19 Parks near Riverside, Michigan
Jul 2016 - $48.00
Out of about 25 KOA's we have stayed in during the last 5 years, this ranks near the bottom. Roads, while paved, are very narrow. Tight turns for big rigs towing. Some extra gravel on the sites would help. Playground has old, tired and broken equipment. A couple of items looked very dangerous. The small lake looked like a cesspool. The bounce was so dirty and looked like it had not been cleaned for years. The pool was good size and looked good.
Lots of bugs, bring repellent.
Will never be back. - kegmaster
Aug 2015 - $42.00
Great campground for kids. We don't have any, so we thought there were way too many. Fires in the evening kept smoke lingering under trees in park.
Easy access, older KOA, site was small. Park was completely full on weekend. Then it emptied out by Monday. Great place for families. - Smunro55
Oct 2014 - $43.00
We stay here every fall while attending the Paw Paw Wine Festival and the St. Joseph/South Haven tourist areas. It is a nicely kept older KOA. We had a pull through site and had plenty of room for our tow vehicle and slide outs. Entrance to park is directly off a highway so be aware or you might miss it. There is a slight highway noise and a train track nearby. The only thing we missed on our trip this year were the homemade donuts that the owner used to make and sell. We will return again this fall. - Looney Bird
Jul 2015 - $32.00
This is a nice campground run by very nice people in an area that we love to visit. It is also a campground that is being brought back from a state of neglect. The new manager is working diligently to address the maintenance issues, mainly the bathrooms. The showers had peeling paint, insufficient hot water and poor drainage. They were already working on those showers when we stayed here so I feel confident that these issues will be addressed quickly. In fact, we are already talking about when we can come back. The sites were very large and well shaded and fairly level. The utilities could have been better marked. There was a large cement brick to keep us from running over the sewer line. The Wi-Fi was free and speed was adequate. We had no problems with cell phone coverage with AT&T and Verizon. We stayed here on July 4th and it seemed that everybody within 100 miles stopped by to see the fireworks display in downtown Benton Harbor. That made for a very noisy night. However, we did not hear any fireworks within the park. Which tells me that management was very proactive about telling campers about the noise and we very much appreciated that. - Meyer Camping
Jun 2015 - $35.00
We had originally planned on staying here for 2 months due to its price, but once we arrived, we saw a few "flaws" in our plans. There are A LOT of feral cats in the campground park, and the cat spray can be overwhelming at times to breath. We had taken a spot in the rear, as the other spots were too close to other RV's for my taste. The spot in the rear had plenty of room, even if another one moved in next to it. Our first night there, we not only heard, but felt the vibration of a stereo bass by the neighbors outside the park. They have it so low or whatever it is that makes it thump and vibrate, and just sit in their yard doing that 3-4 times a day--and sometimes at night. Not only do you put up with that, but non-stop barking dogs tied out on the other side of the fence and more thumping stereos that drive up and down the road. Within a week, we were very disgusted. We moved our RV up front to get away from the thumping stuff, but the cat urine is smelled on and off everywheres. A woman who lives in there, feeds them, which keeps them coming around daily. We could still hear the stereo, but the vibration wasn't felt up here. We weren't even in our spot for a day, and while we were outside, the person who lives in his coach was screaming obscenities about killing kids, blowing up playgrounds, ripping up rapists. Very vulgar and alarming. This went on for an hour, and I did report it to the manager, who was busy at that time making popcorn for the train rides they have there in the amusement park they have been restoring forever. She told me he was probably singing to music. I walked off. Call it what you want. There wasn't any music that was loud coming from his place. We decided to leave. The manager is new, doesn't know much about RV's, but is very nice. The area is very high crime though. Not worth risking staying in this area. We heard guns being shot our last night there. - happy2013camper
Aug 2011 - $30.00
Very nice campground. Lots of large, shady, pull through sites. Even though only 30 amp service we never had a problem with everything on. They have a small railroad that they are restoring. Restroom/showers are being remodeled. They have a large tent area for groups. Will be back. - reviewer3
Jul 2016 - $32.00
This is our favorite "hidden gem" campground, and we drive up annually from central IL to this southwest corner of MI to stay for 4-5 days. The campground has a 1/4 mile stretch of Lake Michigan beach that you MIGHT share with a dozen people during the week. Weekends are a little busier with day-pass traffic to the beach, but still not very crowded.
The camping area is wooded, nestled between shaded dunes for a nice protection from hot sun and heavy winds (you can leave your awning out all the time). A short walk over some boarded stairways/walkways and you are on the beach! It's a great blend of environments that I've never experienced at any other campground.
This side of Lake Michigan has real sandy beaches, crashing waves on breezy days, outstanding weather in the summer months, and sunset views over the Lake that you will not forget. For us Midwesterners, it's as close to an ocean beach experience as you can get.
