We were here in late September. I can see how in the summer this would be crowded. But it was just right this time of the year. Beautiful facility on a peninsula into Lake Erie. There is a lake side and a bay side. Each camp site had a fire ring, cable TV (who needs TV in this setting), and picnic table. They keep the place immaculate. I wish we had stayed a few more days.
Sara's Campground is in a perfect location at the entrance to Presque Isle State Park. The park is beautiful and just feet away from Sara's. Sara's Campground is more of a mobile home park than a campground. It spans both sides of the road. The lake side is full of very old trailers/campers that are there year round, but also has a beach where you can pitch your tent. You are not assigned a "site" like a normal campground, it is just space for tents and you are fairly close to your neighbors. Fortunately, we had great neighbors near us. Tent camping cannot be reserved; it is first come, first serve. The bay side also has mainly trailers there for the entire season, but they look newer and are better maintained by their owners. The bay side also has weekly/nightly rental sites for trailers that can be reserved by calling. There are only two "group" tent camp sites on the bay side and they squeeze a lot of people into the sites. I appreciate them trying to accommodate as many tents as possible. The bath house on the bay side was newer, larger, and cleaner than the lake/beach side bath house. The shower stalls on the lake/beach side are a small maze of shower curtains without much privacy or a dry changing area. Most days I chose to walk over to the bay side and use the bath house there. The lake/beach bath house was heavily used by both the beach campers and the trailer campers (older trailers perhaps didn't have functioning bathrooms?). On the bay side, I only saw tent campers in the bath house. It was much less heavily used. Showers are 25 cents for 5-minutes, coin operated. The bay side showers were hot and had good water pressure. The lake/beach side had luke-warm water and poor water pressure. The staff were all very friendly. They had coffee and donuts available for purchase in the office in the morning and were always available. Parking was a problem. Many of the trailer owners had family gatherings and would have 4-6 cars per trailer, taking up most of the spots for the tent campers on the beach. The trailer families were often rude to the tent campers and definitely saw us as encroaching on their private trailer park. Any noise complaints were from the trailers having parties, not the tent campers. It is not a luxurious campground, but you can't beat the view! I have camped from Maine to Alaska and lots of places in between. This campground falls in the middle of the scale for what I have seen.…
This is a dirty, cramped, run-down trailer park. Maybe the beach side is nice, but the trailer park side is awful. Sites too close together, too many vehicles mixed in, its hard to maneuver. When you come in, you must park by the dumpsters and walk across the street to check in. The restaurants were loud and smelly. The trash was overflowing from the dumpsters to the ground. The hookups were on the wrong side of the site, as they are on a shared pole between. You have to pay to use the showers. People were rude, and the place is just trashy. Do yourself a favor and go anywhere else.
Been camping here 15 years, love being on beach. New rule this year that you have to use earphones if you want to listen to music. I have no problem with that, it's all about the water. Unfortunately our last three nights there the neighboring tent has been playing movies. Three nights the security guards came through and nothing was said. It is 4:25 am right now and they are still playing movies. Just wish they would enforce their own rules.
We came to visit Presque Isle State Park and, since there is no state park campground, this private alternative looked close and inviting from the website photos. The beach side of the campground was a mosh pit of tents and air mattresses that looked like something from Woodstock. The bay side, where we ended up staying, wasn’t much better. The campsite was cramped, boggy, and surrounded by drunks. Bathrooms were tolerable but not nice. This place seems to be more of an RV park with lots of seasonal sites. Presque Isle State Park was lovely—this campground was not.