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Most people go to Wilderness State park on the south side of the bridge, but this is an equally wonderful campground. As with Wilderness, this park has two sections of campgrounds- a higher loop in the woods and a lower loop along the shore of Lake Michigan. Both are desirable and have decent sized sites. There is a good hiking trial through the park with multiple vista points for viewing the lake and Mackinac Bridge. It's a couple minutes away from the ferry to go to Mackinac Island. Highly recommend this campground particularly when other ones are harder to get into.
One of the best state campgrounds. This is a very large park and can be hard to get into. It has wonderful trails around it, good sized sites, an active ranger program for kids. There is the upper campground (Pines), which does not have direct views or water access, but is a great campground. The lower section is on the water. There is beach access for all campers along the water and gorgeous views of the Mackinaw Bridge. It's a great hub for all the activities in the area: the dark sky park, Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island, etc.
Without a doubt this is one of our favorite campgrounds. It's a bit older, so the campsites are quite large compared to modern campgrounds. There are huge trees throughout, easily navigable roads, etc. There are two sections to the park, one a bit smaller with a gorgeous new bathroom. The other larger section has older facilities, but clean. There are a couple beaches here, some more popular than others. Since there is a boat launch, kayak rentals, and small café at this state park, it can get busy in the public area during the summer. The campground is along a paved bike path. It's not far from the closest town, which has a couple restaurants, shops, etc. The only drawback to this park is that it abuts a very busy road and can have a fair amount of road noise if you're on that side.
We have been going yearly to the cabins in Cheboygan State Park for many years and have stayed at each cabin they offer. All of them are great, vault toilet and hand pump for water, drive up (although the road in can be a little rough). Some have better beach access then others, 2 of them have firepits on the beach to enjoy the amazing sunsets. Excellent view of the bridge and many large boats going by, perfect photo opportunity!
We stayed at Wilderness in October this fall. The fall colors were just about fully turned and it was just gorgeous. This park is geared towards the RV camper and they have sites for just about any size rig. The sites along the lake are geared more toward the sorter rigs. Ours is a short 5'er and we fit just fine.
The only downside to this trip was the very high lake levels. On the west side of the park with the more scenic beaches were just not accessible. Actually, they didn't exist. The water level completely inundated them. Even the shore trees were in the water. That prevented us from hiking where we had hoped to hike. That really limited us.
The park was clean and the dump station clean and plenty of room We would camp here again.
First off, this place is huge and has a lot to do and take in. It's a great place to take a walk, ride a bike, explore a path, or participate in the many activities they offer or just relax. Different areas of the park have a different vibe but all are good. Views of the bridge at night are simply awesome and you don't need a bridge view site to enjoy it, just head down to the grassy area by the water and grab a bench or light a fire in one of the fire pits. Most staff very friendly/helpful (seems there is always one know it all that isn't 🙂). Pay attention to lot descriptions on the website, they are very upfront that some lots are small. We had a 50a large and had way more room than we could use. Trees/bushes between sites for privacy. Looking forward to going back again in 2021.
Spent a week here over the July 4th holiday. Very nice park, clean, and we'll maintained. Owners lead you to your site and assist getting your rig lined up with water/sewer connections. Great pool, separate area for boat/trailer parking. Very quiet at night.
We enjoyed our time at Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping! We stay a week and stayed on two different sites and loved both, but the lake front view was definitely the best. Great view of the bridge and island! Beautiful Sunsets! Biggest campground we have ever stayed at. They pack them in-small sites, but run like a well oiled machine. The store had all the items we needed or forgot. We were close to the bike trail that went into Mackinaw City, it was a 3 miles to town. Definitely worth the drive!!
Came up here to sneak away on a warm weekend in November as this is one of the few State Park campgrounds open year round. We were really impressed.
The lake is crystal clear and has beautiful turquoise waters. We were able to take the canoe out and were the only ones on the water that afternoon. Cute beach front and seems like it would be a great family spot for the summer.
We stayed in site 122 but definitely recommend site 126 which had awesome views of the water.
The trails in the park were nice too but not very long. Pretty much only downsides were that the water spigots were turned off for winter (someone told us that there was a hose available back by the office somewhere) and shower house was closed (but vault toilets still open a d pretty clean).
Camping is here pretty good overall. I have stayed in Teepee #9 twice now. The first time was very comfy, but the second time we had a lot of rain, and things inside the teepee got pretty wet. We tried to cover things with ponchos and that helped, but I could feel the rain bouncing from the wooden floor on to my face as I was trying to sleep. Meanwhile my son in a little tent stayed completely dry! I also realized this trip that chipmunks could possibly get in where the teepee walls meet the floor. Very pleasant hiking. I didn't like it that that it is a long distance from the campsites to the swimming beach. We ended up driving every time we wanted to swim and it was like driving over a washboard.
The campsites weren't huge, it felt kind of busy to me. Overall it was good, but not amazing.