PX and Clubs are fine. The campground is not well kept. Several trailers looked abandoned. Lake access was fine. I will continue to stay there when traveling that direction, my ratings are based on comparison to other facilities I have stayed at.
6 Aug - 10 Aug 2014
This is a small campground. Sites are small but very maneuverable. I have been on smaller ones in other bases. It is located just outside the Camp Grayling Base and after stopping at the main gate, an immediate right turn down a dirt road, about a two blocks is the campground. It is clean and quiet. You can get electric/water or full hookup which includes cable TV and WI-FI for only $17 a night. There is a restroom/shower house that is clean and has two small shower stalls, but they are not handicap accessible. Sites are partially shaded and are of sand. Campground Host is very friendly and accommodating. Lake Margrethe is just a short walk away. The town of Grayling (food, etc) is only 4 miles away. There are a few seasonal campers, but lots of room for other campers. It is not a luxury campground and for the price, who cares. You can't go wrong. I would definitely stay again when in the area.
25 July - 1 August 2013
After reading the comments about this campground, we didn't know what to expect. Wow, we where really happy we took the chance and visited this campground. We love it here, in fact we are staying an extra month. The camp hosts are great, and the people staying in the campground are great. You can get your mail while your visiting the campground. The sewer hookups are right where they should be in 90% of the campground. Wifi works great, over 50 channels with the free cable. A good monthly rate, and a great value. Yes this is no COMMISSARY. This is a Guard Base, most don't and it does not affect the campground. The local supermarket is maybe 10 minutes away. The town offers great bike riding, Disc Golf, Golf, Canoeing, hiking, and more. Remember this is a RV park that offers seasonal rates, so yes your going to have some full timers at the Campground. The ones I have meet are great people. So, give it a try if your in the area, I don't recommend a lot of RV Campgrounds, but I thought I needed to post about this one.
Our second stay at Camp Grayling campground, run by the Officer's Club on this Mich. National Guard camp. We planned an overnight on our way to Canada, but ended up staying two due to truck AC problems. The managing couple bent over backwards helping us stay even though they were booked to capacity due to the 100th aniv. of the camp and associated celebrations. Arrived back on the 23rd and will stay through the 28rh. Although old, this park is an outstanding deal. Yes, the spots are close together, but it was laid out in the 60's. Yes, the sand gets pushed around by RVs, trucks and trailers, so you've got to level it out (but it's SAND, not dirt or gravel!). Full hook-ups, great wifi plus cable for $17 a night! Managing couple is outstanding. It isn't a KOA by any means, but is quiet, shaded, clean and has all the amenities - and we've stayed at KOAs that were worse than here!
16 July 2013
I agree with some and disagree with some of the comments posted by the previous reviewer (helencatrina). There were many homesteaders/seasonals. I also don't like the raised sewer lines. The sites are very close together. There was free cable TV available, an AWESOME and friendly camp manager couple. AWESOME FAST AMAZING wifi!! Best RV park wifi I have used. Lots of shade was a good thing due to mid 90's heat. The small private RV park beach at the lake was very nice. Very clean restrooms and showers, freshly painted. I called the day before showing up and the park manager was able to get me a space. I understand how some get upset about homesteaders but in my travels I have never been denied a spot and all should remember with the minimal funding the RV parks receive these homesteaders are vital to keeping them open. I would absolutely return. NOTE: no Commissary on base and a long way to supermarkets so bring your food. Shoppette didn't have much at all. At $17 a night really VERY little to complain about.
July 2013, This tacky sight has more than it’s share of problem common to RV Parks. 1. Very difficult to contact before arrival. 2. Undersized overlapping sights. 3. Unleveled soft sand sights. 4. Dysfunctional layout. 5. Sewer pipes high. 6. Waterlines in the dirt. 7. 30/20A Only. 8. Most of park unlit at night. 9. Homesteaders / Seasonal(s). 10. Boat and trailer storage in park. 11. Location too far to receive local channels.
12. Trees impede satellite usage. 13. No cable available. 14. No barbeques or fire rings. 15. Majority of the picnic tables are ready for the dumpster. Big rigs and toy haulers be warned. You will be better off doing without full hookups in one of Michigan’s State Parks.
There are no 50 amp hookups. Everything was 20 & 30 amp. 50 amp would have been nice.
June & July 2012
We stayed this past summer. Overall we had a nice time. They need to add 50 amp hookups. The park can use a good cleaning especially the bath house. Some the trees need to be cleared away for easier rv parking. the sites could be leveled a bit more. The officers club that runs the park is being updated, they should invest some money into the rv park. The hosts were very nice people.
July 4, 2012
We stayed there only one night. We arrived about 4pm. The campground host was not on duty but a note on the door indicated our space. It was a hot day/evening and there was no tree cover at our RV space. The space itself was sandy loam, not a paved space and very gritty. The bath house was dirty and the showers were very small and the floors very wet making it difficult to shower, dry off and change. We did not take advantage of any other amenities. This is run by the Camp Grayling Officer's Club and it was interesting to note that several of the RV spaces were occupied by the same people for dozens of years and have been made their own. One resident showed us "his" space that he has occupied each summer for the last 37 years. It was like a permanent homestead. The price was right, however, at $17 a night. I would only return if I needed a safe harbor for the night and I would not use their bath house.
June 18, 2012
We stayed here in a travel trailer on our way north. The camp is just off I75 and just inside the security gate. All the sites are mostly level but sandy. It rained while we were here so the trailer got a little gritty. Although the place had many empty sites, only about a half dozen were available. We didn't have reservations. There is good hunting, fishing, canoeing here, so I imagine is might be busy on weekends in season. We will stay here again. Full hookups, cable TV, and WiFi for $17.00 a night.
