Month: July 2018

Our Camp Journal # KOA St. Ignace /Mackinac Island KOA: UGH!!

Our Camp Journal # KOA St. Ignace /Mackinac Island KOA: UGH!!

Date(s) of Trip: July 6-9, 2018

Campground Info:

State CG
Federal Land
National Park
✅ Private/KOA/Other: KOA ignache / Mackinaw Island
Boondocking (where)

Summary of facilities, activities or overall trip experience.

The GOOD – The BAD – The UGLY


BAD/UGLY: had to cut time in Maccinaw Island short because we needed to take camper to the RV repair. New brakes ordered – to be repaired Monday.

The KOA Campground is a nightmare. Sold to new owners a year ago. Seeing how BAD it is now, this place should have been in a lot better condition.
Electric is apparently sporatic, especially a few weeks ago.
Bathrooms are needing total update. They are just gross. There are shower stalls sitting outside the bathhouse waiting for install. They’ve been there a while, and we don’t know WHY. Is is lack of workforce? The manager said she needs more help. They had gotten taken by a local installer who never did the work.

Other items noted:
Website shows a k9dog Park. There isn’t. The “dog park”is in a stack of fencing. There is also several piles of wood, teepee polesand bed kits sitting to be installed.
The bathrooms are disgusting. It appears they’re not trying to clean since they know showers are being replaced.
Grass is being mowed by a teen with a push mower.
Someone else came out and used weed eaters.

Story to remember?

We are very cranky and irritated with this KOA right now.

First time in 13 years of camping in a travel trailer that we just got a “warning” for our dog barking. We have 3 – but I know when and which pup.m
It was about 5:30 pm. It was Camper, our 10-month old puppy. She had a tizzy barking because she was hungry and wanted to walk. I was outside with all 3 dogs. I was putting on hiking shoes when she had her fit for 5-10 min. After being fed, she stopped barking. Totally.

Kevin got home in the meantime and a KOA volunteer man came up, said there was a complaint, it’s a warning and it’s the rules.

So now I’m paranoid that if ANY of the dogs bark – which they will – especially if they see another dog or the kids riding bikes by our site every 10 minutes. We’ll be told to leave.

For such a crappy KOA, with an out of state owner and off site managers, they have more important things to fix. Starting with bathrooms and showers. Ugh. Pigsty.


Filed under: Campground Maps and Reviews

Our Camp Journal: Fourth of July HEAT!

Our Camp Journal # Fourth of July HEAT!

Date(s) of Trip: July 3-6, 2018
Site #: 354 and 345.
Due to automated reservations, we had to switch sites after our first night. We had to do it before – and yes it’s a drag. But when we could’ve just camped in the “second site 345” we would have been fine. The site was EMPTY our first night. Grrr. So in the sweltering heat we diligently moved to our new, uneven site. Done.

Location: Interlochen State Park, Interlochen, Michigan
It is in Grand Traverse County.

Total miles driven from last location:

Campground Info:

✅ State CG Federal Land National Park KOA/Private/Other: KOA
Boondocking (where)

This is the first state park in Michigan. The campground is very large with over 500 sites. It is a public recreation area between Green Lake and Duck Lake. Being a holiday week, the park was extremely full, as expected. It cleared out on the 4th, ironically. I assume it’s because many people return to work on the 5th and the fact that no fireworks are allowed in parks.

Main Activities include: camping, boating (there are boat ramps and trailer parking), kayaking, swimming at the beachfront.

TIP: it was going to cost us $9-12 for out of state vehicles to get into the park – regardless that we were camping. So Kev bought a Michigan State park pass (adheres to window) for $32. So basically it pays for itself. As we plan to continue to camp in Michigan state parks.

We paid $25 per night for camping! Great!!
Rent a tents and cabins are also available.

Summary of facilities, activities or overall trip experiencej.

The GOOD – The BAD – The UGLY

GOOD: campsite was okay. Typically of any state park. The city has Fourth of July celebrations during their annual cherry festival. $20 for parking at a dentist. $5pp to buy a coin (like a poker coin) and $6 per drink beer or a mixed cherry drink/margarita (yum). During the festival you can enjoy cherry-spitting contests and other activities. Concerts, etc. We didn’t get tickets to Sheryl Crow. But, we did enjoy fair food like corn dogs, onion rings and cheesesteak sandwiches.

BAD: Since it was a holiday “weekend”,the traffic and kids and dogs were non stop. We always feel bad because 2 of our 3 dogs will always bark to say Hi. Always.

UGLY: Nothing due to the campground.

Story to remember?
First night, we met another family with a 10-month old golden named Luna. She had a beautiful reddish coat. Very quiet mannered and shy. Totally opposite of our Camper. The owner wasn’t overly enthused with letting them play, but he did moreso out of curiosity. I would have loved it, but I knew not to push my luck by asking for a puppy photo!

Filed under: Campground Maps and Reviews