Date of Stay: August, 2010
I called in April 2010 to reserve two sites. Was told that they wouldn't give a site number but they would be adjoining sites in the "Super Sites" section. We arrived to find we were assigned in that section but 5 streets apart. We explained that this was not acceptable as we share food, etc. The clerk at the desk was very rude and referred us to the manager. He was no better. Kept telling me I should have called to change the reservation? WHAT? Change it why? I was never given a site number. He kept us waiting for 45 minutes, told us he had to change 9 reservations which made no sense. If you don't give out site numbers, how difficult can it be to switch them? He never apologized or said anything that admitted the error on their part. The campground is way more than 50% French Canadian, as a prior post mentioned. It's more like 75-90% and the management definitely caters to that clientele. The free beach parking lot is jam-packed. You can get a spot if you are there before 10am, but good luck getting out of the lot in the afternoon; people park everywhere they possibly can. Camp store is well stocked, laundry is large but expensive. Pools are nice and understandably crowded. I think many prefer to stay there rather than fight the traffic/parking to go to the beach. The jets start flying by 8am at the latest (one morning it was 6:45) and generally don't quit until around 10pm. You cannot carry on a conversation while they fly over. The super sites are awesome and the bathhouses (at least in that section) are in the process of being remodeled and will be very luxurious, for a campground. It's a shame, but because of the attitude of the management & employees, we will never return to this campground.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
Our visit was Labor Day weekend. We love, love, love this park! We discovered it by accident a few years ago, when our reservations at Cherrystone were canceled due to a hurricane. We have never been back to Cherrystone since. True, Kiptopeke doesn't have pools or game rooms or a cafe, but the kids in our group, ranging in age from 4-14, have never seemed to care. The bay here is so much better and the kids will swim for hours. We always ride bikes on the trails and create scavenger hunts. The sites are huge, and this is one of the few state parks with on-site sewer. You won't be disappointed!