14 Parks near Carleton, Michigan
We did however find 14 campgrounds within 25 miles of Carleton. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Carleton in the left hand column.
Jun 2016 - $48.00
OK park. Nothing to really complain about, but noting of real note for me either. We were here to visit the Henry Ford and Greenfield Village, so not here to relax in the park so it fit our needs well. Site was level. The full timers have made their home here, and not in a bad way. Nicely kept up. I think I would camp at another park, just because of the closeness to the beach, not because our time here was unpleasant. - steammaker
Mar 2015 - $50.00
We stayed here very early in the season and there was still snow on the ground. Mostly seasonal campers. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. There are a lot of lakes around which is probably very attractive during the summer. Lots of place to walk the dogs. From what we saw we would stay here again. A bit pricey though. - Novi MI
Nov 2013 - $30.00
Spent a month and 3 weeks in pull threw site that the back side had a pile of leaves and junk so it was unusable. Restroom individuals and maintenance man both seen cleaning items in the showers and floors dirty. Park was not plowed after snow until late in day and undriveable to get rigs in or out. Only a few sites were even plowed. Monthly sites were charged .14per KWH and heat tape to parks water lines was charged to the sites. Park staff was not well trained. Question about propane bottle exchange when there exchange bottles were over due inspection individual did not know about dates! Wild cats loose in park and individual allowed dogs to run loose. One trailer was in such bad shape the individual had several tarps covering most of trailer and living in it with large pile of unknown items covered with tarp behind trailer. - Hob
Oct 2016 - $41.00
This is a nice state park with no shade on the shore of Lake Erie. Paved, level sites. Electric sites do not have water hook-ups ($26). Full service sites cost more ($34). The catch is you must pay a daily recreation fee of $9 on top of this and a completely ridiculous fee of $6 for a toad behind your motorhome. As a stop over for one night the total cost of $41 is unacceptable in my opinion. - Al R
Oct 2016 - $38.00
Stayed for tricker treating. Had a great time. Campground was full and very busy. Nice view of the lake kind of wet due to heavy rain. Not a lot of trees . Good biking trails. - Upcamper
Aug 2016 - $35.00
Park is very nice, but needs a little TLC. Had 50 amp site but cover was gone. Interior roads are great, sites need some TLC and trimming. Great view of the water. Little shade. - KCook3
Aug 2016 - $40.00
This is a rather large rv park, not too easy to navigate the interior roads if someone else is coming. Everyone seemed to be crowded on top of each other. - rose1234
Jul 2016 - $52.00
My wife and I have going to Harbortown for more than 10 yrs., recommending this park to fellow campers. But we have noticed a change in customer treatment and enforcement of printed rules. We see dogs off leash and site violations which seem to be ignored. On our last visit this month the next site campers returned from a day of fishing and parked their large boat on site and began cleaning fish, even though there is a fish cleaning station available. The office said they would check on this but never did. We went to the office and said we had family coming to visit and felt we shouldn't have to sit next to or smell the boat. The manager said too bad, the boat stays, it's not against the rules. Rule in the printed brochure explicitly said 1 vehicle and 1 camper per site. He was very rude and insulting and boasted that this was "my place" and if we didn't like it we could move on to another place. After we strongly expressed our opinion on the situation, we got a refund, left and went elsewhere. On leaving Harbortown another camper said others also had issues with management. To our surprise the sites at Sterling were larger, cheaper and with very friendly staff. Plus a nice view of Lake Erie. Our family arrived there and a good time was had by all! For a so called business owner (?) he needs to show respect for campers who support his business. We definitely will not return!!! And definitely not worth the $52 we paid per night, plus $4 per visiting guest. We camped in a motorhome. - Br43
Oct 2015 - $58.00
The campground is easy enough to get to, but once you're there getting to your site can be unnecessarily complicated. If you're looking to get away from it all and enjoy some quiet family time, this isn't the place for you. Sites are extremely close to one another! We were fortunate to have lovely neighbors, so that part could've been worse. The staff themselves were incredibly rude and unwelcoming. I've seen the reviews that rules were not enforced, but my experience was not the case. The staff ride around in their golf carts barking orders at guests.
The park has a lot of potential under proper management, so it's a shame that it's being run in such a poor way. My family and I will not be returning. For the money you spend here (they charge for EVERY little thing) you could stay in a five star hotel with everything included.
