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The two RV Gypsies stayed at four (4) campgrounds
in Michigan
in the month of June 2013

Proud Lake Recreation Area

Thousand Trails in St. Clair

Oscoda KOA

Mackinaw City / Mackinac Island KOA


Proud Lake Recreation Area

Proud Lake Recreation Area has the largest sites that the two RV Gypsies have ever seen, as of this date. Most sites could hold 3-5 RV's per site, so it was amazing to have so much room. However, many sites were not level because there were small hills all around. But since the sites were so large, it was easy to set up on the most level spot of the site. There were a few cabins, a boat launch area, canoe rental area, picnic area, volleyball area, basketball courts, and a dump station. The campground host and hostess were really nice people, and they offered lots of things to do, especially for children.

The only downfall of this campground was that it only offered electricity. No water or sewer hookup.

The two RV Gypsies did not spend any time here other than to sleep in their RV because they spent most of the time with Karen's cousins Cindy and Bruce who live nearby.

Map of Michigan showing location of Proud Lake
Proud Lake Campground sign

Lake Proud Mary in Proud Lake Recreation Area Campground

The RV of the two RV Gypsies at Proud Lake in Michigan Lake Proud Mary
Lake Proud Mary Lake Proud Mary

Thousand Trails - 1299 Wadhams Road, St. Clair, Michigan

Internet service was only available at the office, not on the RV sites. Only three (3) TV channels came in, and they were not very clear. At the time that the two RV Gypsies were here, the campground was having water problems - their water was brown. So the two RV Gypsies used their own water. Mosquitos were out in full force. Karen had to put on mosquito repellent just to go from the RV to the truck. The photos below show water by the steps of the RV and on each side of the RV.

ADVICE: If it is rainy season, park as uphill as you can at this park.

Clotheslines may not be attached to trees, but may be attached to your RV or awning. The pool had specified times set aside as adults only. Pool closed at dusk. Propane was available.

the RV of the two RV Gypsies on a wet campsite
the RV of the two RV Gypsies on a wet campsite
a wet campsite at Thousand Trails in Michigan

Oscoda KOA - 3591 Forest Road, Oscoda MI 48750

Train tracks were right by the entrance to this KOA (see the first photo below). Trains went by at night, blowing a very loud whistle. The two RV Gypsies could see the train from the window of their RV. Water pressure was very low. The pool was very small. Rules here were fairly standard, except that clotheslines were permitted under RV awnings, which is unusual. No tree to tree clotheslines as stated at most parks. Check in time was 2 p.m. Check out time was 11 a.m. Lots of television channels available here. This KOA had unsecured Wi-Fi, but it was very slow.

train tracks at the entrance to Oscoda KOA in MI
office for Oscoda Michigan KOA
a very small pool at Oscoda KOA
Lee Duquette and the RV of the two RV Gypsies

This KOA gave fire trucks ride around the campground, plus hayrides, as do many other KOA's.

firetruck full of campers at Oscoda KOA

Mackinaw City / Mackinac Island KOA

No photos were taken in the campground. It is a regular KOA, with a small pool, dirt roads, lots of trees. They did offer free shuttle rides to and from Mackinac Island, but the two RV Gypsies got to the office at 11:50 A.M. (they were told to be at the office by noon) for a shuttle that was due to arrive at Mackinac Island by 12:30 because that's when the boat leaves port for the island. At 12:20 Karen told the office that it was obvious that the shuttle would not get them there in time, so they would drive ourselves there for the 12:30 boat. The lady in the office said, "Well, I am not so sure you still won't make the 12:30 boat, but do what you want." Well, it is at least a 10 minute ride to town, plus parking, and buying a ticket - there was no way to make it for the 12:30 boat. Not very professional of this park!

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