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Old 03-01-2013, 09:17 AM   #1
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What's your favorite Michigan campground or RV resort?

We will be breaking in our new TT this year, and I am looking for suggestions on campgrounds in Michigan. We will likely start out at a close to home county park to get our feet wet in May. We have a trip to Port Huron KOA planned for a Halloweekend in September. We have four kids, of which three (so far) enjoy swimming and bike riding. From our pop-up trips, we prefer having some shade, although I am intrigued by some of the RV resorts that generally don't seem to offer many trees or nature. This year we plan to stay in the lower peninsula so we're within about 3 hours of home. We plan to go no more that four nights during any given trip this season, mostly due to vacation time and kids' activities. Any tips you can offer would be great! Thanks!

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Old 03-01-2013, 12:56 PM   #2
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Pontiac Lake State Park is a nice clean CG with a nice selection of large shaded sites, mountain bike trails, streets/TT pads are paved, and located less than 30 minutes from your home base. Great location for those last minute weekend "lets go camping" trips.

Also, check out JOF's "Michigan Campers and Campgrounds" under "Groups" (click on the "Community" tab at the top of the page). http://www.jaycoowners.com/group.php?groupid=7



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Old 03-01-2013, 01:44 PM   #3
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We have stayed at Sterling State Park in Monroe and have enjoyed it. We have plans to go back end of July this summer.

The park is nice, clean, full hookups or just electric. Nice beach, playground and paved walking/bike path.
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:54 PM   #4
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If you can get in you might like East Tawas SP. Plenty of bike riding and the town is great. Two different beaches and a safe area.

We'll be using Mitchell in Cadillac, Holland SP, Scottville near Ludington, Tawas, Brighton, and Aloha this year.

Michigan has plenty and it is always great to explore new areas.
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:05 PM   #5
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I am in Davison, MI and our favorite trip close to home is Port Crescent SP located at the tip of the thumb. It is super clean, quiet and the lakeshore is awesome.
Sleeper SP is right down the road but we don't like that one as much. Port Crescent is right on Lake Huron and you camp just feet from the beach. Can't say enough
about this place. We also do Porcupine SP in the U.P. and Copper Harbor which is in the Keewanau Peninsula. We like being off the beaten path as much as possible.
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:43 PM   #6
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Welcome tprzybylo from a fellow Michigander. It's already been said, but Michigan has soooo many excellent camping opportunities, you almost can't go wrong. We prefer the State Parks, only because we haven't tried a private CG yet; I'm sure they are great, too. Last year was our first season with a TT; we did a week or so at Aloha SP (Absolutely awesome), a few nights at Hartwick Pines SP (Awesome), a four-day weekend at Rifle River SP (Fantastic), and a few days at Ludington SP (Outstanding). This year we will hit some closer to home, but we have a week booked at Silver Lake SP and Ludington SP. We have visited Burt Lake SP, Straits SP, Tahquemenon SP, Holland SP, Proud Lake SP and Brighton SP--all of them looked good, with shady sites, plenty of amenities, things to do and beautiful sights to see. Highland SP appeared to be equipped with all sunny sites and little shade. From the little experience I have, it seems difficult to find available CG's on the west side of Michigan unless you book 6 months in advance. I hope you enjoy your new TT as much as we do. Happy Camping!!
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:25 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by coldwater-echelon View Post
We have stayed at Sterling State Park in Monroe and have enjoyed it. We have plans to go back end of July this summer.
The park is nice, clean, full hookups or just electric. Nice beach, playground and paved walking/bike path.
Two years ago we drove down and checked out Sterling State Park. Everything looked nice except for all the algae that was by shore. Does this happen every summer there? We also drove over to Kingsville & Leamington Canada (across the lake from Sterling) and there was algae all over the beaches and piers there also.
Haven't been back since..
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A nice little gem not to far from you is Addison Oaks campground near Romeo, nice beach and real nice biking trails, lots of activities. We are also heading back to Pt Huron KOA this year for the Halloween events, currently planning last weekend in Sept. went last year, great time!
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:12 AM   #9
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We live in a small town on Lake Michigan. We stay at Jellystone at Silver Lake for about 11 weeks a season. Somewhere closer to you I would recommend is Sleepy Hollow State Park. It is between Laingsburg and St Johns.

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