Shane S.
Elk Grove Village, IL
Joined July 2018
A favorite Michigan spot

This is one of our favorite camping spots in Michigan. We love it for its location to South Haven and because it’s a great state park and campground.

The campground has modern amenities such as toilets and showers. The beach restrooms are modern and clean as well.

The dunes are beautiful and this is clean beach with clear water. Hike or bike to the beach from the campground or drive over. There’s plenty of parking.

Do bring water shoes. The beaches of the East Lake Michigan shore tend to be rocky and this one is no exception. Also be sure to heed the flag system for beach safety. Lake Michigan rip currents are nothing to take lightly. There are no lifeguards at this beach.

Be sure to take a trip into town for ice cream at Sherman’s!

P.S. The sunset over the lake is a must see

Beautiful Riverside State Park.

The beautiful state park is along the St Croix National Scenic River. The expansive property offers walk -in campsites, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, a swimming beach at an inland lake, river boat rides, rock climbing and more.

Urban Youth Group Camping

Great little urban youth group camping option. This camping is for designated youth groups only. Reservations needed. Two group sites available- one nearer the street and parking lot, the other larger one is down toward the river. Nice setting. Vault toilets only. Water available. No electric. Primitive sites.

Nice alternative to crowds at Starved Rock

This lesser known state park right on the banks of the river is a nice alternative to Starved rock state park.

The main campground has modern toilets and showers and a beautiful view of the river and the lock and dam.

First to Review
Great urban area camping option

Located in a Cook County forest preserve this family camping option is a nice local getaway. The facilities are all newly built or remodeled. The bathrooms are modern. The campsites are well kept as are the grounds. There are trails to walk. There is an activities barn with a rock climbing wall. There are smaller family cabins with heat available to rent as well as large bunkhouses for organized groups.

Almost perfect

This is a beautiful campground. We stayed in the 100 Loop. It is a newer campground in the park this not as many mature trees but very well designed to pull in with large RVs. The sites are very nice. The campground is well kept and the sites are pretty private the way they have left wildflowers growing between.

There are no electric hookups but there are clean, modern toilets and showers. The waterfall is beautiful but beware of the hike back up hill

The only reason I don’t give this 5 stars is this: the dam failed and the lake has been drawn down this itself is not a problem. The park is still very nice with the lake on draw down, which info says it will be while a new dam is built over several years The real disappointment is that the willow river still flows through the park even if it isn’t currently impounded but no temporary means of river access has been provided. This would still be a nice river to float via canoe, kayak or tube, but the boat launch (intended for the lake) allows you to bring your own craft but if you were to attempt it you would have to carry in through waist to shoulder high foliage and then there would be no downstream take out point it’s a real shame because they’ve missed an opportunity for visitors to continue to use the river during the drawdown.