The long and short of it is only camp here if you want to canoe or bike around the Great Dismal Swamp. Our takeaway was that the Swamp should be renamed to "The Really Not so Bad Swamp" and this park should inherit the "Great Dismal" name. Starting at making the reservation it took 20 minutes on the phone. Then at check-in, we waited another 1/2 hour. Then the entrance gate doesn't go all the way vertical so I had to negotiate it so that didn't hit it with the trailer. To get to the campsite you drive way back including a nice tour of a RV storage yard that looks like a RV graveyard (but hey - you can inquire about buying abandoned RV's). The site had low-hanging trees that brushed our rig as we pulled in. The site is paved but so narrowly it's hard to get your rig entirely on the pavement. I plugged in our electric only to have the box spark and electric go dead (glad I had a regulator/surge suppressor in line already). They sent a tech who grabbed MY 30A to 50A adapter AND $300 surge suppressor to test with, only to receive a bigger spark and no power. We called to try and get a new site while he worked on the power pole but they couldn't move us fast enough and he got it working (again grabbing my gear without asking to do a final test with). The bathrooms are marginal, showers look more recent but not well-cleaned. Showering was an exercise in tolerating being scalded and frozen along with a 95db ceiling fan in your ear. No paper towels or hand dryers in the bathroom. Lots of seasonal residents with ill-kept places, but that suits the park as everything the park owns is ill-kept as well. With driving range, horses, train room, exercise room, rental bikes, rental canoes, sports courts, tractor displays...the RV park is simply trying to do too much and failing at all of it. It all needs maintenance. It's all run-down. The only upside to our stay here was that we met a really great family camped next to us and met nice people in the laundry room. Otherwise it was hard to see anything in the park that wasn't in some state of disrepair.
Rate is a weekday rate plus Good Sams discount. This is a very nice park - probably one of the nicest we've stayed at in 2+ years of full-time RVing. Sites were raked, curbed, and have hedges between. Showers were immaculate. Pool & hot tub all functional, clean, and well-done. Location is awesome for visiting Long Beach. We would have extended another night but the spot was booked. Our Verizon 3G aircard hooked up well here. Listen for the Queen Mary's horn sounding on the hour and watch the Pelicans feeding in the bay next to the park.
The Good: Nice smaller county park just outside of Madison, WI. Larger sites, nice bath-house facilities, and connected to lots of biking trails. The park has Wi-Fi but our Verizon air card speeds were better. The Bad: Electric hookups only, which seemed odd since the park also has Wi-Fi. There is a dump station as you come into the park. We were able to string a hose to the spigot & refill our tanks. Note: Since the park has no entry gate or fee, is connected to bike trails, and offers bathrooms/showers/Wi-Fi there was a small contingent of traffic coming from people who weren't camping there - some looked to be homeless or living in their vehicles. No bad issues, everything was quiet and low-key, but just something we noticed.
Rate reflects a weekly stay plus an extra night. The Good: Our shady pull-through site was large to begin with then had an additional cement parking pad. It also had a shed for our use - the first we've ever seen that. Nice for our bikes when it rained. The park has lots of landscaping and was close to the Horseshoe Bay Resort where we had a business event to attend. While mostly filled with seasonal or permanent residents the park is quiet and clean with the owner present most days. Don't miss pie happy hour at the Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls! The Bad: Lack of a bathhouse - while an understandable expense and probably not an issue for most RVers we use them for showers and a second bathroom as we are a traveling family. We coped, but it's not ideal for us. The Wi-Fi was spotty and mostly unusable, we (as usual it seems) relied on our own Verizon air card for Internet connectivity which had acceptable speeds here.
