There are are three options for camping at Holland State Park (this was confusing before we arrived and then it made sense). The Beach campground is (duh!) closest to the beach although you do not have a view of it and it is a large, paved parking lot where RVs are lined up like diagonal dominoes with no privacy between sites). The Woodstock and Pines Loops are about a mile from the beach and there is a paved path along the beach road for access. We stayed in Pines (newer) and the bath house is the cleanest I have ever seen in a state park! Sites are level, some are paved and some dirt; some have 30 amp and some 50 amp. No sewer or water. If you don’t have a reservation, best to arrive before 5pm or you will have to use the dreaded yellow phone to register (cannot do same day on line or cell phone check in after 5). $33 does not include required state parks pass ($9 daily or $32 annual). We stayed on a weeknight after Labor Day and had no problem securing a site but I imagine it is quite busy during the summer and on warm weekends.
No fire pits. You are quite literally in a parking lot. No alcohol allowed. If you don't ride a bike good luck
The campground is about a half a mile from Lake Michigan beach access, which requires you to drive or walk. If you are planning on enjoying one of Michigan’s oceans get there early by Noon they were turning cars away because of lack of parking on the weekend. The campground it’s self is busy, not many sites open even on the weekday.
Loud, and packed in small sites
Family friendly, busy decent place to stay
This is a beautiful campground right on the beach of Lake Michigan. It had plenty of paved camping spaces and even cabins to rent, you can walk to the pier, and lighthouse. Watch the boats go by at morning and spend a nice day down at the beautiful clean beach. It's a great spot for any weekend. But plan ahead, spots are usually booked!
This is a perfectly pleasant campground and a good spot to be close to Lake Michigan. The campground has enough amenities to satisfy most car or RV campers. We had a perimeter site in the Lake Macinaw grouping, which afforded us a little more privacy--however the road noise was ever present, especially after traffic for the beach backed up past the campground. There is swimming at lake Macinaw (just across the busy road), and a very small beach area to set up. The camp bathroom and shower facilities are really up to date and absolutely, marvelously clean.
The lake M campsites are a fairly long walk to the beach at Lake Michigan. A long, hot walk in the sun, on the pavement, and beside the road full of stopped traffic waiting to park at the beach. Parking at the beach isn't an option unless one goes very early in the morning (note the stopped traffic for over a mile). The walk can be a pleasant stroll if just going to the beach. However, if campers plan to tote a beach blanket, towels, lunch, water, sunscreen, water toys…etc….then they would be wise to bring a wagon. This wasn't our favorite Lake Michigan campground--but it works, and it's not bad either.
On the other hand, Deboer Bakery and Dutch Brothers Restaurant down the road was incredible. I am tempted to drive 1,000 miles just to go back again. AMAZING
The pictures say it all! Put this on your bucket list, this is a beautiful state park!
Had a wonderful time. Great beach!
Camped there many times, always beautiful. Love the beach and love big red lighthouse