Just back from here - spent three nights. This is a beautiful place, with nice amenities (electric with no appreciable voltage drop, hot showers, etc.) near a variety of small towns with attractions. The beach was as nice as any Great Lakes beach I know of, though it is not the fine white sand of say, Ludington, MI or even the beach at the town of Dunkirk seven miles away, where they obviously haul in beach sand. And the beach is technically "closed" due to the lack of a lifeguard. (Probably a budget issue?) But while I was there, I saw quite a few children in the water (closely supervised by parents, of course!), despite the "closure." The water was way too cold for my aging body at this time of year, but the children were having a screaming good time.
Maybe because of the time of year (before Memorial Day) or the bad publicity here, there were only six campsites occupied in the entire park, which is too bad ... there were sites right on the lake - with sunsets just like the one that someone else posted - that were unoccupied.
I'd go back here anytime, and probably will. A few additional notes: by using satellite photos, I picked and advance-reserved a site which has some trees around it for shade; many of the "middle" sites or those away from the lake are in full sun all day. that might be good if you want to use a solar charging system or work on a tan, not so good if you want lots of shade. For the most part, the area is pretty wide-open, without a lot of trees / shrubbery to provide privacy between sites. The upside is that there is a lot of grass, and the staff folks were mowing every day for at least part of the day. Due to lake effect breezes, the air temperature here was consistently five to seven degrees cooler than it was five miles inland. That's why in part, the local grapes do so well ... the moderating effect of the lake, both summer and winter.
Previous reviewers have complained about train noise - that was not any sort of issue for me. I was in a trailer, not a tent, but I slept right next to an open window on my trailer, and though I heard few trains every day (actually mostly during the day) and did hear train horns occasionally, they certainly never woke me up or kept me awake! The train tracks here are between .7 and .8 miles from the campsites ...
And as to the beach / shore, the Park has nearly a half mile of shoreline. Only once when I was walking it did I come across another person ... to walk on it, you do have to actually walk a hundred yards or so down from the little bluff where the campground sits - perhaps fifteen feet above the water level - and walk to the shore. And yes, there was the occasional fish skeleton ... this is on the shore of an actual lake, after all. But no bad "rotting fish" smell. The shore detritus might vary depending upon whether there was a recent storm with onshore winds, I suppose. Of course, this also would make for more interesting beachcombing. But overall, a very nice beach to walk, in my estimation. And lots of nice flat stones for skipping!
- Also Known As:
- Lake Erie State Park Hotel Brocton