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Old 01-24-2014, 03:05 PM   #11
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April can be pretty iffy , weather wise up there. Last year it was horrible but other years Ive been fishing in tee shirt. East Harbor is a fine park. Google campgrounds around port clinton and you'll find several
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Old 01-24-2014, 03:11 PM   #12
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I'm from the north side of the lake, so it should technically be warmed down there.

Though with this third week in a row of winter weather advisories, I'm not so sure April's going to be warm this time around.
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Old 01-24-2014, 06:36 PM   #13
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We have stayed at Crystal Rock several times. It is under new management now. It was formerly a KOA that went down hill. Crystal Rock is a clean, quiet campground. The new owners have been doing a lot of work (new cabins, electric/water sites, etc) to the campground. We will be going back in Sept with our club. Another place we like is Maumee Bay State Park. It is west of Crystal Rock, closer to Toledo. I believe they are open year round, but not the whole camping section (just the front section). We go there once a month May thru Oct. Maumee Bay is electric sites only. You fill your fresh water tank there as you pass the campground office. Also no sewer hook ups, have to use the dump station. Hope this helps.

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Old 01-24-2014, 07:56 PM   #14
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My Wife and I camped at East Harbor last April, weather wise it was about 40 deg. day temp and had a little bit of snow one night but all in all it was great to use the camper for the first time. Power was on but no water hookup this time of the year.
Best of all, no wait at the dump station and pets were allowed in the none pet sites.
We are planning our first outing there this April, not much to do other than replenish the wine stocks at the local wineries, drink some beer and smoke a few cigars around the fire ring.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:57 PM   #15
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Thanks both for the info. So far it's looking like East Harbour, if I can convince the missus to camp. It needs to warm up a little before I try though.
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:23 PM   #16
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Just so you know, currently Lake Erie is 100% frozen. That end of the lake is the shallowest, so it will melt first. But, you still have a good chance that if prevailing winds are out of the north, during your stay, the closer to the lake you set up camp, the colder it will be. People who are not familiar with the Great Lakes weather systems, are often suprised on how much they influence the surrounding land mass. A lot will depend on how Spring sets up, the wind direction, etc. Lake Erie is unique in that PASNY and Ontario Hydro, determine when to let the remaining ice out the eastern end. Albeit that is 200 miles down the lake, but the decision is based on two main things, water temperature and remaining ice cover at the eastern end. So enjoy, and hope for a warm Spring.
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Old 01-24-2014, 11:26 PM   #17
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Oh, I'm definitely familiar. I'm from the north shore of Lake Erie.

Just been trying to convince the wife it'll be warm enough to talk her out of the $249 a night hotels she's been looking at.
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Old 01-25-2014, 12:19 AM   #18
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You can do it, tell her you need to test the heater and get rid of some old firewood.
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:48 AM   #19
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Ah, your winter hardy, it's a walk in the park then. Thought you were from more south, thats why I was giving you the heads up. Save the two and a half bucks, and put the difference towards a nice surprise gift for her adventure.
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Camped in a Michigan State Park one time on journey from Ohio to Niagara falls across Canada on into Frakenmuth. Stopped out side of Flint? After Paying my State imposed camping Fee which allowed me the right to buy an over-nite stay, we set up in an absolute Pig Sty of a campground. Absolute disgusting the conditions of this State Park. Granted it was in the 90's but I've never camped in Michigan again. I believe it cost me about 60 bucks for the one night of camping in my pop-up trailer. I finished the trip in private campgrounds, saved a ton of money and they were clean and well maintained. A vast difference from the State Parks. I wonder in anything has changed?
David, we are primarily Michigan State Park campers and I can attest they have been redone one by one and they are wonderful places to camp. You are correct that they were sketchy at best years back. Try it again on your next trip through, I am positive you will find things have really changed for the better. I have nothing against private campgrounds, but I like the $27 dollar a night rates at the State parks versus the $45+ a night elsewhere. The only real downside I can say is the lower price may possibly get you some rowdier twenty-something tent campers next to you, but nothing asking politely to tone it down can't cure.
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