Seven Lakes is a contradiction. It has a gorgeous day use area on beautiful Big Seven Lake. After visiting the day use area, the campground was a disappointment. It is located in an open area on Sand Lake. In the land of Great Lakes, I would call Sand Lake a pond. It has a small sandy beach for camper use. There is a scattering of saplings planted throughout the campground, which do not offer much in the way of privacy. If you are in the area, it might make a decent weekend getaway. But, I would not drive out of my way to camp here.
Hands down one of the best campgrounds in Southeast Michigan. Hiking, swimming, and decent fishing. Many lakefront campsites. Nice lake to explore by canoe or kayak as it is a no wake lake. There is no camper beach but the swim beach is right across the lake at the day use area. Not a big deal as the beach is visible from the campground. Many campers just float across the lake on tubes or walk/drive over.
This campground does NOT have power, showers, flush toilets, or sanitation station. It is an equestrian campground with direct access to equestrian trails. Unless you have horses this is not the campground for you. It is an equestrian camp. There is a nice day use area approximately one mile away. The poor rating is for the average camper. However, if you have horses and you would like to spend the weekend riding and camping than this would be ideal.
This site sounded perfect when we booked it, but unfortunately we didn`t realize just how much traffic there is that comes through it. There`s a major path that goes right through the campsite and all day long you`ll have people going through. They`ll also walk right through your campsite to get to the parking lot or the road. Some in our group were hesitant to leave anything behind when we went anywhere.
Camp site is oddly located in that you have to drive past the "Service Vehicles Only" sign to get to it. The site has its own pit toilet, which is relatively clean. We brought our dog and really liked being away from the rest of the campground so we could leave him off leash without bothering others. The only traffic in front of your site is the staff vehicle which goes by on occasion.
We decided to check out the Pymatuning reservoir and initially planned to camp at the Jamestown Campground (in PA) but decided to try the Andover Ohio campground instead and we’re glad we did. The switch was mostly due to availability (Jamestown site was pretty full whereas the Andover site had lots of availability), but we also saved around $4-6 per night which is always welcome. This is one of the best values that we’ve had so far for camping – for $24-$26 per night we got a pretty nice electric site (20A) with plenty of shade, fully paved roads including paved spurs (first time we’ve seen that), spacious hot showers (nice that they are not the type with timing values which keep shutting off on you), and a short walk to the lake. The washrooms were average, meaning they were concrete buildings with a few flush toilets and sinks, not modern but we’ve had worse. The same can be said for the shower buildings, they could use updating but we did appreciate the amount of space allotted for each shower stall (about twice as much as normal).
There are 3 camping areas in this park; we camped in Area 1 and found it to be generally lacking in privacy and the site to be somewhat bunched up together. That may have been an issue if the park was full, but even on a weekend in early August most sites in Area 1 were empty and so space and privacy were not a concern. Area 2 and 3 were much busier, maybe because they are closer to the “beach” (which is pretty small, but there is a great free beach near the Jamestown recreation area in PA), or because of services (30 or 50 amps, septic). All in all, the park was clean and very well maintain and the staff were friendly. We recommend this campground if you want to explore the Pymatuning area.