9 Parks near Essexville, Michigan
Aug 2016 - $23.00
Nice little campground at the end of the road. Small with only 50 some spaces. Road was paved and sites have level concrete pad. Water was way back between sites so I needed my 100 foot hose. WiFi was actually very good. Quiet, plenty of shade and nice breeze. Hiking trails. Great find. - Gr8daggett
Aug 2016 - $24.00
Nice campground. But way away from the interstate. Not a whole lot to do here.
Concrete pads, 50 amp and sewer. Well maintained. Be sure you have extra water hose because on some sites you have to share the same fixture with your neighbor. I had approx. 40' distance to get water. - archbarb
Aug 2016 - $22.00
Although in a rural area away from town, the park is worth the drive. Large paved and level back-in sites are well spaced. Hookups worded well, although the sewer connection is 6" above ground and four sites share water connections. WiFi worked well and Verizon cell/data were strong. No cable TV, but ample OTA channels and a clear shot at the satellites from most sites. Be sure and ask for a site with shade if visiting during hot weather, as some sites are in the open. Watch carefully for street signs, since the park is on a back road and poorly marked. Overall, a quiet, worthwhile stay at a very reasonable price. - Meanderman
Aug 2016 - $25.00
We stayed four nights and enjoyed the park. However, we were disappointed to find the beach was across a busy street and the water was quite mucky. Other than that, great park. Small, clean, plenty of mature trees. 15 minutes from downtown with lots to do. - Amanda b
Jun 2016 - $23.00
The camping fee of $23 was somewhat misleading if you aren't a Michigan resident. You also need to purchase a recreational pass for your motorhome which is $6.00/day or $31.00/year. Then you need to purchase an additional pass for your towed vehicle which costs $6.00 and is good for the duration of your camping stay. The campground is heavily wooded and satellite TV impossible. The weekend was so crammed with campers and their guests it was very difficult to maneuver to our campsite. The sites are grass and dirt and the many rutted sites indicated that rain would make a lot of the campground unusable. Lots of paved rec trail for cycling and walking/jogging and lots of beach. The bay water appeared to be very dirty and in the morning a lot of scum had washed up onto the beach. - Appleknocker
Aug 2013 - $23.00
Loved this campground and will definitely stay here again when in the area! The walking paths are terrific, the showers are great, the bathrooms are clean. The park is pretty quiet for having so many sites. Nice and shaded. Two showers/bathroom facilities, so no matter where you're at in the campground, the restroom/showers are easily accessible. Next time, we'll bring our bikes, as the park and paths are also ideal for biking. I would encourage anyone to visit this park, and take numerous walks over to the bay. If you've got children, there is a very nice playground/sprinkler park along with many pavilions for a picnic....besides the beach with shells for the kids to pick up! (or the adult, if you're like me ;)!) - fenfam
Jun 2012 - $40.00
Clean campground with big sites and full hook-ups. Con is that there is no WiFi available. There is not really a beach, only the marina with bay access. Many permanent campers. - Traveler04
May 2012 - $39.00
This is a pretty noisy place to stay. There are a lot of seasonal camps and the folks seem to like to party loudly. We heard Red Solo Cup over and over again. There aren't a lot of trees for the pull-through sites. It is not really the peaceful, camping atmosphere we generally like. The bath houses were clean and good sized. Although there is no Wi-Fi, our Verizon card had a strong signal. AT&T generally had 2 bars of 4G, but sometimes switched over to the Edge. We would not choose to stay here again. - ppalmer21
Jul 2011 - $39.00
As stated, this park is kind of geared to fisherman on Saginaw Bay. We had a full hook up, pull through site. Pad was cement. There was plenty of room. Also room to park boat and trailer. Most of the sites are permanent/seasonal spots. Everyone had a golf cart. Showers were clean. There is a small pond for the kids to catch bluegill and bass, but not much else. Catholic church close by in downtown Linwood. The marine is top notch with good boat ramp. - rono
Jul 2016 - $44.00
We stayed overnight at Valley Plaza RV Park on our way to upper Michigan. The park was easy to find and get in and out. The sites were gravel pull-throughs. Friendly staff and made provisions for our late arrival due to heavy road construction on I-75. - bw134
Jun 2016 - $47.00
This campground has suffered from a lack of maintenance. It obviously was once a top place to stop for a few nights with a lot of infrastructure. It still has a heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and workout room all in good shape. The roads and sites are what need some upgrading. It is an easy on/off US-10. - Appleknocker
Jul 2012 - $40.00
Strange campground. It's a situated in a large cement parking complex which features a movie theater (only open Thursday through Sunday), some sort of condominiums, a Best Western hotel, and a bowling alley with a restaurant. Some of this "resort" is chained off with weeds growing through the cement giving it a run down look. But I gave it the overall rating I did because my kids enjoyed the indoor heated pool at the campground/gym, the arcade and pool at the hotel, and the movie theater. Seems to be mostly seasonals (or year round residents for all I know) and the gym/pool appears to offer memberships to non-campers, so there was a good deal of traffic in and out. - McNamara's Band
Aug 2016 - $67.00
This is a gated park in a location convenient to the nice little town of Frankenmuth. It was easy to find and the office staff friendly.
