Wednesday, September 1, 2010

6/7/2010 Itasca State Park, Park Rapids, MN Site 66

The headwaters of the Mississippi River are located in Itasca State Park. The park also has biking and hiking trails, boat rentals, a wildlife drive, a museum, and two campgrounds. Our site was in the Bear Paw campground. We had a back-in site with electric only near a water spigot. Be sure to fill your freshwater tank at the dump station before setting up. We had a view of Lake Itasca from our site. This is a very popular campground so be sure to make reservations. This is a great state park with a lot to keep everyone busy having fun.

UPDATE ON ITASCA STATE PARK: We stayed here again in June, 2011 in the Pine Ridge Campground. The site was a long back in with lots of room on either side of the site. The bath houses were very clean. We would recommend either of the campgrounds. We enjoyed them both.

Click Itasca State Park for their website.

Amenities: Electric only at site, lake, hiking, biking, museum, boat rentals

Would we stay here again? YES

6/5/2010 Temperance River State Park, Schroeder, MN, Site 23

Temperance River SP is a beautiful state park on Minnesota's North Shore. Our site was a large, wide back in with electric only. We were close to a water spigot. Stop and fill your fresh water tank before setting up. Our site was on top of a bluff above Lake Superior. Right next to our site was a path leading down to the lake. We used the campground as a base for exploring the area. There are lots of pull outs on the road and lots of trails in the area. There is no dump station in the park but there is one located about 20 miles south of the park. The rangers were very helpful.

Amenities: Lake Superior, trails, electric at the site

Would we stay here again?  YES

6/3/2010 Porcupine Mountains SP, Silver City, MI, Union Bay Campground Site 25

Porcupine Mountains State Park is a beautiful state park located on Lake Superior. We had a back in site right on Lake Superior - you can see the lake behind our 5'er in the picture at left. We had electric only at the site. There was a water spigot close by to fill our water jugs. Be sure to fill your fresh water tank before setting up. There is a dump station on the way out of the park. There are hiking trails in the park. We loved it here.

Amenities: Lake front sites, electric at the site

Would we stay here again?  YES

6/1/2010 Clementz Northcountry Campground, Newberry, MI Site 9

Clementz Northcountry Campground is a Passport America Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We stayed in a full-hookup site for 2 nights. The Passport America rate doesn't apply to full-hookup sites but we were ok with that. The owners were very nice and helpful. We had a long pull through site on the end of the row so we had plenty of room. There was a fire pit and picnic table at the site. There was a nice laundry room and WI-FI available at the office. We used the campground a a home base to visit Tahquamenon Falls State Park and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Amenities:  Full-Hookups, laundry, WI-FI

Would we stay here again?  YES

Saturday, June 26, 2010

5/29/2010 Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground, Mackinaw City, MI Site 127

We arrived on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend with reservations for a full hookup site with a view of the Mackinaw Bridge. The check in process was quick and easy. All sites are back-in. We had the end site next to the road across from Lake Huron. Mackinaw Mill Creek is a huge campground with over 600 sites of all types and sizes. It is well maintained and very popular with families. We enjoyed sitting at our site watching the lake and watching all the groups bicycling by. There is a pool, playground, game room, and camp store. It is conveniently located close to Mackinaw City and the ferry docks to Mackinac Island. This is a great place for families and for couples like us who just want to kick back for a couple of days.

Amenities: Full Hookups, pool, game room, camp store.

Would we stay here again? YES

5/27/2010 W. Houghton Lake Campground, Houghton Lake, MI Site 32

This is a Passport America campground. We had a water and electric site. The dump station is in the back of the campground. We arrived Thursday before Memorial day for 2 nights. Since there was no one in the site behind us we could pull straight through to get set up. In front of the site is a narrow road with campers across the road. It would have been very difficult to back into the site with our size rig. The sites are very close together.
This is a popular campground for people coming to Houghton Lake. We seemed to be the only travelers passing through. Everyone else was there to enjoy Memorial Day weekend. There were quite a few campers set up permanently. There is a WalMart and Camping World close by.

Amenities: water and electric

Would we stay here again? Yes, for a one night stop. Probably not for a longer stay.

5/26/2010 Holiday RV Campground, Grass Lake, Michigan Site 93

We had a big pull through site with water and electric. The dump station was on the way out of the campground. There are also full hookup sites in the campground. The campground is wooded and has a nice pool. It is a Passport America park so our rate for one night was $15. It is located off of I-94 near Jackson, Michigan.

Amenities: Water, electric, pool

Would we stay here again? YES

5/25/2010 Evergreen Park, Mt. Eaton, Ohio Site 57

This is a beautiful park in the middle of Amish Country. We had a large pull through site with full hookups. The park is beautifully landscaped with lovely flower beds and surrounded by pretty  countryside. There is an indoor pool and hot tub. They have the nicest bath house I've ever seen. The tiled showers are large with a huge shower head and a large dressing area. The park is located on US 250 about 12 miles from I-71. There is a small store on site and a small grocery store in town. It is worth the drive to stay here.

Amenities: Full hookups, pool, hot tub

Would we stay here again? YES

5/23/2010 Rocky Gap State Park, Flintstone, MD Site 12

Our site was a back that was tucked into the woods so we felt like we were the only people there. We had water and electric at the site. There is a dump station on the way out. Rocky Gap is a beautiful state park with a lake and hiking trails. It is easy to get to from I-68. There isn't much shopping near by so bring your groceries with you.

Amenities: Water, electric, lake

Would we return? YES

5/17/2010 Claytor Lake State Park, Dublin, VA Site D21

We made reservations for a water and electric site. You pick your site when you arrive. We got a large level pull through on the end of the row so we had a nice view of the woods. There is a dump station on the way out of the campground. Everything at this park revolves around the lake where there is a big marina, swimming beach, and boat ramps. 

Amenities: Lake, Marina, Swimming Beach, water, electric.

Would we return? YES

UPDATE: Since our first visit to Claytor Lake in 2010 we have returned several times and always enjoyed our stay. Our latest visit to Claytor Lake State Park was in April, 2014.

5/14/2010 Ft. Hamby COE, Wilkesboro, NC Site 6

Very nice Corps of Engineers park. Large, level pull through site with water and electric. Dump station on way out of park. Park almost full on weekend, almost empty on Monday. Our site overlooked the woods. The bath houses are under construction although there are some available by the lake. The lake is a short drive from the campsite and there is a boat launch there. The Blue Ridge Parkway is nearby. There is a Super Walmart and other shopping in nearby Wilkesboro. We had great barbeque at Brushy Mountain Smokehouse in N. Wilkesboro restaurant. 

Amenities: Lake, water, electric

Would we return? YES