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“Short visit to the State Park”

Otsego Lake State Park
Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Gaylord
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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79 reviews
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“Short visit to the State Park”
Reviewed 20 August 2012

We didn't spend much time at the State Park - just went over to see how much it had changed (we camped there when we were kids - 50 years ago). We did walk on the beach and wade in the lake. It was clean and the beach was as nice as we remembered.

Visited August 2012
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Bay City, Michigan
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“Our new favorite state park....”
Reviewed 23 August 2011

I have listed different state parks as a favorite, but we really enjoyed this park, as it was our first time camping there, though we have had a couple of picnics there before, but it has been several years.

Lots are fairly good sized, with large mature shade trees covering most of the park. Our site was dirt/sandy. The usual picnic table and firepit provided. We had a nice view of the lake from across the street, as the campground sits on a bluff. There are 3 restroom/shower buildings in this park, and I thought that was great. One is pretty new, with environmental practices in place. The other two are quite old, but in good shape.

There are 3 beaches. All are very sandy. Two of the beaches are wide, sandy, exceptionally clean, provided with picnic tables, trash cans, benches. We were thrilled with the public day use area, as well as the camper's beach. Very, very clean and well kept. There is a lovely "peninsula or point" in the day use area with grills, and tables. It is lovely and can be accessed thru paved pathways as well as dirt paths. The fishing dock is accessed by going out on the point and it is quite large. Very nice. The boat ramp is also right next to this area, with a nice, but short dock provided. We thought this excellent, also. Large parking areas, with a park store, additional covered picnic areas, with firewood, ice, and other grocery items available. We did think the store could have used a lot more merchandise. They also sell ice cream. The camper's beach is accessed by a wonderful boardwalk that is wheelchair, stroller and walker friendly. No steps needed! The old steps are there have you. This ends on a nice deck with bench seating all the way around, with a few picnic tables on it, and then there are more tables out under the trees and on the beach. How lovely. The third beach is the dog beach-we were so surprised. There were some happy dogs that day!

There is also a basketball court, horseshoes, a baseball field, playground (this was the one thing that could use improvement) and more picnic areas near these places. Bike racks all over the place.

The rangers were more than friendly and there are a few items for sale in the office-coffee cups, t-shirts, teddy bears (one of which I bought-a MI DNR bear..lol) etc. Lots of literature for the surrounding area. Perfectly located, only 7 miles from Gaylord. There are a few restaurants nearby, along with a couple convenience stores and golf courses.

We were truly pleased with our visit and highly recommend the park to anyone.

Visited August 2011
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