9 Parks near Charlevoix, Michigan
Jul 2005 - $10.00
This review is based on the fact that this is a Rustic campground. We stayed here for 6 nights and really enjoyed our stay, the weather was real nice. The problems with this campground first off is that Lake Michigan is experiencing a problem with algea, we could swim nearby our campsite but had to walk a little ways up a point to get to good clean water, and the sites on the water are beautiful, but the water is rocky, water shoes are a must! There is a sandy beach area near the day use area at the south end of the park, provided you walk south once on the beach. We also used a Charlevoix city park, called Ferry Beach that was nice and an easy drive (either side street near Glenns or 7-11 will take you there). Another fact is that a cement plant is in view from the water front sites and it has a constant noise about it, but nothing to obnoxious or anything that would upset your night of sleep, but it's there. The pit toilets were cleaned every morning and weren't to bad. There is no dump station, so we brought a porta potty and small shower shelter for the kids to use, this worked real nice to keep the black tank from filling to quick. Water, if needed, is from hand pumps, so bring containers if this might be needed, the water had the usual hard water taste, but wasn't bad. Any site on the water is pretty nice with plenty of privacy, I ran my generator in the evening and didn't have to worry about disturbing my neighbors, who on our last morning were both running theirs and I didn't even realize it. So the quiet and privacy here are real nice and the lake views great with occasional frieghters heading into the cement plant. The town of Charlevoix is only a mile or two away and the grocery store is before you have to go into the downtown area that can be real busy and congested, especially after the drawbridge has been up. There are plenty of shops and stores in town to check out if your into that too. Overall a real nice area with a real quiet campground. - Grim Reaper
Bay Harbor, Michigan (map) | (888) 366-2666
Sites: 78 | Latest Rate: $93.00 | 38 Reviews
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
Jun 2016 - $60.00
We stayed here three nights and loved this resort! The staff was very helpful and accessible. The grounds were beautiful and well maintained. It is very close to all of the sights to see in nearby cities. The showers and laundry were immaculate. It is gated and a very safe and beautiful place to stay. At the sites, there is enough space to park your vehicle and your MH. They do make you disconnect your towed at the entrance. We would definitely stay here again! - PTurn85
May 2016 - $30.00
Good parts: Beautiful, tree-filled grounds. Impressive clubhouse with soaring wood ceiling and inviting fireplaces. Clean, luxurious bathrooms with saunas. Fairly complete gym with 2 treadmills and circuit training equipment. Small, cold pool and small but heated jacuzzi. Putting course. Tennis court. Card rooms and theatre. Planned activities. Spacious paved pads and roads. Well-placed hook ups. No tables or fire rings. Small laundry room with two efficient washers and dryers, a folding table,plus an iron and ironing board. 1.50 to wash and to dry. Internet was excellent although it did go out for several hours twice in a month. Verizon works well, however.
Bad parts: Most sites have road noise. We had the northern exposure because of the spring special, so our site backed up to US 31. Noise was noticeable but not horrible. There's a line of trees separating sites from the road. For those bothered by constant road noise, this could be a problem. All sites in the park have some noise.
Cable TV is another story. Only 30 analog channels and poor reception on most of them. Not a good offering of channels either. Front desk girls are lost about fixing the reception problem. I was basically told that there was nothing that could be done since they didn't want to call a tech to the site. She offered to move me, but I declined saying that unhooking and hooking up a motorhome is too much work. I'm guessing that problem will never be addressed and the next person to have my site will have the same problem. Satellites might have a problem with so many trees.
Despite the road noise and the marginal cable, I'd come back. I only mention these issues so others can be aware.
I'm guessing the resort is feeling its way about increasing rentals. It's not a motorhome only park anymore and they're no longer selling lots. This is the third owner and only 3 lots have sold since 2009. I hope this owner, Sunland, can make it work since the resort is so beautiful. - User3617
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
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 - $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
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
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
Jun 2016 - $58.00
This is our third year at this KOA and we are never disappointed in the quality or friendliness of the staff. They have added a couple of new outdoor games for the kids and some of the permanent sites are now gone which opened up some additional sites for transients. The park is immaculate and it is very central to many of the activities in Petoskey. It is also only 35-40 minutes from Mackinaw City. The only down side is that they have limited on site activities (like pancake breakfasts, bingo, or other events) - HP_Happy_Campers
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
Jun 2016 - $100.00
I will keep this short, my family of five stayed here and we're treated wonderfully! Grounds were incredible. And service even better. They even loaned us a car to go into town. They helped with the fire pit, and the outdoor kitchen was ridiculous! It was immaculate! Thanks Hearthside Grove for the great family memories....that beats anything I could buy my kids! - K Petersen
Aug 2007 - $20.00
Not bad for a city owned park. Ball fields, but not much else. Showers were clean, but you have to pay. - Albert99
Jul 2006 - $20.00
A very nice city owned park. Clean bathrooms must pay for showers .25 cents for 15 min. Not a bad price at all. This campground has a playground and ballfields. A nice and relaxing campground. We would go back. - jmc