Uncle Ducky's Paddler's Village

Uncle Ducky's Paddler's Village

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#3 of 3 campgrounds in Christmas
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N7793 Scrooges Aly, Christmas, MI 49862-8909
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Somewhat walkable
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Lori C. wrote a review Sep 2020
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked the Taste of the Rocks 3 hour tour. Their website states that anyone in average physical condition who has never kayaked before can handle this excursion. Make no mistake - Lake Superior is not an easy or leisurely kayaking experience. As another reviewer stated, this is a marathon paddle. Our tour guide was usually way ahead of the group as we all paddled behind him non-stop. There wasn’t a lot of time to take photos and enjoy the rocks. Overall, I was happy I booked this experience, but know what you’re paying for is the use of their equipment and transportation - not the tour guide. Once you start paddling, you’re pretty much on your own.

Tip: Wear water shoes or sandals! Your feet will get wet!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Susanne M wrote a review Jul 2020
Nashotah, Wisconsin
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
We went from Thursday to Sunday over the 4th of July. We had a great time! We have never rented a yurt before. We had plenty of room in the smaller yurt for 6 people. We stayed upfront. The only issue I would suggest fixing is the depth of the step getting in and out. We had an old person with us with bad knees who we had to help in and out. The grounds were clean, people are friendly, wasn't noisy in the park. The main road noise was loud but didn't ruin the day. There beach was crowded. We just went down the road were there is plenty of space. The chipmunks were FRIENDLY.. They would come right up on the table and eat from your hand. They were entertaining to a point. The bathrooms were kept clean. the showers were also kept clean, but didn't have the hot water. I would suggest "vacant" locks on the door. some people are not gentle on checking if someone is in the shower. Would have made me feel a bit better. We would go back!
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Date of stay: July 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Mickie M wrote a review Jun 2020
Downers Grove, Illinois
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and my brother’s family recently stayed at Paddlers village in Yurts. The accommodations are nice. There’s a bathhouse and restroom, both are very clean. The campground has two main areas one is closer to the road, one is closer to the beach. We stayed in the one closer to the road, which was fine, but after seeing the beach I would really rather have stayed there to have the gentle sound of the waves allowing us to sleep. The yurts are very nicely made and well-maintained, and way more spacious than I anticipated. There are campfire rings and chairs that throughout the camping area to allow for different groups to have their own fires. There’s also a restaurant on premise that has a really good barbecue and an adorableOutdoor seating area with beer garden. We were there right as Covid was opening back up, so not many restaurants were open, but we were able to get good food right at paddlers village.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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DayTrip14181 wrote a review Jul 2020
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked a campsite at your campground July 5-9, 2020. After staying for two nights, my family left due to two nights of late night excessive noise (until after 2 AM) and alcohol related behaviors of the campers at site #37. I think it is completely unrealistic to rent out such tiny campsites so unbelievably close to one another for $47/night. And it did not appear there were any camp hosts available to address problems at the campsites. I did complain to the camp store employee on the morning of Tuesday July 7th, but she said there was nothing she could do about the rowdy campers. After packing up to leave, I again stopped in to the store to let the employee know we would be leaving our campsite early, and she then informed me that the campers at site #37 were scheduled to leave that day. I pointed out to her that it was after 11:00 am, and the campers in question had not made any progress toward packing up nor were they even at their site. I am extremely unhappy that I even spent two nights at your establishment, and I will not be recommending it to anyone in the future. I also see you have similar unfavorable reviews online, so you may want to make some changes at your campground so future campers can have a more positive experience. If you actually enjoy camping in nature, I highly recommend finding a nearby state forest campground for only $16/night. There are a number of first come first serve campgrounds available near Pictured Rocks.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Pioneer188867 wrote a review Aug 2020
Saginaw, Michigan
3.0 of 5 bubbles
What started off as a "promise of a leisure paddle" turned into a fast paddle to even catch up. That kind of the defeats the purpose of paying to "see the sights," if we have to paddle fast to keep up. Our guide never even turned back around to see if we were even all good. We paid for a guided tour I thought, for our own safety. The whistle would’ve done us no good. It was a beautiful experience none the less.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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J S wrote a review Sep 2021
