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Page 10 Senior Times - July 2018
By: Jeremy Witt, West Michigan Tourist Association
West Michigan - Surround yourself with nature when you take a camping trip in West Michigan. There’s a place to camp around every corner, whether you’re looking for RV sites, a place to set up your tent or stay in a cabin. These family-friendly vacations can be done on any bud- get without compromising any of the fun.
Camping in Southern West Michigan
Camping is about relaxation, fun, and making great family memories, and the Covert/South Haven KOA will help you accomplish those three things whether you stay for a night or a week. Located near six beaches, you can play in Lake Michigan, walk the pier to the lighthouses, feed the ducks along the channel, build a sand castle, and relax as you listen to the waves crashing on the shoreline. At the campground, there is always something fun to do with activities and events scheduled throughout the summer in addition to the KOA’s amenities. End your day with family time around the campfire, laughing, telling ghost stories, and roasting s’mores.
For over forty years, Sandy Pines Recreational Community in Hopkins has been one of Michigan’s most popular family vacation destinations. Situated on a sprawling 800-acre par- cel just off US-131 in Allegan County (between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids), this park offers
an on-site lake, four heated pools and a splash pad, an 18-hole golf course, mini golf, hiking and fitness trails, tot center, a ropes course, bocce ball, basketball, tennis courts, and more. Numerous seasonal activities, including flea markets, are also held each year.
One of southwest Michigan’s newest camping destinations is the Kal-Haven Outpost in South Haven. Offering 44 primitive wooded tent sites, 20 RV sites with power/water hookups, and seven spacious cabins, as well as a duplex and rental house, this 50-acre property is connected to the
33-mile Kal-Haven Trail Linear State Park. The cabins were built by a local craftsman and each sleeps up to eight, with three queen beds and a queen sleeper sofa, as well as a large sleeping loft. Each cabin is outfitted with handmade furnish- ings, a window air conditioning unit, a farmhouse table, and benches. Outside, each cabin features a fire ring, grill, and picnic table so that guests can truly enjoy the natural surroundings.
Start your summer with a trip to Cornwell’s Turkeyville in Marshall. You will be surprised
at all you can see and do at one location! Dine
on delicious turkey, attend Cornwell’s Dinner Theater, or visit Camp Turkeyville Resort, Cornwell’s latest addition. This RV resort is perfect for families young or old, and even your furry friends! With full RV accommodations, Turkeyville will make your weekend visit or vaca- tion a success.
Located on the sunny shores of Lake Michigan, Weko Beach Park Campground in Bridgman
is the place to stay. Swim or relax on the beau- tiful, sandy beach and stop by the beach house
for lunch or a snack. They have developed and semi-developed campsites, boardwalks, tent camping, cabins, observation decks, hot showers, bathrooms, and more for a great stay.
River Country is known for its amazing outdoor beauty, and there’s plenty to enjoy. The campgrounds here have everything your family needs to thoroughly enjoy your camping excur- sion. Here, you’ll find boat rentals, beaches, excellent fishing, and, most importantly, a deeper relationship with the great outdoors.
More Camping in Southern West Michigan
• Allegan County Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Allegan
• Coloma-St. Joseph KOA, Benton Harbor
• Covert Park Beach & Campground, Covert • Fort Custer Recreation Area, Augusta
• Hidden Ridge RV Resort, Hopkins
• Hungry Horse Campground, Dorr
• Kalamazoo County Parks and Expo Center,
• Oak Shores Campground, Decatur
• Spaulding Lake Campground, Niles
• Sunny Brook RV Resort, South Haven
• Van Buren State Park, South Haven
• Welcome Woods Family Campground, Hastings • Yankee Springs Recreation Area, Middleville
Camping in Central West Michigan
Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya in Shelby offers a Christ- centered camping experience for youth ages 7-17. Located on Stony Lake in Oceana County, this summer camp combines outdoor adventures, lake activities, and friendship building with religious programming. Each cabin holds up to 12 campers, with two counselors who guide them in their daily activities. Family and women’s-only retreat camps are also offered.
Thirty years ago, Poncho’s Pond RV Park opened up on Old 31 (Pere Marquette Highway), just one block south of US-10 in Ludington. Situated on 28 grassy acres, the park features a three-acre pond stocked with fish for hours of family fun, paddle boats, three pools (one for adults only), basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, bike rental, playground, recreation hall, a game room, and more. There are 226 campsites, includ- ing 69 luxury sites, making this one of the top-rat- ed privately-owned parks in the state. Poncho’s Pond is open from April through October and is located just miles from the Lake Michigan shore- line, Ludington State Park, and attractions like Historic White Pine Village.
For more than 60 years, Forest Hills Club in Saranac has operated a membership-based, coop- eratively-owned nudist club on a 45-acre wooded parcel in south-central Michigan. This cloth- ing-optional park offers all the amenities of tradi- tional campgrounds, like swimming, sunbathing, horseshoes, volleyball, shuffleboard, badminton,
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