Hoffmaster State Park


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Campground Description

Introduction P.J. Hoffmaster State Park features forest covered dunes along nearly 3 miles of Lake Michigan shore. Its sandy beach is one of the finest anywhere. A focal point of the park is the Gillette Visitor Center.The campground is closed for winter. Information about winter camping opportunities is available on the DNR web site.
Contact: State Government (recreation.gov)
Posted by: TrailAPI on February 3, 2013
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    Campground Activities

    Cross-country skiing, hiking, metal detecting, swimming, wildlife viewing, interpretive programs, visitor center, picnicking

    Campground Amenities

    Electric hookup sites; vault toilets; modern restrooms; concession/store; observation platform; visitor center; picnic shelter; beach house; dump station

    Reservation info

    Visit http://www.midnrreservations.com/presult.aspx?ParkID=35 to make reservations online.

    Camping Fees

    Modern campsite: $27-$29 per night

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    Reviews of Hoffmaster State Park

    Reviewed by James Murphy on April 9, 2014

    (2 out of 3 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    You will be hard pressed to find another better beach at a State Park in Michigan. The west side of Michigan has some beautiful coast line, and PJ Hoffmaster fits right in to that designation. Beach access is for campers only and a bit of a walk from the CG (you can't drive in to the beach), so it's mostly private. The CG itself is very large, not too much privacy either. But since the area is so wonderful; trails, beach, dunes, a nature center; I can handle a full campground. The staff is excellent. They patrol regularly to keep the noise down and enforce vehicle limits at the sites. The walk to toilets/showers can be a bit long for some of the areas of the CG.
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    Reviewed by lifesabeech on August 8, 2012

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    We camped at Hoffmaster State Park in July 2012 and what a pleasant experience it was. First of all, the sites were heavily shaded and spacious.

    The bathhouses seemed updated. Private shower stalls were tiled floor to ceiling, had ample room, and even a bench to sit on. Did I mention that they were individual rooms each with a locking door!

    The campsite was family friendly and hosted kid activities each day as well as other nature experiences at the Gilette Vistor Center. This center had a nice fountain in the rear of the building, plus a discovery room filled with local fauna.

    The beaches were pristine. The camp ground had a private beach site. There is also a larger beach in the park with nice facilities, including changing rooms.

    A nice trail led from our camp site over a creek (more kid fun) and then through the dunes to the sugar sand beach along Lake Michigan. The lake was refreshing, clean and had some nice wave action. My boys loved it. "It's like Florida without the salt!"

    This park had a surprisingly diverse and rich backdune forest. Plenty of trails to explore and a dune overlook that is worth climbing.

    I recommend this park, especially for those with children. We have four teen boys, but many families had many younger children. It is family friendly, and actually tranquil after quiet hours. Would go back again and again!
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