Mears State Park

Mears State Park Campground Review

We’ve traveled to Mears State Park in Pentwater, Michigan several times and it is still one of our favorites. If you’re looking for lots of beach time on Lake Michigan this is a great park to check out

Our Campsite at Mears State Park

The campground layout is designed to accommodate as many campers as possible (read: small, tight campsites) but many campsites are just steps away from Lake Michigan. Pulling in with our RV has definitely tested my husband’s back up skills, patience, and to be honest, our marital bliss – but only for a few moments! But, once we’re parked and our toes sink into the sand all is well.

The sites each include a concrete pad which is surrounded by sand. I tried fighting the battle to keep sand out of the camper but soon realized it was a losing battle. Embrace the sand and your trip will be much more enjoyable! And, having so much sand right at the campsite entertained our kids for hours. We love sitting by the camp fire with our bare feet in the sand listening to the waves and our kids snoring in the camper. 

We’ve camped in sites all over the park but definitely prefer the beach or dune front spots. They book fast so it’s really tricky to get one. If you happen to see one grab it fast.

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The bathroom situation could be better. There is a bath house at the beach but it doesn’t include showers. There is one bath house with showers for the entire campground. Get up early or be prepared to wait in line for a shower. We have only stayed for a few days so we were able to use our camper to wash off but I imagine this could be tricky if you’re staying for a week or more.

There is a phenomenal playground right on the beach. It’s great for kids of all ages and we like to enjoy our morning coffee watching the water while the kids play. We try to be thoughtful about the morning noise especially since we’re camping in tight quarters so this playground has been a blessing on each of our trips

What’s Around Mears State Park?

We <3 downtown Pentwater. And, it’s a pretty easy walk from the campground. It has something for any age. We’ve enjoyed it as a family and once as a quick adults-only weekend for our anniversary. Adorable shops, treats for the kids, marina, and a little grocery store. Really anything your vacation-self may desire.

On our last trip we took our kids to the Mac Wood Dune Rides in Silver Lake. It was about a 30-minute drive from the campground but totally with the cost and time. Our kids all had a blast and still talk about the experience. They get really busy so I recommend arriving right after they open if you have impatient kiddos like us. Plus, it works out perfectly to stop for lunch on your way back.

If you like pizza we recommend you hit up Golden Sands Golf Course and Bucket Bar on your way back to Pentwater.  We’ve visited both alone and with our kiddos and the staff is happy to accomodate either way. Their pizza is AMAZING and their bread bites are a must-have no matter what you order. I’m seriously hungry just remembering this food.