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Covert-South Haven KOA
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good camping spot, but watch out for extra fees”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Our family has gone to the Covert KOA on more than one occasion now and we have enjoyed the property and seasonal activities offered. The grounds were well maintained throughout. We stayed in the cabins, and each time they were clean and in good shape. The owners also seem friendly enough, however when checking in this year they charged us an extra fee for each of our kids to stay! This was not indicated on the website cabin pricing and I would say is misleading. If you're positioning yourself as a family campground then why are children considered extras??

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Brian S, Public Relations Manager at Covert-South Haven KOA, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
We appreciate your honest feedback and that you've been a loyal camper with us several different times. We wanted to address your concerns directly with regards to the 'extra fees'. We are a very family friendly campground and pride ourselves on the numerous activities and amenities we provide for the entire family. In order to help us maintain those we do apply a small modest fee for each person who camps with us over the age of 5 who uses those amenities. These extra resources go towards providing an even better experience next year. We hope you will give us another chance next season and we'll look into making our cabin pricing clearer on the website.
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

We went there late September and we have had a great stay, we stayed in Studio Cabin 5, see pictures, what more could we ask from it. It had full Bathroom, small refrigerator, microwave, gas grill, TV with cable plus a nice porch that was covered in the front. There are plenty of things to do but that was not our scope, we wanted to enjoy friends and family so we stayed around the cabin and build fires and cooking. Will defenatly go there again.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Brian S, Public Relations Manager at Covert-South Haven KOA, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
We love people who post photos! Thanks so much for not only writing a review but sharing some really great pictures of our campground. It's so wonderful to hear that you got to spend some much needed time with family and friends. Hope to see you back soon!
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

we love this koa campground. always something to do, or nothing to do but relax!!!!! my kind of vacation time. we have stayed here for years. always clean well kept !making you feel like family. friendly staff. the derosa's do an awesome job, thank you!!!! happy campers is their motto!!!! :>) thank you so much!!!!!! "ruth Strahan"" { formerly from Coloma}

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Brian S, Public Relations Manager at Covert-South Haven KOA, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Thanks for the awesome review Ruth! We're so glad you come and stay with us on a regular basis and enjoy all of our natural beauty. We'll keep working hard to make sure every single stay is better than the last. Can't wait to see you again!
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Stevensville, Michigan, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2013

We stay at this campground at least twice every year and are never disappointed. The staff is friendly and everything is well kept and clean. We have been coming here since the park opened and they are always updating and making things better. They have a good selection of sites, whether you want shaded or sunny, near the blueberry fields, or pond. The pool is nice and clean and heated too. The kids can do crafts on the weekend, painting birdhouses is my son's favorite craft. My mom stays in one of the smaller lodges, and they are really nice, with air conditioning, full bathroom and tv with cable, great for those rainy times.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Brian S, Public Relations Manager at Covert-South Haven KOA, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We are so glad you are a frequent guest of our campground and always have a wonderful time! We do our best to make sure the kids always have something to do and our amenities work for the entire family. Hope to see you again next year!
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Naperville, Illinois
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

We have stayed at the Covert/South Haven KOA for years and always have a great time. The campground is clean and well maintained. They make improvements to the campground every year. The staff are always helpful and courteous, and they definitely go above and beyond. There are plenty of activities for the kids in addition to the heated pool, jumping pillow, and fishing ponds. In fact our kids never want to leave! You can pick blueberries right inside the campground. The campground is close to the beach, boating and so many other attractions in the area. We were so excited to be able to camp at this KOA this year for Labor Day weekend. We all had a great time, both adults and kids alike(ages from 2-11)! All of us are looking forward to the next time we get to stay at this KOA.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Brian S, Public Relations Manager at Covert-South Haven KOA, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your recent stay with us! We work really hard to ensure all of our guests have an amazing experience every time they come and seeing a review like yours is the motivation we need to keep making things even better. We'll continue to improve and offer even more fun activities for the entire family. Hope to see you again soon!
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Coloma, Michigan
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Over the years I've been to primitive campgrounds, state parks, township parks, Jellystone Parks, and KOA parks. The Covert-SouthHaven KOA is one of the best. It's 7 years new so the sites are large and up-to-date with 50 amp, cable, Wi-Fi, and pull-throughs. It's in a quiet rural setting but only 15 to 25 min. from Lake Michigan beaches and the enjoyable towns of St. Joseph and South Haven. Probably the neatest thing about it is the fact that although they have over 100 sites, cabins, lodges, and tent sites it always seems to be quiet. They big activity center behind the lodge includes basketball court, volleyball, horseshoes, capetball tables, playground for the little ones, huge jumping pillow, rental bikes, huge heated pool, and game room, the sound never seems to intrude on those who want a quiet day or evening. They even recently added a really nice dog park and 9 hole family "Quick Golf" park next to the catch and release fishing pond. We often sit on the deck behind the office, eating ice cream, and just watching the fun.

If you love fresh fruit, you can pick your own blueberries on the property for a very reasonable price (or like me, let them pick them and I'll pay the regular price!"

I notice that families can buy wrist bands for one price that give kids unlimited access to the jumping pillow, one golf game and one bike rental. That, along with the pool, the fishing pond, movie night, hayrides, and group games is enough to keep any busy for several days!

This is a family owned campground and the family does run it. Tom and Libby have lived in the area all their lives. Their four teens (KatIe, Tommy, Micaela, and Josh) have been working there since they were 12 and 13. There goal is to make every camper have. Great time!

Whether a family with kids or older adults who just want to enjoy the setting, I would recommend this KOA.

Room Tip: If you love to camp but don't have your own unit, they have basic cabins and lodges with their o...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Brookfield, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We stayed here with 2 other families over Labor Day weekend 2013. Each of us have 1 kid, so that was 6 adults and 3 kids. We stayed in site B500 which is at the back of the campground and tucked into the trees. One family stayed in a tent on our site, and one stayed in the adjacent cabin. The set up was abolutely perfect. When we booked our site, the staff spent the time to listen to our plans and our concerns (i.e. being able to spend time together but be near each other so that the kids can go to bed, and we can still be all together). They found the perfect setup for us, made the reservations, and really took care of us the whole time we were there. I don't have one complaint about this campground.

The town of Covert isn't a great town, but that has no impact on the enjoyment you will have at this campground. Our plan was to have fun at the campground and make a visit to South Haven which is only 15 min drive (great beach and cute town). The campground clearly notes that some activities will cost extra, which we understood. That helps keep the site price down for those who do not want to participate in the extra activities. A simple call/e-mail to check on prices was all that was necessary to know what we were going to spend. The price at this KOA is average for all KOA's.

We did entertain staying at another KOA about 30 min south, but after calling that KOA and not hearing a pleasant voice on the other end (they weren't rude, but just not pleasant to talk to), we went with South Haven/Covert KOA. The campground is nicely layed out, sites are decent sized and list of activities is sufficent to keep all kids going.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Covert-South Haven KOA
Address: 39397 M 140 Hwy, Covert, MI 49043-8711
Location: United States > Michigan > Van Buren County > Covert
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Covert
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Covert / South Haven KOA has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing vacation in the great outdoors. Enjoy our beautiful location just a few miles from Lake Michigan as well as all the amenities we have on the campground including a jumping pillow, heated swimming pool, planned activities and much more. Campers will love our spacious RV sites, shaded tent sites or two different types of cozy cabins. ... more   less 
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