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We were literally the only people in the camp ground. Showers were hot, but the wall heater was a little scary (propane). The owners were very nice. We came after dark and left early, so we didn’t see too much of the campground. Nice treed setting.

Very famiky friendly

We went during the Halloween party. Had lots of fun.

Wilderness -site 57

As always Michigan State Parks are exceptionally well maintained. New construction going on here for 2020. Our campground is perfect. Close to the water not too close to neighbors and reasonably close to the restroom. We are camping late in the year and in spite of the fact it’s the restrooms now have been closed in preparation for freezing weather we have been very pleased with our site.

The view!

We stayed on site 4…it was absolutely beautiful!! The view of the bridge was amazing during the day and at night time. You have to get site 4! We did have trouble stealing our tent down in a couple spots. We think there is concrete under the dirt.

Awesome view of the bridge

This campground is really nice and has amazing views of the bridge! It is very close to town and very close to the ferries that take you across to Mackinac island. I would definitely stay here again!

family campground

M family has been coming here since they opened many years ago. I love coming to this campground to spend time with my family. The owners are really nice and it's a very quiet and small campground where everyone knows everyone. It is situated on a small lake that is great for fishing, boating, or kayaking.

There are also little cabins you can rent that are very cute. They don't have a bathroom but are located directly across from the bathrooms and the path is well lit at night so you don't have to worry about not being able to see your way there. The cabins are very well kept up, as are the bathrooms. Often times when I stay with my grandparents, I will use the campground bathrooms over the camper bathroom because they are SO clean you never have to worry about anything.

Rustic and secluded!

This campground is pretty rustic and secluded from other people. If what you're looking for is privacy, you get it here! The sites are very private and very wooded. I would recommend this campground and would come back.

Sweetwater Serenity

This state park campground has, for the most part, primitive tent sites - many on the water or with views of the water. All are wooded. Many face north and the night skies are phenomenal. There is a state park beach down the road. It's worth the 15 minute hike to the lake - white sand beach, clear water and blue sky with seldom anyone else there. The folks who camp there have always been great - we've been going there for 20+ years and our sons and their friends come each year with us. There's a town six miles away - you can run or bike to it through the pines and cherry orchards. They take reservations six months out. There is a lighthouse and playground as well for families. It's wonderful!

Amazing Views, History, and Trails

While I imagine it must get really busy during the peak of summer, I have to say this is one of the cooler campgrounds I've been to. The camp site could NOT get any closer to Lake Michigan. Well maintained and clean. The state park it's part of is centered around its history as lighthouse grounds signaling the entrance to the Grand Traverse bay. The park still has the the historic lighthouse(which you can enter and climb for a fee), the siren building that doubles as a museum about the numerous shipwrecks in the area, and gift shop that sells ice cream. With miles of trails and Northport only a short drive away, you'll have good time.

Nice wooded sites

One of my favorite campgrounds. Sites are nice and large with established trees. Be sure to read the site descriptions as several can be uneven. Bathrooms are new on the smaller side of the park.

Roomy sites. Lake views

We have been camping here for many years and love it every time. This is the first we'd camped in the fall and enjoyed the solitude. During the summer months it is very busy (especially on weekends) and difficult to get a site unless you reserve well in advance. The sites have been enlarged with plenty of space per site. Most of the sites overlook the lake. It appears the park is upgrading its restrooms with one new, one relatively new and one older one. We enjoy the central location to places we like to visit. We went to the Straits one day, picnicked in a state forest one day, shopped in both Gaylord and Grayling. It's also central to some of the best trout streams in the eastern U.S.

The downside is the sites are all sand. This is a problem when it rains. No matter how hard you try to clean your shoes, you end up tracking in wet, dirty sand.

Clean Clear Lake. Cozy w big sites

Have to get site six months before thru DNR site. Beautiful turquoise lake. Nearest store in Atlanta. Freddie’s. Has everything u need Sites on outer edges bigger w woods. Stayed in the lower area near lake.

Amazing year after year!

Would never stay anywhere else near Mackinaw! This campground is where we stay every year!

Fall getaway

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.

Be prepared to pay.

