My only complaint about this campground is that we hoped to rent a boat at the marina. The marina is not owned by River Ridge, but they work together on the same property. Unfortunately, the marina didn't have liability insurance and couldn't rent boats; their website and advertising conflicts with their current position. We were able to fish off the piers though. The sites are large, beautifully landscaped, well maintained, and level. There's a large children playground, sand volleyball, a gorgeous clubhouse, and large pool. The pool was pretty cold, however. The resort is located 10 minutes south of Big Rapids, where there is a river walk, fishing, parks, shopping, etc. They are about 45 minutes north of Grand Rapids. The views are wooded, the river is nice, and the resort was always active with security and staff.
The resort is growing, but still very young. The restrooms, pool and hot tub were very nice as well as clean. We would have liked to kayak or paddle boat on the small lake, but it cost $10 per hour to do so. No trees on sites, and grass still struggling. There is a small swimming beach with sand volleyball. People who own sites on this property were friendly, and staff was available. Sites a bit too close to consider purchasing. Near the beach and South Haven activities.
The campground is about 30 minutes south of the Natural Bridge SP, down narrow winding roads. Sites are small and dotted with trees. There isn't a view from the campground, although the website states it is nestled on a ridge. Trails were overrun, so we couldn't use them. We couldn't find the canoe, and the paddle boat was filled with stagnant water so we couldn't use those as offered, either. There is a very small bathroom with two bath stalls and one shower. Clean, but dated. No store or playground. Wi-fi worked intermittantly. Nearest town for food was Beattyville, about 20 minutes away. A stray dog and cat kept close to our site begging for food; a little concerning with children. We would not stay here again, but instead, would choose the campground at the SP.
This new park is clean, friendly and well located. You can ride your bike to a bike trail 1/4 of a mile away; 10 minutes to the beach; 10 minutes to shopping and dining in quaint downtown South Haven. The owners are very friendly and highly accommodating. Showers are single "rooms" used by both sexes, with a family shower available. Bathrooms were kept clean and well stocked. The grounds are clean, with only a few sites, as this is a new park readying itself to grow! No shade trees yet, but wide open starry skies at night. The only reason we didn't give it a 10-was there was no pool. But again you're right down the road from the Lake.
This is a very clean park that seems to be turning itself over to those who choose to buy lots on the property. Sites are adequate in size, but a number are without shade. Their website can be a little deceiving--the grassy, large sites pictures with bigger trailers on them are actually in a separate part of the park. These are owned, rather than daily customers. No carpets allowed, which makes for a lot of dirt being tracked into the trailer. Quiet time wasn't enforced, as we had our neighbors pulling in at 11:30 pm, then setting up a huge light to put together a campfire well after midnight. Park is across the street from a WalMart, so not "woodsy" at all. Quick drive to Ludington SP, lighthouses, and historical village.
Although they list "600 sites with lake view," there are sites numbered in the 900's, you do need to stroll for a lake view. All the sites are very tight, to the extent of our awning being 4 feet from our neighbor's slide outs, and being within 10 feet of their trailer. Limited privacy because of congestion. Very crowded park, and due to the number of people one must be extremely cautious when riding bikes with children. The vent stacks from the full hookup sewers produced a horrible smell which was hard to get away from. We couldn't have a fire due to the site size and the danger of it burning our trailer or truck. Rules were set out for speed limits in the park and no dogs on common areas or beach, but not enforced. Pool definitely did not feel heated. The store is pricey and sells hard liquor, which loud patrons took advantage of. We needed to leave the campground to enjoy some peace, and would never return to this site again.
We stay here at least twice a year. There are lots of roomy, shaded sites, with ample hiking trails, horse trails, playground areas, and open spaces for the kids to play. Nearby waterpark is also inexpensive and a nice alternative to the park's swimming beach. Fishing, paddle boat, and boat rentals are available. The concession stand has started serving breakfasts, and meals on the weekends.
Very quiet, well kept, and clean park. All sites have cement pads, tables, and fire pits. Shower houses were immaculate. Park provides large grassy area to walk dogs. Toddler pool, heated swimming pool, and large hot tub, with ample seating poolside. Only downside was no shade on sites, playground, or at the pool. Sand dunes, beaches, and lighthouses nearby. 4 hours north of Chicago. We'd stay here again in large part due to its cleanliness and quiet surroundings.