Traverse City, Michigan

Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds Campground

Traverse City, Michigan



Traverse City, Michigan
Phone: (231) 943-4150

Sites: 132
Recent Rate: $20 7/2015

Latitude: 44.6430708703567
Longitude: -85.6529760360718

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • 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 ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

19 Reviews

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User1984

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The park roads are dirt and gravel, well maintained and watered to keep the dust down. The site was graded dirt and gravel for parking and grass that is having a hard time surviving. The perimeter lots have electric and water and the interior lots are electric only. There is one dump site. If there are showers or restrooms they are not close by. There are porta-johns on site at this time. There campground closes August 3 for a couple weeks during fair time. Nothing to do in the park but excellent location for tourists. We would stay here again when in this area. Tough to beat the price. Our site was 94 and did have shade in the morning but still worked well for DirecTV. Verizon worked well for phone and internet. We camped at Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Rick & Karen

Review Count: 25
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is just a so so place. It's only redeeming feature is that it is only $20.00 in a city of $40.00 plus parks. We camped at Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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gatordan

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We agree with previous comments. Roads were gravel/dirt combination. Site pads were recently-graded dirt. Very dry and dusty. (Thankfully it didn't rain during our stay). It would have been better to let the grass grow to prevent dusty or muddy sites. As for restrooms, there are porta-potties in the campground, however the host told us there are showers/bathrooms available at the fairground; ask the host where.

We did have good satellite and phone reception. The fairground is located about 7 miles south from picturesque downtown Traverse City.

The fairground camping area is a good short-term stopover, provided it doesn't rain. We camped at Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds Campground in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

While there we toured the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula. Saw lots of cherry trees but fruit was not yet ripe. A visit to the town of Suttons Bay is a must! Great place for unique "touristy" gifts and food. Also in downtown Traverse City the drive along lake Michigan's shoreline is very pretty and the trip up US 37 to Old Mission is pretty also.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Biker2

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $17.00
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Rate reflects weekly rate. Sites are level, firm gravel pads with grass surrounding the pad. Park is well manicured & maintained. Would have rated higher if the bathrooms & showers had been closer. It is the equivalent of about a 2 city block walk or drive to the facilities. This is a hidden gem for RV folks exploring the Bay & Leelanau Peninsula areas, for those not looking for an RV park with extensive services. We camped in a 40' motor home. We camped at Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds Campground in a Motorhome.

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Mariah

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate is weekly rate. Helpful camp host. Dirt roads, so a little dusty. Would have rated higher but no restrooms. They do have portalets. We camped at Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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adsaxs

Review Count: 175
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a basic campground. Nothing special but it is in a great location of visit Traverse City and it surrounding areas. The campground bathrooms and showers are located within the fairground complex. Typical bathrooms clean but we did not use them. All of the sites are back-ins with electrical service. About 30 sites (located around the perimeter of the campground) have water; the rest of the sites do not. You would have to fill your tanks from the water spigots located throughout the park. The water spigots (if you have a site with one) and electrical box are located in the back. You might need a long water hose to reach the faucet. The electrical box contained 20/30/50 amp service and the voltage was good, hovering around 123. There is one dump station within the park. With 113 sites, one dump station is probably not enough. All of the sites are on packed gravel with lots of weeds on them. All of the interior roads are on packed gravel as well. It rained quit a bit during our stay but neither the interior roads nor sites had mud puddles. There is a host on site. It is very quiet at night. Verizon air card and cell phone worked well here. The campground does not have Wi-Fi. It appears that this campground does not fill up except for the week of the fair. We would definitely come back here if we were in the area. We camped with a 32 foot 5th wheel. We camped at Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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fulltimervtravel

Review Count: 109
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Large, level, gravel sites. Easy back in. Convenient location to Traverse City and Sleepy Bear. This is not a destination. This is a great place to park the RV with electric and get out and have fun in an amazing area of the country. Verizon cell/MIFI strong. Would stay here again. We camped at Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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rverkw