Campground is beautiful. But I didn’t read the fine print on my online reservation, which stated a recreation pass $32, must be paid before entering state park. Then we were told & billed $7 per day for parking our tow car. We have traveled in several states & never experienced this unwelcoming feature. We could have stayed at a private campground with full hookups @ cable for what we paid here. Sad Michigan treats out of staters this way. We will never stay at a Michigan state campground again. What a shame.

Wonderful campground with beautiful scenery!

We arrived on a busy weekend without camping reservations in hopes there would be some openings or cancellations. That wasn't the case when I pulled up to the booth and saw the campground full sign.

The kind Ranger informed us there we're no openings and she started going through our other camping options in the area. She could see the slight dismay in our faces about the potential that we might have to backtrack 30-45 minutes.

Thats when she told us that, if we wanted, we could camp in the "general use" area by the playground and cookout grills, as long as we could break camp by 9 am! Then she helped book some open campsites for the next few nights for out party of 3 adults, 3 kids and 2 German Shepherds!

The best part is that the views, campsites, lighthouse, and nearby trails matched the high quality care the Ranger gave us. We will be back soon, and this time with reservations!

Place to chill

Alot of campsites in a relatively small area. A couple of teepees if you're so inclined. Nevertheless, you do feel like you're alone in your campsite if you don't pay attention to the others near you. Bathrooms, showers available. Easy to access the bay if you want to kayak or canoe.

Really fun, beautiful

This campground is really nice and really convenient! I am more partial to more rustic camping, but we always enjoy our time here!

Great Lake Michigan Campground

Many sites right on the shoreline, and some of the best rock hunting on the beach.

Great location!

Overall nice well maintained campground.

You can see the bridge and are witin 5 minutes of the ferry to Mackinc Island.

The bathrooms and showers are nice- be careful the shower head came off on one and the water pressure was intense!

I enjoy that many of the sites are wooded, even though you are nearby other campers you don't feel completely overcroweded.

Nice place to stay if you are enjoying St. Ignance or Mackinac Island.

Great location

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.

Nice place to stay

very nice lake and beach

bathrooms and amenities are excellent

sites are close to each other, you can hear the other campers talking next to you

overall really enjoyed our stay

Mega Campground

We stayed four nights there the beginning of August. There are 600 sites as well as cabins. Our group had bridge view sites as well as behind the row of bridge view sites. Bridge ones were small but they did a great job of planting cedars to divide each site for privacy. Our lot was big as we were behind everybody else. Huge common area by the water that was perfect to lay in a hammock and read. Beach was a little mucky so we swap out in front of our sites where there were rocks, but it was nice. Very well run establishment with a terrific camp store. My only complaint is they won’t give out a map with site numbers or cabin numbers on it. You have to walk around and figure out what sites you want to reserve if you want to return.

Beautiful lakefront!

Beautiful long lakefront area lined with fire pits and benches. Large park, small sites, lots of people, one large restroom. Clean and organized. Close to Mackinaw city and ferry ⛴ to island.

Love camping at Mill Creek. You get great view of Mackinaw Bridge and Mac

Very large campground. Friendly

Easy to get to off of 75.

Lots are narrow so make sure you have enough room if you have slideouts.

Close to Bridge and Dark Sky Park

Stayed here a couple time. Decent Sites, and good stopping point before the bridge. Close to Dark Sky Park. Great kayaking. There’s a strip of islands at the point of the park.


There are plenty of sites all along the shore of Lake Michigan! it gave the illusion of our own private beach and even though we had a camper at the site next to ours it was still very private because of all the trees in between. Waking up to the sound of crashing waves was so relaxing. It even thunderstormed while we were there and it’s still one of my favorite camping trips ever! Plus nice hiking trails as well!

Very Camped

Packed like sardines. Stones get picked over early but still the best I’ve found. Sandy Beach just down the road. board walk great for biking and jogging. More of a Glamping Park, with little shade.

Rock Hunting

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.

Lakeshore & LARGE Sites Available

Minimal Accommodations, port-a-jon. Close to Charlevoix. $17/night. Walk-in sites. Lakeshore sites. HUGE sites. Most sites can easily fit a few tents. Firework for sale by independent supplier near office. Kayak to the island. Pretty quiet and peaceful. Large campground. Less people on the South end. Very tame wildlife.