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Orchard Beach State Park, Manistee

(4/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web)
Orchard Beach State Park is a 201acre state park in Manistee Township, just north of Manistee, Michigan. Situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, the park offers a beach, campground and hiking trails.HistoryThe park was developed by the Manistee, Filer City and Eastlake Railway Company and opened in 1892. After the company stopped trolley service to the park, the site was purchased by the Manistee Board of Commerce and deeded to the state to become part of the Michigan state park system.The National Register of Historic Places has called the park "one of the most intact examples of a Michigan state park developed in the 1930s and 1940s under National Park Service guidelines.... retain the majority of its CCC-era buildings and physical layout."The building was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on December 8, 2009. The listing was announced as the featured listing in the National Park Service's weekly list of December 18, 2009.Facilities Camping - 166 modern sites, 1 cabin Picnic Area Picnic Shelter - Reservation required PlaygroundActivities Swimming Fishing Hiking - 3mi Cross Country Skiing Metal DetectingNearby Points of Interest Manistee Trolley Rides
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  • Stayed here for a week, and it was beautiful. Quiet campground in the fall. Hot showers, large sites. Only issues, beach was closed & there is no warning for water shut off.  more »
  • Great for a quick dip or just watching the sunset. If you collect rocks than you will love this beach. Small but very nice.  more »
  • The absolute best at this campground is the sunset! The sanitary facilities could be brought even to a newer level and the pitches, at least our Nr. 25, was at best average. The proximity to Manistee beach is good, just what to the watch. Staff friendly and helpful. Conclusion: You can, but doesn't have one!
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  • More like an RV park than a state park - sites are close together, little foliage, and the campfire pits are very oddly placed. Most sites are less than level for anything bigger than a truck camper. No real "beach" to speak of, unless you count rocks as a beach. That said, the park is beautiful otherwise. From the southern vantage point you can clearly see Ludington Harbor, and there is always a nice breeze coming up over the cliff. South side of the park is further from the road and gives a little more quiet despite being only a few miles from town.
  • Pros: Staff is very helpful. On lake Michigan. Cons: The campsites are pretty close to each other. Barely any privacy. Beach is not existent even though it's on lake Michigan. Baseline: Try silver lake state park instead.
  • Favorite state park we've stayed at. Excellent sunset views. Not a busy tourists area.
  • The view over looking the lake was Beautiful. This is a great place to get pictures of the lake and has hiking trails for hikers. Camping with children, and a Grandparent was not ideal at this park. I was worried my Dad would have a heart attack going up and down the stairs to the beach. He was more afraid of the height. Our camping spot was not cramped as other say they are. We were by the play area with no neighbor and it was quiet and relaxing. I would not give it a bad review rating but did take a point off due to the height to get down to the beach. This is a great place to camp in your rv and still feel like you are Tent Camping with no amenities.
  • This is a great place to camp. Staff are friendly and easygoing. One of the most beautiful and pristine areas in Michigan.