The campground is older with water/30 amp electric sites (no full hookups), a dump station, as well as primitive tent sites and small cabin rentals if you don't have an RV. Sites are sandy (which I don't mind) and fairly level. There are two "loops" of RV sites, one larger loop for smaller trailers/motorhomes, and another smaller loop with larger sites for bigger rigs. We have been here in a 35' motorhomes and trailers and have always been able to get a larger site in the smaller loop, which is actually a more private because day traffic goes the other direction.
Sites are nicely separated with heavy rope dividers on wooden posts. The office has very friendly staff on-site every day, and they sell small supplies, firewood, ice, drinks, and ice cream.
Recent years have brought some upgrades in walking paths (to the beach) and a new bathhouse in the smaller loop. This is a town-owned park facility and it's obvious that they do put money and care into it, to keep it updated (as much as possible) and maintained. - scottydl
Aug 2015 - $32.00
This is a little known park. You can walk to the beach at Lake Michigan which is 100 yards away. Very nice sandy beach. People bid on the park to run it. Sites are okay for a more rustic stay. Value was good because of access to lake which is not dog friendly. We would stay here again, maybe for a week. If you rent a site access to beach is included otherwise people without RV's pay $7 a day for beach access. Lots of people stay in tents. - Mark from Missouri
Aug 2016 - $42.00
Very clean and accommodating place. Lots are spacious and offer some shade. Sites are dirt and grass, featuring a fire ring and picnic table.
Big lots, blueberry picking right outside your place. The employees were very kind and helpful. WOULD and will stay at any KOA again! - Cookie hunnicutt
Jul 2016 - $78.00
Nice park. Owner and all employees were extremely nice and helpful. Best part was being able to pick blueberries 30 feet from our trailer. Our site was a premium one, but very sandy, and gravel.
This spot had a nice gas grill and paved patio. NOT WORTH $78 though! - stlmp
Oct 2015 - $35.00
Well shaded sites but very tight you must like your neighbors. Clean and easy to get to. Mostly shady, gravel sites with fire ring and picnic table. - Jayco owner
Jul 2010 - $1.00
This would be a great family campground. Area set aside for tents and popups. Park like setting. Fishing pond. Don't know why it is not full. Added an extra day when we got here. Very quiet. Would stay again. The only reason for the overall 7 rating is the roads. Just go slow. - ChrisnMarv
Oct 2016 - $37.00
Clean, well-maintained State Park, with friendly, helpful young men at check-in station. The campground was full on a nice fall weekend - luckily, we had paid the extra $10 to reserve a site. Paved interior roads, and mostly level dirt sites with some grass; and trees that helped with privacy, since sites are rather close together. Dog walking trail, and even a nearby Dog Beach. We would stay here again. - FranM
Sep 2016 - $26.00
Typical state park, electric only sites. Interior roads are a bit narrow, and I wouldn't denote this park as big-rig friendly. Our site was fairly large, shaded and clean, but we saw others that were a bit smaller and had more sun. Our site was listed as accommodating a 35' camper, but I had to block the road to hook/unhook from our 30' TT. Sites are a sand base, so kick off your shoes before going back in the camper ;-)
There is a dog-friendly beach area, but you have to hike over a sand dune to get to it. The regular beach area has adjacent parking, but is a short (and more level) walk from the campground. Office sells ice and firewood, but they were out of ice (for the next couple days...), and the firewood was a bit green. Check-in staffer was pleasant, we saw DNR foot patrolling the park a couple times, and we didn't experience any loud, raucous camp sites. It's mostly families and groups and, overall, a pleasant, relatively quiet place to stay. Pretty easy access, just a few miles off I-196.
Overall, it's a satisfactory state park in a good location, with larger, pine and hardwood shaded sites. It's not a must-return park for us, but we'd consider it, if we're back in this area. - fastalker64
Aug 2016 - $27.00
Our second stay at Van Buren State Park was even better than the first. The park is clean, a great mix of wooded and open, the bathrooms (while older) were clean each time we visited. Lots of families yet relatively quiet. The beach is a short walk (.25 miles?) and wonderful. It's a 10 minute drive to South Haven and there is a bike trail to get you there as well. - User3490
Oct 2013 - $14.00
This is really a mobile home park with 7 RV sites in own area. Nice back-in concrete pads. Quiet Park. It is not a resort but is a nice place to stay if you have things to do in area. Rate reflects monthly rate. - RichardB1952
Feb 2011 - $25.00
I stayed here six weeks while working at Palisades Nuclear Station. This is a basic RV Park with few amenities. However, the owners are very pleasant and accommodating. - 870xprs
Sep 2016 - $28.00
Two night stay, at this gorgeous city-owned park beside the St. Joseph River. Very clean modern bathhouse: did not use. Swings by river, walking paths, game areas, small play areas, wide sites, easy access and close to town. Updated connections, very clean with easy access.
