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Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City State Park

Traverse City, Michigan



Traverse City, Michigan
Phone: (231) 922-5270

Sites: 480
Recent Rate: $31 9/2015

Latitude: 44.7478000154383
Longitude: -85.5538415908813

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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) ?
  • 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) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $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

16 Reviews

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

Great location to explore the the area and a fantastic location for bicycle riding as a 31 mile path is right in the back of the campsites. ATT data - 5 bars. Sites are very tight so anyone over 30 feet needs to pay attention to site descriptions. Roads are paved and also very tight with trees very close to road - go slow and no problems. Beach access, plenty of outdoor activities to keep all entertained. We will return but probably again in Sept/Oct and not high season of summer. We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

We had a bit of a rough time during our stay, no fault of the park system though. A massive storm hit the area, possibly a tornado by the accounts of a couple people I spoke with. My family and I were gone for the day but we returned to carnage. Dozens of damaged campers, and a handful that were completely destroyed by fallen trees. We endured without power for a day or so but the city's cleanup crews were very responsive and on site almost immediately to remove trees and debris. The camp hosts were awesome and helpful, especially after the storm. The park layout itself is fairly well thought out with good to excellent facilities. It was clean and campsites were fairly easily accessible. There are a lot of trees which provide good shade but some were in bad places. I couldn't fully extend my awning for example due to one being a little to close. I'm alright with that because I'd rather camp in a wooded area than be stuck out in a field with no cover. One major downside is that there are no gray water dump drains throughout the park. They expect you to haul your gray water all the way to the front dump station every day and dump it down the sewer hole (confirmed by camp host). I was the only person in the entire park doing so! So where was everyone else dumping their gray water? I'll bet you can guess. The location of the campground is fantastic though as it sits adjacent to a lovely beach and playground on the Grand Traverse Bay. There is a pedestrian sky-bridge that provides easy access across the busy road. Unfortunately, there is NO LIGHT at the campground entrance of that busy road which makes getting your right out of there extremely challenging during peak times. We loved the location and the paved roads in the campground were extensive and perfect for an evening bike ride. The two dump station lanes however are ill-conceived as only ONE is usable on exiting. Therefore, expect long wait times on your way out if you aren't there very early. We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
103 and 105
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glen Arbor, and Fishtown are must-visit places

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Review Count: 53
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

If you bicycle, you'll love it here. The interior roads are narrow, but once in the site (#204), it was extra-wide and deep enough for our 40 foot motorhome. No road noise in our section, but a real family park with lots of kids. The bike trail is adjacent to a rear gate and town is only 4 miles away. The trail goes way beyond town, another 17 miles to Suttons Bay. It's also an hour from Sleeping Bear National Park with GIANT sand dunes and a bike trail. The sites are electric only and the 2 dump stations can get backed-up at peak times. We were there over the 4th of July and for the National Cherry Festival - a good time to bike to town. The unisex showers are very popular and the floors get dirty from the beach sand and campground dirt. Plenty of hot water though. The restrooms seemed to be cleaned (and not very well) at inopportune times like 9 AM. There are several restroom buildings so you could divert to the next one. As others have said, you do need a Michigan State Park Access Pass - annual cost was $31. Adequate Verizon voice and data. We would stay here again. We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Very clean park and restrooms. Staff is friendly and helpful. The park is conveniently located next to the bike trail. We parked our truck and rode our bikes everywhere we wanted to go. There was a short walk over a pedestrian bridge to get to the beautiful beach. We have a dog that travels with us, but if you do not like pets there is a pet free area. We would stay here again. We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 53
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Big campground with lots of campers but check in was seamless and grounds were neat and clean. We were only here for one night but we enjoyed the stay. The bike trail is super and we were in walking distance to plenty of food choices although it seemed the campground is out in the country. We were on site 49 which was very convenient to the trail and did not require us to use levelers. It should be noted that Michigan has a state park fee. Only electric was available at our site. We would stay here again. We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground was $29 per night, but we had to pay a MI state park entrance fee of $29 for the RV and $6 for the Jeep. The RV fee has to be paid once a year and the Jeep fee was just for this campground. We wanted to be within biking distance of a festival in Traverse City or the entrance fees would have been enough to send us to another campground. This park was very crowded with no clear dividers between sites. The location, on the bike path and across the road from the lake, is the only thing that makes this campground attractive. We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Typical State Park, small camp sites, over used, and with the bonus of having 24 hour traffic noise, and overflying aircraft. We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is all about location. The sites are mostly dirt. We were in site 315 which was an easy in and out for our 38 feet. The site was large but we did have lots of traffic back and forth through our site since we were right in front of the bathroom. During the week the park was much quieter than on the weekend when it had no vacancy. It rained while we were there but about an hour afterward the ground seemed totally dry so no problems with mud. The TART 21 mile bike trail is paved and leaves right out of the back of the park. There is a pedestrian bridge across 31 to the beach. The restrooms were very crowded but stayed as clean as they could be with all the traffic and the dirt sites. No water or sewer hookups in the campground which is typical of Michigan state parks. Water fills all around the campground. We would definitely stay here again just for the great location. We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

