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Bowman Lake State Park, Oxford, New York

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $19.00
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Bowman Lake State Park (BLSP) is billed as a "camper's paradise" on the website. I don't know about paradise, but our experience here was pretty good. Getting there - if you are coming from the north or east, your GPS receiver will take you on some unpaved back roads that aren't very trailer-friendly. Stay on NY12 southbound *past Norwich* down to Oxford, and then turn right onto NY220, then left onto Bliven-Sherman Rd., which will take you right into camp. This route is longer, but will keep you on paved roads. Also note - there is basically NO cellular reception at BLSP - with my Wilson booster, I was able to get enough signal to make an emergency call on my Verizon phone, but could not get any signal at all from AT&T. This is either a plus or a minus, depending on your perspective. On to the park itself. The campsites at BLSP are a good size for tenting and trailers up to the 25-foot range, and we had no major difficulty leveling our rig. Sites are nicely separated with forest in between them, so if you're looking for a quiet/private camping experience, this is a good place to go. Each site has a brick fireplace with a metal grate, which is handy if you like to cook on the campfire. The bathroom facilities are dated, but are very well maintained and kept clean. There is only one shower facility; we didn't use it so we can't comment on it. There were scheduled arts/crafts activities for the kids on Saturday morning, which they enjoyed. The swimming area is small but pleasant; they also offer rentals of canoes, kayaks and rowboats for a reasonable fee. No water or electricity at any of the sites, but water faucets are easily available around the park, and those with trailers or RVs can fill their freshwater tanks at the dump station. Only major gripe with the park was that the roads/parking lots are in poor repair, which meant we had to do some artful dodging as we brought our trailer in. We camped at Bowman Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Wellesley Island State Park, Fineview, New York

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $25.00
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Stayed on the Heron Loop, the newest of the campsite loops at WISP. (As others have noted, the full-hookup Fox Loop is scheduled for substantial upgrades during the fall of 2014.) The Heron loop appears to be designed for RV/trailer camping; all sites have 30 amp electrical service, are generously sized, and have gravel laid down for your camper. The bathroom/shower house is new, and is based on the same design as other recently installed facilities at Gilbert Lake State Park and Westcott Beach State Park. The camp store was poorly stocked at the time we visited; we were told that was because it is being torn down and replaced during the fall of 2014. The swimming area is fairly small, given the size of the park overall. WISP is great if you are in a position to partake in activities at the park, such as the Minna Anthony Common nature center, the marina, the golf course, the swimming area, or the hiking trails in the campground. It's less effective as a 'home base' for 1000 Islands activities - anything else you might want to do (aside from visiting Fineview) requires crossing the 1000 Islands Bridge, meaning a $2.75 toll every time you return to the park, and lots of additional time driving back and forth to Clayton or Alexandria Bay. During August of 2014, Clayton Island Boat Tours stopped serving WISP due to a dispute over how the ferries were docking at the marina - as of 8/30, there was no word on any resolution to this. Please keep this in mind if you were counting on taking one of their tours from WISP. We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Westcott Beach State Park, Sackets Harbor, New York

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $25.00
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We have stayed at Westcott Beach SP twice, both times on the 'plateau', which will be the focus of this review. The plateau area is relatively new, with larger campsites that can accommodate big equipment. While all sites are back-in, they are relatively easy to get your trailer and tow vehicle into. All plateau sites have 40A electric; no full hook-up sites, but there are several locations where you can fill your freshwater tank, including the dump station. As a newer camping area, it features OPHRP's current standard bathroom/shower design, which has two shower stalls on each side (men/women) accessed through the bathroom area, as well as two self-contained handicapped bathrooms with a shower, sink and toilet. Has an outdoor sink, which is handy for washing dishes. The bathroom facilities are well-maintained. As others have noted, the main part of the state park is on the other side of the road; there are additional campsites on that side that are closer to the lake, but they are not as spacious or level as the plateau area sites. Westcott Beach SP has a swimming area, but no camp store or concession stand; the privately-owned Westcott Convenience store is close at hand with firewood, groceries, propane and other camping necessities. Overall, a good experience if you're looking to relax or are visiting Sackett's Harbor or Watertown. We camped at Westcott Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Selkirk Shores State Park, Pulaski, New York

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $25.00
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Selkirk Shores is a very popular campground in the Oswego, NY area - when we stayed there the campground was *completely full* on Friday and Saturday nights. We stayed in a site with electrical service, which worked fine. Sites are TINY, barely 30x20 feet; our tow vehicle wouldn't fit in the site with our 21 foot hybrid. The neighbor's campfire circle was almost under our camper, which made me more than a little nervous. Not the place to stay if you're not interested in a VERY social camping experience. Bathrooms were relatively new and kept reasonably clean, but due to apparent sewage problems didn't smell very good. Selkirk used to have a beach, but it's been closed for several years, though they do give you free access to the beach at another state park nearby. Essentially nothing to do at the park except fish in the Salmon River; there are no trails for hiking, no swimming, and no marina. We camped at Selkirk Shores State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Gilbert Lake State Park, Laurens, New York

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $25.00
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Gilbert Lake State Park (GLSP) is one of our favorite campgrounds; we camp here every year in May to open our summer camping season. This review addresses the Hilltop area. GLSP features cabins and additional, non-electric sites elsewhere on the grounds. The Hilltop area is in the process of being renovated; they are reworking the sites to make them more RV-friendly, which will reduce the number of locations on the Hilltop, but will add 30A electrical service at all sites (up from the dozen or so sites that currently have it). Bathroom facilities on the Hilltop have been updated, and include an outdoor sink for dishes as well as a washer and dryer for laundry. GLSP has a waterfront with swimming, boat rentals, and a concession stand/camp store, in addition to some very nice picnic pavilions and hiking trails. We camped at Gilbert Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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