Hoeft State Park Campground
5001 US-23 North
Rogers City, MI 49779
Dates of Visit: July 5-12, 2011
I read that P.H. Hoeft State Park is a "heavily wooded" park, and I saw when I got there that this was no exaggeration! In fact, there are places that felt like an enchanted forest…and enchanted I was!
This is me in Site #2. This is usually the camp host site (full hookups), but they do rent this site out when a camp host is not in residence. To the left, Site #1 is the hospitality site, where the Explorer Guide meets campers for planned activities.
To the right in Site #3 were my great neighbors, Rod & Mary from Saginaw (on the right). They've been camping here since 1992 – the great fishing is the big attraction for Rod here. But he also said he really liked the rustic, quiet little town of Rogers City where "people say strange things like please, thank you and have a nice day."
Mary said she always looks forward to this relaxing break from her stressful job as a nurse and that the peace and fresh air helps her sleep like a baby during the 2 weeks they're here.
Their friends, Ron & Bonnie, from Fenton were visiting and they invited me over to share a campfire. They used to camp here a lot, and wound up liking the area so much they bought a little cabin nearby. They said this is the nicest state park with the nicest marina in the nicest town. Do you really think this place is pretty nice, y'all? We laughed and kidded each other like old friends before the campfire burned down. Can the folks in MI get any better than this? I think not!
Entrance to main campground, showing Site #5 on the left. There is a playground on the right and from there the path to the beach.
The further back you get, the more heavily treed and enchanted it is.
This is Site #41, a nice large one right across the road from the bath house. Sites 19-21 are other popular requests due to their close access to the beach.
On Site #81, I met Linda & Dennis here from Columbus, Ohio on their "shakedown" cruise – their first time out ever in their new-to-them 40' motorhome!
They have been boating for 26 years and used to pass here on the way to the harbor, so decided to camp here on land for a change. When on water, they were used to "anchoring out" and being self contained, so they don't mind not having full hookups. They said they prefer state parks to resort type RV parks because the sites are more spacious and they are not interested in being packed "concrete pad to pad" like some private parks they've seen. They like to explore the natural features within the parks and really think the dunes are great here.
I got a kick out of them saying they were going to give RVing a try for a year and then decide which "toy" to give up – the boat or the motorhome.
Linda said she thinks there are probably advantages and disadvantages to both styles, whether traveling on asphalt or water. When boating, she'd worry about weather, fog and big waves. She grinned as she said she would worry about dying at least once every summer on the boat. With RVing she doesn't think she'd have as many worries and that traffic would be the main aggravation. However, they discovered a cracked windshield on their first morning, so I'll be interested to hear what she says next year.
I later met Robin in Site #119, who provided some contrast with a differing viewpoint. This meeting turned out to be more interesting when I later found out he and his wife are friends with Ron & Bonnie, who I met through Rod & Mary…such a small world!
He also had his satellite setup out and thought he might get a signal through a clearing, but said he finally gave up.
Robin said he was more used to private RV parks where he used his Passport America membership. He really preferred having 50 amps and more amenities like swimming pools and pull through sites. But on the other hand, he appreciated the natural beauty of the park and liked the more laid back style in state parks and thought people seemed friendlier and more outgoing. So apparently he's found a nice blend and does a little of both…
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Reservations: Campsites may be reserved up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
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