7 dogsThis is our 4th stop and our destination on this trip –  Indigo Bluffs RV Resort in Empire Michigan (less than 20 miles from Traverse City). Our original plan when planning for this trip was to go up to the Petoskey, Michigan area. We were looking for a nice motorcoach resort that was comfortable and a good home base to explore the area. We had considered the Petoskey Motorcoach Resort and Hearthside Grove Motorcoach resort both very nice and high end resorts. But between our friends Steve and Lisa and us we had 7 dogs with us (I know sounds like a lot but they are all highly trained Border Collies and Australian Shepard’s). Still many of the high end resorts limit you to 2 dogs per coach so those were out.

After doing some research with found this hidden gem. Indigo Bluffs RV Resort is part of a dual park scenario. Indigo Bluffs Campground is a less expensive resort this is covered by trees and has much more primitive camping. Probably not where we would want to take our Big Rigs. Next Door is the Indigo Bluff RV Resort. A gated community with super nice large spaced with level concrete pads. This resort sells the spaces but also rents them out. What makes this park unique is the meticulous landscaping while at the same time keeping the natural landscape. It is hard to explain but each RV Spot is mowed and managed nicely while the areas around it are fields of wildflowers. Such a nice feeling.

Lastly, This park is centrally located with a ton of cool towns to explore as well as the awesome Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park one of my favorite parks we have been to so far.




Shot a Drone Flyover of the Park and a Dashcam Entrance Video

General Info: Indigo Bluffs RV Resort Empire, MI

Photo Aug 20, 6 52 29 AM

What we liked about this resort

  • The reason we came up here – The Temperatures were below 80 degrees every day and in the 60’s in the evening. Plus while we were there No Bugs!
  • Immaculate landscaping – A very beautiful Resort that has huge spots with nice groomed areas with wildflowers abound.
  • Close to so much to do.
  • Nice hiking trails in the back of the park
  • Right outside of Bear Dunes National Park.

Areas that were not that great

  • The pool is a shared pool with the other resort and not really part of the resort
  • There are not a lot of activities at the resort.
  • They have not finished the clubhouse – it sits idle after many years (according to the residents)
  • Sort of remote – That has its positives and negatives


Site Details

Photo Aug 19, 8 18 19 PM

  • Site Pad Material: Level sites with concrete pads that are beautiful – some that are owned by owners are even very nice stonework
  • Water: Yes, included with daily rate
  • Electricity: Yes, included with daily rate
  • Sewer: Yes.
  • Laundry: Yes – shared with other RV Park
  • Cable TV: Not sure we used our satelite
  • Wi-fi: Yes and included in the site fee. Worked pretty well
  • Dump Station: At every spot
  • Propane: No
  • Pull Throughs: No
  • Back In: Yes
  • Big Rig Friendly: Yes – every spot
  • Pet Friendly: Yes (very)

Additional Information:  Each spot includes a table and chairs as well as a nice fire pit. The sell firewood stacks for $6 and deliver them to your spot. We had some great fires every night

What we did while we were here

There was so much to do in the surrounding area we really felt like 7 days was not near enough. We would like to come back next year and spend a whole month! Here are the highlights of things we liked in the area.

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park – Located 3 miles from the campground, is an amazing national Landmark. With the tallest sand dunes in America (over 450 feet down to the water), A ton of beautiful hiking trails and great temperatures to enjoy it.
  • Traverse City, MI – Is a foodies delight about 18 miles from the RV Resort. a very popular summer town to visit, we went here several times.
  • Other cool little coastal towns – Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Leland and many many others are awesome little towns With cute little shops, super breweries and nice little festivals to check out on the weekend.

Final Thoughts

This is very nice motorcoach resort in the middle of all the nice things to do up in Northern Michigan. Even though the rate seems high it is not compared to comparable resorts in the area. We hope to come back again and stay much longer.

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