A terrific, family-friendly campground! We found it a couple years ago and come back every year. It has something for every type of camping experience. Open area, trees, and waterfront. Bring your boats or rent theirs. Fun for kids/grandkids, a new food pavilion, supplies, and safe atmosphere. The owners have done a lot of upgrades and it's become a seasonal park for many. I use Verizon broadband for internet, and signal was fair. Beautiful lake and attractions nearby including hikes and Craig Pond Salmon Hatchery. We come every year at least once and have a very enjoyable experience! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
There is good and bad about this campground. The good: there is a new section that has been opened that will handle big rigs and has 50A electrical and full hookups. This campground is within 30 miles of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. The bad. The Wi-Fi in the new area was slow the further from the office you got. Another repeater is needed for the new section. Visitors are charged $5 each unless they are there less than 30 minutes. The first time I called I was quoted full price for Saturday and the Passport rate for Sunday through Wednesday. At check-in the full price was for Saturday and Sunday and the Passport discount for Monday through Wednesday. I agree with the previous poster that the management needs to honor the mistakes of their employees (children?). We would not stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Beautiful campground on the lake. We were lucky enough to have a site right on the lake.The owner and staff are very friendly and helpful. Sites are clean and large with full hook ups on the lake. We would recommend this campground to everyone. We had a great time the first week of July here. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We spent 11 nights at this campground and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The owners, couldn't have been more accommodating, friendly and efficient. Any question or request that we had was immediately met with a positive response. The campground is clean and well-kept and the renovations and improvements that have been done are obvious. The laundry is new and well-equipped and includes a well-stocked lending library. The bathrooms are slated to be totally redone but at the present time are clean, although dated. All utilities have recently been upgraded and a full commercial kitchen has just been installed in the pavilion in order to offer pizza and other items for campers' consumption beginning 2011. This campground is very family oriented with many planned activities, especially for children. We have a 33' motorhome and had a lovely roomy wooded site. We look forward to returning to this location in the future. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed in one of the new pull through 50Amp sites. They are very long and wide. The staff was friendly and we enjoyed the stay. There were two problems. 1, The Wi-Fi is extremely slow. 2. When I booked the reservation it was only for 4 days and I was given the Passport America rate. I called and extended the stay by one day. I was not told that this would be at the full rate since it was a Friday night. When I said something to the owner about this she said she had told here son to call me back and tell me, but he had not, so I could leave without staying or pay the full price. Since it was there mistake they should have at least given me a partial discount. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground is very clean. We can tell it has been completely renovated. Staff was very pleasant. This is definitely a family campground. The owners seem to love having the children and pets around. Activities revolve around families. A new kitchen has been added to the pavilion and the owners hope to have a "Pirate Ship" ready for tours on the pond for July 4th. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The park was clean and the staff was friendly. The owners dog was a Rottweiler which she said was a baby, but I wouldn't get near the dog. The trees had a lot of low branches that scratched the side of my coach as well as a 5er that passed by. We mentioned the low branches to the owners, but they said no one else complained and didn't seem as though they were going to do anything. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We found this to be an attractive park, good WIFI at our site. Some sites might be a little tight to back in but we had no problems. A lot of work has been done here to improve the appearance and performance of things. The campground personnel were quite friendly and helpful. We would definitely camp here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Never camped there. Had a terrible experience with the park owner about a cancellation refund. Lost $65. We didn't go to their website and the owner didn't tell us about the charge at cancellation time. We found out when we got our credit card statement. Owner was real rude and ignorant. We missed the 30 day refund period by two days. That's our fault, but her attitude was totally unprofessional. We camped here in a Motorhome.
