If you are looking for a relaxing family getaway with fun activities and outdoor adventure, Port Huron KOA Resort is a great option.
Located on 70 acres, there are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy at this beautiful campground/resort.
You can experience the best of both worlds enjoying the outdoors during the day and then enjoy your evenings out of the elements in a cozy deluxe cabin at night.
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Our family has previously stayed at a cabin at the Hocking Hills KOA campground in Ohio and we were excited to experience another KOA campground during our first time visiting Port Huron, Michigan.
If you are unfamiliar with the area, Port Huron is located in the “Thumb” area of East-Central Michigan about an hour north of Detroit.
Tour of Our Deluxe Cabin at Port Huron KOA Resort
A deluxe cabin is a great option if you want to enjoy the experience of camping with the luxuries of home.
Our cabin had a full bath with a shower and sleeps up to 6 people.
Sleeping Areas for the Deluxe Cabin at the Port Huron KOA
The main bedroom has a queen-size bed. Our cabin had an AC unit in the main bedroom and a dresser with a drawer and a mini closet.
The room also had several electrical outlets on the wall which was nice for plugging in cell phones and other electronics.
I also liked that the bedrooms were on opposite sides of the living area and each room had pocket doors for privacy.
The bunk bedroom sleeps two and has a pocket door for privacy. There is space under the lower bunk bed to store suitcases and there is a railing on the top bunk for safety.
The main living space has a full-size futon/ sleeper sofa and another ac unit. Linens are provided for all of the sleeping areas in the cabin.
Partial Kitchen for the Deluxe Cabin
The kitchen area had a small fridge, stovetop burners, a microwave, a toaster, a sink, and a Keurig coffeemaker.
The basics are already supplied in the kitchen with glassware, dishes, pots, pans, and cooking utensils.
There is a small table with 4 chairs and a tv above the table. Each lodge comes with air conditioning and heat controls that you can control for your comfort.
Bathroom at the Deluxe Cabin
I LOVED having our own private bathroom inside the cabin. The bathroom had a sink, a shower stall, and a toilet. There was also a hairdryer and a small mirror on the wall.
Outside Area of our Deluxe Cabin in Port Huron KOA Resort
Outside there is a fire pit, picnic table, and propane grill. We were impressed that the grill was much nicer than we anticipated when we used if for cooking dinner our first night.
If you don’t have firewood it’s not a problem. In fact, no outside firewood is allowed.
You can purchase firewood at the store onsite and the wood can be delivered to your campsite.
The picnic table was great for our morning breakfast meals and an additional seating option when we were outside.
Are Pets Allowed at the Port Huron KOA Resort?
Yes. Depending on the type of site you have, you may need to pay an additional fee for your pet. There is also a dog park onsite.
Things to Do at the Port Huron KOA Resort
You could easily park once and never leave the campground if you don’t want to.
Rentals at the Port Huron KOA Resort
We brought our bikes but there is also an assortment of bike rentals available. We noticed that the recumbent style bikes were really popular with kids and teens.
The speed limits for vehicles are very low within the campground and the flags on the recumbents bikes help with their visibility.
Golf cart rentals are also a very popular option at Port Huron KOA Resort if you don’t want to drive your vehicle to other areas of the campground.
Port Huron KOA Amenities
- 50 Max Amp
- 75′ Max Length
- Cable TV
- Pool (Memorial Weekend- Labor Day Weekend)
- Snack Bar
- Kamping Kitchen
- Laundry facilities
- Firewood for sale
- Dog Park
Fun Things to Do With Kids at the Port Huron KOA Resort
*Check the Port Huron KOA Resort website for availability, hours of operation, and pricing. Many activities are free to use during your visit.
- 2 Gaga Ball Pits
- 2 Swimming Pool Areas
- Basketball Courts
- Bike Rentals
- Bounce Pillow
- Disc Golf Course
- Gem Mining
- Gift & Souvenir Shop
- Horseshoe Pits
- Inline skating area
- Shuffleboard Court
- Volleyball Courts
Activities at Sawmill City
5055 Lapeer Rd., Smiths Creek, MI
Sawmill City is located next door to the Port Huron KOA Resort. You can easily walk to the activities from the campground and it’s another nice option for families looking for additional activities to try.
