Lakeport State Park located on Lake Huron north of Port Huron is an ideal place to camp if you live in the south-east part of Michigan. Its a well-maintained park with newer bathrooms and you can enjoy a Michigan sunrise on the Lake Huron beach. With two campgrounds to chose from you can have a sunny grass coverd site or a shaded paved site.
Official Website http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=466&type=SPRK
7605 Lakeshore Road (M-25)
Lakeport MI, 48059
- short drive for southeast Michigan residents
- Nice grassy sites in North Campground
- Paved camping sites in South Campground
- newer bathrooms in North Campground
- M-25 can have heavy traffic
- Beach is a little rocky
- limited nearby shopping
- no boat lunch in the park
The park has two campgrounds to choos from.
The north campground is closer to the water. It has about 200 nice grass covered sites which are rare, most state parks I have been in are dirt sites. There are few trees and the campsites will be sunny. There is a newer playground and horseshoe pits in the center of the campground. I would imagine you would not want to have a site next to them since they would be noisy with children playing and the clanging of horseshoes.
The south campground near the Ranger booth has fewer campsites but a lot of trees so there will be plenty of shade for hot Michigan summer days. The campground has 50 campsites and all have paved camping pads. I was not able to tour this campground since it was closed when I was there. they were updating the electrical and I heard they are supposed to build a new bathroom building in the fall. I will have to take a trip back there and check it out.
The park is a popular destination for people who live on the southeast side of the state. Its a short drive for them on the weekends so if you want to stay here for a holiday weekend you will want to make your reservations six months to the day. during the rest of the summer, you will probably be ok getting reservations in the spring but its always best to make reservations as soon as you can.
The north campground has newer bathrooms and both bathrooms are identical so it does not really matter which one you use. They are both your typical design with the men and womans bathroom on one side of a walkway and a row of showers on the other side of the walkway.
I was not able to see the bathrooms for the south campground since it was closed when I was there.
Beach and boating
The park has a long Beach along Lake Huron. It’s not as nice as the beaches along the west side of the state since it’s rather rocky along the shoreline. It still would be nice for relaxing on a hot summer day. You will also be able to watch the freighters as they pass by although they will be a ways offshore.
There is no boat launch in the campground. There is a boat launch in the State Harbor in Lexington. With the rocky shorline, I would not recommend pulling a boat up to the beach. I don’t have a boat but I would assume this is not a popular campground for boaters because of its limitations.
The park has a nice size camps store. I can’t comment on what the inside is like since it was closed when I was there. I imagine it is used by many campers since there are limited stores and shopping near the park. There is a small store and a few bar type restaurants in the town of Lakeport. If you are looking for a place to be a tourist Lexington is about 12 miles to the north. It has a nice downtown area with plenty of bars and gift shops to keep you busy for an afternoon. The town of Port Huron is about 11 miles to the south of the park and has anything you would need. Note that it is only 11 miles but it may take you some time to get there as traffic on M-25 can be really busy especially on the weekends.
Things to do
As mentioned before the campground has a nice playground and horseshoe pits. The park itself is not as large in area as some of the parks but there are some hiking trails. The Park also has a day use area that is about a mile south of the campground. The campgrounds and the day use area are separated by the town of Lakeport.
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