29 October 2011
my wife and i drove by the check out the site for 2012. we were both not impressed. the park was not well maintained. there doesn't seem to be much up keep to the park. doesn't support newer larger rv's. as stated in the previous review, sewer lines are on the wrong side. sites aren't clearly marked. the restrooms were not maintained. i love nature, but some of the tree need to be cut down. many of them block slide outs from opening fully. the ground is very uneven. in comparing this park to the one at camp perry, there is no comparison. camp perry lots are paved and level. up keep is on a constant basis. the office isn't maintained by the officers club. i don't know how the money aspect of camp perry is, but they seem to care about their rv park more than grayling. grayling needs major work. the officers club house that manages the rv park looks like a palace. i can see where the money goes. it's apparent that no officers stay there. i can safely say that we won't be staying there. which is a shame, because the location is excellent. the lake is a short walk away. this really could/can be a excellent site that could have a mile long waiting list to get on if someone would just fix it up. we are going to be working on the post next year, and had planned on bringing our 5th wheel. it would be to much of a headache to try to maneuver into.
9 sept 2011
not much good to say here. The Nat Guard should be ashamed of this facility. Dirt sites with well worn patches of grass here and there. Older...older facility. Sewer lines located on wrong side . Restrooms had peeling wall and floor paint although the to it's and sinks were clean. Showers had obvious black mold everywhere. It's obvious the Officers Club isn't minding the health and welfare of their personnel. This place needs a complete redo. The beach was very nice, so? A one stand for this place.
July 24 - 31, 2011
W.B. left this review using the Directory software: It's an older one as others have said, but is well taken care of. Not only free Wi-Fi, but there's now cable tv as well. The 'Troop Store' is a small PX, but it's more than found at most non-active duty bases. On-site manager is very friendly and helpful. Lake is clean and there's a good sized beach.
Memorial Weekend 2010
What everyone else said except if you're making dust, you are driving too fast. Lots of dogs, however, dogs are only allowed in the campground and not on post. Usually I let Mr. GPS find our way. Luckily this time we needed to go to the PO first. When I tried to dial in Camp Grayling in the Garmin, it couldn't find it. Asked some locals and they gave us good directions from where we were. In the CG I was talking to a neighbor who let his Garmin take them about 16 miles away and they got stuck in the sand and ended up with a $180 tow bill.
28 -30 Aug 09
We stayed at the park during Labor Day weekend. Sites were very close together but level. We did not have a problem leveling our 37ft Coach. The best sites are occupied by long termers. A very relaxing campground! Over all this is a good camp site for the price. Would stay again!
2 Sep 09
S.S. left this review using the Directory software: Host was very accommodating, and he has several long pieces of coax cable to loan out.
19-28 JUL 2009
Concur with other reviewers who have noted that this park is somewhat run down. As usual, I was living out of my FW while training one of the MI ARNG units out in the maneuver area. Many of the MI ARNG units were up at Camp Grayling for their AT (a busy place in the summer), so during my stay the camp was fairly crowded. Sites are very close together (built before the advent of slides, I suspect) so larger trailers/FWs tend to be about 4 feet apart in many cases, and while it would not be accurate to describe this crowd of Guardsmen/campers as "raucus" - they are young and will obviously socialize during the evenings - so if your trailer is 4 feet away from their gathering place you may find the park a little noisy during peak AT periods (assuming you're trying to sleep as opposed to staying up and drinking beer with them...). Many of the sites are not level (laterally), which can cause substantial wash problems when it rains heavily (which it is bound to do). The "playground" appears to be a collection of 2 x 4's nailed together creatively, and the "renovated" bathroom had copious amounts of peeling paint and mold/mildew (I wouldn't even use it and I'm an old soldier...). Concur that while the manager-couple (retired MI ARNG member) are friendly, they are getting on in years and are essentially unable to keep up with the maintenance requirements, and the "Officer's Club" (great drinks/lousy food) has not put any money into the park in many, many years. Cell coverage is extremely weak in the park, and generally nonexistant once you enter the maneuver area to the west. I pulled in about 3 or 4 local digital channels with a standard roof antenna. Having said all that - it's the only game in town around here; it's inexpensive; had both 30 and 50A service and sewer; the park is heaviy wooded thus well shaded; Michigan is, of course, beautiful in the summer; and the lake (about a 2-min walk down a path) is beautiful and full of fish. There are a few great restaurants and an espresso shop in Grayling (my definition of civilization), and, finally, it's close to Mackinac Island, which should be on everybody's bucket list. If I come back up here to train another unit I suppose I'll stay here again. Strongly encourage you to call the park manager (989-344-6604) to confirm your reservation before you show up, as it appears the O-Club and the managers have some bureaucratic comms problems. I've posted a couple of phone pics so you can get an idea of how the park looks with trailers in it.
15 Ju l- 15 Aug 09
We have stayed at the Campground for the last 5 years and enjoy it. It isn't your high dollar place, but very nice. Everyone there is polite and willing to help out it there is something wrong with your camper or tent. You have lake access, camp fire pits and just have an over all enjoyable time.
July 9, 2009
We stopped here for a travel break--staying 3 days. Sites are dirt and roads are gravel, making for a lot of dust. We had no trouble getting our 35-foot coach leveled. Sites are wide enough to get slides and awning out. The campground is completely shady, so no satellite tv. We did not use the bath house. The hosts are friendly and helpful. Campground is on a beautiful lake. A 40 mile ride to Traverse City where we picked cherries. We would stop here again.