5.6 Average
     
Buchanan, Michigan

Bear Cave Resort

Buchanan, Michigan



Buchanan, Michigan
Phone: (269) 695-3050

Sites: 114
Recent Rate: $3 9/2015

Latitude: 41.8820071033647
Longitude: -86.3589549064636

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $1.75 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 1.75
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games yes
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

17 Reviews

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed part of Labor Day weekend. We reserved and prepaid for 2 sites as we also had a pop up trailer for other family. The area that we stayed in and most of the campground kept loosing power because there were too many air conditioning units running. Saturday the power went on and off all day. Night time was ok. All day Sunday we were stuck by our home because it was too warm inside for the dogs. People were leaving and management kept putting more new trailers in those spots even though they new there was no power. When we checked in they didn't mention anything or ask us to limit ac usage. We didn't make plans a month in advance to be trapped and not able to use the facilities. Communication was poor. Still waiting for a response from Thousand Trails and Bear Cave. We camped at Bear Cave Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
77
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $3.00
Overall Rating:      

Pros

Sites with full hookups good size

Quiet, very few campers

No problem with water or power

Cons

Entry road was terrible

Single lane, big problem if meeting other camper, especially towing and impossible to back up

Nothing but potholes all the way

For that reason, will not return. We camped at Bear Cave Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Road to campground entry has lots of curves and some overhanging trees.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived and could not even get in. This whole thing lasted from 8am until 1pm when the only way we could get in was when a car came out of the gate, it opened and we were able to get in. Once inside, the office said it was open but locked with all lights out! I would definitely recommend calling a couple days ahead of time and staying on the phone with them until they let you in the gate. Sad. Additionally, there were several large potholes which made it difficult to get our motorhome in. They have a store onsite also but it was never open the two days that we were there. Bathrooms were fairly clean but very old and in need of renovation. We camped at Bear Cave Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
54
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Tons of huge potholes, not good in a motorhome.

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

First the positives. Sites are very spacious, plenty of room for a big rig and space to park an extra vehicle. Lots of shade and also open spaces for satellite dish. Has river access. Friendly, helpful staff.

Now the negatives. Access road is a one lane gravel road for about a quarter of a mile. I don't know what happens if rigs going in opposite directions should meet! Before you set up your rig on your site be sure and check the electric on the post! We had to change sites due to non existent electric but the clerk in the office said it was available! We moved to a spot with good 50/30 amp. Another negative is the availability of water! No tap at our site. Had to use 2 long hoses to reach an available tap. When another rig moved in behind us he didn't have any tap available. Maintenance worker brought over a splitter so the guest could hook up. There is a laundry room. It is clean and there are 4 washers and 3 large dryers. But wait, one washer and one dryer have locks on them. They are only available for use by staff who clean the park models. So park guests only have 3 washers and 2 dryers available! Lousy set up! Now the biggest negative. No WiFi. Most of the time our hot spot did not work. At best on our Verizon phones we only had 2 tiny bars and then the connection was bad. Lots of dropped calls depending where in the coach we were sitting/standing when on the phone.

Originally we were only scheduled to be here for 3 nights but due to mechanical issues with our tow vehicle we had to extend for a week. The park was very kind and kept our daily rate the same ($10) even though they could have raised it. We very much appreciate that consideration. We would stay here again if ever in the area. We camped at Bear Cave Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

There is river access (St. Joseph River) which is a lovely river. Some boaters and canoes and kayakers. The dock is in need of repair.

Shopping available in Niles, MI about 12 miles away and Mishawaka, IN about 30 miles away. Lots of wineries in the area. Close to South Bend.

