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Sand and Sun-sometimes rain.

It rained the day I was here, but that did not detract from the beauty of this park. A sandy beach... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Frankenmuth, Michigan
Relaxing afternoon

Take your beach sandals, a blanket, snacks, and a good book. We spent a relaxing afternoon... read more

Reviewed September 26, 2018
Robert K
New Albany, Ohio
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16480 Bells Bay Rd, Charlevoix, MI 49720
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

It rained the day I was here, but that did not detract from the beauty of this park. A sandy beach is always a welcome over a rocky one.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

Take your beach sandals, a blanket, snacks, and a good book. We spent a relaxing afternoon walking the beach, looking for Petoskey and Charlevoix stones (found some!), reading, and enjoying the view.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Robert K
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

For those who want to spend an hour or two searching for Petoskey stones this is a great location. There’s a little parking lot at the top of the beach which allows you to walk down to the beach and search. Or if you would...More

Date of experience: August 2018
4  Thank 2SJohnston
Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

This campground has 2 great things. 1 is location and 2 is campsites are private and spacious. But some on the inner loop are wet and low so during rain if you are in a tent you will get wet. This campground need a shower...More

Date of experience: July 2018
4  Thank JPHughes
Reviewed July 17, 2018 via mobile

Ate lunch in Charlevoix and drove over to check this place out. Spent the rest of afternoon with husband and daughters looking for petosky and charlevoix stones. Found several—uncrowded beautiful beach —up trail by ranger shack in back a toilet for use if needed—great way...More

Date of experience: July 2018
6  Thank ynot011
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

We were a little leery about trying this park because the campsites are all rustic, with no electric hookup, no showers, and vault toilets. We are senior citizens accustomed to these luxuries. But a friend recommended it and the location was great after a day...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank michiganenthusiast
Reviewed June 6, 2018 via mobile

This is our favorite park in Michigan. We have stayed on site 13, 25,and 34. The sites on the lake are hard to snag but when you can, its quite a treat! Great place for quiet peaceful relaxation. Rock hunting is great here! All time...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank GMaike80
Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

I really don’t want to tell anyone about this beautiful tucked away park on the south end of Charlevoix....I want it all for myself. But, there is enough beach along Lake Michigan for everyone to enjoy, and it’s so worth taking the time to explore....More

Date of experience: August 2017
4  Thank juliepie1217
Reviewed December 13, 2017

Beautiful wild nature park, with some shores at lake Michigan. Places to park trailers and camping, small infrastructure to the tourism. The Fisherman's Island itself is a small portion of land 300 ft from the shore. Amazing to stop the boats in the lake and...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Afonso B
Reviewed November 8, 2017

A great place to see the sunsets, watch the waves, black bear, picnic or to vegout and read a book while listening to the water!

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank fpachulski
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April 3, 2018|
Response from fpachulski | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Ontonagon State Park on Lake Superior just outside of Ontonagon, Mi. It is at the western end of the UP.
January 22, 2018|
Response from JPHughes | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Most states include entrance fees with the camping reservations. Michigan does not. That has to be purchased separately.
January 16, 2018|
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Response from fpachulski | Reviewed this property |
We live here so haven’t tried to get a camp site in August, but either North or South are equal! South also has a stream running into Lake Michigan and has a better view of sunsets. A lot of deer and an occasional bear... More