Lower Campground – Straits State Park

Straits - Sign2

See Site Map for Layout of
both Upper and Lower Campgrounds

Dates of Visit:  July 12-26, 2011


The Lower Campground is the oldest section and include Sites 1-117 divided between 2 loops:

East side = Sites 1-51
West side = Sites 52-117

Between these two loops, there are 15 sites right on Lake Huron, but none of these sites have electricity. The roads are a bit more narrow down here and sites are more heavily treed.  I saw some comments from people that camped on this level that it is not as big rig friendly…

Straits State Park - Site 11 - Lower Campground

…and It does look like the roads are a bit tighter due to having more trees closer to the road, the turn radius of corners are sharper, and I do agree the upper level would be best for larger rigs…however…

Straits State Park - Site 8 - Lower Campground

…this large motorhome in Site #8 managed okay, and he's right across the road from the waterfront and this site:

Straits State Park - Site 10A - Lower Campground

This corner site 10A looked like it's the largest with great views of the bridge to the side.

Straits State Park - Site 5A - Lower Campground

This is Site 5A, not as deep or wide as 10A, but wonderful direct view of Mighty Mac!

This lower level consists of two loops (east and west) and now we'll go over to check out the west side. The sites are deeper on this side, but there are also more trees in front, so you can't see the bridge directly from the sites – you have to walk out onto the beach to see it.

Straits State Park - Site 85A - Lower Campground

Site 85A on the water.

Straits State Park - Site 86 - Lower Campground

Looking at interior row Site #86 where some sites are wide enough to park sideways if you want to.

Campground ButtonGeneral Campground and Reservations Information:

Why don't the waterfront sites have electricity? A former administrator removed all campsites on the water in an effort to provide waterfront access to the general public instead of just campers. At that time the electric outlets were removed. While the sites have been reclaimed as campsites, the budget no longer allows for the electricity to be restored at this time.

Modern showers, toilet facilities, 2 dump stations, playground, picnic area, trails, Mackinac Bridge viewing platform.

50 amp service: About 1/4 of the sites have 50 amp service, equally divided among upper and lower. There is a $2.00/night extra charge for these sites. 50 amp sites are outlined on the reservations site or you can call the park for more information on them.

Reservations information. All campsites are reservable up to 6 months in advance of arrival date. There is an $8.00 fee to make a reservation.

Michigan's Recreation Passport is necessary for entrance and/or camping here.

Reviews from other campers at RVParkReviews.com and StateParks.com


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