Sunday, September 23, 2018

Tee Pee Campground - Mackinaw City, Michigan

We left Traverse City the following morning and headed north to Mackinaw City, Michigan where we had a reservation at Tee-Pee Campground from July 23-25th.  On the road we went through some cute towns - Charlevoix and Petsokey.  I would have like to explore these cute towns more on our next trip through the area.  This turned out to be a FABULOUS place because we were right by the beach on Lake Huron!  We could see the Mackinaw Bridge from our site.  Mackinaw Bridge is the border of Lake Michigan on the left (heading north) and Lake Huron on the right.
Tee-Pee Campground is pretty rustic and we had the only 50 amp site in the whole campground.  I had to back into our site 25, but maneuvered in 3 moves, so it turned out quilt nicely.  We were fortunate to be right on the water!  The very nice thing about this place is that the campsite markers can be removed so you can back into your site easier.
Our rig and truck
From the door of our rig
The Sheppler Ferry coming back from Mackinac Island
Scott got the drone out and took an aerial view.
We're two spaces above the pink tent.
This is a true campground in the sense that the amenities are minimal, however each site did have a picnic table.  There was a playground and adult swings on the beach.  There was also a basketball court of kids to play ball adjacent to the restrooms when they weren't at the playground or the beach.
There was a bathroom facility in the center area of the campground with a dump station next to it.  Overall, it wasn't too bad of a bathroom.  Since we were on the beach, there was no sewer and so campers dump their black tanks when they leave.
One of the nice conveniences of the campground was a decent store and shuttle service from the campground to Sheppler Ferry which takes passengers to Mackinac Island for excursions.  In the game room is a wall of pamphlets of different things to do in the Mackinaw area.
Here are a few other photos of the grounds of this campground.  These are of the upper part of the campground with little views and closer to the road.
The evenings were awesome here because every night the campground lights a big bonfire, which we got to enjoy regardless if we were inside or outside.  The bad part about this was that natty bugs would come out at dusk and bug you, so we didn't like to stay out by the beach much after dark.  Once the sky became dark, you could see the lights well from Mackinaw Bridge.  We were also there during two nights of full moons which really gave a pretty effect to the campground.  You can't really see it well in these photos, but it was pretty all the same with some cool rings around the moon.
We paid about $40 per night with no discounts.  Amenities at this campground were:

  • Back In Sites
  • Tent Camping
  • Grassy/Sand Pad
  • Water Hookups
  • Electric
  • Shade Trees
  • Grass
  • Picnic Table
  • Fire Pit
  • Camp Stores
  • Small Game Room
  • Dump Station
  • Bath House
  • Wi-Fi (pretty decent, too)
  • Lake Huron Beach View
  • Shuttles to Excursions
  • Beach/Swim Access
  • Hiking/Biking Trails Nearby
  • Playground
  • Basketball Court
  • Large Field
Overall, we gave this park a 3.  While it was a fabulous campground, the lack of sewer was an issue and the narrow dump station was difficult to maneuver for us because we're so large and some dead trees scraped the sides of our rig.  Amenities were good, but minimal.  The people working the desk were a bit hard to communicate with.  We had a great time here and especially loved our view.  I'd go back for sure!!
Web Photo
Mackinaw Bridge at night w/ Milky Way Galaxy

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