Lake Macatawa Campground

Holland State Park

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2215 Ottawa Beach Rd.
Holland, MI 49422
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GPS: 42.7797, -86.1999

Last Price Paid: $33
Number of Sites: 211
Reservations: Yes
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

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Big Big Trippers
Seattle, WA
30 Airstream 30FB Bunk
2015 GMC Denali HD
33 reviews
Nightly rate: $33
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: 24

Big Big Trippers would stay here again

“Great Campground Close to Lake Michigan Beach and Charming Downtown Holland”

Reviewed Oct 02, 2017

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We escaped the late-September heat with a trip to the beach at Holland State Park. I grew up in the area and this was my first return to Holland State Park since the late-1980s. If you’ve never been a Lake Michigan Beach, it is a wonderful experience and one you won’t regret. Holland State Park was every bit as enjoyable as it was when I was a teenager. We debated between the Beach Campground and the Lake Macatawa Campground and since we were meeting another full-time Airstream Family, we decided on Lake Macatawa because of the bigger sites, newer restroom facilities, and individual fire pits. The Beach Campground, while closer and easy walking distance to the beach, is located in what is essentially a large parking lot and does not offer a view of the beach. The Lake Macatawa CG is approximately one mile from the beach and is an easy walk/bike via the Ottawa Beach Road bike trail.

We stayed in the newer Pines Loop of the Lake Macatawa CG. The sites are all very large and provide ample opportunity to spread out. While the loop is called The Pines, it isn’t really in the woods; there are several pine trees scattered around, but they don’t provide much privacy between campsites. Most sites are a combination of sand, dirt, and grass. You do hear a fair amount of background noise from Ottawa Beach Road, the Lake Michigan channel (boats), and the nearby restaurant (ventilation and A/C), but it wasn’t overwhelming during our stay—it may be a different story in the middle of a summer weekend. The highlight of the Pines loop is clearly the Bathhouse. It is the nicest State Park Bathhouse we’ve seen in 16-months of fulltime travel. We never visited the other bathhouses, so I can’t comment on them.

Like most Michigan State Parks, the sites in the Lake Macatawa CG had electric (we managed to secure 50amp sites for us and our friends), but no water or sewer hook-ups. If full hook-ups are a priority, then head down the road to the Beach Campground which has several with water and sewer. The Lake Macatawa dumpstation has two holes and can be accessed from either direction. It is small and quickly fills up during the checkout window.

If you’re not a state resident, Michigan State Parks can be pricey because of the daily access fee. A non-resident pass can be purchased for a little over $30 and will pay for itself with a few uses.

There are several dining options nearby and downtown Holland is less than 6-miles away and provides a great brewery (New Holland), some good dining, and lots of shopping. The local Farmers’ Market was one of the best ones we’ve visited and is well worth the drive (close to downtown Holland).

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Yachats, OR
15 T@B Tear Drop M@xQ
2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R
38 reviews
Nightly rate: $38
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 122
“Not Ideal – just an OK stay overnight ”

Reviewed Apr 09, 2017

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Most recent stay was 6/30/16 - I'm "late" in posting my review ~ We camp in a Little Rig “Tear Drop” style RV only 15' long w/o toilet or shower ~ plus we like to eat outdoors using the picnic table and set up our dining canopy for sun and weather protection and thus rely on condition of campgrounds facilities and being nearby our site ~ so our critique is focused in that area.

We were close to restroom/shower building which were ok and typical of state park. No hooks or shelves for your stuff but shower stalls were separate private rooms accessed from outside separate door (unisex style) all tiled walls w/small bench but no rubber mats on floor (wear your clogs). Access to toilets and community sink area through separate door. Area was very messy and dirty – didn’t have hooks or shelves for your stuff – no paper towels for visitors use to clean up after themselves – only air dryer and probably reason for it being messy – not a pleasant experience . .

Park was very crowded during our stay; sites very close together/cramped very minimal privacy between sites not typical of state park. Gravel site pads fairly level asphalt interior roads.

Disclaimer: As I write this review it occurred to me that there might be 2 sections (old & new) and most likely we were in older section sites 117 thru 172 [Woodstock loop]? I Believe the Pine Loop Sites 001 thru 116 might be larger w/more privacy not squeezed and restroom/showers were more modern.

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Autumn in Michigan (part II) – You Can’t Always Get What You Want…

You can’t always get what you want, But if you try sometime you find, You get what you need. – The Rolling Stones We were disgruntled, frustrated, and anxious. This was the third time we cha...

  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • Partial Hookups
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • playground
  • swimming beach
  • volleyball
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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