*Check their website for hours and to see what attractions are open.
The wristband is the best value if your child wants to try multiple activities all day.
They offer activities such as Waterslides, Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, a Mini-Golf Course, Batting Cages, Bank-shot Basketball courts, and Water Wars.
More Lodging Options at the Port Huron KOA Resort
There are several lodging options to choose from during a stay at the Port Huron KOA Resort.
If you want a more rustic experience, you might want to try the Camping Cabins. For the rustic cabins, you bring your own linens and there is no kitchen or bathroom inside the cabin.
During our visit, I went inside the bathroom by the pool and another one for the campers out of curiosity, and I was really impressed by how clean they were.
You can choose your own overnight adventure at the Port Huron KOA Resort with options for your overnight preferences and size of your family.
The Port Huron KOA Resort has tent and RV campsites, camping cabins, cottages, and lodges.
If you have an RV you will find plenty of great site options throughout the park. I loved the RV site section that came with an individual gazebo.
There is also a great range of Cottages, Lodges, and Deluxe Cabins with sleeping options for 4 to up to 8 people that vary in price and layout.
Two of the lodges are handicap accessible and can sleep 4 or 6.
Book a Site at the Port Huron KOA Resort
The Port Huron KOA Resort is located at 5111 Lapeer Rd, Kimball, MI.
What to pack for your stay at the Port Huron KOA Resort
I’ve found that it’s always easier to make a trip to the store when you have a list.
Use this grocery list as a guide to get you started and then add your own items.
Where is the closest grocery store to the Port Huron KOA Resort?
If you need a few basic items you will find many essentials at the KOA store onsite. There is a small grocery store down the road called Vinckier Foods. There is a Kroger under 10 minutes away too.
For a bigger shopping trip, you might want to consider one of the local Meijers with both groceries and everything else you would need with 3 locations within 15 minutes.
Things to Do Near the Port Huron KOA Resort
You could easily stay at the Port Huron KOA Resort and have plenty of activities the whole time you are there. When I visit a destination for the first time I like to also check out the local attractions.
Take a walk or bike ride along the River on the Bridge to Bay Trail
My husband and I brought our e-bikes and had so much fun riding them in the campground and on the bike trails. The paths along the Bridge to Bay Trail are wide enough where kids should feel comfortable too.
The Blue Water Bridge goes over the St. Clair River and connects Port Huron, Michigan and Point Edward and Sarnia, Ontario.
The parking lot for the Wadhams To Avoca Trail is also located a few minutes from the Port Huron KOA Resort.
Watch for Scuba Divers
If you are lucky you might witness a scuba diver before they take the plunge into the water to explore shipwrecks.
We noticed this diver preparing from afar and he invited me to come a little closer for a picture. The water was so clear that we could see him in the water as he gradually descended deeper into the water.
Huron Light Ship Museum
800 Prospect Place, Port Huron, MI
This is the last floating light-ship on the Great Lakes that’s typically open May through September. Check the website for hours.
Thomas Edison Depot Museum
510 Thomas Edison Pkwy, Port Huron, MI
The Grand Trunk Western Railroad Depot is a former railway depot that has been converted into a museum. You can learn more about Thomas Edison’s life and his boyhood experiences and early adulthood living in Port Huron.
The outside of the museum also has a lot of historical displays located around the building if you visit while the museum is closed.
Beaches Near the Port Huron KOA Resort
A visit to the beach on Lake Huron was a big draw for our family while staying in the area. If you want to mix up your stay you might want to check out one of the local beaches in Port Huron during your visit.
Depending on which beach you choose, you can be at Lake Huron in around 15 minutes from the Port Huron KOA Resort.
Lakeside Park/ Lakeside Beach
During our visit, the water levels for Lake Huron were higher than they normally are which caused the beach area to be smaller than usual. If you are used to going to beaches on the west side of the state you will notice that it’s rockier on the east side. Pack some water shoes and enjoy the gorgeous turquoise blue water.
