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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 3
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $40.00
Stayed for 5 nights - all level sites, paved roads and concrete pads, utilities in convenient locations for most RVs. Ample pull-throughs, cable TV. WiFi works great when you can get connected. Many WiFi zones scattered throughout park, you just have to be skookum and patient to connect (there is a very helpful 1-800 # you can call for assistance.) Great amenities, nice laundry (a bit expensive $2.25 per load). KOA cafe (pizzas, ice cream etc.), but we didn't use. KOA is very convenient to Petosky. Will say that Hwy. 31 is VERY busy with traffic, pick your entry and leave time carefully (no stoplight at exit). Negatives: the pool was not accessible to many guests 55+ because it was overrun by kids, including the hot tub where they are prohibited kids, but not enforced. We asked at the office how to kindly get to the hot tub and staff immediately went out to monitor, but acknowledged they couldn't control it. Unfortunate, because they can, just choose not to. Pool was small for size of park which includes large number of seasonal sites and many cabins. Most poorly managed was trash and recycling. We were not here on a holiday weekend, yet all trash containers and recycling cans were overflowing the entire time. We did see a trash truck come one Friday, but by the afternoon, one container was full again. Clearly do not dump trash and recycle enough to keep up with the size of the park.
May be typical for KOAs but this seems to be overrun by large extended family reunions with many (many) kids, bikes and dogs. This park is not for those looking for quiet, tranquil settings.
On the other hand, it is a nice KOA - probably better then many, and may be quieter on more on the shoulder seasons. We camped at Petoskey KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Ride your bikes on the Little Traverse Wheelway. 26+ miles from Bay Harbor to Charlevoix. Excellent paved bikeway especially down by Bay Harbor where you ride right along the water. We found numerous Petoskey stones along the shore! During busy times riding your bike to Petoskey instead of your car is much faster on Hwy. 31. The town of Petoskey is fun to explore. Lots of places to leave your bike. Check out Chandler's restaurant, great food!
Review Count: 68
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 25
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $80.00
High-end KOA with lavish landscaping, every conceivable facility, and activities for all ages, such as flashlight lollipop hunts. The high camping cost was figured to be the result of lack of supply, and demand for the last spot in town. At $80 a night, however, our site and the adjacent one had more dust and dirt than grass. Wi-Fi went in and out. Getting a satellite signal was tricky. Vehicle washing was permitted. Verizon service was good. We camped at Petoskey KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $65.00
Great family KOA. The grounds were well kept and the pool was clean. Showers and laundry areas were very nice. The sites are tight. The only other issue is that one staff member was quite rude. This was certainly not problematic enough to ruin our trip. I would definitely recommend this KOA. We camped at Petoskey KOA in a Motorhome.
Great location. This is a perfect place to camp and easy commute to Charlevoix, Petosky and Mackinaw City.
Review Count: 15
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $58.00
This is our third year at this KOA and we are never disappointed in the quality or friendliness of the staff. They have added a couple of new outdoor games for the kids and some of the permanent sites are now gone which opened up some additional sites for transients. The park is immaculate and it is very central to many of the activities in Petoskey. It is also only 35-40 minutes from Mackinaw City. The only down side is that they have limited on site activities (like pancake breakfasts, bingo, or other events) We camped at Petoskey KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 129
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 14
Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $43.00
Paved interior roads and pads. Very nice landscaping. Staff was helpful. Secure and gated. There is an off leash dog area, that meets KOA's "worthless" standard. It is a fenced pea gravel area filled with olympic hurdles no dog uses. There is a flat septic field area that would be perfect, but it is unsued. There are plenty of places to walk your dogs but they are in camping spaces. Compared to other decent RV parks in the area, this is a bargain. Note that the highway 31 that fronts the parks if really busy with highspeed traffic. Also, if using GPS use N 45.23.87 W 84.53.64. The street address seems to bring you 2 miles down the road if coming in from the North. We camped at Petoskey KOA in a Motorhome.
Go up M119 thru "tunnel of trees" & eat lunch at Leggs Inn. Very good (Polish) food & unique setting. If you love biking, this is a great area for biking along the lake. There are beaches on Lake Michigan to use a kayak. Lots of places to shop. Mission Lighthouse (2 hours away) is closed due to lead paint removal. Vineyards abound. Note Route 31 coming from the north is a disaster; one of the worst roads we have been on. Further south it is repaved.
