7.6 Good

Ionia Recreation Area - Modern

Ionia, Michigan

2880 W David Hwy
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 100
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 42.92953
Longitude: -85.13407

Elevation: 768' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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9 Reviews

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We have stayed here many times as it is a little over an hour from home. The campground sits off Sessions Lake which is a small "no wake" lake making it great for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. There is a nice two-slot boat launch. They rent canoes and one person kayaks. The beach is nice, however the wild geese can sometimes make it a mess. There is a bath house located at the beach also. The recreation area also has a picnic area along the lake with a nice fishing pier. There are nice hiking trails that encompass the lake and surrounding area. Last year they finished resurfacing the main road which was terrible prior. The campground also has an equestrian camping loop. All sites are spaced well apart and have nice cover with the sites in the lower loop having more shade. There is a two-slot dump station at the campground entrance. All sites are paved, with 20 and 30A electric, fire rings, and picnic tables. There are central water spigots located around each loop. There is one bath house with (4) showers and (1) HCP shower. The water pressure is good also. The bath house is relatively clean and the rangers come mid day to tend to it. We were in site #12 this last visit, but have been in many different ones over the years. Some have more room than others. I haul a boat along and they are not concerned if you park vehicles or boats on the grass. Ionia is just six miles down the road where there is a Walmart, Meijers grocery, and many other establishments. Overall the recreation area is pretty quiet as it is five miles from I-96 and there are no large cities close by. We camped at Ionia Recreation Area - Modern in a Fifth Wheel.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Site 45. Stayed here with another family over July 4th weekend. The park is nice and appears to be well maintained. The camp hosts had a list of events planned for the kids which was well received by the four children camping with us. That all said, the park has some problems. First, and most annoying to me, the firewood sold at the ranger station ($5) was so wet that it was almost un-burnable. Second was the lack of rule enforcement by the rangers. There was lots of noise after 11:00 PM, the posted quiet time, as well as many campsites with more than two vehicles which caused for very congested camp roads. There were barking dogs all night and people shooting off fireworks well after midnight (sign posted saying "No Fireworks"). It's sad that such a beautiful location is ruined because it's so poorly managed. It is unlikely that we will stay here again. We camped at Ionia Recreation Area - Modern in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is set way off the road and provides a very nice country setting. A variety of different lots to choose from. Many of them shady and private. We took advantage of the hiking trails and really liked the part through the woods and over the creek. The bridge was out on the trail, but I think it just made the hike more fun. The beach has improved with much better sand than the previous year - although it is a distance from the campground and you will probably need to drive there. There were a lot of fishing boats on the water and people seemed to be reeling them in. There is also a horse campground too, so if you like horses take a walk through there. The playground has little to offer with only swings and a sandbox. The bathrooms were clean and the showers appeared to be too. Roads were paved so decent bike riding with a mountain bike trail. People were very friendly and most were local. We camped at Ionia Recreation Area - Modern in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Clean, quiet, grassy, large sites, paved roads, nice cement fire pits. The "lake view" sites provide for a wonderful sunset. We camped at Ionia Recreation Area - Modern in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2008 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Ionia Recreation Area is a wonderful campground. The fall colors were at their peak, and the park provided the most beautiful landscapes. The sites were well groomed, shaded and mostly level. There are several sites that offer plenty of privacy and some that are more open and less private. The hiking trails were well groomed and provided wonderful views of the lake, river and forest. If you have horses, this park offers a separate campground and plenty of riding trails. The beach is a decent hike from the campground (approx. 1 mile) and the campground does not have much to do for the kids right in the campground itself. However, the park offers a ton to do: hiking, fishing, swimming, horseshoes, beach volleyball. The price is right and the staff were very helpful and friendly. The bathrooms were always clean and the showers were hot and had great water pressure (3 out of the 6 were out of order). We will definitely come back to this park. We camped at Ionia Recreation Area - Modern in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2008 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

We really liked this campground. We do not use the beach, so the distance to the beach was of no concern to us. Hiking trail was great, although more hilly than we realized. Bathrooms were very clean. Soap and hand dryers too! Our site was 49, right around the corner from the bathroom which was convenient. We had a wooded area behind us and shrubs and trees on the end lot. So the only campers by us were on one side (our backside) and across the road from us. We felt the site was wonderfully secluded. It did get noisy with kids in the evening but by dark, all was quiet. Rangers very friendly. Equestrian campground was fun to walk through. Will definitely return. We camped at Ionia Recreation Area - Modern in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

This park features grassy 90-ft. wide sites with asphalt pad and access road, bordered by shrubs that give lots of privacy. Hiking, biking and horse trails wind around a lake, three miles in circumference. There are special campgrounds for horse owners. An excellent beach with bath house is ideal for families. However, there is no modern playground equipment at the park, and the beach is one mile from the campground. Staff is friendly and regular nature programs are offered in the summer. Speed boats and jet skis are not allowed on the lake so it is friendly for fishermen. There is a special pier for handicap fishing access. We camped at Ionia Recreation Area - Modern in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 213
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: July, 2006 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park not too far from Grand Rapids. Two mile park road to the campsites is not good (lumpy and pot holed) but better in the actual campground loops; we have a 30 ft class A. We had site #24 which the website called secluded and level. It does have great trees and greenery all around but the neighbors are still close enough that you could easily hear their music, conversations and yapping dog so I wouldn't consider it secluded. Also, after our levelers got us level our rear wheels were several inches in the air so even though it wasn't a problem I wouldn't call the site level. Small issues but would prefer an accurate site description. Staff keeps sites clean and maintained, they have paved pads, picnic tables and fire rings. No water at the sites but available at the dump station and a couple of spigots throughout the loop. Park has a very nice beach as well as equestrian and biking trails. We like the private individual showers in the bathhouse. Price is reasonable for a Michigan public park (not counting the additional motor vehicle permit fees for both MH and toad.) We camped at Ionia Recreation Area - Modern in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2004 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice campground. Paved interior roads. Has a big lake with swimming. The bathroom house is very spacious and new. Also equestrian campground w/49 sites. Nice hiking trails/biking trails. Overall a very beautiful campground. Will come back soon! We camped at Ionia Recreation Area - Modern in a Travel Trailer.

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