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Old 09-09-2015, 04:04 PM   #31
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and the wife wants to go to SD again someday...Ill have to remember that CG. We were just talking about walking the bridge labor day (in case you didn't know, the Mackinac bridge between upper and lower MI is open to be walked every labor day only) next year. First CG that comes to mind is a very large private CG with nice views of the lake and bridge. Being we have camped there years ago, I thought I would check into it. After reading the rules and procedures, Im not so sure im willing to spend my money with them again. Although they have many FHU sites, I may just be willing to stay at a nearby state park and empty the old honey wagon a few times...
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Hey Plowtoy, I noticed you are not far from me. Funny thing, my wife and I were talking about staying up north next year to walk the bridge over Labor Day as well!! I'm starting to do my research now. So far, I am leaning towards a state park too. Looking at Wilderness SP. it's right on lake michgan.
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Hey Plowtoy, I noticed you are not far from me. Funny thing, my wife and I were talking about staying up north next year to walk the bridge over Labor Day as well!! I'm starting to do my research now. So far, I am leaning towards a state park too. Looking at Wilderness SP. it's right on lake michgan.
wilderness is a nice state park. Its been a few years since we've been there. Its about 11 miles from the bridge, but no bridge view from the campsites if I remember correctly. Straights State park is what I was thinking. Its just to the east of the bridge on the St ignace side. I just set my reminder to make reservations 6mo in advance, if I cant find anything else. There are a handful of private waterfront parks in the area with full Hook ups, just not sure im ready to give them a try.
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I've been following this thread, and I'm glad it was updated.

I just have to say that if you're going to enforce a rule that's not written down, you better be polite about it. The way I look at it, those rules lists are a contract between the guest and the owner/purveyor of the park. We both know what to expect and there are no uncertainties; I know what I'm supposed to do and you know what you're supposed to do. If it's not in the "contract" then the only way to ask you to abide by it is "nicely".

I get it, I worked with the "general public" for many years, and you tend to get jaded pretty bad. It only takes one or two "bad" customers to ruin your day if you let it. But that's what makes the difference; the ability to be polite and respectful until given a reason NOT to do so. In my old age, I'm realizing that you "attract more bees with honey..."
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Old 09-23-2015, 08:39 AM   #35
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So now I'm really confused. What is the point of a review if you can't be honest? I posted a couple of reviews online about this campground. One of the sites I posted on sent an email back to me saying they could not post my review. I would have to edit my review because it was "aggressively negative". It was to the point and factual. My other review was on trip advisor. With the exact same wording.
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So now I'm really confused. What is the point of a review if you can't be honest? I posted a couple of reviews online about this campground. One of the sites I posted on sent an email back to me saying they could not post my review. I would have to edit my review because it was "aggressively negative". It was to the point and factual. My other review was on trip advisor. With the exact same wording.
Was the site that kicked back your review trying to be impartial? Or do they take money from the service providers?

Back in school, we were taught about "Yellow Journalism". The problem of the reporter having his own point of view leaking into the story.

Today we call it "Spin". And it is an accepted part of the process.

That site has an agenda to promote the hospitality industry. Not to allow consumers the unbiased information needed to make good choices. Double check who's advertising on each site. You'll be amused or annoyed.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:59 AM   #37
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RVparkreviews.com? This CG has an excellent rating there, but the few negative reviews sound exactly like what the OP describes.

Reviews on Trip Advisor are not quite as glowing.

rvparkreviews does NOT refuse negative reviews, otherwise their rating system would be useless. In fact, if you have an established account reviews are posted instantly now. I have not had negative reviews refused there, ever.
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Old 09-23-2015, 10:31 AM   #38
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I study the various review sites carefully when selecting a campground that we have never been to, and have often noticed contradictory reviews from one site to the next.

I also like to use the mapping tools to look at pictures of the campground.

My wife makes fun of me for studying the reviews, but I think it is really important, because a picture can never tell you what the behavior of the owners is like.

To OP, sorry you have a bad experience and THANK YOU for passing along the information.
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Old 09-24-2015, 12:47 PM   #39
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Camping Couple/PlowToy,
I am a Michigander too...I just spend a few days in a private campground, in site of the bridge. I'm fairly positive Plowtoy is referring to a campground that sounds like "Bill Streak". I was somewhat reluctant to book this campground based on people saying how tightly squeezed together the sites are. But on their website, they touted new larger sites. Of course there weren't any pictures, my first red flag.

Anyway, the only thing really impressive about this CG is the sheer size. I think it's like 600+ sites. Huge. Although, there are a lot of trees and foliage around it would be impossible to see them all standing in one spot. Our 'large site' was basically a corner lot with a little bit more room than the other 'normal' sites. Some of the sites I saw would barely leave enough room for me to put my awning out all the way before hitting the camper next door!

I had other issues, but we spent most of our time seeing the sites in and around Mackinac Island. Didn't spend a lot of time at the CG. I don't think I would go back there. Some of the smaller CG we saw looked more inviting....less cramped.

Camping Couple...next time, head to Tennessee at stay at Anchor Down...trust me!
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