Review Count: 12
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $67.00
We stayed here because of the great reviews and found the park to be less than well ran. We had to move 3 times in one week due to reserved sites (and saw a lot of others doing the same), so each time we had to pack up, wait for an escort, go to the new site, unpack, etc! They make a show of customer service, but too many of the employees don't seem to know what that means to RVer's. Showers and bathrooms were always clean, but this was done between 7-9 each morning, so we had to wait to go anywhere (most parks we stay at do this after 10 or so each morning). Sites are "KOA close" and some were quite difficult to get into with a large trailer (they seem to enjoy putting large rigs in small sites and small rigs in large sites!) Basically, a pain to stay here because of the way it is run. Getting in and out of park to go places is a real adventure! Highway 31 is pretty busy and there were several accidents right our front! To get to a local bike trail you have to cross the highway, playing froggy. Your heart gets more work out due to that than the bike ride! We camped at Petoskey KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Shop, Lake Michigan, shop, high priced restaurants, shop, ride bikes, shop Did I mention shop?
Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $68.00
If only all KOA parks were like this park! Our usual preference is to stay at privately owned parks, but we were lured to this park by the previous excellent reviews. The office staff were most welcoming and helpful as were the employees working around the campsite. We ran in to some dangling branches when initially parking, and the staff responded quickly with branch clippers. The campground appeared to be very family oriented with organized programming for youth and play areas for younger children. The only negative was having to cross a very busy three-lane highway on foot if you wanted access to the bike path. But once on the bike path, you couldn't ask for anything better. We would definitely return to this campground. We camped at Petoskey KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 65
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 5
Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $53.00
Campground is located off US 31. Did not see any direction signs until one at entrance. Camped in a 35 foot 5th wheel on pull through site 85, which is paved, but not level side to side. Small grassy spot & concrete patio. No shade. Like nearly all sites, this one is narrow & very close to neighbors. Easy access to site & room enough for truck. Full hook up with 50 amps. Electric pedestal is in the center of site. Layout of campground is nice; i.e.; circular site groupings & trees create a feeling of a smaller RV park. Pretty flower gardens & friendly, pleasant staff. Good cable TV & WiFi connections. Shower (cramped stalls) & laundry houses clean. Did not use pool, but looked well maintained. Quiet during the night. In addition to very narrow sites, vehicle & rig washing is permitted on sites. On three days of stay an outside cleaning service washed & waxed neighbor's rig. Our truck, patio, & picnic table were sprayed in the process. We could not use picnic table because workmen were immediately adjacent to it, sometimes using it, & getting it wet. Noise from washing & buffing, not to mention the intrusiveness, disrupted a quiet time on our patio. Two sites down another rig was washed. Vehicle cleaning is inappropriate because sites are too close beside each other. We camped at Petoskey KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 90
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 7
Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $68.00
This KOA is a very nice clean and well maintained campground. The interior roads are narrow asphalt and sites are paved with a concrete patio, and have a picnic table, fire ring, and trees. There is grass between sites, and the sites are mostly level. Most of the sites are back in, have a lot of trees, and are fairly narrow. Pull in sites are few and narrower. The staff helps you with backing into your site. We were not able to get satellite access in our site because of the trees. Campground has a security gate, heated swimming pool, and hot tub. It is located off Hwy 31, but it is far enough away so there is little road noise. The staff picked up the trash at your site in AM. Water has a sulfur smell but that appears to be an issue with most Michigan water. Staff has done a very good job in planting flowers all over the park so it is very attractive. We would stay here again if visiting Petoskey. We have a 39 foot fifth-wheel. We camped at Petoskey KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Close to Petosky City and Lake Michigan. This is a family park.
