18 Parks near Ottawa Lake, Michigan
Aug 2015 - $38.00
Definitely an older park that shows its age in several ways. Most notably, the restrooms, showers and laundry could all use some cleaning and repainting. While they were not dirty when we were there, they were just dingy and old, and were definitely not of the quality we'd expect at the price we were paying. Two dryers were out of order in the laundry. Picnic tables were run down, and the electrical boxes also showed their age, but ours did work fine. The "free wifi" was completely inaccessible at our site that was relatively close to the office; I did not see any repeater antennas in the campground. I could access WiFi if I walked closer to the office. Again, not at all what I would expect for $38 per night. Plus, the charge included $3 extra for a/c, which I probably should not have paid because it ended up being cool that night, and $2 extra for sewer. I would feel more positively about the place if those both were included in the $33 base rate. But at least there is a Good Sam discount. Overall, this place would be fine if the rate were no more than $20 per night. As is, I would definitely try to find more quality for my buck somewhere else. On the positive side, the check-in staff was very friendly. - Edistobob
Jun 2015 - $33.00
Oldest campground in the state going back to 1949. Yes, very old, but it fills our needs very well. Lots of shaded sites, superb, clean in ground pool, nice swimming pond with jumbo raft. Not for the rich folks with those mega mansions on wheels. For the poor folks on a limited income like me, it is a perfect place. During the week, pay for 3 nights and get one free. Putt Putt Golf is nice. Old playground, laundry room, game room, mega family use shelter with grill just steps away from pond and good fishing. Many have rated this place as poor; well, this be what I be looking for. Note: where can you spend 4 nights for a hundred bucks. Yes, you get what you pay for, so suck it up since my family of 4 all truly like this place. Oh yeah, good WiFi too. - ALPOE
May 2014 - $35.00
Password for Wi-Fi given by office did not work. Laundry had 4 washers and 4 dryers. 2 washers and 2 dryers were out of order. Mens shower and restroom was dirty. 2 shower stalls and one was out of order, other stall had no shower head. This campground is by far the worst I have stayed in in the last 42 years of camping. The fact that that they used the picture of the guy standing on the yellow and blue raft says it all about the facility. Look close and you will see the man giving the finger with both hands to photographer. - Matt Hill
Jun 2016 - $52.00
We've camped here several times due to proximity to family and friends in Toledo. Note: the campground automatically adds a daily $7.50 "resort fee" on check-in. The fee apparently includes morning pancakes and kid's activities. As a senior, when I questioned the resort fee, I was given the option to opt out. Many sites are satellite-unfriendly, so if that is important to you, be sure to let the host know. WiFi was surprisingly good, but then the campground was mostly empty. I really wish there was a more reasonably priced option close to Toledo. - CO2RV
Oct 2015 - $47.00
Right beside the highway so there was road noise. Park mostly empty. Cable and WiFi good. Water pressure good. Abit overpriced, had to pay a $6.00 resort fee on top of the regular rate. Sites close together. - DBSnowbirds
Aug 2015 - $45.00
We have stayed at Monroe Co. KOA several times, but only because it is the closest campground to family and friends in Toledo. This KOA, like others we've stayed in is overpriced. The on-line rate was $45, but when we checked in, the clerk said it would be $53. When I inquired about the difference, was told the $8 was a "resort fee." The clerk removed the $8 when I convinced him we were not interested in the "free" pancake breakfast, etc. WiFi was so-so. Also, as with many KOAs most sites are not satellite friendly. We were fortunate to get one that was. We camped here three days, but had to leave Friday as they were solidly booked and we didn't have a reservation. No problem there, but when I inquired if I could just dry-camp over the weekend, the response was "sure -- that will be $41 per night." Needless to say, we packed up and moved our rig to Cabelas, which is quite nice (and free). - CO2RV
Oct 2015 - $47.00
First impression when entering park is very good. Carryout/deli in office area, driving range and small pond for fishing/swimming. Arriving at our site we were not as impressed. Park is 90% seasonal and the places around us were not cleaned up before they left for season. Beer bottles, and other trash were left beside a tree on our site. Site is a corner lot so was roomy. The park was empty with only a couple seasonal still present. Water pressure is poor, no terrible. They have two pumps but not commercial size. Can't run water in two sinks at once. We used their showers because we couldn't get enough water pressure in ours to get wet. We have stayed in RV resorts with a lot of amenities for the price we paid here. They were told about trash but never came to pick it up. Kept our gray tank closed due to sewer odor. End of season and they haven't had their holding tank cleaned. We will not stay here again. - Pennylee
Jun 2015 - $48.00
The campground has mostly seasonal sites. The site we were on was terrible - mostly mud, with a few sprouts of grass here and there, and when it rained, the back of the camper, including the jacks, electrical cord, and water hose, were laying in two inches of water. Good thing I didn't need anything out of the back of the camper around that time. There was another site only a few feet behind our camper, too. It looked like most of the other 'transient' sites were on grass, and I don't think they were full, so I'm not sure how we landed on that lousy site. The only thing I liked about the site was that it was shady.
