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Grand Haven, MI
  • The best part about living in Michigan would have to be being surrounded by the Great Lakes
  • Granted it's not quite as convenient as camping right on the beach, but it's still within walking distance

    • by mariekay

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      Most people think of Michigan as a cold state that has blizzards and snow all the time. Well, in the winter months yes, it can get like that. But we actually have very nice summers and sometimes the temperature gets way up there.The best part about living in Michigan would have to be being surrounded by the Great Lakes.

      So, when the thermometer hits 95 and it’s uncomfortably humid and muggy outside, people around here flock to the beach. It’s usually about 10 degrees cooler near Lake Michigan, and there is always a refreshing breeze to cool you off. Not to mention that Lake Michigan is great for

      swimming for both adults and kids.

      We love finding campgrounds that are right on the lake, and usually we stay at state parks. The only downside to a state park is that what you usually get if you’re right on the lake is a cement parking space with very little else. The campgrounds like that also have no firepits, as fires are not allowed.

      We don’t mind that sort of camping, but we found a great alternative in Hoffmaster State Park. It is more of a traditional campground. It’s partially wooded, and it actually has some grassy areas (although a lot of it is dirt too). Although ...

      • it’s not directly on the beach, there is beach access.

        The campground has a trail going through the woods out to the beach and Lake Michigan. Once you come to the end of the trail, there are steps going down to the beach. Granted it’s not quite as convenient as camping right on the beach, but it’s still within walking distance. I can get a bit tricky with all those steps if you have your hands full with chairs, coolers, rafts, etc.

        The nice thing is that you get a combination of a traditional campground and beach access, and that is what the appeal is for Hoffmaster State park.


        of the rules of the campground is that they do not allow alcohol in the campground or on the beach, and they enforce this rule. So if you are looking to have a glass of wine or a drink of any kind, you need to go somewhere else to do it.

        For the price of the campground, it is a nice place to stay. It has a playground for the kids, and the beach is far enough away where you don’t have to worry about the kids wandering off and finding it be themselves.

        I would recomment Hoffmaster State park to anyone looking for a traditional campground with access to Lake Michigan.

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