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“Not bad place to camp, but there are some things you should know....” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground

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Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground
9730 US Hwy 23, Mackinaw City, MI   |  
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Not bad place to camp, but there are some things you should know....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

I haven't camped for years and we decided to give it a whirl, albeit in a tent. :) I felt the showers were nice, clean, and available. I didn't have to wait to use them at all. The campground itself is very clean as are the restrooms. We did not utilize the pool as it was unseasonably cool. The miniature golf was a bit rudimentary, but I'm sure the little ones enjoy it. The store has lots to offer and the prices are reasonable. The lots are smaller, but we didn't need the space others seem to complain about. Yes, the beach is rocky to no fault of the campground. If you've ever visited up north, specifically that area, that's what you expect. The views are breathtaking. Now the reasons I would rate this as average is simply because I did not like the oil pans that the campground gives you for free to use. It wasn't conducive to cooking and something I didn't expect at all. They are small. They clean one of the bathrooms at peak times when people actually use them. I'm not talking about the showers, but the bathrooms themselves. I'm sure there is a reason, but I had to go and didn't want to use the rustic ones and the wait was a bit long . One other thing... the rooster was a pest. I'm not sure who owns the rooster or where the thing lived, but hearing it crow BEFORE dawn and continuously thereafter was not ideal. I think what would make this a 5 star is bigger fire rings, make a few sites bigger, clean the bathrooms at off-peak times, and dispose of the rooster. :) Sorry, PETA fans...

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012 via mobile

Got a full hook up site and when we were driving In and parked realized no fire pit. When we called office the rude girl said you have to go yo the camp store to pick up the pit. When we did my husband said its an old oil pan. What the heck!!!
Other sites had large fire puts like state campgrounds. The sites are really small and camp store prices Are not good. Wish I would have read reviews. Will Not recommend this campground!! Rude people In the check in prison guard type set up with screen glass Talk hole. Golf carts driving around checking things out no friendly or smile. Save your money. Dont camp here!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Frank R, Owner at Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground, responded to this review, September 1, 2012
Its odd that someone can stay at our park and not mention the incredible natural setting or view (unmatched by any other campground in northern Michigan) - I wonder what they were looking for? When I see a review like this where the guest said their site was small, I wish they would say that they chose what is actually called a "small" (25 foot x 50 foot) full hookup site. They shop for price and don't want to pay the extra couple bucks for our extra large (40 foot x 60 foot) RV sites. Those sites were created for people who want to save money. That's fine, but then don't complain that you had a small site. Since those sites are small we allow campers to use their own fire containers or we give them one for free. This is so they can put their fire where it works best. You don't have to complain about the size of the container when it is ok to use several containers if you want a bigger fire. We have installed a few hundred large fire pits on the larger sites and will continue to do so over the next several years. When someone complains about our staff, I wonder what their attitude was - as you will see by our other reviews we have a hard working, well trained and friendly staff, on hand 24-7 for any issue that may arise. We can say with confidence that our staff really goes the extra mile for our guests. Our office is open in many seasons and in in-climate weather, so for the comfort of the staff, we have registration windows. Because you were registered through a window you think it was like a prison guard? Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but in my opinion - that's a bit of a stretch.
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Auburn, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Despite reading the bad reviews before we left for Mackinaw City, we stayed on Road B Lot 411 as it was the only place we could find available for the whole week. Our expectations were low and since I had read about the fire pans before we left, I brought along an electric fry pan with us to cook with since we normally cook on a campfire while on vacation. That worked out great since the kitchen in our tent isn't good for cooking. ;) It was a $15 a night super saver lot and a great value. Wasn't crowded during the week, lots more people there on the weekend. Didn't try the pool as it always looked crowded but the beach we enjoyed even more. Bring bikes if you can because it's a big place and they can be handy.

Bathrooms were always spotless. Was hard to get the tent stakes in the ground as it is quite gravely even when we dropped the tent in a alcove next to the trees. That can't be helped though as the ground in that area is naturally full of stones. Our neighbors next door had to run an electrical cord through our lot to reach the electrical box but we could live with that so they could have electricity. A cute chipmunk arrives at the picnic table at meal time. He's very friendly and allows you to get some great pictures of him. The lot is on a skunk route as a skunk wanders through each night just after dark looking for something to eat have everything put away at that time. He emerges from the woods right behind the electrical box. One evening my son and I were sitting in our camp chairs in front of the tent. Son was eating some cheese curls and had dropped on on the ground by my feet. Just after dark the skunk came out and I don't think he saw us as he charged the cheese curl at a dead run. This startled my son enough that he stood up from his chair. The skunk then saw him so made a fast turn and ran back in the woods with his tail high. We weren't sprayed but it was a close call, the remainder of the week we just made sure we were in the tent before it got dark.

Everyone was really friendly, even the other campers. They had rides for the little ones in the evening with a fire truck and hayride. Very nice place overall! We had a great time and the location made it perfect for day trips to Mackinaw Island and surrounding attractions. One problem is the staff rides around the park very quickly in golf carts and other vechicles which I had to jump out of the way twice to avoid being hit on the way to the bathroom. The speed limit is 5 mph which is quite slow but other campers observed it, just not the staff.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cedar Springs, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

Traveled with 34ft 5th Wheel, stayed in a full hookup site Row 4. Water front provided great views of the Straights of Mackinaw and Mackinaw Island. Very crowded and TIGHT LOTS. Could not deploy awning due to limited space with lot size and scrub trees. Sites were somewhat level, only had to use one layer of leveling pads. Number of bath houses compared to camp sites not practical. This campground has grown in size over the years but not in camper amenities. Roads are paved but the lots are crushed rock with weed/grass.

