12 Parks near Garden, Michigan
Jul 2016 - $17.00
The rate is for a 30 amp and does not reflect the required day pass or annual pass at $31 each for motorhome and towed vehicle. As previously noted, there is not a dump and there are only pit toilets. The good news is that they are actively constructing a dump station and modern restrooms. The way this campground is laid out with power pedestals and fire pits and picnic tables, it is very difficult to tell where your campsite begins and ends. We saw one confrontation between two campers regarding fire pit "ownership." Some sites are very close together. Campfire smoke was very bad. It is mostly wooded but we were able to find a small hole in the trees to get satellite with our portable dish. We did not have any Verizon cell voice or data, even with our booster and antenna. There is WiFi, with the best location being at the entrance station parking area. We would not stay at this park again, but would stay elsewhere and visit the historic site as a day trip. - TheJim
Jul 2015 - $19.00
You don't stay at Fayette campground for the amenities. There are no showers, dump station, or restrooms (pit toilets available), so arrive prepared. Thankfully, there is 30 amp electrical service. Surprisingly, the campground was busy. We stayed one night on a Sunday, and upon arrival at noontime, check in said they had a full campground on Saturday night. The campground is very wooded and backing our 30' motorhome took an extra few moments but was doable. I swore I would not be using the pit toilets during our stay, but they were not half bad. Hubby did not have satellite TV reception for the night because of the trees, but he did survive!
There was a limestone rock beach just down the hill from our campsite, which was very relaxing spot to read for a couple of hours. The main reason for our stay was to tour the Historic town located here, which is a photographer's dream location. Many buildings have been restored, and the town is located on a quiet cove with limestone cliff lining one side of the water. There are hiking trails and an informative Visitors' Center. - RagTopDay
Aug 2014 - $16.00
The campground is nicely laid out, spaces generally reasonable. #30 is a pullthrough, but trees limit its utility. Several sites are not sufficiently level for a Class A though fine for tent/popup/trailer. No shower house (only vault toilets) and no flush toilets. Electric at each site. Faucet to fill tanks/containers available. There was NO Cellular coverage in the Lower Campground. 1/2 mile walk to the Historic town of Fayette. This was very fascinating and worth the trip. Free admission once you're in the park. - AndersonFamily
Sep 2012 - $27.00
If you like quiet this is the place to stay! Nice, small park directly on the shore of Lake Michigan. No cable TV, but over the air signals are available. No sewer at site, but they have a dump station. Nice owner, very accommodating. Since they cannot provide cable, the owner has a large selection of VHS tapes and DVDs available, a nice touch. Wi-Fi worked well. We would definitely return. - Bob & Stephanie
Aug 2012 - $28.00
Beautiful location with a great view of Lake Michigan and fairly close to Big Spring State Park. If there were sewer hookups, the rating would be a 10. We stay here whenever passing through the area just for the view. There are several videos available in the office and a book exchange. Very nice owner. - hahnderosa
Jul 2012 - $27.00
A real gem for overnighters like us. Not exactly a 'campground'. Does have laundry facilities, though we didn't use them. Grass and gravel sites, many right on the shores of Lake Michigan. Owner very accommodating, directed us to our site. Quiet, relaxing, but not much to do. Perfect for us. Sites level. Water and electric good, voltage steady. Wi-Fi open, easy to connect, and reliable. We will stay here again. - kipmeister
Jul 2016 - $26.00
There was easy access to the electrical panel. Sewer was very accessible for ease of access.
Lots were spacious and offered some shade. Site was grass and featured a fire ring and picnic table. Very friendly staff and campers.
Beautiful place with the access to a beautiful lake. - nocoastltd
Jul 2016 - $24.00
Very small camp sites. Playground is very old and in need of repair. - No 1 Camper
Sep 2015 - $24.00
This is a small fishing resort on a very pretty lake. We just stayed overnight. It is about 4 miles off the main road. We were very close to our neighbors. It was acceptable for an overnight. - suerover
Jul 2016 - $17.00
We were looking for a quiet place to avoid the weekend crowds yet still be within 2 hours of the Mackinaw Bridge area. We're self contained and don't use the facilities. We stayed here on a Friday night in July.
Note there are 2 separate camping areas - south/main and west. We stayed in the west campground.