If you're going to stay here, be sure to double and triple confirm your reservation and site. Staff is of the mind that they don't make errors and aren't very accommodating when they do. - JDunlapMH12
Oct 2016 - $35.00
Convenient location for seeing the Detroit area. Easy access to the camp ground. Check in was easy and efficient. Pull thru sites are about 50 feet long. Electric, water and sewer were located together mid way on the driver's side. Good water pressure. Only one washer and dryer both in constant use when I checked. Bath house (did not use) is older but appeared clean. Interior roads are gravel. Could be muddy in wet weather with grass/dirt parking. - Bobco
Sep 2016 - $35.00
This is a great location relatively close to Dearborn/Detroit. In under 30 minutes you can reach the Henry Ford Museum, Comerica Park (Tigers baseball) and downtown Detroit. It's just off the I-94 but far enough away that there isn't annoying road noise (maybe a faint hum during rush hour). The office staff is exceptional - truly exceptional. They are super friendly and totally competent. From making reservations (including our requesting a date change after initial booking) to the check-in process to receiving packages for us (they even delivered packages to our site) to checking on us periodically (if we were outside when they drove by), we couldn't have felt more welcome. Verizon cell and Sprint Mifi worked well. CG wifi worked well sometimes and not-so-well other times (typical for an rv park). There were no trees so we had easy access to DirecTV signal. We always felt safe. The local neighborhood is very pleasant. The big negative is that the sites are very close together. The sites are front to front and back to back so your front door isn't looking at your neighbor's sewer connection. However, your "front yard" is pretty close and kinda shared with your neighbor's "front yard". Our neighbors were very nice. The proximity wasn't a problem for us but some folks might not like it. We would absolutely stay here again when visiting the Detroit area. - GottaGoNow
Aug 2016 - $35.00
This park is conveniently located to explore the Detroit and Dearborn area. It is easy on and off from the interstate. The sites are grassy areas separated by the hookups, which were easy to locate. We had no problems leveling our coach or connecting to the utilities. Everything worked well, except for the WiFi. We checked in on Friday and was told they were working on the WiFi. On Monday, when we checked, we were told that parts of the park had WiFi, but our site was not one of them. We ended up having to use our hotspot then entire time we were there. - Bbtj
Aug 2015 - $30.00
Interior gravel roads in dire need of repair. Potholes and dust everywhere. We experienced some rain, and many of the sites were flooded. 30 amp service and old equipment. There was some arcing in our power pole and it caused our power cord to melt into the receptacle. Thankfully I had good power monitoring equipment in my rig that prevented damage. No sewer either. For the fees charged, this campground is not a good value. The staff is below average in friendliness. Not bad, but certainly not the outgoing friendliness we see at so many other places. The county roads leading up to the park are atrocious. Both asphalt and gravel, and both in terrible, terrible condition. We traveled at a crawl and were weaving across both lanes just to avoid potholes and crazy-rough patches. I realize that is not the fault of the owner, but it certainly has a bearing on my overall satisfaction. - User3367
Sep 2012 - $28.00
Campground roads are gravel and not well maintained. The camp sites are grass and almost level. We camped at site 20. Good satellite reception, 30amps, water, no sewage and partially shaded. I reserved the site over the phone. No one was in the office when we arrived at 4pm. We would camp here again, but only for a overnight stay. About 20% of sites were occupied. - tethomas
Jul 2010 - $25.00
This campground was disappointing. It needs to be kept cleaned and maintained. It appears the owner lives within the campground in a beautiful well maintained home. Please put the same care into the campground. The bathroom need's to be maintained and cleaned. The place needs TLC just like the lovely home. - Gabby Smith
Aug 2016 - $48.00
When making your reservations, check with them about directions. Google Maps had us coming in on a road that they said had tight rotaries. They gave us directions that were much easier to follow. Sites are mostly grass and dirt mix but fairly level. Interior roads are easy to navigate but there are a few low trees to avoid. Wifi worked well. We will probably never go to the Detroit area again, but if we do, we'll stay here. - dickens
Aug 2016 - $44.00
This is a very busy, former KOA park located on a small, private lake. Swimming is in the lake, with boat rentals available. Fishing is also available as catch & release but I never saw anyone catch a fish. Most sites are in heavy shade and all are dirt with little gravel and no grass. Sites have a table and fire ring but our ring was partially filled with trash and remained that way for the 4 days we were there. It was very dusty but part of that was due to the lack of rain in the area.
Service was the best part of the park as the staff do seem to give extra effort to accommodate. Other than the dirt, our site was nice but the sewer connection was slightly higher than our dump valves so using it was very difficult, requiring the lower and raising of the hose to finish draining each tank. The park is far enough from Detroit to avoid most of the security issues the city is known for, yet has good access to the attractions to be found there.
Showers can best be described as adequate, as they are reasonably clean but have no place to sit while dressing and only some hooks to hang your clothing and personal items. Ample hot water is available and there were enough to seldom require a wait.
