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Old 01-25-2012, 05:09 PM   #99
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We are going to be in Mich and we would put this on our calender for sure.
If you really want to be with us you need to commit in the next two days or you'll be on your own to get a site through the reservation system.

If you'd like to pre-register for a site we need your arrival date, departure date and length of trailer posted right here on the thread.

Hope you can make it.
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Old 01-26-2012, 04:44 PM   #102
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Plan D

More drama. The park backed out of their commitment to let us reserve a block of sites before they're open to the public.

The plan right now is that Kelly and myself are going to hit the reservation system at midnight on August 1st and reserve about 15 or 20 sites for those of us arriving on Wednesday. Then we'll do it again on the 3rd and try to get five more sites for those who can only make it for the weekend.

Right now we have 14 units who have "pre-registered" with us. Hopefully we can gain another 11 as the rally gets closer.

I've looked at the map and the Google Earth imagery and I'd like to try to get us the sites I've circled in red. We'd all be backed in toward each other making for a nice group. It's more open and grassy in this spot which would make it easy to pull picnic tables together for a nice potluck and central gathering area close to most people's trailers. That's only 15 sites, so the rest we'd try to get across the street to the south (in the woods). These sites are primarily 35 foot sites with some 30s and 40s mixed in. Any objections or suggestions?

I can guarantee there will be a few units who already have reservations in that area just like the red numbers on the map. We won't be exclusively Airstream, but we'll do our best.

As a last resort we're going to check with a few private campgrounds in the Mackinaw City area to see if they can accommodate us just incase we get online and find a bad situation. The overwhelming consensus is that we want to do it at the park if at all possible, and by getting up for a midnight assault, I think we'll be fine.
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Thanks to Steve & Kelly for all the work you're putting into this.

Private campgrounds may also be a struggle to get, as many in very popular areas will reserve a year in advance.

If nothing can be found I wonder if we went a week later if that would make a difference? Second week in August sometimes begins semi-off-season.


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Old 01-26-2012, 05:06 PM   #104
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Steve,

We know you and you know us so we trust your judgment on what needs to happen with sites.

As a side comment, when I was trying to sign up for the Moraine View rally, the system wouldn't let me sign up till 7:00 a.m. of the day I was eligible to make a reservation -- not a minute after midnight. Don't know how it works for the Michigan DNR.
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I'm okay with your plan. I see many people are arriving on the 1st. But don't forget some (us for instance) are arriving on the 31st so we'll have to be a separate entry on your "checkout screen."

Would it be helpful to make a post to this thread with the entire list and who's arriving when? It can be copied and pasted as others add to the list.

For example:
Avatar Name, Arrival Date, Number of Nights (departure date), length

nvestysly, 7/31, 5 nights (8/5), 29 ft.
mcair...
TinLoaf...
etc.

I just thought of something... and this may have been mentioned previously... On the checkout screen you have to enter names in the fields for each site. I guess you can use the avatar names and put Smith or Jones or something as the last name.

I hope we don't have to go with a commercial campground. Wilderness State Park seems like such a good location.

Feel free to ignore any of my comments. Just trying to keep the discussion going.

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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.

(Reviews)
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
chance.
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!
Liked: Bathrooms



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
EMAIL office@campmackinaw.com
Physical Address
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.
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:21 PM   #107
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Looks good to me.

Whatever you decide will work for us.


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Old 01-27-2012, 03:28 PM   #108
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Looks great! Sounds like there is lots of stuff to make it worth the cost. It is quite a bit less $$ than Petosky's KOA.
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There are advantages and disadvantages to the private campground. The primary advantage is a guarantee. I also like the fact that we'll have a roof over our heads for potlucks and gatherings if it rains. You can't beat the view. Location is great. We can use Maggie's made-from-scratch pancake recipe and have a nice pancake breakfast one morning using the campground griddle.

The disadvantage is cost. We'll try to get a group discount, but right now it looks like we'll have a block of sites with lakeside sites at $40 per night and right across the street are $29. We have until a few days to think this over as an alternative to the unknown at Wilderness State Park.

I know the overwhelming view was Petoskey State Park over the Petoskey KOA, so please please please speak your mind.
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:39 PM   #110
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Works for us . . . . you had me at "remodeled bathrooms . . . "

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Old 01-27-2012, 03:49 PM   #111
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We are fine with cost$29 is not much more than the state park. The objection to Petosky KOA was cost for what you got. It was in the $50/$60 range and had no view at all. This place is cheaper and the views are great. Biking distance to the ferry means that we can take our own bikes and not have to rent them on the island.
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I think this might be the place that Jack Canavera held a rally at back in '04 or '05.

Looks good to me!

Are these full hookup sites?
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