3670 Gratiot Ave, Port Huron, MI
This is a great option for families with younger kids because of the playground and seasonal splash pad. Lakeside Park has picnic areas, BBQs, and a volleyball net.
2900 Conger St, Port Huron, MI
Lighthouse Park has 1800s Fort Gratiot lighthouse, a beach, a playground & picnic areas. The parking lot is smaller for this park and we noticed lighter crowds here.
Lakeport State Park
7605 Lakeshore Rd, Fort Gratiot Twp, MI
We spent most of our time out on the water in our inflatable kayaks and ISUP at this park. There was a large sandbar that was perfect for tossing a football or cooling off in the water for a bit.
There is a parking lot on the beachside and there is also a pedestrian footbridge over the highway.
Great Places to Eat in Port Huron
If you want to go out to eat for a few meals during your visit I have some recommendations.
Dine with a view at Freighters
800 Harker St, Port Huron, MI
It’s hard to beat the waterfront views from Freighters. There is a large dining area inside and patio seating outside too. I highly recommend the Fish Tacos.
They are made with Michigan craft beer-battered fish, fresh pico, white cheddar, sweet crispy noodle slaw and cilantro sour cream with tortilla chips
My older son LOVED the Crispy chicken sandwich served with waffle fries and my younger son enjoyed the mac n cheese.
My husband ordered the Diablo burger which is a nice option if you want a burger with more kick.
Great Food at Casey’s
628 Huron Ave, Port Huron, MI
This is a great restaurant for pizza and sandwiches, etc with a laid back attitude, outdoor seating, and wonderful food.
The picture above doesn’t do the “Chicken Sink” justice because it’s delicious. It’s made with grilled double boneless chicken breast covered with roasted peppers, cherry tomatoes, sauteed onions, and 7 kinds of cheese on flatbread. I opted for mine without the mushrooms.
My older son also loved the chicken sink…which made me regret giving him a bite because he ended up eating a good portion of my food along with his.
My boys both ordered the chicken alfredo with amazing breadsticks and my husband ordered the spicy chicken sandwich pictured above.
Ice Cream Stops in Port Huron
If you don’t want to leave the KOA campground there is an ice cream shop conveniently located onsight. If you want to venture offsite here are a few recommendations.
Milkhouse Ice Cream and Coffee Cafe
4189 Keewahdin Rd, Fort Gratiot Twp, MI
Located less than 10 minutes from the KOA campground, Milkhouse Ice and Coffee Cafe is a fun stop for a sweet treat. We lucked out and visited on $5 “Taco Tuesday.”
The “taco” was made with a waffle cone and the inside was a delicious ice cream sundae. I ordered the peanut butter sundae taco, my husband ordered the grasshopper, and my boys both ordered the oreo milkshakes.
Atrium Cafe & Ice Cream Parlor
1519 Military St, Port Huron, MI
Atrium Cafe was our first choice for ice cream because it was listed when I researched the best places for ice cream in Michigan.
Unfortunately, when we got there it wasn’t open, even though their website said it was, so I would suggest calling ahead first. It has great reviews and I would love to check it out in the future.
932 Military St #1, Port Huron, MI
An eclectic coffee shop that’s Edgar Allen Poe themed.
Plan a Daytrip Adventure to Kayak to Turnip Rock
If you have the extra time during your visit you might want to also add a day trip to kayak to the iconic Turnip Rock, known as one of Michigan’s Greatest Wonders, while you are in the area.
Port Austin Kayak rental is located about 1.75 hours from the KOA Port Huron Resort and the kayak trip can last between 2-4 hours.
We were scheduled for an afternoon rental but the weather didn’t cooperate and I appreciate that the rental company let us know that the weather conditions would not be safe enough in advance that morning before we drove there.
I would recommend scheduling your kayak trip toward the beginning of your stay at the Port Huron KOA in case you need to postpone it a day for the weather. I definitely want to come back to cross this off of my list!
Are You Ready for a Getaway in Port Huron?
No matter how you choose your own outdoor adventure, you’ll find that Port Huron, Michigan is a beautiful destination to visit.
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