WiFi is Tengo, remember you are in Northern Michigan so if you are used to cable or 4g this will surely slow you down a bit. (remember the days of dial up). If you need internet make sure to request a site that has coverage. Not all areas provide coverage I requested a site near the tower, service was acceptable only a few drops.

Speed limit is 5mph which is great! Many children playing and riding their bikes on or near the roads. Because of sprawling size of campground be prepared to schedule at least 15 minutes to exit the park.

Per my Son, game room was bad, many machines did not work, free computer in store/game room out of service, store provided limited items. Swimming pool is 4ft to 5ft deep, due to size of campground the pool was extremely overcrowded when the heater was working. Per the staff in the store, the heater needed repairs the second day of the stay, the pool cooled off quickly, most people just avoided it until the heater was fixed. Still cold in respect to other "heated pools".

We would return for the views, not the amenities. If they improve the amenities this would really be a great place to stay for extended vacations.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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WI
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

We rented one of the cabins for 3 days & absolutely loved the location! Across from the beach with views of the freighter traffic, Mackinac Island & the bridge. Cabins were spacious, very clean & comfortable. Make sure to bring along lawn chairs! Facilities were clean & store had good selections of things you may have forgotten. Check in was very impressive with knowledgable staff & no waiting. We did arrive an hour earlier than our check in time but everything was ready & welcoming. I did our reservations on-line & they called within minutes to confirm dates & cabin style/size. Will certainly return & recommend!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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East Grand Rapids, MI
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

We have stayed here twice. Most recently last week (early August, 2012). This is a massive private campground complex, within sight of the bridge, Macinac Island and within a nice bike-ride to Mackinaw City.

What this is not, is private, wilderness camping. As long as you don't come here expecting that, I think you'll find it very enjoyable. If you camp at large campgrounds, with a mix of RVs, tents, cabins and people, this place fits the bill.

It's incredibly family-focused (not just family-friendly).

The camp store is well stocked. The pool, bathrooms and showers are impeccably clean.

We have only ever rented cabins, so this review is about two cabins we rented in August 2012.

Check In Process - Very efficient. It's a huge campground, so they need to service an awful lot of cars/RVs/trailers coming into the campground and they did a masterful job at a busy time of day. Very impressive.

Truth in Advertising - We had a lake view cabin for our first stay. It was great! Very private, view of Bois Blanc Island from the picnic table. If we walked out on a little spit of land, we could see Mackinac Island and the Bridge. Lots of cedar trees shielding the cabin from heat and from neighboring cabins. I think we paid a fair rate for the cabin, had a great night, very enjoyable camp-fires at both breakfast and dinner (and afterward) and would highly recommend the Lake View cabins to anyone looking for nice campground lodging in the area.

For our second stay we had a rustic cabin across the drive from the park store. It was clean, it was exactly what they promised, but we absolutely hated the location. The park store is busy right up until it's 11pm closing time, with huge diesel trucks rumbling in idle right across the dirt-drive from our cabin. It made the campfire rather un-enjoyable. If wonder if they could switch the orientation of these cabins so the picnic tables and fire-pits are "behind" instead of in-front. As it stands, our cabin's fire-pit was about 10' from the road, so we didn't feel great sitting next to it as F250s idled right in front of our site, and people tooted their car-horns to tell their kids to get out of the pool. As it stands the cabin itself was great. It would have no trouble recommending the cabin. I would strongly suggest you call early and ask for a cabin anywhere away from the park store. We understood that our late reservation (about 30 days before our trip) meant we got less-than-optimal location and we were ok with it. Still a great value.

Amenities - Clean pool. Clean bathrooms. Clean cabins. WELL DONE! Well-stocked park store. Dry firewood. The fire truck rides are hokey and fun. The views from the property are great. We didn't try their beach, and we never tried food from the park store. The arcade looked nice enough too.

Location - This is the real jackpot of this place. 3 years ago we stayed and brought bikes. I would recommend you do the same (it didn't work for us this trip, but more because of the 10 days off-road in the woods beforehand). There is a rail-to-trail path from the campground to Mackinaw City, roughly 4 miles I believe. It's flat, easy riding and when we brought bikes we never drove to town at all, just rode bikes. Very relaxing. You are close to the Mill Creek Historic State Park which was really fun too. The Star Line to Mackinac Island has a free shuttle from within the park, so again... nice and easy (especially if you have an RV and no car in-tow). The location is optimal too because you're not right *in* Mackinaw City which can be a little annoying with traffic and kitsch.

The Verdict: If you like campground complexes where there is no reason to ever leave this one is cleaner than most, friendly service, efficiently run and worth the price.

Room Tip: Lake-view cabins are great!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St Thomas, Ontario
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

We stayed for two nights. Great family atmosphere and very quiet. Washrooms/showers were clean. Stayed in the super saver sites. You can't beat the value. The pool was nice. The camp store was well stocked with just about anything you could need.

  • Stayed July 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 Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 9730 US Hwy 23, Mackinaw City, MI
Location: United States > Michigan > Cheboygan County > Mackinaw City
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Ranked #4 of 7 Specialty lodging in Mackinaw City
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