Date of Stay: August, 2013
We just returned from spending Labor Day weekend here. I agree with the previous reviews: very nice park; well-maintained, clean, spacious. We biked over to the camp office to get a trail map and ask about the best kayaking, and were treated to the aviary - about a dozen owls and hawks that are residents due to injury and/or imprinting on humans. Rangers are very friendly and helpful; they came through the campground with a hawk one night, and they run several programs like guided canoe/kayak trips, scavenger hunts, zip line, etc. There are two playgrounds, a disc golf course, and safe roads to bike. The Adkins Arboretum trails can be biked, which I think would be more fun than walking them like I did. Kayaking up the creek from the lake was my favorite part; it's a beautiful paddle and we saw dozens of turtles of all sizes. I could see how a rowdy party could be a problem; even though the rangers patrol occasionally there is no staff on site 24/7. Firewood is sold on the honor system and is newly-split and damp, but possible to burn. The only reason I don't give this park is perfect 10 is the bugs - they were fierce. I know it's part of camping but if you are a bug magnet like I am, it can really affect your trip. The mosquitoes at the campsite and the biting flies on the kayak trips were pretty bad - we set up a screen room and I pretty much stayed there if we were at the site. Overall this is a great park and we will likely return again for a quick getaway. Oh, and the Irish Pub in Denton serves some great food - try the fries with provolone, bacon and ranch dressing!
Date of Stay: August, 2013
We love Fish Creek - this was our 6th visit. It is no-frills; the bathrooms could use refurbishing and some of the old fireplaces are crumbling, but we will continue to go back. We love the bike path, and the kayaking can't be beat. Be sure to do the Rollins Pond loop, or head over to the Raquette River. Here's a little secret - campers at Fish Creek (where the showers take quarters) can go up the road to another campground(where the showers are free). There are ice cream, coffee, wood and ice trucks that make daily loops, music performances and various crafts and guided nature hikes and a playground for the kids. There's also a nice beach and day-use picnic area. Donaldson's Trading Post is on the bike path and has all your basic needs. We've met some of the friendliest people here; it's safe to let your kids run and ride bikes. It would not be summer for us without a trip to Fish Creek!
Date of Stay: July, 2013
We used this lovely park as a two-day stopover on our way further north. Sites are very large, well-spaced, wooded, fairly level and clean. The bathhouse in Loop A is new and very nice. Tall rigs could have trouble with low-hanging branches, but we are 13'7" with kayaks on the roof and we were fine. This park is very popular - the beach was packed and most picnic tables and pavilions were taken. There is a nice snack bar, playground and gift/supplies shop at the beach area, which is a decent walk/bike/drive from the campsites. We enjoyed riding our bikes around; it's hilly but doable. We saw people fishing, kayaking and canoeing on the lake, as well as swimming (with lifeguards, but they do state they may not always be able to supply guards and therefore may have to close the swimming area). If you want to purchase firewood at the park, get there early, as they had run out before dark both nights we checked. Easy to find, just off I-87, and a nice quiet campground (away from the beach area). We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
This is a repeat stay for us, as it is located conveniently between home and our final destination. As always, the owners are extremely friendly and helpful, and appeared when we pulled in late (having called ahead) to help us settle on our site. Since we were there last summer they have redone the entrance driveway and it is no longer muddy and rutted. The sites are fairly close together but the pull throughs are sufficient for our 30' trailer and dually truck. It still would not be a destination for us, but it's a fine place for an overnight.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
The previous review cracks me up. We just returned from a glorious two-week stay at Fish Creek, and lost count of how many times we said, "Look, there's another one of those big rigs that can't get in here!" They were everywhere. True, some of the sites would not take 40' motorhomes, but we've never had a problem with our 30' trailer when we book a site that says it can take a 30' unit. The road is a little tight but everyone makes it work, and there are places to turn around (like the dump station, for instance). But enough about that. This place is one of our favorites. Almost all sites are waterfront, the staff is attentive and helpful, the showerhouses are great, the atmosphere is perfect. Bathrooms need work but are functional. Bike path is great; ice, firewood, ice cream, coffee and baked goods trucks come through daily; and there is a nice offering of music and crafts. Frankly, I hope more people do read the previous review and decide to skip FCP; those of us who love it here don't need the competition for the sites!
Date of Stay: October, 2011
This is an excellent park, well-maintained and peaceful. The sites all have paved parking areas and grassy spots for tables, tents, fires, etc. The showers are a long walk or a short drive and are $1 for 5 minutes (which felt more like 3 minutes) but the cost of getting water up the mountain and dealing with waste water is expensive. The dumpsters were emptied regularly, and the hosts were friendly and knowledgeable. We were there over Columbus Day weekend and the weather was perfect; the campground was full both Friday and Saturday nights, so book early for busy weekends. The only point lost is for our particular site (E118); it was spacious but the most unlevel site we have ever dealt with. It sloped both side-to-side and downward; we did not have enough leveling blocks to make it level and we carry PLENTY of blocks. It was just a function of the location of our site; other sites looked fine. Overall a great campground; we will go back.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
This park has some great attributes and a few problems. The approaching road is steep and needs resurfacing, but it is not impassable. The park is 7 miles out of town, so no road noise. The sites are a little tight, and many are seasonal and/or permanent, but they are mostly very well-cared for, with landscaping, patios, etc. The people are mostly friendly but we did feel a little like outsiders. However, start a conversation and everyone is friendly. The breakfast buffet on weekends ($6.95 all you can eat) is really good. The activities are varied and would appeal to all ages. It is a little noisy, with many ATVs and golf carts cruising around regularly. The pool is huge and clean, but opens whenever the kids guarding feel like opening it. It is also open to the locals (for a fee) but even on Labor Day weekend was not overly-crowded. The park is run by a large family, and while they are friendly and helpful they are somewhat disorganized. Reservations are not computerized and we witnessed a big mix-up at the front desk, plus then neighbors of ours were sent to 4 different sites trying to find one that was available and would fit their 36-foot 5th wheel. Showers were clean and free, but operated by a pull rope and you cannot adjust the temperature. Water was blazing hot, which is not what I wanted on a 90-degree day, and rinsing long hair with one hand is difficult. All in all, however, this is a decent place to stay and the only game in town, so we would stay again. We were here to bike on the Western Maryland Rail Trail, which we would highly recommend. C&O Cycling in town has knowledgeable and friendly employees, and the Triangle Restaurant is a great place for a tasty and reasonably-priced meal. Check them out!
