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How to Pick the Best Campsite Eaton Rapids MI

Having a wonderful camping experience is not completely out of your hands. A good stay at a campground starts with choosing the right campsite for your family. Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It's impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate.

Lansing Cottonwood Campground*
(517) 393-3200
5339 Aurelius Rd
Lansing, MI
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 29
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Paul Bunyan Family Kamp
(989) 471-2921
Ossineke, MI
Campground Availability
mid May thru mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Play Equipment, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (D.H. Day Campground)
(231) 334-4634
Glen Arbor, MI
Campground Availability
3-Apr thru 29-Nov
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Algonac State Park
(810) 765-5605
Algonac, MI
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, River Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Heartland Woods Family RV
(517) 565-3500
Stockbridge, MI
Campground Availability
15-May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Putting Green, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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The Campground*
(231) 824-9111
10330 E M-42
Manton, MI
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 31
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Playground, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Chippewa Landing Campground
(231) 313-0832
Manton, MI
Campground Availability
Apr thru Oct
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, River Swimming, Boating, Float Trips, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Valley Plaza Resort RV Park
(989) 496-2159
Midland, MI
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 10-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, No Motorcylists, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Lake Swimming, Hot Tub, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, REC Open to Public

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Proud Lake State Recreation Area
(248) 685-2433
Wixom, MI
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Huron National Forest (Jewell Lake Campground)
(989) 739-0728
Barton City, MI
Campground Availability
Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing

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How to Pick the Best Campsite

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Camping Life Corner: How to Choose the Best Campsite




How to Pick the Best Campsite
Tips and tricks to help you get the best site for your money
By Stuart Bourdon

Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It's impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate. And the campground may not always offer many choices, depending upon its size and reservation level. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and enjoy. The good news—with proper planning, quick and accurate assessment in the field, and some flexibility, you should be able to find just the right spot in any campground.

Private and public campgrounds both have a place on the outdoor destination roster. Which you choose often has to do with your style of camping. Private campgrounds (KOA, Jellystone, etc.) offer a more controlled and manicured park-like atmosphere where the focus is often on activities (movie nights for kids) and recreational facilities (pools, etc.) inside the campground, and are more likely to have full RV-camping amenities (power, water, sewer hookups). Public campgrounds (state parks, national parks and forests, Army Corps of Engineers) tend to deliver a wilder, less controlled experience, and activity and recreation are typically more outdoor-oriented (trail hiking, fishing, boating), and are less likely to provide power and sewer hookups.

Either way, you can improve your chances of an enjoyable, rewarding stay by paying heed to some simple guidelines.

Plan Ahead When Choosing a Campground

An advanced reservation is suggested for any campground, public or private, and for many, it's a must. If you make your reservation online that's fine, it's convenient and almost all campgrounds—public and private—offer online reservations now. Before you do, though, make a point of contacting someone (forest ranger or park manager) by phone (best) or e-mail (second best) to ask questions about the lay of the land. Have a campground map (most have one online) and orient it so you know which direction is North, East, South and West.

When making considering a campground, think about whether it's down in a valley, on top of a ridge, or half-way in between. Campgrounds down in the bottom of deep canyons and valleys can be colder during the day (especially in the morning) because of the lack of sun, and can be damp and subject to ground fog. Ridge top sites can be more exposed to weather extremes and make for a cold blustery camp. Sometimes finding a spot in the middle is best. One that's also sheltered from the wind, but exposed to morning sun, would make it the perfect find in our book.

Ask questions such as: Which way does the prevailing wind blow? Does it chance direction from morning to evening? Where are the trees and other prominent fea...

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