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“Itty Bitty Sites” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Michigan City Campground

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Michigan City Campground
1601 N US Hwy 421, Michigan City, IN 46360   |  
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“Itty Bitty Sites”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

The campground facilites were clean. There was a fishing pond and I talked to a gentleman who had caught several fish. However the "sites" in the portion of the campground we saw were tiny. The one we were originally assigned didn't even have room for us to park our suburban in the site with the trailer! This was only an overnight stop for us so it didn't matter but if you plan to stay for a while you will want to. Make sure to get a big site( if they exist)!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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cfred1213, Manager at Michigan City Campground, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
I'm sorry you got a small site. We do have sites that will accommodate the largest RV's on the road.
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Very clean and quiet campground during the mid week. We camped there a Wed-Thurs night! Basic cabins were very clean. Bathrooms were also very clean! Wish the pool was open a little later for families with kids. Close to get to the beach.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cfred1213, Manager at Michigan City Campground, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Glad you had a great time. We hope to see you again soon.
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Ozark, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

We rented a small cabin with 2 sets of bunk beds in the back room and a full size bed in the front room. It was very nice except we couldn't adjust the AC like we wanted. There was a small but sufficient refrigerator and also a microwave. We ate outside on our picnic table for breakfast. The bathrooms were a little small, but not bad. We even used the laundry room and it was clean and pleasant. The pool was a very nice size and clean as well. Overall, we would totally recommend this campground!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We spent 5 nights in a very clean basic cabin and really liked the place.

Location: MCCG is the only area campground we saw which is not located directly on the highway. It is within easy driving distance to grocery stores and restaurants (and Michigan City, and Indiana Dunes, and...) while still being out of the fray.

We loved our cabin. We brought our own towels and sheets as well as cooking equipment and chairs, and we felt that we vacationed in a completely civilized manner. The fridge, AC, and electricity in the cabin meant that we were not roughing it too much.

We spent time at the Dunes on Lake Michigan and shopping at the outlets, and we even took the train into Chicago one day. There are enough little burger or ice cream places in Michigan City to keep you fed and entertained. Starbucks, Olive Garden, Meijer, Lowes, Walmart, Aldi, Dairy Queen - it is all there. In many ways Michigan City is just a small town, so we ran into some sort of band competition and a kite festival when we were there. It was convenient and cute; we would definitely go back.

We have camped all over the US and Europe for many years and felt that this campground was fine all the way around. The cabins and smaller RV sites are scattered around the office and pool area in the back. We recommend these sites away from the road. Many pull-through sites (not all) are located closer to the road, but people do not seem to mind. The staff was very helpful, and I saw them open up after hours many times for late arrivals. The campground is generally peaceful and quiet; we had no problems with the rules or with our neighbors.

One reviewer stated that the owners are expanding the sanitary facilities; we hope this is the case. We realize that the trend is toward self-contained RV's, but a small room with 3 showers, 3 sinks, and 3 tiny toilet stalls is quickly overwhelmed by the weekend crowds. We waited in line for a shower and ran out of toilet paper a couple of times. Facilities are clean but perhaps a bit aging and crowded.

We liked MCCG and would probably not stay anywhere else next time.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

My wife and I have been visiting Michigan City Campground for 8 years now regularly. We come back because we always enjoy ourselves. This is our 4th RV together, so we are rather avid campers, and we are very selective about where we stay.

Each year we return, we are surprised by the additions / improvements made. Since our first time staying there in 2004 they have added a new larger fishing pond, dozens of pull through sites, new attractive fencing and a small shaded area off the pool – which is now equipped with speakers and music plays when the pool is open. They added a shaded picnic area with an available grill just outside the pool, new attractive vinyl siding around their buildings, new cabins for large families - some nicely equipped. There is new sod around many of the campsites, new trees, foliage and landscaping throughout the campground and they installed a new septic system. Most recently they installed new blacktop from the US 421 entrance to their main building parking area, which helps keep the dust down considerably.

I have the read the negative reviews on the staff. To the contrary, I find that the family and staff are very pleasant and accommodating. However, I do imagine that it can get stressful for them on busy weekends -- especially when those “weekend warriors” are not being respectful of the rules and their neighboring campers. In fact, whenever we needed items from the store after hours, we just rang the bell. One of the owners would come downstairs to accommodate us, and they didn’t seem bothered at all.

