We traveled to Grand Haven State Park in June, 2019. When we booked the trip we hoped for sun and beach time. Instead, the weather was cool, cloudy, and very windy during our stay so we swapped out swim suits for sweatshirts and made the best of it.
We didn’t have high expectations for this campground because we weren’t sure it was the right fit for us. Our family is working toward a goal to camp at every state park so we booked this trip to just check Grand Haven off our list. We knew that the campsites were VERY small and that we’d basically be camping in a parking lot.
We were pleasantly surprised with how much we liked our time at this campground and decided we’ll plan a return trip if we’re lucky enough to score a lakefront site.
Our Campsite at Grand Haven State Park
We camped on site 128. Our campsite backed up to a big sandy area with a nice, new playground for the kids. Because the weather wasn’t warm enough for beach time, this playground was a lifesaver for keeping the kids entertained.
Our campsite, like all the campsites at Grand Haven State Park was TINY. We could practically reach out and touch our neighbors’ camper from our steps. Backing in and parking was not super fun either. Bring plenty of patience if you plan a stay here!
We were lucky to camp with friends who booked a lakefront site right across from us so could to enjoy their site’s amazing views of the pier, lighthouse, and channel. The lakefront sites definitely feel bigger because of the open space behind the campers. Our kids loved climbing on the small dune and playing in the sand behind their lakefront campsite.
The Campground at Grand Haven State Park
The campground at Grand Haven State Park is best described as a parking lot. The sites are VERY small. Yes, we’ve said that a few times already but they are REALLY SMALL. We knew this before we arrived and mentally prepared ourselves but looking at them in person was still a little shocking. We took advantage of the large parking in the campground to park our truck so it wasn’t taking up any room on our campsite.
Once you get past the size of your campsite and get your camper parked, there is a lot to appreciate about this campground. The views of Lake Michigan, the lighthouse, and the channel are all absolutely beautiful. You’re steps away from enjoying a wonderful day right on the beach, a stroll down the pier, or a walk down the channel to see boats and ships going in and out of the harbor.
All of the facilities at the campground are very new. The restrooms were just completed in 2019 and the bath house appeared to be almost brand new too. There were plenty of showers considering the number of campsites and they were very clean.
There is a new playground right in the campground and another a short walk away at the beach area. And, the camp host site has tools and an air pump available to blow up any water toys you bring.
What’s Around Grand Haven State Park?
We grabbed a few Pronto Pups and ate them on the beach – YUM!! If you like corn dogs, this is a must when visiting Grand Haven.
We also treated the kids to ice cream for lunch at Sweet Temptations. They make their own homemade ice cream and it was amazing! We recommend the peanut butter cup flavor. There are also many chain restaurants and stores in Grand Haven for anything else you might need.
Does this sound like your kind of campground? Book a site today! The lakefront sites book fast so we sure to plan six months ahead! We’d also recommend a trip to Mears State Park in Pentwater if beach camping is your cup of tea. 🙂