We just returned from a camping trip to the Platte River Campground. I was anxious to see what the campground was like since the last time I visited there as a child, I was there for 3 weeks & loved the heavily wooded sites & the beautiful area. We were happy to see that not much had changed with the exception of pads to park your camper on..not able to be in the back of your site unless in a tent but all in all still secluded. Unforntunately, there is little oversight into what is allowed to go on in the campground. Their rules state that noise is to kept at a level that would not disturb other campers. What a joke. We were across from a family with a rottweiler who barked constinately at every person or animal that went by. Everyone got to know this dogs name very well. The family was extremely loud & brought plenty of sports equipment to play with in the street and in others camp sites. They finally quieted down at about 1:30 a.m. There were several sites down from us who had children screaming & playing hide n seek in the woods around the campground all evening. Needless to say, it was a zoo. No ranger or camp host ever drove around to do anything about it.
On day two, a family with relatives in the sites from the previous night, pitched a tent in the site next to ours. They all decided to gather there and proceeded to put on a musical play in the woods on top of our site. They sang at the top of their lungs for well over an hour, it was so loud that we couldn't talk to each other while we were trying to eat our dinner. (Mind you, we have four children ourselves, who were not allowed to disturb other campers). After sitting there listening to this over and over again, my husband yelled out to be quiet. Next thing we knew, the camp host approached out site and said he had gotten a complaint that we had yelled at other campers kids and that we were not allowed to do that. He said that he was in a site down the road and didn't hear a thing either night. What was he doing...sitting there in his RV with his t.v. & headphones on? We tried to explain that we did not confront anyone...we yelled out from our screen tent in our own site. He wouldn't listen and told my husband that he would get the ranger if we couldn't come to some agreement. My husband said fine and let it go. Quite honestly, why couldn't we yell out whatever we wanted since everyone else was free to do so? After he left, the family started right in again. We packed up and were out of there by 10:30 p.m. We ended up driving all night to get home. My husband went up to the ranger station and told them we were leaving out of principle. Why were we repremanded when we did nothing wrong? He did get an I'm sorry from them but then was told that neither the rangers or camp hosts knew what was going on in the campground. They should know whats happening by making rounds and overseeing it.
After speaking with other people we know who have camped there, we found out that it's common at this campground. If you are looking for a relaxing escape in the woods, this is not for you. If you are looking to camp around others who respect other campers, don't go here. We spent time in both Ludington State park & Hoffmaster State park this summer and can honestly say that as jammed as these parks get, you can hear a pin drop at 9 p.m. and rangers or staff make constant rounds overseeing the park. You won't get the seclusion you do at Platte River but then you have to weigh that against the draw backs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This campground offers 179 campsites with a dump station and electrical hookups. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Platte River Campground Hotel Traverse City
- Platte River Campground Michigan