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Old 05-12-2020, 07:06 AM   #1
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Camping on Michiganís West Coast

Where are good places to camp around South Haven, Saugatuck, Holland and/or Grand Haven? Where in those areas is the best place for dunes?
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Holland State Park is nice. The facilities are first class.
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Old 05-12-2020, 07:32 AM   #3
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Holland State Park is nice. The facilities are first class.


How are the beaches in that area? Dunes nearby?
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Old 05-12-2020, 07:58 AM   #4
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If your willing to travel further north thereís Silver Lake State Park in Mears and Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore in Honor. Both have outstanding beaches and dunes and dune rides are offered near by. Silver Lake has a huge off road vehicle section to the park. Besides the State and federal campgrounds there are plenty of private ones nearby.

https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,...651---,00.html
https://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/campingfees.htm
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Another place is Warren Dunes. Great beach and dune area. Oval Beach is near Saugatuck. That too is really nice. If you camp in a Michigan State Park, alcohol is not allowed at all. If caught, they will make you dump or confiscate it. Found that out even though I was in my 50's.
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Another place is Warren Dunes. Great beach and dune area. Oval Beach is near Saugatuck. That too is really nice. If you camp in a Michigan State Park, alcohol is not allowed at all. If caught, they will make you dump or confiscate it. Found that out even though I was in my 50's.

This is not entirely correct, it depends on the park and the time of year. See attached.
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,...1330--,00.html

However Warren Dunes is a great park.
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Be aware that the lake level is extremely high and that a lot of places that had beach are now under water. Muskegon state park is also very nice.
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Old 05-12-2020, 01:55 PM   #8
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If you are 55 or order, check out The Bluffs on Manistee Lake in Manistee, MI. 3 years old. Excellent Senior park.
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Sunny Brook RV Resort in South Haven is beautiful. But not sure that it is open to the public right at this time.
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Old 05-12-2020, 02:24 PM   #10
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Hi All,

Just like Grapelape I am looking for a campsite, but near West Bloomfield, Mi. I will be in the area through August and need long term. I had to come to the area for work and because the parks were closed, I did not pull my fifth wheel. I would like to go home and get it around July 1st. Any leads would be appreciated.
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Old 05-12-2020, 02:52 PM   #11
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We are from San Antonio TX but hail from the Grand Rapids area. When we head up to Traverse City MI we always stop at Dutch Treat Campground in Zeeland Mich. IT's about 15-20 minutes from Holland State Park. It has swimming pool, laundry facilities and lots of trees. It's also close to Saugatuck which has Mt Baldy which is a stair climb to a beautiful view of Oval Beach Park. They have the Mac Dunes rides but for dunes you need to head north to Sleeping Bear Dunes. It is an awesome place.

https://www.dutchtreatcamping.com/
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Grand Haven SP is right on the beach in Grand Haven.
PJ Hoffmaster SP isn't on the water but is nice. Under normal circumstances it is hard to get a site without reservation...not sure about now.
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If your willing to travel further north thereís Silver Lake State Park in Mears and Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore in Honor. Both have outstanding beaches and dunes and dune rides are offered near by. Silver Lake has a huge off road vehicle section to the park. Besides the State and federal campgrounds there are plenty of private ones nearby.

https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,...651---,00.html
https://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/campingfees.htm
If willing to go north a bit, but not as far as Sleeping Bear, you might consider Lundington State Part ... it is very nice!

https://www.michigan.org/property/ludington-state-park
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Old 05-12-2020, 04:38 PM   #14
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I believe all State campgrounds will be closed until June 22. Call our beloved Gov. to verify.
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Sometime in the future on my end but I would love to RV camp in Western Michigan. I would like to take ferry from Manitowoc, WI to Ludington, MI. Is this worth the effort for a Class C or should I drive through the Chicago area north. I have been to Manitowoc and areas north to Door County but want to see lake on the windy side. I was in Door county last year and know lake levels are high. Coming from AZ just looking for ideas in this regard. No matter I love the Great Lakes and would love to see from RV park.
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Hi All,

Just like Grapelape I am looking for a campsite, but near West Bloomfield, Mi. I will be in the area through August and need long term. I had to come to the area for work and because the parks were closed, I did not pull my fifth wheel. I would like to go home and get it around July 1st. Any leads would be appreciated.

Hass Lake , Wixom I think (private), Camp Dearborn near Milford, ask for Marylynn , Proud Lake State Park but limited to 2 weeks.
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Sometime in the future on my end but I would love to RV camp in Western Michigan. I would like to take ferry from Manitowoc, WI to Ludington, MI. Is this worth the effort for a Class C or should I drive through the Chicago area north. I have been to Manitowoc and areas north to Door County but want to see lake on the windy side. I was in Door county last year and know lake levels are high. Coming from AZ just looking for ideas in this regard. No matter I love the Great Lakes and would love to see from RV park.

The drive around Chicago is not that bad. Donít know what they charge for the ferry but I remember as a teenager that it was a cool trip across the lake.
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The ferry is far beyond my pain threshold, cost wise.

Also, if you're trying to get into Ludington SP, it's very nearly impossible. That said, it's a great park (that's why it fills so fast).
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Another place is Warren Dunes. Great beach and dune area. Oval Beach is near Saugatuck. That too is really nice. If you camp in a Michigan State Park, alcohol is not allowed at all. If caught, they will make you dump or confiscate it. Found that out even though I was in my 50's.
I did not know this. Wonder if weed is ok...lol..it is legal now in mi
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The ferry is far beyond my pain threshold, cost wise.

Also, if you're trying to get into Ludington SP, it's very nearly impossible. That said, it's a great park (that's why it fills so fast).

Check Ludington SP website. I believe I read that they are renovating one or two loops this year and that one area is closed due to flooding from Lake Michiganís high water level.
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