recommend lower loop site

Campground is fairly close to Grand Marais and the Au Sable Lighthouse. Nice trails around!  The Grand Sable visitors center is a nice stop for some additional ideas of what to see in the area- friendly service. Grand Sable Lake is another fun little place to check out.  You will not be bored since so many great sites are so near- within a bit of a hike or a quick drive. 

Wooded sites make for some feeling of seclusion. We were in an area where generators were not allowed so night time was quite peaceful.  Nice amenities here too :)

could there be a better location?!

What an amazing campground location! Easy access to the beach and the trails along the water :) We lucked out with a GREAT view of Lake Superior.  Sandy sites mean its easy put up and tent and get a good nights rest.  For how busy the campground was it wasn't overly loud or too chaotic. Paths down to the beach for easy access no matter what spot you get, it will not be a disappointment.  (Though still try for the lake view ones ;) )

I would think it's challenging to get a spot here! We stayed our first night at a campground near Munising then got up SUPER early to get a site here.  I believe it's first come, first served but since it's been a couple years that might have changed. 

*Munising is not super close, but it's well worth it for a bit of a drive to go on the Picture Rocks cruise! VERY cool to see the cliffside and the brilliant colors from the water :)

just stayed a night

Since reservations were hard to come by closer to Pictured Rocks- busy weekend in Sept!  We stayed here our first night.  I am not a huge fun of campgrounds of this type- with smaller, less secluded sites, but in a bind it worked out well.  Good facilities and near Tannery Falls which was a nice little hike to a large waterfall.  Large number of sites, we will opt for the rustic tent/walk-in sites next time since they seemed to be more secluded. 

Some sites very near the water- I would think these are a good choice! We arrived late, so had minimal options.

*visit Tannery Falls- Not a ton of water flowing, but very rustic and relaxed place! We didn't see anyone else for most of our time there :)   Also near is Munising falls- easy access to a nice waterfall and Miners Falls another pretty easy to access falls.

near Miners Castle

This is the campground to stay at for the easiest access to Miners Castle which is one of the more popular places to check out in the Pictured Rocks area. 

Campground is VERY small and first come, first served.  Unfortunately, we picked a busy weekend and had to opt to stay at another campground since this one was filled.  It was a place I'd definitely want to stay when we return to the area. Sites seemed nice and the vibe of the campground, though 'full', was pretty quiet and chill. 

If you stay here you must check out Miners Castle- it's beautiful with the bright blue water surrounding the point!

nice location

Drive in, select your site, put payment in envelope simple process to reserve a site at a nice campground! Brilliant sunrises over the lake. 

Loved the location- near Menominee MI, took in some time around the town, before relaxing for a day on the nice Lake Michigan beach at the campground.  Water level is currently extremely high, but it was still a nice place :) Great stop for a day or 2 en route to more northern attractions.

One 'negative' that cannot be controlled: bay flies.  Happened to be there when the bay flies were thick! The flies do not seem to bite, just a nuisance. 

*if you have a half hour check out the lighthouse in Menominee MI- didnt realize until we walked out to it that you can explore inside as well!

unexpected location

I wish I could report how awesome this campground is, but it just missed the mark :(   It is situated very near to a sewage treatment plant which we drove past upon entering the campground.  It was definitely a noticeable smell, but not overwhelming.  The location was just strange- behind some large stores and near a sewage treatment plant :/  I am a fan of more woodsy settings, so this campground was a bit out of my comfort zone. 

It was located near a boat launch/little fishing area which was neat.  You would see some (I think) military ships across the river. And there were a lot of birds to observe. 

*I recommend checking out the lighthouse in Menominee!  I had no idea until we walked out to it that you can climb up inside and check out the whole thing :) Super friendly staff to explain it's history as well.  

*One more insight- I was unaware of how thick the bugs (bayflies) can be! yikes… next time I will check before hand if they are going to be an issue.  Not a deal breaker, but would have been nice to be prepared.

love this park

This park is a GEM!  Honestly, the campground is a bit busy for my liking during the summer, but it's a great place to camp in winter!  Facilities are decently maintained. 

