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23 RV Parks near Hartford, Michigan
Jul 2010 - $1.00
This would be a great family campground. Area set aside for tents and popups. Park like setting. Fishing pond. Don't know why it is not full. Added an extra day when we got here. Very quiet. Would stay again. The only reason for the overall 7 rating is the roads. Just go slow. - ChrisnMarv
Sep 2017 - $77.00
This is a really nice park. It was mostly filled the weekend we were there, even though it was after Labor Day. Lots of kids, but very quiet. There were a number of activities for the kids. Our dog enjoyed the dog park, and we appreciated the very helpful escort when we arrived. They sent me an email a day or so before our reservation date, offering us the ability to order pizza delivered to the site when we arrived. Also a nice touch.
We had a premium site, and it came with premium wifi, but I wasn't impressed with either the premium or the regular wifi. We liked our site: it had a nice gas grill, patio set, and a two-seat bench with a table in the middle by the fire pit. Very pretty.
We went to visit the dunes during our stay, and it was ~1/2 hour drive to get there. Honestly, my only complaint, and it was a pretty major annoyance, is about the weeds that had small burrs in them that grew along the park's dirt roads. Unfortunately, our dog got burrs in all of her feet before we knew that they were there. The plants themselves weren't really obvious: they looked like any other small, short weed right next to the road and the burrs were green and not obvious at all. We hadn't gone 15 steps before the dog refused to walk anymore, and we had to carry her to and pick out about 20 burrs from the fur around her feet and in between her toes while she cried. (Which of course stuck our fingers while we were trying to remove them.) I think they should mow about six inches further in from the roadway, and that would solve the problem. Once we knew they were there, we were able to walk in the middle of the road and avoid them. - Morning Star
Aug 2017 - $52.00
There are a few things to be aware of prior to making a decision to stay at this KOA: 1. The fee displayed on the website when making a reservation is not the fee you will pay. They charge a $6 per day "resort fee" which means that every site is $6 more than the quoted amount. You do not discover this until you have clicked the reserve button. 2. You are charged the full amount for your stay at the time of reservation. The KOA reservation policy states that normally you will be charged a deposit of one night's stay, but sometimes the campground may charge the full amount. But if that is the case, it will be stated on the specific campground's website; I could not find any such statement. Again, you do not find out about this until you click the reserve button. 3. They say they have free WiFi. However, they do not have free functional WiFi. The free WiFi seldom works even to just get email. When we questioned this they said it was because the campground was full and had too many people using it. However, we stayed beyond the weekend when the campground had maybe 10% occupancy and it only worked occasionally for a short time. They will sell you "premium WiFi" for $8. Our experience with the premium was better, but you still got dropped occasionally. Our attitude about the campground would have been better if these things were known before making the decision to stay in this campground. A few of the other negatives: • Dirt/gravel roads and sites. The roads can be dusty and the sites dirty. Some sites have grass. • Very few sites have any shade. Okay if you like to sit in the hot sun. • Here are some of the good things: • Staff is very friendly. Probably the KOA's staff is their best asset. • Lots of activities for kids if you like that sort of thing - especially on weekends. • Most sites are pretty good size. • Some nice landscaping around the office. - RXA-ADM
Aug 2017 - $60.00
Everything was well kept. E/W/S worked well. - Skipp
Jun 2018 - $45.00
The only reason we stay here is its covenient to our families. The place is full of gophers that chewed the wires in our tow vehicle. Sites are seldom mowed, grass gets quite tall. The laundry is not clean, the machines are usually outta order. Water stinks!! Water drains are full of dirt and leaves. It seems the only thing anyone cares about is the money that goes into their pockets. Unfortunately it's the closest to our family. - Doglover68
Mar 2018 - $38.00
Oak Shores is another "campground" that in reality is a weekend getaway for the locals, as most of the trailers are permanently parked. The campground has two nice lakes, and all the lake spots are taken. So don't expect to camp along the lake shores. We where in the area for a family event and only needed a place to stay. It was the first open weekend of the year, and many people where cleaning their campsites and blowing away dead leaves. As with many campgrounds of this type, there are golf carts everywhere, seems like everyone owns one. Overall, it is good value and nice place to stay for a few days, but don't expect a quite or low traffic campground, as it is quite busy all hours of the day and night. Water pressure was good but was located on the opposite side of our site, and our site had a new electrical panel installed over the winter. They advertised wifi but it required a password that where not given at check-in, so we didn't use it. - damonbeals
Jun 2017 - $38.00
We've stayed here numerous times. This campground is okay. Not too fancy, not shabby. Lots of golf cart traffic and kids playing in the street. It can get crowded on busy holiday weekends. Power and water is setup weird in older section. I've had to use our 30 amp extension cord and extra hose. They recently built a new section and dredge a pond in the middle These sites are very nice, concrete parking pad and normal utilities. - J.P.
