I've been to both campgrounds: the Petoskey KOA and the Petoskey State Park (located in Harbor Springs, MI). May I suggest the state park's, Tannery Creek Modern Campground? It has plenty of space, lots of power, and at least three Boardwalks directly to the wide open, sandy beach on Lake Michigan. The Dunes Beach is right there, within the state park (another section) and this beach has a huge modern bathhouse, playground, huge sandy beach area like you would expect to see in Florida, and lots of seashells to collect.
This is a trip to GO BIG on --if you can
-- plan at least 3 nights and maybe up to 6 nights/7 days to see it all. The northwest tip of our mitten state is breathtakingly beautiful and diverse. Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel is a one day trip alone. If you can extend your stay, here are some extra area suggestions
Aug 1 - 4, 2012 Elk Rapids Harbor Days Festival 800-626-7328
> Aug 2 - 5, 2012 Boyne Falls Boyne Falls Polish Festival 231-582-6222
> Aug 4, 2012 Mackinaw City Mackinaw Area Historic Festival 231-436-4006
> Aug 4 - 5, 2012 East Jordan East Jordan Portside Art Fair 231-536-3282
> Aug 17 - 18, 2012 Frankfort Frankfort Art Fair 231-352-7251
There's a state fishery and fish museum nearby in Indian River.
At Hartwick Pines (about 75 miles east) you'll find a restored lumberjack camp with a cookhouse, memorabilia, camp quarters museum, and miles of trails through standing virgin white pines, some so big around that 20 people, hand in hand, can't encircle them.
Let's not forget a kayak or canoer's dream...Drummond Island
. Going there would be a full day trip. Click on: Kayaking Drummond Island - Great Upper Michigan Paddling
There are S H I P W R E C K S
on Drummond Island, too!
Downtown Petoskey is filled with original, one of a kind stores, eateries (American Spoon!) and art. There is a downtown park with a giant waterfall that is a great photo op. The big, Chicago/Detroit money came up to this part of the state to escape the city heat back in the early 1900's. They left their mark here and on Mackinac Island in all the Victorian, estate cottages and the general feel of the area.
We will have a sign up sheet at the campground for anyone who would like to visit Bay Harbor and Bay Harbor Marina (a gorgeous marina and seaside town with excellent fine dining) to take a ride on "The Rodfather", our 30' Boston Whaler. She will be moored there during the rally and will be giving little lake shore tours. --You can also sign up to take a day cruise to Mackinac Island and back on her (two hour cruise each way). Arrive for lunch at the Grand Hotel in style! Departing Friday morning and Saturday morning cost TBD--but it will be just to help with gas.-- Sunday morning we are trying to put together a salmon charter. My son is a tournament fisherman and he volunteered his boat and his time if we can help him out with gas and tip his crewman.
Michigan has some premier golf courses in the area.
There is an historic (trail) road from Petoskey to Mackinaw City called the Tunnel of Trees. Along this maybe 30 mile route is picturesque drop offs to Lake Michigan, quaint shops--just a few--and a nice winery. The road is a path is a road, winding it's way under trees that literally touch over the top and close out the light.
There are some historic Forts to visit on Mackinac Island and in Mackinac City. Seeing the Mackinac Bridge lit up at night is beautiful.
Lighthouses line the state's shoreline. So many lighthouses, so little time!
Steve has way more experience than I do --so you are in goods hands. Last year was my first year camping with any type of RV and going to campgrounds. My first try at this landed me in a camp spot right next to the dumpsters. What I lack in experience, I make up for in excitement. It will be pure joy for all of us trolls (living under the bridge) to share PURE MICHIGAN with everybody from out of state.