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7264 W Osborn Rd, Empire, MI 49630-9426
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#2 of 2 Specialty lodging in Empire
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We are a 60 site rustic campground that offers generous size campsites, nine of which are electrical-sites and 2 group-sites. The Campground is located within minutes from the historical town of Empire, Michigan and minutes from The Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes! Empire Beach located on beautiful Lake Michigan has much to offer for a whole day of fun for all!
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MLG wrote a review Aug 2019
Chicago, Illinois19 contributions7 helpful votes
Go in knowing it’s camping and not the comforts of home. Be aware that there is (1) one flush toilet for 60 sites at the main entrance and (4) four pit toilets (2 men and 2 women) further into the campground. That’s it so have expectations in check. The pit toilets were very well maintained and seemed redone. There are three large-sized showers that are coin operated. You get 3 minutes for $.50 cents. Plenty of time unless you have long hair and you plan to shave then $1 is sufficient. Kids were in and out with $.50 cents. We stayed Mon-Fri the last week of July. We never waited for the shower and twice for the flush toilet in the morning. I can not speak to experiences over a weekend. Our site #7 was very well shaded and nicely maintained. A bit packed in but it worked fine and people really respected the quiet hours. Note that the campground is right next to a runway for small planes and helicopters.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Brooklynsmama wrote a review Jul 2019
Howell, MI49 contributions18 helpful votes
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We were nervous when we booked our reservation here since we don't typically choose campgrounds without electricity and outhouses. But we shouldn't have worried. Without electricity offered, it keeps the big rigs away and therefore there are less cleared out spaces and camp sights. There are trees a plenty at this campground and I love that! Our sight was so shaded that our picnic table didn't even get wet when it lightly rained. There were enough trees to hang our dogs tie out line, 2 clothes lines, and we should have brought our 2 hammocks because we could have hung those too. We have a very large tent for our family and we could have put it in at least 5 different places. We didn't have any neighbors on site 25 either, it was lovely. The outhouse near our site was very nice compared to any I have used before. It never smelled, there was not a bug or spider web inside, it was well stocked with toilet paper and hand sanitizer. We didn't mind using it. We did bring a lantern though to set on the floor at night as it was rather dark inside. The showers were very spacious and light, much better than any of the state park showers we have used. I forgot to count, but there were probably 4 or 5 showers total. Our family members were each able to shower with $1 in quarters, 6 minutes, and the water was always nice and hot. Our only complaint was that one night there were two men who were very loud all night. They didn't seem close to our site and I'm guessing they could be heard anywhere in the campground. It's unfortunate when others don't follow the rules and make it difficult for others. So I don't think that the quiet hours are enforced.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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misfithunter1412 wrote a review Oct 2018
Laurens, South Carolina1 contribution1 helpful vote
1st of all I wanna thank timberline campground for lying to me as why they were full SHAMELESS ! Empire campground will be my go to campground every sept when visiting from SC. Yolanda was awesome!C'mon-heRe! Its camping folks Gwezz! Brush your teeth at your site ! No sink at the flush toilet ! Bring your handsoap & wash them at the hose just outside the flush toilet! Its camping!u wanna sink & flush toilet camp with a prevost or stay home Nothing but a positive experience at Empire campground :)
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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TheSpatulaMessiah wrote a review Aug 2018
Iowa City, Iowa2 contributions1 helpful vote
Couldn't have picked a better place to go camping for the first time. Campground is mostly for tent campers, with one line of sitees with RV hookups. We were late arrivals but were assigned a primo site in the hardwoods section, which I definitely recommend for tent campers. It felt about as luxurious as "primitive" camping gets. Could drive right up to the site. Very spacious and clean site with either a (thin) line of trees or a road separating us from every other site. Fire pit and picnic table are part of the site, firewood readily available. Host friendly and full of advice. Running water readily available, and even a flush toilet (just one) and coin shower available just in case you need them. It felt like easy living! The area is gorgeous and conveniently located for visiting Sleeping Bear. Maybe we just had good luck, but noticed almost no insects/mosquitoes during our two nights there. Seems to be mostly frequented by locals, but as tourists to the area we were very satisfied. Warning that it's a short walk to the water spigots and (pit) toilets, and a longer walk to the showers and such, but I wasn't really expecting any luxuries here; it's camping.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Buckhousept wrote a review Jul 2018
Fargo, North Dakota99 contributions30 helpful votes
There are no sinks. There is one flush toilet and pit toilets. Not a big deal. Pay showers; also not a big deal. But nowhere to wash your hands or face or brush your teeth. No one from the campground makes a trip around to be sure everyone is being quiet or check on things or deliver common-courtesy service; the office doesn’t open until after 9am and closes at 5:00. There is an airport next door; only heard one small plane in the two days we were there. HOWEVER, there was a revving engine that ran from 8pm Friday night until we left at 9am the next morning. At first we thought it was an airplane being worked on. Then we thought perhaps a field truck or irrigation. Neighboring campers thought it was a generator. 2 of the 6 of us slept in our mini-van; the others with noise-cancelling headphones. What a beautiful time in the great outdoors with noise-cancelling headphones!?!? When I brought this up to the manager, she said “yes that’s unusual and bothersome.” No apologies, just a “yes that noise really bothered me from inside my house with the air conditioning going.” No mention to how we paying customers in tents might feel? Generally, if I could sleep, it’s fine to me for camping. But we might as well have gotten in the car and drove to our next destination. If we could’ve tore down tents in the dark, we would’ve.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Empire Township Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Empire Township Campground?
Nearby attractions include Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (3.0 miles), Empire Bluff Trail (3.4 miles), and Lake Michigan Beach Park (3.6 miles).
What are some restaurants close to Empire Township Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include Trattoria Funistrada, Shipwreck Cafe, and Joe's Friendly Tavern.
Are pets allowed at Empire Township Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.