Overall, a nice place. You get what you expect from a KOA campground. Well maintained and clean. My complaints: The campground is on a hill. Some sites are leaning sideways a lot. Biking on the grounds is limited, especially for small kids due to the sloped terrain. The water saving in showers is excessive, all you get is a needle-sharp mist. Shower stalls are tiny. Wi-Fi is free only for one hour, regardless of how long you stay, pay afterwards. Inadequate laundry facilities. The staff tie up the machines to wash the cabin linens. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Good Sam Park. Some sites have sewers higher than rig. Some side to side hookups. Open
year round with lots of summer and winter activities in area with Higgins Lake nearby. Family operated and well maintained with friendly staff. Lots of
trees We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Quiet campground with lots of trees. One row for big rigs has no trees, but you park on concrete pads with sewer and of course it costs more. The other sites are totally surrounded by trees and caution is required to get in and out. These other sites are not level and it can be a challenge to level your rig. The owners are friendly and will guide you to your site. We paid $29 for 30 amp and water at an un-level site. I also needed an extension cord to get to the electrical box which was a long distance away on the curb side. There are no discounts given. I feel the park is overpriced. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Overall this was a very nice campground. They have many (if not most) pull-through sites but only a few are 50amp. The staff was friendly and courteous. The sites seemed spacious. Our full-service, 50amp pull-through was a VERY nice site (#52). Even though this worked well for our stay, I couldn't give higher for the following reasons: 1.) all sites are sandy. I realize the soil in this area is sand, but gravel could be added; 2.) There was only one dumpster, not a far walk, but also not convenient; 3.) If you are looking for kids activities you might be disappointed. Restrooms and showers seemed very clean. We would go back here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Can't believe previous reviewers stayed at the same place. Campground is on a hill which usually means trouble. Site we were assigned was not level and we didn't see many/any that were. Stepped out of coach into dirt-sand, very messy. We were lucky it didn't rain. One night was plenty. Never again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice clean KOA. Lots of families and kids but very well behaved. Great site with nice wooden patio. Staff was out standing. Did not like the fact that you got one hour a day free for WiFi and had to pay $9.95 a week for unlimited time for that week. For what they charge it should have been included. We will return. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
It appears that this park is going through a update. They have just paved some of the roads and have cleaned the place up. It still has just dirt/ sand for the site. The electric needs to be looked at, we only had about 107 volts and their electric boxes got very hot. We would stay again if needed. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Shady, pleasant, very nice folks, lots for the kids to do. Clean restrooms, small laundry, pull-throughs, big rig accessable, some sites not very level, lots of room between sites. Not at the lake--but centrally located to kayaking, canoeing, birding, hiking, historical sites, shopping. We stayed for a week and we will stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I love this campground. It gets 8 out of 10 simply because it's not a full hook-up campground, but on the lines of a state park this place is great! Since my family has a cottage down the street we were able to scout the campground for the best sites before booking our trip. As others have stated, it's best to pick a site furthest from the entrance and main road. The section of East campground where we camp have trees and bushes on the sites easily made even more private depending where you position your camper. There are grassy sites, read the site descriptions thoroughly. The clusters of sites in certain sections of the campground make good opportunities for group camping too. The grounds are clean, bathrooms satisfactory, and staff is friendly. A great family campground indeed. Higgins Lake is rated one of the 10 clearest lakes and is great for swimming and boating. We plan on returning to this campground for many years to come! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Overall, this is a nice place to stay. When we first arrived, our reservation was for a site that had a fire pit full of trash. The employee at the ranger station apologized and said that was unusual, then moved us to a different site. The new site was much nicer. We recommend reserving a site farther into the park, not right near the entrance. There is only one sewer drain at the sanitation station, so at check-out time you have to wait in line. We like this State Park, though, and it's just a short walk down a foot path to the lake. The lake is great for swimming because it's shallow so far out. The campground hosts were very friendly. We have camped here 3 years in a row and will probably camp here many times in the future. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped here over the Memorial Holiday weekend. We were in the East Campground. Older bath house but clean. It is a short walk to the beach at Higgins Lake. We enjoyed our stay there, can't really find anything to complain about. Our site was roomy enough and fairly level. I can't give it more than a 7 based on it being an electric only campground. We would return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Loved this park. Had site 119. Nice walk to the beach through a trail. The lake was beautiful and clean. My only complaint was the bathroom was not new like and up-dated like most state parks. However, it was clean and the shower pressure was great. Lots of off road trails in the area. We drove through the South side campground and liked this one much better. It was quit and not as crowded feeling. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We were disappointed to learn when checking in that we needed to pay an additional $24-$32 for 'vehicle fees' to stay two nights at this campground, on top of the $62 we'd already paid. Apparently a Michigan state policy. Do they expect campers to arrive with a tent on their backs? Anyway, we ended up buying a non-resident 'annual pass' for our motorhome for $29 because we had already pre-paid for another two night campground stay at a Michigan state park for the upcoming week, plus we paid a $6 toad charge. We'll need to buy another toad permit at our next Michigan state campground but saved $3 with the annual pass - which is only good through December 31. When we finally pulled up to our site we were greeted by a mound of dirty aluminum foil in the fire ring, and a good amount of smaller litter on the ground. Not very pleasant. On the plus side of the roster, we did enjoy hiking the nearby Higgins park trails, and thought the fitness stations along the beginning of the 6.5 mile loop were a terrific idea. We also liked the fact that on the lake the park lets you walk with your dogs as long as you stay on the inland side of a nice path that runs parallel to the water. There are plenty of shaded benches that offer nice water views. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Bathhouse was old and in need of repairs. On shores of Higgins Lake, however, had a long walk to get to the lake area only to find out that dogs were not allowed in the lake area. Hiking trails were nice. Large sites, however, ours was close to the road and there was lots of traffic noise. