P. J. Hoffmaster State Park
P. J. Hoffmaster State Park features over three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, a 297 site modern campground, towering Lake Michigan dunes, and the Gillette Visitor Center. Miles of hiking and skiing trails offer stunning views of Lake Michigan and subtle beauty at every turn.
Great place to camp if you don't mind the crowd. Playground kept the 3, 5 and 7 year old kids happy while the cleaned-often bathrooms and showers made the adults happy. The sandy hike to the beach was long for the active 3 year old but the 5 and 7 year old had no problems other than sandy shoes. Little Black Creek runs into the camper beach and it often is warmer than Lake Michigan. Don't miss the nature center with its sand dune exhibit, fish, snakes, nature programs and more. Family fun is number one at Hoffmaster.
We camped at Hoffmaster for a week with 3 children (7, 5, and 2) in July 2017 and enjoyed it immensely. The site was pretty good - lots of beautiful trees behind it. The campers beach, despite the walk, was well worth it. The day use beach was fine too, though with small kids, we preferred the campers beach. The Butterfly Hike, turtle program, and dune hike (to find ant lions and tiger beetles) were great activities for us and the kids. Kudos to the park rangers who led them! We like to try different parks, but we'd consider a return visit!
Lots of parking. Shaded paved walk all the way to the beach. Plenty of room to spread out and get your own spot. No dirty river water run off like Grand Grand Haven and Holland. Just good clean fun.
The only problem we had was the wood that they sell there. It was $5.50 a bundle and over half of it was pine not oak. Pine burns quicker then oak. Most places have two options pine or hard wood and then they have two different prices being pine will be cheaper of the two
The hiking trails are a little hilly but beautiful. There are lots of trees and shade to walk in and take in nature's beauty. The visitor center has an awesome little museum with information about dunes, the parks founder, botany, and much more. The beach is also gorgeous and very easy to get to.