Barnes County Park

County Park

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12298 Barnes Park Road
Central Lake, MI 49622

GPS: 45.11, -85.36

Last Price Paid: $30
Number of Sites: 76
Elevation: 610 ft

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Meandering Life
30' Forest River Rockwood Ram 2500
48 reviews
Nightly rate: $30
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: 20

Meandering Life would stay here again

“Great county park near Lake Michigan”

Reviewed Sep 14, 2018

Overall Rating

This is a quaint county park off Hwy 31 in Eastport, Michigan. The campground has 70+ sites, tent and RV accessible. Some of the sites are smaller than others, but for the most part any size rig would fit easily in at least a few spots. The spots are either gravel or sand depending on which one you choose. We were on site #20 for a week in early September 2018 and it was great. A little further to the beach, but the site was level and we had a ton of room for our 30’ travel trailer. They have nice fire pits at each site, although they were built a little high. There is a gentleman down the road that sells great firewood for $12 for a wheelbarrow full. The wood was hard and big pieces, so they took a long time to burn. We had three fires with our wheelbarrow full and probably could have stretched it to four fires. Most of the sites have electricity hookups although some are primitive. Having electricity was good because the trees would have severely hindered our solar. There were only 1-2 sites that were open to the sun and they were located next to the shower facilities. Access to the beach was a great perk. There are two access points, one with no stairs and one with. We always used the stairs so can’t speak to the other method. There is a spigot to wash your feet when you come up the one with stairs. The beach was rocky but nice. It was never busy and peaceful. It rained several days while we were there, and our site did not flood. The rest of the time we had beautiful weather. All the roads in are paved and it was easy to find. The park has some sites that are reservable, but most are first come first serve. We did not care much for the layout of the reservation sites. They are a bit close together and cramped for our liking. We had no trouble getting a spot so glad we didn’t reserve. It did get busy on the weekends so arriving on a weekday is best. We arrived on Labor Day and had plenty of spots to choose from. When you arrive, choose a spot and setup. Checkout is 12:00, but check-in is whenever you arrive. You can go to the office after setting up and pay either in person or they have an envelope system if there is no one at the office. There are also maps right by the envelopes. They also come around in the evenings and take money. They do not issue refunds so if you have any doubts pay a day at a time. The staff is nice and accommodating. Cell service was spotty for us on AT&T, but we used our hotspot and was able to get decent internet. We had 1-2 bars 4G LTE most of the time. We wouldn’t have had much of anything without the hotspot. The Verizon hotspot did much better and we had 5 bars 4G LTE. The campground has potable water and a dump station. The water was a brown color and did have a funky taste despite filtering twice, but it was drinkable. The water is right next to the dump station and is labeled nicely. To access both, you must circle around most of the campground. The campground is beautiful with all the trees. It is quiet and very relaxing. We spent some time outside with the hammocks and it was great. The campground is about 40 minutes from Traverse City and about 20 to Charlevoix. We visited both cities and would recommend going to them at least one day during your stay. There is a corner grocery store not far from the campsite that everyone said you could get what you need, but we did not take advantage. We went to the grocery in Charlevoix when were there one day. The cost was a little steep at $30 night for electricity only, but the scenery and easy access to the lake made it worth it. We would recommend this campground and would stay again if ever in the area again.

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