In the interest of transparency, please take a look at the information I have sent to Tin Loaf (Steve) regarding the possibility of moving our rally to a private campground if they could guarantee us that we could park together. The campground we are looking at has a private pavilion with giant griddle for group cooking, free shuttle to and from the Mackinac Island Ferry, offers free golf at the public course in town, has a swimming pool, etc. They have lots on the lake for $40/nite and the rest in our grouping would be at $29/nite. Look at the map first and note that the Mackinaw Bridge is right in front of us by area "J" and it is lit at night. They have placed a "hold" on 20 spots until Monday. We have time to hash out a plan that will work best for us.
Note: I was so mad at Buzz at the state campground that I could spit. He made a lot of promises on the phone that he was unable to keep. There. I feel better.
I'm also including a video link of the campground and the campground map. You will want to open the map in another window and refer to it as you read what they can guarantee us.
Agreed, state campgrounds are a favorite but I want to run this option and pricing past everyone for your thoughts.
Here is the map: Map of Camp (Image) - Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping
Here is the video: Windows Media streaming video version of Mackinaw City Camping in Mackinac at Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping
My unedited email to Steve:
Talked to Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground and they have 30 amp /
water sites for us, all together, half on the lakefront right by the
sandy swimming beach and the other half backing up to that so that we
would own the loop. I put the campground map link in the subject so
you can click it quick. We would have area S (at top of map) and
looking left over to J and around J to H. At point J there is a wide
open view of the Mackinaw Bridge and it is lit up at night. We would
be right by the free shuttle station to the ferry boats. The
campground offers discounts to area attractions and a free pass to a
public golf course, Tengo WiiFi, a heated swimming pool and a camp
store. It is owned by same family for 45 years and have youtube
videos of their history to look at. I guess there are wooded bike
trails and you can bike to Mackinaw City on those trails. Read the
following reviews. I copied the best and worst of them to save you
time. She is holding this through Monday morning so we have time to
stew on it. From reading the reviews, the only thing that scares me
is that the sites could be tight and the place itself a little worn
but they just remodeled the bathrooms. Could be small sites. The
lake lots are $40/nite, the others are $29/nite. I did not negotiate
(yet) on price with her. Just got info.
Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground
Well maintained, huge spacious park with an incredible view of the
Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island and a mile of lakefront to
explore. Bathrooms are CLEAN and well kept up. They enforce quiet
hours after 10 p.m. which is a huge PLUS. Also lots of free things to
do (swim in heated pool, play mini golf, bike on miles of wooded
roads, antique firetruck and tractor hayrides, swim and play on
natural beaches and many playgrounds, free shuttle to Mackinac Island
Ferry). A beautiful and well stocked store with ice cream and fresh
pizza, beer! The staff is very friendly and the campers that come here
are very nice. Unless you are here on a super busy weekend there is
plenty of space and the camp has been INCREASING campsite sites sizes
(doubling and tripling the size of sites) over the past 5 to 10 years
we have been going! The camp is close enough to town that I ride my
bike on the wooded trail to Mackinaw City or to Mill Creek Discovery
Park. PLUS if you stay at the park in ANY site or Cabin - 18 hole golf
is FREE!!! in afternoons at the beautiful HUGE Mackinaw Club Golf
Course!! I don't know anyplace that offers a deal like that! I have
been here in both a small tent (wooded and intimate) and a large RV
(roads and sites large enough for BIG RV's) and there were sites that
were comfortable for either type of camping. Showers are clean and
warm - even when busy. They have a firepan policy (you get a pan for a
fire that gets picked up and dumped when you leave) I haven't seen
anywhere else, but it avoids dirty firepits and invasions by skunks
and raccoons that are drawn to smelly campfire waste. This is probably
why they aren't plagued by varmits the way most parks are. Wifi was
reasonable and worked the best of any park I have been in - very good
web speeds. We tell everyone about this place and are planning our
family reunion here. One of the things I like the best is that this
campground was built over the past 45 years by the same family that
operates it today - its not some corporate or government operation.
This is our "go to" escape destination. We stay here whenever we get a
Liked: Showers, Bathrooms, Nicely shaded sites.
Liked: Bathrooms, The overall beautiful campground and friendly staff,
We love this campground and will definitely be back!
We've been to a lot of parks in the Midwest and I think this one was
slightly over the size they can easily manage. I have to agree with a
previous writer, even though we had a fairly nice site, the traffic
was non stop. Fantastic showers and nice clean restrooms. Many sites
are very tight. Don't waste your money on the WiFi connection. It has
to be the worst I have ever come across. They kept telling me that I
am in a great spot, but I could not keep online any longer than a few
minutes at a time. Camp could use some sprucing up. Seems to be
getting a little run down. May be back, but there are a lot of nicer
places to try first.
Liked: Showers, Bathrooms
Great Place To Stay! WHAT A GREAT AREA TO VISIT. We have been staying
at Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping and traveling around the area. The park
has lots of things for the kids, swimming pool, three playgrounds, a
beach, and lots of roads for bike riding. Not far away is a waterpark.
The HIstoric Mill Creek just south of the park offers a look back and
for those looking for a thrill a zip line.. As adullts we enjoy the
scenery in the area, the great places to eat, and history offered of
the area. Visited the light house, and fort. Over the bridge we
traveled to Sault St.Marie to the locks. also visited the Casino in
St. Ignace. There are several light houses within a day trip. So if
you are traveling with kids or just adults. you can always find
something interesting and fun to do in the area.
Ok place to stay if you like to be packed in like a sardine! Went to
this place for vacation. First thought is poor customer service. Then
you get to your campsite and see how small it is. You're packed right
on the next group. When you take a shower, it is one temp.. push to
use. (and can be HOT) The toilet buttons are so hard to push, there's
a really good chance you'll enter to a full toilet. The firewood is
wet, and you have to get a pan to burn your fire in (make sure to
clean up your ashes as well!) TRY ANOTHER CAMPGROUND
Once again, we had a terrific Labor Day weekend at Mackinaw Mill
Creek. This was our 41st year and I can't say enough good things about
this place. We've always stayed in the wooded area and love it there.
They have the check-in down to a science... friendly faces and fast
service. I know computers make it easier, but it's the hard work of
the staff that really make it go smoothly. The grounds, as always, are
top notch and well tended. And the "golf cart patrol" makes it a safe
environment for our little ones to bike around or play on the great
playgrounds. The bathrooms were always clean, a must when I choose
campgrounds. This year, the camp store even loaned me a funnel to help
fill water in our camper (and I didn't have to sign my life away to
use it). Being able to purchase discounted tickets to area attractions
right at the office is an added perk. Our 3 generations sure took
advantage of that. Above all, the friendliness and helpfulness of the
entire staff is what makes Mackinaw Mill Creek the great place it is.
Thank you for being the best campground around!
Feel free to call them yourself if you have additional questions. The "hold" has been placed under the name Kelly Kupiec.
Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping
Phone: (231) 436-5584
Fax: (208) 246-4350
9730 US Hwy 23
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Steve's reply to me:
To be honest, I prefer camping in State Parks, but a private campground like this is much more conducive to rallies. It doesn't matter that the sites are close together when you know you neighbors, and the pavilion could save us if it's rainy. The huge griddle could work. We've had big pancake breakfasts before and it's a real hit.
Everyone was very down on the KOA in Petoskey, but this one right on the water with a view of the bridge and island may change people's tune. My only concern is the cost.
Could you pose the question to the thread? That way we can see what others think.