9 Parks near Ionia, Michigan
Aug 2016 - $41.00
We have stayed here before and were disappointed this year to find that the sites have not been taken care of as we remembered. All the sites and roads are gravel which is fine. However, many of the sites and raod edges are overrun with grass and weeds to the to the extent that for some, it is becoming hard to differentiate between the gravel and adjacent turf. Drainage after a rain also appears to be a problem with standing water.
All the facilities such as the pool, office, etc., are beautiful and show excellent care and presentation. Staff at check in were very helpful.
I hope they can get back on track with the grounds keeping and drainage. We shall see. - DavidO
Aug 2016 - $41.00
Best thing about this place was the nearby town of Ionia, MI, with some interesting, old architecture and a still-surviving old downtown. Although the structures at the park (pool, shelter house, camp store/office, bath house) are clean and newer, everything else here is just 'average'. Gravel interior roads, sites were formerly gravel, but our site was mostly just grass, and an average distance from the neighbor's site. There is very little shade, but they do have some trees that will mature.
They did have an ice cream counter, which was nice on the first night, but on the second night, we went to get a little treat about fifteen minutes before closing and the lights were off inside, and we heard the clerk announce to some kids that they "should not start playing video games, 'cause she was gettin' ready to close", so we took that as a sign that she'd already washed the ice cream scoops, too. Also, it was clear they didn't have any inside firewood storage, as when I asked if they had any dry firewood (it had rained buckets), I was soundly laughed at; shame on me for not knowing that they store all their firewood UNCOVERED.
The place looked to be 50% seasonals (some VERY nice, some not so much...), and mostly locals, at that; lots of driving in and out by same vehicles. There are a LOT of kids, as the park sort of caters to that. On the plus side, cable is good, 4g LTE on ATT is good, good water pressure, the park is close to shopping, local restaurants, has easy access to interstate, interior roads are wide. So, weighing the good and the bad, it's just sort of 'average'. - fastalker64
Aug 2015 - $39.00
We chose this park to bring our grandkids to for a few days. It has a beautiful large pool with a large 1 foot area for babies. The kiddos really enjoyed themselves in the pool. They have a number of bounce slides that are usually wet so best enjoyed with swimsuits. The large bounce house was uninflated during our stay during the near constant wind. The arcade was unimpressive. Roads are gravel as are the sites and there is no shade. I wish they would pave the roads so it is quieter and less dusty when people leave but that is the way it is. They are working around the lake to extend sites out there and will have a number of pull through sites.
We got there an hour before check in and it was a big problem for the check in receptionist even though the park was half empty. It turns out you should pay three dollars an hour for an earlier arrival. She never told me the rate - I looked it up on the paper work. It is not on their website so who would know. Most campsites have been been fine with an earlier arrival as long as the site is empty. It wasn't the best welcome. Landscaping was very pretty and well cared for. We would try it again sometime. - Djinfl
Jul 2011 - $27.00
Very friendly management. The lake is very nice and well maintained, with lots of people swimming in it, and a very cool lighted fountain in the middle for nigh time enjoyment. Close to the highway and easy to get to, but once you're there it feels like you're a long ways away from anywhere. A good wholesome campground. - 2gaycampers
Jul 2014 - $19.00
Site 45. Stayed here with another family over July 4th weekend. The park is nice and appears to be well maintained. The camp hosts had a list of events planned for the kids which was well received by the four children camping with us. That all said, the park has some problems. First, and most annoying to me, the firewood sold at the ranger station ($5) was so wet that it was almost un-burnable. Second was the lack of rule enforcement by the rangers. There was lots of noise after 11:00 PM, the posted quiet time, as well as many campsites with more than two vehicles which caused for very congested camp roads. There were barking dogs all night and people shooting off fireworks well after midnight (sign posted saying "No Fireworks"). It's sad that such a beautiful location is ruined because it's so poorly managed. It is unlikely that we will stay here again. - Brewstar
May 2013 - $19.00
This campground is set way off the road and provides a very nice country setting. A variety of different lots to choose from. Many of them shady and private. We took advantage of the hiking trails and really liked the part through the woods and over the creek. The bridge was out on the trail, but I think it just made the hike more fun. The beach has improved with much better sand than the previous year - although it is a distance from the campground and you will probably need to drive there. There were a lot of fishing boats on the water and people seemed to be reeling them in. There is also a horse campground too, so if you like horses take a walk through there. The playground has little to offer with only swings and a sandbox. The bathrooms were clean and the showers appeared to be too. Roads were paved so decent bike riding with a mountain bike trail. People were very friendly and most were local. - focchick
Jul 2009 - $19.00