For anyone that may be interested, Balsam Cove Campground has been under new ownership since March of 2007. The new owners have cleaned up the sites, brought in over 50 loads of gravel to fix the roads, added a wooden pirate ship to the play ground and a sand box. New kayaks, new 16' Jon Boats with brand new engines and new boat docks. Gazebo for the waterfront and now have weekly bonfires and some entertainment on Saturday nights (weather permitting). Bathrooms are newly renovated and exceptionally clean. There are new washers and dryers in the laundry room. They are doing a great job and so far the campground has been quite full. They are friendly and very helpful. I think this campground, those once run down by former owners will now be quite successful. I am a seasonal camper at Balsam Cove. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We have a seasonal site at Balsam Cove. The new owners have cleaned the place up with a new pirate ship for the kids, a gazebo on the waterfront, weekly bonfires, and a stocked store for starters. They are now in the process of installing complete hookups in most of the sites, they are improving all of the sites with new gravel, and trimming some of the bushes that need to be trimmed. The bathrooms and showers have all been repainted, and cleaned up, and the hospitality is wonderful. I have never seen a campground pack so full on the weekends. We've made allot of friends there this year, and we're looking forward to next year! I hope the new owners stay for a long time, because we'll be going out there for as long as they own it! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Where to start?? There is no beach; the only "swimming area" is about 20 feet across and it's just a two-foot ledge on the grass that drops down to the water, impossible for little ones to play. The playground area, which looks huge on the "not-to-scale" campground map, is nothing more than a swingset, tiny slide and something to climb on, all crammed into a tiny plot. That said, the place is totally overgrown, run-down and neglected. We had to hunt through the overgrowth for our water hookup; it was on a plank that had fallen to the ground and been lost in the weeds. There wasn't enough water pressure to even flush the toilet in our camper, and taking a shower was out of the question. The shower and toilet facilities were also run-down and dirty. To top it all off, our site was next to three sites full of migrant farm workers who had van seats and beer bottles and all kinds of trash all over their sites, each with several tents under huge blue tarps. I have no problem with people making a living that way, but we've worked hard to buy our camper and were on vacation, and here we're in the middle of this squalor and noise. When I asked about all those men in the office, they said, "Yeah, they come to rake blueberries every year." The interior gravel roads are very narrow and in bad shape, with lots of potholes and ruts. I just was so disappointed with this place, and I guess other people have been, too, because they have a strict "no refunds after check-in" policy, so we were stuck with our unfortunate choice. Don't make the same mistake we did; we saw some nice-looking camps on U.S. 1 in Ellsworth. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This review is pretty useless at this point, because the owners are retiring after this season, which is almost already over. The campground is quaint and rustic, the grounds very clean and the owners pleasant enough. The campground sits on a lake (Toddy Pond) and the owners have some small canoes and a rowboat that you can use for free (no oars for the rowboat, though, and only one canoe paddle). If you bring your own boat you will need a special sticker from the town of Orland ($20), and the fishing licenses are expensive for out-of-towners. The location is convenient, about 50 minutes from Bangor and Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park, only a few miles to Bucksport, and about 15 minutes from Fort Knox and the Penobscot Bridge Observatory. We rode our motorcycle up Coastal Route 1 from here for a nice day trip including Machias and the lighthouse at Lubec, with many more sites to see along the way. Detracting from the campground is its proximity to Route 1 and the constant drone of traffic, no WiFi or CATV if you care about such things, and worst of all only 20 amp service, meaning no running of air conditioners in RVs. Maybe that's not normally a big deal in Maine, but we happened to visit when the temperatures set records for heat, making for some very uncomfortable nights. Also, the owner commented about me walking around with an open bottle of beer, mumbling something about state laws. I didn't know state laws applied to private property. The owners sell firewood, but no other camping supplies at all. Not even ice, although I was offered a handful for free. We don't have kids going with us, so it's hard for us to judge, but there seems to be absolutely nothing for kids to do, so I would think this is not a family oriented campground. In fact, most of the campers were older couples. They do allow dogs, however, even though we were yelled at for our dogs barking during one of our daily excursions (in noisy campgrounds with closely spaced sites such as this one we normally leave all our windows closed with the AC running so our dogs are isolated, but again, only 20amp service. Our dogs don't bark unless provoked and we returned to find people on our site.) In all of the years camping with our dogs, this is the FIRST time we ever had a problem. Several days there was a pronounced sewer smell in our fresh water, even though we always run our water through 2 filters. And finally, they only accept cash or checks, if that matters to you. So, the location was pretty good, the price was reasonable, even without Internet or cable, BUT not being able to use our AC was a deal breaker for us. We would not return (if they were to still exist after this season) unless they made some MAJOR upgrades. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.