The roads were in good shape, although navigating to our site was bizarre - we had to drive through the site from the side, then back in. It made sense once we saw it, but when they explained it to us in the office, we were scratching our heads. No major problem with the utilities or their location, other than the rainwater issue I mentioned above. We were in site #51 - on the map it looks parallel to the site behind it, but that's not how we were directed to use it - the front of our camper was facing toward the bathhouse.
The office was also a small grocery store/deli, more than the usual campground store affair. There are two lakes - I think you can swim in one and fish in the other. There was also an auction every Saturday night. We didn't try any of these. The wifi worked fine.
A golf cart hit our camper during our stay, so we talked to a lot more people than usual. Everyone we talked to, including the owners, were as nice and helpful as they could be. The owners got the name, address, and insurance information for us and had it ready when we came back to the campground after a day in Detroit and discovered the damage.
Note, all sites are 50 amp only. If you have a 30 amp camper, you need an adapter. They sell them at the store. - skater
May 2015 - $48.00
This old campground is way overpriced. Yes, it is clean, but just a money grab. $45 per storage and the only option is to pay from the 1st to the end of the month with no discount for starting in the middle of month. Owner is old, rude, and a money grabber. What a shame she thinks everyone can afford the outrageous fees; sorry that is not for us. Good roads, all utilities work, close spaces, shaded camp sites. Dirt roads, clean restrooms and showers. General store onsite, with beer, wine, liquor and Lotto along with deli and pizza. Dump stations, swimming pool, fishing pond, golf driving range, and shelter for rent. Over priced: charged extra 10 buck's per night for kids and dogs. - ALPOE
Jul 2016 - $38.00
Many trees, if you need satellite TV, ask for sites 12-16. Office staff are very helpful. Park is gated and completely secure. Wifi did not work in site 16. May be better closer to the office. Rural setting, nothing nearby commercially. No credit cards accepted. No discounts. - SusanRon
Jul 2015 - $36.00
I am not really sure where the bad reviews are coming from. We stay here year after year and enjoy each stay. True, the road into the campground and the road in the campground are dirt but are well maintained and potholes are promptly patched with gravel. We saw many places in the campground that had been recently taken care of. The water does have an odor and if you are picky about your water I would bring plenty in. WIFI is said to be available throughout the camp, but we were not able to connect. It definitely needs to be upgraded. That covers any negatives. The staff there is very nice, very helpful and have always been pleasant to us. The beach is sandy and clean. The lake was fine to swim in with a sandy bottom. No evidence of any problems. The kids certainly enjoyed swimming and playing there. The playground was full of kids the whole time we were there, having a wonderful time. The restrooms are kept clean and the showers are some of the best we have experienced. The water pressure could be low if there were a lot of people showering. Cell phone coverage is fine for both AT& T and Verizon. Our site was large, fairly level and well maintained grass. There is a nice mix of shaded and sunny sites. We will definitely stay here again. - Meyer Camping
Aug 2012 - $38.00
Awful place. The "crystal clear lake" they mention is horrible. Wouldn't swim in it on a bet. Water supply is contaminated with sulfur, so be sure have bottled water. Dirt/gravel road into campground and throughout. Wi-Fi weak and slow. Convenient overnight stop, but I'd check out other options. - macandphyl
Jul 2015 - $35.00
Wow, just wow.......and I don't mean this in a good way. We opted to stay here for an overnight stay.. They gave us a "pull through" which is just a spot in a field and we had to drive through a wet area in the field to get into our spot, almost getting stuck in the mud. Michigan is tough for finding a quick overnight spot when traveling through, so you take what you can. In hindsight, a parking lot looks like a palace! Lot's full time residents and some interesting RV/Trailer set ups, kind of trashy. - scubajoe
Jul 2015 - $35.00
Stayed here for three nights. The campground is a mixture of travellers and seasonal campers. We had a nice spot with a view of the lake. Locals come to the lake on weekends to fish and relax. Unfortunately, we couldn't get out and do much due to rain and flooding in the area. The campground did a good job of trying to remove water from the campsites. Spots were a bit close and would be very hot in the summer. There were no laundry facilities. No wifi, but Verizon coverage was good. Cabela's is close if you need to shop or get a good meal. - tripster
Jun 2015 - $16.00
I wouldn't go out of my way to come back here, but since it was on my path anyway, it was a good value at the Passport America rate. No Wi-Fi, and the AT&T signal was very weak, but Verizon signal was strong. Free cable TV, and lots of over the air channels. The activities are included in the nightly rate, not extra as mentioned in an older review. I was not charged any of the surcharges mentioned in the older review. The transient sites are in a big open field, and have no sewer hookups. There are a number of attractions for kids, especially younger ones, and this park would probably be a very good value for young families, even at the standard rate. - KAP99