Date of Stay: July, 2011
Wonderful place to stay! The family who built and run the place is very friendly and knowledgeable. Choice of open sites in field area or wooded sites. Bathrooms/showers (free) spotless, grounds well-cared for. Our wooded site had some trash left by last campers but was overall spacious, level and quiet. Lots of space for kids to run, bike riding, horseshoes. Convenient to Cooperstown and surrounding area, including trolley parking lot. Would definitely stay here again and highly recommend!
Date of Stay: June, 2011
This is our fifth stay here, as it is halfway between home and our favorite Adirondacks campground. The owners are always friendly and so helpful; we called to say we were running late and they stayed up to help put us on our site. It had rained a lot and the site we had reserved was partially flooded; they upgraded us to a pull-through with no extra charge and stayed to make sure we were settled. The bathrooms are clean and the park is safe and quiet. I would not use this as a destination, but it is a great place for a stopover. The owners are the best part of this park!
Date of Stay: June, 2011
Our fourth visit here in five years - the best place we've found for kayaking and biking. All but a few sites are right on the lake, which connects to others by a series of streams and is just perfect for kayaking (or jet skis, motor boats, or canoes). The bike path rings the entire campground and is about 5 miles of level, safe biking. Sites are mostly good-sized, some more than others, and can be level or not. Place is tightly-run; although bathrooms could be better they are adequate. Shower houses are good ($.25 for 5 minutes), or go up to Rollins Pond where they are free). Only complaint is the reservation system, which often leaves sites empty but paid for so they are not available to others. Highly recommend this park, and we will be going back.
Date of Stay: October, 2009
Nice park, but it loses a few points: the sites are in three distinct areas (right in front of the store, the meadow and up the mountain). For all the land this park has, the sites are on top of each other. You can access the mountain sites with a big rig - we were up there and saw several huge rigs. It's nice and wooded up there, but the squirrels throwing hickory nuts on our roof woke us up every morning. You do get a little road noise from I-64, but it's not bad. The bathrooms also need some work - the mountain bath house had a bad smell and only two showers worked on the women's side, and they had poor water pressure. The men's side was fine. On the good side, the staff was very friendly, the Sunday breakfast was delicious, and the park is quiet and well-cared for. We would return, but only as a home base and not a destination.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
Our second stay here - we love it! Right on Lake Champlain for great swimming or boating. The bike path is the best - you can ride into town or miles and miles north along the lake, which is absolutely beautiful. Most of the sites are good-sized but the full hookups to the left of check-in are pretty tight. We didn't spend much time around the trailer, though, so it didn't really matter! The bathhouse is clean and centrally-located. The staff is a little fussy but overall it's a great campground and we will be back.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
Our second stay here - park is clean, staff is very friendly and helpful. Our only complaint (and we've had this problem elsewhere) is that I always tell them when reserving we have a 30' trailer and a 22' dually truck. While the trailer would technically fit on the site if I could pick it up and plunk it down, they failed to take into account the maneuvering room needed and obstacles such as trees, rocks and other campers. It took about 45 minutes with several "helpers" to get our trailer on its site, and the owner then said she was going to change the site length maximum after seeing the trouble we had. Also, it had been VERY wet and rainy; our site had a huge puddle which wouldn't have been a major problem except it wasn't just water, it was clearly sewage and smelled like it. BUT - that being said, we will return as it is a good stopping point on our way and is near some family. A decent overnight or home base but I wouldn't make it a destination.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
Our fourth year going here - we love it! We stay here because it is about 40 minutes to my in-law's place; we have checked out closer campgrounds but nothing is as good as Poland Spring. The lake is pristine and peaceful, the activities are great (even if you don't have kids - we played the best campground volleyball ever), the facilities are spotless and the staff is friendly. It's not a shiny new resort and it's been kept wooded and natural on purpose - I hope they never change!
Date of Stay: April, 2009
The best thing about this park is its access to the bike trail, which heads into town or out to the causeway. It's also right on the beach (short walk) and the bathhouse is adequate. The sites are a little tight and the summer reservation procedure makes it hard to get a full hookup, but we are returning for our second time. Our biggest complaint was that August 2008 was very rainy, and our site and those near it turned into a swamp. We were packed in pretty tightly so avoiding the puddles was difficult. But overall a good place and a great location - we are returning!