Steamboat Park Campground can be located on the northern side of Jenison, Michigan, right on the banks of the Grand River. The campground is found near downtown Grand Rapids, which has been known for being a tourist destination in Michigan. There are 65 RV sites, which line the banks of Grand Rapids, allowing guests the opportunity to enjoy activities on the river without having to travel far from their temporary homes. Guests also have the opportunity to take a river cruise on the boat named The Grand Lady, which docks on the campsite grounds.
The Steamboat Park Campground takes up 100 acres of forested land in the northern outskirts of Jenison, Michigan. The campsite is open year-round and has found that the busiest time of the year tends to be the months of July and August. Steamboat Park Campground has a grand total of 65 RV sites. Each RV site has full hook-ups, including 20, 30, and 50 AMP electrical, water, and sewage stations. Some of the units are back-in sites, and some of them are pull-through sites.
There are riverfront sites available for guests who would like to use the river more during their stay. Some of the features which are present across all RV sites in the park include a picnic table and a fire ring that are free for use. For those who are interested in getting more firewood, The Steamboat Park Campground sells it to anyone who wants or needs it. The property also offers paved roads and accommodates RVs with bigger rigs since they offer larger sites. The Grand River runs through the property, allowing guests access to a number of activities, such as fishing, kayaking, and boating. On the property, visitors can take advantage of the heated pool if they would like.
A paddle-wheel riverboat called The Grand Lady docks on the edge of the river, not far from the campgrounds, and travels up and down the river, so guests can catch a ride on it if they would like. The cruise offers live music and travels through several parts of the river. Guests can also visit one of the nearby golf courses; one that they mention on their website is Wallinwood, which has nine of its eighteen holes located about a quarter of a mile to the southwest. Grand Rapids is a larger city that's found east of the property and has a number of different places that guests can explore. The city has an assortment of breweries, restaurants and, on occasion, has live music events.
The Steamboat Park Campground strives to create a quiet and peaceful place for the visitors that visit it. Most of the property is surrounded by forests and trees, which can help guests find the relaxation that the campground seeks to give.
The owner says that the property is most known for the paddle-wheel riverboat that travels along the river, known as The Grand Lady. The boat cruises offered by The Grand Lady last about two hours in total. Though visitors are not allowed to bring outside beverages, including water bottles, they do have snacks and drinks that are available for guests to purchase. Several items that guests can purchase and enjoy from The Grand Lady's store are root beer floats, chips, various candy bars, and more. Although guests are not able to bring drinks on the riverboat, they are allowed to bring their own picnic on board, meaning they can create their own unique dining experience from the food they bring. During the boat ride, the captain gives information regarding the steamboat, the history of the area, and the Grand River. Everybody of all ages is allowed to join the riverboat on the river. The Grand Lady notes that they work on a first-come, first-serve basis, and visitors are restricted from saving seats.
There are a number of reviews that guests have left from previous visits commenting on a variety of things, but the most mentioned things are regarding the boat ride, the campgrounds upkeeping, the restrooms, and the location of the property. One visitor writes, "The park is very well maintained and the owners take pride in addressing the needs of their customers. Heated pool and bathhouse/laundry room are always clean."
The current owner of Steamboat Park Campground is Gregory Boynton, and he has been the owner for three and a half years. Gregory Boynton has owned the property longer than Steamboat Park Campground was established and thought that the property would make a good campground. The property has been several different things in the past. First, it had been known as a Native American camp. A little later, it was used as a dairy farm, and after that, it became a mine. The property has changed over the years, and Greg continues to work on adding onto the campsite in order to create an environment that can be enjoyed by many people seeking various forms of relaxation and entertainment.