7.4 Good
     
Waterford, Maine

Papoose Pond Resort & Campground

Waterford, Maine


700 Norway Rd
Waterford, Maine 04088
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 170
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 44.22975
Longitude: -70.70778

Elevation: 497' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

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16 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $95.00
Overall Rating:      

I went here as a child nearly 50 years ago, and then took my kids 20 years ago. We stayed this time as we had a nearby event to attend. This is an old fashioned campground, which can be a plus and also a minus. We found that much of the public space and equipment is very dated and need of attention. The bathrooms really need to be re-done. They were clean, but there is only so much you can do with bleach. Playgrounds and mini-golf both are neglected. Much of the equipment needs to be replaced. For such a large campground, they don't really have enough space to accommodate all guests at the pond beaches and/or pool. The pool is very small and is divided into 3 sections, so it is impossible to swim laps. The rental equipment (boats etc) are in really poor condition and are way overdue to be replaced. The campground itself is laid out on either side of a busy road. It requires you to be crossing frequently if you want to participate in activities. There are no cross walks nor warning lights to slow traffic. There is a good deal of heavy truck traffic. This combined with many children on bikes is unnerving. The sites are very large and trees and bushes have been left between them giving some decent privacy. It was a little dicey maneuvering our 38' Fifth wheel around. Many of the old pines are tipped in at the top, which is tough for a big rig. We usually require 50 amp service, but they only offer 30. Luckily we didn't need to run the A/C except for one night. We shut everything else down in the camper. WiFi is only available by the store, and it is horribly slow and insufficient. Coupled with poor cell phone reception because of the mountains, it made staying in touch difficult. I think with a decent amount of reinvestment and modernization this could really be a great destination. We camped at Papoose Pond Resort & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
HB38
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 99
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice "old fashion" type of campground. Lots of choices in cabins and sites, some with bathrooms on the site. Staff and manager are great, always willing to talk. Campground offers plenty to do if you wish or you can just enjoy sitting back and relaxing. The campground is split by a road but the road noise is not bad. This was our 2nd year in a row going the first weekend in June. Not too much in the area unless you drive 30 minutes or so. Store was well stocked with anything you would need. Will return at some point. We camped at Papoose Pond Resort & Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Gas station was a bit of a hike and not all listed on the web were open.

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

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground has the most activities I have ever seen anywhere! Tall pines make the stay feel like being deep in a forest. Great hosts and clean facilities! Highly recommended. We camped at Papoose Pond Resort & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
Pg32
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 99
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Went in thinking this would be a 6 or 7 rated campground and when hooking up I realized that it was not a 30 amp but only a 15 amp service. I was not sure it would be a good weekend. Luckily we did not need AC so the power was fine. The campground was clean and quiet which was nice. There is some noise from the road but that was not a problem. Lots of activities available but we just walked around. Turned out better than we thought and our site was real nice. We camped at Papoose Pond Resort & Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a well kept family campground. The sites are cleaned and raked prior to your stay. Lots of activities for the kids. Our site had very good wooded spacing. Some others were closer. The negative is Rt 118 splits the campground. This required us to cross over to get to many of the activities and facilities. Not the safest situation for children. We camped at Papoose Pond Resort & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

This place was great! A little more than we normally pay, but there were a ton of offerings. Live bird of prey presentations, beach parties, kickball and activities for the kids. Bathrooms were very clean, the staff was great. The pool was clean and everything was really well managed. If I had to find a gripe it would be about the campers from away who were loud after quiet hours (11 p.m.) but that was addressed. If you have kids this should be high on your list of places to go. We can't wait to get back. We camped at Papoose Pond Resort & Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $90.00
Overall Rating:      

Just came back from another great stay at Papoose Pond. My family and I have been coming here off and on since I was a kid. Our stay has never been better! We stayed in a Camperlodge cabin. The cabins look just like they did when I was a kid, but they seem to take good care of them. In fact, this year we I think we had new mattresses. Last year there was a new shower stall and our firepit had a brand new fireplace. My daughter and I love the tie-dying activity as well as the carousel. They’re serious about closed toed shoes, though! Make sure you pack a pair or you’ll be making a trip to Wal-Mart like we did to buy a cheap pair. My son and husband love the canoe trips down the Crooked River. They also start each morning with a swim in the pond out to the raft. We usually swim in the smaller beach by the fishing lagoon because it is so close to our site. The water is clean and the beach is nice with a sandy bottom for the first twenty feet or so, then it gets a little mucky. Our “city folk” friends prefer the pool though, so when they camp with us, we swim in the pool instead. The snack bar is adequate and the store is fine. I think the boat rental rates are reasonable. We didn’t use the bathhouses this trip because we had a cabin, but we have used them in the past and they have always been clean. In fact, the whole place seems spotless! Last year we counted five different people on staff stop to pick up trash or wrappers on the ground. They all seem to have a stake in making the campground clean and family friendly. By the end of the week, the counselors say hi to my kids by name and we seem to have enough coupons for free Slushies to last all whole week! I guess that’s why we keep coming back year after year. The only complaint was from a couple of years ago when it took me over three hours to dry one load of towels! By the time I returned last year though, the dryer had been replaced and the new one worked just fine. Overall, Papoose Pond continues to be in our top three campgrounds. So far this year it’s at number one! We camped at Papoose Pond Resort & Campground in a Campground Cabin.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $52.00
Overall Rating:      

