Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

RV Park Review - Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground (Mackinaw City, Michigan)

Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground is a really large campground comprised of 600 sites (200+ are full hook-up) and a mile of accessible shoreline along Lake Huron with awesome views of the Mackinaw Bridge and Mackinac Island.  The campground has all types of sites to fit any campers' desire from rustic tent, cabins, and those that fit any size RV's complete with full hook-ups.  The most desirable sites are the waterfront ones where you are greeted with great views of the Mackinaw Bridge, stunning sunrises, and pretty lake scenery.  The location of this park is only about five miles to downtown Mackinaw City and the ferry boat taking you to Mackinac Island.  

One great feature about this park is that there is a dog-sitting/walking service offered by the campground owners daughter.  For $20 she came to the RV twice during the day and spent an hour and a half walking our dog while we were gone all day to Mackinac Island.  It was the best $20 we spent!  We didn’t have to worry about our dog as she was having fun walking and swimming while we were away (we even got a picture texted to us and updates – thanks Amy). 

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Some of the roads in the campground are gravel and were quite dusty when we were there in July. All sites are gravel/grass with fire pits and picnic tables.  We stayed in two sites (#697 pictured above) because we made our reservations late and could not get the same site for our entire stay.  Site #697 was a nice pull-thru on a corner but the tall bushes provided plenty of privacy.  The second site (#87) was a back-in and was not quite as private between us and our neighbors.  Both were plenty long and wide enough to accommodate our 45’ RV and tow car at our site and easy to get in and out of.  The roads are big-rig friendly and there are plenty of sites that will accommodate large RVs.

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The most sought after sites are those right on the water.  The sites have great water views but you are much closer to your neighbors on each side than the ones right behind you.  Along the waterfront is a big green space where anyone is free to enjoy the view and use one of the many community fire pits. 

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Although all sites have fire pits and picnic tables, we decided to have our fire on the water and really enjoyed the views.  There are tons of amenities at this park as you would expect with a park this size…swimming pool, arcade/game room, basketball court, swimming beach in the lake, playgrounds, kayak/canoe launch, free miniature golf, camp store, and much more. 

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The park advertises that dog parks are “coming soon” but were not completed when we were there.  There are three bath/shower houses and a scattering of pit toilets around the property.  There are signs along the grassy waterfront area that say dogs are not allowed but if you go to the far western side of the park they can go in the water there.

If you are looking for a quiet place to camp, this is probably not the place for you.  There were lots of busy kids, activities, car traffic, and sites with big families.  Some of the features we liked about this park are that you are close to town and the dog walking/sitting service is super helpful if you have a dog.  The grassy area along the waterfront is a nice place to hang out and gather with other people.  There is a free shuttle to the Mackinac Island ferry terminal so you can avoid the cost and hassle of parking. 

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Downtown Mackinaw City has numerous things to do including the old fort and lighthouse, the Mackinaw Bridge Museum, and (our favorite) the U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker Mackinaw.  We found the Mackinaw Bridge museum to be very entertaining.  The museum is free and located above Mama Mia’s Pizza because the restaurant's owner is a former iron worker who worked on the bridge and started collecting and displaying items.  The museum has grown into quite the collection as other people started sending him memorabilia and artifacts.  The museum is free and has a few rooms of exhibits as well as three movies and films to keep you entertained.




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