May 2014 - $25.00
The staff owner was great. Had a flat tire he came and inflated and recomended a shop close to fix it. Very quiet campground, will stay there again when in the area. - Holman
Sep 2010 - $25.00
30 amp and water only. There is a dump on the way out, but it is on the wrong side of the road. Trees need to be trimmed. We scratched the side of our rig getting into one of their "big rig" sites. 90% of their sites are used for seasonal or long-term people. Most of these rigs are going nowhere, ie: rotted tires, roofs caved in, etc. We will not return. - Joezilla
Jul 2009 - $28.00
Very accommodating owners; son & dw-in-law taking over from dad (hopefully). Seasonal, daily or weekly rates: pay for 6, get 7th night free. High water table means you cannot use sewer dump after recent rains: gotta wait a couple days for the septic system to catch up. Very pleasant place, large sites out front, easy access for large rigs. - DonF
Jun 2016 - $27.00
All campsites back-up to wild areas and most have privacy between sites. Area well maintained with miles of paved rec. trails to gain access to long Lake Erie sandy beach, swimming lake, wildlife center etc. We were here during the annual mayfly hatch in early June. The flies were everywhere in great abundance but were harmless. The redwing blackbirds were well fed by the unavoidable largess. - Appleknocker
Jun 2016 - $14.00
Very large park, but broken into many sections, so it doesn't seem like a huge campground. Everything is very well manicured. There aren't a lot of trees, but they have big shrubs planted in between most of the sites, affording a lot of privacy. Nice bike trails, and lots of roads to ride on as well. No water at site, but potable water available at dump station. The campground legend shows water available in the camping areas as well, but you cannot hook up a hose to those. A decent value at the Passport America rate, which is available Sun-Wed. No wifi, but good Verizon signal. Not that easy to get to. - KAP99
Aug 2015 - $27.00
This is part of a whopping huge recreation area but loops are well separated so it does not feel confined at all. Sites are nicely separated. We got our 36' plus truck in. No problem & saw plenty other sites that could accommodate us. Water no problem when you have 100gal tank but can see it as an issue for small tanks & many people. Biggest issue for us was signage to find the place. A frequent complaint that we have with CGs. No problem once you know. - Veebyes
Aug 2011 - $21.00
Rate reflects weekly. Quiet and clean. Minimal bathrooms (no paper towels) and showers. Sites level but small. Most sites are permanent. Not much to write about. Many trees that will possibly mess up satellite usage. Many residents use golf carts but not excessively. - Bigbyte
Sep 2009 - $22.00
Don't be fooled by the beauty of the entrance to the park. Once you are behind the owner's home you will see that this park has not had maintenance in some time. One shower for men and one for women in a park with 200 sites. If you are parked in the electric and water area you have true "outhouses" to use. Majority of campers are here permanently and almost all use gas powered golf carts constantly. It smells like you are parked in a rest stop instead of in the woods. Every weekend night at 9 PM they have a parade with their golf carts, circling the park 2-3 times and blowing their horns all the way! - wilmamc
Jul 2016 - $52.00
My wife and I have going to Harbortown for more than 10 yrs., recommending this park to fellow campers. But we have noticed a change in customer treatment and enforcement of printed rules. We see dogs off leash and site violations which seem to be ignored. On our last visit this month the next site campers returned from a day of fishing and parked their large boat on site and began cleaning fish, even though there is a fish cleaning station available. The office said they would check on this but never did. We went to the office and said we had family coming to visit and felt we shouldn't have to sit next to or smell the boat. The manager said too bad, the boat stays, it's not against the rules. Rule in the printed brochure explicitly said 1 vehicle and 1 camper per site. He was very rude and insulting and boasted that this was "my place" and if we didn't like it we could move on to another place. After we strongly expressed our opinion on the situation, we got a refund, left and went elsewhere. On leaving Harbortown another camper said others also had issues with management. To our surprise the sites at Sterling were larger, cheaper and with very friendly staff. Plus a nice view of Lake Erie. Our family arrived there and a good time was had by all! For a so called business owner (?) he needs to show respect for campers who support his business. We definitely will not return!!! And definitely not worth the $52 we paid per night, plus $4 per visiting guest. We camped in a motorhome. - Br43
Oct 2015 - $58.00
The campground is easy enough to get to, but once you're there getting to your site can be unnecessarily complicated. If you're looking to get away from it all and enjoy some quiet family time, this isn't the place for you. Sites are extremely close to one another! We were fortunate to have lovely neighbors, so that part could've been worse. The staff themselves were incredibly rude and unwelcoming. I've seen the reviews that rules were not enforced, but my experience was not the case. The staff ride around in their golf carts barking orders at guests.
