Good Vibes from Mich. Casino's Posh RV Park
Campers Bill and Kim Hoeppner of Hemlock, Mich., say they feel as if they’ve made a fun discovery.
“We were one of the first camper here when they opened,” Bill Hoeppner said as he settled into his family’s recreation vehicle at the Soaring Eagle Hideaway RV Park east of Mount Pleasant, Mich.
“It’s so peaceful and relaxing,” Kim Hoeppner said.
Every campsite at the park was filled on a recent weekend, and that’s becoming normal, said Bonnie Sprague, general manager of the Soaring Eagle Waterpark and the Soaring Eagle Hideaway.
“On weekends and holidays, we’re always sold out,” Sprague said. The campground features 67 sites, each featuring concrete pads and full hookups.
“We love the full hookups,” said camper Brian Rueger of Standish. “And the cement.”
The park is arrayed around the west end of Grewes Lake, a private, fully stocked lake owned by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. The fishing is good, according to James Pitawanakwat of Manitoulin Island, Ontario.
“I love it,” Pitawanakwat said. “All the accommodations are great and the environment is very soothing.”
The Soaring Eagle Hideaway opened in late spring 2012. Soon after, it earned top ratings from the Good Sam Club, a nationwide group of RV enthusiasts. Sprague said that and strong word-of-mouth helped fill the campground.
Sprague said when she got the assignment of putting together a campground, she wasn’t an RV enthusiast. She and her husband got a recreational vehicle, visited a lot of campgrounds, and took the best ideas they saw and incorporated them into the Hideaway.
Pets are welcome – and there’s a trail for them. There’s a fish-cleaning station. The camp store, located in the clubhouse, is well stocked with necessities.
The Hideaway offers shuttle service to the waterpark nearby, the nine-hole Wabooz Run golf course, and the Soaring Eagle Casino itself. That’s proven very popular, Sprague said.
“It’s a piece of what makes this a destination,” Sprague said. “The guests get to utilize the heated pool at the waterpark.”
Waterpark day passes also are available.
The Hideaway offers regular activities for kids. On Friday night, mascots Gizi – a baby eaglet – and Makwa – a bear – come and help young campers make s’mores around the campfire.
Campers Bill Webber Jr. and Mary Webber of Grand Blanc came to the Hideaway after being disappointed with a campground in northwest Michigan.
“One of my husband’s friends told us about this,” Mary Webber said. The Webbers said they were very pleased with what they discovered tucked away in central Michigan.
Sprague said plans call for the Soaring Eagle Hideaway to remain open until the end of October – and it could stay open longer if the weather holds.
The Soaring Eagle Hideaway is located on Airport Road between Isabella and Summerton roads, a half-mile north of M-20.