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Old 11-06-2015, 07:52 AM   #1
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Summer travel West Michigan

We are planning to travel the West coast of Michigan during summer break 2016. Looking for recs for campgrounds from Three Oaks to Saugatuck-Douglass to Grand Haven to Muskegon to Ludington to Sleeping Bear Dunes and on St. Ignace.

We will traveling in a Class A MH. looking for Senior Friendly, and beach front sites (where possible). I lived in Grand Rapids for 10 years and traveled in this area for work. This will be a first time trip in the MH and first trip for new wife.

Do you have suggestions, I prefer State or Fed campgrounds, but will also consider commercial sites.


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Old 11-06-2015, 08:32 PM   #2
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State parks on Lake Michigan are busy! You'll want reservations. From South heading North, our favorites are Holland, Grand Haven, N Muskegon (channel campground), Pentwater & Ludington. At Mackinac, we like Straits State Park in St Ignace. Heard Mill Creek ins nice in Mac City, but we've not stayed there yet. All of these are beach and lake front.

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Old 11-07-2015, 01:48 PM   #3
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You can't go wrong with any of the state parks.

For Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore, the Platte River campground within the park is very nice but make reservations ASAP as it's very popular. Rules are enforced there so it's a nice quiet campground with sparkling restrooms/showers. It's not directly on the lovely Lake Michigan beach but close. Also, near the campground is the Platte River canoe livery and renting one is fabulous for a easy trip down the shallow Platte River which ends right on Lake Michigan's beach. It's recommended. It's a perfect spot for touring the Leelanau Peninsula on day trips...a beautiful place. We volunteered for nine seasons at the campground and also gave the lighthouse tours on South Manitou Island - a must. It would be a day trip via ferry.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:47 PM   #4
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Weko beach or Warren Dunes in Bridgman MI about 12 miles north of the border.

Covert Park and another State park in South Haven. Covert is small and might be tight to get into but it on the water.

Wherever you go it will be PACKED!

I know there's others near South Haven

Just south of the bridge there's a great little campground we use the drive the car about a mile into town. can't remember the name but it's on Mackinaw Highway. Simple quiet and close with just water and electricity and a dump station but like $20 a night.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:55 PM   #5
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Right on lake MI in Petoskey is
reasonable price.

Hi end campground in Petoskey
Hearthside Grove - Luxury Motorcoach Resort in Michigan
hi price = great amenities

We live on crooked lake 2 miles from Hearthside.
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Old 11-14-2015, 06:04 PM   #6
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West Michigan travel.

Some great information in the replies. Grand Haven and N. Muskegon are a must.

I was a troll for about 10 years (lived under the bridge) in Kentland Mi. Traveled most of the lower Penninsula for work. Went as far as the Island.

New to motorhomes and planning to visit some favorite places. Campgrounds will be a new experience for us. We are not the luxury type of travelers so probably will stick with State and Federal sites when possible.

Future hopes include Copper Harbor, never made it when I lived there.
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Old 11-15-2015, 08:19 AM   #7
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Try SunnyBrook South Haven RV resort in South Haven MI. whole not on the lake, it is a great campground and is close to everything.
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Old 11-21-2015, 04:39 PM   #8
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Traverse city , st ignace and cedarville michigan

Hi, in the traverse city area , the traverse bay rv resort is about 2 miles east of a nice beach on Lake Michigan, in st ignace there are several Rv parks but I have not been to any. If u drive 15 miles north of st ignace and 15 miles east you will be in cedarville Michigan on Lake Huron . The cedarville Rv park has full hook up , 50 amp service with waterfront sites. Not a beach but has docks for 20 ft boats , good fishing and scenic cruises to hessel and some islands .attached Lot 17 pictured in cedarville Michigan
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Old 11-21-2015, 04:49 PM   #9
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