Lawns are in desperate need of water, which may be due to the dry year that they are experiencing. There is some litter blowing about and there were many children darting through sites between our RV and our table, sometimes on bikes and there seem to be many barking dogs with staff paying no apparent attention to the problem. - RV Camper1
Aug 2016 - $45.00
We had a lakefront space which was very nice and shady. The fire ring was sunk into the ground and filled with previous tenant's ash and some garbage. Had to clean it out before using. The site itself was littered with cigarette butts which I found very unappealing. This seemed to be a theme, as we saw a lot of butts littered around the grassy and dirt areas.
My husband chose this park due to it's proximity to an event we were attending in Dearborn and for the lake and water slide. The weather was nice, but overcast while we were in town and the slide was closed while we were there, even though they allowed people to swim in the lake, saying the weather was too dangerous for the slide to be open. That was a disappointment. My husband and kids did go swimming in the lake, but it lasted about 10 minutes because they said it was too shallow (in the area that was roped off) and too crowded with wild kids. Not a lot of parental supervision.
The shower area and restrooms were fairly clean and nice - no better or worse than most campground facilities. They sold firewood on site, which was nice, but anything else you wanted to buy at the camp store was hugely marked up ($3.29 for a half gallon of milk.) Luckily, stores were not too far away.
Apparently the campground lets in day users to the lake and picnic areas for a fee. So, the people you see there, especially during the weekend, may not necessarily be fellow campers. It's a private lake, so I guess they can do what they want...but it added to the numbers at the beach area.
I would only recommend this place for it's location. If we come back to the area we will try to find another place first, but if we can't we would settle for this one. Not a glowing review, I know, but not a glowing experience. - bqpratt
Sep 2016 - $23.00
We stayed at Wilderness Campground using the Passport America rate. The owners were very nice people, I wish I could give the campground a better review. On our first day there we walked around the grounds, and found mostly seasonal sites that were not all well kept. The pull through area we were in was in a wide open field with no trees that bordered a road. It rained most of the time we were there, which added to the tired feeling of this campground. Also, season was winding down for them. As I walked around the lake I noticed trash (beer cans/cigarettes) piled in the fire rings of the cabins that were vacant - it was just depressing. We paid $23 a night with the PA rate, all except for the last night, which was full price - it was not worth the full price rate (only water/electric - no sewer), but it was easier for us to stay one more night. There are no laundry facilities and the bathrooms did not look very clean. I would not stay here again. - WHR NXT
Jul 2015 - $35.00
Wow, just wow.......and I don't mean this in a good way. We opted to stay here for an overnight stay.. They gave us a "pull through" which is just a spot in a field and we had to drive through a wet area in the field to get into our spot, almost getting stuck in the mud. Michigan is tough for finding a quick overnight spot when traveling through, so you take what you can. In hindsight, a parking lot looks like a palace! Lot's full time residents and some interesting RV/Trailer set ups, kind of trashy. - scubajoe
Jul 2015 - $35.00
Stayed here for three nights. The campground is a mixture of travellers and seasonal campers. We had a nice spot with a view of the lake. Locals come to the lake on weekends to fish and relax. Unfortunately, we couldn't get out and do much due to rain and flooding in the area. The campground did a good job of trying to remove water from the campsites. Spots were a bit close and would be very hot in the summer. There were no laundry facilities. No wifi, but Verizon coverage was good. Cabela's is close if you need to shop or get a good meal. - tripster
Jun 2012 - $33.00
Park features a sandy beach that is sometimes closed owing to water safety (bacteria readings). Hawk tower is a popular observation point. There is also a large day use area for picnics, games, dog walking, or whatever. Trout pond for fishing. Nice recreational trail. Plenty to do in the area especially if you like visiting wineries. Sites start at $33 (unserviced). 15 and 50 amp sites are also available, as well as water connections. Some turnover in staff including a new park superintendent means some old problems have finally been addressed to the park's betterment. Enforcement has been stepped up. Parkview campground has been closed and is returning to its natural state. Marshview remains open and is frequently booked to capacity on weekends, so reserve well in-advance. 3/4 of park is seasonals. Very laid back and peaceful. Officers address any noise/rowdiness promptly. Lots are mostly shaded and of good quality, although not as private as what some provincial parks offer. Not all is rosy though: the comfort station is frequently closed on the weekends owing to problems with their septic system pump failing. Portajons are provided but many campers are disappointed to find showers, laundry, and bathrooms closed by Sunday morning. Staff are working diligently to find a permanent solution. Also, pedestal power can vary from site to site. Best to check your power with a meter or have in-line monitoring/protection in event of brownout. In conclusion and overall I'd like to say that in the last five years Holiday Beach Conservation Area has risen a few notches and is a fine place to stay whether you are a tent camper, RV'er, or seasonal. Both staff and guests are very nice to deal with. Highly recommend. - John-in-SWO
