We spent the weekend in Eastport, Michigan. As far as I can tell, there are two reasons to go to Eastport - camping on Grand Traverse Bay or Torch Lake. The beauty of Grand Traverse Bay is undisputable and the locals say that National Geographic magazine once ranked Torch Lake as the third most beautiful lake in the world. Eastport is nestled in between the two of them.
We camped at Barnes Park. It is a campground on Grand Traverse Bay and it administrated by Antrim County. We arrived with some friends on a Thursday and found plenty of campsites from which to choose. We selected sites four and five. They were both roomy and were located up a small hill from the beach. It pays to look around before choosing a site. Most of the sites are pretty roomy but a few are small. Most sites have electricity but none have water. There are several places in the campground where campers can fill water containers.
There are two buildings with modern plumbing and showers. We used the newer of the two (located near the stairs that go down to the beach, see map on web site). The front portion of the building had men's and women's bathrooms complete with changing tables. The back of the building was split up into four individual shower rooms which provide complete privacy. Be sure to take some quarters as showers cost 25 cents per five minutes of water. Hot water was never an issue.
They take reservations for some campsites but most of them are first come, first served. Some of the sites designated for reservations we liked, others we did not. We felt the best campsites were amongst the ones not available for reservation.
The friends we were with have camped here for many years but this was our first time. It is easy to understand why they keep coming back. It is a beautiful campground with a great location. From what we are told, the campground is not promoted so many people have never heard of it. Eastport is an extremely small town so if you can find it on the map (north of Elk Rapids on US-31) you will not have any trouble finding the campground.
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