This was our last stop on a trip where we camped in 6 different Michigan State Parks. This may be an older camp or the DNR was trying to save money when it was built. Most electrical posts are designed to accommodate at least 2 adjoining lots, and as many as 4. This in itself is not a concern until you realize the posts are way too far away to reach without an extension. We tried several lots and couldn’t reach any of the outlets. We finally met a couple who saId they had extensions at the office. So, we finally got set up with an extension cord from the camp office and decided to walk to the beach. Our site was adjacent to the path leading to the beach so we figured we could use a little walk. The path led to another path that led to a parking lot for the beach. After crossing the parking lot we still had to cross a large yard/park that finally opened onto the beach on this small lake. It was all very scenic, but we weren’t expecting a major hike to get to the beach. Showers are nice. They also have a neat ice cream vending machine that I had to check out for scientific purposes only. For a Michigan state park we were quite disappointed.
I've been staying here since the late 60's and consider it one of the best campgrounds anywhere. We usually stay in one of the areas closest to the lake, but decided this time to try the upper campground.Our site was beautiful as are most of the sites. This one was almost hidden in the trees with no one behind us. It was a large spacious site and very quiet since it was after Labor Day. Since this was the first time I had stayed in the upper campground, we took a different path to overlook the Mackinac Bridge. It is awesome to see it from this direction. It's like you're looking straight at it. Most times you see it from one side or the other. The restrooms could probably use some updating, but it doesn't take away from the overall experience.
This was our first experience at this park in the southern section of the western part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Many of the sites are just feet from Lake Michigan. We listened to the waves all night long. The park is very well maintained and clean. We checked in on Labor Day just as the majority of campers were leaving. The individual sites are grassy with many trees throughout the campground. The restrooms/showers were spotless and constantly maintained. While this was our first stop, it won't be our last. Being that close to the lake is wonderful.
I've been going to EHSP since I was a boy. My parents would take us to camp or just spend the day at the beach. Since being an adult I have gone with friends, family and just spouse and me. I know it will be clean and well-kept with activities for the family. My wife and I just spent Memorial day weekend here. Totally enjoyed the park and what it has to offer. We rented bikes to go out to the beach (what's left of it) and spent a leisurely hour investigating areas we had not seen before like the glacial grooves. From our campsite it was an easy walk to the bay where the fishing was easy and plentiful.
The campground is split into sections according to amenities. The oldest part of the park, with the most trees, is non-electric. This is where the tenters congregate. Another section has electric only with a small section having full hookups. Of course, there's also an area for group camping which was well-used.
I have many good memories from this campground and expect to return.
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.
The campground itself is great. Big roomy sites. Walkway to the beach. Some updated restrooms. Not busy when we stayed. However, it is close to the major artery going into/out of the City. The closer you are to the highway, the louder the noise. Since the park is long and narrow going with the highway, you can hear the traffic from everywhere.
When we stayed (September) the rangers were only on property 2 hours a day. That made our check in a nightmare. We could talk with a reservation system through a phone mounted near the ranger station. However, to pick a site, we had to compare sites we wanted with a listing of reserved sites. The listing of reservations was a piece of paper with the sites and days they were reserved. The listing was confusing and it took us several trips through the park to find a site we liked that was not on the list.
It is a very large campground, virtually in the middle of farmland. It is the draw itself. For the kids there are: activities, crafts, playground, jumping balloon, small zipline, lakes, heated swimming pool, ice cream. Everything a kid could want to do. For the adults there are also activities, swimming, crafts, etc. We took our grandchildren and really enjoyed our time there. The staff was pleasant and eager to help. The restrooms were well kept (they even had TV's in them) and welcoming. I have to say that we will probably return for another camping trip.