7.3 Good
Manistee, Michigan

Orchard Beach State Park

Manistee, Michigan

Manistee, Michigan
Phone: (231) 723-7422

Sites: 166
Recent Rate: $35 8/2015

Latitude: 44.278874
Longitude: -86.314435

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $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 yes
  • $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 yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • 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 yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
  • 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 no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • 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 yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • 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 ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

4 Reviews

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

While we used to come to this campground often, we had not been here for over twenty years. We thought we would give it a try again. They now have eleven full hook-up sites. They also created five pull-through sites. They have new electric throughout the campground and a three-lane dump station. We stayed in one of the full hook-up sites. Most all sites have some shade and most are pretty decent size. A lot of the sites are not very level which can be challenging. The full hook-up sites are popular which means that they are well worn and are mostly dirt surface. Other sites can have more grass and a very few have gravel pads. The bathrooms are old and some repairs are needed, but they are kept clean. TV reception is poor; besides a Michigan public station, we could only receive Green Bay (WI) stations. Cell phone reception was good. The park location is beautiful. It is one of the few places you can stay on Lake Michigan without being in a parking-lot type location. We could see the lake from our campsite. You are close to town without being in town. The beach is very narrow (when the water level is high like this year) with a lot of stairs to reach it, so less convenient for beach lovers. However, there are lots of other beaches available within a short driving distance. The stairs to the beach are in good condition and give you good exercise! We will definitely return! We camped at Orchard Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Check out the Michigan Audubon's Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary just north of the campground. They have beautiful grounds, big trees, and interesting trails - including one to a nice beach. (http://www.michiganaudubon.org/lake-bluff-bird-sanctuary/)





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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

There are not many sites in this park suitable for a big rig, but there were a few. The staff were very accommodating in trying to find a spot for us that we would fit in. A pretty spot, with a great view of the lake. We would stay here again. We camped at Orchard Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We used to love camping here before our son was born. It is a beautiful park overlooking Lake Michigan. The location is very close to Manistee and to shopping and fishing. The drawbacks: lots of traffic, site are unlevel and the bathrooms are extremely old. Also, to get down to the beach, the stair way is extremely steep and is several steps down. Therefore, pack light. Senior citizens and families struggle to get up and down these stairs to the beach, I find them pretty dangerous. Hint: There is another roadside beach about 3/4 mile down the road that we go to because it is just easier. They also allow dogs on this beach. If the state could take some time and money to level out the sites, improve bathrooms and stairs to beach, things would be excellent. This park is often booked and should get enough volume to have the revenue to make these improvements. As for traffic, I don't like going there anymore in fear of my son being hit by a car. There is pretty much one loop that goes around the park and lots of traffic in and out. Fisherman are in and out at all hours of the day and night. I am shocked by the amount of parents that let their kids ride bikes because there is so many cars and an accident waiting to happen. There is extra room on the side north side of the park for more sites, they could easily redesign and level out this park. We camped at Orchard Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2009 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an older state park in Manistee, MI. The showers were very clean and lots of warm water. The restrooms were clean but the hand dryer didn't work and once they were out of toilet paper. The park sits on a bluff that overlooks Lake Michigan. You can take about 70 steps down to the beach which is nice, just not very big. The sites are well shaded, but mostly dirt with little grass. The site we had was described as level but was not. The sites are also small and there is very little privacy. Campers are right on top of one another although they do keep it pretty subdued. The playground is dated and there is not much to do really. If I were in the area, I would consider staying there again but I would not make a special trip. We camped at Orchard Beach State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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