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Pentwater, Michigan

Charles Mears State Park

Pentwater, Michigan



Pentwater, Michigan
Phone: (231) 869-2051

Sites: 175
Recent Rate: $31 6/2016

Latitude: 43.782076755571
Longitude: -86.439211632538

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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 no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $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 no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • 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 yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • 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
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 yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • 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 no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • 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

Review Details

Ratings overview

9 Reviews

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed 3 nights here and really liked it. We are new to camping. The beach being so close was awesome. And the campground is within walking distance to town which we really liked. The sites were sandy but that was fine considering the beach! We already have another couple nights booked for July! We camped at Charles Mears State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
166
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

Yes, the sites are tight to get into, but I had room to put our trailer with the slide out and park my Super Duty next to it. On the other side, we had the awning out, the firepit, and still had room to have cornhole set up.

I don't think there's a site in here that's more than a 5 minute walk to the huge, soft sand beach on Lake Michigan. I loved having a separate dog friendly beach for my dogs. Note: you will get sand everywhere!

Climb the dunes by the beach for fantastic views of the water during the day or a million stars at night. Great sunset viewing on the beach that faces due west.

We were there on Memorial Day weekend and it was packed. Regular ranger patrols, along with local police patrols through the park kept the crazies in check.

It's a 5-10 minute walk to downtown Pentwater if you are looking to eat out, get groceries, shopping, etc.

We will definitely stay here again. We camped at Charles Mears State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
148
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

This is my new Love for Lake Michigan beach camping! Yes the sights are small and people are packed in. Lots of sand every where but all pads are paved. At first I thought oh no, I don't know about this place. It grew on me. If you are lucky enough to get a site that backs into the dunes they seem to be wider. All the dunes have trails to go up with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan, they also have benches to set and enjoy the view or watch the sunset. The beach is beautiful, the water is clean and clear, just a very short walk from your campsite. Very nice Rangers at the park and very helpful. People there are a bunch of happy campers. The small town of Pentwater is so cute with a lot of nice stores. We had a great AT&T 4G signal on both our phones and iPad. We will defiantly go back. We camped at Charles Mears State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
152
Site Surface
Concrete, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

I loved all the shops. We ate at Gull Landing for dinner not worth the price the food was just okay.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Location, location, location! Yes, the sites are small(ish), yes there is not a lot of shade, but there are shady sites when the trees are in leaf! Yes, there is a LOT of sand - BUT - you are within feet of a gorgeous beach that has its own concession stand. You can walk to the beautiful village of Pentwater and enjoy bars, restaurants, shopping and art galleries! Tell me one other campground that has all this going for it at $24/night! It would be great if they had water and sewer hookups, but most Michigan State Parks do not, so it is not unusual. However, the location, the friendly folk, and the fun you can have there more than make up for ANY shortcomings. I am also not sure how you can rate a campground when you haven't stayed there! We camped at Charles Mears State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We didn't camp here but drove through the park to check it out while in the area. When we first entered, I thought it was a parking lot, as all I saw was asphalt with patches of sand in between and the odd tree. Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that this was actually the campground (the electrical posts gave it away!) If you like zero privacy and like to eat sand, then this is the place for you. Only benefit is the scenic location right beside the lake and sand dunes. We camped at Charles Mears State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

We like the beach so this campground was a great spot for us to camp. It is very tight quarters and most sites are not shaded, but all of them had paved pads for parking your RV. Lots of sand so be sure to have a broom to keep it out of the camper. The restroom/shower facility is very new. Our campsite (#139) was excellent. The lake was just over a dune from our site and we had a nice maple tree to help shade our site, although we kept the awning out because of the warm weather. The beach was great and the lake water was clear and sandy. Lots of lake shore activity with boats, jet skis, and swimming. The Pentwater River empties into Lake Michigan here and there is a nice walkway along the river where you can also fish from if you're so inclined. Downtown Pentwater is very close (about 3 blocks). Nice little shops and eateries in town, but there is not much in the way of grocery stores in Pentwater. Ludington isn't far away if you need supplies of any kind. We camped at Charles Mears State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

The area is beautiful. Walking distance to town with restaurants and stores. Campground has access to beautiful sand dunes and beach. The negative points are that the sites are very close together not very private and the bathrooms were a little dirty! We camped at Charles Mears State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful campground located right on the dunes of Lake Michigan in the town of Pentwater. A very short walk to the beach and long concrete pier. Great for biking as well. Very clean well-kept beach--water is clear. Store located on beach for snacks/ice cream. All sites are blacktopped. Only problem is they are a bit difficult to back into, but everyone seems to manage. Town is about 3-block walk and has restaurants and shops. We were very impressed and will camp here again. We camped at Charles Mears State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2008 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice location to take your kids to the beach (right over a small dune) on Lake Michigan. BUT - Rules are not enforced and there are 8 or more noisy partying adults on some sites, quiet time is listed as all the time - it was noisy all the time! Multiple dogs off leash. Streets are narrow and there is no privacy between the sites. Our fire ring was so close to our neighbors that we could not have a fire due to the smoke from theirs drifting over. We camped at Charles Mears State Park in a Motorhome.

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