Very nice, well maintained campground. Roads are paved. All site pads are paved. Most sites are quite private, with parameter of the sites surrounded be trees or shrubbery, creating a nice sense of defined space. Can be a bit of a distance to the electric box (was about 75 ft in our case). Lots of nice hiking/biking trails, although a fair amount of tree roots on the trails (makes it a bit rough for casual biking -- better if have good trail-bikes). We camp quite a bit, and this campground seemed to have more than a usual amount of young families with small children (not that that's bad, just making an observation), which resulted in a lot of small children on bikes & battery-powered toy cars in the middle of the roadways. So always needed to be watchful. Campground has a nice, newer playground area, for the youngsters. Perhaps a 1/4 mile walk from campground to beach area. The beach area is sandy. Not a lot in the way of shade near the beach, as most of the trees appear to be newly planted. But there are a couple of pavilions at the beach area. They offer canoe & kayak rental as well, at the beach area. The lake is a "wake free" lake.
In my opinion, Michigan's premier "nature" campground. Absolutely beautiful scenery/location. Campground is in two sections, a "lower campground" (our favorite) which is near the river & lower falls, and an "upper campground" which is short hike or bike/car ride up-hill from the falls area. If reservations are made months in advance, can usually get a river-front site. Campground is very well maintained. Sites are large, grassy, and shaded. Staff is courteous. Campfire wood is sold on site, with truck that makes rounds through campground twice each evening. Lots of hiking trails. Boardwalk and trail along the river is the closest thing to the Pacific Northwest that Michigan has to offer: the smell of pines, the sound of rushing water, and a quiet trail through the woods for a 4-mile journey to the "upper" section of the falls. We've camped here often and and will continue to do so for many years to come. Always a highlight of my summer camping experiences.
Very nice campground. Well maintained. Clean. Courteous staff. A quiet and peaceful setting. Good size campsites with paved pads and fairly private (many sites are completely enclosed by trees). Lots of trails and biking areas. We've camped here several times and will certainly go back.
A college party atmosphere! That was not what we were expecting for a "Family Friendly" campground. Rowdy, noisy, discourteous groups of surrounding campers. People were constantly walking through our campsite as a short cut to the bathhouse area. People playing loud music with no apparent regard for anyone in nearby campsites. Loud noises and shouting well after "quiet time." Staff did not seem to care, as I witnessed no effort on their part to quiet the rowdies. Alcohol flowing freely at the numerous "party" groups, with a couple of sites having beer-pong tables set up. Push-button 10-second luke-warm (at best) showers. Filthy bathrooms. No paper towels or hand dryers! Most over-rated for the price campground I've ever been to. I will never return and will discourage anyone else from staying at Riverview Campground in Sterling, Michigan.