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Port Huron KOA Resort — Port Huron, Mich.

America's first KOA Resort -- A paradise for kids and teens
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 5 stars
$45 to $77
  • 100%


Summary:

The KOA campground in Port Huron, Mich., was the first of its kind designated as a "resort" by Kampgrounds of America. If kids are bored while staying there, it's their own fault.

The 467-site, 60-acre campground features 117 cabins, 34 deluxe lodges and two cottages. The sites are meticulously maintained and come in several options from standard RV sites, to deluxe patio sites to deluxe tent sites.

The resort offers a wide assortment of family-friendly activities designed to keep kids and teens active and busy. For example, there is a large pool, full gymnasium, shuffleboard, inline skating rink, water wars game, jumping pillow, indoor and outdoor theater, water slide, tetherball, horseshoes, mini golf, a train, wagon rides, five playgrounds, basketball, tennis courts, volleyball courts, bumper boats, batting cages, motorized go carts, a soccer field and large game room. If that's not enough, there are 70 bikes and pedal cars to rent.

The park features an activity center, gift shop, candy stores, several ice cream parlors, a well-stocked food store with RV supplies, a pizza parlor with free delivery to campsites, several pavilions for large group gatherings, a chapel, multiple dog parks and a dog wash, an outdoor concert hill, seven dump stations, multiple camp kitchens for tenters and cabin dwellers,

Entry to the park is controlled by card access through a gate, and visitor fees are strictly enforced. There are 48 cable TV channels available and free Wi-Fi. A speed test clocked the connections at 0.80 mbs download and 0.44 mbs upload. Even with the park nearly full, the speed was adequate for e-mail and basic web surfing. The Verizon connection registered 6.68 mbs download and 1.33 mbs upload.

RVers enjoy a late 2 p.m. check-out time, while cabin renters must depart by 12 p.m. Due to the large number of children in the streets, it's essential that the 5 mph speed limit be followed. Campsites all include a picnic table and fire ring. Trash is picked up in front of the sites throughout the day.

The resort is located only 15 minutes from the Canadian border, and close to the Port Huron Blue Water River Walk, Thomas Edison Depot Museum, and Fort Gratiot Light Station, which is Michigan's oldest lighthouse. The staff and managers make no excuses in catering to children, teens and families. Those people who don't like the noise and excitement caused by youngsters would be best advised to seek a different campground.

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Pros

  • Kids under 16 stay free
  • Gravel, level sites and paved roads
  • 30- and 50-amp connections
  • Working Wi-Fi clocked in at 0.80 mbs download and 0.44 mbs upload, but was adequate for e-mail and basic web surfing.
  • Verizon MiFi connection was 6.68 mbs download and 1.33 mbs upload.
  • Plethora of activities for children and teenagers
  • Deluxe RV sites feature patio, gas grill, covered shelter area, upscale furniture, and deluxe fire pit.
  • Deluxe tent sites feature covered dining area, storage bin and food preparation area
  • Plenty of space between campsites to ensure privacy
  • Gate access controlled by card
  • Well stocked grocery store with RV supplies
  • On-site Hunt Brothers pizza parlor with free delivery to campsites, along with wings and ice cream treats
  • Bike and pedal car rentals are reasonable at $6 for 30 minuteds, $10 for an hour or $20 for four hours.
  • Restrooms and showers were is clean condition and working order
  • Special pricing for campers wishing to use Sawmill City entertainment center, adjacent to the resort.
  • Seven dump stations ensure waiting times on checkout are limited
  • Late checkouts of 2 p.m. for RVers and noon for cabin users
  • Multiple smaller dog runs scattered throughout the park, including a large Kamp K9
  • Accepts online reservations
  • Trash pickup throughout the day in front of campsite.

Cons

  • The resort is designed for kids, teens and families. People looking for a quite place to stay should avoid this park
  • Be careful when following cars and RVs through the gate. It’s best to stop and allow the gate to come down before activating it again. The gate came down on my RV and splintered.
  • Golf cart rentals are pricey at $35 for four hours or $52 for seven.
  • Considerable walking distance to some activities. However, the resort operates a free shuttle that follows specific routes

About Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is the editor of Let's RV and the editor of RV Daily Report. A Wisconsin native and father of three grown daughters, he is now based out of Arizona and travels the country in his Winnebago Adventurer motorhome interviewing industry professionals and interesting RVers alike. He can be reached at editor@letsrv.com

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