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Harrisville State Park
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
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67 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“I love Harrisville State Park”
Reviewed 7 July 2013

My family and I have camped at HSP once a year for 6-8 years now. Its a great State Park. I will say upfront its the only State Park I have camped at.

The contact post staff are always very helpful and friendly. Since we camp 4-7 days at a time, I get the non-resident yearly pass as its cheaper then paying day by day. Plus the pass is good for all the State Parks in Michigan. Its $30 for the year for a non-resident.

The park itself is well maintained. We usually try to go for the campsites in the 17-36 range as they tend to be more grass / trees and on the edge of the park. This way its a bit more private.

My family enjoys going for walks around the park and trails. When it gets too hot, the beach is a quick walk away and Lake Huron is always refreshing.

There are a couple of large bathrooms with showers that are usually pretty clean and tidy. Bring a set of flip flops for the showers as they can get messy sometimes.

Harrisville is a quick drive and short walk (less then 1 km) away. It has a grocery store, ice cream store, pizza place, drug store, laundry mat...etc.

Near the entrance to the park there is a great ice cream store. We always make sure to take the kids to it a few times for a treat.

Also at the park entrance is a set of train tracks. During the weekdays there is a 8-9p train that we take the kids to see. They put some coins on the tracks and get excited as the train goes over them.

But...... there is another train that comes through at 2-4am ish and blows its whistle at every crossing from Harrisville to the Park. So its pretty loud and will probably wake you up. After a couple of nights I didn't really notice it.

Overall I highly recommend this park for camping. Its our favorite and will be our benchmark for other State parks.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Livonia, Michigan
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70 reviews
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Reviewed 29 June 2013 via mobile

What a park! Our site was on the outer rim. Very private. The beach was clean and pet friendly. Camp staff was very friendly. There is a truck that drives through the park selling wood by the rack for $25 a rack. Good deal if one is staying for a week. You can by small bundles from the machine. Restrooms are very clean. The only draw back would be the four showers in the park. They supply the sewer hose at the sanitation station so I didn't have to mess with my own. We'll be back next year!

Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Detroit, Michigan
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27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2013 via mobile

Years ago we found a state park we loved and returned year after year. After purchasing a camper we decided to try other campgrounds. I am so glad we did. There were many things we liked about the park; the pet friendly beach, many great wooded sites to pick from, beautiful beach and nice trails to name a few.
The park staff were friendly and did a great job of monitoring the campground to make sure all the rules were followed. We arrived late and found it a nice touch that they had our name and site number posted in the window of the ranger station. We have already decided on our next visit to this campground.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Harrisville, Michigan, USA
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

We visit this State Park at least a couple of times each week. The beach is beautiful and the view outstanding! The park is always clean - even in the winter. We love to run or walk on the beach. The cabins that rent out are rustic- our favorite is by the picnic area.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Flat Rock
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Reviewed 4 September 2012 via mobile

We were here last Sunday night. Our campsite was clean and right on the beach. We would definitely come back. Short walk to the cute town of Harrisville. The other campers we met were friendly. We camp in a 30 ft. motorhome and had no problems getting in or out.

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ohio
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

We stayed on a beach access spot, it was beautiful! Lake access spots and outer rim spots offer a bit more privacy, the middle spots are more open to the adjacent lots but offer easy access for camper trailers. There are 2 bathroom buildings, older, but they kept them pretty clean. I think they cleaned them 2 times a day. The entire park was full when we went so the bathrooms got a lot of traffic. One downside is that there are only 4 showers for the whole park. We had to wait a couple of times but the longest wait for a 4 night stay was about 45 minutes. It was very pretty - great sunrises! Staff is friendly, and they have a vendor for wood that was pretty reasonable. They even have a "trial" dog beach area. It's not on any of the current maps because it's on a trial basis. If you take your dog, PLEASE keep your dog on a leash at all times (we took a 30' lead so he could run in the water) and pick up the poo - this is definiately something that would be a GREAT permanent addition to the park. This access is located down by the dog walk area on the North side of the park. Overall, we would definately recommend the campground and are planning on going back again in the future.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Detroit, MI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2012

Nice campground. Easy to get to beach right off campground. There's also a day use area. Rangers were very friendly. Kids programs were cute. Nice ice cream shop just out entrance. Bathrooms need updating. No family showers like some other state parks.

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Property: Harrisville State Park
Address: 248 State Park Road, P.O Box 326, Harrisville, MI 48740
Region: United States > Michigan > Harrisville
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Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Harrisville
Number of rooms: 200
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