It was darker than we had expected when we arrived at Grand Haven State Park. It is always so much easier setting up camp in the daylight. What made it even more difficult was the fact that what clearly was marked as the entrance to the park was NOT the way in at all. In fact, this way in had a locked gate. The sign to the new entrance was difficult to see in the daylight let alone trying to spot it in the dark. Therefore we ended up on a drive that had no apparent way back out.
Don’t miss this sign-
And mistakenly go to this sign-
You should have turned here-
I started walking aimlessly looking for some help. A kind lady pointed me in the direction of the new entrance and told me there would be someone who could help me out. On my way over I came across a guy who had a Host Camper shirt on. I explained my dilemma to him. He rudely replied ” Hey, I just arrived here today myself. Your going need to figure this out for yourself. Go look for help over there or maybe there (pointing in two different directions).” This host was very uncooperative and didn’t deserve his position. There are lots of people waiting to get jobs like his that I am sure would be better suited.
I headed over to the check-in gate. There was nobody in the building. Next, I went over to the maintenance garage. Same thing here, no one around. Discouraged, I headed back to the rig. Upon returning I met a couple of park helpers waiting for me. They had seen my predicament and most likely heard my frustration. They were able to help me get turned around, headed me towards the new entrance and then on to my campsite.
The sites here at Grand Haven State Park are real tight ( and that may be an overstatement). Each site is outlined with yellow markings. You are not allowed to go over these limits. There is sand directly behind each site. The tires of your unit must remain on the pavement. Our site was listed to allow rigs up to 35 feet. We found our site measured 27 feet from the front line to the rear edge of the pavement. All camping units must be backed in. Our 34-foot trailer was going to be a challenge.
I backed into our site after several attempts to get it right on the line. I had it somewhat easy since no one was in the site next to me and there was a walkway on my other side. Most of the other campers did not have it this easy. In fact, the guy who owned the rig shown below not only smashed his front cap with his cab corner. He also mangled his tailgate when he pulled away in haste. This was all after he crashed into the RV next to him.
After setting up camp we opened the rear shades to reveal our wonderful view of the men’s bathroom (which by the way isn’t even open all the time, I feel sorry for the Tenters at this park, they need to hold it all night long.)
While visiting the Grand Haven area you must eat at Pronto Pup. Don’t let the enormous line in front of the place discourage you. It is worth the wait.
We also found a nice little meat market called Frank”s Market and picked up one of their fabulous bone-in ribeye steaks to grill. Just remember if you take it back to the campground you are prohibited from enjoying a beer with it.
After what seems like a lot of negativity, what draws everyone here, including us, is the BEACH!!! Grand Haven State Park is one of the best beach campgrounds that you will find anywhere.