Aug 2017 - $33.00
This park has big trees for shade and a pretty setting. It is 15-20 min. out from South Haven in a very rural area along the interstate. It was not enjoyable to sit outside beause of the bugs and interstate noise. The bathrooms are very old, small and crowded in the mornings. There was no tv reception. There are not many water hookups, so bring extra hose to reach. - Red dog mom
Aug 2014 - $15.00
We enjoyed this rustic campground. There are lots of huge trees. It's a bit tricky to get parked. However, the owner was very helpful with suggestions on how to get into our site. He even let us drive the wrong way on a road to avoid having to unhook our car in a rainstorm. There are several long term residents, but all sites were clean, as was all the campground. This campground only has water and electric and no cable. However, the satellite worked surprising well with all those trees, and Verizon signal was strong. The owners were friendly and helpful. We would camp here again. - RV Artist
Sep 2011 - $15.00
Campground is in the timber so the sites are grass/forest floor. When it rains it will be muddy in most places. Water and power connections are shared so you may have to connect on the curb side. Some require 50+ feet of hose and may be across another site. Both water and power (30amp) were good. The sites are situated around the connections and are hard to tell which way to park since they are not set up with gravel or pads. If you plan to stay any time soon be aware that you cannot go by any published directions or GPS. There is a bridge closed over the Blue Star Highway right next to the campground. When we called for availability they didn’t tell us about the closure and we drove for an hour to find it. You have to be on 44 East of the park and follow 44 around the road closed barrier. - Fulltime 5er
Sep 2016 - $18.00
This is primarily a seasonal cg with approximately 20 grass sites set for overnighters or longer. 8 could be described as pull thru. You drove on the grass to get into your site. No issues with our 43'. The other sites are back in. All sites are grass and fairly level. Sites are large.
The park is clean and well maintained. We stayed after Labor Day in the middle of the week and the park is quiet. Very few lights and the stars are very bright. It's off the Interstate and great if looking for a great night's rest. We would return. - rudy1
Aug 2010 - $30.00
This is a mainly seasonal park. There are only about 10 sites for daily rate use. Most of these sites I would not recommend for big rigs. Our site was a dirt back-in with hookups in an awkward place. Park has a small beach on the lake. - Onemoretrail
Oct 2004 - $25.00
This was a nice place, without many useless amenities at a good price (in 2004). The staff was friendly and accommodating when we had to leave early due to an illness in our family. Beach was small but clean, and the water was amazingly clear for an inland lake. Bathrooms were clean and nicely appointed. Showers were a quarter for 10 minutes of use, but were hot with good water pressure. PLENTY of counter space and mirrors in the ladies' room for toiletries and putting on makeup. I would have preferred some shade in the tenting area - it was out in the open. We would come back again. - tracyj
Sep 2018 - $48.00
Camped here again for our yearly fall trip. New owners have made many improvements and are continuing to make more. Roads within the campground could stand some hole patching. We noticed that the back in sites at the rear of the campground were difficult for the drivers to maneuver. Beware of some train noise. - Looney Bird
Jul 2018 - $46.00
Great family atmosphere, friendly staff new owners are putting a lot of resources and energy into the park. The camp store is outstanding with real souvenirs, the upgraded sites with large swing and upgraded fire ring are great, hope they add more. The back of the park has a few sites with concrete patio and fire ring with round table and chairs these sites are full hookup and big rig friendly. They also back up to a dense woods that makes for outstanding scenery. - BillU
Jun 2018 - $35.00
Very nice KOA close to St Joseph and Benton Harbor. Nice wooded, shady, quiet, and family friendly campground. Some sites are a bit close together but it is a large campground and had plenty of room / empty sites. - FlyStar