Rate reflects a weekly stay, kid tax, and Passport discount. The Good: Friendly and interesting on-site owners and the Alpacas! We arrived one day after a Cria was born and had fun seeing it and feeding & herding the rest of the Alpacas. Our site was large & level. Our Verizon air card hooked up well. The park is far enough away from I-35 that the noise isn't as noticeable. The park is mostly seasonals or permanent folks so once the morning traffic is out the park is quiet. Laundry facilities were clean, reasonably priced and all functional. Groceries, gas, movie rentals, oil changes, etc all close by in Sanger. The Bad: The WI-Fi situation was a bit wonky with 2-hour passwords or having to use another password but fearing that logging in on it would kick someone else off. We understood them to be working on getting it resolved. Shower situation in the men's restroom a bit awkward with no privacy between them and the restrooms , but no one else seemed to be using them so it was OK. Also, stick to the gravel when walking around as there are lots of sharp painful burrs to be found off-path (not the parks fault but just something we learned the hard way). The main traffic light in Sanger gets a bit congested. Try to avoid coming through during rush hour or school ending times.
The Good: We had business in Olathe, and this park was reasonably close (there didn't seem to be many other options). The drive in is a bit further than we'd like but the roads are nice and traffic wasn't bad. Sunrises over the lake were pretty and we enjoyed the geese and ducks that were around. We did a bit of mountain biking on the trails, and appreciated the quiet & darkness at night. Our Verizon air card connected well for internet service. Our back-in site was large and level with a nice view over the water. We were there out of season. None of the gatehouses were manned, and we were not asked to buy any additional entrance passes. The Bad: Awkward placement of bathhouses to campsites. They seemed to assume we'd drive up rather than walk. The most direct walking route was through other campsites (no path) to the rear of the bathhouse. We were there a bit "after season" and the bathhouses weren't being kept up as well. The water level on the lake was down, so it wasn't a nice walk along the waters edge but muddy instead.
Rate based on a week-long stay, The Good: Very nice facilities - possibly the nicest we've seen in our travels. This park is obviously well-loved and cared for by its owners, with lots of little touches that others would find unnecessary (sculptures, fountains, pond, etc). The laundry and showers were spotless. We were in town for an event in Des Moines and the park was very conveniently located. Our Verizon air card hooked up well. The Bad: Wi-Fi was available but was an additional cost. Lots of people here but we didn't sense "community". People just largely kept to themselves. Notes: The park has a few different loops with differently-spaced sites. The section we stayed in (with back-in spot) was typical private park tigh", other loops had much larger spaces between spots.
Some parks just have a peaceful feel about them and this was one. We felt relaxed as soon as we had setup. The park is clean, and restrooms/showers are newer and well-kept. The park has a small store, a boat launch, beach front, and a walking trail. We attended a free concert at the nearby Arts Camp. Decent shopping just down the road, and an easy drive to Traverse City if need be. Our Verizon air card had an excellent 3G signal. Our only downsides were constant sounds from the band camps going on, and the closest laundry was in Traverse City. All in all a very nice MI State park.
The Good: Clean park, nice grassy sites, and nice views of the lake. I got some awesome sunrise photos. Close to town, shopping, gas, food, etc. Our Verizon aircard had a good signal. Local Police have a strong presence in the park. The park was quiet except for one weekend night that had a lot of campers that stayed up all night. The Bad: The Wi-Fi is not free. It's $5/day if you buy by the week. It seemed fast during my trial period but I didn't want to pay for it. The bathroom and showers were decently clean but aging & not in that great of condition. Showers are pretty small & with a curtain that doesn't cover the entire door opening. The sewer hookups were the oddest we have seen. The connections are 10" off the ground and without a threaded top. I had to use a bungee cord to keep my connector from slipping off and still had to walk the contents down the hose since it was all lower than the final connection. The fire rings are buried without a flag or anything easy to forget and drive a wheel through. Be careful! Overall a nice park if not just a tad over-priced.