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $20.00
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There 132 level, gravel sites all about 40-feet long with grass between them. There are no curbs or barriers around the sites, so longer rigs can extend into the grassy area. The interior roads are well maintained gravel and the campground area is open with few trees. All sites have good electric (ours was 50 amp) and perimeter sites also have water hook-ups. There is a dump station on site which is easily accessible, but larger rigs cannot readily turn around in the area past the dump station. They can more easily egress by backing up. The hosts are conscientious and friendly. There are two Porta-Potties in the camping area and restrooms and showers are several hundred yards away in the fairground complex. The sinks and toilets are clean and the four showers on the “mens” side are adequate, but could use some attention. DirecTV and Verizon are easily accessed. During our week-long stay, there were only a few rigs there during the week with considerably more on the week-end, but the campground was still less than half-full. This facility is ten miles from the water-front in Traverse City and is a great place to stay if you are not seeking entertainment and amenities for kids. The weekly rate is $120. We camped at Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds Campground in a Motorhome.

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ds4006

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Very quiet park, with good cell phone service. Sites are level; the outside perimeter sites now have water. Would stay here again when in this area. We camped at Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds Campground in a Motorhome.

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jmorgan54

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This fairground type campground was adequate for us, as the electricity here is superb and we are used to dry camping without it if need be. The State park campground was not suitable for our big rig with satellite antenna on the roof, although we tried to stay there. The fairground campground had a very nice camp host available and about six sites were being used. For the $ it is a good deal, and we would stay here again. We camped at Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds Campground in a Motorhome.

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sheredxxx

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Campground Hosts helpful and friendly. Nice, clean, quiet place to stay. Water hook ups coming to sites by Spring 2013. Hopefully they will also have Wi-Fi. We travel with two retrievers, so like having a large area to exercise them. We camped at Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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renodick

Review Count: 73
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $20.00
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I'll second (or third) the previous comments. No way can you beat the location and price. Only down side is the long walk (or drive) to the restrooms/showers. Easier to be self contained. Host's are super friendly. Location is good for seeing all of the surrounding area, including Sleeping Bear Dunes. A previous reviewer said the dump station was awkward: it points you to a very tight left turn to get back to the campground. Easily remedied by backing up, or turning across the grass. We'd stay here again. We camped at Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds Campground in a Motorhome.

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Bob and Inga

Review Count: 392
States Visited: 52
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Good value and nothing fancy. Great, friendly hosts on site. Sites are very level and a stone gravel mix. No water hookups, you must fill your water tanks as hooking up to one is not allowed. Good TV reception via batwing, Verizon cell and broadband both very good. Dump station layout not the best, but doable. We camped at Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds Campground in a Motorhome.

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cherrytree

Review Count: 40
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $20.00
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Very nice campground at a steal of a deal. I believe the reason they are never that busy is because they are not listed on Google Maps when you do a search for RV parks. Neither are they listed in the Woodalls Directory. This is a great location minutes from everything. LOTS of space here. Flat, gravel, grass between sites. This is the only campground I've been to where they give you a second site to park your car. We also used a third site for the picnic table. Easy access dump and water station. Brand new shower building but a long walk. A little advertising would do some good here. Your seventh night is free. We camped at Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds Campground in a Motorhome.

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woodallmd

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $20.00
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We stayed here 11 days in order to have ample time to visit this area of Michigan. We paid the weekly rate of $125 for 7 days, and then $20 per night for the next 4 nights. Easy in and out for a big rig. Sites are not long enough for a 40' plus a toad so we parked in the site next to us. There are some lots with shade. Lots are level and gravel, grass for the patio area. The campground hosts were very helpful and friendly. We felt safe at this fairgrounds location. Pet friendly with a small dog park. There are shared water faucets (need a long hose). A dump station is also on site. It is a great place to park at a reasonable rate - close to many towns to visit. We would return here again - great for big rigs (level, no tree limbs, easy access, satellite reception). We camped at Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds Campground in a Motorhome.

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