LGBT, 18+, membership campground, wooded tenting areas to RV full hook ups sites (water, sewer & electric up to 100 amp), pull through sites available up to 100’, a full service B & B, log cabins and vintage 50’s & 60’s trailers. Special Club Campit memberships for discounts, daily and seasonal sites on 33 acres including: 2 ponds, wooded nature trails, 3 bathhouses, a rec hall, a club house, a game room, activities, dump station & honey wagon service, private showers, locker room style gang showers, outdoor showers, in-ground swimming pool, Laundromat, store including the “Toy Store” for men and the “Tool Box” for women provides a broad selection of novelties, personal items and accessories. Open Mid-April through Mid-October. Nearby Lake Michigan beaches. Pets welcome.
Directions: From I-196, Exit 30, Glenn/Ganges, Hwy A-2 North, 1 mile; Right on 118th Ave, East, 1 mile to stockade fencing on left.
The drive down I-196 with our 38’ fifth wheel was like driving on a washboard. We were very glad to reach exit 30 and get off the highway. Differently configured and lighter rigs very likely don’t experience the back and forth motion that we did. After traveling many thousand miles this is the first time that we have gotten bothered by this type of ride fifth wheels can be prone to, and we are now giving some serious thought to getting an air ride king pin. Thankfully the campground is only a couple of miles off the highway and the entrance is well marked. Parking outside the office is not sufficient for a rig our size. We parked as far out of the way as we possibly could. Inside the storefront filled with a great variety of convenience and impulse items are a couple of ticket window style openings in the wall from where we are greeted by Carol. We were very cheerfully and professionally checked in and given instructions to leave the park and drive back up the road in the direction that we came from and pull into the entrance to the Westwood area of the park. We follow the instructions and using the campground map, locate our campsite.
The Westwood area of the park is deserted mid-week. We see the golf cart used by the two workers that unlocked the Westwood entrance for us parked outside of the rec hall, but there are no other signs of life. No trailers, no cars, just empty cabins and campsites. So we take advantage of the situation and drive through into our otherwise back in site. These are the landing strip or rest area style sites. In this case the sites are a narrow strip of gravel with an area of tree mulch just wide enough to open your awning without hitting your neighbors rig. Each strip has a white pedestal topped with an enclosed light that would be at home on a boat dock. These are located between the back to back sites and house the electrical hook ups and water connections, giving the area a sort of prefab synthetic feel. This combined with the wide open grassless expanse, the row of small log cabin park model trailers and the metal sided rec hall gave the Westwood area a very, commercialized feel. The rest of the campground is a short journey from Westwood which can be reached more quickly by a utilizing one of the many walking trails through the woods.
The main, or older, we are not quite sure how to refer to it, part of the campground is comprised of several sections that have been developed at different times but have a congruent nature to them. The density of the sites is higher than we prefer, but they are all grass covered, many have gravel driveways, and those that are in the original section are nestled among mature trees. Auxiliary parking areas have been set up to accommodate extra vehicles, tenters, and day campers. The East Village was the most recent area to be developed prior to Westwood and was done with a more natural outdoors feel, but is still rather sparse.
Tenting sites in a mixture of electric and primitive settings are available in the Creekside, New Horseshoe, Old Horseshoe, Westwood, and Wisconsin areas. The Old Horseshoe is billed as the more social, what we call the, “party area”, and provides access to Wisconsin, which is the Men’s clothing optional area complete with built in play area. The other tenting areas offer a bit more spacious and quiet sites.
The East Cabin Village offers more of the small log cabin park model trailers in a nice wooded circle. There are a couple of much larger deluxe cabins in the Westwood area that have screened in porches. Near the office is the Bunkhouse B&B for those that are looking for the added convenience of campground provided accommodations.
The campground is also equipped with Wi-Fi for those that need to stay in touch, or work via the internet. The set up is a pay by the day, week, etc. but does not extend to the entire campground. Once again we were glad to have our data plan and cell booster.
The registration office/store offers much more to campers than the typical services found at such a place. At this campground it is truly camper central. Outside is a covered patio with picnic tables for gathering and a big dry erase board for writing messages or for just leaving your tag so others will know that you have arrived. Toward the back of the building are restrooms with showers for men and women and out front you can purchase firewood and propane or pick up one of the golf carts that are available for rent. Not far from the store is the sand volley ball court and swimming pool. The pool is the typical 20’x40’ (approx.) with concrete and wood decking surfaces. The pool house is home to the laundry area as well as a set of women’s and men’s restrooms/showers. We did not see them but a reliable source informs us that there are outdoor showers at the pool as well. We have to confess that we did not use the pool, and we don’t know if it is because we were so busy doing the raffle, or if it felt so far from our campsite, or if having to wear a swimsuit was that unappealing. Most likely it was a combination of all three.
The Westwood rec hall is a very basic metal building that hosts many events, from potlucks to movies and dances to drag shows. Restrooms and showers are also located here. These are by far some of the most upscale facilities that we have seen at a campground. The area is divided into three parts; men’s and women’s toilets with granite vanities and a combined area of private two person sized showers. There didn’t appear to be anything wrong with the other restrooms in the campground, other than showing their age, but this location attracted lots of campers who drove and walked over to take advantage of the luxurious facilities.
The community at Campit is vary diverse yet seemingly very cohesive. We were at this campground for “Christmas in July” which was very festive. The campground came alive with decorations and campers in elf and Santa costumes. It really felt like Christmas, right down to the group gift exchange. We met some very nice people during our stay, had some wonderful conversation and felt very welcomed. However, we still came away with a nagging feeling that we never really felt a part of the community. In all fairness this has to be in part due to being so busy with the raffle, but we also feel that, had there been more campers in the Westwood area, and were it more suitably designed for people to spend time outside of their rig, we would not have felt so separated.
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|Restrooms||Flush & Out.|
|LP Gas Sold||Yes|
Dates and Times
|Open Annually||April 15|
|Close Annually||Oct. 15|
|Check In Time||Flexible|
|Check Out Time||Varies|
|50 Amp||Elec. & Water or Full|
|30 Amp||Elec. & Water or Full|
|Pull Through Sites||Yes|
|Big Rig Access||Yes|
|Tent Sites||Elec. & Prim.|