Date of Stay: May, 2015
We were greeted warmly and given a lovely tent site. Grounds are beautiful. Mostly seasonal sites. Small fenced K-9 area for your dog. Each site had its own light. Nice view of the lake and great star viewing in the large open field. There are some quirks of note though. We went early in the season, just after a holiday, so although there were not a lot of campers, this did create an issue in trying to use the pool. I faithfully read the rules before arriving but the pool rules were very strict and even the staff were confused. Needed 2 adults for my 2 16 year old girls to be in the pool. Since my husband stayed behind at our site with our dogs, staff had to sit with us at the pool . I was not allowed to even sit in the pool area on a chair to relax by myself. So be warned if it is during a quiet time and you don't have a 2nd adult for the pool you may be out of luck. I complained slightly and a staff member was quickly found. Other quirk of note is that the beautiful restrooms , which face the road, the deck and some campsites, have their doors wide open 100% of the time. I don't know if this violates any New York State laws but my 2 girls were not comfortable in the shower knowing that the door was open. Or brushing their teeth or doing their hair in plain view of men walking by to the men's room! They closed the door before they showered, but when the got out the door was open again and they thought this was a bit creepy. You would think the owners would want the restroom doors closed just for the very fact that it would keep the bugs out, let alone to avoid peeping toms! There were no signs stating that the restroom doors had to stay open but my girls were too scared to try and close them again.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
We stayed here 5 nights during the 4th of July holiday. It was crowded but we had no problems with any noisy campers. Even though there were a lot of campers, the restrooms were very clean during our entire stay. Yes, there is some background noise from the highway but for us it served as "white noise" in the background. We also brought our own fan for the cabin. So between the highway noise and the fan we slept soundly at night and could not hear what was going on at any other campsite. Our cabin was spotless also. I did bring bug spray just in case. We also brought an extension cord and 6 prong outlet as there was only one outlet in the cabin. We also brought our own small mini fridge. I recommend bringing all of the above equipment to make your stay enjoyable. The pools were well maintained and while we were there they were installing a new brick walkway and putting in some lovely flower beds. The only negative about the park is that there is an area behind the office, and spilling over into unused sites, of just plan junk! They have old RVs, bits of metal, concrete, etc in a visible area. They could improve the park setting greatly by having a fenced in area of their construction supplies. People do not want to look at that and that is a shame. If they cleaned that area up a bit they would get a higher rating.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
We stayed here because it was the closest campground to our daughter's 4-H camp in Saranac. It was also within about a 1/2 hour from Lake Placid attractions. There is a nice small grocery store across the street from the campground. Other than that, know that you are in the Adirondacks on twisting winding roads and there are no other stores close by. We had a nice large shaded site. There is a site on the web that shows pictures of each campsite so we knew what our site looked like when we made our reservation. Some sites get more sun than others. Be aware that it is a huge campground and chances are you will have a long drive to the showers that are at the far end. But the shower building was fairly new and clean. There are 2 ponds that the campground circles. We chose a site on the quieter end of the 2 ponds in an attempt to lessen the noise from power boats. Our sites could have had a little more privacy between us and our neighbors with more brush and shrubs. Very family friendly. Just about everyone had a sign on their site with their name and town, which added to the family friendly atmosphere. Road around the park is very narrow.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
We camped here late August midweek so it was not crowded. We were in the area for State Fair. We were surprised that it was not more crowded. Our site was on the water and we had some gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. The beach was closed, which was disappointing since I thought it was still going to be open since it was before Labor Day, but it looked to be very nice. The bathrooms were clean. You do have to drive to get to the showers as these are near the beach. Only complaint was we arrived after 6pm and were unable to obtain the code to open the door to the restroom. Had to leave a message on the campground phone line but they did eventually respond. Just wish they would let people know that if you arrive late this is something you need to be aware of. i did feel safer knowing that there was a code for the door though. Sites were open but shady. Site were OK in size..you might feel a little crowded during peak season. Lots of places to walk our dogs.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