This is a nice hideaway with 72 walk-up (non-reservable) sites. Registration is self-service and cash or check only, or you can register and pay with a credit card at the main/South Indian Lake SP campground 2 miles away. The sites are 20 amp electric only. Although the sites are relatively close together, the 'pod' shaped areas make the sites feel much bigger. There are no dump station nor trash/recycling, however, these can be used at the main campground at no additional charge. Showers are available at the main campground for $2. There is no wifi. Verizon cell coverage was just strong enough to use a hot spot. ATT was adequate. Despite being a weekend in the busy season, the campground was about half full. - dsvt
Jul 2016 - $23.00
The rate reflects a 30 amp site and does not include the required daily or annual pass ($31 each for motorhome and towed vehicle). Our site, 136, was very unlevel, even though it is listed as level on the web site. The only way we could park was sideways near the front of the site which meant that we barely had enough electrical cord to make it to the power pedestal. We made it all work, but just barely, by working on it for a long time. Our site was on the west end in the East Shore unit. (The West Shore unit is about 15 minutes away, more remote, with 20 amp service, and does not take reservations.) We did not have any type of water view, but it seemed to be much quieter in our loop. Many of the sites on the east loops did have a lake view, with some being wonderful. I suspect one has to book very early to hook one of these sites. We were able to find a hole in the trees to get satellite with a portable dish, but it was not easy. We had Verizon data and voice using our amplifier and roof-top antenna. On one side we had close neighbors, on the other we had lots of space. Most sites are fairly close together with little vegetation for separation. It was fine for a couple of nights to visit the area, but we would not go out of our way to stay here again. - TheJim
Oct 2015 - $33.00
This is a beautiful state park with most of the sites offering a great view of the lake. There are sites up on a bluff and some smaller sites right on the lake, enjoy your morning coffee sitting on your own beach. There are very few pull throughs and only one was really level, 39. Larger rigs would need to use a back in site but well worth it as it is a great park. We stopped overnite and ranger didn't charge us the entry fee for our tow vehicle as we weren't going to unhook. We would stay here again. - Nautical Wheelers
Aug 2016 - $15.00
Although we had called ahead, we had no reservation. The first site offered required us to disconnect the tow. We chose another site where we could pull through. There was one electric box for each two sites and the box had a 30 amp and a 50 amp outlet. We connected to a further box that had an open 50 amp slot and no one was there. Other utilities were fine although the arrangement was not motorhome friendly. Sewer dump on the way out.
The buildings were in bad repair and there were several RVs in bad repair scattered about. it provided us what we were looking for, an inexpensive spot off the road with electric for the AC (it was hot and humid). We would not come here again, unless we were at the end of our drive time and no place else presented itself for a similar price. - xctraveler
Jul 2016 - $30.00
Nice quiet campground, not busy even on the weekend. Lake access with a pier, nice back roads to walk around, plenty of room for 40' motorhome plus slideouts. - Liv2RV
Jul 2015 - $15.00
Price reflects Passport America membership. Campground had good signs to mark direction-3 miles off Hwy 2. This is campground is full of trees-so some of the sites could be very challenging getting into. However, we were able to get our truck and 5th wheel parked in our site and she told us to use the site beside us for extra parking. Sites are very close together-workable with some maneuvering. Campground is primarily dirt, gravel and trees. Sites are all very level. 30 and 50 amps available.
Campground has an access to Lake Michigan (for viewing, not for swimming).
Good Verizon coverage. We enjoyed going to the lighthouse about 15 miles up the road, easy access to Lake Michigan. It was a good overnight option. - GLPColorado
Oct 2015 - $18.00
We thoroughly enjoyed an 8 night stay in late September / early October on a lakefront site. The campground has 3 separate units along the shore of Little Bay de Noc; most sites are well spaced from each other among towering oaks and pines. Each of the 3 units have a water source, clean vault toilets, and a payment kiosk. A campground host is present and very helpful. Hiking trails wind through the surrounding woodlands and the relics of a late 19th century resort. Absolutely beautiful location with sites appropriate for tent, fold-out, trailers or motorhomes. The Federal Senior Pass cuts the cost per night to $9.00. - HHHandyman
Jul 2006 - $11.00
This is a NPS campground near Escanaba, MI. No hookups or modern facilities but a nice setting. Quasi boondocking. Campsites very private. Heavily screened from one another. Quiet. $11 per night. - Speckul8r
Aug 2016 - $36.00
This park is not a resort park, so the cost seems high; has permanent and nightly occupants. The park owners have added flowers and yard art to dress up the sites. We stayed 3 nights, hoping to get to a Pictured Rocks cruise before heading to Door County. Alas, it rained and rained hard, all cruises cancelled, so our day trip didn't develop as we had hoped. The interior roadways are ample to move about. Parking spaces are wide and level gravel/sand. The good news here is that the rain soaked in readily and we had no mud puddles. The camp WIFI worked well for us most of the stay, the host was super gracious. Yes, cigarette smell in the office. Ask to feed the fish! Oh, and the train comes by and blows it's whistle, once a night, but that was the only distraction. We would definitely stay here again. - waywardwind
Aug 2016 - $36.00
We chose this park because of the comments on RV Park Review and the park's web page and Facebook comments. We were disappointed and didn't find the park nearly as nice as we had expected. The lady in the office was very friendly but the office stunk of cigarette smoke. The park is not very big and there appears to be mostly seasonal campers here. There was road noise when the big trucks used their engine brakes coming into Rapid River. It was okay for a one night stopover but we likely wouldn't stay here again. - 69636
Jul 2015 - $36.00
This is a nice family owned park just off US highway 2, but just far enough off the highway so that there was no highway noise. The site are all sand/gravel and the park is clean and well kept up. As stated in earlier reviews this is a great overnight stop. All the hook-ups worked well. There does not appear to be any cable TV, but there were a few off the air channels available and most sites would offer good satellite access. - Johnson's
Aug 2016 - $30.00
Getting to the parks location initially concerned us, but once inside, wow! A beautiful park, right on the Lake...and close to town. - DJanis
Aug 2016 - $30.00
Nice park,great price,good view of lake,some sites close together,Fire ring too big and may cause problems when departing if park is full .Very clean showers and washroom. - too tall
Aug 2016 - $30.00
Found this campground when looking for places to stay on our vacation in Aug. 2016. Was the best find for a city owned campground that there was.
