The quiet little town of Lakeview, Michigan is approximately 50 miles North East of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The town is alongside beautiful TownLine Lake. It is a very small town whose focal point is of course, the lake. Many of the locals have homes on the lake that they enjoy Spring, Summer and Fall and then head South for the Winter. One really lovely thing about Town Line Lake is that it uncluttered, with the homes being nicely spaced apart and not a congested patch of homes like so many other little lakes throughout Michigan. The neighbors all know each other and it is a very warm and friendly town.
Located on one side of the lake, off Hillman Road is the United Methodist Campground for both rv’s and tents. Although it is owned and run by the United Methodist Church the campground is open to public and is extremely affordable. The campground has water and electric service but no sewers. There is a dump station that is right on the grounds. There is boating access along with a swimming beach. There are pavilions, a playground and there is also a picnic table and fire ring at every site. Sites vary but even our 40 diesel pusher had no trouble backing into a remote space. The roads in the campground are narrow and sandy but we just took our time and were able to maneuver through the park. The site was sandy, surrounded by trees with a lovely view of the lake. Many of the sites are similar to ours.
The evening sunsets are spectacular and we were fortunate to also have been greeted by a massive meteor shower late one evening. Just sit out away from the trees and look up at the dark sky and one is immediately transformed to another time and place.
During the day we took several side trips. One day we went west to the shores of Lake Michigan, which was much more crowded and congested with vacationers at the various parks along the shore. Another day we drove through the nearby Amish communities and found a wonderful Amish cheese factory where we watched the cheese being made by hand by the Amish workers. Along a country road we stopped at a Amish farm for some organic home grown vegetables which could be purchased for very low prices. Fresh grown produce right from the farm field at a fraction of the price found at the local supermarkets. We also traveled a back country road where we found a Amish bakery. The Amish woman was making pies, doughnuts, bread and rolls. It is peach season in Michigan and we brought a peach cream pie that tasted like it was made in heaven. We have decided, if for no other reason than the bakery we will be making a 6 hour round trip on a regular basis.
The little town of Lakeview is just one of many town found all through Midwest America that have personality and charm that could easily be missed is one does not get off the Interstates and travel down the back roads. Why not take some time, take a drive and go exploring through the back roads of a town near or far and enjoy the many surprises along the way!
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