I did not use the showers. The women's restroom was clean, but not air-conditioned. This gave it a feeling of being less than clean because it was extremely humid and over 90 degrees during our stay.
There was a beautiful outdoor pool next to the restrooms that looked inviting, but was never opened although the sign said, "Opening summer of 2016." It seemed really odd for this big new finished pool to be inaccessible in mid-August when there are so few days left in the season. The indoor pool was opened, but again, it was so hot and humid in the pool area, it was not inviting.
There are a limited number of 50 amp sites and the pads are crushed stone, not concrete. Some of the corners are tight and the park roads are very narrow, making it a little difficult to navigate a big rig.
The park advertises "free high-speed" internet, however, we could not even access our email using their wi-fi. There was an antenna next to our site and our devices said that the strength was at 100%, but the band width was so minimal, neither our tablets nor laptops could even access email or a web page. The park was sparsely occupied on the first couple of days we were here, so I doubt the problem was due to an excess of devices using their Wi-Fi. The free cable was via Direct TV and provided poor reception for only 22 channels. When it rained we lost service. We will not likely stay here again. Although the park overall was ok, it is WAY overpriced for the services provided. It is more like a $25 to $35 per night park. The price before our military discount was $71 per night for weekdays and $76 for weekends.
I was really sorry that I had paid for three days before we found out: no outdoor pool and no internet since those were the reasons we chose this park. - ahmavic
Jul 2016 - $63.00
Very nice and spacious. Quiet and friendly. Not much to do in the area other than the Christmas store. WiFi not good. - Genielady
Jun 2016 - $45.00
We spent two nights. The park is very clean and laid out very well so that access is easy in and easy out. Standard sites are very close, a 10' wide gravel parking strip separated by a 10' grass strip. Slideouts are very close. Premium sites have more space, some with paved patios.
WIFI was extremely slow. There is no cable TV. There were more than a dozen stations received by our antenna. - R V Camper
Jun 2011 - $24.00
This was our second summer staying here, the park is clean, the sites are grassy (you can not hardly find that anywhere else) and the showers and bathrooms are clean, We plan on going back next June and maybe staying a month. This park is more for people who like to fish as you can get right to the Saginaw Bay from the river. - campergirl58
Jul 2010 - $22.00
Arrived at 2p.m. July 18th 2010. The office was closed there was a sign on the door to call a number which we called an got a answer machine. The park was 50% empty so we decided to take a site away from anyone an backed in, no sooner got backed in an a truck came with a gentleman in it, saying the office would be opened later an did you have a reservation? No reservation we were just traveling. Less than ten minutes another gentleman showed up asking do you have a reservation we said no just passing through. Sometime later around 6 p.m. another person came to my door i own the campground i live in that trailer on site 2. I will be there in my trailer or in the office later but he wouldn't take any money from me then we had to go to the office. About 20 minutes later i had to go find him at his trailer and meet him at the office back at the front of the park to pay for a nights stay. Found out he had a camp host but he couldn't collect the money only the owner can collect money. It is a very nice campground large spaces but you spend most of your time trying to find the boss to pay your bill an was told that we prefer you make a reservation so we know you are coming. We don't think we will be back to the campground due to we don't make reservations because we never know where we will be going. The train came through and was a hour doing his thing whistles an slamming cars at 11:30p.m. we left early in the morning an never looked back. unhappy customer! - wheretootraveler
Sep 2011 - $32.00
As said before this park has a lot of seasonals but they are in their separate area. Sights were level and grassy. We were here in off season so not many people in the park. Park was clean and check in staff was friendly. Would not want to spend a week here but it was good for 2 nights to be able to sight see the Frankenmuth area. - Colette
Jun 2011 - $32.00
Nice level area, lots of spaces, but they tend to be narrow and are not paved at all. The roads are muddy and hold water in the rain. Nothing to write home about. Did not use or even look into the bathhouse but they were showing their age from the outside. No 50 amp service, 30 service was fine. Older campground but okay. - hug448844
Jun 2011 - $28.00
This is a friendly campground with many seasonal and permanent residents. There are sites available for daily camping as well. The showers and restrooms were clean. The sites were small but maintained. The pond has a lot of weeds so it's not pretty looking but the water is fine for swimming. There are quite a few activities for kids to keep them entertained and the campground even has a little shed (library) full of books. It is close to Frankenmuth and the outlet mall which was nice also. - zippywafflehead