Clean, quiet, grassy, large sites, paved roads, nice cement fire pits. The "lake view" sites provide for a wonderful sunset. - 2gaycampers
Jul 2016 - $38.00
When I called to make the reservation 3 weeks prior, the person I spoke with was impatient and rude. Come to find out, it is really a "Seasonal" occupied campground, andd they aren't too happy to have us weekenders. And the Seasonal sites are a mess! We arrived late afternoon on Friday 7/22, it was 92 degrees. We had a nice private and shady site (110). We connected to the electric and water, within 20 minutes the power (A/C) shut off, my husband (an engineer & electrician) restarted, this went on a few times. He called camp maintenance to look at it, they said it was us (funny, has never happened anywhere else). 45 minutes later the power for the entire campground went down for 2 hours. Good we had a generator. We have a small dog, had planned to see area but could not leave her in the RV without A/C. We decided to go for a swim, pool was being shocked because it was so nasty. A/C worked enough to sleep on 30 amp (paid for 50 + the add $2.50 a day if you're going to use A/C, really? yes, really). We left first thing the next day. I really thought it would be a lovely experience, Christian campground on a lake, no one was kind or helpful, no one was friendly, not even the campers. Disappointing. - GR Peggy
Sep 2011 - $36.00
Sites very narrow. Paid regular price with no discounts offered and many amenities already closed before end of season. The water at this campground is awful, has awful metal smell and taste even after filtration. Most campsites were permanent resident campers with many in need of repair. Free Wi-Fi is 20 minutes only then $ after that. The entertainment for the evening was the drive by of the numerous golf carts. We would not stay here again. - McNutt
Jun 2010 - $35.00
Christian family campground, nice folks out in the country. Very quiet with mostly seasonal people except on the weekends when it gets busy. If you are looking for a nice family camping trip, this is a good place. - racomarley
Jul 2012 - $32.00
We booked our family vacation here based on their website, which promised so much but delivered so little. Campground smelled of dead, rotting meat. Pool was green but was promised "We're working on it." Electrical boxes worked sporadically. Dog waste from previous campers not cleaned before we arrived. The worst though, is the customer services. Their brochures highlights activities available telling you to get more information at the office. When I inquired at the office the girl snottily said "Did you get a brochure at check-in?" I answered yes but I had questions. She tells me "to go read it again or I suppose I could sit here and recite it for you." When we complained to the manager he admitted to hearing the conversation but he states his hands are tied, the owners are aware but won't change. Do yourself a favor and find somewhere else to spend your hard earned money and time! - Vanroller68
May 2010 - $32.00
They have many activities that you don't normally see at a campground. These include canoeing & tubing on the Flat River, horseback rides and a 9 hole golf course. Since I stayed on Memorial Day weekend they also had a number of special activities for the kids. Most of the sites are very large and clean with no pads but most sites have a nice grass surface. They have 30/15 amp electric, water, fire pit and picnic table at each site. No Wi-Fi is available but Verizon cell and data service was good. I did the canoe float down the river and an hour horseback ride, both were very enjoyable. While the roads are dirt and a bit bumpy I had no problem with them going the posted 5mph speed limit. Problems I had include there were constant low voltage problems (temps were in the mid 80's and the campground was full) and my Surge Guard shut off at least a dozen times on my 2nd day. While they are located on the Flat River, there is no way to easily access the river upstream so you can float down to the landing stop, you have to take their bus, for a fee, to a drop off point a number of miles away. They could provide a spot upstream that could be walked to if they would just turn the far end campsite into an access point. Quiet time was not enforced with loud parties going on until after midnight. Even though they had a camp store close to the camping area you couldn't make reservations for their activities, you had to drive close about a mile to the main office. The firewood they offered for sale was close to worthless, it just wouldn't burn. As much as I really wanted to like this campground the negatives outweigh the positives. I doubt that I will return - HobbyTalk
Aug 2009 - $31.00
I don't understand the ratings this park is getting. We've camped here for years in an RV and decided to tent it this year. IT IS A WONDERFUL campground. The flat river is perfect for kids to go down. We tubed once and canoed the second day. MY son who loves fishing was very lucky on this river. The horses are wonderful and we went for a ride 3 days in a row. They have nice bike trails and a little BMX track for those interested. The pool was warm and clean. I love the back part where it is wooded. It is bit bumpy, but this is camping - I don't want a lot of cement when I camp - even if I am in an RV! The lots on the river vary in size and some are more conducive to groups. Be sure to ask when reserving. This is one of the most beautiful private campgrounds I have ever been to. Please don't let negative comments keep you away. Also, they have a golf course that we've never played but it looks nice. - lowell151
May 2015 - $32.00
We've stayed here in our trailer & now in our 5th wheel. These folks are friendly & accommodating. The community is also very family friendly.
