6500 E. Leelanau Pines Dr.
Cedar, MI 49621
Leelanau Pines Campground is located roughly 30 minutes outside of Traverse City and about 20 minutes from Lake Michigan. It is located on Lake Leelanau and has boat access to the lake and docking availability. The campground is VERY quiet. If you like a lively active campground, this is may not be the place for you. We only saw a few families with children. Approximately 60% of the sites are seasonal campers. The camp store had a variety of food products and camping supplies although it was not overly large and the selection was somewhat limited. There is ice and firewood available. You choose your own firewood (whatever fills one side of a cart they give you). The amount of firewood is very good for the $5 you pay. It is not stored in a covered shelter, so one night we had some damp wood. One very nice feature was that there was a laundry room. It was $2 per wash and $1.25 to dry. The roads in the campground were paved and the sites were all grass (with a good amount of sand as well). There is only one dumpster near the entrance to the campground.
The pine trees located at the front of the park are very pretty! They added a lot of charm to the campground. The sites are well taken care of and there are flowers planted throughout. You can tell that the seasonal campers take care of their sites. The sites near the back of the park where we stayed were good-sized, although some nearer to the front seemed a little tight for larger campers. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table.
Rating: (1 to 5 lanterns with 5 being the highest)
There is a basketball court, volleyball, horseshoes, and ping-pong. The campground has a nice path that goes along the lake, although there is not a swimming area. Boat rentals are available nearby in addition to kayak and canoe rentals. There is no pool or hot tub. There are several wineries in the area, Bel Lago is only 3 minutes away. It is a small winery, that offers free tastings and we felt had very good wines in comparison to others we visited. You are only 30 minutes from Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and several lovely towns like Glen Arbor (go to Cherry Republic if you visit) and Leland.
The campground is pet-friendly but there is no dog park to let dogs off-leash. We found some good trails nearby to walk the dogs, including one inside the campground.
There were play areas for children with modern and well-kept playground equipment. There is also a game room, although we didn’t venture inside to see what they had available.
The looks of the bathhouse was deceiving (check out those colors!) They were actually pretty modern and very clean. One downside was that there were no soap dispensers and the men’s bathroom had no soap at all. The paper towels were also empty in the men’s side. There were ample showers to accommodate the size of the park. It was nice to have hot showers that were not on timers. The sinks had faucets that you had to hold down to run water, which was a bit inconvenient. The laundry room is located in the same building.
A swimming beach or pool, and a dog park would be nice additions but we would stay again if back in the area.