Aug 2017 - $34.00
The campground was clean and the staff was friendly. There were a lot of families with kids. The sites were small, very close together, not level and very difficult to back into; expect to make several attempts. It's an older park that hasn't been updated. Several sites share electric panel. Dump station on slight hill as you enter the park. No TV, cell phone or wifi service since the campground is in a ravine, completely surrounded by trees. On a positive note, the beach is very close and nice; sandy with very few rocks. - max7_3
Jul 2016 - $32.00
This is our favorite "hidden gem" campground, and we drive up annually from central IL to this southwest corner of MI to stay for 4-5 days. The campground has a 1/4 mile stretch of Lake Michigan beach that you MIGHT share with a dozen people during the week. Weekends are a little busier with day-pass traffic to the beach, but still not very crowded.
The camping area is wooded, nestled between shaded dunes for a nice protection from hot sun and heavy winds (you can leave your awning out all the time). A short walk over some boarded stairways/walkways and you are on the beach! It's a great blend of environments that I've never experienced at any other campground.
This side of Lake Michigan has real sandy beaches, crashing waves on breezy days, outstanding weather in the summer months, and sunset views over the Lake that you will not forget. For us Midwesterners, it's as close to an ocean beach experience as you can get.
The campground is older with water/30 amp electric sites (no full hookups), a dump station, as well as primitive tent sites and small cabin rentals if you don't have an RV. Sites are sandy (which I don't mind) and fairly level. There are two "loops" of RV sites, one larger loop for smaller trailers/motorhomes, and another smaller loop with larger sites for bigger rigs. We have been here in a 35' motorhomes and trailers and have always been able to get a larger site in the smaller loop, which is actually a more private because day traffic goes the other direction.
Sites are nicely separated with heavy rope dividers on wooden posts. The office has very friendly staff on-site every day, and they sell small supplies, firewood, ice, drinks, and ice cream.
Recent years have brought some upgrades in walking paths (to the beach) and a new bathhouse in the smaller loop. This is a town-owned park facility and it's obvious that they do put money and care into it, to keep it updated (as much as possible) and maintained. - scottydl
Aug 2015 - $32.00
This is a little known park. You can walk to the beach at Lake Michigan which is 100 yards away. Very nice sandy beach. People bid on the park to run it. Sites are okay for a more rustic stay. Value was good because of access to lake which is not dog friendly. We would stay here again, maybe for a week. If you rent a site access to beach is included otherwise people without RV's pay $7 a day for beach access. Lots of people stay in tents. - Mark from Missouri
Jul 2018 - $32.00
Van Buren SP is in a nice location in Southwest Michigan. The park is nice, expansive, with lots of trees, plenty of campsites, and a pleasant strip of beach, just North (within visual sight) of the nuclear power plant. Perhaps that is why the water is so pleasantly warm. The restrooms smelled of urine and were generally unpleasant to use. Campsites are nice and level, but the fire rings were built from surplus pipe and concrete, and poorly designed. A lot of smoky, poorly ventilated fires made for a heavy haze emanating from the park. This necessitated closing our windows to prevent asphyxiation from the smoke. Our 50 amp service had a bad leg, so we had to settle for 30amps. This next paragraph is directed more at the State of Michigan. You have a lot of nerve charging a daily recreational fee of $8.95 for each vehicle, especially for the camping unit itself. I have learned to accept a daily fee for extra vehicles in order to keep the traffic limited, but not for the RV. Being smacked for an additional $54 for three days did not set well. The roads are in poor shape, with patches and seams that will jar your bolts loose. And what about all those miles of coastline that are obscured by private property? There are 49 other states to visit and spend money in. Michigan is no longer on the list. - Kvw613
