This is just something for you to think about and maybe discuss with other camping friends or people who may be planning a trip to our area and want to save some money to help pay for fuel.
Last night, we (Clementz's Northcountry Campground and Cabins) had two motorcycles come in looking for a place to camp for the night. The guy and gal were traveling together and had been at the Tahquamenon Falls State Park, planning on getting a rustic campsite.
First of all, it would have cost them $8.00 per bike (they were from out of State) to get in, so there is $16.00 PLUS another $21.00 to have a campsite. That is a total of $37.00. Guess what??!! THEY were able to stay here for 2 nights for a total of $32.00. Our rustic sites are $16.00 per night. And that DOES include your showers and other campground facilities. (They didn't even bother going to look at the Falls due to it costing $16 just to get in!)
Last year, we had a man and his wife traveling with a big motor home that ended up here because of the rates at the State Park. Last year the State parks were charging what they called an "on site reservation fee" which added another $8.00 to your stay. This couple was from Indiana so had they paid the out of state fee of another $8.00 PER VEHICLE (they were towing a car behind their motor home), THEN the campsite was $21,00. The total for them to stay ONE night for just an electric site would have been $45! They opted to stay with us for two nights on a full hook up WITH CATV for a total of $50.00. THAT is the total for two nights! $5.00 more than what it would have cost them to stay one night at the State Park. The State parks no longer charge the $8.00 "on site reservation" fee but even if you took that away, it would be $37 for one night for just electric hook up. I'm honestly not trashing the Michigan State Park system, but you do the math...and then consider a stay in a private campground.
- Cathy Clementz