Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park – Frankenmuth, MI
1339 Weiss St. Frankenmuth, Michigan
This Jellystone park is located 7 miles from 1-75, just outside Frankenmuth’s city center and directly across from the famous Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland. The campground is open year-round. There are over 200 sites, some that are standard water/electric, some full hook-up and some rustic tent sites. Many are pull-through but there are also back-in sites. There are also 9 cottages. There are two restroom/shower/laundry facilities. There is a camp store at the main entrance with a variety of items, especially children’s and novelty products. There is firewood available in small bundles ($5 or two for $9.50). There are no fire rings at the sites, but there are some fire pits located in some common areas in the campground. There is also ice and LP gas available for purchase at the camp store. There is free cable and wifi.
The campground is well-manicured and we saw maintenance personnel checking on the campsites frequently. We especially enjoyed meeting Chuck who inquired about our Crazy4Camping sign and chatted with us about his camping experiences. 🙂 There are many flowering plants/planters during summer months. Some roads are paved while others are gravel-all are well maintained. The sites are fairly close together, particularly near the back-end of the park. While it was not busy during our stay in early June, had it been fully booked we would have felt very cramped. Note to allergy sufferers…Cottonwood trees surround the park. If you are allergic, I would steer clear in early June.
Rating: (1 to 5 lanterns, with 5 being the highest)
The campground is open year-round and planned activities within the park begin in April and go through October. There are themed activities once a week including get fit weekend, summer block party, It’s raining cats and dogs, Halloween, car show, etc. There are a host of activities and attractions very close to the campground including many attractions in Frankenmuth, Michigan’s little Bavaria, including pubs and breweries, candy and cheese shops, restaurants, and stores. Sullivan’s Black Forest restaurant is next door to the campground and within walking distance.
The campground is dog friendly but does not have a fenced area for dogs to run off-leash. There is a narrow dog walk area along the right edge of the campground with trash bins and pick-up bags.
There are many activities for children to enjoy including a playground, basketball court, putt-putt and an indoor pool. The indoor pool is heated, and there is an outdoor area just outside the pool with lawn chairs and umbrellas. The hot tub is for adults only at all times. (a nice rule as far as we were concerned) Outside of the campground, families can enjoy Grandpa Tiny’s farm, the Bavarian Belle riverboat, Frankenmuth Toy Company and Kite Craft, just to name a few.
The restrooms and shower areas are very clean, modern and good-sized. The showers have individual doors, a changing area, and are decent sized. They are thoroughly cleaned twice a day. While we were very pleased with the cleanliness and size of the areas, we were very disappointed that the showers were push button activated (approx. 25 seconds of water per push). Hit the button several times before entering the shower to allow for it to sufficiently heat up.