10 Parks near Watersmeet, Michigan
Aug 2006 - $10.00
This campground is part of the Ottawa National Forest. Our site must have been 100' deep as well as wide and was a pull through. The sites are so large and wooded that we couldn't even see the campsites next to us. Almost all the sites are on the lake. Depending on your elevation you either had a path going to the water, or for the higher sites individual staircases down to the lake. Some of the waterfronts are sandy and others are more rocky. All sites had fire rings and poles (not high enough for bear poles but we used for garbage anyway, and for hanging our lantern at night). Primitive campground, only pit toilets, water pumps and no showers. They have a large group camp area, a beach and a park. No reservations, first come first serve. While the sites are big enough for even the biggest rigs, we did have a lot of branches to contend with on the campground loop. - User100
Aug 2011 - $1.00
This campground is just fine if you are self contained and can live without good TV. Actually we found PBS stations. Our Verizon phone and broadband worked fine here. We stayed in site East 13 which is right on the lake. The dirt trail entrance is fine and just past the camping site is a look to turn the rig around. Quiet. Grass, some trees fairly level. Hand water pump available next to site. There is a west area campground that we did not visit, but on the site map, the area looks good with a few pull throughs. Check out the website maps before visiting. And there really was no camping charge, I put in $1 to get the page to work. It did cost $8 to visit Bond Falls, which are beautiful. - rncordy
Jul 2009 - $10.00
This park is run under by Upper Peninsula Power Company. It is one mile east of US-45 in Paulding. The park has rustic camping with spots scattered all along the north shore of the flowage. There is a office to check in by the entrance. - Yooperboy
Sep 2009 - $25.00
This is a little park tucked into the woods right off the highway. Noise was noticeable but not a problem. There were a lot of mostly vacant seasonal sites. Ours was partial shaded, level, gravel, 30A full hook up site. Plenty big enough to easily get our 38 foot diesel pusher into. There are 3 or 4 newer 50A sites I found the next morning. There are not a lot of amenities. It's and OK place to stop for a weekend or over-nighter. - whizbang
Aug 2015 - $10.00
Great place for an overnight. No way to reserve but it was 80% empty when we got there. Easy in and out. Honor system payment by cash or check put in collection box. Quiet. Plenty of room to walk dog. Verizon hotspot and phone worked well. - all4pets
Sep 2010 - $10.00
No frills, but quiet with very long and very level sites. We used this as base for day trip to Houghton and Copper Harbor. Can walk to grocery store. Would highly suggest doing laundry prior to coming. Only laundromat in town is very dirty with many broken machines. Not much to the town, but the campground worked great for what we needed. - tillie
Jul 2009 - $14.00
My family and I spent a weekend here just for fun. It wasn't much fun. The rules are strict and the host had problems. You get all sun all day and the beach is only one foot wide. The only good thing was the long fishing dock. Do not come here!!! - Yooperboy
Oct 2015 - $33.00
They have added add'l sites and amenities in kid's play area since our last visit. Rate is for 30 amp which had trouble keeping up with our 2 space heaters and coffee pot, necessities in the below freezing temps. The campsites in the older part of the park are beautiful, wooded and private but can be tight for larger rigs. The newer part of the park, next to a man made pond, of is wide open with not many trees. The dog park they have listed is just an open field with no fence. A short bike ride along the highway to the sidewalks that lead to town. - Nautical Wheelers
Jul 2015 - $38.00
Customer service was Terrible: check in my husband was ignored for several minutes & presided to help another customer who walked in after him. Poor Directions where given to our camp site. As well as poor instructions on site lines. Site 20 has 2 fire pits one deemed unusable making it very confusing where to park trailer. Ended up needing to purchase longer electrical cord & water hose. Other campers walked right through our site to get to pond. Pond is very rocky shore many weeds. There where also many other issues that arose during our two night stay. Staff did little to nothing about any of our concerns. At checkout I once again expressed my frustration to a female staff member (manager) regarding the site 20 she said She didn't know there was two fire pits..Ok your the manager for 4 months & you don't know your campground? 1st & last time we'll stay there. Paid a lot of money to stay there. More than state campgrounds in Michigan. - Camper family 3
Jun 2015 - $43.00
We were looking for a place with full hookups, and they only had two of their unoccupied seasonal sites available. Our site was level, open, with a few trees. The site next to us faced our site, had there been somebody in that site we literally would have been next to each other (within a few feet) had we all been outside. From what I saw this probably was the only site in the campground like this. Our utilities also were at the wrong end of the site, we had to run 20' of sewer hose. If you camp anywhere close to the pond you will be in a field, sites closer to the entrance are more wooded, but some seemed difficult to get into. Overall, not a bad private campground. Things they could do better. Our site looked out over a huge open field close to a storage facility. There were several boats and campers stored right across the road from our site. Some were eyesores to look at. If they moved them to the other side of the field that would resolve the problem.
