Harrisville State Park

248 State Park Road
Harrisville, MI 48740
989-724-5126

Dates of Visit:  July 1-5, 2011

 


What made Harrisville State Park special to me was the large expanse of beach that is so easily accessible from the campground. 

But there is also a charm to the interior, woodsy sites. Below is general campground information.

Types of sites: ♦ BeachfrontInterior

Harrisville - Beachfront Sites

Here you see how close sites are to the water on the northeast end of the campground. These are sites starting around #96. The end of the beachfront sites is #103.

Harrisville - Beachview

View looking down the beach toward the south. There is a public day-use section of the beach at this far end.

Harrisville - Beachfront Playground

Here's the beachfront playground within the campgrund. There are several foot paths all through the campground to get to this area and to other places on the beach.

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Pros & Cons
Readers have asked for short recaps of pros and cons about the parks I visit. I realize this is subjective stuff and what bothers some people, others won't have a problem with, and vice versa. As a fulltime RVer, I like things that weekend campers can do without. But, based on my own observations and/or comments from others, but here goes:
Generous 1/2 mile expanse of Lake Huron beachfront. I heard complaints about people (mostly kids) cutting through campsites to get to the beach. There are numerous foot paths between some sites to get to the beach, but I guess sometimes common courtesy is not so common…
Lake breezes – aahhhh…. While the weather was perfect the whole time I was there, I heard that sometimes a north wind will whip through throwing awnings up and over. Lori also said she heard some people complain that the sound of the waves was too loud and asked to be moved inward! Well, as the saying goes, one man's trash is another's treasure, because I'd always opt for the waterfront and just deal with the rest!

Best beachfront sites (most popular, first booked):

No extra charge for beachfront property.

Even though 103 is prime property, there's a big climbing tree adjacent to the site that is very popular with kids and sometimes this doesn't make for a quiet camping experience if that's what you're looking for. Alongside that, there's also a path to doggie beach and sometimes the smell drifts, if you get my drift…

Great bike path – leads to very close-by and quaint, quiet town of Harrisville and around the campground.

Camper comment: "There's not much to the town… but that makes it nice."
Beachfront features abound: volleyball court, playground equipment, picnic area, view of Great Lake freighters, morning sunrise, evening moonrise, star gazing, fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, jetskiing, waterfowl viewing and pet friendly beach area. Beach is rocky bottom when entering water and water doesn't really warm up until mid July or August.

Other Camper Comments – Favorite Things: Mature trees, larger than usual campsites, not just a "little-bitty" stretch of beach.

Campground Button General Campground Information:

195 Total Sites – Campground Site Map showing layout

Most interior sites are heavily wooded. Sunnier sites are on the Lake Huron side, but there are still trees between sites. Several pull-through sites are available as shown on map.

50 amp electric service is available on several sites. That information is included in the reservation system, or you can call the park office at 989-724-5126.

Make a Reservation Online.  Campsites may be reserved up to 6 months in advance of arrival date. The beachfront sites go immediately, so be quick!

Beautiful slideshow of the park and its facilities year round

Reviews from other RVers:  RVParkReviews.com

GPS Coordinates:

GPS coordinates to main entrance:

N 44° 38.8697' – W 83° 17.7843'

Note: both Garmin and Streets & Trips got me here with no problem using the street address above.

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