Traverse City State Park, Traverse City

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Traverse City State Park, officially Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park, is a 47acre state park in Traverse City, Michigan.The park is located on the southern shoreline of East Grand Traverse Bay, a bay of Lake Michigan, and is used mainly as a campground. US-31/M-72 runs between the park proper and a beach area; there is an overpass by way of which campers can get to the beach. The beach area has a playground, grills and picnic tables. The camping area has around 350 campsites, all with electricity. Other features include a dump and fill station, three bathroom buildings, and a recycling/trash center. To the south the park adjoins the TART Trail, a 10.5-mile bicycle trail that runs through Traverse City.On July 21, 2011, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission augmented the name of the park with that of Keith J. Charters, a local conservationist, hunter and angler who served on the commission from 1994 to 2010. While signs at the park's entrance have added the new name, it is still usually referred to as "Traverse City State Park."
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TripAdvisor
  • Nice little park with beachfront on the bay. Playground for kids, picnic tables and grills available.  more »
  • I camped here last summer in a tent and it was perfect. The bathrooms are pretty gross, that is my only complaint. One of the bathrooms was already re done but i camped closest to the old one. So look...  more »
  • This park has two parts: the beach for day visits, and the camping side. This review is about the camping. You're definitely not going to get a typical outdoor camping experience here, but it's fine f...  more »
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  • Very practical and affordable way to stay in Traverse City, though it's do keep you expectations in check as it's not a rustic beautiful experience. The park however was ordered and civil, especially considering how tight the camp sites are. Every park ranger I interacted with was professional & respectful. Showers had ample water pressure and hot water, though they were dingy, damp, and dark. If I need to stay right in Traverse City, I would come back.
  • Clean facilities, polite an helpful staff, right across from Lake Michigan, close to lots of restaurants. Highly recommended. Also very affordable.
  • Beautiful view. Great place to relax or have fun time with family.
  • Nice facilities, good spot to grill/picnic allows alcohol, just no glass.
  • It's a city park, but there are lots of trees. Not always the best privacy, but a great stay for a couple nights. Staff was nice. Bathhouses are clean. Adjacent to the TART Trail is a major plus. It's an easy 3 mile bike ride into town on the trail. Very good place to stay if you plan on visiting all the excellent brewpubs in Traverse City. If you have kids, this is an inexpensive place to stay in what could be an expensive trip to a very touristy destination. Been coming here since I was a kid in the 80s!😃