Family Campground INFORMATION

All Day Guests and Visitors must check in upon arrival at the Office or Barn Store, and will be charged a Day Use Fee of $2.00/person or $8.00/vehicle.

In order to ensure the safety of our youth campers, family campers, and retreat groups, all guests and visitors will receive an identification wristband upon arrival. Wristbands are REQUIRED to be worn by all campsite occupants for the entire length of your stay. Thank you for helping us keep our campers safe!

After 4:00 PM. Please check-in at the office upon arrival.

3:00 PM. Departures after 3:00 PM will be charged an extra day.

11:00 PM - 7:00 AM

Every campsite includes 30amp Electric Service, Water hook-up, Picnic Table, and Firepit.

Wireless internet is available throughout various areas of the campground.

Firewood is available for $4.00 per bundle at the Wood Shed, located on the north side of the beach bathhouse.  Wagons are provided for hauling wood - please return them immediately for other guests.  Due to the spread of disease and insects, please do not bring your own wood—purchase it here!  All proceeds support the ministry of the Ranch!

Coin operated washers and dryers are located at the south end of the Barn Store. A change machine is also available. Detergent is available at the Barn Store.

Dumpsters are available near the campgrounds and Barn Store for you to dispose of your garbage.  Do NOT dump trash in Rest Rooms.  Dumpsters are scheduled to be emptied on Thursday mornings. Cran-Hill encourages recycling.  There are bottle/can recycle bins located inside the Barn Store. Please help keep our grounds as clean as possible!

Maintenance crews plan to mow grass in the campgrounds on Wednesday afternoons, weather permitting.  Thank you for your patience as we care for our property!

An air compressor is located at the Wood Shed for your convenience to fill up vehicle tires, bicycle tires, balls, etc.

Outgoing mail may be deposited at the Office.  Mail is picked up daily (except Sundays).  Postage may be purchased at the Office.

Boat trailers may be parked in the RV/Boat Storage area east of Bayview Pavilion.  Please do not park on grass areas, unoccupied lots, or in front of Bayview Pavilion, as this is often used for groups.

There are several pavilions available for use. Choose from Ridgeview Pavilion or Bayview Pavilion, or for those staying at the Retreat Center campground, a small pavilion is available. Reservations can be made at the Office. There is no cost to reserve a pavilion for groups camping with us.

Call ‘911’ if immediate medical or fire assistance is needed.  For all other emergencies, contact the Campground Host or call the Office at (231) 796-7669.

In case of emergency, an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) is located in the Laundry Room at the Barn Store.

The closest hospital is Mecosta County Medical Center, 605 Oak Street, Big Rapids, (231) 796-8691.  Maps are available at the Office and Barn Store.

In case of severe weather, a siren will be sounded from the Office.  The lower level of the Barn Store (Game Room) will be available for shelter.

Family Campground POLICIES

Per Michigan State Law, a maximum of TWO sleeping units are allowed per campsite (ONE trailer with ONE sleeping tent; or TWO sleeping tents).  This does not include a dining canopy.

A maximum of two vehicles are allowed per campsite.  Additional vehicles must be parked in designated parking areas, such as the Barn Store.  Do not park on open grass areas, unoccupied campsites, or facility parking areas.

Pets must be on a leash at all times.
Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after pets.  A clean-up fee may be charged to guests who leave pet waste on their campsite or around the grounds.
Pets are NOT to be left unattended at any time.
Pets are NOT permitted in any of the Ranch buildings.
Pets are NOT permitted at the beach area – on the sand, in the swim areas, or in the boating areas.
Please be respectful of other guests as you take your pet with you around the property, to activity areas, on the Barn Store porch, etc…  Remember that not all people are comfortable with pets.

Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted on Cran-Hill Ranch property.
Fireworks are NOT permitted on Cran-Hill Ranch property.
Firearms are NOT permitted on Cran-Hill Ranch property.
Personal target sport equipmen in NOT permitted on Cran-Hill Ranch property.

Smoking is discouraged on Cran-Hill Ranch property.
Smoking is NOT permitted in or around all Cran-Hill Ranch buildings.
Smoking is NOT permitted in the presence or proximity of youth campers.
Guests desiring to smoke are encouraged to find a place away from other guests and campers, such as inside their camping unit, or other secluded areas.

As a Christian facility for youth and families, it is important to provide a safe environment for all our guests.  Therefore, Cran-Hill Ranch requests that guests dress modestly while on grounds. Appropriate swimwear is requested at the waterfront.  One-piece suits that have full coverage are preferred. Clothing should not have inappropriate images or language. Clothing should adequately cover the body and any undergarments.  Guests are not permitted into buildings without shirts and shoes. Cran-Hill reserves the right to have a guest change their clothing if deemed to be immodest or offensive.

ATV’s, Motorcycles, Motorized Scooters, Golf Carts, Motorized or Battery-powered ride-on toys, or other personal utility vehicles are NOT permitted on Cran-Hill Ranch property, unless licensed for road travel.  Licensed recreational vehicles may drive on main roads only when necessary, but not for recreational use. All trails are for foot or bicycle travel only.

Personal boats and watercraft are permitted on both Hillview Lake and Cranberry Lake.  Hillview Lake is an all-sports lake with a boat ramp conveniently located 0.5 mile east of Cran-Hill Ranch.  Cranberry Lake is a no-wake lake with limited access.
Personal boats and watercraft are not permitted at the Cran-Hill beach or boating areas on Hillview Lake.
Boats are not permitted to park overnight on the Cran-Hill beach or boating areas. 
Small boats (rowboats, canoes, kayaks, etc.) may be pulled up on shore near the Boat & Trailer Parking Area.  Other boats need to be removed from the water and parked in the Boat & Trailer Parking Area.
Boat trailers must be parked entirely on a reserved campsite, or in the designated Boat & Trailer Parking Area.  Do not park on open grass areas, unoccupied campsites, or in facility parking areas.


Find your way to Cran-Hill Ranch

Your perfect family destination is just 1hour north of Grand Rapids. Located on 300 acres of pure beauty.


"Equally impressive was the level of commitment from both Scott Barger and the counselor in our son's tent to ensure that he got the most out of the experience."

—Andrea Lyons
Cran-Hill Ranch Parent

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