The riverside sites can not be beat.
We book many of our Holiday Weekends here. - jbgrace
Jul 2011 - $28.00
Very clean, grassy, peaceful, quiet & well maintained. They even spray nightly for mosquitoes. Lots of seasonals at this park, and all that we talked to were very friendly. Not a lot of frills here, but if you like good old backwoods camping like we do, then this is it! Currently there are no showers, but we see the construction happening to build what appears to be a nice large shower facility. Check-in was fast and easy. The fire pits are all positioned on riverside, with plenty of distance from RV. We will definitely come back soon. - 2gaycampers
Aug 2009 - $27.00
The sites along the river were very big and well marked. Each had a fire pit and picnic table. The sites were grassy and well maintained. They do not have any showers or flush toilets. They do have a small playground and a small above ground pool. There aren't many 'extras' at this campground, but if you like to sit next to the river and fish right at your campsite this the campground for you. Very quiet and relaxed atmosphere. They did advertise a pool table, ping pong table, etc located in a rec building, but that building was never open when we were there, I am not sure why. Overall an enjoyable stay. - redheadmichigan
Aug 2010 - $27.00
Do not let the pictures on the website deceive you. This is not a picture of where you would be staying unless you are a seasonal camper. We stayed there and basically we were camping in a large yard. There were hardly any shade trees. The 'heated' pool was freezing cold. The women's shower was ice cold. There is not a beach on the lake, just a small spot with some of the seasonal campers pontoon boats are docked. There was a very a small dock to fish on but the lake was to shallow and very weedy to fish off the dock. I would not recommend this campground to anyone. - redheadmichigan
Jul 2015 - $33.00
Paid, but did not stay, left Shortly, office closed. Restrooms 1930 style and filthy. Light was one tired yellow fluorescent full of bugs and spiders over the filthy sinks. Could not see in toilet area, too dark. Paint peeling, stink. A few Seasonal die hard folks all hard wired and plumbed, so they could care less. This type of place gives RVing a Nasty name. Roads are Chuck holes and full of mud everywhere, hilly ground,no level spots. Has not been maintained in years. Run, don't walk away from this place. The rating in the Good Sam book has to be for the golf course or else one of the reviewers wasn't seeing correctly. - Oldfart
Sep 2013 - $30.00
This park is nothing to write home about, but it served our needs for a visit to the Grand Rapids area. There was a fair amount of confusion over site boundaries, and it seemed that other campers were scattered around the park in a rather disorganized fashion. Getting level in our site was a bit challenging, but do-able. - CaptainNemo
Aug 2007 - $35.00
Tons of stuff for the kids. We were there on a weekend and there was stuff scheduled on the hour for the kids. All of the activity stuff was in one recreation area so I wasn't chasing my kids all over the camp ground. It was nice. We didn't golf, but I would have liked to. - j4nelson
Jul 2007 - $26.00
Recent new owners turned a "drinker's haven" in to a family oriented campground. Few amenities, but very quiet. Little bit of a drive from the expressway, but it was one of the closest campgrounds to Lansing, MI that had availability in short notice. - The Ketters