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Garden, Michigan

Fayette Historic State Park

Garden, Michigan


4785 II Rd
Garden, Michigan 49835
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 61
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 45.7186
Longitude: -86.66582

Elevation: 678' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) no
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • 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 no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • 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 no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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8 Reviews

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Review Count: 324
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 79

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Fayette Historic State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The reason to stay here is to visit the historic Fayette village site. It is well done and certainly worthwhile.

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

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Fayette is a remarkable place to visit. The historic town is enchanting and makes one want to return again and again! This is what we did, but by camper this visit instead of boat. The campsite was a very bad experience. We were going to stay 5 nights and shortened our stay to 2 nights once we stumbled upon a very peaceful (primitive camping) state forest campground down the road. The Fayette staff is very friendly, but the campground was noisy, no ranger monitoring, campers and tents were jammed in to their tight arrangements and kids had a difficult time playing in their own sites, because they are marked out poorly, it seemed like it was a free for all for baseball playing and bike riding, balls and bikes everywhere! (love kids, but got tired of chasing their balls out of our site, by the second day, a bike riding child slammed in to the side of our parked camper, owie!!)

Our site was nothing like the online picture photo depicts, online photo shows a grassy field and when we pulled up on a Friday night, we found 2 big cedar trees in the center of the site, making parking impossible. The online photo is a better view of the next site over. After finding out we could receive a refund, we headed out. We will return to the area for a day visit to the historic town and camp at a less tightly packed campsite in the area. Sorry, Fayette Campground, you are not on our favorite list!

The town is still a most favorite place to visit if you are in history from the 1800's, love the town buildings, the visitor center is done very nicely, the staff tour guide did a great job with tours! and the view of the water and bluff are out of this world! Pure Michigan! Rocky swimming beach attached to the campsite and within walking distance. Bonus, the campsite is putting in modern showers, a nice upgrade! If the actual sites could be re evaluated for size and layout, and possibly plant some foliage in between each site, that would be great! We camped at Fayette Historic State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
54
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Fayette Historic Company Town is an education and history lesson in the production of iron ore in a company town in the 1800's, the town and Snail Shell Harbor is the draw and gets a 5 star rating! Garden has a very nice grocery/ gas station. Butcher shop in grocery store with fresh meats, smoked fish from local fishery, fresh produce, dairy, ice cream, sundries, vehicle and camping items, newspaper. Garden also has a couple of restaurants.

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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Fayette Historic State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Ice cream at the gift shop was $1.50 a scoop--what a deal!!! There was a good selection of flavors, and it was an excellent dessert after dinner.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Fayette Historic State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 210
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate is for 30 amp electric only. Gravel roads and sites. Self contained should arrive with full water and empty waste tanks, or at least room in the tanks for the planned length of stay. Big rig access is very tight. Many of the sites listed on the park website as suitable for big rigs have tight entries or exits, or low hanging branches. A fifth wheel during our stay took over an hour to get out their site with two rangers helping, so it is not a park for the faint hearten big rig owner. It's a great park for travel trailer, popup and tent campers. We loved our stay as the old town is great and would certainly return, but only if we could stay in certain of the big rig sites. We camped at Fayette Historic State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed for a single night just before Memorial Day. This is a nice place to visit since there's an abandoned 19th century town down by the harbor that's in the process of restoration by the state. The price is a little sporty for what you get: we had to pay an additional $6 single-day nonresident pass (in addition to the $18 overnight fee). Still, if you have some time to enjoy the restored town, this place is worth a visit. We camped at Fayette Historic State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2006 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Park is a really tight fit for our 38' coach. The roads are not kept up as well as they could be and they no longer spray for mosquitos, etc; The State of Michigan now tags on several fees for being from out-of-state, second car, etc; so the real cost is nearly $30 a night for a $12 a night type site. We were lucky that the spots ahead of us were empty when we needed to get out. If you are in a big rig, unhook before entering the actual campground area. Pit toilets, no showers, and no dump station as stated before. We camped at Fayette Historic State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2005 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground has no showers and only pit toilets. There is also no dumping station if you do use your own set up. All the sites are fairly small and big rig access might be difficult. However the historic town site is worth a visit and they have room to park the big motor homes in their lot while you visit. Plan on 3-4 hours to see most things and bring a lunch because there isn't anything nearby to stop at for a meal. We camped at Fayette Historic State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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