Ryan M.
Gibraltar, MI
Joined February 2019
Halloween Fun

I've been going to this campground for years, but mainly for the Halloween camping. It's a fun time of the year to go and the kids always have a blast. Most sites decorate and some site go all out with haunted houses. The campground puts on a lot of activities for the kids. Now for a little feedback: the shower and bathroom facilities need some updating. They look the same from when I was younger. With all of the money spent on sites (I tent camp), they should be a afford upgrades. The outdoor staff are always pleasant but they need cleaner outfits; the box sells the cereal. Lastly, the cost of this place is so expensive for tent campers. I get if you're actually using resources with a camper but tent sites don't use a lot. "free" pancakes are served every morning on the weekends (not sure about weekdays). Overall a nice place with a lot to do, but I only go for Halloween due to high cost. Don't let it deter you for Halloween!

Rustic, beautiful views

We got lucky with our site right on the water and the temperature was nice and cool so we did not have to deal with any bugs. We hiked right in and setup camp. This place only allows camping for one night as it's considered a pass-through campground. There is a decently clean outhouse(it appears to be cleaned daily by DNR staff), and each site has its own fire pit. The views are wonderful and the surrounding sites appeared to be enjoying themselves as well. Our site, B6, was equipped with a table, bench, and a fire pit. From what I could tell no other sites had a bench; fire pit and table only. We found another place to park which allowed us to cut down on our hike time because I was not about that 4 miles+ life. Our hike was maybe 15, 20 minutes tops. If staying on the water is not your jam, there were places at a higher elevation to try. There is also a fresh water pump. No electricity. You must hunt for the wood you want to burn in the pit. No ground fires. A great time!

Great Camping Destination

Right on the water, spacious sites, plenty of amenities, and lots of stuff for the kids to do. What's not to love about this campground? Our large group took up 4 different sites and we were pretty impressed with everything. 

Pros

  • Clean showers and bathrooms
  • Individual showers spacious, clean, and plenty of spots to put items (see cons). They played jungle/animal sounds over the speakers.
  • Mostly paved roads
  • Nice beach to play
  • Swimming pool
  • Conveniently on the water
  • Lots of trees/shade
  • Camp store with a variety of items, food, and drink
  • Friendly staff

Cons

  • Had to buy an outlet converter as all of their outlets are not standard 3-pronged. All are setup for large campers. Spend $4.99 to purchase and keep, or pay $10 refundable deposit to rent and return one. 
  • Shower cons (if using the main shower house, beware that all the walls are curtains and there's not a lot of room to set anything. Chair is provided and was wet. 

Overall

Kids and families with us had a blast. Most of us tent camped (1 camper). Weather was beautiful and it was nice to see fireworks blown off on Friday and Saturday by the Mackinac Bridge. With the food options, clean showers, friendly environment, and plenty of stuff to do, and it being so close to the city, this is definitely a place worth visiting in the future.

Neat camping destination

Our group stayed at Apple Creek for Memorial Day weekend. We camped (tents and campers) in the group area. The group area is circular and surrounded by trees which helped to keep it cool. Each site had electric hook-up and some had water. The rest of the campground is mostly RV and surrounded by many trees, too. The facilities near the group area were sub-par but were manageable. If they would fix up the bathrooms and shower stalls I'd give 5 stars. The other shower building/bathroom appeared to be more modern but we did not use those as they were too far away. The shower water was HOT, was push-button, and had decent pressure. There were plenty of activities for the kids including an ice cream sundae bar ($3/person),fkam party, hat ride, candy bingo, basketball court, putt-putt (although it appeared to be outdated), and a swimming pool. This place is golf cart friendly but you must bring your own and must not go over the designated speed or someone will say something (which is good)! The camp store is brand new and the staff was extremely friendly. Overall this place has a lot to offer and we had a great time.