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21 RV Parks near Shelbyville, Michigan
Jul 2016 - $28.00
Yankee Springs is a relatively large campground on Gun Lake which is a flood control type man made lake. Beautiful and a great lake to ski, tube wake board etc. The campground is an older facility. During our visit the temperatures were in the low 90s. Our 30 amp service continued to cut out to the degree that the second day in I talked to the park rangers about getting my money back. They were very understanding but did suggest that I try plugging into the power pedestal with out using my Progressive Industries power and surge protector. I politely declined telling them I have more faith in the P.I. device that their power supply. A couple of real nice rangers than came by and changed the circuit breakers and plug socket. This seemed to do the trick. If it wasn't for the great service by the three rangers who addressed my power issue I would've given YS a lower rating. This campground lets anything go. They do not seem to limit the amount of people on each campsite, though the Michigan DNR reservation system asks how many people will be on a site. Next to us was a birthday party with over 20-30 people sitting around pop up shelters with numerous kids. At other sites you would see extension cords running all over the place to power all kinds of electronics beside just campers. No wonder they have brown outs when the temps get into the 90s. It a shame because YS has some real nice water front campsites that some folks had their boats tied up to shoreline posts. Swimming in the lake is easy and convenient either at the small campground only sandy beach or anywhere along the shoreline, the water is very shallow a long way out. My wife and I don't think we would return to Yankee Springs, its just to crowded and loud for our camping pleasure. - vincee
Aug 2015 - $26.00
This park is nice and very quiet for as busy as it is. Fishing has several piers into the lake and the lake is large enough for all boating activities. Most sites were large enough and were arranged so groups can 'circle the wagons'. The only problem was the mosquitoes which were very bad. - dalenoel
Jun 2010 - $28.00
We very much enjoyed our stay and Yankee Springs. The sites were big and wooded, the beach and fishing pier were very excellent. The playground was a bit dated but the kids still enjoyed it. My only complaint was the lack of water to each site. We knew that going in but it was a bigger issue for us than we originally thought it would be. Also I expected parking for my tow vehicle would have been included but it wasn't so I had to pay an extra $24 for a season parking permit. - tripletdad
Jul 2009 - $12.00
This is by far the best rustic campground on the face of the earth. Some sandy, some grass with 3 loops of 120 campsites. Lot's of woods and old oak trees 100 years old! I started camping here 5 years ago with the family and it is a true family campground. Rangers are very polite and well patrolled to ensure this stays a family setting. Each loop has a hand pump for water, and latrine. Park is well taken care of, not one leaf out of place! The Michigan Mountain Bike Association has done a wonderful job to make it one of the best 10.5 miles of riding. Please, if you walk the trails make sure you walk the same way as bike traffic. Make sure you stop at Sam's Joint and get a rack of rib's to cook over a open flame. Or Sunny Jim's pizza can deliver to your campsite as well. If you want to fall off the face of the earth than this is the place. You can also drive to the Gun Lake modern campground 4 miles away to take a hot shower, just tell the park ranger you are camping at deep lake. - Hanson
Jul 2008 - $12.00
Deep Lake is the rustic campground in the Yankee Springs Recreation Area. Fantastic place to camp to "get away from it all". Most sites are in the deep woods along with a few more sunny sites. There are quite a few smaller sites or sites for tents only so be sure to check. Sites range from grassy to sandy and a few overlook the lake. Our site only had one other site within 100 yards of it. On check-in you can go thru the campground and choose a site. There are 120 sites, only half are reserveable and they are typically only full on holidays. Being rustic there are no hookups but there are several vault toilets (clean) and well water via pump available. You can use a generator during the day so long as it’s quiet. Wood available at the ranger station. There is a dump station over at the modern Gun Lake campground that you can use, less then 10 miles away. Lots of hiking trails and mountain bike opportunities. Very, very quiet. - bonscott
Jul 2019 - $77.00
To be fair this is a RV resort and not a campground. If your looking for shade trees and a true outdoor camping experience this may not be the place for you. If what you want is clean manicured grass and paved roads and concrete pads with every amenity available then you found your place. Plenty of room between sites and nice mix of seasonals and transients. The only negative I had was when I was leaving pulling the trailer a grouchy seasonal walking her two dogs in the middle of the road got mad when she had to move out of the way and yelled at me to slow down even though my digital speedometer was showing 12mph. Sometimes seasonals are just grouchy towards transients so I assume that was the actual issue. - garysol1