Review Count: 31
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 4
Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $61.00
Very nice clean well maintained campground. Roads and sites are paved with a concrete patio, picnic table, fire ring and trees. There is grass between sites. Sites are level. Back in sites have a lot of trees and relatively spacious. Pull in sites are long with a few trees and somewhat closer together. I was able to get satellite access on my pull through by positioning my RV on the site. Campground has security gate, heated swimming pool and hot tub. It is located off Hwy 31 but far enough so there was no road noise. Staff pick up trash at your site in AM. Very convenient to Petoskey. There were a lot of ants on my site(any everywhere) requiring that I treat them to get rid of them. Water has a sulfur smell but that appears to be an issue with most Michigan well water. Staff has done a very good job in planting flowers all over the park so it is very attractive. Would stay here again if visiting Petoskey. We camped at Petoskey KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 44
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 13
Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $50.00
We stayed at the Petoskey KOA as party of an RV rally and were pleasantly surprised by this quality park. We normally stay at State or municipal parks and find most RV parks make us feel as if we never left the suburbs. The Petoskey KOA has enough trees that makes it feel a bit more like a campground than an RV park, but with all the amenities. They have a number of rental cabins as well, and there were many families in town for soccer tournaments staying in them. There is a staff escort to your campsite and they ensure you are in good position for your hookups. Throughout our stay, the staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Bathrooms and showers were very clean, standard fiberglass showers, not fancy, but in great condition. The campsites around the perimeter have mature trees behind them. The pull-through sites in the center have some shade and are a bit closer than we prefer. The water pressure was fine. The cable TV had a good variety of channels including many HD channels. The Wi-Fi only worked if you were near the office, but there is a wonderful porch there with comfy rocking chairs. There was good Verizon 4G service, so we used our hot spot for the majority of our stay. The KOA is located on US-31 north of Petoskey and is convenient for touring the area. The campground is far enough back from the highway that traffic noise was a non-issue. We camped at Petoskey KOA in a Motorhome.
There is a wonderful bike trail that stretches from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs that is a few blocks from the park.
Review Count: 20
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $53.00
Top of the line KOA. We are not generally KOA campers because we find spaces are too close together. We stayed here to see Petoskey area and because it is off the highway and has cable TV. The back-in spaces towards the back of the park are the most secluded. Many have great trees and shade. We found the staff really accommodating in getting a site that met our needs. The website really describes the choices fairly well. This is a very large RV park so we imagine it is crowded, busy, and somewhat noisy in the summer. But kids should love it because there's so many activities, plus a large swimming pool. The grounds are beautifully kept. Good landscaping and flowers. Seasonal residents are separate. There are some park model units, also separate and very well kept. Just seems like these owners thought of everything to make the stay enjoyable. I would definitely recommend. The higher cost compared to other choices in the area was definitely worth it. We camped at Petoskey KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $40.00
Wow! Great campground-wooded, shaded, private, clean, friendly, perfect location. This is a winner. Stayed here in late September, so it was not crowded at all. We will return next fall. We camped at Petoskey KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 165
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 7
Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $55.00
This is a really pretty park in the trees. The nicest KOA we've been to. Staff was extremely helpful in getting us in for one night when our plans changed. I know this is an area that is very popular and the park was pristine but thought the price was too high for no sewer and 30 amp. All sites are paved and roads are good. Lots of activities and although it's on U.S. 31 it's back off the road and quiet. Our dog did enjoy Kamp K9, the off-leash park. Good Verizon data and voice. Short drive to town. We wouldn't stay again due to the price because there are better choices available at a lesser price. We camped at Petoskey KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 232
States Visited: 53
Helpful Reviews: 14
Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $58.00
Lovely campground with concrete site pads. Staff extremely friendly. Convenient to Petoskey, Tunnel of Trees, and other local sites we were visiting. We would definitely return here. We camped at Petoskey KOA in a Motorhome.
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There is a wonderful bike trail that stretches from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs that is a few blocks from the park.RagTopDay • April 2015
Close to Petosky City and Lake Michigan. This is a family park.Mike1987 • July 2015
Go up M119 thru "tunnel of trees" & eat lunch at Leggs Inn. Very good (Polish) food & unique setting. If you love biking, this is a great area for biking along the lake. There are beaches on Lake Michigan to use a kayak. Lots of places to shop. Mission Lighthouse (2 hours away) is closed due to lead paint removal. Vineyards abound. Note Route 31 coming from the north is a disaster; one of the worst roads we have been on. Further south it is repaved.okdiver • September 2015
Shop, Lake Michigan, shop, high priced restaurants, shop, ride bikes, shop Did I mention shop?Fulltimer5 • October 2015
Ride your bikes on the Little Traverse Wheelway. 26+ miles from Bay Harbor to Charlevoix. Excellent paved bikeway especially down by Bay Harbor where you ride right along the water. We found numerous Petoskey stones along the shore! During busy times riding your bike to Petoskey instead of your car is much faster on Hwy. 31. The town of Petoskey is fun to explore. Lots of places to leave your bike. Check out Chandler's restaurant, great food!ErinandCorbin • July 2016
Great location. This is a perfect place to camp and easy commute to Charlevoix, Petosky and Mackinaw City.Iowa family 2 • August 2016
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