They require that you only purchase firewood from them, if a campground is going to require this, the wood must be reasonably priced. We paid $15.00 for 18 sticks of wood. Almost a buck a piece. I would say that is almost double than what I am used to paying. The wood was of high quality though. There is a guy selling wood right at the entrance of the campground, at first glance it appears that it is part of the campground but it is not. This needs to somehow be more clear when you pull in.
The pond was just ok, smaller than I expected. They need to figure out how to drag the beach once a week or so to remove weeds and grass.
They have a nice check in/sitting/bar area with a nice outdoor patio overlooking the pond. - tslarson
Sep 2016 - $19.00
Price above does not include park pass which is extra. Park has spacious spots and a number of them are lakefront. Park was quiet though we were there in the off season. Nice little beach and boat ramp. Beautiful area and the lake is gorgeous. There are walking trails though they need some attention. Turned around when a boardwalk installed over a wet area was found to have broken, rotted boards. - carol5249
Sep 2016 - $19.00
Got one of the 3 pull throughs. Need a long electric cord 50'. No water hook up. Very nice and clean. Right next to lake. We did not have reservations and got there at 4 on a Saturday while the office was still open. This is Michigan, so if you are out of state they charge you a $9/day fee. Or you can buy a season pass for $31. Pays for itself if you stay more than 3 nights. Also if you have a motorhome, Michigan charges you for you toad.
Overall a very nice park. Nice beach. Level sites. But sites not paved Some have gravel. - Magnum34
Aug 2012 - $25.00
This place is a 8 on our campground scale. Nice place, big wide sites with 30 amp hookups. Great views, big, safe fire rings and super friendly staff. Rustic-style state park. On the bad side: bring your extension cords. Sites share the power poles and the sites are not uniform, some are really far from where you can park. Our stock power cable was about 6 feet short. I tried maneuvering around, nosing in instead of backing in, angling, etc, and there was just no way to make it reach. If we were in a trailer or pop-up or something I think we could have gotten ourselves a little closer, but not in a motor home. Not a big deal. I just adapted it down to 110 and used my standard extension cord. We just had to watch the AC/Microwave use. Just be aware. Overall, great place. Lots to do near by. Just a few minute from lake superior. There's a little beach in the campground and a boat launch if you want to use it. Kayaks and canoes can easily launch right from your site. I'm pretty sure they allow that. Enjoy. - Brian Holmes
May 2009 - $14.00
We LOVE this campground, been going here since I was a wee child. It's a national forest campground, so that means no electric or water at the sites. There are a few water spigots around the campground and also at the dump station there is potable water available. Fire rings and picnic tables at each site. We have a 40 ft motorhome and regularly try for site #17, our favorite. It's long enough for two, 40 ft motorhomes to fit, us and our folks. Of course we pay a double fee for doing so, but we don't mind. Our friends try for site number #15 where they can leave their boat tied up to shore right near their camper. New concessionaire this year, seems to be really nice. He handled some noisy folks immediately and they were quiet the rest of the night. Well kept, clean, and rustic camping with well-spaced out sites. You can barely see the next site over as it's well closed in by shrubbery and tall trees. All sites are wooded, so satellite signals are questionable. Host lady has been there for many years, and always comes back! She is so sweet and helpful and keeps the bathrooms immaculate. Bathrooms have flush toilets and cold water, no showers. Bathhouse by the swimming area is very rustic and pretty structure, able to be rented for parties, complete with a fireplace and a little kitchen. No cell service in the campground as its down in a hollow, but if you drive up the road a mile or two, you can reach an Altell signal. Great fishing, our guys regularly catch walleye here, it's their favorite lake for night fishing. Large boat landing area with parking. Only rated a 7 because of course no electric, no water at sites, no showers, and none of the frilly froo froo that some folks come to expect in a park. But we love it, so it's a TEN in our book! - kareninthewoods