The cord walk trail is great. The beach stretches so far and makes for a good afternoon of walking.  Nice nature center. Fun programs during the summer as well.  Lots of wildlife, especially birds, but we saw deer as well.   

*For a rainy day or chilly winter day, I like to check out the art museum in Sheboygan. Not big, but some unique stuff.

nice place to spend the night

Spent a night in route to the Badlands and was happy enough with the experience.  I felt like the sites were a bit close together, but for a night that wasn't a huge concern.  Seems like during a busy weekend it could get loud and chaotic, but on a week night in the fall it was nice.

Enjoyed the water setting!  After driving a day of driving and checking out the Corn Palace, just 5 minutes away,  it was nice to be in nature again in a lovely location :)  Facilities were clean and the staff we encountered were friendly. 

If you have a tent I encourage you to choose a tent only site since they are more secluded.

great location

Great wooded campsite. Quiet and campground, so I couldn't ask for more! We were told there might be wildlife walking through, but unfortunately we didn't see anything. 

VERY close to all the wonderful natural attractions the park (and surrounding area) has to offer. This was the ideal location to travel the wildlife loop- such an awesome drive! We went in the morning to ensure less traffic with the hope of seeing more animals and we were happy with that decision :) LOTS of animals and few tourists!  

Sylvan Lake nearby  is a gem- I recommend the short hike around it :)


Nice place to stay if you are looking for first-come first serve sites!  The campground wasn't very busy which was nice because the sites were not overly secluded. Kinda a grassland area, but since it wasn't too busy and we were in the tent area it was a good fit for just the night.

The main attraction for visiting this park was a cave and cave tour- awesome!  Highly recommended :)  I actually retained a decent amount of the information we learned!  The tour was through but they kept it fun as well.  We were pleasantly surprised to see a plethora of bison (when we were in Custer that had rounded them all up so seeing them in the wild was nice!) 

*remember to wear something warm if you are doing a cave tour- it's chilly down there!

worth it to stay in the park

Campground is not one of my favorites… I enjoy more seclusion, some tree cover, and less of an RV parking lot feel BUT it's totally worth it to deal with these tiny details in order to experience the badlands!  The sites were grassy and level so having a tent wasn't an issue.  The bathrooms were fine and sites were clean so I cannot complain too much :) 

The area surrounding the campgrounds is what brought us here, no the accommodations.  The park is AMAZING! Such a unique park of the country- breathtaking sunsets and unique hikes.  I highly recommend finding a place each night to watch the sun go down!  Lots of wildlife around as well. 

*Wall Drug isn't anything fancy, but it's worth it to check it off your list if you gotta make a trip into town.

GREAT beach!

The campground and campsites are pretty standard.  Nice amount of space and privacy. 101 Walk in site was quite nice. Level ground, nice tree cover so it didnt feel too open. 

Loved being close to the beach and playground area! The kids really appreciated it :) The beach was very clean and even though it was a warm, busy day we didnt feel like it was too crowded.  The earlier you arrive the better chances you have of getting a picnic table in the shade ;)  

Enjoyed the walk around the lake, some parts are still a bit muddy, but overall it was a nice walk and the kids actually made it without too many complaints ;)  Nice variety of scenery!  Even caught a couple frogs.

Definitely a place to visit again! 

*checked out some of the trails near by which were really great as well!

This is my favorite state park campground in WI! With the hustle and bustle of Door County this park is a huge contrast with solitude and peace abounding… 

Beautiful, quiet sites which are spread out nicely (even the couple that are 'close together' didn't feel crowded at all) The sites are all hike in (ranging from 1 mile to 2.5 miles). Each site has some type of pit toilet-type facility near. Site 2 is set off the water a bit, but still easy to take a 2 minute walk and be right on Lake Michigan.  Firewood is in abundance- lots of down trees to use. 

Many hiking trails along the lake and throughout the state park. Nice walks along the water ranging from rocky to a sandy area. Small lake in the park as well! 

I cannot wait to go back to this park!

