Dates we stayed here: July 27, 2010 - Aug 2, 2010 (Tuesday - Monday)
Location: 3 miles east of Empire, and 20 miles west of Traverse City, on M-72. Great proximity to Sleeping Bear Dunes, Leelanau Peninsula, and Traverse City!
Site #: 46 (and our friend, Todd, was on 47)
Our site was HUGE, with a dirt/sand surface, several trees, and we had water and 30amp electric. We paid $36/night. This site was located at a Y in the road, so that gave us extra room for maneuvering our big rig into the site. Once parked, we had plenty of room for the truck, bikes, Todd's food tent, and anything else we would have wanted to put on the site. Nicolas even had room to open the rear dovetail door.
Todd's site was smaller, and he had a few more trees to deal with, but it worked OK for him. We had all of our campfires and meals at our site.
We arrived without a reservation (after moving from another campground), but called ahead for availability. They do have full hookup (50 amp) sites for $42, and pull-thru FHU sites for $48, but none were available for all the days we were going to stay. We were in what's called the "Rally Park", but they also have a Class A Motorcoach Resort adjacent, which is very upscale (paved roads, stamped concrete sites, landscaping). The lots in there are owned by individuals, but the ones that haven't been sold yet can be rented for $55/night.
This is the entrance to the Class A area.
Conveniences: Rooftop antenna didn't pull in many channels, but we had beautiful weather and didn't miss TV at all! The workampers had satellite dishes out, so I guess they were getting reception. Our Verizon signal was very good, and the campground wifi worked well, also. We were located within a couple hundred feet of the bath house where I was picking up the wifi from.
Amenities: The campground is surrounded by woods, and the perimeter was all rustic tent sites which they no longer rent out, so there were lots of areas for the kids to explore and ride bikes. They have a small store combined with the office,
with a beautiful pool area connected to it.
The on-site Managers (Jim & Janice), and the workampers that we met were all very nice and helpful. The bathrooms were kept exceptionally clean, and my husband said the showers had good pressure (since we had water, I used the RV shower.) The showers were coin-operated, though. Firewood was available (delivered to your site) for $4.50/bundle, and it was probably the best firewood we've ever bought from a campground. They keep it stored in a barn, so it's nice and dry!
Overall, we think this was a great campground, and we would definitely stay here again!