Jul 2012 - $10.00
They advertise full hookups and let you reserve them through Coast 2 Coast, but they have so few of them, don't expect to get one. Watch where you walk, because the kids on bicycles don't watch out for you, not even if you are driving a motor home. Very, very dusty. Staff very indifferent to you, they really don't care that you chose to stay here. Glad I only booked two nights. - Bill & Cheryl
Aug 2008 - $5.00
We stayed here as ROD members. We had reserved a full hook up, but they were all taken when we checked in on a Wednesday afternoon. The first site we were on totally flooded after a heavy rain (in the back of the campground). The roads are mostly dirt and were very muddy. Bathrooms were just "OK". There are two pools, one indoor and one outdoor. They both have liners rather than cement. The indoor pool's liner ripped and that pool was closed for the 4 days we were there. There are 2 nice playgrounds, a very nice 9 hole mini-golf, a beach and planned activities on the weekends. There are no dog walks and most of the sites are not very grassy. Cell phone coverage is spotty and we weren't able to use our satellite dish due to all the trees. - LilDarlin1972
Jul 2007 - $1.00
We stayed here under Resorts of Distinction so did not pay anything. The park is very well maintained and attractive. But to say there are full hookup sites is stretching things. They were all occupied by folks who had obviously been there quite awhile--flags, awnings, decorative things, and lots of stuff sitting around the rigs. The quiet time is not necessarily maintained at night. It's crowded with families and children, not watching where they're going, difficult to drive through the park. And no internet access whatever. - jane benjey
Aug 2016 - $37.00
The campground is nice with shady and sunny sites, long pull-throughs, full hook-ups and adequate sized lots, but no Internet or cable, which is reflected in the rate. The location is good, with easy access to I-75, restaurants, Premium Outlet Mall, and Frankenmuth.
Our main reason for the lower rating is the management and maintenance of the facilities rather than the facilities themselves. We were assigned a site which turned out to be flooded, moved to another site that was occupied, then allowed to take the site we wanted. We were offered an apology and a bundle of firewood, which we didn't use because the fire ring was too close to the truck for comfort. During our stay there were always several workers riding around on golf carts, but they were not leading new arrivals to their sites. Equipment and a supply of gravel were in a storage area, but the site flooding was not addressed. The laundry room was large, but had only two washers and two dryers and the drink machine and money changer were out of order. Also, the showers are coin-operated, which is a first for us.
Apparently the campground rules are just suggestions, as Rule 12 allows one small pet only, but one guest was walking two big German Shepherds several times a day, and several others had big dogs or several dogs. It's not a rule if it's not enforced.
This is a good campground and would be a much better one with a bit more effort and investment in management and maintenance. - lkqh
Aug 2016 - $37.00
Nice wooded park within a couple of miles of Frankenmuth. Roads and sites are gravel. Roads are a bit tight toward the back of the park with trees right up to the roadway, even on the curves, but we had no trouble with our Dodge Ram 3500 dually long bed and 32 ft. Travel Trailer. Make sure you bring along some wood or ramps for leveling: you will need them! You do have to pay for showers but we always use our own shower so this was not an issue for us. All sites are full hook-up.
If you are traveling with kids, there is a small playground with a slide, swings, and a basketball net. No planned activities or swimming facilities.
There are streetlights in the park that stay on all night. If you are parked near one and don't have black out shades this could be an issue.
There is a nearby local racetrack that made for an unpleasantly loud first night at camp, but after the first night it was super quiet.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay here and plan to return for a longer stay. - Pioneer24
Aug 2016 - $37.00
Our back in site was mostly level. Sites are gravel, but mostly grass & dirt. The park has 50 amp power and this is the reason for choosing this park. The other one near Frankenmuth only has 30 amp and it has been a very hot summer so we wanted to run both ACs. There is no cable but we had a satellite friendly site. There is no wifi and our AT&T hot spot could not get a signal. We had to move the picnic table from the middle of the site before we could back in. There were other sites where the picnic tables were right in the middle, also. Interior roads are a little narrow but trees were well trimmed. When we called to see if we could get an early check in, we were told there is a $5 fee PER HOUR for early checkins. That seems a little bit much! There is some road noise but no trains or planes so it is mostly quiet. We would probably try the other campground in the Frankenmuth area if we come here again. - dickens