This is a very family-friendly campground located about 20 minutes west of Mackinaw City. The mailing address is Carp Lake, Michigan. We stayed at the Pines Campground for five days. Sites are a bit close for a state park, but this is a very popular campground. Bathrooms and showers are cleaned each day by DNR personnel but as noted in another post, need to be updated. Outer loop sites have more privacy than the inner loop but despite the crowd, everyone was respectful with no loud or obnoxious groups. If you are planning for a family get together, the inner loop sites adjoin nicely. DNR personnel on site each day for maintenance and management issues. Camp hosts located in each campground are great and sponsor daily activities for kids and adults. Hosts and DNR sponsor a recycling program that helps fund park improvements with a collection bin for returnable bottles located near camp hosts. Pines Campground is up the hill (about 100 yards) from the Lakeshore Campground. There is dump station with one receptacle between both campgrounds. “Book Nook” library shed (books, board games, movies) is located at the Lakeshore Campground and available to all campers. Wilderness Nature Center is attached to Pines Campground and sponsor nature talks almost every day. Amphitheater and frog pond (frogs visible just off the path) is east of the Pines Campground and open field, horseshoe pits and swings located just south of the Pines Campground. Hiking and biking trails originate just outside the campground. The beach is wonderful and shallow depth of water is great for swimming. A wet 2014 has the lake higher than normal. Most campers walk or bike down to the beach each night to watch the sun set-- a fun, festive atmosphere. Be aware: dogs are NOT allowed on the beach. This rule is enforced so if you bring your dog, it will need to stay at the campsite while you spend the day at the beach. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Our favorite park in Michigan. Staff are friendly and helpful. Have stayed in both lakeside sites and up in the pines (a lot nicer up there during cold weather). Absolutely love the access to the donuts down the road! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very appropriate name for the park. We followed the directions in the CG Book that said to follow the signs. There was 1 sign in Mackinaw City and no more. The road was so rough on the way that we could not go over 20 mph. The 10 miles was more like 15 miles. You will get a true idea of dark when you go out at night. There is nothing to do there unless you are a reader. I finished 2 books while sitting there a day. The park is nice but not worth the trip on those roads. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice size sites in the Pines Campground area, little smaller and closer together in the lake front campground. Historic Civilian Conservation Corp site. Lots of shade. Great, extensive hiking trails. Two stores, one located at each end of the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were in the Pines section of this state park. The Lakeshore section is like an entirely different park. The road in the Pines was excellent and all the sites had paved pads and electric hookups. The water fills were very conveniently placed. The road in the Lakeshore section are basically gone and the sites are grass or dirt. The sites in the Pines are quite large where those in the Lakeshore section are much smaller. I would say that if you have a big rig you would want to be in the Pines section even though it is not on the water. The restrooms in the Pines section were very clean and tiled. I did not go into the Lakeshore bathrooms. The road into this park is in need of some work and quite rough. We would definitely come back but only to the Pines area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Road in although paved is very rough. Stayed in campground section on the lake. Sites are medium size, suitable for modest size rigs. Roads are wide. Trees leaning over road that show signs of being hit before were being removed. Sites along lake are sandy and relatively open; interior sites are shady and covered in pine needles. Lots of beach area. Hope to go back! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful country. There are wooded sites in 'Lakeshore' loop. Some of the lakefront sites are wide enough to pull the trailer curbside facing the lake. It is family friendly with lots of trails. There is a great pond for the youngins to go fishing. The outdoor theater is a treat. A good sandy beach areas on Lake Michigan. There is a nice little general store/coffee bar just a mile up the road. The youngsters loved the nature center- very informative. The 'Pines' loop is more wide open. Too bad most Michigan State Park's don't have full hooks, otherwise it would be a '10'. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Had site right on water with views of UP. You could walk from your site through a trail and site on the beach. Nice. Tons of bike and walking trails. Close to town and UP. Only complaint is showers. You had to keep pushing the button on the wall for the shower water to keep running. Not a problem, they did get you clean, just annoying. The sites along the beach were all sand, so be prepared with a broom. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Beautiful beaches to walk, fish and swim. Wonderful woods with nature trails. A large wilderness area. Sites have fire pits and picnic tables. Sites are at least 40' wide. Paved pads and access roads. Plenty of staff. Very family friendly. Twenty minutes from town with all the major tourist attractions. This would be a ten if it had water and sewer at sites. In the newer Pines campground many sites are close enough to a water tap to run a hose to fill fresh water tanks. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I believe we were the first campers for the 2008 season. We arrived mid April in mid week to find a maintenance guy hooking up the power. All the picnic tables were still neatly stored on their sides for the winter. Snow was still under trees. Ice was still 50' out from the beach. Beautiful park & we had it all to ourselves for a couple nights. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Resting on the shores of Lake Michigan this park is a gem. Many sandy water front sites or if you prefer, wooded sites with long asphalt pads for big RVs are available. The park is remote - 11 miles from town but offers great camping with a beach and other camping activities offered by state parks. We were able to get satellite in the beach campground after carefully selecting our site. We camped here in a Motorhome.
One of the best campgrounds we have been to. This campground is very close to the beach and the beach is great. They have many trails and the park is very close to Mackinaw city where you adults and children can do just about anything. We will be back next year. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.