After spending two weeks near Traverse City, Michigan, we headed back towards Indiana in preparation for Hayden to head out for her presentation at the 2017 Animal Rights Conference in Washington DC. We were originally supposed to be heading up to the upper peninsula, but our reservation was canceled and so we elected to head back south.
Upon arrival, we quickly noticed we had no cell service what-so-ever. Since we didn’t have much time to research this park before arriving, we didn’t realize that we would be in the middle of Manistee National Forest and in a cell dead zone. Bad news when you both have full-time jobs that rely on you being online. Fortunately, we were only 15 minutes from the town of Whitehall, Michigan and we were able to get service there. We spent the week working from various parking lots trying to keep to the shade as much as possible.
Aaron was able to finally find the perfect spot at the campground, where if we hooked up our external antenna, we would pull in one or two bars of 3G service on our Verizon Jetpack. We weren’t streaming anything, but it was enough for Aaron to keep his email flowing in case of an emergency at work.
The park itself is actually very nice and has excellent tree coverage over most of it. Luckily our site was in the shade. There are no sewer connections, but we did have water and electric available to us, albeit at 30 amp. The owners, who recently purchased the place, are incredibly pleasant and go way out of their way to make sure you’re accommodated and have everything you need. This place does have the word “family” in its name and thus, was jam packed with kids. While this was great for Aryanna, if you’re looking for peace and quiet, you’ll be hard pressed to find it here.
There are showers and bathrooms on site which were kept really clean, especially given the amount of sand that covers each of the sites. We were tracking sand in the RV and in the truck which was reminiscent of our time spent at Bolivar Peninsula, but without the Gulf!
While this park is a great place to stay, it does come with some negatives, including a lack of full hookups and cell service, and we will be avoiding anything “family friendly” in the future.
Name: Oak Knoll Family Campground
Location: 1522 E Fruitvale Rd, Holton, MI 49425
Campground Notes: All of the campsites are sand and back in options
Dog-friendly: Yes, there are no specific dog runs, but they are allowed pretty much anywhere on a leash
Rates: $190.00 / week
Verizon: Our connection was practically non-existent
TMobile: No service
Camp wifi: No wifi available