11 Parks near Gladstone, Michigan
Jul 2016 - $30.00
We chose this campground to "hide out" during the Fourth of July weekend. There were very few RVs when we arrived mid-week but it was completely full for the weekend. There were lots of families and kids. It's a strange layout. Most sites are plenty long enough for any size rig. The sites are not clearly defined and leveling is interesting to say the least. Some sites are in the shade and some in full sun. The shaded spots could use some tree trimming. There are some so-called waterfront sites but it is a very narrow portion of the river and there are lots of trees blocking the view. We had 50 amp and water, and there is a dump on site. The Wi-Fi worked sometimes with our extender, but it was very slow. We could not get Directv satellite in our site due to trees, but it appeared RVs in sunnier spots were successful. There is one washer and one dryer available. The bathrooms and showers, although utilitarian, appeared clean. It is very dusty which is made worse as most people, including some camp hosts, don't honor the speed limit. There was lots of traffic while we were there as people were using the boat ramp near the rustic camping area. Mosquitoes made themselves known so bug spray was handy. It is definitely not a quiet place. There is road noise from route 2/41 despite the large number of trees. More interesting are the trains - and they run day and night. Luckily, they hold off on the whistles in the dead of night but you can feel the ground hum as they rumble by. It sounds like they are going to run right through your RV. The rustic camping is so near the tracks I don't know how they get any sleep! We would not return. - Free
May 2016 - $26.00
County park with excellent facilities and strong WiFi. Nicely laid out with back-in and pull-through sites. A couple of "river" sites that are $2 extra - well worth it. Showers were utilitarian but clean.
Check-in staff were extremely helpful. WiFi was STRONG.
We would definitely stay here again! - DCM/JMB
Aug 2015 - $35.00
Somewhat noisy and lacking any privacy from trees. No recycling. Well patrolled. - Upriver
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
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 - $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
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
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
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
Jun 2015 - $25.00
Owner of the park very helpful and friendly. He helped us find the best spot for our sat. dish. He kept the place clean and the grass mowed. this spot was convenient to the places we wanted to see. We would camp here again. - Rick & Karen
Aug 2011 - $22.00
This is an OK campground if you need to stop somewhere. The site was long enough for our big rig, but was heavily treed and therefore no satellite. Also no AT&T phone service. Wi-Fi was from a small router that couldn't be maintained. Escanaba is 6-7 miles away and is useful for restocking (Walmart supercenter). Even though the campground is near the lake there is really nothing around it. Not our cup of tea, but others may find it perfectly adequate. - Team Asphalt
Aug 2010 - $22.00
Nice long pull through sites tucked behind trees. Quiet park. Very nice friendly people. Shower could stand a good deep cleaning and a larger shower curtain. Good satellite reception in our spot. Inexpensive laundry. Would return. - paxton
Aug 2015 - $20.00
"Resort" is not a word I would use. I gave it a 7 because of the paved roads, but this place is EXREMELY tight to maneuver. If you have anything longer than a 40' motorhome, I would re-think this place. The price is right, but the curved, sloped pads with trees on either side make for a tight squeeze. We scratched the sides of our RV trying to get out of one of the spots. Oh yes, the casino is pretty "tight" too. LOL. - mnmwillis
Aug 2015 - $20.00
Very nice for a casino campground and reasonably priced. Paved roads and sites. Pull through sites are very long, designed to accommodate two RV's, when parked back-to-back. During our visit, the campground was not full and we used the entire pull-through site, as did others. Sites are not level and we needed a couple leveling blocks. There is a free shuttle to the casino, available on call. We walked less than 1/2 mile to the casino. Campers have access to the casino hotel's fitness room, indoor pool and hot tub. Pool area was highly chlorinated and we did not use. The 8' by 8' fitness room, connected to pool area and poorly ventilated, had 3 pieces of equipment: treadmill, bike and stepper. Free WiFi is available at the casino, but not in the campground. - Nancy J
Jul 2015 - $20.00
We stayed in the RV park for an overnight in July with our 30' travel trailer. It was easy to find and very nice. Yes, the park has back-to-back sites, but the park was pretty empty so everyone basically took a whole/double drive-thru site. Each site was paved, had a picnic table, grass and shade trees. It was a pleasant surprise! We would stay here again. - Florida Bob
Jul 2016 - $28.00
This park has the strangest sites I've ever seen. Some are huge, and some are tiny. The folk that take reservations assign the sites, and did give us one that handled our 40' rig and 14' trailer, parallel to the road and the beach, so no problems. The water and electric were fine. Bathrooms were pretty clean, no hot water for showers in the evening for the women. Camp Host was friendly and helpful. The water in the bay area was a bit murky, probably due in part to the wind, but overall a nice park. We would stay there again, but not go out of our way to do so. - Sheryl E
Jul 2016 - $26.00
Nice fairly level sites and easy to back into with 39 foot motorhome. Parking was gravel with sparse growth of grass on pad. It had rained recently and our back jacks sank down into gravel at end of pad slightly. But was firm underneath. Plenty of room between sites. The lake side sites are a few dollars more put since the sites are back in we took a site on the other side of the road with the front window looking out across the road onto the lake. We stayed 1 night on a Sunday and had no problem getting a site without a reservation. According to the host it fills up later in the week and is booked every weekend during the summer. The road in is gravel and even though it had rained recently it was in good shape with just a couple of puddles that were avoidable. The bathrooms were very clean as was the entire campground. About half the sites on the south loop were seasonal. It was quiet for us on a Sunday evening but I could imagine that when the campground fills up with families there would be quite a bit of action and noise. Had no problem getting satellite TV and Verizon phone/data service was good. There was a nice dump station but we did not need to use it. - Ramblin On
Jul 2016 - $26.00
Huge grassy sites. Very clean restrooms and showers. We love that they let you park your trailer the way you want. Very friendly host. We will be back, will try for a site by the water as ours didn't have much shade. TV reception was spotty. - dalebonnie