Review of Proud Lake State Park in Commerce Twp, Michigan
October 2009 – 2 Nights
The atmosphere inside the campground is ok. There is lake access from the campground which makes it nice if you want to canoe or kayak. There are quite a few campsites. We stayed on campsite 32 which is on the inner loop to the right after the park office. The loop to the right is mostly open with forest around the parameter. The loop to the left when coming into the park has larger trees scattered throughout. There really is no options for campsites that have their own little area surrounded by woods like other parks we’ve been to.
Campsite spacing was good for some sites and very tight for others.
Campsite quality was ok. There were no pads on the all grass sites which lead to sitting water outside the camper door when it rained. The fire pit was great, especially for families. It was a tall pit with a nice barrier around it, which makes it safer for kids to be around.
There are hiking trails throughout the rec area. Only one of them is connected to the campground. We did not get a chance to go on any of the hikes so I cannot say how they would be.
There is a boat ramp at the campground for registered campers. The lake is not a very big lake and I cannot remember, nor can I find if there is any motor restrictions. I did not have our kayak or canoe with us at the time so we rented a canoe at the park to go across the lake and down the river to an outfitter who drove us back to the campground. It was a great canoe ride, very cold, but a nice ride.
We did not do any fishing but the lake is stocked with a variety of fish.
We camped here during a weekend that there was trick or treating from campsite to campsite. It was great for the kids and really made it a nice stay. The grassy areas of the site are nice for the kids to play in and the 2 large loops of the park provide nice areas for the kids to ride bikes.
Over all I prefer parks that have a little more seclusion between the campsites or at least a little more separation. It was a nice park though, and you could probably keep yourself quite busy. If you are into kayaking or canoeing you would probably really enjoy this park. If you live in the Detroit area, I would recommend it as a place to stay.
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