Buffalo everywhere!

Camped: March 6-8, 2021

When I saw the forecast of almost 70 in March I knew I had to go camping! I picked Game Lodge because it had electric and I wanted to run my heater at night.

It is right off the road, very open and would give no privacy if full but we were pretty much by ourselves. I was a little put off that it was 30 a night for off season but was pleasantly surprised when showers and bathrooms were open even when it was advertised that they were closed.

Did have road noise but because we were right on road we woke up to elk, Buffalo, deer and sheep right in our “backyard”. My kids loved it. Fun area even off season. Loved wildlife loop.

Firewood was almost impossible to find this time of year. Paid $40 for a small amount and had to drive into Custer.

Normally, I like camping far away from people and roads but the views and animals made up for it.

Bathrooms and water was warm and clean.

Found a couple of girls in the bathroom that were completely unprepared for winter camping. They didn’t even have a hat. So if you do go winter camping bring the right gear and you will have a blast.

Perfect stop along the way

Camped: March 5th, 2021

First off I was not prepared for the road. In reading the other reviews I did not expect to feel like I was going the wrong way down a long dirt road. Road was like a washboard and I am not sure I would have attempted if I knew, but my little Scamp made it.

Arrived after dark. This is a dirt, circle, parking lot. Had 3 tents set up and a couple people sleeping in cars and it was March. I bet this gets very crowed in season. Got down in the 20’s and I felt sorry for the people in tents.

Stars were AMAZING! Worth sleeping here just to see the stars, I attempted to capture it with my iPhone camera but obviously fell short. This is a sky you need to see in person.

Outhouse was clean. We slept and woke up to a beautiful sky and then made our way to Black Hills. I can’t imagine wanting to stay more than one night but it was perfect for a safe place to sleep. I enjoyed drinking my coffee and listening to the prairie dogs.

Okay

Drove through this place and ended up not booking. Sites seem very small. Place seems run down- it really looks like a place for seasonal campers. Seasonal spots right on lake. Lake had a nice swimming area. Only saw one bathhouse and it only had one shower. Honestly if it was just me I would have stayed but was camping with family and they have a huge rig and just didn’t think we could make it work for them.

Surprised

This is not my kind of camping but my kids begged for a pool and I wanted to break up the long drive. Stayed one night. First of all I am impressed they have sites for every budget! We got a rustic saver site for $19 a night and while further away from stuff we had access to whole park. Next time I am splurging for sites with bridge view! Sites are small but trees keep it feeling private. I was very impressed and you can beat a campground in this area! Free shuttle into town.

Lake Michigan Access

Long drive off HW2, felt longer than 6 miles. Sites are small but some to back up to Lake Michigan but not flat. I think going to Hogs Island is a better campground. It is quiet and no highway noise. Perfect for one night to sit on the beach. Very buggy! Outhouses are clean and cell reception with Verizon is 2 bars which is nice. I see bigger campers here but wouldn’t personally go bigger than my 13 ft.

Lake Michigan Access

Long drive off HW2, felt longer than 6 miles. Sites are small but some to back up to Lake Michigan but not flat. I think going to Hogs Island is a better campground. It is quiet and no highway noise. Perfect for one night to sit on the beach. Very buggy! Outhouses are clean and cell reception with Verizon is 2 bars which is nice. I see bigger campers here but wouldn’t personally go bigger than my 13 ft.

Lovely Place

This is a great swimming and fishing lake! Sites are big and some even have electric. Outhouses are clean. Very impressed. You can have two units on a site (you do both have to pay) and still have room to gather and play. Will be back! Firewood and ice for sale at hosts site. Reservations and first come first sites, just depends on which ones.

Don’t Underestimate

Drove through this one yesterday and wish I would have had the camper with me to have stayed. Very buggy but beautiful views of the river. Saw some people fishing but only one camper. Locals fishing said almost no one camps here. Locals actually all banded together to take care of it to keep it from closing. I think this campground is under estimated and worth a shot. If you want remote camping with great views this is your place. Sites are mostly open but since it’s empty plenty of room to spread out. Only 6-7 miles from Manistique which has a grocery store, bait stores and ice. You could even go to the casino! I didn’t camp here but drove through and spent some time here. Bring your bug spray and fogger and enjoy the woods as it was meant to be enjoyed!

No Beach access anymore

Due to high waters the past few years there is no beach. This is still a family favorite and perfect if you want to go into Manistee.

Okay

Great rustic sites! Beautiful and wooded. Would be perfect if your into mountain biking as has great trails. All and all it’s an okay place to camp but I just think better rustic sites are not that much further away.

Overrated

I think this campground is overrated but maybe I just got swimmers itch at this lake as a kid to many times. Gun Lake is crowed and very warm towards end of summer. Sites are decent size and wooded.

Great location!

So much to do and great beach! Love this campground.

Okay campground

I personally think Green Lake Rustic is way better. But this campground is nice. Crowed and clean bathrooms. Beach is beautiful but has swimmers itch.

Great rustic

If you are going to this state park camp at the green lake rustic sites! These sites are bigger and more spread out. I had a spot that was great for my hammock. Some right on the lake! One of my favorite campgrounds. Pretty quiet. Close to rivers.

Beautiful

Rustic campground. Most sites are private. Some premium spots back up to river. Stars are amazing.

First to Review
Right on the river

Family owned campground. Being on the river seems to attract a party crowed. Campground put on a good 4th or July firework show. Restaurant at campground will deliver right to campsite. Rustic sites are in full sun and we got SO HOT! Kayak and canoe rentals right there. I think would have been better if we got a site with shade. Pool was crowed but still fun.

Beach access

If you want beach than this is your campground. No dirt as this is a parking lot. Spaces are very small. No fire pit, you need to bring a portable one. Hope you get good neighbors! Still it is fun to be on the beach but all and all not my kind of camping.

Family Favorite

Wooded sites. I think bigger than MuskegonState park which is just down the road. Cell service with Verizon is very limited. Beach is very small with lake levels being so high. Kids love the playground. Great campground close to GR

Love this campground!

I was not expecting this campground to be so awesome. Loved how close to Whitefish point for the museum and rock hunting. Andrus Lake was beautiful and is perfect for canoeing and stand up paddle boarding. Got there on a Sunday night and scored a good site but the campground was pretty much fun by the end of the night which did surprise me. Most only stayed 1 night but was more crowed then I would have liked for a midweek stay. Drinking water was orange! Outhouses were filled with bugs and were not super clean. Bring your bug spray. Only gets the high review because I loved the location. Campground had a cute beach area that the kids loved to swim and build castles but did need lots of bug spray. Verizon cell service was great and had between 2-3 bars in most of the campground.

Lovely Campground

Due to Covid and the state parks getting shut down I started looking outside my usual campgrounds and found this gem. We had site 29 as it was the last available one online and it was a huge pull through site. We had electric and no water. It was very shaded which would be great heat but it was so cold I actually wished we had sun. It was across from the playground which my kids loved. I loved that it was close the the bathhouse which also had laundry. It was $1.50 to wash and another $1.50 to dry a load. The showers were hot but I hated that you had to push a little button and couldn’t control the temperature. It was so frustrating it almost knocked a star off because my kids could not push it and it was a pain while trying to get them both showered. Owners were friendly and present. Bathroom and laundry were clean. Site did not have a 20 amp plug just a 30 amp bit owner had an adapter he let me borrow. Close to the falls! Newberry also had two grocery stores, and some dollar stores. Campground sold firewood ($5) and ice ($2). Cell service with Verizon was barely one bar but I did get some service. Camp had WiFi but I couldn’t get it to work it was so slow.