735 West Fruitvale Rd.
Montague, MI 49437
(231) 894-4708 whiterivercampground.com
This is a very large campground in Montague (near Muskegon). The campground has roughly 500 sites many which are seasonal. There are primitive, water/electric, and full hook-up sites. The campground is about a 20 minute drive to get to Lake Michigan. Many sites are shaded with a good variety of mature trees, spacious and all have fire rings. We stayed at site 327. All of the 320’s are very secluded and wooded. They also have long driveways that easily accommodate most types of equipment. The campground offers free WIFI but it is spotty in areas. The coverage is best by the pool/office area. Cell phone coverage was also spotty (both ATT and Verizon). There is no cable TV. There are a number of cabins available for rent, including rustic and deluxe. 104-107 are along a creek. The camp store had limited supplies and was not overly large or well stocked. Firewood and ice are available. There is a dump station.
This is a nice campground with well-maintained roads, sites. The campground is spread out over a large area so it had a more secluded feel than others we have visited this size. There wasn’t much in the way of landscaping or flowers but the grass was mowed and sites were well-maintained. We liked the fact that it had large mature trees, and nice walking trails. There is only ONE dumpster located at the front of the campground. This was a big inconvenience for a campground this large!
Rating: (1 to 5 lanterns, with 5 being the highest)
This campground is in a pretty remote location. You are a 15 minute drive to the city of Montague and the nearest grocery store. Montague is said to have the world’s largest weathervane – we didn’t find it all that exciting. Happy Mohawk Canoe livery is nearby for canoeing on the White River. There is the HART/Montague bicycle trail nearby, but nothing else much to see.
The campground is pet-friendly and we noticed several families with dogs. There are lots of places to walk dogs and the trails were also pet-friendly. There is a small enclosed dog walk area, but it didn’t seem well-kept . There was tall grass and weeds and nothing that made us want to take our dogs inside. You are able to walk the pets throughout the park provided they were on a leash. Pets are not allowed on the beach areas. We found it disappointing that a campground so large did not have a fenced-in dog park. Many smaller campgrounds we have visited have had this feature, and we saw several spaces at Mill Creek that certainly could be dedicated to this purpose.
There are several ways that children can enjoy spending time here. There are two playgrounds (one of them was very large and was busy with children having fun) , a heated pool. There are some unusual restrictions to the pool – for example everyone must remove all footwear before entering the pool area. I wasn’t thrilled about the fact I had to walk barefoot while inside the pool area but they were very adamant about this. There is a basketball court, volleyball, horseshoes, and a game room. The Sand Creek has a shallow wading area where kids can walk in and explore. One thing we thought was cool (and we have never seen anywhere else) is that there is a dirt RC car racetrack near the main entrance to the campground. We didn’t see anyone using it, but we thought this was a nice feature -much better in our opinion to have a designated space than have them running up and down the roads of the campground. There is also a game room.
The White River flows nearby and has some nice fishing potential.
There are several trails that traverse throughout the campground and adjacent wooded areas. Be sure to wear bug spray – Michigan mosquitos are a force to be reckoned with!
There are cute outhouse looking toilets throughout the campground. Don’t let the appearance fool you – these are flush toilets with tile floors! The bath houses were well-kept and good-sized. The bath houses are cleaned twice daily. They are closed during these times – so be prepared to wait a good while as they do a thorough cleaning. The showers were nice and hot with good water pressure. It was nice to have showers that were not on timers or push buttons and the ability to control hot/cold temperature.