Located on Phelps Lake. Just minutes from downtown Brooklyn, Michigan; 1/4 of a mile from the back entrance of MIS; and just a 9 minute drive to Vineyard Park on Vineyard Lake. Come swim, fish, boat, and enjoy a relaxing get away on one of our 200 lots.
Really friendly staff!! Nice campsites! Love the lake and the people were great as well!!! Lots of open space as well, doesn’t feel crowded!!
Another year, another review.-My husband and I visit Ted Ranch every year for the NASAR race at Michigan International Speedway. This year, my review is changing a little bit. We like to camp with a little less noise and partying than the race track campgrounds have, so again, we stayed at Ted Ranch. We stayed Thursday night and I only slept a few hours because it was so loud! The noise wasn't fully from the campground though, MIS started a new music night this year at the M50 Creekside campground within the track and the music was so loud that we heard the bass and every lyric at Ted Ranch (which is a mile away from the track). The noise from within the campground was from golf carts riding around at 3:30 in the morning. We did speak with the campground owners and they ensured us it wouldn't happen again and in the future, we can always call them no matter what time. The owners are very nice and helpful, but there is still zero organization! They only accept cash and checks so make sure you have either! Golf carts are allowed and many people have them. There is still no bathhouse and only less than half of the sites are water and electric. Most sites are rustic. This is basically a field turned into a campground. We did notice that there were five or six old outhouse shells made into showers near the front of the campground!! Dogs are allowed and trust me, there are TONS of them around. There is one family that camps there every year and their dogs have charged several times. They are on a leash, but it is very scary as they are large dogs. There is a small pond, but I did not dare swim in it. There is a sign out that says "This water is not tested for E. COLI". lol. There are many seasonal sites and it appears those campers have been there for a long time! We will be staying here again next year, but I did want to warn others that you can hear the noise from the track and there are quite a few more parties than ever before. The fire pits are provided and can be moved. The campsites are very narrow and plan on your awning almost touching the person's awning next to yours! (at least at 100-112 sites).
This place is across the street from Michigan international speedway and sure beats fighting all the people/campers in the infield campgrounds! We attend the NASCAR race at least once per year and this is our absolute favorite place to camp. The Faster horses concert is also at MIS so this would be great to stay at as well. Some things to know about Ted Ranch, they do not have bathroom facilities, only outhouses. They just put electric on some sites, but not all. They are thinking about putting in bath houses, which would be wonderful. There is a pond/small lake, but I have never swam in it. The owners are very accommodating, but very unorganized! They always manage to keep it running smoothly though! The owners are great at holding your favorite site for next year if you plan to come back. We generally stay in the site numbers 110/111 area. Those sites are completely flat and have electricity. There is also NO dump station at the campground, but down the road a few miles is a gas station named Yoder's and you can dump for free. The dump station at Yoder's is actually nicer than most campgrounds I have been to! The Irish hills in Michigan are very hilly so if you bring a bike to ride over to the track, be prepared for some hills. It is about 1.5 miles to the track and we ride our bikes with no problem. You can also walk and there is a short cut directly across the main road from the campgrounds. The gate is usually closed, but you can walk around it. The campgrounds at the track are very rowdy, but we've never had issues at Ted Ranch, however, last year there were quite a few new campers that were partying all night. In the video I posted, this is something that the regulars do each year and it's a hoot to watch! The owners don't like it, but they don't stop it either! There is nothing really to do at the campground, so we just come for the NASCAR race, but the area is absolutely gorgeous, hence the nickname "Irish Hills". There are seasonal sites as well.