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Hoffmaster State Park
Ranked #3 of 45 things to do in Muskegon
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

PJ Hoffmaster is definitely one of the most beautiful state park campgrounds in MI, and it is clean, which is huge for a state park. Being in between Grand Haven and Muskegon is a huge draw as well. However, be prepared for one of the most anal DNR staffs in the state.

West Michigan doesn't get dark until nearly 10:00 in the summertime, and PJH has STRICT quiet hours at 11:00, so enjoy your mere hour around the campfire. Anything over a whisper will earn you a visit (often) by the golf-cart-patrolling DNR officer on duty. This year our group had a glow-in-the-dark frisbee game that we took down to the beach after dark, as to not disturb our camping neighbors. Two "rangers" booted us out while threatening $100 trespassing tickets for everyone.

I'm all for a family-friendly environment- I'm not a fan of obnoxious late-night drunken campers. However, if you want to be able to do anything after dark besides put on your jammies and read a story, then this park is probably not for you. The staff at this park takes it too far, in my opinion.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

I am not a "nature" enthusiast but this was a lovely hike and trails from the dunes down to Lake Michigan. I highly recommend it. The DNR staff were warm and welcoming to visitors.

1  Thank Thigh_2013
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

This was our first time camping in 8+ years - rented a camper from friends, picked a spot from the site map online, and off we went! Site 153 was great - good size lot, very shady, close to the bathroom and the path to the park/beach. It is a little bit of a walk to the beach from the campground, but very doable - or you can drive over to the main part of Hoffmaster State Park, where parking is a lot closer to the beach. Very friendly staff, can be quite a long line to check in, but well worth it. Our circle of camping sites was the smallest in the place, which was nice for our kids to ride their bikes around.

1  Thank otcarla28
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We booked our camping reservations Jan 2013 to stay July 3-6. The popular MI State Parks fill up quickly for summer dates. We were in site 61. Right on corner in bottom loop and next to the water faucet. That was nice, seeing as we were in a pop up and wash our dishes outdoors. The site was very shaded and big, which was a bonus with temps in mid 80's during the day. Our site was pretty much dirt, but it was packed down. Our friends were in sites across from us and had pretty grassy sites. There is quite a few mature trees in this park and offers plenty of shade. Bathrooms were fairly close. We had bikes, so took very little effort and time to get around in the campground with the bikes. Lots of kids running around having a great time. There is a small playground, but keep in mind, it is in heavily wooded area, bring bug spray. Although, I have to say the mosquito's weren't that awful in the park at all. You do have to use bug spray but it was all good. The little river that runs through was fun for kids to explore. Very shallow and clean. Bathrooms were typical for other state parks we have stayed at. Clean enough, plenty of showers and centrally located. This is a NO ALCOHOL park. We brought it, just be smart about putting it in cups, etc. so its not out in the open. The park is quiet and people go to sleep around 10pm. This is not a party campground, look elsewhere if you seek that environment. Very family friendly. The beach at the campground is quite a walk with little ones and beach gear. You are better off driving down the road to State Park public beach. Lake MI was 62 degrees when we were in it. Not too bad after sitting in 85 degree sun. Refreshing but it does take a bit to get use to. Overall, a beautiful campground and park. We prefer the State Parks over private ones. A bit more rustic and natural.

TIPS- Dollar General up the road has quite a bit stuff. Clean and nicely laid out too.
Whippy Dip ice cream was good too. Super nice playground there for the kids to play on after they eat their ice cream.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I along with another couple hiked it because snow was limited that day. The hills could be challenging if not in somewhat good shape. They can be avoided on easier trails. We did XC ski the following weekend. Again the hills can be challenging. If needed they can be avoided. Nice place with about 1000 acres of land.

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