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Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge
Latest Review Submited On
2013-07-08 14:16:12
1 Park(s) Reviewed Near
Entriken, Pennsylvania
Camp Information
Date of Stay
July 2013
Latest Rate

Wireless Internet
Cable TV
Pull-Thru Sites
Big Rig Access
Waterfront Access
yes (Lake)
Shade Trees
Pool Access
Pets Allowed
Tents Allowed
Family Friendly
Latest Review Information
Ratings (Last 10 Newest/Oldest)
9   10   9   8   8   5   8   8   9   8   
Clean Restrooms (Last 10 Newest/Oldest)
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[ 9 / 10 ]
July 2013
I have used the services of the resort for a couple decades now and since I have reviewed other campgrounds for the RV community, decided to add this one. Hands down, the Resort offers the most complete RV/camping/boating experience on the lake. It has location location location and while the most expensive, gives you the most that mimics well, true resort locations. On the plus side: If you can tow your camper or boat, you can use it there. They can accomodate all shapes and sizes. There never seens to be an availability issue with power and water. you have bath houses within a reasonable walk and they do try to keep the hoodlums at bay. Most sites are very large and all have the requisite fire ring and table. Trash service is daily and they give out free supersize bags. There is a free launch ramp and parking for campers and the bay by the Birch campsites offers reasonably protected water, shallow and perfect for standoff mooring. There is even a free cable hookup with what appears to be basic cable channels. For other items, any service you can imagine, is available. For the best use of your camping dollar, and IF you want to be ON the lake, set the parking brake here. Now the caveats: There is no such thing as a sewer hookup. They offer a pumpout service which is $9 at 2013 prices and seems to get to you in the same day if you reserve in the morning. There is cell phone service, if you are AT&T. It seems that unlike everywhere else in the USA, verizon and AT&T do not allow roaming connections here. If you are at the resort, you have AT&T and 4G with 3+ bars. If you leave the resort north, by Nancys Campground the service is gone and is replaced by Verizon. If you have verizon you have coverage and 4G with 3+ bars and this holds all the way to the dam. There is internet service via wifi for laptops - IF you goto the reservation desk. They advertise wifi in the campgrounds, but I have never found it to work. Yes, you *can* connect to the router, but the system gives no internet services - no gateway is found. Each year I ask why and each year I am told (regardless of who does the telling) that the 'storm' knocked it out and the tech is waiting for a part. It appears that for those who need WiFi for semi-working vacations the connectivity is advertised, but the infrastructure is not present. Given that the website is often 1-2 years out of date it would seem its not any callous intentions but rather: they don't know how to set it up. A business opportunity for any IT industry campers to make a pitch.... Transient dockage: The resort has the only unlit, unmarked dock on the lake. The free campers dock/launch, while nice, is a hazard for most boaters at night. If there ever was a wishlist item... The restaurant: for well over 20 years I have either boated from the northern end, or walked from the campground to this restaurant. In days of old, it was a great place and even in the early 2000's it was a great place with great chefs and great menus. When Ms Patt was in charge of the restaurant years ago, we talked at length about her strategies and plans to make it a wonderful experience. Well she moved on and so did the restaurant, such that I would rank it: avoid at all costs. Bad service, bad food, bad selection, bad prices. It has been getting worse and worse and we gave it one last shot and found not one good thing to say about it. the gas dock: The resort has 1 of 2 gas docks on the lake. Yes you pay more than going to sheetz, but if you are 20 miles from your ramp and low on gas, there you go. This gas dock is also open SIGNIFICANTLY later than the one at 7points. However, the advertised hours are up to 8pm. If you arrive from 7:30-7:45pm, you will be turned away. The operators of this depot are not boaters and do not adhere to any maritime creeds. If there is a dance under the tent, the 'kids' running the show will count out the pumps up to 1/2 hour early to get to the action, leaving you dry. Unacceptable. This sticks in my craw as I had to, at 7:45pm, beg and plead and offer to pay more than advertised price to get the 'manager' to reopen the pump so my brother could just get a few gallons in his boat to ensure a return trip to snyders run. Reservations: difficult to deal with, difficult to make. Since the resort only allows check-in/out on certain days, you oft cannot get perfectly vacant cherry spots, or you have to move from site to site. Poor inventory management. Which is a shame given that most hotel reservation systems in the US sell their services on a professional level. To sum it up, the highs are the camping experience. There are many websites that critique campgrounds for the RV'ers and this ranks high, the lows are food and boater services to the point of avoidance. Will I return to the campground? Already paid for my 2014 spot. The boat holds 50 gallons and the RV has a full kitchen so I can work around the other parts. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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[ 10 / 10 ]
August 2012
The campground is large with several distinct sections. We were in Hickory, which is largely wooded and sits on a ridge overlooking the lake. Our site had a view of the water from the rear, not all sites do though. We have two small kids, but no boat so we are always looking for activities. The staff does have scheduled summer season activities that we took advantage of - mostly geared towards the little kids. We also enjoyed the water park, which had been scheduled to be closed that weekend but was opened up anyway. It isn't huge but has several water slides for different age levels, and has two 'waterworks' areas with spray guns, water jets, etc. There is also a kiddie pool and a small adult pool. It turned out to be free for us since our kids are under 5 - that was a nice surprise. Before leaving on Sunday we took a breakfast cruise on the 'Proud Mary' riverboat, which features a 'pirate' high-jacking. My daughter still talks about it. The food was good besides. We're definitely going back in 2013, at least once. We chose the weekend before Labor Day to avoid the holiday crowd. The place was generally quiet when we went, but I understand the summer holidays are a zoo. Nothing negative to report at all. Our original assigned spot wasn't shaded, so we called the office and were given one across the road. They even sent someone out to us with a new parking pass right away. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
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[ 9 / 10 ]
June 2012
This was our first time staying at this park and we were not disappointed. Staff was friendly, check-in process was quick, restrooms and showers were clean. Showers do not have private dressing areas. This park does not have sewer hookup at any site, most likely due to federal regulations from the Army Corps of Engineers. They have a pump-out service for $6. NOTE: there was a long line at the dumping station on Sunday check out. This park is a bit more pricey than some but we were right on the lake and a beautifully wooded site. There are also sites in the open if that is your preference. Premium sites have cement pads. None were available when we made reservations and our site was not level. The actual pad (gravel or cement) is narrow, but each site has *ample* room for fire ring, picnic table and tent(s). Most sites are 30 amp and the power was not sufficient for our big rig to handle all appliances but good enough to run one a/c at a time. Garbage is picked up directly from your site with staff making rounds many times throughout the day. This lake is busy in terms of watercraft. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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