Jul 2019 - $70.00
Used to be our favorite park but now is under new management. Power went off for over an hour and after staying three years in a row we were told this year that we could back in to the same site that we have backed into for the past three years. Because of how the electric is setup, if you don't back in you have to have a 50 foot electric cord. We were told this year to either buy the cord or leave so we chose to leave. We will NEVER stay here again. Beware. Rude campers rude employees. - Mike green
Jul 2019 - $52.00
What a beautiful park. We have stayed at a number of Sun RV Resorts - this is one of the loveliest. Typical for Sun, the reservation system is awful and unfortunately the resort office doesn't answer the phone (but will return a call after a message). Other than that, this park is a gem. Full amenities, immaculate, and large level sites. The "snack bar" has great pizza and sandwiches, and delivered warm cinnamon buns to the coach on Sunday morning! Do bring extra long electric cord and water hoses as these are located quite a distance but the site was so nice we didn't find this to be a huge problem. When in area will absolutely return. - retiredhappyrvers
Jul 2019 - $65.00
The campground it huge, 90%+ are seasonal sites. Being so large, it isn't really walkable to activities, so renting a golf cart is a must. We went on a holiday weekend and there were a lot of activities to keep us busy (pancake breakfast, flea market, buried treasure hunt for kids, RC car races, fireworks) and the kids loved the pool and water slide. It was a fun community feeling to the area. We have already reserved for another weekend. - TiffanyC
Jun 2019 - $25.00
This is the rural fairground/expo center and there are frequently things going on (a horse show while we were there). The sites are on grass and very spacious. There are plenty of shade trees and lots of open sites as well (satellite signal is very good here). We were the only rig in the entire park when we pulled in on a Friday night. Note, if you come in after 5pm, you're pretty much on your own to find a site and settle in. We arrived late on a Friday and couldn't find anyone to pay until the following Monday. Dump Station only. - Tessa & Toadee on the Road
Jul 2014 - $40.00
This is a wonderful campground with a friendly staff, clean inviting pool, and a nice little store. The hookups for some of the sites was on the wrong side. No problem, we just pulled in facing the other way. We shared a sewer with our neighbor which is also not a problem. We have family in the area and had visitors several times in the 3 days we were there. It was no problem. The park is dog friendly and we had no difficulty getting satellite and antenna reception. - Connie's Co-Owner
Jun 2011 - $50.00
Spacious park with spotless bathrooms, showers, pools and laundry room. Roomy level sites with excellent utilities and good Wi-Fi. Many seasonal campers, but all units and sites well maintained. We stayed in rear of the park on top of the hill and near pool, showers and bathrooms. Huge and beautiful log home on premises is used as the community center containing library, kitchen, TV room, and video and game room. Small lake/large pond and paddle boats available, but very weedy. Pool was great but crowded. Nice quiet place with space to spread out. - wombatman
Sep 2009 - $34.00
This is a very nice family campground off the beaten path. The owners keep the campground very clean. Hot clean showers. Very nice playground area, including shuffleboard and volleyball. They had a few boats for rent. They had a nice campstore and a barn with some arcade games, ping pong, and a pool table. We stayed in the campsites right across from the playground and they were nice size lots, grassy, and plenty of shade. We would definitely camp here again. - redheadmichigan
Jul 2018 - $10.00
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 ! ! ! - SailorGolf
May 2017 - $10.00
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! - arizona drifters
May 2014 - $10.00
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. - LorenB
Sep 2016 - $20.00
This park is actually located on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum and its primary use is as an overnight parking area for those wanting to visit the museum. A museum visit can easily span 2 days, so it is nice to spend the night without having to leave the grounds.
The museum spans 75 acres and is the largest of its kind in the US.
There is adequate space for 6 RVs and electrical service is limited to 20 amp service. Other than that, it is essentially dry camping. No dump site on the grounds.
There is an original 1960s Diner on the grounds that serves good food from a limited menu. - Lakewood90