Fall Camping- why not? Michigan is unique in that it has four very distinct seasons, and it can be highly debated which season is the most appreciated. I personally enjoy the fall season, and I would like to highlight one great opportunity to enjoy all that fall has to offer – camping!  With school starting in just a couple weeks and activities starting up again such as football practice with Friday night games from now until the snow starts flying, dance practice, karate, Wednesday night church activities, etc, the lazy summer days we enjoy so much will soon turn into a busy fall.  

In the middle of one of the busiest times of year for your family, have you thought about taking a little break to reconnect with your family?  Fall camping is one of my favorite things - you can sit around the fire and enjoy its glow and warmth, those pesky flies aren’t biting your kids as they ride their bikes until the sun goes down. And how can you forget about warm gooey s’mores as the crisp fall air settles in for the night?  Camping this fall might just be the ticket for your family to reconnect in the midst of a busy schedule and catch back up with life.  The best part of this is you don’t have to travel far to enjoy a great camp ground with your family!  

If you are interested in fall camping I’d like to recommend some campground sthat are within a 30 minute drive that your family would absolutely enjoy a weekend at! 

Tri-ponds- One of our favorite’s here at Coast 3.  This is just 10 minutes south of Hamilton and is the perfect campground for a growing family.  This campground has activities for all ages ranging from a bounce pillow to kayaking and swimming, as well as a beautiful new mini-golf course and camp store!  Tri-ponds has sites to fit all size campers from rustic sites in the woods with just electric  hookup to more modern sites with cement slabs and full hook-ups.  They really have everything for your family for a great weekend off! Their Fall Festival is coming up on the weekends of September 19th - 21st and September 26th – 28th. This is great for kids of all ages where your family can decorate your campsite and go trick or treating to all the other campers.  Kids are encouraged to wear costumes to all of the activities, which include carnival games, spooky hayrides, and pumpkin carving.  You can check them out at www.triponds.com

Duck Creek RV Resort- I just came across this campground this summer.  I’ve heard of it before but I have never had the opportunity to check it out until recently, and wow was I amazed with how beautiful this camp ground is!  It’s conveniently located right across the street from Michigan’s Adventure on Muskegon’s north side.  It is a very modern campground with large, full hook-up sites.  It has modern amenities including wifi and cable TV.  It has plenty of room for kids to ride their bikes or skate around.  It has a nice sized duck shaped pool and wading pool as well as an arcade and playground.  Duck Creek has their Halloween weekend on October 10 and 11 where they will have a site decorating contest, pumpkin carving, pizza party, a Haunted Trail, and trick-or-treating.   For more information, check them out at ww.duckcreekrvresort.com

Yankee Springs State Park- If you love fishing, boating, kayaking, and camping, then this is a perfect campground for you.  It’s located near Middleville on Gun Lake.  What I really love about this campground is that you can camp right next to the lake and have your boat in the water 30 feet from your camp fire.  There are also miles of bike and hiking trails as well as countless fishing spots within the 9 area lakes.  The weekend of October 11 Yankee Springs has their Harvest Festival where campers can decorate their campsites and the kids can go trick-or-treating and many other fall themed activities!

Holland State Park- One of the most popular campgrounds in the state of Michigan, Holland State park offers two campgrounds - the beach side, which is just a short walk from the water, and the “over-flow”, a campground nestled in behind a large sand dune in the woods.  Both campgrounds are great depending on what you prefer.  The beach campground has the convenience of its close proximity to Lake Michigan and offers paved campsites with some of the lots being full hook-up.  If your family loves the beach, this is the place you need to stay!  The “over-flow” campground offers more shaded campsites and is just a short walk away from the beach area on Lake Macatawa.  This beach is great for when Lake Michigan is just a little too windy or dangerous to be in the water.  Just a short walk or bike ride down the road from either campground you can get ice cream at one of the most popular joint in town, the General Store.  September and October can still be warm and it could just be one of the best times of year to enjoy Lake Michigan as the water can still be refreshing and the park isn’t quite as busy.  If you haven’t ever stayed at Holland State Park, I highly recommend you add to your bucket list!

Dutch Treat - Perhaps you've seen the sign while driving down Chicago Dr. but haven't turned in to experience this great little spot right in our backyard. Dutch Treat is a beautiful shaded campground with 120 sites. At the center of the campground is a fishing pond big enough for kayaking and paddle boarding as well as fishing. Check out photos and rates at: www.dutchtreatcamping.com/

So give us a call or stop in and we’ll get you set up with everything you need for a great fall getaway! Discounted camper rates start in mid September!

 - Brian Brookens

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