If you like private tent sites and a lovely country location next to a beautiful state park then you will like it here. We camped at a primitive site. Lots of woods and shade. It is a walk to the activities and shower though, so I recommend bringing bikes. Porta potties are close though. The road is a bit rough going back to the primitive tenting area. They could invest in some gravel and maintain those a bit better. Nicely landscaped campground, nice activities,store and rec room and horses abound. The sites by the horse paddock are the best! Cabins are in nice wooded areas. Nice 6 foot fenced dog run area. If you have a large RV though you probably don't want to camp here. The RV sites are crowded and narrow. Other than that it is a clean, welcoming place. Great location off I-79. It was pretty full when we stayed here but people were quiet at night. Some people weren't obeying the leash rules for their dogs. They need to enforce that a bit more. And it is hilly here, which doesn't help the poor road conditions.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
I made my reservations via email and booked a specific tent site. I received my confirmation via email, with no problems noted. However, upon arrival we were told their tent sites were not even developed yet. The map of the campground on the website does not reflect this: it shows the tent sites as existing. They did give us an RV electric site at no extra charge. However if we had known prior to our arrival, we would have brought our electric items. Has an excellent pool and bathrooms. Cabins are next to the small lake but have no trees surrounding them. Only the outer loop sites have trees and shade.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
Beware of renting anything here! The pluses for the campground are that they have a nice in ground pool,a playground and duck ponds but we learned that both the paddle boat rental and the bike rental were thru private parties and not the campground. I paid for a paddle boat rental and the girl at the desk told me there were two- one that leaked and one that was available for use. When we arrived at the beach there was only one paddle boat and no one knew if that was the one that worked! When we went back to the desk we were informed that the campground didn't own the boats, sometimes the boats got stolen and that also she would page the owner to come help us. No help arrived and we instead asked for a refund. We decided to rent a 4 wheeled bike instead and we were directed to a weedy campsite with bikes. My husband rented a bike and in the process during his ride got an 8 inch gash on his leg from a protruding screw from these less than well maintained bikes. Many were held together with duct tape. We stayed here for the dog show and we were kind of upset that we had to stay in the Rally section, which had no shade, even though we had a tent. The sites were very poorly marked. Actually, the sites had no numbers and the map is very confusing. We stayed in what we thought was our site and we were next to a very large dumpster with no lid that was full of trash. Also, we had electric but did not have the right adapter so our plugs did not fit into their outlets. There are no showers or bathrooms in the Rally section. The bathroom that I was able to find had only 1 shower. It was hot and powerful though.
Date of Stay: August, 2006
Not many shaded sites.Trees that are on the property are small to medium sized. Poorly kept sites by many "permanent" campers. Nice pool but weedy garden in pool area not kept up. Fire pit is just a hole in the ground with a metal grate. Planes, trains and automobiles go by constantly- you can hear the highway and the train tracks are right next to the campground. The reservoir is a pretty overlook but for only a few of the tent sites. Nice hill next to tent sites provides an overlook of the water. Many ugly vacant old campers just lying together apparently for sale next to playground. Only the last shower is one that will stay on and provide hot water. The other showers were timed push buttons and were lukewarm. Campground is located right next to a water slide park.
Date of Stay: July, 2006
Wonderful place. Shaded, treed sites. Most were good size. Our area had a huge lawn off the restroom so kids could play games, frisbee, etc. Many of the sites in our area had huge boulders on them- just a quirk of note. Many people had dogs- very dog friendly. Great trails and lookout towers. Nice playgrounds and swimming beach. Tons of picnic areas. Our dog loved the special dog beach. It is a long walk from the campsites to the beaches though. Laundry was conveniently located in same bldg. as the restrooms and there was a sink where I could wash dishes.
Date of Stay: May, 2006
First the good part- nice playground and pool. It was a few days before Memorial Day weekend and we saw the workers sprucing up the grounds preparing for the summer season, laying mulch etc. Nice reasonably priced camp store. Nice walk to the river. We had our choice of tent sites since it was early in the season and had a nice site by the stream. If there had been other tent campers there we would not have been happy- not really private and no large trees and other tents sites were very close together. Security, most notably the car gate, was awful. We got there on a Friday afternoon and could not get in. Their intercom, to I guess the owner's house, was not working and the gate was down. The same thing happened Sat. evening at 10:30. No repair to intercom. Had to walk in the rain to the owner's house so they could lift the electric gate. Saw other people had the same problem the next morning- they were stuck at the gate and could not get in. Also, showers were cold. Many permanent campers take up the motorhome sites. Video game room was decent. Quirk of note: At sundown you can watch all the bats come out of the store belfry. It is located in a quiet semi residential area. Our site backed to farmland and cows. Campground was dog friendly.
Date of Stay: August, 2005
We had a nice private large wooded site next to the recreation room. The recreation room had a nice pool table and games and magazines. The lake is very nice with a clean beach. Beautiful lounge with campground store. We liked the mature trees and the fact that there were no sites behind ours- it backed to woods. Dog friendly.