2017-09-14 / Front Page

First season ending on high note

New campground has successful first year

MANISTIQUE – As the Manistique Lakeshore Campground nears the end of its first season, an update on the city’s newest venture shows promise for the next year. The update was provided during Monday’s meeting of the Manistique City Council.

According to Manistique Department of Public Works Superintendent Nick Bosanic, the work put into the campground paid off during its inaugural season.

“It’s going great,” he said. “I think one weekend, since it opened, we weren’t full. We were close – we were four sites off.”

“We’re averaging way more than half full – I would say probably 35 sites a night during the week,” he said. “Which is way better than we ever thought.”

Bosanic noted that the new sign has been installed on U.S. Highway 2, directing new traffic into the campground.

“We’re probably averaging 8-10 drive-ins since the sign’s been installed,” he said.

In addition to the sign, Bosanic said that word-of-mouth recommendations have also been bringing campers in.

“We just had a 60-day rental (booked) for next year,” he said, adding that they also had one camper book a site for 55 days next year.

Councilperson Kim Shiner suggested that the campground limit the number of days one camper may rent a site.

“It might be something that we want to think about in the long run,” she said. “I’ve had experience with other campgrounds … and they’ve allocated only so many sites for long term rentals because it really does affect your tourists who are coming in.”

Bosanic said they’d keep an eye on the long-term rentals. He also stated that employees ensure the campground stays clean.

Councilperson Rick Hollister asked if the firewood sales at the campground had been successful.

“Firewood sales are going well,” Bosanic said. “We had 17 bundles sold last Friday.”

Additions to the campground will likely include walking paths so campers may easily access the Manistique River Bridge and the businesses directly across from the campground on U.S. Highway 2.

Adjustments to the tent sites will also be made, as sites numbers one, two, and three are “too close together”.

“Basically, what we would do is leave three and one there, eliminate two and move it over more,” he said.

As for the day-use pavilion, Bosanic said there’s been plenty of use in the public space. He also noted that he has some ideas for the campground, such as having a campground host, movie nights, or communal breakfast opportunities among campers.

“The small things like that … people love that,” Bosanic said.

The campground will close for the season Nov. 1 and open again May 1, 2018.

In its first season, the campground was not only rated highly by the Good Sam RV Club, it was also listed on CampgroundViews.com, where potential guests can virtually tour the campground, see detailed photos, read about the facilities, and write reviews.

“Manistique Lakeshore Campground is an excellent example of a municipality doing things right.” stated Mark Koep, founder and CEO of CampgroundViews.com. “We provide the information that modern campers crave when planning their big camping adventures and we are sure they will get excited about this location.”

More information and the video tour can be found on the company’s website: www.campgroundviews.com/listing/manistique-lakeshorecampground/.

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