We camped at Lakeport State Park in June, 2018. Over the last couple years, we’ve visited several campgrounds on the East side of Michigan including Harrisville State Park and Tawas Point State Park. We enjoy that the Lake Huron beaches tend to be less crowded than Lake Michigan beaches. And, call us crazy but sometimes we like the rocky shorelines. Rock hunting adds a whole new element of beach fun for our family.
Our Campsite at Lakeport State Park
We camped on site 34 in the North side of the campground. The site was large but completely open so there was no privacy or shade. We had hoped to have a glimpse of the water or at least be able to hear it from our site but unfortunately neither was possible because of the trees behind our site. It was a short walk to the beach which was great with three kids. This campsite did require extra electrical cord so keep that in mind if you choose it.
The Campground at Lakeport State Park
We arrived late on a Friday evening when the campground was already full. Our first reaction was “they pack ‘em in TIGHT”! I’m not sure if this is typical of this campground but I think it felt extra crowded the weekend we were there because many people park their campers sideways and all over their lots because they were camping in groups.
There were also many campsites with more than one vehicle which made it feel extra cramped. Again, not sure if this is typical of this campground.
The campground is located right on the shores of Lake Huron. The campsites on the South side of the campground felt bigger but it was a much longer walk to the beach. We chose to camp on the North side of the park because of its proximity to the lake. There are several sites that back up directly to Lake Huron but only a couple offer views of the water because of a row of trees between the campsites and the lake and playground.
Located in the middle of the North campground, the playground is newer with offers lots of fun for kids. Our kids didn’t want to leave!
The restrooms/bath houses are on the newer side and pretty standard for state parks. They were clean and the water for showers was hot. You can’t ask for much more if you ask me!
We read lots of great reviews of the camp store before we arrived and it still exceeded our expectations. It can be best described as small but mighty! The store had everything you could possibly need – and we tested it out when we realized we had forgotten our extension cord and our camper’s cord didn’t reach our electrical box. Oops!
The Area Around Lakeport State Park
Lakeport State Park is located just north of Port Huron, where you’ll be able to find grocery stores and anything you might need during your stay. If you head north you’ll find the adorable small beach town of Lexington. If you love small quaint shops definitely add this to your must-visit list!
And, directly across the street from the park is a BBQ stand and ice cream shop. Both are SO delicious. Be sure to hit the BBQ stand early because it’s so popular that they do run out of food.
If Lakeport State Park sounds like a destination you’d like to explore, book a site on the Michigan State Park reservation website.