Date of Stay: August, 2011
During the planning of our visit to Lake George, we had a large number of campgrounds to stay at. We chose Lake George / Saratoga KOA solely on the reputation of KOA and on the experiences we had at other KOA campgrounds. It is with this in mind that we had high expectations since Lake George / Saratoga KOA was in fact, a KOA. Our expectations were not met. By far, the biggest disappointment was the pool. Frankly, it was disgusting. During the entire week of our stay, the pool’s filter was never “on”. This was evident by the lack of pool jets circulating the water and the simple fact that you couldn’t hear it. This resulted in a layer of bugs and human hair that floated on the pool’s surface the entire week. It was also evident that the caretakers didn’t know how to properly vacuum the pool. The one morning I saw someone attend the pool was laughable. Instead of using the tool to “vacuum” up the debris that sank to the bottom, a young man was literally pushing the dirt toward the filter in the middle of the pool. Since the filter was never “on”, this did nothing other than make piles of sand and dirt. It is not an exaggeration to say that there were piles of dirt and sand clearly visible from outside of the pool during our entire stay. The pool was our biggest complaint, but there were other items we felt didn’t live up to the KOA experience. Trash was frequently overflowing. At one point we had to specifically ask for the trash to be picked up. The game room was filled with arcade games; all off and unavailable. The pool was closed during a few times during “pool hours.” Once because the pool was being topped off (why this wasn’t done before pool hours, we don’t know). Once because it was sprinkling out. The office was closed and locked during “operating hours” because of a available lack of attendants. I will say that our site, 18B, was very spacious and gave us a lot of room to spread out.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
We have camped at this campground about a dozen times over the past 5 years with our small children. There are lots of activities, hiking trails, and fishing spots. You can swim at your choice of a pool (nicely maintained) or beach-like lake/pond. Friendly staff and seasonal campers. We always enjoy our stay here. Facilities were fine, although not immaculate.