Nice people, sites, beach, walk and bike areas. Loved their fire pits. Had view of lake.
We live in Wi and would go back in a heart beat. Wish we lived closer vs. 6 hours away. Thanks Gladstone Bay Campground for a wonderful find. - M and B
Jul 2015 - $44.00
This is really old mobile home park with about 10 RV sites. Right near road and hill so very noisy. Most RV sites are in the trees and hard to get satellite and no longer has cable. AT&T is off/on. It is very expensive for what you get. Is hard for big rigs-greater 40ft- to get out depending on where neighbors are parked. Site listed as bad since could not get satellite and no cable and overall rating reflects high price for not much of a site. Price listed reflects discount per owner who says he gives it to everyone. They do have fire rings and picnic tables and lot of flowers around the area. - pegcove
Jul 2015 - $50.00
I would have given the park a better rating for value but I don't think there is enough here to make this park worth $50 per night for a full hook up. The pull thru full hook ups are ALL THE SAME; only difference is they have different site numbers, BUT if you are a big rig, you get charged a different rate for the same type of site as your neighbor has...so size DOES matter. Make sure you know that prior to coming to this park. Had it not been that it was 4th of July time frame, we would not have stayed here. Others were paying $34 per night for the same thing. The park is clean but it also a mobile home park and RR tracks RIGHT behind it (fortunately trains don't run but about 3 times in a 24 hour period). On the plus side, we asked if we stayed longer if there'd be a different rate. We were given the "monthly rate;" in other words we paid the difference between what we already paid and what the monthly rate is so we owed another $69. BUT then they charge you EXTRA for ELECTRIC; they come out and read the meter and then you pay for the electric you use when you checkout. So, overall, nice park, nice person, but price is ridiculous. - Cinderella on the road
Jul 2015 - $50.00
This is a very small rustic campground located just off Hwy 2 outside of Rapid River with about 6 pull-through sites and fewer back-in sites next to a row of mobile homes. The campground has gravel roads, flat gravel pads, picnic table, fire ring, some trees between sites, mostly good Wi-Fi. The pull-through sites are long, spacious and relatively open so we could position our coach to get satellite access. They do not have a pool or much else but it's a decent place to stop overnight on your way the across the upper peninsula. I thought the $50 per night charge with no discounts was excessive for the quality of the campground. - Tom Willing
Sep 2016 - $20.00
Stayed here while passing through the area on Labor Day weekend.
Old tractor, flea market and gun show going on at the grounds but no problem finding a very nice 30 amp/water site so we could walk to the event. Very nice men manning the gate directed us to the envelope payment box, filled it out, put a twenty in, put it in the secure box and went about our business. We were advised about the pancake breakfast in the morning so we will take this in and enjoy this gem of a campground in the UP. Would use this place again if in this area. - xarmoreddriver
Jul 2015 - $20.00
The U.P.Fairgrounds webpage advertises 120 FHU sites, 250 W&E, plus other sites. We stayed on a very large full hookup site with 50 amp service. Sites were grass, level, and recently mowed. We had excellent utility service plus Verizon phone, MiFi and satellite reception. We did not use the restrooms which were quit a ways from us, but this was no problem as we use our motor home facilities. There are many other sites located all around the fairgrounds. None of the "sites" are well defined with boundaries.
We had no problem with noise, such as trains, planes, etc. And importantly, few bugs, but it was windy. We stayed here a week over July 4th and definitely will return when in the area. (To access detailed camping information for the fairgrounds go to the Delta County website at www.upstatefair.org). - gatordan