Aug 2017 - $25.00
nice park although the beach was rocky and was quite a hike from the campsite. We were required to purchase a seasonal/annual permit @ $32.00. - max7_3
Jul 2017 - $27.00
We have camped at most of the state parks along lake michigan. Some how we never made it here until now. Our site was grass over sand so plan on some blocks under the levelers. We ended up near the playground which the kids loved. State park play grounds are hit an miss. This one was one of the better ones. Roads are paved and can be a little tight to navigate. We disconnected the toad before entering the park. upon arriving at our site it was clear that it would be tight to back in. It was a good thing the campers across the street had not arrived otherwise it would have been difficult to back in with one shot. Verizon signal was about 50% internet speed was good but not top speed. ATT signal was a little better. - TeamErnzer
Oct 2013 - $14.00
This is really a mobile home park with 7 RV sites in own area. Nice back-in concrete pads. Quiet Park. It is not a resort but is a nice place to stay if you have things to do in area. Rate reflects monthly rate. - RichardB1952
Feb 2011 - $25.00
I stayed here six weeks while working at Palisades Nuclear Station. This is a basic RV Park with few amenities. However, the owners are very pleasant and accommodating. - 870xprs
Jul 2017 - $25.00
This park is older and run down, has a lot of potential though. Proprietors make their money from long term rentals not for transient. It does not appear that the owners are very hands on. Other than check-in never saw anyone except for a guy mowing once a week. There does not appear to be any enforcement of any rules, policies or conditions. If you don't mind the conditions or don't spend a lot of time at your site this could be a good value. Pro: Good location for exploring Southwestern Michigan. Lot of trees, very shady and there is sufficient overhead clearance for big rigs however it can be very tight maneuvering into a campsite. Some turns can be very tight. Utilities are sufficient. Most sites have 50 amp service, water, and septic. Picnic tables but the fire rings are Semi truck rims, makes them movable but very messy. Over air TV reception is pretty good, approx 12-15 channels between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. Because of the tree coverage could have difficulty with satellite TV but our Sirius worked fine. Absolutely no Internet. Cell Service was good and steady. There is a pool but didn't go. Security for park is a gate with key pad. There is also a small store on site but didn't go there either. Not much else for entertainment Lots of ponds and a stream, need maintenance. Even considering the shade, ponds and the amount of rain this area had gotten the mosquito nemesis was not too bad. Cons This park is mostly for yearly sites. The majority of the sites are small trailers that have been there for years with extensive landscaping and structures. Lots of children playing on the road. Not a problem, just drive slow. Weekends can get busy of course with groups coming in and camping in mass. The pics posted by the owners are from a very different time. - gargoyle
Jun 2016 - $30.00
The staff were pleasant and helpful. The site was nice, clean, shady and was of adequate size. The pool was nice and clean, while the other facilities were on the ragged side and looked like they had seen better days. The lake was beautiful but the docks and swimming raft were in poor condition. The swimming area had a sandy bottom, but weeds were encroaching making it a not very desirable place to swim. All of the boats were in disrepair and unusable. The island was overgrown and needed mowing and trimming. The horseshoe pits, shuffleboard decks and mini-golf course were again in total disrepair and therefore unusable. So, other than fishing, walking the trails and swimming in the pool. - Rocketman53
Jul 2015 - $20.00
A family campground in a "back to nature" setting." Friendly neighbors and staff. Swimming pool, lake, plenty of room for the kids to run and play. Our site was "rustic" and private - we liked that a lot! We stayed only one night, sat around a fire and watched fire flies. Would gladly return for a vacation length stay. One caution - bring plenty of insect repellant. Mosquitoes had their way with me. - arascal