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.
Lake-view cabins are great!
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