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Waterloo Recreation Area

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Great trails and fun place to camp

We have camped here twice and enjoyed both experiences. The roadway leading into the campground is... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2019
Portage Lake Campground

We tent camped here for three nights. The upsides were the well groomed campground, the amenities... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2019
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16345 McClure Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118-9745
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Reviewed August 10, 2019

We have camped here twice and enjoyed both experiences. The roadway leading into the campground is the biggest bummer with the washboard-type dirt road but the park is beautiful for walking and the staff friendly. We enjoy biking and there was plenty to keep us...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2019

We tent camped here for three nights. The upsides were the well groomed campground, the amenities (beach, playground, disc golf), the helpful staff and especially the free private showers with hot water. We stayed adjacent to the shower house in the south loop. The downsides...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed August 5, 2019

We only stayed one night, but it was a very pleasant experience. The sites, like most Michigan State Park site, our large and wooded. The bathhouse was very nice, clean and well-kept. There’s a small restaurant just outside the gate where we had a beer...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank cbrown154
Reviewed June 22, 2019 via mobile

Camping at portage lake is great here. Good clean campground with plenty to do for kids. The lake is a short walk away and good hiking trails all through out.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank ejb19852018
Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

The Gerald E. Eddy Discover Center sponsors Hook, Line and Sinker, an introductory fishing experience geared toward kids. The program takes place at Crooked Lake outside of Chelsea in the Waterloo Rec. area. The DNR interpreter was very friendly and helpful teaching the basics of...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Mark D
Reviewed March 31, 2019

I have lived within 10 miles of Waterloo my whole life . It is a treasure of a State Park and many lakes to explore in Mid-Michigan . I am extremely lucky to live so close to a place you can hunt and fish in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank fredjsm
Reviewed November 21, 2018 via mobile

We visited the park for a day of hiking. We did the trails around the discovery center. The paths are great, easy to follow and well maintained. We also visited the discovery center. Didn’t see much wildlife, but enjoyed the wooded areas.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Thedevelopingimage
Reviewed August 12, 2018

The campgrounds at Portage Lake were quite nice. Very wooded and fairly spacious sites.The beach was nice but very crowded. There were lots of boats on the small lake too.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Margaret V
Reviewed August 10, 2018

My dog and I love the lakes and the woods at Waterloo. we found a secret spot with access to one of the inland lakes. I can't tell you exactly because then it wouldn't be a secret spot anymore. When we want to swim...we go...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank DogDoggie
Reviewed June 26, 2018

We recently stayed at Sugarloaf campground and it was perfect! We had the best lot site and fantastic weather! First off this place is huge! We were only there for four days and we only got to see a small part of it. There is...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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June 13, 2016|
Response from WENDY C | Reviewed this property |
The yurt must be something new that they have added. So I can not answer that question. I do hope you enjoy your stay though. It is a beautiful area with lots of hiking, horse back riding and swimming lakes. Plenty for... More
July 13, 2015|
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Response from esther g | Reviewed this property |
Which campground? You don't say what features you want/don't want. Both Waterloo and Pinckney State Recreation Areas have several campgrounds. Search the information on their web sites. October is beautiful herel