Ludington’s Cartier Park opens for season

May 2, 2019

On Wednesday, the City of Ludington’s Cartier Park Campground opened for its 2019 season, which will continue through Oct. 15, and some eager campers arrived early in the morning, despite the drizzling rain.

Cartier Park Manager Russ Soper said the campground has at least 72 more reservations scheduled for throughout the season compared to the same time last year.

The campground is booking many customers, but there are still campsites available — especially rustic sites, Soper said. It just depends on the week, he explained.

“I’m looking forward to a real good season,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of good feedback. We’ve got a lot of good campers, returning guests ... We have a lot more families and a lot more groups with a lot of kids.”

Cartier Park is licensed to offer a total of 176 campsites, including sites with full hook-up, water and electric, electric-only services and rustic sites, which don’t have utilities.

The campground has 15 more sites with water and electricity this season because in November, 15 rustic sites were converted, Soper explained.

Soper added that he’s hoping for fair weather this season.

“A lot of our park is rustic, so the less rain and less wind the better because (then) everybody’s willing to come tent camping,” he said.

The first guests arrived at about 7:45 a.m. and set up their camper in the rain.

The campground doesn’t have an official waiting list for its 28 seasonal sites, but it’s popular enough that there are more prospective campers than sites, according to Soper.

To contact Cartier Park, call (231) 845-1522.