Aug 2007 - $20.00
Friendly gate staff, camp store with basic needs, scenic walking trails, low user fees, beach. Initial impression was good. But there are no conservation officers - and it shows. The park office closes at 9pm whereupon the area becomes a free-for-all, supposedly with municipal police patrolling (we saw them drive through twice in the afternoon). The bathroom facilities consisted of a trailer on a platform (not handicap accessible) which was absolutely filthy. At the CG, the screaming of profanities, loud stereos, harvesting of firewood from the forest, cruelty to wildlife, etc. only left us wondering what it must be like after 9 when the park closed. Neighbors were pretty rowdy and we decided to break camp early and not spend the night rather than take our chances staying there overnight. Now please keep in mind that there are TWO camp grounds within Holiday Beach. We apparently picked the wrong one in our quest to get a spot close to the waterfront. There is a no-alcohol campground closer to the park entrance which is also resident for some seasonal campers who probably don't put up with any nonsense. The no-alcohol camp site also has a proper comfort station with showers. If you are a family camper looking for a safe and peaceful place to stay and not a carload of underage drinkers looking for somewhere to party with impunity, you may want to pick your campsite from the ones in the nicer campground closer to the park office. - John-in-SWO
Sep 2016 - $38.00
The campground is approximately 5 miles from I-75 traveling on acceptable country roads; a bit narrow but fine if done slowly. Roads and sites in the campground are gravel and relatively level. We drive a 45ft MH with a tow and were able to navigate the campground without removing the car. Utilities and sewer placed well and worked fine. The owner checked us in and was very friendly and helpful even getting up early to let us through the gate the next morning, although we could have done that ourselves. The campground is mostly shaded making satellite and OTA reception poor. Verizon hotspot worked adequately for email and basic internet surfing. There are a few sites with less tree cover which would alleviate this issue. We did not use the restrooms or laundry so cannot comment on that. Campground is gated so security felt good. We would use this campground again if we were in the area and needed a spot to stay. - LvR
Jul 2016 - $38.00
Many trees. Office staff are very helpful. Park is gated and completely secure. May be better closer to the office. Rural setting, nothing nearby commercially. No credit cards accepted. No discounts. - SusanRon
Jul 2015 - $36.00
I am not really sure where the bad reviews are coming from. We stay here year after year and enjoy each stay. True, the road into the campground and the road in the campground are dirt but are well maintained and potholes are promptly patched with gravel. We saw many places in the campground that had been recently taken care of. The water does have an odor and if you are picky about your water I would bring plenty in. WIFI is said to be available throughout the camp, but we were not able to connect. It definitely needs to be upgraded. That covers any negatives. The staff there is very nice, very helpful and have always been pleasant to us. The beach is sandy and clean. The lake was fine to swim in with a sandy bottom. No evidence of any problems. The kids certainly enjoyed swimming and playing there. The playground was full of kids the whole time we were there, having a wonderful time. The restrooms are kept clean and the showers are some of the best we have experienced. The water pressure could be low if there were a lot of people showering. Cell phone coverage is fine for both AT& T and Verizon. Our site was large, fairly level and well maintained grass. There is a nice mix of shaded and sunny sites. We will definitely stay here again. - Meyer Camping
Jun 2016 - $52.00
We've camped here several times due to proximity to family and friends in Toledo. Note: the campground automatically adds a daily $7.50 "resort fee" on check-in. The fee apparently includes morning pancakes and kid's activities. As a senior, when I questioned the resort fee, I was given the option to opt out. Many sites are satellite-unfriendly, so if that is important to you, be sure to let the host know. WiFi was surprisingly good, but then the campground was mostly empty. I really wish there was a more reasonably priced option close to Toledo. - CO2RV
Oct 2015 - $47.00
Right beside the highway so there was road noise. Park mostly empty. Cable and WiFi good. Water pressure good. Abit overpriced, had to pay a $6.00 resort fee on top of the regular rate. Sites close together. - DBSnowbirds
Aug 2015 - $45.00
We have stayed at Monroe Co. KOA several times, but only because it is the closest campground to family and friends in Toledo. This KOA, like others we've stayed in is overpriced. The on-line rate was $45, but when we checked in, the clerk said it would be $53. When I inquired about the difference, was told the $8 was a "resort fee." The clerk removed the $8 when I convinced him we were not interested in the "free" pancake breakfast, etc. WiFi was so-so. Also, as with many KOAs most sites are not satellite friendly. We were fortunate to get one that was. We camped here three days, but had to leave Friday as they were solidly booked and we didn't have a reservation. No problem there, but when I inquired if I could just dry-camp over the weekend, the response was "sure -- that will be $41 per night." Needless to say, we packed up and moved our rig to Cabelas, which is quite nice (and free). - CO2RV