Traverse City is an incredible town making the location of the park a huge asset. Tall pines provide some shade to nearly all sites. A paved bike path connects many miles of trails through town and abroad. You can ride your bike to amusement parks and restaurants. A newer bathroom/shower facility sits on the East end. A pet "free" area is located central and south. Sites are kind of close together, but it seems to work out. The only major difficulty is exiting on a very busy highway. We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 85
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 6

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

Right in town and across from a nice beach on East Bay. Access to the excellent city-wide TART bike trail system lets you bike to downtown easily. Lots to do in town and in the surrounding area. The campground itself is just OK though. While it's nice that there is pine tree cover nearly throughout the entire park, the sites are postage-stamp sized with zero privacy. Many sites are not fully level (even though overall park is on flat terrain), and road noise can be an issue from the busy US31. Shower and bathhouses were clean and well-maintained when we were here. Would have been an excellent park if there were 2/3'ds as many sites. We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2009 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

Camped here for the fourth year for the Iceman mountain bike race in November. We love this park in November as we are one of only a half dozen brave souls to camp this time of year. The bad news is that the squirrels seem to have taken over. We left for about an hour to come back to our pop up being covered with squirrels. They chewed/tore two holes into the side to get inside and ate a portion of the food we had inside. The rangers said they became a problem this year with all the people feeding them and they became voracious. As long as you don't keep any food or garbage (who doesn't?) in your pop up, hybrid or tent you need to be aware. We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Although the site we had was marked as a big rig site, i had to go backwards down the road to access it. Nice bridge over the very busy highway to the beach part of the park. Cab service available for wherever you need to go. W-Ffi is available for a $6/day fee. We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $6.00
Overall Rating:      

Great in every way. Pleasant to deal with. Did more than we asked for. Would come back again. We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

I love State Park Campgrounds. When we go camping, we always stay at State Parks, unless there are none in the area. Even though this campground was right in town, it was still a great escape and quiet while being in walking distance to the beach. There was a nice bike trail that went behind the campground making easy access to all the businesses on the busy road in front of the campground. I would definitely recommend this campground and I'm sure we'll be back again. We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2008 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a very nice campground. Very clean restrooms. The campground was a bit noisy in the lower number sites 100-200. If you book a site in the 300-400 range the noise is greatly reduced. There is a highway which runs right next to the camp. The airport isn't very far away but I only heard a couple of flights. The beach was very nice. The camp volunteers were very helpful. I was a bit disappointed about having to spend another $30 bucks on a Michigan parks seasonal pass or $8 a day. There are 3 or 4 restroom/shower buildings. The last one is the newest but has long lines in the morning. I walked down to the older ones and didn't have to wait at all. They were all very clean. This is a great place to set up camp and see the town. Went to Sleeping bear dunes and it was only about a 30 minute scenic drive. Downtown is only about 5 miles away...Bring your Credit Card! Lots of cool art shops. Happy Camping! We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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