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Looking for a recommendation for a place to camp for a week on Lake Michigan. Would like it to be on the beach or walking distance to the beach and have full hookups. Holland state park is out due to no alcohol policy. The other state parks would work location wise, but only offer electric, which won't work for our group.

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I liked Indiana Dunes.

bjkb1f wrote:

Holland state park is out due to no alcohol policy.
How can they possibly enforce that?

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I like using a travel cup with a lid...always looks like I'm drinking coffee. Sometimes I am.

Also, I'd accept can coozies as an answer.


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2oldman wrote:

I liked Indiana Dunes.

bjkb1f wrote:

Holland state park is out due to no alcohol policy.
How can they possibly enforce that?


Enforcement was my question too, but apparently they have rangers patrolling. We may still consider it and just be careful.

Indiana Dunes looks nice, but it looks like electric only sites.

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Better make any reservation soon as the state parks fill up fast. We have worked in no alcohol parks and as long as you don't advertise that you are drinking, it's usually okay. No one knows what you have in your cup. Do Not however allow anyone to leave the keg sitting where it's visible, the 6 pack or whiskey bottle. If someone gets drunk and causes a scene or loud obnoxious behavior you will have trouble and the fines are not cheap. If, you cannot guarantee that someone in your group will not be like that, can't observe quiet time etc, then I wouldn't drink in a no alcohol park.

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bjkb1f wrote:

Indiana Dunes looks nice, but it looks like electric only sites.
My memory doesn't serve me too well. I couldn't even find electric on the website.

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Holland SP is very strict on the alcohol rule. The beach is huge and open to day users, who line up down the highway to get in on weekends. Go to town Saturday afternoon, and it takes an hour to get back in the park.

It has two campgrounds, the beach campground which is a concrete parking lot in the sand, with no trees, no grass, and no firepits. Your neighbor is right next to your awning. The other campground is normal camping, with grass, dirt, trees, etc, a short walk from the Lake Michigan beach, with an inland lake across the road.

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bjkb1f wrote:

2oldman wrote:

I liked Indiana Dunes.

bjkb1f wrote:

Holland state park is out due to no alcohol policy.
How can they possibly enforce that?


Enforcement was my question too, but apparently they have rangers patrolling. We may still consider it and just be careful.

Indiana Dunes looks nice, but it looks like electric only sites.


Keep it stored inside and don’t drink out of cans or bottles. They won’t even know.
The policy is to keep out the loud obnoxious drunks!


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2oldman wrote:

I liked Indiana Dunes.

bjkb1f wrote:

Holland state park is out due to no alcohol policy.
How can they possibly enforce that?


We camp there, it's not like they do a inspection of your rig when you check in. Keep it discreet and don't get drunk and they won't give you any problems.

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drsteve wrote:

Holland SP is very strict on the alcohol rule. The beach is huge and open to day users, who line up down the highway to get in on weekends. Go to town Saturday afternoon, and it takes an hour to get back in the park.

It has two campgrounds, the beach campground which is a concrete parking lot in the sand, with no trees, no grass, and no firepits. Your neighbor is right next to your awning. The other campground is normal camping, with grass, dirt, trees, etc, a short walk from the Lake Michigan beach, with an inland lake across the road.


Perhaps the OP has already qualified himself out of his requirements, with his FHU requirements, without even going into the booze deal? It's been 4 or 5 years since we've been to MI, but don't your MI state parks only have FHU's in 5 or 6 parks, and of those a very limited number of them?

We stayed for 4 nights at the Holland Parking lot in 2013 in July when it was jam packed. Had a heck of a time even getting the reservation to begin with, sat with finger on the button when the window opened, and frankly it sucked.

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