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#1 of 6 campgrounds in Mackinaw City
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4.5
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4.3
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3.9
Value
3.7
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Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Canoeing
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Matt S wrote a review Mar 2024
Brighton, Michigan2460 contributions691 helpful votes
Mill Creek is a large, absolutely beautiful, campgrounds. The entire campground is very well maintained, and includes a lot of amenities - miniature golf, a swimming pool, a large camp store (with ice cream!), and outdoor sports. There are a lot of individual sites, all of which are well maintained. And, if you're fortunate enough to get a waterfront or water-facing site....well, then, you're in for a treat! We were fortunate enough to snag a bridge-facing site, and couldn't have been happier...from sitting on the campsite behind hedges, to looking out our camper door...we had an absolutely gorgeous waterfront view. We really enjoyed our time here, and can't wait to return.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Acampbell10 wrote a review Oct 2023
Detroit, Michigan39 contributions46 helpful votes
Excellent campground! The views of the bridge and lake are fabulous. The campground is great of walking and bike riding. Very family friendly. There is also a great path that leads right into Mackinaw City. The campsite were all a decent size and some allowed for full hook-up.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Beautiful fall colors in October
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Ken O wrote a review Oct 2023
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We used to love coming here, my wife, myself and my four year old son. We loved it until they insisted on charging us a 50$ fee for smoking. No one in my family smokes, never have, never will. We don’t smoke anything unless you count brisket. That was absurd and we will patronized other campgrounds in the future.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Frank Rogala, Owner at Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground
Responded Oct 5, 2023
Yes - it doesn't matter how many places you post this and try to damage a family business - the reality is - when no one has rented the cabin before you, and it takes a deep clean and two-day ozone treatment to get the smoke smell out (which means we cannot rent the cabin for those days) - you get charged a $50 fee -- for smoking in a place where the policy is no smoking. We should charge more. Don't worry about coming back - we don't allow people who break our policies to book again - ever. Congratulations - banned for life Ken!
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Tom Terrific wrote a review Sep 2023
Lebanon, Tennessee35 contributions10 helpful votes
Pretty nice for a campground experience. Not really any cooking available, except for an outdoor grill. Neighbors were friendly and being on the lake is a big plus. It does have a view of the Mackinac Bridge in the distance.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Lolly N wrote a review Sep 2023
Brights Grove, Canada230 contributions110 helpful votes
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We rented a medium cabin that slept 4. It had a large bathroom, a main room with a queen bed and a bedroom with a twin bunk bed. There was a small fridge in the kitchen as well as a picnic style table. Outside was a metal ring to have a fire, with a grate over top and a large picnic table. Cooking is strictly not allowed in cabins so you need to bring an outdoor camp stove. The cabin was immaculately clean when we arrived. There was ample parking for the car. The campground is huge and we were with others who had camped elsewhere in the park. You can get lost unless you take the map provided when you go out. Roads are well marked. The park is on the lakefront and has an amazing view of the Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island. It is very beautiful at night as well. Having seen some of the other cabin locations I would definitely get one on the lake next time. The park has a free shuttle to take you to the ferry to the Island. It will bring you back after. The store had ice, groceries etc. If I were to make suggestions I would say a couple of hooks in the kitchen would be handy to hang dishtowels. Also they should make a drive up drop box to leave your keys when you leave.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Donna B wrote a review Aug 2023
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Their reservation policy for weddings need to be tightened up. I was literally robbed one night (over $200) because I told them the 3 nights and the “coordinator” told them 4 nights even though I had already made reservations on my own. The campground would not remove the charges for the extra night because they said the “coordinator” only was emailed the reservation confirmations and was supposed to inform the rest of us. So, ultimately a third party (the mother of the bride btw) was supposed to forward the email to everyone who had reservations for the wedding weekend. It’s not like she had any other responsibilities for that weekend. Other than that the campground is lovely, the cabins are lovely, but the showers are small and the beds are very uncomfortable. I probably will never return.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Frank Rogala, Owner at Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground
Responded Sep 17, 2023
Just to be clear - we don't keep our doors open by robbing anyone. Thank you for staying with us, and if it helps you keep peace by blaming us for the mother of the bride not keeping you informed - we are happy to help.
