Standard (tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Magnus Park
Operator
County
Access
Drive In
Boat In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
WiFi
Location
Magnus Park is located in Michigan
Latitude
45.373 N
Longitude
-84.974 W
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8 Reviews of Magnus Park
A Hidden Gem in a Small Package

A well maintained campground managed by the City of Petoskey, Magnus Park is truly a gem. 

Open to a magnificent view of the sapphire and aqua blue water of Little Traverse Bay,  this park is tucked away below US-31.

Surrounded by trees, yet very few within the campground itself, this simple stop is worth your time.

With 36 Full Hookup sites and 39 Water/Electric sites, you also get a very clean bathhouse with additional showers, so there's no waiting for facilities. A small children's play area is also adjacent to the bathhouse. 

A short walk across the Little Traverse Wheelway bike trail that stretches 23.5 miles from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix, put you on a small sandy beach begging you to find a few of the elusive Petoskey stones. 

Breathtaking sunsets are a welcomed added bonus!

Its a hidden site

After looking for campgrounds in the area to visit the tunnel of trees we found this location. Not much to do but park and visit the city and surroundings. 

The campground is by the water and is set up mostly for campers. Id visit again but would also look for another campground with more to do.

If you enjoy the city life

Located down town Petoskey this small campground is perfect for those who also like being in the city. The sunsets are the only benefit to local campers

Great beach, RV park basically a parking lot.

While not the most exciting campground, we thoroughly enjoyed the beach. We found Petoskey stones and other fossils and swam. It felt like being at the ocean! There were nice trails to walk and we could see a light house off in the distance. Our dog really enjoyed swimming. If we are ever in the area again we will be back. Clean bathrooms and friendly people.

Convenient, but not very receptive for tent camping

My partner wanted a waterfront site. Check. Convenient. Check. Feeling like staying in a trailer park? Check.

So on that last item, as a tent camper, she wasn't very sold. Sitting between the town and the water, the backside of the camp area is the hospital with loud cooling fan towers running constantly. Not much of a campground feel to it. Particularly with the dominant number and sizes of the motorhomes and fifth wheels.

I stayed here several years ago in September (after Labor Day) and the campground was much more sparse and comfortable. The shower house is decently clean, and for the price and location, I'm fine with it. It's a different kind of place, so know that going into it.

The town has a great bikeway path for pedaling to Charlevoix in one direction and Harbor Springs to the other direction.

Bayside Campground

Sites large enough for our 42 ft motor home! Level, quiet, close to shopping and a nice walk/bike trail along the bay. Great area to relax and explore the area and perfect for our four legged camper. This is a city park, small but nice for a few night stay. No WiFi but our ATT had service and we have satellite TV with clear signal.

Great Location to Downtown and Lake Michigan

This park has some strong positives that outweigh the negatives so depending on what really annoys you about a campground determines whether you may or may not like this place. The park is run by the City of Petoskey and sits on 21 acres in downtown Petoskey overlooking Lake Michigan.  Petoskey has a really cool downtown with great restaurants (we liked Beard’s Brewery, Palette Bistro, and Grand Traverse Pie Company), shopping, a free art center (Crooked Tree), parks, and a pretty marina with a scenic breakwater lighthouse. If you have never been to this part of Michigan, you should definitely come for a visit. 

The campground is very popular because of the price and location with about 1/3 of the park occupied by seasonal or monthly rentals of people that have been coming for many years.  There are 71 sites which can be used for RVs or tents.  Roads are paved and sites are grass/sand. There are fire pits and picnic tables at each site and a nice large grassy area in the front of the park near Lake Michigan with multiple picnic tables in a common space. 

There are many positive attributes of this park. The location of this park could not be better and the price of $30/night (water, sewer, 30 amp electric; $28 for electric and water only) is a great deal. (Especially because other private campgrounds in the area are easily $60+/night in the summer season.) They have free wifi that worked well and we were able to get over-the-air antenna television channels. You are really in a prime location with Lake Michigan in front of you. Many of the sites in this park have a great view of the lake (especially sites 1-16). Running through the park is the Little Traverse Wheelway which is a paved bike path spanning from the cute towns of Charlevoix to Harbor Springs. (If you don’t have a bike with you there are plenty of rental places nearby.)  

Now for the negatives. The bathroom/shower houses are old and tired but were clean. The park sits between a hospital and water treatment plant, one of which can be smelly on warm days the other of which has a very loud HVAC system generating lots of noise. The park is located close to the busy road M-31 so there is a bit of road noise. The sites are very close together so there is not much privacy. The park is open to day-use and has a heavily used bike path running right through it so there are lots of people coming and going.

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Beautiful Niche Spot

I have visited Magnus Park several times, it's a beautiful little campground in downtown Petoskey MI. The park as a full array of sites, but mostly caters to RV's, I paid the same rate to pitch a tent as it would have costed to park a large RV. The campground has a perfect location, along the Lake Michigan Shore, and about 4 blocks from downtown Petoskey.