2.0 of 5 bubbles
College kids next door swearing and talking about drugs and inappropriate topics. We have a four and six year old and don’t want them exposed to that. Loud campers until midnight. Not a family friendly place at all.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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kristiemarie13 wrote a review Aug 2020
Detroit, Michigan
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I was super excited to stay here and when I saw how close the campsites are to one another in person I knew the noise would be an issue. We stayed for two nights and for those two nights I barely slept. Two different campsites, both on either side of us partied loudly until 2:30 am, even after I politely asked them to quiet down. Both nights. Can’t say I would stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Kristi G wrote a review Jul 2022
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We went on the 3 hour taste of the rocks tour. Our group had 4 kayaks which were all family so it made it easy to stay together. Our guide was Ryan and he was fantastic. We did wait quite a while on the bus in wet clothes waiting for one last person to go back to the parking lot which was the only negative.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Wear water shoes. You get wet even with the skirt on the kayak.
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Patrice A wrote a review Aug 2022
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in a tent with a family of four. The tent had plenty of room. The bunkbed was comfortable, but confusing on how to get to the top bunk. There wasn't a ladder, and climbing up the side seemed precarious. The bathrooms were clean, but the outhouse was...well, an outhouse. You could walk down to the beach and enjoy the cool waters. Check-in was easy and friendly.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Ask for a yurt on the beach
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Leopold F wrote a review Sep 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A very worthwhile travel option. We chose the lunch cruise and a noon departure. The food at the Duck Pond was very good. There were 12 people on our cruise. If there were 18 persons time would have been a consideration. Also be aware that the last 75 feet or so of the path to get on the boat is not handicap accessible. (It's tough to navigate on foot in the soft sand). The narration was top notch (You rock Gavin!!). I will take this cruise again for sure. Not a real good option for parents with toddlers.
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Boat is covered but open on the sides...Lake Superior can be very chilly even when it is hot...
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Leslie N asked a question Feb 2020
Asheville, North Carolina58 contributions29 helpful votes
Do the tents and yurts have toilets and sinks in them?
Answer from 381kt
Madison, Wisconsin193 contributions51 helpful votes
No they do not
Answer from April C
Taylor18 contributions1 helpful vote
I believe there was one standard outlet available in the tent (there could be more in the yurts) but it is nowhere near the bunks or futon. You may want to bring an extension cord.
Julie k asked a question Mar 2017
bristol, wi15 contributions10 helpful votes
Do the yurts or platform tents have refrigerators? Thank you!
Answer from RondaR481
New Baltimore, Michigan10 contributions3 helpful votes
Yes
Leopold F wrote a tip Sep 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Boat is covered but open on the sides...Lake Superior can be very chilly even when it is hot onshore... "
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MMP wrote a tip Jul 2023
Ann Arbor, Michigan20 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Takeout is totally a thing at the Duckpond Restaurant. Go fully attired and ready for weather on the boat tour, but expect great stories and good humor."
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Patrice A wrote a tip Aug 2022
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan120 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a yurt on the beach"
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Kristi G wrote a tip Jul 2022
15 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Wear water shoes. You get wet even with the skirt on the kayak."
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Christina G wrote a tip Aug 2020
5 contributions6 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Paddler's Village campsite ONLY has waterfront yurts. Au Train Beach Campground yurts ARE NOT on the water but across a busy highway."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Uncle Ducky's Paddler's Village
Which popular attractions are close to Uncle Ducky's Paddler's Village?
Nearby attractions include Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (3.9 miles), Wagner Falls (4.4 miles), and Sand Point Beach (4.8 miles).
Is parking available at Uncle Ducky's Paddler's Village?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Uncle Ducky's Paddler's Village?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pictured Rocks Pizza, Tracey's At Roam Inn, and Falling Rock Cafe & Book Store.
Is Uncle Ducky's Paddler's Village located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Christmas.
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