Henry's Landing is a campground and RV park that is located in Scottville, Michigan, situated on the Pere Marquette River near Lake Michigan. The business offers a total of 45 units, ranging from RV spaces to tent sites. The campground has kayaks and canoes available for rent, and there is a store that sells a variety of supplies, including fishing gear, food, drinks, and some hygiene products. Guests can take advantage of the amenities that are found in the campground, including a playground, a volleyball court, a basketball court, and several games of cornhole. According to Tess, one of the owners, fishing in the river tends to be a popular activity, especially during September, as that is when the salmon run occurs. Henry's Landing is pet-friendly as long as they are kept on leashes. The campground first opened in 1974, and at the time, the owners were Jim and Freda Henry. It was later passed down to their grandson, Josh, and his wife, Tess Henry, in 2010.
Henry's Landing is a campground that is located on 18 acres of land and offers a more natural environment for outdoor enthusiasts. There are a total of 45 units available for guests to reserve, and the property provides a mix of RV sites and tent spaces. The RV sites offer electrical and water hookups, but there are no access sewer connections. Each of the campsites is equipped with picnic tables and fire rings. Among the available spaces for reservation, spot number 41 is relatively popular due to its location, which is at the end of the campground. Additionally, sites 34 through 37 also tend to be reserved frequently.
The grounds have many trees, which naturally shade a majority of the area from the sun. There are also several amenities located on the premises that visitors can take advantage of during their stay. The camp store doubles as a bait and tackle shop and typically sells essential camping supplies, fishing gear, refreshments, and basic hygiene products, allowing guests to find and purchase items without having to leave the campground. Yard games, such as cornhole, can be found outside, and for those with children, the establishment has a playground that kids can play on. One can also find a basketball court and a beach volleyball court on the premises. Fishing is one of the major highlights at Henry's Landing due to the salmon run that occurs in September. Alongside the fishing, people can also float the river in a tube or go kayaking or canoeing.
Beyond the campground, visitors can explore several nearby attractions. Ludington, which is a city located on the edge of Lake Michigan, is about ten miles west of Henry's Landing. There are also hiking opportunities in Ludington as well as Silver Lake, which is south of the campground. People can visit Silver Lake for dune buggy rides along the sand dunes. Within the campground's vicinity, visitors may take an interest in Little River Casino in Manistee. Tess also mentions that there are a few restaurants where people can eat, including Sportsman's Restaurant, Chef John's Bakery & Cafe, and Ludington Bay Brewery. She also suggests Bortell's Fisheries, which is a six-generation restaurant that cooks the food in front of the guests.
The owners of Henry's Landing, Josh and Tess Henry, would like their guests to "have fun, feel relaxed, and be at peace." In an effort to make the place and experience more memorable for patrons, they continue to add new amenities or add onto the ones they already have, such as providing more kayaks and canoes for rent. They would also like to add cabins as an option for reservations. Additionally, they sometimes hold events during special occasions, such as fireworks for the Fourth of July and a Halloween party in October. Other smaller events that they have held in the past include chili cook-offs and soup contests.
Henry's Landing has several policies in place that visitors are expected to abide by during their stay. Pets are permitted at the establishment, but guests are expected to keep them on leashes and clean up after them. In accordance with the quiet hours, which are in effect every night, pets must not bark to keep the noise to a minimum. Smoking is permitted on the grounds but is prohibited inside any of the buildings and public areas.
Many patrons have visited the campgrounds, and a few of these people have left reviews of their experiences. Several aspects mentioned are the owners' hospitality, the kayaks and canoes that are available for rent, and the layout of the campground. One person who recently stayed at Henry's Landing wrote, "Very friendly, family-owned, and never a dull moment right on the river. Kayaks are available for rent, and they even take you upriver with your gear on their bus. Then it's a trip down the river at your pace back to your campsite." The business is open from May to November, though Tess mentions that it could be sooner or later, depending on the weather. The peak months for the company due to the favorable weather conditions and availability for outdoor recreational activities are July, August, and September. September is typically when the fishing season is in full swing for the salmon run.
Henry's Landing was first established as an RV park and campground in 1974 when it was founded by Jim and Freda Henry. When it opened that year, it was only for about an eight-week period where fishermen could come to the river and enjoy the salmon run season. Over time, the business expanded to have more spaces for tents and RVs, and they began to stay open for extended periods of time. In 2010, Josh and Tess Henry, the current owners of the establishment, became the new owners and continued to gradually transition the company into staying open for a longer seasonal time. Josh is the grandson of the previous owners, Jim and Freda Henry.
According to Tess, the Henry family has a history of being involved in the camping industry, and they enjoy their job as camp hosts. Throughout their time of being owners of Henry's Landing, they have made various changes and updates to the property, choosing to focus on maintenance, repairs, and enhancing their guests' experience wherever they could. A few amenities that they added in the past include the volleyball and basketball courts, the cornhole boards, and the canoes and kayaks that they have available for rent. The owners also live on the grounds, allowing them to "manage the campground easier," notes Tess. Regarding plans for the future, Tess mentions that "[they] hope to add cabins."
Josh and Tess Henry
Jim and Freda Henry