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“Great campground, great location”

Honcho Rest Campound
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Honcho Rest Campound
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We stayed at Honcho Rest for 3 months this summer and really enjoyed it. It's one of the best run, well kept campgrounds we've been to. The owners are super nice brothers that "take care of business" and work hard to keep the campground well maintained. The campground is located on Bass Lake (a small fishing lake), 1 mile from downtown Elk Rapids (a cute little resort town on the water), and is an RV campground (no tents). The campground has a row boat and canoe free for campers to use. There is a great playground for young kids, as well as a basketball court and horse shoes for older kids or adults. The bathrooms (8 individual) are clean and well maintained. The sites along the waterfront of Bass Lake are occupied by long time seasonal campers (some here over 20 years) who have beautiful flowers and small, manicured yards. All of the sites have a concrete parking pad for your RV, with a picnic table and fire pit. They have free WIFI and cable. You can sit by Bass Lake in your chairs or on one of the 2 piers and watch beautiful sunsets. Before we arrived, we read on Tripadvisor about a guy who yells at people to slow down and that the sites were too close to one another. Our campsite was right behind the man's RV and we didn't hear him yell even one time. We got to know him and he's a nice guy (with a cute little white dog that he walks several times a day). We have a class A, 38' MH and thought our site was huge. The location of the campground is great, being close to Traverse City and Charlevoix, as well as driving trips in every direction. We would definitely stay at Honcho Rest again!!! Great campground!!

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  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Lots of trees for shade, quiet, driving slow at 5 mph is strongly encouraged. On a small lake, near Elk Lake, Torch Lake, and Grand Traverse Bay. Close to groceries and fuel, close to nice town of Elk Rapids, and close to Pearl's, a great restaurant. Has a laundry we did not need to use, has ice on site. Has cable TV, did not use as my cord was too short but was able to get many stations thru the air. Entire front row on the lake are long term seasonal rentals, everyone we met are very friendly. Very peaceful and relaxing. Rented a boat this morning at local marina and cruised thru the chain of lakes to Torch Lake today. Lot of fun and both Elk and Torch Lakes have a beautiful color like glacial lakes. Plan to return for a longer time to explore Elk Rapids.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Jim B
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Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for a campground with central access to Traverse City, Elk Rapids, Torch Lake, and Bellaire, Honcho Rest is it! It is primarily an RV park (I think they even say they don't want tents) so it has a lot of amenities that regular tent camping sites don't offer: electricity, wi-fi, tv hookup, laundry, private bathrooms with showers. There's a playground area with a basketball court, horseshoes, jungle gym, seesaw. They also have a few row boats and canoes available to use, and there is also lots of parking for your boat. The fishing on Bass Lake sucks. Too many weeds and not enough fish! Fortunately the boat launch to Elk Lake is just a mile away.

Also, the camp sites are a little tight. Thankfully both times I've come here we didn't have neighbors beside us. We camped in the sites without sewer hookups next to the forest and were not bothered at all by mosquitoes.

Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank ktown825
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Reviewed 3 September 2015

We have visited Honcho Rest regularly for several years and it has become one of our favorite up north destinations. If you are a boater, there is no better area than Elk Rapids - 1 mile from nice launches on the bay and Elk and about a 10 minute drive to launch at the Torch Sandbar. It is also very close to Traverse City and Charlevoix and Belaire aren't too far.

The river and beach in Elk Rapids is a little known gem and very nice, as are the quaint, sleepy stores in town. Pearl's New Orleans kitchen is a must-do and is a short bike ride (or longer walk) away.

We have always found the staff to be helpful and the facilities to be very nice and clean. As for the old man yelling slow down - after seeing some of the people driving 25 mph right past very young kids, I can't say I totally disagree with him!

  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled with family
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1  Thank Anthony S
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Reviewed 24 March 2015

Clean campground and showers/bathrooms. Full hookup was good. Sites were too close for my taste. Quiet hours were respected. Lake is pretty cool. Don't remember it being dirty. Close proximity to other lakes and shopping/activities is the real draw to Honcho rest for us. Overall good experience other than the old man about 3 sites from the office always yelling "slow down" when you pull into the campground. Apparently he has nothing better to do than peer out his camper window and wait for families to go 6 mph instead of 5 mph so he can get his jollies by yelling "slow down".

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
1  Thank Tracycoach7
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Additional Information about Honcho Rest Campound

Address: 8988 Cairn Hwy, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9453
Region: United States > Michigan > Antrim County > Elk Rapids
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Elk Rapids
Price Range: $46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 100
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