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We came in on Sunday at check in time and it was wicked busy as 5 pm check in on Sunday’s is also 5 pm checkout. The spots are pretty level and paved however they are are fairly close to each other and there is no privacy between the spots around you. We don’t mind that however! The facilities are well taken care of and the people in the front office to answer questions and help with check in were really nice.
The only 2 issues I had with our spot (97) we were almost directly in-front of a large dumpster so all day people walk by and throw their trash in. And Monday morning at around 750 the dumpster service came around and that was very loud. Another issue with the campsite is there is a train near the state park. It runs all day it seems but especially in the morning you can hear it from 6 am onward. I don’t particularly mind it but it did wake me up a few times especially if you are tent camping or have pop outs.
The state park has a lot of trails through the swampy woods and out to the dunes which are really cool. Some are 5 miles long while others are .75. There is also a short walk to the actual lake which is nice as well.
All in all this state park is a 4/5! Great hiking trails, predominantly quiet besides the trash and train, friendly neighbors!
The good:fairly big sites,clean rest room, friendly staff, well stocked store with the things you forget or run out of, 30&20 amp at the site & a dump station. The bad: the weekend was busy with no available site's(after Sunday afternoon we pretty much had the place to ourself)very noisy you can hear the highway traffic all night & a train a couple times a night.
Mostly grass and gravel pull through spaces. We had site 61 under some nice shade trees and the lot was very level. Park staff was very helpful after a storm blew through cleaning up limbs and litter. Nearby House of David grounds were eerie abandoned but historical. Walking distance from the campground. Saint Joseph was a great little town for shopping. Bento Harbor was run down and dirty.
The campground itself is very well maintained, beautiful, quiet and private. Plenty of space in between each site, and the campground host was the best! He was consistently making rounds and was eager to share tips on where to explore. A bit far from the beach, but a super quick drive to spend the day at the lake. This was actually preferable, as the campground was a nice escape from the crowds at the beach/dunes. Goblin and the Grocer is a must if you don’t feel like cooking after a long day at the dunes, and is only a few minutes walk from the campground!
We reserved 3 camp sites and when we arrived they were ready and very clean and well kept.
The bathroom was a very short walk and very clean. Fishing the river was fun and easy to access.
They have big playgrounds that the kids enjoyed. Along with horseshoes, basketball, and volley ball courts.
We will definitely come back shamrock park. Chuck the owner was very friendly and helpful.
Thanks chuck for jumping our truck from a dead battery.
The ranger was awesome. You can buy firewood and ice on site. There’s WiFi, electricity, showers and bathrooms. The campground is right on the water-perfect for kayaking or fishing. There’s also all sorts of activities for kids-ping pong, basketball, cornhole and more. It’s also a quick walk to a grocery store and restaurants. There’s no grill on the fire pit, so plan accordingly.
Location is fantastic for exploring the area. From campground you can walk (very close!) to the small Village of Beverly Shores which has a cool restaurant (Goblin and the Grocer) with outdoor dining and take out, higher end liquor store, gas station, ice cream, firewood, beach supplies and food trucks. Plus, even the commuter train to Chicago stops here. Close to several beaches, tons of hiking, dunes to climb and cute towns to explore.