bare bones staff is left to try and hold it together. We reserved well in advance a FHU site. Arrived and the best we could get was water and electric. There are many dead trees market for removal and appear dangerous. There is an 11 foot limb that that they put a sign up for rather than cut down. Also a 10 foot power crossing. WATCH your height in a 5ver!!!! Verizon cell worked but had trouble with data during the race and peak periods. Tough to get Satellite but we pulled it off after a few attempts. Most dont! We would not recommend the park at this time. - BrianStacifulltimers
Sep 2016 - $1.00
Big rig friendly and the park has a very good layout. Full service utility sites are out in the open with little shade but great satellite reception. We stayed in a shaded area (no sewer and partial satellite reception) with the dump station and laundry nearby. We will make a return trip, hopefully the entrance road will be in better condition; long and ruff. - GaHoosier
Aug 2016 - $0.00
This park is over 60 years old, and probably updated the latest I'd guess in the 60's. As such everything is old and deteriorating. Our Thousand Trails membership enabled us to stay for free, as I thought that was a fair price for what you get. The access road is horrendous dirt and pot holes. Our 50 amp Rv tripped 3 times due to low voltage and the park wasn't even full. The pool was clean although the bottom needs a complete re paint job. This is a "first come, first served" park as far as reserving a particular site, and as such you might get 30 amp or 50 amp full hookup if lucky . There is a nice shady back loop but with a 11' tree limb warning, and low overhead wires, care should be noticed. There is also a bear cave with entrance through the office (fee required). Not very exciting as it was wet and muddy with all the natural features destroyed by years of over zealous campers. I think if this campground was "updated", it wouldn't be too bad. The staff calls it "rustic". Good over the air HDTV, but zero WiFi and minimal cell service. Good for an overnight stay, but that's it, if you can make it through the long access road without breaking an axle. - Jimpav
Aug 2017 - $25.00
nice park although the beach was rocky and was quite a hike from the campsite. We were required to purchase a seasonal/annual permit @ $32.00. - max7_3
Jul 2017 - $27.00
We have camped at most of the state parks along lake michigan. Some how we never made it here until now. Our site was grass over sand so plan on some blocks under the levelers. We ended up near the playground which the kids loved. State park play grounds are hit an miss. This one was one of the better ones. Roads are paved and can be a little tight to navigate. We disconnected the toad before entering the park. upon arriving at our site it was clear that it would be tight to back in. It was a good thing the campers across the street had not arrived otherwise it would have been difficult to back in with one shot. Verizon signal was about 50% internet speed was good but not top speed. ATT signal was a little better. - TeamErnzer
Oct 2016 - $37.00
Clean, well-maintained State Park, with friendly, helpful young men at check-in station. The campground was full on a nice fall weekend - luckily, we had paid the extra $10 to reserve a site. Paved interior roads, and mostly level dirt sites with some grass; and trees that helped with privacy, since sites are rather close together. Dog walking trail, and even a nearby Dog Beach. We would stay here again. - FranM
Aug 2017 - $31.00
We stayed two nights on our way West to break up the trip. Upon arrival, the unhappy office person charged us $9/day per vehicle (RV and toad) totaling $36 for two days, plus the camp fee of $62. We had previously paid $8 to reserve a spot via website. Pretty pricey for a spot with 50amp service only. The site was ok, wide and long enough for our rig, but the fire pit had cigarettes in it and there was an old carpet that someone had tossed into the woods behind the site. Pros were the cool dunes and Lake Michigan. The showers were individual rooms, and clean, but water wasn't very hot. Our site was shaded, and overall, the park is super quiet except for the traffic sounds, which weren't too bad. The person working the gift shop was lovely, happy and glad to be there. - Kcm
Jul 2017 - $40.00
The location of the park is very nice and beach access is a fun tromp through the dunes; however, we were terribly disappointed in the space we were given. If you come here, be sure to drive around the park, mark down the spots that look interesting and then ask for those. We were driving a long way and really needed a nice place to rest before moving on the next morning. We took spot #164 as assigned and found it to be a spot that was absent-mindedly created out of a corner. There is a sign in your way, the bushes are thick and hog up the majority of the space and the spot isn't level. And, to top it off, the fire pit was full of gross trash from the previous campers. We were didn't realize until walking the other loop to take the dunes trail that other far more appealing sites were to be had. My Mr. was too tired from driving and didn't want to request a different site after he had already put down the jacks and got the AC running. I don't know if it was because the park employees try to get this spot "sold" first or what, but for $31 + $9 for the park pass is way too much for what we got. I highly doubt we'll stay at this park again, but if we do, I'll be far more picky about which site we get assigned. For the record, site #54 looks spacious, shaded and has 50 amp service. If it weren't for the nice dunes and the "better loop" I'd drive right by and never give it another thought. - Ree Klein
Jul 2016 - $29.00
Reviews definitely depend on time of year you camp here: we experienced the same. Park is unique with the lake and sand dunes.
The Campground in summer: yikes! Sites 94 - 171 looked like a tent city at a rock concert with some trailers thrown in. The campers looked miserable. Large grassy/dirt areas with no privacy and kids running all over the place.
Fortunately we were in the "Modern" campground, and sites 67-74 were the only spacious sites we saw. However this loop also had many very close inside sites. The outside loop sites are also subject to road noise.
In the summer I would be very cautious about the site you choose and your personal space requirements. Our site had electric and some privacy.
I would visit this park again due to the unique sand dunes and the lake BUT only off season and not on a weekend. - Breezy2