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ctmom564 wrote a review Aug 2023
Waterford, Connecticut11 contributions6 helpful votes
Pros: - Location-wise, this is one of the best campgrounds we've been to. We had a 'narrow bridge view' site. We had an excellent view of the water and the Mackinac Bridge from our campsite. The waterfront area across the road was grassy and had firepits along it. Our campsite was narrow, but we had enough room., There were trees between the sites for some privacy, but the campers were quite close together in this area. Other sites further from the water were larger. -The campground is very clean and very well maintained. -The sandy beach area is very nice. -The check-in process is very well organized. This is a huge campground, but there were several windows for checking in. -Area attraction tickets were sold at the camp store. -There was a shuttle from the campground to the Mackinac Island ferry, which was very convenient. Cons: -For a campground this large, there were few bathrooms/showers. We were in an RV, but there were a lot of tent campers. -There is no laundry facility at the campground. There is one laundromat in Mackinaw City, and it closed at 7 PM - last load had to be started by 6. We had hoped to do our laundry one evening, but we got there too late, and had to go back a second time. -The wifi was horrible. There is an 800 number for support, but they were unable to help us. We paid for upgraded wifi, but it would not stay connected. The person at the 800 number ended up refunding our money for the upgraded wifi. -There is no cable TV and not much TV available via antenna.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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yolanda p wrote a review Aug 2023
Niles, Michigan110 contributions17 helpful votes
If you love camping this is the place for you . You can bring a tent or RV or Rent a Cabin On the Premises. They even have Handicap Cabins . Amenities like a swimming pool ,store, Private showers or community showers, Bathrooms, playgrounds for kids and you can even rent a golf cart . but the store is kind of expensive but they have a W Walmart about 15- 20 minutes drive from the campground
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Room Tip: Bring Bug and Fly Spray or strips and you are allergic or don't like bugs it's not for you ....
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Mary Kay A wrote a review Aug 2023
Thornville, Ohio53 contributions13 helpful votes
Great spot along the lake! We had a narrow bridge view (which had plenty of room). We were across from the park area along the shore. What a great feature of this park - pristine lakeshore for all campers to enjoy. We loved seeing the families and kids playing and enjoying evening campfires. It’s nice for campers who have spots elsewhere in the park.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Lynne J wrote a review Aug 2023
Amarillo, Texas7 contributions7 helpful votes
Noisy, crammed in like sardines, crappy gravel sites, paid extra for the beach / bridge view, many hogged the view and grass in front of the beach, dogs not picked up after, kids running wild, can’t swim due to unruly children . Supposed to be quiet time,but not enforced. Only been here 2 days and ready to leave. Website is very misleading, we will never come back, even though the lake was beautiful. For 90.00 a day I certainly expected more. No laundry, no real amenities. Don’t recommend
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Response from Frank Rogala, Owner at Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground
Responded Aug 19, 2023
We are a campground. My parents picked this location and designed the camp after the great National Parks like Yellowstone, Sequoia National Park, etc. When you become a highly rated "favorite" campground the downside is that people may expect you to be "Disneyland." We do a lot of work to set our guests' expectations by listing our amenities, maps, and information on our web page. We post a toll-free number on signs for night disturbances and put it on all of our camp maps. If you call, we have staff on call 24/7 who respond. I am not aware of any other campground that goes to this much effort. It is always disappointing to hear a complaint from someone who does not take advantage of using the number. If you don't report a disturbance, we may not be aware. We are upfront that we do not have laundry due to wastewater restrictions imposed due to our location on the lake. It took many years of work with a half dozen government agencies to even get permission to allow full hookups on the lake. There is a nice laundry in Mackinaw City. We have the only lakefront full hookups with a bridge view and those were hard won and very difficult to make possible. I am sorry they did not meet your approval. It would be a lot more profitable to remove those sites and put cabins or a gated community - but we take seriously our parents' (yes this is a family-built and operated campground) vision to create a place where people can enjoy reconnecting with each other and the great outdoors. Mackinac is one of the top vacation areas on lists by organizations like Tripadvisor - it is popular. If you are not someone who enjoys the communal camping experience - we do have many months in the spring and fall where you would have a lot more space. The peak season here is definitely an experience that is shared with others. Our sites are maintained and picked up daily, however, even our excellent staff can miss things, so if you let us know - we will take care of anything that gets missed. Most of our campers are very responsible about picking up after their dogs, many people mistake goose waste for dog waste. It looks similar and one group of geese can make a mess in a few minutes. We have very intense weather due to our location on the Straits of Mackinaw. Yes, we have processed gravel sites so that after a rain you are not sitting on firm drained ground, not soft mud. After years of lots of engineering, after a large rain, it is a matter of pride that there are very few puddles and few wet areas. We thank you for giving us a try.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground?
Nearby attractions include Jack Pine Lumberjack Show (1.0 miles), Mackinac Bridge (4.9 miles), and Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc. (2.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, free parking, and kids activities.
Is parking available at Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Chippewa Room, Mackinaw Bakery & Coffeehouse, and Darrow's Family Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground?
Many travelers enjoy visiting McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site (4.9 miles) and Historic Mill Creek (1.0 miles).
Does Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.