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Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground
Certificate of Excellence
Rochester Hills, Michigan
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70 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
“Needs some major improvement”
Reviewed August 3, 2011

Well as many other posters have already stated, this is an extremely large campground and the sites are very small. During our stay we rented a large cabin which had one double bed, a set of twin bunkbeds, a small refrigerator and microwave. The unit was was pretty run down compared to the other two cabins next to us (rented by friends) in the same price point. It looked nothing like the pictures on the website although we did see a couple cabins that did. Unfortunately when you make a reservation you are not able to reserve a specific cabin. Our cabin did not have a ceiling fan or an eating area and it had this large weird closet that should be torn out (they may have thought that they would add a bathroom at one time?). Each cabin did have its own campfire ring so you did not have to rent one of the tiny fire tins (about the size of a large pizza pan). The restrooms were newer and in good condition although they keep the family/handicapped shower locked. When my DH went to the nearby store to ask them to unlock it he was originally told that he would have to go to the main office at the front of the campground to get someone to unlock it. This would have been quite a hike and near impossible for someone who is handicapped. I then went back to the store and told the young girl that I needed her to call the front office and have them send someone. It took about 5-10 minutes for her to actually do this because she was too worried that they would be upset for being called out to help with the bathrooms. Seriously?!?! Very poor customer service. With regard to the shower situation they were clean but if you go to the actual shower house the stalls are created by shower curtains and not very private. They do have several individual showers at the toilet house but they are shared and get filled quickly. The first night we stayed we tried the camp pizza and it was nothing more than a frozen supermarket type pizza. The sauce appeared to be more the consistency of taco sauce vs pizza sauce. The store itself was very well equipped and provided a good variety of food and beverages (including alcohol). They had two large playground areas but the base was all sand and quite messy. The playground nearest the camp store had absolutely no shade and the other was about 50% shaded. The beach was pretty rocky and the water was mucky. On Thursday & Friday night we had some campers nearby who were pretty loud after quiet hours but then on Saturday we saw the campground attendant patrolling regularly and shooing kids back to their sites. Very inconsistent. It was nice the Starline ferry offered free shuttle service to and from the campground. Overall it was an ok experience but I will seek alternative lodging on my next trip to Mackinaw City.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Frank R, Owner at Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground, responded to this review, July 17, 2012
We do not "rent" firepans, we let campers use them for free. This is so they can place their fire where they choose on their site. They are also allowed to use their own container if they have one. This spring we finished a bunch of major upgrades including our woods area bathrooms, park store, refinishing of a few dozen cabin floors and the complete remodel of two of our vintage cabins. None of our cabins could have been accurately described as "run down." Several of our cabins were still in their vintage 1940's style and were immaculate. Some people love the original 1940's style, some do not, so we chose to upgrade them all to knotty wood pine interiors so that all would be similar. Handicapped showers are kept locked to keep them available for handicapped campers. From what I understand this camper asked for help entering the handicapped showers, and received it. Our regular showers are all separated by curtains, which are opaque and full size, these curtained areas include the dressing area, so our showers do have privacy. Yes for the safety of children playing our playground feature sand (kids love the sand and it helps cushion any bumps or falls). Our park features 1 mile of beautiful natural beaches viewing the Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island. A portion of it is sandy (labeled on our maps) and is where most people swim. We pride ourselves on keeping a restful quiet environment. We post a toll free number (and list it on our camp maps) for campers to report night disturbances. Staff is on call 24/7 to answer any calls. We are entering our 50th season as a family owned and operated campground and are proud that 40% of our campers come back to see us again and again.
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Montague, Michigan
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