The park has a lot of potential under proper management, so it's a shame that it's being run in such a poor way. My family and I will not be returning. For the money you spend here (they charge for EVERY little thing) you could stay in a five star hotel with everything included.
If you're going to stay here, be sure to double and triple confirm your reservation and site. Staff is of the mind that they don't make errors and aren't very accommodating when they do. - JDunlapMH12
Sep 2015 - $27.00
We stayed 2 nights at PP America, then full price ($54) the third night. So the average was acceptable, but the $54 price was in my opinion excessive for this park. The sites were a decent size with grass on each side. The pad is extremely narrow and there are trees that a growing up on each side at the entry and exit of the pull through sites. I had to back out as I could not go out forward with the trees in protruding onto the corners of the sites (45' moho).
The wi-fi was horrible. Could get it late at night or very early in the morning. Other than that it was hit and miss whether could connect, as if it did connect it was very slow. Seems like for this kind of money, the wi-fi could be better.
Hookups were good, lots of cable stations to choose from. Was open to receive Dish satellite. Mostly quiet except for an occasional train going by.
The office staff was efficient and very helpful. They recommended a restaurant in Monroe, Public House, which was terrific. - JoeVinnie
Sep 2015 - $23.00
Stayed 2 days in a 5th wheel, was a decent park to stay in while visiting friends. Park owners/hosts were very friendly and accommodating. Site was very nice although was just grass....but nice thick grass. We will definitely stay here again.... - steelpony
Aug 2014 - $23.00
First of all - this campground has something many campgrounds lack - it has a soul! You feel very welcome from the first minute you check in and until you leave. Owners present (they live at the CG) and are helping all the time. Most of the sites are seasonal and this campground really changed my earlier a bit negative view of the guests who stay long. Seasonal here are exceptionally friendly and comes by to say hi and share some tips of local restaurants, places worth seeing etc. Campground is easy to find, sign easy to see, you get a gate card so you can get inside 24/7. Sewer for grey water and 50AMP electric. We were there during Labour Day and were lucky to get a site since one person cancelled late. In the center there is a lake divided in to a fishing zone and one for swimming. Took a swim almost every night to cool down and it was really clean and very well kept. Laundry worked fine and toilets were simple but clean. We camped in our Fifth Wheel and are full timers so did not use the facilities very often. The wireless internet is the best we have encountered so far. A steady 5-10mb/s and a customer service Best in Class. The even gave us some extra hours at the day we left for free. They do charge a buck or two per day but that is ok since the speed was fantastic. I rather pay a small fee and KNOW it works then to get to a CG with lousy free WiFi that comes and goes. Cosy place and highly recommended, again - hardware is important like electricity etc. but software is actually a factor worth competing with as well. They had a small store with great prices and we filled propane as well. Fireplaces at every site. Lots of trees and shade not perfect for satellite dishes but we did not have time to watch TV, nice to socialize with all the great people instead. At labour Day they had MooseHunt for the kids and some other activities. Very family friendly. Price here was low (hope the owner does not read this review!) even given the fact that electricity and internet was extra. Lots to see in Toledo as well so the two weeks we stayed went VERY fast. We will for sure come back hopefully already in the spring. - BasilFawlty
Jul 2009 - $22.00
Positives: There is easy access off turnpike. The office staff is extremely helpful. It is owner operated, and he too was very helpful. Negatives. No sewer hookup in the pull through site we had, but there was a drain that we could run a hose and drain grey water. It was not a big deal, because we only stayed one night here. There was no cable, and it is heavily treed, so satellite wouldn't work. There appeared to be a significant number of seasonal sites. Inner roads fairly tight for my 40' MH, but we did get into one of their four pull-through sites without much problem. Again, owner and staff are friendly and their helpful manner made up for anything lacking in the campground. - teofff