The Good: Close to Boyne City which has a nice Farmers Market. Nice swimming beach. Our Verizon aircard had a good signal here. The Bad: This park is not a highlight in the MI State Park system. The roads are narrow and the facilities are aging. The park was extremely crowded with High School track and cross-country teams. We saw sites with 5-6 large tents on them with multiple kids in each tent. We thought there was a rule covering how many unrelated campers could be on each site. The bathrooms and showers were not cleaned any more for the large crowd so were constantly muddy. The park was loud until quite late. Other campers had parked their trailers parallel to and right next to the already-narrow road which made getting our RV in difficult. Not a restful or enjoyable visit.
We really enjoyed our stay here. I'm not sure we've seen bigger cement pads for sites - plenty of room for your big rig and all of your gear. We enjoyed the fishing (lots of bluegill & some large-mouth-bass), the swimming, and the access to the bike trails. The restrooms & showers were kept meticulously clean by the park staff. Local law enforcement has a presence in the park as well. There is a train track next to the park but the trains were few and far between. The only real downside of the park is lack of shade - more noticeable for us since it was fairly hot when we were there. We have family in the area and will definitely stay here again.
(Rate based on a couple nights with the Passport Discount). The good: Fast & reliable Wi-Fi - best we've seen in a long time. Close access to Houghton Lake, especially if you have a boat. Family friendly - the weekend we stayed the park was doing a summer Halloween party with trick or treating, Karaoke, hayrides, costume contests, etc. There was no "kid-tax" for groups bigger than 2 adults per site. The owners also discouraged local "Bud-bashers" from camping here in order to keep the atmosphere quiet and reasonable which we appreciated. We met several of the many seasonal residents and they were friendly and conversational. Our spot was shady all day & we enjoyed nice breezes. The not-so-good: We came in after a recent heavy rain & park entrance/roads are muddy gravel so lots of puddles. The utilities on the site were on the passenger side - doable, but oddly placed. A previous review mentions upgrading of utilities but we didn't see evidence of that - only a couple spots with full hookups are available. Bathroom and showers aren't being kept clean - floors are muddy and littered. The shower water has an odor. The park also charges a $3/day fee to use A/C. Lots of standing water around the park means lots of bugs. Overall (from a park maintenance & upkeep perspective) it just feels like a place where the minimum amount of work to keep it going is being done, without much pride in the outcome.
Rate based on a week-long stay. It's a fairgrounds with RV parking - so base your expectations on that. Sites are all grass and level, but there isn't much shade for RVs, tents had a bit more. The park backs up to a Wal-Mart so there is a bit of truck noise but overall it's quiet. Most sites are 30A but noticed they had a couple 50A spots, but those spots are up by the fair buildings and might be harder to get into (we're a 30A rig). Showers and bathrooms aren't awesome but were cleaned daily. Wi-Fi showed up but wasn't usable for us, 3G coverage was good in the mornings but slowed down as the day progressed. We stayed here in order to visit the Henry Ford Museum and it's an easy drive to it from the fairgrounds. We'd stay again in we had a reason to be in the area.
We are locals, and stayed here for a month after selling our home and transitioning into being full-time RVrs. The rate I'm listing here is based on paying for a complete month. This park is a long-time favorite of locals. Walk around and talk to people and you'll find that most are from within a 25 mile radius. Yes, there are many seasonals but most of them are only around on weekends and during our month in May most weren't even moved in for the summer yet. The park is family-owned and operated. The owners are onsite, around daily, and are friendly, and accommodating. The park operates without camp-hosts or work-kampers. Most spots are grassy & level and they are kept mowed. The restrooms & showers are tidy and kept clean. Mens showers by the pool are push-button but you can walk up front for standard showers. Wi-fi is split into two segments, the front segment seemed faster and more reliable but the rear one was working as well (we have our own air-card that we rely on anyway). Sites to the rear & west will be quieter. Sites towards the front or east will be nosier due to the highway and a nearby gravel yard. The park does have quite a few Cottonwood trees - so if you can avoid their budding season (lots of green stickies on the ground) or blooming season (summertime "snow") it'd be better. The location is great - minutes to downtown Holland (this park is a great TulipTime headquarters), Zeeland is bikable, and Grand Rapids just 20 minutes away or so.