We rented a cabin that was right across from the park store, pool, and showers. Which was convenient to be sure, but a bit noisy. I see some comments about tight quarters for tents and I cannot review that, not having camped in a tent. We were part of a group that rented cabins and one who rented a space for an RV. On both accounts, we were satisfied. The cabin we rented for the week had a double bed and four twins. There was a little refrigerator and microwave. There could have been more plug-ins as we struggled to find a spot for a coffee maker. (yes not roughing to much). The mattresses were covered in plastic and you bring your own bedding so I strongly suggest you bring a blanket to fold on the mattress under the sheet to be more comfortable. Mosquitoes were bad, but yes, this is the great out-doors. Bring bug spray! Our fire ring area was adequate and we found space for a clothesline. We are SCUBA divers and found this to be a great spot to use as a base. We spent the week diving local sites as well as heading to the Soo and White fish Bay. Thee are a ton of activities available in the campground from basketball and playgrounds to arcade games, pool and many other activities. There was even a fire engine that gave free rides around the camp ground. Activities weren't well advertised but there were a LOT of them. We all agreed that if you were bored, it was because you wanted to be. Like frosting on the cake, the view of the bridge and Lake is fantastic as well. We plan to come back again. Will spring for a larger cabin.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Toledo, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2011

We stayed in a tent and seriously they had us packed in like sardines!!!!! We could hear the people talking all night and didn't get any sleep!!! When we complained they claimed to have come out and check - when I called back the guy said - well maybe you should just tell them to be quiet - yea right - can you imagine telling a couple of drunks to shut-up!! The lady I complained to just said for us to move our tent - then I suggested money off for the one day as a customer satisfaction and she said - "No Way" Listen I work in customer service and this place doesn't give a damn - they just want your money and could care less about 50% off credit. Unbelievable!!!! Don't call folks!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

My second visit and even happier second time around. Very clean, well run and view was awesome! Yes the sites in full hook up are a bit small, but well worth it to me. If you want something larger, they have a lot of sites to choose from. I would recommend Mackinaw Mills to anyone going to Macinaw area.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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Midland, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2011

we stayed at the campground 4th of july weekend & it ruined our holiday !! when i reserved our site i aked for lakefront & was told there was none available when we arrived the site they put us on was full of gravel & our electric was approx. 100 ft from our campsite. the sites are barely big enough for 2 tents there are no bombfire pits so make sure you bring a grill so you dont have to buy one from there extremely overpriced store. The free put-put golf is a joke its nothin more than a bunch of PVC pipe. when we walked around we seen several lakefront lots vacant even though we were told there was none, the so called beach area is dirty & full of rocks in the water & out. The ppl there were very rude & if you have a problem w/ your campsite dont waste your breath by asking for a differant one like the website says if your not happy let them no dont bother.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed July 5, 2011

We stayed at Mackinaw Mill Creek for the 4th of July holiday, but I will not come back. The sites are extremely small and tight, and the staff is rude and unfriendly. We reserved three sites for a group of 12 and we could not peacefully gather by the campfire at night because every site is so close to each other.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Grand Rapids MI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2011

Mill Creek is a very large campground, with a great location on the lake. The views of the bridge at night with the sun going down were beautiful. Our site, a water/electric site was very large in comparison to other campgrounds we've stayed at. I liked that there were trees on three sides of the site, which makes it more private.

There is a nice camp store, lots of wine/liquor, pizza, camping gear, grocery items, etc. There is an arcade for bigger kids, and a nice little playground. This is all at the back side of the campground.

However, if you are looking for a FULL hook-up site, they are very cramped. I've never seen RV's parked so closely at a campground before. It's obvious that they try to fit as many in on the bridge side of the campground as possible, for the view, but i would have been upset if our site was that small. I would highly reccomend a water/electric site only. They are much larger.

The only other thing we didn't like, is there were a lot of rules regarding firewood, quiet time, not wearing shoes/"street clothes" into the pool area" etc. posted in the flier they hand out ,but no info on anything going on at the campground that weekend. They didn't seem very friendly when we checked in. Twice we saw a fire truck/hayride go by with lots of kids, but we didn't know about it. I'm sure our kids would have enjoyed it.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground
Address: 9730 US Hwy 23, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9722
Location: United States > Michigan > Cheboygan County > Mackinaw City
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Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Mackinaw City
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