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Old 07-06-2016, 02:33 PM   #1
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I'm trying to map out a trip from Pittsburgh Pa to Michigan and back having my first stop In Holland, than on too Traverse City then to Mackinaw City and Bay City and stop at Detroit Ford Museum and then home. Has anybody been in these areas that can recommend some good camping grounds? We have a 38' ft MH with a toad. Thanks
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:51 PM   #2
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I have been to Holland state park it is very nice, clean bath house with family showers. The Michigan state parks only have electric for hook up. You have to fill your water or top it off when you pull into the park. All the places you are going have a lot of camp grounds in the area. We are going to St Ignace state park in a couple weeks, everyone tells me its great.
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Only suggestion is to make sure to visit Greenfield Village, next door to Henry Ford Museum and if at all possible, do it in the fall.


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Nice. My wife and I are going to Grayland, MI and Hell, MI in two weeks. When I made the reservation for Hartwick state park they advertised modern facilities with full hookups. I just don't understand the passport thing. I guess we'll find out when we get there.


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Old 07-08-2016, 07:35 AM   #5
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We are new to the RV scene but do live in the metro Detroit area. What we have found so far is that the DNR has a real nice online reservation site where you can input RV length for search purposes. https://www.midnrreservations.com/MichiganStateParks, Many counties also have parks with camping. There is a real nice state park downriver that is probably your best bet when visiting Henry Ford Museum. We have also found that if you call the specific park you may be interested in and are just in need of an overnight site. They will do their best to fit you in. Be aware though, most state parks will provide the necessary electric power, have water fill and pump-out stations, only a few have full hookups. If you want to be real close to Traverse City, or Mackinaw City, your best bet is a private RVpark.

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I just don't understand the passport thing. I guess we'll find out when we get there.
In August 2010 Election, Michigan had a ballot issue which changed the funding for the DNR, who is charged with handling the state park system from using a portion of the state budget along with daily and annual park passes.

The ballot issue changed the funding for the DNR to using Hunting and Fishing licenses, etc. and the recreation passport fees. This ballot issue basically forbid the legislators and governor from stealing park monies for their personal projects. Needless to say, it passed by a landslide.

Michigan residents now have the option of paying an additional $11 for an annual recreation passport for their Automobile/RV, (Motorcycle recreation passports are $5) when they renew their license plates or they can pay it the first time they visit a park should they choose to enter. The passport is good for the same length of time that the license plate is.

With the passport, we gain access to all state parks, state forests, and many state monuments (you still need to pay a daily fee for campsites). We also no longer pay a fee to use the state boat ramps.

It has been so popular since its inception that the DNR has more money than it ever had and thus has been able to make huge improvements in the park system over the last 6 years.

Here is an article about how well the recreation passport has worked.

Bridge • The Center for MichiganFive years later, state parks Recreation Passport a financial success

A daily non-resident pass will cost you $9 while an annual non-resident pass is currently $31 which is good until December 31 and can be purchased either online, if you have enough lead time or a park office.

https://media.state.mi.us/michiganes...&productID=896

Hope this pretty much covers the Michigan Passport questions.

Should you have anymore questions concerning visiting Michigan feel free to PM me and I will do my best to help.


BTW, If you choose to go through Detroit, Take a trip to Belle Isle, now that it has become a state park and the Michigan State Police have taken over policing it a great place to visit.
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My son lives off of Textile road outside of Ypsilanti. We stayed at the Greenfield RV park which off of exit 192 ? east of Ypsilanti. It is vet nice and not too far from the Herny Ford and Greenfield village. l
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Thank you everyone for you input, Radman I did make reservation at Greenfield that looks like a nice campground.
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Dutch, the Traverse Bay RV Resort is a real nice place. It is a little pricey but very clean and quiet. It is located on M72 in Acme just a short drive into the city. We are very familiar with that area and if you would like more information pm me and I'll send you my number.
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Dutch, heading on a similar heading as yours starting out at Yankee Springs recreation area, Holland, then working our way up the west coast. Staying a state parks for the whole trip, booked online through Michigan's DNR website. Easy to navigate though I found the areas of each park could be a little more precise, but Google Maps took care of that. Enjoy your trip as I am sure my DW and I will ours!
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