First off we choose this campground due to its quiet and beautiful western views. We were told this campground was family and kid friendly and on such short notice of booking we were very excited to find what seemed to be perfect. Our site was exactly as promised! The view was BEAUTIFUL. Mountains and valleys as far as the eye could see. We were surprise to find out the campground itself was NOT kid friendly: yes, they accept kids, but there were a ton of rules. Playground was very very small. Not the amenities we were told about by the owner on the phone. Golf carts and 4 wheelers were allowed which is fine, however seemed constant and did get a bit annoying. One night as we approached the campground we noticed a HUGE enclosed storage trailer RIGHT in front of our camper, totally blocking our beautiful view and taking up a large portion of our site. We asked why this was and were told they sometimes use extra space as overflow parking. We explained that it was obstructing the view we paid for and the trailer was on our site. They said "they would see what they could do." Again we were not told this and would not have choose that more expensive "premium" site had we known it may have been used for that purpose. Also the men's showers have a drain issue, if you take longer then a 5 minute shower chances are it will start to flood the restroom. We were blamed for the restroom flooding one evening and told if we did not clean the restroom ourselves we would have to leave. Needless to say, we cleaned the restroom and left, 4 days early.
Nice little campground just about 5 min south of Escanaba. Their sandy beach was no more since Lake Michigan's water level has dropped so much, so don't come here to go to the beach. Manager is very nice and helpful, bathrooms are kept locked with a "secret" code, I think this helps them keep it them as clean as their are. Laundry is very fairly priced and works well. There is no store on property (except to buy wood) but there is a store next door 300' from the entrance of the campground and it is well stocked. Oh and the campground does not accept credit cards, cash or check only... not a problem but nice to know in advance. Sites are pretty darn big too, had no issues in our 30' with two slides... dump station is also very clean.
Owner friendly, that is about the only nice thing I can say. First of all their "office" is basically in the mudroom of their home and is dirty and cluttered. I called the night before to reserve and was given a confirmation number, she could not find our confirmation number but there were a ton of openings (surprise). We paid for our full service site and off we went to find it. It ended up being what is called "shared electric" which means basically first come fist serve for the 30amp hook up (the Escanaba area seemed full of these). So there was someone already plugged in to the electric so we could not unless we had a 50amp converter or a 20amp cord. Our site was right next to the dump station which was filthy there was broken glass all over our site, we had two fire rings both trashed, the playground was full of broken toys. The "walk" down to the water looked very steep. Well after we were here trying to figure out the power thing for a good 30 minutes, we packed up our stuff and left. Could not handle it anymore. She was nice enough to give us our money back. With a super good clean up and some organization and better electrical hook up, might not be too bad. For us though: Bad! We Did Not Stay In This Park.
VERY nice campground. Incredibly clean, super great beach and swimming area. Very nice playground. We also saw the bald eagles. We were right on the lake and had full hook up. If were were not touring the UP we would have stayed for the entire week. The only strange this is they clean the bathrooms from like 11am-12pm. I thought that seemed a little early. I like to wait a bit until the morning rush had a chance (I hate lines), but it turned out I had to use the shower in my camper any way, which is fine too. Owners are also very familiar with the area and are more then willing to give suggestions and directions anywhere you ask. We will be back!
This was our first overnight stop after crossing the bridge and what a treat it was. We went without reservations and in the UP things close earlier then anywhere else. I called them at 8:30pm and they had just closed, however they stayed open for us and waited for us to get here. We also stayed on site 10 and had no issues at all. Our trailer is 30' and has a 6' slide off the end and a 2' slide off the side. We had more then enough room. There are 4 sites next to 10 and they were all about the same size. Our children (all 5 of them ages between 5-16) swam in the river right at our site until they could not see their hands in front of their face. And then went right back in the next day. They did not mind if there was muck, you just have to be a little careful of the little bit of dead fall in the water. Staff was very friendly, the store was very nice and the overall campground was very clean. I liked that it was small: it was very personal and natural. Also the road traffic did not bother us at all. We did not use the dump station as if did look frustrating. That and no playground was about the only things we did not like. We will go back!
This is our second time back to this park. Again we had a super great time. We did have to move once as there was not a site where we wanted to stay for our entire stay. This was a bit of a pain, but you don't really want to be in the 600's: there is no shade, only a few baby trees. We first stayed on site 429: very shady and convenient as it was directly across from the athletic field and a large playground. We took advantage of this a lot! The site was a bit small but with the field, it did not bother us. We then moved to site 448: lots more sun here, but the site itself was quite large and lots of grass in our area for the kids to play. Both sites had concrete pads and fire rings. The pools were busy but nice and refreshing. Kids loved that as did the parents! We took advantage of the waterslides this year which are also on the property. There is a fee, but it is a quite resonable $10 for a day pass. Hubby and I shared an 8-time pass for $6 and that was enough for us. The staff was friendly: had a bit of a mess-up with a credit we were to receive, but it all worked out before we left. Clean with lots of activities. The teenagers were a bit bored after the 3rd - 4th day but the little ones (4-10) had a blast and were sad to leave! We stayed for 6 days.