I am so sad. We have camped with a large family group at Higgins Lake for over 25 years. In the last 7 years we switched to Old Orchard Park in Oscoda for our annual trip due to the increasing difficulty getting sites and a rumor of swimmer's itch. We missed Higgins so we recently went with a small family group to camp there over the 4th of July. After two days we packed up and went to Oscoda to finish our camping. Our family was ABSOLUTELY COVERED in swimmer's itch marks ! DO NOT SWIM IN THE SHALLOW WATER IF YOU CAMP HERE! Each mark from swimmer's itch is where a little larvae bores into your skin and dies. It itches terribly. Even taking Benedryl and using anti-itch lotion our kids were miserable for the rest of the trip. My small children were only in the water for an hour and had some marks the next day. We will never take the chance and camp here again. We are very sad.
Rating of excellent only if you stay across the street from Silver Lake. Those sites are shady and large. The sites in the portion of the campground that are next to the lake are small and noisy. Lots to do in town. Swim at Silver Lake or on the beach at Lake Michigan. There is a river for fishing and a lighthouse to explore. We will be going back!
At first sight the campground doesn't seem like much. The interior lots are small and most, if not all, are rented seasonally. We stayed on L9 and L8 next to the gazebo right on the swimming beach. We absolutely loved it and will come back! The sites on the beach are all partly shaded. HUGE PLUS - They are covered with a nice carpet of grass!! The lots are small and not very private, however, camping right on the swimming beach with our 3 small children was such a treat that it FAR outweighed any negatives in the campground ! Our kids woke up, ate breakfast and swam all day. I have never had such a relaxing camping trip! We even sat at our campfire after dinner and watched the kids get in a little more swimming! Other pluses - SUPER FRIENDLY owners, a small camp store with wood, ice, milk, other essentials in case you forgot, like toothpaste, sunblock, etc. Cute little playground and hot, clean showers. Leave your sidewalk chalk at home - the road is gravel.