7.8 Good

Brookside Park

Otsego, Michigan

M-89 at the east City limits
Otsego, Michigan 49078
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 4
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 42.45557
Longitude: -85.68738

Elevation: 716' (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 ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • 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 yes
  • 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 ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • 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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5 Reviews

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Review Count: 70
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Not all 30 amp plugs work. 3 concrete pads, other sites are grass. No dump anywhere in town or close around that I can find either here in person or on web - sanidump.com. Groceries and fuel are close as is hwy. access. Good water. Nice place to stay and can't Beat the price ! ! ! We camped at Brookside Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

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

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Brookside Park is not an RV Park. There is an old sign near the campsites that says "tourist camp." I have a feeling it's been here awhile! There are four sites with electric and a couple without for tents. Even though it is very near M89, it is very quiet. There is a police presence. You must go to the police station in Otsego to register. I called first, even though on a Sunday, and the dispatcher sent an officer over to the park. He told us to wait and pay in the morning when the pd was open for business as we planned to stay the full three days limit. As it turned out we have friends in the area and decided to use our 3 days every six months for the whole year. This is okay with the city. The six month period begins when you register. We stayed for six days so we will not be able to stay again until May 2018. The rv sites have a concrete pad and a picnic table. There is 30 amp electric and a shared water spigot for each two sites. Easily solved with a splitter if you happen to have a neighbor. There is a grill on a post for each site. Sites relatively level. Trash receptacles are just outside the door. We were the only campers. There is a gazebo close by and a wetland just across from the campsites. The flowers were beautiful and I imagine the mosquitoes would be quite heavy in the summer months. Dogs are allowed throughout the park. There are doggie waste bag dispensers scattered throughout the park. WalMart and Meijer's nearby. Also movie theatre and restaurants. This park is a great value! We camped at Brookside Park in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Surface
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Judy's Restaurant is downtown and a trip into the past. We ate a very good breakfast there and met Judy herself. She is quite a character and lovely, hospitable woman.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is not a campground in the traditional sense, but rather it is a city park that has four parking spaces with services for RV’s. Two of these spaces have concrete pads and two have just grass parking. There are also sites for tent camping, but I couldn’t tell exactly where these are. This campground is no longer free, but it’s close. The charge is now (May 2014) an almost nominal $10 per night. You must register and pay at the police department, which is less than a mile from the park. The address of the PD is 127 Court Street, but directions are not given. The phone number is also not given, but it is (269) 692-6111. I advise that you park your RV first and then drive or walk to the PD; parking at the police station with a big rig would be difficult. If you visit the park’s web site, be aware that it covers all of Otsego, MI, parks, not just Brookside Park. You may camp here for only three days in a row, and may do this only two times per calendar year. I assume that these restrictions are to prevent full-time camping, but three days is still not very long. If no one is waiting for a space, or if there are two or three open spaces you may be allowed to stay longer than the three day maximum, but only under some circumstances. You must ask at the police department for permission. I didn’t see anything that indicates that camping is limited to certain months of the year. I am pretty sure it’s open year-round. I was told that they do not take reservations, but you can double check by calling ahead. Alcohol is not allowed in the park, but I doubt that they will search your RV. I wouldn’t drink any alcohol outside of the coach. (This is merely a suggestion and does NOT constitute legal advice.) The park is directly off of State Highway 89, which is also Allegan Street, but is set down a slight hill so that when you are in the park you don’t even know there’s a street nearby. There is almost no traffic on the park’s single interior road. The park closes at 10:00 p.m., but the road is not physically blocked so you can still get in and out. So can everyone else, of course. The police receptionist told me that the police cruise through the park once or twice per night. One just went by at 9:55 p.m. checking the area with a searchlight. It’s nice to know they are here. The park is not listed by name on Google maps and could be difficult to find. If you search for it by name you will find a location that’s miles away in Indiana. The GPS coordinates for the campsites are: N42o 27' 19", W085o 41' 02". If you copy the following coordinate string into a Google Maps search window (https://maps.google.com/) the green arrow will point directly to the campsites. The satellite view shows the park well. N 42 27' 19 W 085 41' 02 The park has 30 amp and 20 amp electrical service to each of the four sites and one freeze-proof water spigot for each two sites. If you are sharing a water faucet, one of you must have a two-way splitter. If not, there’s a Wal-mart just down the road. Each RV site has its own picnic table, and three sites have a small concrete pad for them. Each site has a steel grill mounted on a post. Campfires are not allowed. Two of the RV sites have a 10' x 30' concrete pad. The other two have only grass, but the soil appears solid, even after several days of rain. There are enough trees to make you feel like you’re in a park, but only one that will block satellite reception from one of the RV sites. There are no real restroom facilities, although while we were here there were one or two porta-potties in the park. There is no dump station for either black or gray water. There is no Internet service of any kind, but cell phone reception is good if you use that for your Internet. Dogs are allowed only on leash and only in the vicinity of your RV site. They are not allowed in the rest of the park. It should go without saying that you should clean up after your dog, but I’ll say it anyway because there’s a $20 fine if you are caught failing to do so. I say this also because I didn’t appreciate having to clean up after the previous camper’s dog. One attraction you shouldn’t miss if you are in this area is the Gilmore Car Museum, which is less than 20 miles away in Hickory Corners, MI. My wife and I couldn’t see it all in the three and a half hours we had. See: www.gilmorecarmuseum.org. This park is a very nice place to stay for a very reasonable price as long as you are okay with the minimal services provided. I highly recommend it if you want to see this part of Michigan. We camped at Brookside Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here because there was nothing else in the area. Registration is cumbersome as you have to go into town to the police station, pay and get a permit. The receptionist who handled this was ---less than efficient. Campground is next to a marsh, so expect mosquitoes. Supposedly there are 8 sites; however, only two water connections of which each is to be shared by 2 sites. There are chemical toilets in the park, but that is it. We would travel on rather than stay here again. We camped at Brookside Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Date of Stay: June, 2008 - $1.00
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