This is an update from my review of one year ago. The electrical service has degraded to the point where many times the voltage is barely over 100V, as measured on my Progressive Industries meter, and the water pressure drops much more frequently than last year. Although there are a few sites with shade, they are in the area where there is no water or sewer hookups, only 30 amp electric. The WiFi which was adequate last year, was replaced with a system that hasn't worked all of June. The site fee has been raised from $650/month to $700/month. My fee is based on the monthly rate. The daily rate has also increased. For everything else, my previous review from June 2011 stands. The price has increased.
The rate for 50 amp service is $24 and 30 amp. service is $22 for full hookup site. This is a Passport America park so my one night stay was $22. They also discount for Good Sam and Escapees Club. The park still has the slot for your fee and although the hosts camper "office" is on site we never saw anyone. The park is clean but old and the concrete pads have cracked. The entrance to the campground is the side street but coming from the north we missed it because the "Entrance" sign is set back from the road a bit. It was worth turning around for though. We use a Verizon data card and have a good connection for Wi-Fi. Some trees but mostly open and good for satellite tv reception. Overall a nice place to stop for the night.
As a retired full timing couple we like certain things in a park and this park fits most of our likings. Pros - Very quiet. No trains. Little noise from the closest highway SR34. Mostly older campers at this time of year. Very nice grassy sites with few bare spots. It's like camping on a lawn. Water view from just about everywhere in the park. Back in sites at the edge of Lake Huron cost $10 more but are worth it. No swimming pool or playground equals few kids. Did I say it was nice and quiet? Very good satellite reception. Some shade in the late afternoon on the west side of campground. Cons - Fire rings. I don't mind the fire but the smoke is irritating so they are a con. No separate dog walk area. Wi-Fi is slow. Water pressure drops often. Poor phone reception on Verizon. Utility hook ups have long stretch for water and electric. I had a 50 foot 30 amp. cord so it worked but my 30 foot 50 amp. cord couldn't reach. All in all the pros out weigh the cons and we would definitely stay here again.
Very nice park with friendly owners and lots of activities. We had a long pull through, almost 100 feet long, that was very level. The site was grassy and crushed stone to set the camper on. Hiking paths around the fishing pond and also around the entire camp. No permit needed to fish the stocked pond. Propane fill and clean restrooms. Quite a few seasonal campers. This is a very quiet park even though about a half mile from I-80. I will certainly use this park again.
This is our second time camping here and we like it a lot. Lots of small trees between the sites gives privacy but doesn't interfere with our satellite view. A little noisy since it is on the intersection of two state routes but it quiets down at night. Wi-Fi is free for 30 minutes a day and then there is a charge for over the 30 minutes. Close enough to Shipshewana for easy access but far enough from the town to give a rural feel. We will return here.
We have stayed at the Starke KOA several times, most over night only and one time for three days. We found the office staff friendly and helpful, the sites are large and the campground well maintained. It's not a destination campground for us but we recommend it for short stays.
Holiday Cove is a newly remodeled RV park, and restrooms, laundry, and club house are nice and clean. All sites have brick pavers on the entire site and landscaping is nicely done between sites. Most sites are back in with about three pull through sites. The sites are difficult to back into since they are perpendicular to the road. It would have made much easier backing if the sites were angled and a new "Resort" should have been able to figure that out. With one swimming pool, one shuffle board set up, and a very small fitness room, adjacent to the laundry room, I have a hard time referring to this as a "Resort". All group activities are organized by the campers and management only offers an occasional meal where they supply the meat and the "guests" get to bring everything else. The "Resort" is on the road going to one of only a few bridges that go to Anna Marie Island and its beaches. On a nice warm day the traffic is awful and just getting out of the "Resort" is difficult. We stayed here from Dec.15 to the middle of March and the cost averaged $1500 for the season. They will no longer have seasonal rates and have increased the cost of monthly rates. Although it is in a nice area and is well landscaped the price is just too much considering other parks in the area have much more to do and cost about the same.
The park has approximately 80 sites. About 40 have full hook ups but many of them have travel trailers that are permanent so there are about 15 sites available for rent. The FHU sites are small and the sites slope. My 42' fifth wheel fit OK but with the slides out on each side it only gives about 8' on the patio side. Water and electric drop pressure during the day but is adequate overall. All sites are grass. The "playground" consists of a swing set and a basketball hoop so there isn't much for children to do. There are approximately 40 electric only sites and these are in the back area of the park. All grass and a bit of a slope but nice enough. No campfires allowed. A mobile home area is at the rear of the FHU sites but they are well kept and the people are nice. The proximity to the Newport area makes this park a good deal. We are staying here for the months of June, July and August. The monthly rate is $650.