Harrisville State Park has been our camping “bucket list” since we started camping. After scoring a lakefront site on cancellation in 2017 we knew we had to go back! We returned over the July 4th holiday and stayed for an entire week in 2018. We lucked out with AMAZING weather and it was definitely our best vacation yet! We had such a great time that we actually only left the campground once during the whole week (outside of daily trips for ice cream across the street!).
Our Campsites at Harrisville State Park
We’ve camped on two lakefront sites – 86 and 51. Both campsites were actually quite spacious compared to other lakefront sites in Michigan. We were able to fit our 34-foot travel trailer and our truck without a problem. There were lots of shrubs and plants giving some privacy from our neighbors. And, we were steps away from Lake Huron! We love a campsite where we can easily get back and forth from the beach to our camper for bathroom breaks, snacks, and naps. It seems like every beachfront site is good so you really can’t go wrong with any of them. All of the lakefront sites are spectacular!
The Campground at Harrisville State Park
The campground at Harrisville State Park is beautiful! It features loads of mature shade trees
The staff at the park does a fantastic job keeping the grounds maintained and the facilities clean. The beach is awesome and since its only visited by campers it wasn’t that crowded. We spent hours enjoying the water and searching for Petoskey stones.
What’s Around Harrisville State Park?
There’s not much right around the campground so be sure to bring everything you’ll need for your trip. We visited the ice cream shop right across the street from the campground and it was good – just don’t forget cash as it is the only accepted form of payment.
On our first trip, we visited Alpena during our trip on a rainy day and found pretty much anything you could need there. The only downside is that is a 30-45-minute drive. We visited the Great Maritime Heritage Center museum for a little indoor fun. It’s technically free to visit but they encourage donations to the museum which we were happy to do. Our expectations were quite low for this museum and we were blown away. All of our kids (ages 4 and 8) loved the museum. Who would’ve thought?! There is a model of a ship that everyone can go inside and lots of special effects to make it seem like you’re actually on a ship during a storm.
We had fun looking at the other artifacts too and the kids loved the slide you could climb in – its big enough for adults if you’re feeling adventurous! They also offer glass-bottom boat shipwreck tours but the cost is somewhat steep and the water was a bit rough the day we visited so we passed on that option.
We’re told Dinosaur Gardens just north of Harrisville in Ossineke (isn’t that fun to say?) is great for kids and we planned to visit on our last trip. We were having so much fun splashing in the water and playing in the sand (aka free entertainment!) that we didn’t make it there.
We did make the trip to Connie’s Cafe in Ossineke for one of their famous cinnamon rolls. Order it grilled and you won’t be disappointed!!