Balsam Cove Campground

     


East Orland, Maine
Phone: (207) 469-7771

Sites: 125
Recent Rate: $44 7/2014


Latitude: 44.548877863508
Longitude: -68.6734781521149

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • yes-lake Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 7
  • Good 5
  • Average 2
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 2

17 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

gardenbug

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

We made last-minute reservations to stay here over 4th of July weekend, and they were very accommodating and helpful in finding us a spot for our tent camper. The only "bad" thing that I can say about Balsam Cove CG is that when the power goes out, as it did when we were there, the toilets won't flush; the toilets backed up and they were slow to respond to the problem. Other than that, they do a good job, and Toddy Pond is a beautiful lake! Definitely a good Maine campground! We camped at Balsam Cove Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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dandg

Review Count: 80
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground with large level grass and gravel sites and good utilities. The pull-through sites do not have shade but this made it easy to acquire a satellite signal, they do not have cable. The Wi-Fi worked OK but was slow at times and our Verizon signal would drop out at times. The dirt road into the campground is a little tight but not a big problem. They have a huge bonfire at the pond on Saturday nights and activities sometimes during the weekend. The young lady at the office was very nice and helpful. Tip: site 75 has a large cement pad, the only one in the campground. We would stay here again. We camped at Balsam Cove Campground in a Motorhome.

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SharonW.

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Went camping there with our daughter's family. We had a great time. Our trailer was parked across the road from the lake. Very family oriented campground with hayrides and bonfires if you like, plus other activities. We had full hookups so I can't say much about the restrooms. My husband showered there and said the showers were fantastic and restrooms were clean. This is one we'll go back to. We camped at Balsam Cove Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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nautifish

Review Count: 97
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

First the good: Really pretty lake, and nice launch area for boats. Busy campground, but very quiet at night. The sites in the wooded area are nice. WI-FI was fast and reliable. AT&T signal good also. Only 10 miles to stores and supplies. Good for families. Really good blue grass band played on Saturday night. The bad: 125 sites, and only one extremely dated bath house that does not even supply hand soap. This campground is heavily used on the weekend by the permanents, weekend tent campers, and day use visitors. Bath house was cleaned on Thursday, and then not again until Monday. It was the worst pig sty I have ever seen by Sunday night. They spent a ton of money on the new section that is big rig friendly with 50 amp and full sewer hookup, but has no appeal with sites being basically in an open gravel parking lot. There is also no bath house in that section. The local weekenders and permanents here, that make up most of the camp sites, are not welcoming to the out of state campers at all. Rules are printed out and given at check in, but they were obviously not followed or enforced. Huge fires going in camp rings that turned into "smudge" pots at many permanent sites that were left smoldering all night and deposited heavy ash and soot all over our rig and tow vehicle. We won't be back. We camped at Balsam Cove Campground in a Motorhome.

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kmgulf

Review Count: 130
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Half mile of narrow dirt road to campground, roads and sites dirt and gravel. No road and R/R noise. Plenty of room and long. Water, power good, cell (AT&T) low. Park is on lake. A few miles to town for shopping, restaurants, etc. We would camp here again. We camped at Balsam Cove Campground in a Motorhome.

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Trucker Lady

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Balsam Cove Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Frank&Renae

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Balsam Cove Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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joanne hitch

Review Count: 67
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Balsam Cove Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Damon Travelers

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Balsam Cove Campground in a Motorhome.

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Mitchelmal

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Balsam Cove Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Balsam Cove

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Balsam Cove Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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pauljoy

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Balsam Cove Campground in a Motorhome.

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User469

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Balsam Cove Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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lesateresa

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Balsam Cove Campground in a Motorhome.

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Spur of the Moment

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Balsam Cove Campground in a Motorhome.

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