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Leelanau State Park, Northport
(3.9/5 based on 80 reviews on the web)
Leelanau State Park is a 1740acre state park located on the Leelanau Peninsula in Leelanau County, Michigan. The park encompasses the entire tip of the peninsula and features both a day-use area and campground.The day-use area has a small playground and features the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum as well as a picnic pavilion. The campground is rustic and heavily wooded. It features 51 campsites, 3 mini cabins and vault toilets. There are 8.1 miles of hiking and skiing trails. The camping area is open May 25 to November 4 and is operated and maintained by the Department of Natural Resources.The whole Leelanau Peninsula is wine-making country. The surrounding waters moderate the temperature, while glacial deposits provide good grape-growing soil conditions.Facilities Campground - 51 sites, 3 mini cabins Lighthouse Picnic area Picnic shelter - reservation required PlaygroundActivities Cross-country skiing Hiking Hunting SwimmingNearby Points of Interest Leelanau Peninsula American Viticultural Area
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  • B&B suggested, "only if you really like lighthouses should you take the extra time to drive to the lighthouse and back down," and recommend cutting across if not. We like lighthouses ok, but with late...  more »
  • Just a short drive from Northport off the main road you can visit this rustic area. There is an older lighthouse and some gravel trails. The weather was beautiful and the fall color was just coming in...  more »
  • Went here to see the lighthouse and the walk the trails for an hour or so. The lighthouse looked nice from the outside, but we had already been to the Mission Point one, so we didn't go inside. The tr...  more »
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  • Beautiful! & if you have a State Recreation pass (which I believe everyone should in this gorgeous state of ours!) entrance to the park is free. You do have to pay a fee to climb the lighthouse, but well worth it! How fortunate I am to call this breathtaking state home!
  • Online campsite registration for $8 is not worth it. A third party takes your money, then when you get there and someone is in your prepaid site, they ask you to move. We refused so they asked us to have the unregistered/unpaid party on our site call them on the yellow phone outside the main office. They then asked us to wait while the person paid by credit card and chose the site next to us. They referred us to the host at first but the host was gone. No Ranger from the DNR either. After all of this, it was now dark and unpleasant having someone you just asked to move right next to you. The next morning the DNR Ranger could not believe our story and stated they have had other problems with the third party reservation system. They said that if that ever happens again to call the Sheriff. Our suggestion to post a Reserved note on the site post was met with "We have to follow State Regulation" which means that the sites reservations are posted on the office window, which they say should be reviewed before selecting a site. Turns out the camper on our site had been there since noon and had been supposedly told that camping was free, NOT! The DNR Ranger knew who the person was and was surprised to find out that they were camping there. We are supposed to get a free night but until we see it we still remain bewildered about the experience.
  • Hard to say "4 star" and "rustic" in the same sentence, but this fits the bill. Clean park, well staffed and the lots are well spaced so you don't feel you're right on top of others. Great location right on the lake which made for a great breeze on a hot summer night and a beautiful sunset as well
  • Beautiful experience camping right next to the water. Rustic, pit toilets only, very clean and easy to find. The lighthouse is beautiful, and very cool to tour. Beautiful North Port is only a few minutes away, and the drive to and from the park is one of the most beautiful drives you'll ever take.
  • I want to give this place 5 stars, but it's a little hard as some of the campsites seem to be on top of each other. That's the only reason why it gets 4 vs. 5. The staff here is amazing. The beach is a bit rocky, but refreshing just the same. There is a great little breeze in all of the sites, which helps with the heat. They have the best bathrooms i've seen in 5 months and you'd never know it was a pit toilet. If you want to checkout Northport, this is a campground to do so in.