Review of Seven Lakes State Park in Holly, Michigan
September 2010 – 4 Nights
The atmosphere inside the campground is nice open atmosphere. The rest of the park trails, lakes and day use areas are mostly wooded and also very nice. There is a small lake that the campground sits next to. We stayed on campsite 29 which was right along the lake. It really made it nice, because we had our canoe with us. The campground is only a small portion of the park itself. The entire park is huge and has a variety of lakes throughout. There are multiple large day use areas and the main day use area is massive with a huge beach and play area. The whole layout of the park makes it a really nice place to stay.
Campsite spacing was nice. There was no natural barriers between the sites but the extra space behind us going down to the lake really made us feel like we had a lot of space to stretch out.
Campsite quality was nice. Sites are paved and back-in. We had a picnic table and a very nice fire pit. Like many other Michigan campgrounds, the fire pits are thick walled and very high making them more kid friendly. The area around the site was grassy. Most sites looked fairly level. Our campsite was level from side to side, but did have a slope to it going down the hill. I was still able to lower the front of the camper enough to level it out without putting blocks under the tires.
There are a lot of hiking trails that are quite nice. We were camping there with my parents, and my Dad and I took a long hike one of the days. The terrain and scenery was quite nice and some of the trails pass along the lakes that are scattered throughout the park. You could connect a bunch of trails together to make a long hike or you could take some of the shorter loops that the kids would be able to do.
We used our canoe on Sand Lake (next to campsite) and Dickinson Lake. Dickinson Lake and Big Seven Lake both have boat ramps. You have lots of options for canoeing, kayaking and fishing boats.
We caught large mouth bass and sunfish in sand lake from both our campsite shoreline and out in the canoe. We did take the canoe out in Dickinson Lake one evening, but did not catch anything. We kept getting bites but were not able to land one. Almost the entire shoreline of Sand Lake is accessible for bank fishing. We enjoyed being able to fish from the bank right behind the camper.
Great place for kids. the play set in the campground loop was very nice. Kyle had a great time fishing from the shoreline of our campsite. The sites are grassy and gave Kyle plenty of room to run around. Reid was just learning to walk and had plenty of room to do so.
This was a great park to stay at and we really enjoyed it. We didn’t run out of things to do and the park was very clean. It was 6 to 7 hrs of driving to get there for us and we went there because we were meeting up with family. If you are within a few hours of this park, I recommend it as a place to stay if you have 3 or 4 days. You won’t be disappointed.
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