Date of Stay: July, 2010
We really enjoyed camping at Otter Lake. This was our first trip to this camp ground and except for the grumpy employees at the gate (aka check point charlie). All other employees made up for those few however, especially all of the store/front desk employees and "sarge" who firmly but fairly enforced the rules. Our kids loved the afternoon firetruck rides and the indoor pool. We were in a pull through site and had plenty of shade and length for our unit distance from our neighbors was reasonable. The only negative was the several weight restricted bridges and extremely windy roads we encountered. We actually had a problem with our motorhome after leaving the CG and needed a tow, however the tow truck could not reach us due to all of these bridges. Fortunately we managed to limp along to be able to meet the tow truck please keep this in mind if you are a big rig like us (approx 17 tons). Note we came in from the south, this might be different if approaching from I-84. We would like to return if we can figure a route to avoid the small bridges.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
Just returned from another wonderful weekend at Kiptopeke State Park! Great place to get away, but there are a few things to know before you go. First, you cannot reserve a specific site. This may not be of a huge concern unless, like us you have a large (>35') unit. I recommend getting there on Thursday, if you are a weekender. Some of the sites (esp even numbered sites 2 thru about 30) are quite short and not level. These are great for truck campers, pop-ups or tent camping. Most sites are level and out in the open, typically with a good breeze. About 1/3 are shaded, nice too. The beach is a GOOD 5-8 minute walk down hill, but is a fairly short bike ride or even shorter drive (with close parking). The playground is across the access road from the campground itself and we found that adult supervision or an older kid was necessary for our comfort. Bathrooms are generally clean - depending on the clientele. The campers are typically extremely friendly and respectful, the opposite is definitely the exception. We will of course return given the proximity. New for this year is free Wi-Fi - only available on the camp store deck. The store is small and has the basics - bait, tackle, ice-cream, snacks, and very basic camping supplies (fyi - no milk or bread, or other groceries). Overall, another great weekend at this wonderful park!
Date of Stay: May, 2010
There have been many improvements at this campground in the past 3-4 years. Very nice location. Generally quite and yet plenty of activities. We were in the newer section - the 400's. These do not have full hook ups but with our outdoor shower this was not a problem for this Memorial Day weekend. Always mosquitoes but they do spray - and this is to be expected - no big deal. Nice pool, sandy beach, and fishing pier... definitely family friendly! A few too many seasonal sites for my liking but I am partial to state parks. A short drive to Chincoteague as well. Did not notice Wi-Fi and poor TV reception (would like to see them add cable/sat).
Date of Stay: September, 2008
Overall nice... However, it is NOT Big Rig friendly!!! We were on the Chester loop (electric only)which is nice and shady but even the drives are difficult to negoitate in our 40' Super C - nearly hit a tree on a curve. The "pull thru" sites are small, as are most of the full hook up sites. I would recommend to fill water before leaving home to save time. The bathrooms in our loop were not clean. On a positive note, there is plenty to do in the nature center and lots of hiking trails. The beach was full of goose poo, but that is nothing that the park can really control. There are great playgrounds, especially one near the beach! Lots of space between sites.
Date of Stay: September, 2008
We love this campground! While it does not offer the "amenities" other campgrounds might, like an on site pool, it is without question the cleanest campground we have ever visited! I never saw trash anywhere, despite the fact that the campground was filled to capacity. The bathrooms were very clean. We also love the Sunday morning worship service! We have camped here twice, and have had very positive experience each time. The staff is always friendly and accommodating, even as busy as they get in the office. The roller coaster noise is just part of the park's character, and is really only a problem on a few sites and only in the summer when DW closes later. There is plenty to do in the area. The sites are close together but that just give you the chance to meet new friends. We will no doubt return. (By the way, they do not at this time offer any discounted tickets to Dutch Wonderland.)
Date of Stay: May, 2008
Nice park with many activities for families - including swimming, fishing, boat ramp and docks and a two nice playgrounds. They also have activities planned in the pavilion including a movie night, games, etc. When we arrived on Mother's day weekend they had just received three inches of rain and we were warned that many site were quite wet. In fact some were under water (notably most dried by the morning). However, they were VERY accommodating and allowed us to switch sites - to a nice dry one! In addition, they allow free late check out in the spring and fall - if available (usually the case). Not really quiet, but tolerable. Only one negative - we saw many folks with open alcohol containers, although none were rude or obnoxious, it was a bit concerning that several parents at the play ground had open containers. There was excellent security with someone driving around more than once per hour on patrol. Again, despite the open containers no one was acting inappropriate. Overall it was a fun weekend despite the weather! I would not necessarily recommend a waterfront site, esp in the spring, due to the unpredictable weather.