Sam W.

Whitmore Lake, MI

Joined March 2019

Teacher. Outdoor lover. Father. Husband.

Just As I Remember

I first camped here in college when some friends organized a group to go during our spring break. It was such a fun time. Our site was private and had great access to the pond/river below. The rangers stopped by just to say hi and were very cool.

Remembering this trip and camping area, my wife and I decided to take our toddler on his first rustic camping trip. It was a bit stressful as our site had a significant drop off to the river below. This meant we were constantly chasing our crazy kid to ensure he didn’t take a tumble down. There are sites with a much less significant drop off. Our goal is to get one of those next year. That being said, it was a lot of fun. There were steps at our site that made it easy for us to carry and put in our kayaks for day trips on the Cooke Dam Pond. Fishing was excellent. Sunsets and sunrises were great. Our site had lots of shade and space. I would definitely recommend this place. Book early to have your pick of sites or late to look for last minute cancellations.


This was one of our go-to spots. If we needed a place to get outta dodge for a weekend with no fear of having a spot available, this was the spot. The creek flowing by the camp makes for a great nights sleep and to toss a line into. If, by some crazy happening, the campsite is full or you don’t want to pay…keep on truckin’ down the road and you might be able to find a free dispersed camp spot (some of which are by the water as well). Overall, it’s a great space close to Summit county that is not widely known.

Every Year...

I have been coming to this campground since I was very young. It started as a small group of close family and friends. Everyone loved it so much they started inviting others and now we have a HUGE group that meets up every year. It is a highlight of my summer.

Love the beach during the day and at night. Being able to shower in clean facilities is nice and Ruth Ann’s ice cream is a short walk or bike ride to one end of the park. We are bringing our son back this summer to carry on the tradition.