Walked with my small dog. Paths lead to river and boat launch. Fish cleaning station. Cabins available. Very beautiful location and forest park atmosphere. Screen rooms/tents work here and sun loungers would be great. Paved road around all very tidy sites also nice for walking. Excellent book exchange in office. Ice available and firewood. - RamblynRose
Jul 2016 - $30.00
We stayed a couple nights at this park and I was so very impressed with the friendliness of the park manager, the overall neatness of the park, and just the whole atmosphere of the park. We were in the newer section. Site was spacious, level and easy to get into. The river flows along the edge of the park and is so pretty. It is near Lake Michigan and we used this as our base for our sightseeing. We didn't use the restrooms, showers, etc. but I cannot imagine they were not as clean and neat as the rest of the park. Good cell service. The only thing I missed having was a laundromat. We would definitely stay here again. - Darcan
May 2016 - $35.00
We stay in Shamrock whenever we're in southwest Michigan. The on-site manager is very friendly and we appreciate the beautiful flower gardens around the grounds. The bordering St. Joseph River is very beautiful. The older campground is shadier and closer to the water. The new campground has bigger sites in full sun. We've stayed in both. Private bathroom/showers are excellent. They even have a small room with a sink exclusively for washing dishes! WiFi is good. The park is close to Lake Michigan, Notre Dame in South Bend, and to the bountiful offerings of this agricultural and wine region. - Tumbling Tumbleweed
Sep 2016 - $35.00
This is a very nice, small park. We stayed here 3 nights and felt very safe and comfortable. The owners were out of town but there is someone who checks on the park. It is close to the town and beaches and has an entrance to the Kal-Haven hiking/biking trail. The park is well lit at night. It is a FHU park with 50amp. The odd thing is the area you park on is grass and where area beside it is a paved strip. The sites are fairly short, but pretty level. It was easy getting a satellite signal. Fairly quiet although you do get some road noise from the highway. We would definitely stay here again if in the area. - jacknpeg
Jun 2014 - $32.00
South Haven is on the shore of Lake Michigan. If you like to bicycle, this park is right off the Kal-Haven Rail-Trail and you can easily bike into town. You can also launch a kayak into the Black River from here. Small park but reasonably priced for full-hook-up ($200/week). Sites are adequate and several pull-through sites are available at no extra charge. A no-frills Ma & Pa park. Verizon MiFi and voice service were good. Would stay here again. - Kokomo
May 2013 - $32.00
Closest park to town, the Kal-Haven trail is accessible from the rear of the park. We were able to walk to downtown from our campsite. They could do better at cleaning the fire pits from the previous guests but the park is fairly clean overall. Also pretty quiet here. We had no issues parking our 37' motorhome here. - Zdog
Sep 2016 - $66.00
Sunny Brook is a lovely park with easy access to and from I-196. Gated park with beautiful flowers and nicely landscaped and manicured lawns. Internal roads are paved and sites are concrete. Power and water centrally placed and on our lot, the sewer was located quite far to the back requiring that we add our sewer hose extension. It appears that the sewer connection is in different placed on some of the other sites. We were located in the back-in's of the second row off the lake. The sites are a bit sloped from back to front but we were able to level with our jacks without the front tires leaving the ground. Big first step up into the coach. We drive a 45ft MH and were able to easily navigate the park and get into the site (without the car attached). Once parked, the site is plenty big for the rig and the car. The pool, laundry, and club house are very nice and well maintained. We were here a bit late in the season and during the week so not many activities, which is OK with us. Wifi goes from pretty slow to acceptable depending on the time of the day and activity level. Resort staff and other campers very nice, friendly and welcoming. Although the price seemed a bit high for this time of the year, we would return here if we were in the area. - LvR
Sep 2016 - $46.00
We used a "buy 2 nights, get 1 free" coupon from the Tampa RV Show. This is a beautiful, well maintained destination resort. Interior roads are paved. Sites are concrete with picnic tables and fire rings on the grass. Wifi was excellent but they have no cable. Our satellite reception was good so that didn't matter to us. They have 1 new pickleball court that we used one morning. Our site was a pull-in facing the lake. Unfortunately, the weather was a bit too hot and humid to enjoy sitting outdoors but it was a beautiful view. We would probably stay at a different park if we came up here again just because of the cost. - dickens
Sep 2016 - $66.00
Beautiful paved park, superbly landscaped and well-maintained. Excellent water pressure and fast, strong wifi. The staff, pool, clubhouse and laundry are all first-rate. Pricey. - The Hilts