Petoskey State Park began its service as a public recreation area in 1934 as the Petosky Bathing Beach. Prior to that, the area was privately owned by a local tanning company. Located on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, this 300-acre park is popular for its mile-long sand beach and forested campgrounds. Within the park are nearly 3.5 miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails that wander among the park’s wooded dunes. Summer months bring out scores of sunbathers, swimmers, paddlers, boaters and water skiers. The nearby towns of Petoskey and Harbor Springs offer a variety of local arts and crafts shops, cafes and charming Victorian architecture.
The two campgrounds at Petoskey State Park offer 180 tent and RV sites situated among shady woods near the lakeshore. The Dunes Campground, on the north end of the park, has 80 smaller sites suitable for tent campers, while the Tannery Creek Campground, on the south end of the park, has 100 larger sites ideal for RVs and trailers. Each site is equipped with picnic tables, fire pits and electrical hookups, and there are restrooms, showers and drinking water available in both campgrounds; a dump station is located near the park entrance. Other park amenities include a picnic area, beach house and concession stand. Dogs are permitted, but must remain leashed. Seasonal campsite rates range from $33–$37/night, plus park entrance fee.
Good campground for kids and family’s but horribly rude staff. Bad/rude experience with the campground front desk lady and the rec pass guy. Small campsites packed in together but close to the beach and plenty of dunes to climb.
I really wanted to love this park. However it was kinda a let down. The camp sites were nice but the bathrooms and beach not so great. They only had one shower open for the whole camp ground and it was in sad shape. The beach was kind of dirty and not well maintained, there was also some kind of alge in the water. Considering we wnt for the beach it was a let down.
Simple but nice! Lots of trees. View of the bay is amazing. Hunting Petoskey Stones is the highlight.
Love going here in the summer to the beach. Clean, good concession stand and nice camping
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.