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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice little park. About 1/3 of the sites are full hook up, the rest are without sewer or for tents. The full hook up area is lightly shaded and gravel/grass for your site. There are many cement pads thru the park but none with full hook ups. Many of those sites are very nice, very shaded but if you want satellite reception you probably won't get it. Anything around the river is without sewer. They do have a dump on site and they also have a honey wagon. I would return again. We camped at Bear Cave Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
122
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The Michigan Wine Trail is close by. There are also many hiking areas and parks to visit. The Farmers Market in downtown Buchanan on Saturday is very nice. They also have a Thursday concert in the same park as the farmers market. Close by is the Old Rugged Cross Church. Call to arrange a tour. On the camp property is an actual Cave to tour. It is a close drive to Lake Michigan. Warren Dunes State Park (fee to enter) is nice and has good hiking trails.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped here the 15th of June. The pool and lodge were not open. Both were closed for maintenance. They thought the pool would be open in the next week or two. There is a new manager this year and he is trying to get things into shape. The road into the campground is narrow dirt and gravel. Hope you don't meet another unit going the other way. The water connections are hit and miss. frequently four or five to a connection. The sites are level and many have concrete pads. Verizon is two bars. Would come back but only because I'm a Thousand Trails member. We camped at Bear Cave Resort in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 260
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 29

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

TTN rate. I can't cover it all in this review. This campground isn't worth the stop. Power and Water are issues. General upkeep and maintenance are terrible, the river boardwalk and dock are scary with loose boards and totally beat conditions. Pool and spa won't be opening this year and as an alternative?? Management is offering a free tour of the "Bear Cave" which is really a disappointment as caves go. Management here are paranoid and hysterical; make up rules as they go along and have to deal with problems or unhappy campers, or both. The comment we heard most often from the two managers?? "We both have college degrees and we aren't stupid." Does that make any sense when it comes to constructive customer service? The conditions here are pretty much out of control. There is absolutely no security at this CG; the gate is jammed open and there is no surveillance system and no access control. We would never consider returning to this CG and we suggest others avoid coming here; stay away, it isn't worth it. We camped at Bear Cave Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Large back in sites with lots of room between other campers. No Wi-Fi, no cable, poor facilities. Seems like we were at the end of the season as facilities were closed or run down. An okay for one night stop. We camped at Bear Cave Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

Rustic setting on the river with sites in the heavily wooded area or out in the open. Mainly gravel or hard packed grass and clay. Could use some updating in the showers and baths but overall a peaceful setting and quiet. Roads are very narrow but accessible and office and activity center is friendly and helpful. We camped at Bear Cave Resort in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here under our Thousand Trails membership at 0$ in our 40 ft motor home. There is a limited number of full hookup sites and we were fortunate to get a nice one. We got easy access to satellite TV, which is lucky because most sites are wooded. Try sites 150 through 157 for full hookup w/50 amp and satellite access. Unlike a previous reviewer, we had no water issues. Our Verizon cell service was one bar at best. This could be a 9 but it needs plenty of maintenance. Our site had good solid gravel and was easy to level. We camped at Bear Cave Resort in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

No one at available for check in at 5:30PM arrival. A employee was later located and advised us to find a spot and check-in in the morning. Camp is in serious need of maintenance. Probably was a "Gem" in by-gone days. Several board-walks and stairway need repair or replaced as the wood has rotted. Security gate not working and appears to have been that way for a long time. Water quality is terrible, foul odor and taste and pressure was low. Nice area of Michigan, only 16 miles to St. Joseph which is worth the trip. Could become a very nice place again if some time, effort and money invested. (Seems to be a issue with the Thousand Trails organization, not investing in their properties.) I may visit again because the area is so nice, but will take plenty of bottled water. We camped at Bear Cave Resort in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice, woodsy. Had it to ourselves mid-week. Probably tight & crowded weekends. Good showers. We camped at Bear Cave Resort in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Our rate reflects our membership in RPI. This campground was a very good value for the rate we paid. They offered full hookup including 50 amp service. We had good satellite reception. The security gate is still broken, but that was not one of our priorities given the location of the campground. The campground borders the St. Johns river, and campers have use of the boat ramp and limited dockage. The only inconvenience was that our Verizon cell phone was unreliable, and our Verizon air card did not work at all. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Bear Cave Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 117
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice surprise, open sites for satellite, 50 amp, water, sewer all for $10 C2C rate. St John's river is close by, with waterfall in park. AT&T is minimal, enough to surf with, but not much else. There is some cell service. Park is really well maintained. We camped at Bear Cave Resort in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

People in the park were very friendly. After you check in, you're left to choose any site available. Sites are gravel, grass all relatively level. Big rigs have no problem after you get into the park. The entrance is tight with low hanging branches but we were able to squeeze in. We would probably not return. We camped at Bear Cave Resort in a Motorhome.

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