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We've stayed here at least every other year for the past 15 years in tents and now our motorhome. Great campground. Many bike trails / hiking trils across the road. The lake is fantastic but can be crowded on the beach on the weekends. There is a marina just down the road to rent pontoons also. Water is very clear and for some a bit on the cool side. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our kayaking group stayed here while we paddled the area, and the friendly and knowledgeable owner did a wonderful job of placing us all together, tenters and RVers alike. The sites are very wooded and feel nicely "private." I'm not sure this place accommodates big rigs since my Class C scraped a few overhead tree branches as I drove in; but my site was roomy enough and level. The park was at capacity, with the happy sounds of people and kids having fun; but at Quiet Time, the owner makes the rounds and the campground gets peacefully quiet. Paddle Brave offers canoes/kayaks/tubes for rent; and the crystal-clear river is a paddler's dream. We will absolutely be back next year!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
The owners were wonderful. There is a canoe livery on site and the owner was very knowledgeable and helpful. The sites are rustic and very "woodsy". We had a great weekend and canoe trip. There is a nice camp store too. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Crowded, noisy, and rumors of a big fight the night before. Hey, it's a party place with plenty of drinking, barking dogs, and noise. Fairly level, shady, and asphalt roads breaking up. Big rigs could be challenged. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We haven't been here for many years, and were apparently remembering it differently than it actually is. The sites were VERY small, tight, poor roads, with people running all over everyone else's site. In any event, this campground is more suited to tents, popups, and other small campers, and to younger folks with kids. If you're looking for fun with the kids, this would probably be the place for you, but if you're looking for peace and quiet, it isn't. We camped here in a Motorhome.
South Higgins Lake State Park for many years has been one of our favorites. It has recently declined in appeal. The park can accommodate large rigs and many sites are very spacious. There are a lot of shady sites if the weather is hot. Most any size RV can be accommodated but check the site description to make sure your getting the size you need because they vary considerably in size. A very popular park so reservations are a must here. Boating, jet ski's and the beach are the strongest points in the park. Our experiences have been over many years and the park has changed. Swimmers Itch is prevalent every year making it miserable for both the children and their parents. The staff is friendly but unable to handle large summer crowds that get out of hand easily. We've decided to move on due to the problems we've encountered over the past several years. This was our favorite park for over 15 years for our family camp out. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground has turned into a party campground. If you stay in the area near the boat launch, be aware that the people camping near you will be rude and crude. The lake front was taken over by boats big and small and it was loud with the boat engines and the radios from the boats. If you are planning to come here for a family get away you may want to think again, or go to the North Campground. Restrooms were only as clean as the people who used them. It was disappointing to see beer bottles, used condoms and other crap that people wouldn't throw in the provided trash cans. This once beautiful park is now party central. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
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LOVE IT! I've been coming here since I was a kid with my parents and now I'm camping with my children. Love it!!! The water is absolutely beautiful and clean! This is my favorite place in the entire world and my family feels the same way! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We actually quite liked this campground. Granted, it IS quite crowded, but then Michigan has a large population and this campground is easy to get to from the Detroit Metro area as well as Saginaw area. We did have some rather loud 20-something campers whom we had to ask to turn down their music, but for the most part, they did. They were late sleepers, as well (imagine that!). We camped in Mini-Cabin which was small and standard (nothing fancy at all!) but did include a microwave, fridge and full-length mirror. (Wall heater, too, but it was in the 80s and 90s when we were there). Swimming wasn't a problem at all. No swimmer's itch. There are a lot of jet-skiers and boaters with rather loud engines and stinky exhaust fumes. So if you want a quiet place to go, stay away. But for a family of four, it was quite nice. The ice cream at Park Store is awesome, HUGE and CHEAP!!! Order single-scoop only! We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
I am so sad. We have camped with a large family group at Higgins Lake for over 25 years. In the last 7 years we switched to Old Orchard Park in Oscoda for our annual trip due to the increasing difficulty getting sites and a rumor of swimmer's itch. We missed Higgins so we recently went with a small family group to camp there over the 4th of July. After two days we packed up and went to Oscoda to finish our camping. Our family was ABSOLUTELY COVERED in swimmer's itch marks ! DO NOT SWIM IN THE SHALLOW WATER IF YOU CAMP HERE! Each mark from swimmer's itch is where a little larvae bores into your skin and dies. It itches terribly. Even taking Benedryl and using anti-itch lotion our kids were miserable for the rest of the trip. My small children were only in the water for an hour and had some marks the next day. We will never take the chance and camp here again. We are very sad. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Beautiful location was one of nicest parks in Mi. Campground has gone downhill; restrooms and showers not cleaned as often as should be. Encountered many rude campers riding dirt bikes down roads, playing electric guitars after quiet time, and partying all night long. No rangers to be found. This park used to be my one of my favorite destinations but after this trip I will not return for some time. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
My favorite campground. Beautiful lake good fishing. I would try to avoid camping on weekends though lots of rowdy weekend warriors. Also I try to keep coolers under lock and key on weekends. The beautiful beach seems to attract a lot of riffraff. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice state park, we've been staying here for years and always have a great time. Sites are good size and most are nicely shaded. Newer bath houses. Love being so close to the lake and the camp store has yummy ice cream too! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful campground, divided into an East (162 sites) and West (292 sites) segment. Lots to do including boating, fishing, swimming, etc. , in clear, spring fed lake. Lots of state forest land around for hiking, wildlife viewing. Make reservations early (over phone or on website at michigan. gov/dnr), as campground is very popular in the summer. There is also a North Higgins Lake campground on the opposite side of the lake, which I am not as familiar with, but is also nice. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.