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Not many campers, noisy road

We have stayed here many times in the past, but never in the fall before. It was like we had the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Wonderful place to visit!!

It’s sooo beautiful here! Never believed the water was still sooo clean. I didn’t want to leave!! I... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2018
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Popular with families, this park offers a variety of outdoor recreations from swimming and sunbathing to biking and camping.
1132 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686
+1 231-922-5270
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 March 2013

No one has mentioned yet that the TCSP has a new name. In 2011 it was officially renamed the Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park to honor a local commissioner/hunter/fisherman. But, despite the new signs, the locals still call it "the state park". The...More

6  Thank deeindiana
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 21 August 2006

Downsides: - constant traffic noise from highway - irregular jet noise from airport - many campers drive diesels, so can be quite noisy all the time Upsides: - camping right next to beach and right in town too - staff nice, effective - site kept...More

9  Thank chicagoan20
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

We have stayed here many times in the past, but never in the fall before. It was like we had the park to ourselves. There probably less than 30 campers there at any time. We like it for its location. It's easy to hit wineries...More

Thank St_Nick61
Reviewed 18 September 2018

We visit many times a summer. The beach is clean, the water clear although it doesn't warm up till July. But kids don't seem to mind that. Parking is close and plentiful. Parents and grandparents appreciate that when you have coolers, floats, boogie boards to...More

Thank Leslie B
Reviewed 31 August 2018

We only walked along the beach area, which was very pleasant and well maintained. There are public restrooms and benches. The campground is across a busy highway but there is a crossing.

Thank therese l
Reviewed 24 August 2018

We had site 215 only room for the truckcamper, table and fire pit was within 4 feet of camper, bathrooms were dirty, limited amount showers. Easy beach access and access to tart bike trail

Thank tamul
Reviewed 6 August 2018

There is a required $9.00 daily park fee on top of the camping charges. Check in was quick and easy and we had no problems finding our site. The campground is really busy and overwhelmingly packed with campers, especially on the weekend. We were in...More

Thank NSimoneL
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Thiz campgrounnd is an insane maze of rvs and tents set on little plot of trees right across a very busy highway from a public beach on a bay of lake michigan. The crowds of campers is overwhelming. We arrived in the dark (never a...More

Thank skroesche
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Clean crisp water!! Yes it's a little cold, but not too cold to hang out at the shore. Bath rooms available. No showers. Volley ball net. Family friendly. Beautiful beach !!

Thank susieQ49_62
Reviewed 9 July 2018

I have camped in the State Park for 3-4 years consecutively. Typically, we go in August and the weather has always treated us well. Within those trips, here are my personal notes: Pros: Cheap option compared to pricey hotels nearby, centrally located near restaurants, beaches,...More

1  Thank Sara B
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

It’s sooo beautiful here! Never believed the water was still sooo clean. I didn’t want to leave!! I love nature and everything it has to offer!! And this is great place for that! We went to the beach part too!! Beach water was clean!! Amazingly...More

Thank Buttacup_k
Reviewed 19 June 2018

I love the Traverse City State Park beach, but on a recent visit I wondered if they had hired for the summer. The bathroom needed attention. However, I did witness some people bring their dog on the beach and a ranger came over and took...More

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5 February 2017|
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Response from deborahsI6850YB | Reviewed this property |
The state park backs up to the TART trail. So you can do miles of snow shoeing. Just google TART Traverse Area Recreational Trail for maps. Amazing location.
Marilyn K
26 June 2016|
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Response from deborahsI6850YB | Reviewed this property |
They do fireworks twice. Once on the 4th and once at the end of the Cherry Festival. So it's nice to see the fireworks right downtown, but then it's a good alternative to watch them the 2nd time from the bay across the... More
Joey R
14 July 2015|
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Response from deborahsI6850YB | Reviewed this property |
The parking lot and entrance close, but if you're walking over from the park nothing and no one will stop you.