*The sites here are hard to get now!  I recommend reserving VERY early :)

worth it for the scenery

Only stayed for one night cuz I've been dying to check out the Dells of the Eau Claire and boy was it worth it! After exploring the extended area we found another campground we liked better ;)  (There are a few other campgrounds in the area as well that might have more modern conveniences.)  The campsites are average, nothing fancy, but totally worth it to be able to rest after a day exploring this awesome park!  Good place to have a fire and relax- not many people were in the campground this night so it was quiet. 

This park connects to the Ice Age trail I learned from fellow campers.  I LOVED the hiking trail along the river.  Went in the water which was a bit chilly but refreshing on a warm autumn day!  The rock formations/cliffs and waterfalls were truly amazing. People like to jump off the cliffs on a warm day- fun to watch!  Lots of exploring to do here- definitely could spend a whole weekend checking out the park!

secluded canoe-in/walk-in site

Such a wonderful experience! After a bit of uncertainty about how to access the sites (they were listed some places as "canoe in") we were pleasantly surprised to see the sites were just a walk over a bridge :)  All 3 canoe sites are on a small island. (We were lucky enough to be the only people camping at any of the sites!)

 All of the canoe sites are great!  We stayed in site #1 which was closest to the bridge (and bathroom just over the bridge ;) )- nice level site and large. Site #2 was a bit smaller but more secluded. Site #3 was large but wasn't as level (though there was WAY more water access- 3 sides of water views!)   Walk to the sites was not bad at all. 

I would highly recommend these 3 campsites!  We saw the rest of the campground and it looked pretty standard, but these sites are a gem.  Showers are at the main campground, but there is a pit toilet and water access  just across the bridge near the parking area. 

The park/area is really nice too!  The park has a beach, small playground area, a bike trail, and some hiking areas.  Nice lake to canoe or kayak on as well. Plus the nature center has programs too!  The stream had turtles, crayfish, and frogs to check out as well :) 

*check out the Green Circle trail and the Stevens Point Sculpture Garden if you wanna get out of the park :)

fabulous beach!

The beach here is fabulous! It goes for a couple miles I think :) The sunrises and sunsets were so beautiful to behold as well as neat views of the lighthouse. The sites were nothing special, just a somewhat open area and some grassy dirt area to set up on. There were raised fire pits that were very nice. Our site was on the water which I always enjoy. It's a good place to stay when visiting various sites on the peninsula.

large park

This park is huge! Friends and family encouraged us to visit this park numerous times and finally we found a weekend to get away. The large waterfall was impressive. There were lots of lodging choices- camping, a lodge, cabins, and backcountry camping. The nature center had really impressive programs that a family would love. This park had a lot of visitors when we were there, but due to it's size it didnt seem too busy.

busy but beautiful!

This park is beautiful! We stopped here while doing the Red River Gorge drive to grab food at the lodge. With all the signs leading up to the park, we had to stop and check it out. We did decide to do a few hours of hiking and loved the natural bridge and also the devil’s gultch area. Such a cool park- camping looked to be very busy since the park was not very serene with the crowds. It would be a great place to explore numerous days so camping would be the easiest way to do that. It is a place I’d stay, but probably not a first choice due to the popularity.

walk in

This park is so beautiful in autumn! Even if a person comes for a picnic only a couple of hours they will enjoy the scenery. The hike-in tent sites are nice. I did expect a bit more privacy from a walk-in site but it was not busy when we were there, so it wasn’t a great issue. If it was busy, that may have impacted our experience greatly! There is a nice dock area if you have a boat otherwise there isn’t a whole lot to do (no hiking or anything like that). But an okay place to escape for a bit :) (the photo posted by another reviewer is a great view of the tent sites!)

superb park

I have this goofy tradition that we want to get to all the state parks when we live in a state and this was one of the last parks on our list for KY so we did just a day trip, with the intention of returning but it never happened. There is a nice golf course in the park and boating was a popular activity. We had a great picnic on the water too. Because we had the intention of returning with a boat next time, we did drive through the campground and noted that the sites were decent. The boat launch near was good as well. It was a pretty open campground but some sites seemed like they would feel more secluded. Sites were large though!