Excellent camoground. We went as kids and revisited a couple weeks after labor day. Quiet campsites, nice neighbors, mostly retirees, friendly staff. Lake Michigan beach, bith stones and sand, hiking trails from easy to medium hard. On bike trail that extends north to Harbor Springs and south to Charleviox - scenic and paved. Some hills but mostly flat.
I found this campground to be more camper friendly than tent friendly.
It is in a nice location close to several places.
Love that you can walk to the beach from your site.
Bathrooms are nice, they are far from some of the sites to walk to.
Sites are close together.
Overall I would recommend staying here.
Be sure to check out sites before hand, some are far better than others. Well shaded. Stones get picked over early. $31-37/night. Vast bike trail. Bike rental available. Fairly quiet for a large state park.
This campground is on Lake Michigan’s beautiful beaches. The sites were shaded but not very private. Firewood and ice are available, as are showers and toilets. It was fairly loud and very full. It’s about one hour from Slerping Bear Dunes and reservable which makes it popular. I’d go again for the beach alone.
Beware of poison ivy- it is everywhere. Extremely disappointed to find it all over the campground and site— but our site was fantastic. Couldn’t have had a better time at this park. Disgusted by rude people washing dishes/leaving food debris and washing sand off their feet in public water spigots at the campground. Book early— it fills up fast!!
The beach was so much fun. Crystal clear water, sugar sand, and tons of Petoskey stones if you know where to look.
This campground was one of our favorites, we had electric hook-ups, no water had to fill before parking, the dump station was available before you got to your site and you could fill your tank there if you needed to. The campground was very quiet at night, you could walk down to the lake at night and see the stars, they had walking/hiking trails and bicycle trails and there were some beautiful drives in the area. Again they had mosquitos too (definitely bring bug spray) The web site showing the sites is a little deceiving if you have to back in, they look bigger than the actual spot, lots of trees and shade. We have enjoyed the state parks of Michigan and next time we go back we will have our bikes with us.
Should have paid closer attention to the online reviews. Flavor text promised views of the beach from the campsites, but apparently that's on the other side of the park. The Dunes Campground is where we stayed. Poison Ivy everywhere. Loud as a drunken frat party until 2 in the morning. Not as 'rustic' as promised. On the plus side, the campsite was relatively clean of physical trash, but the closeness of the neighbors on all sides made it difficult to enjoy the environment.
We visited during summer, had a blast searching the shore for Petoskey Stones! The kids had a great time and we left with a good collection! If you plan on heading north, this is a nice park, clean facilities, nice sites, great for families!
We spent a 4th of July weekend up in Petosky with our family. It was a perfect mixture of rustic modern camping. The facilities are nice and clean and the campground is well kept. Even on a busy holiday weekend it was so enjoyable. The beach was convenient to walk to and we enjoyed the 3 amazing fire work shows you can see on the 4th of July from the beach. The only downside is that no dogs are allowed on the beach which is kind of a bummer. There is a great dog park however in Petosky nearby.
If you have not been to Petoskey, Michigan you really should make a point to visit this area. We were here two days and fell in love with the town, the surrounding area, and never got tired of beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The park is situated between Petoskey and Harbor Springs – both of which have good restaurants, shopping, marinas (with boat launches as there are none in the state park), and lots of outdoor summer activities.
This state park is in a great location for biking, hanging out at the beach, hiking, kayaking, swimming, and enjoying all that the upper west side of Michigan has to offer. When you camp here, you are never far from the beach or pretty scenery. Plenty of boardwalks transfer you from the campground over the pristine dunes to the sandy beaches and beautiful blue Lake Michigan waters. Or, you can drive to the beach where volleyball games and water activities are the ideal.
This campground is super busy in the summer months. Campsites are set in a wooded setting with a mix of 50/30 amp or 30/20 amp in the Tannery Creek section (which has paved sites) and 20 amp in the Dunes section (with sandy/dirt sites). Both sections have pathways that lead to the beach. There are no sewer or water hook-ups at individual sites but there is a dump station and potable water spigots spread throughout the campground. Each site has a fire pit and picnic table. This park is great for small RVs or tents. Due to the small length of campsites, narrow roads in the park, and low hanging trees this park is not well-suited for large RVs.
Just outside of the park is the Little Traverse Wheelway. The Wheelway is a 26-mile paved biking/hiking path that spans from Harbor Springs south to Charleviox. If you don’t have bicycles with you there are plenty of places in town that rent them and will deliver them to your site. On that note, you can rent watercraft of all types in the area too. For those that like white water kayaking the Bear River is set up for that.
The park has just a few short trails but if you are looking for more hiking check out the Offield Nature Preserve about five miles north of the park. There are multiple paths that connect so you can make your hike as long or as short as you want. Another fun place to visit is the nearby Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center. They offer free guided tours daily or you are welcome to walk around the grounds on your own. Put some quarters in your pocket and stop at the pond overlook where you can feed the brown and rainbow trout.
Almost directly across from the park entrance is Freshwater Grill which has delicious fish tacos on Tuesday. In the same shopping area is Toski Sands, a grocery/specialty/liquor store that has much of what you need and Crooked Tree Bakery that has the most wonderful breads. A quarter mile south is the Petoskey Brewing Company that has great burgers and beer.
This area has so much to do and see and this campground is in a perfect location.