Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Campground Review - Sunnybrook RV Resort


Dates we stayed here:  September 6th -12th (Sunday - Saturday)

Location:  South Haven, MI

The campground is very conveniently located just a few miles from downtown South Haven, which is a great little beach town on Lake Michigan.  Nice public beach, tons of restaurants and shops, marina.  Between the campground and downtown, there is a Walmart (right off Us-31), and a GREAT ice cream shop -- Sherman's Dairy.

Also close by is the Kal-Haven bike trail, which is a nice way to get to South Haven if you want to ride bikes, or could be a pretty extensive ride if you headed toward Kalamazoo.

Our site:  #62


We arrived on Sunday of Labor Day weekend, and the campground was pretty well packed, but by early Monday morning it had emptied out significantly.

our site

All of the sites are basically the same size, concrete, with decent space between them.  The newer row of sites (where we were) are slightly wider for the full length of the site, than the older sites which flare out near the road.  This gives you a little more patio space under your awning.  The sites have a picnic table and firepit.

Looking down our empty road.

empty road

All the sites are full hookup (30/50A), and wifi is available and free.  Some areas of the campground get better wifi reception than others -- we were in an area where it could be spotty at times.  The roads are wide, and very accessible for big rigs.  We had a good Verizon signal for cell phones.

We paid $49.00 per night.  They do offer some mid-week specials, which we didn't get because of the timing of our visit, and have off-season rates later in September.

Amenities:  The campground has a large clubhouse with a fitness room, computer room, gathering area with games and television, pool table, and a meeting room.  The campground had planned events in the summer, cookouts, and "timeshare-type" sales presentations where they try to get people to buy lots in the campground ) we didn't get invited to a presentation, and wouldn't have gone if we were).


In front of the clubhouse is an area of games (corn hole and ladderball), a small playground,


and the pool.


The pool is large and very nicely maintained.  There is also a hot tub in the pool area.  During the week we were there, we pretty much had them all to ourselves!

Access to the pool is through the bathhouse/laundry building which are small (3 washers/3 dryers), but very nice.  There is also a dog wash on the outside of the building, although we never got around to giving Casey a bath while we were there.

laundry_bath house

The campground also has a small lake (really more of a pond) with a beach at one end.


There is a small dock at the opposite end of the lake, and canoes and kayaks are allowed on it, as well as fishing from the dock or the side opposite the RVs.  The lakeside row of sites are reserved for motorhomes only.

The entrance to the campground is gated, with a small office .  Office staff are on-site, so there probably wouldn't be a problem if you arrived late, after the office was closed.


Our overall opinion:  This was our 2nd stay at Sunnybrook RV Resort (we were here for Labor Day 2009, as well), and we felt like the staff this year were not as welcoming as the previous year.  Also, some of the people who own sites have an attitude towards visitors, particularly those with children or dogs (which we have both of!)  Although we really like the location of this campground and the facilities, I'm not sure we'd come back again.  I think that, as more sites are sold, the atmosphere of the campground will become less and less welcoming to "campers".


  1. We have run into that issue as well....where the ones that "own" are not at all "happy" to see us and our two dogs. It is a shame!

  2. _____________________________________________
    "Some of the people who own sites have an attitude towards visitors, particularly those with children or dogs."

    We completely understand what you mean! Unfortunately we have experienced this situation more than once. But with our house being on wheels it always feels great to roll down the road and find a spot (campground or boon-docking) that we are welcome and will be able to enjoy ourselves and not be judged or disrespected! =0)

    Thank you for taking the time to share this campground review with us!



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