• Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

Did you know that you can camp for cheap in this park in Otsego?

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Jun 21, 2022

In what seems to be one of the most random finds ever, I came across a secret campsite near downtown Otsego. Did you know ?

Directly adjacent to the M-89 drag is Brookside Park. Located between Brookside Market and HQ Discount Flooring, the name is apt as a small stream runs through the heart of the park. According to the city’s Parks and Recreation website, Brookside Park “contains activities and facilities for all ages.”

About Brookside Park

There are several pavilions located throughout the park making it perfect for any family reunion, no matter the occasion! Additionally, there are two play structures located at either end of the park. If you choose to have your family reunion here, there is plenty of space to entertain both adults and children! Just watch out for that metal slide – it heats up, FAST! I may or may not speak from experience…

Campsites for tents and motorhomes

There are four campsites in Brookside Park, one for tent camping and three for RVs. Although these sites are fairly basic, there is water, grills, and electrical hookups provided. There aren’t any fancy amenities like showers or anything and the best bathrooms you’ll find are portable potties, but it’ll get the job done!

How much does it cost?

The cost of staying at the campground in Brookside Park is $5 per day for tents and only $10 per day for upgraded sites. The Town of Otsego advises that there is a maximum limit of 72 hours for all camping reservations. Reservations are first come, first served and all campers must register and pay the appropriate fee at the Otsego Police Department located at 127 Court Street.

Who is camping here?

Since the park is located just off the main road of the M-89, I guess this hidden campground is perfect for adventurers who are just passing through, for example, in the North. With easy indoor and outdoor access and the essentials, Brookside Park is the perfect place to spend the night as you head for bigger adventures.

On the AllStays.com website, a reviewer said:

Lovely little city park full of huge old trees, which provide good shade. 4 sites, 30 amps, with water. Trees dampen road noise and you can’t beat $10 a night. We stay the three days allowed

Now that I know of its existence, I’m a little curious to camp here myself! Did you know this secret campsite in Otsego?

Campground at Otsego’s Brookside Park

The park is located at the east end of the city limits of Otsego.