Also to the contrary of some reviews, I’ve never seen any signs restricting water bottles inside the pool, and frankly we bring several to the poolside. I only recall seeing a reference to a restriction of glass bottles. This year, we rather enjoyed going to the store to buy one of their new frozen slushies. It was a nice treat by the poolside during the 90 degree weather.

Their public restrooms are painted annually, kept clean and stocked, and the staff even power-spray them down on a daily basis. The water pressure in the showers is fantastic, and often times my wife (who is the more finicky of the two of us) will prefer to take a long, hot shower in their facilities rather than in our own camper.

It’s nice to see the seasonals every year. Those I have met are often friendly and remember our names when we stay there. Their sites are kept very nice.

Another perk about staying here is the excellent location to some great area attractions. We always love heading the Blue Chip Casino or the beach at Washington Park, and my wife can’t stay away from the local Farmer’s Market (which is conveniently located just blocks from the Outlet Mall!)

Last year, on one weekend, they featured live music by a 3-piece acoustic band under their new shaded picnic area. They were very good, and played many of our requests. We were quite entertained. We hope they’ll be back again on one of our weekends there.

Another weekend, we had a blast when they celebrated Halloween a few weeks early. The Pumpkin Chunkin' contest was hilarious!

We will continue to come back to Michigan City Campground each year.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Michigan City, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

Disclaimer: I am not an owner or related to the owners. I am a long time "seasonal" camper.
Michigan City campground is the best it has ever been.
I have been a "seasonal" camper for many years. We have seen it through three or four owners. The current owners have put a ton of work and money into the campground to make it nice.
There is a limited amount of tent sites for a reason. Former owners would pack in as many as they could and didn't care what happened.
Tim & Mary are very gracious hosts. They take pride in making everything nice and keeping it that way. They are constantly making things better. They expect people to respect their property, as they should, it's their home.
They have multiple cabins for rent now. The bath houses have been redone. There are plans to add more I think. There is a great pool, meeting room for rent, 2 fishing ponds, & a new fenced in dog park. They host some band nights in the summer for free! They put on a great halloween weekend for the kids with a haunted trail and pumpking painting or carving and last year.... punkin chunkin!
As for the tow trucks.... sorry! That would be us. Towing is a 24 hour 7 day a week business. You will appreciate that fact when it is you broke down or in an accident in the middle of the night. Since ours is a small family business we started camping when our kids were small so we had "vacations" on the weekends when the guys could still be on call for breakdowns and accidents. Worked out great for us. So if we disturbed your peace and quite for a moment to help someone out, I apologize.
I didn't complain when tenters showed up in the middle of the night & set up tents using their headlights on the car shining into my camper & the radio playing. We just laughed and said someone is having fun!
So if you want a good camping experience by all means.... give Michigan City campground a try! check out their website michigancitycampground.com

Room Tip: Multiple cabins to choose from. All are very clean. All close to the pool and playground. Some hav...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011 via mobile

Expensive place to pitch a tent. Crappy campground but works when the better, cheaper ones are full. Pool is nice but closes crazy early, opens too late for a morning swim. We saw 3different, noisey tow trucks drive past our site late at night. The sign by the toilet saying 'you plug, you plunge' really put me off. I'm pretty sure $35 a night should not include plunging their toilets!

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Michigan City Campground

Address: 1601 N US Hwy 421, Michigan City, IN 46360
Location: United States > Indiana > Michigan City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Specialty lodging in Michigan City
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Michigan City Campground, conveniently located 1.5 miles south of I-94 and 2.5 miles north of I-80/90, is a privately owned family campground. It is nestled on 40 acres, just 5 miles from Lake Michigan and 10 miles from Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.The campground is 50 miles east of Chicago and close to the South Shore Commuter train station. So if Chicago is your destination come “home” to peace and quiet after a long day of sightseeing.The campground features 2 fishing ponds (catch and release), children’s playground, basketball court, sand volleyball, and a swimming pool. There are 130 full hook-up sites and 14 water and electric sites. If you prefer “roughing it” we also have primitive camping along with a group tenting area or you can rough it in style in one of our 8 cabins. We can accommodate the largest motor home or trailer on the road.The store/office area is well stocked with groceries, RV supplies, gifts and snacks! The laundry is located right next to the store, is open 24 hrs/day and has a change machine for the campers convenience. The laundry room features softened water, 4 washers and 6 dryers.The campground is open year round. We also have many monthly sites available with winter water, as well as seasonal and overnight spots. A great place for summer fun and family gatherings ... more   less 

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