On the the positive side most of the sites are large and level. The owners of the campground are very nice. Now the negative side: the hookups are all over the place. You will need extra cord and hoses. The bathrooms most of the time were a mess. The kids went to several activities, and it was hit or miss if the activity was going on. I will not be returning to this campground. We camped at Papoose Pond Resort & Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $99.00
Overall Rating:      

We never had the chance to stay here. We planned our annual June camping trip with them only to find out that it was going to pour the whole time. When we asked the staff if there were any indoor activities, they said no and if it rains, the pool is closed. With 2 young kids, this would be rather difficult. So we asked for a rain check or to reschedule. Most campgrounds do this. What do they expect parents to do? Stay in the trailer the whole time. They did mention Walmart was nearby. So what does Walmart have to offer for kids? However, they said no an so we spoke with the General Manager who was rather bitter. They wouldn't even reschedule to a different weekend. Needless to say any future chance of going there is out of the question. Nor will we reccomend it to anyone. Customer service is what makes a business! We camped at Papoose Pond Resort & Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $58.00
Overall Rating:      

I have been coming here since I was a kid. The utilities need to be upgraded for the new units. They still have 20 amp outlets at some sites. They need some tree trimming s well, and road maintenance. When I have my 28 foot travel trailer I loved it, but with a 40ft motorhome the roads are challenging to say the least. Its time to dump some money into making some big rig friendly sites, with appropriate power. We camped at Papoose Pond Resort & Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

This will be my 10th year in a row going to Papoose Pond. It is the best campground I have ever camped at. Whenever my family camps elsewhere, we always compare our stay to that at Papoose. The activities are great (especially for kids) and nightly entertainment is really good. The staff is friendly, the beach is clean, and the campsites are beautiful. The only bad thing i could say is that sometimes during the day, the bath houses can become a little dirty, because sand and dirt gets tracked in and turns to a little bit of mud on the floor. Other than that, I couldn't say anything bad. There are lots tournaments you can enter (ping-pong, horseshoes, tennis, washer-tosser, etc.) and many ongoing activities, such as "Find the Key", where a new clue to where the key might be is posted each day (the key unlocks a prize in the camp store). Definitely have kids (and adults too) bring bikes, as that is the best means of travel throughout the campground. I would definitely recommend this campground to anyone, young or old. There is something for everybody, whether you just want to chill out and relax, or play and be active. We camped at Papoose Pond Resort & Campground in a Tent.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

We went camping at Papoose with two other families who have been camping there for over 20 years. They raved about what a great place it was, all of the activities they had etc.. The campground is split down the middle by route 118. One side of the road has the office/snack bar/ballfield and pond. The opposite side of the road, where our site was is more wooded and has a couple small playgrounds/mini golf and pool. Our site was fairly close to rt 118 and noisy at times. The water level of the pond was quite low while we were there and as a result, the beach had a horrible odor of rotting vegetation so off to the pool we went, to find it very overcrowded with unsupervised teenagers. We found the same to be true with the playground equipment. Although they do offer a wide selection of activities, many come with additional costs which can quickly add up. The bathrooms became dirty quickly because of heavy use and the cleaning schedule did not keep up with use the facilities were getting. If I were to return, I would try for an off-peak time because when the place is full, the staff is just unable to keep up with maintaining its recreational and bathroom facilities. We camped at Papoose Pond Resort & Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We visited for a 'Special Weekend' event. Our site was fine, shaded and level. This special weekend included all meals and events for all four of us ($300). The food was out of this world. Every meal was better than most restaurants! My steak was bigger than my dog! Everything was very well organized, EXCEPT, it did nothing but rain for 14 straight hours! Every time we have visited it rains, I think we are bad luck for these poor people. It was however a great time. The owner and crew couldn't have been nicer! We camped at Papoose Pond Resort & Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $99.00
Overall Rating:      

Visited here on one of their ESCAPE weekends. All meals included; including Saturday night steak and lobster, Sunday brunch: all meals. Check in any time Friday, love that. LATE check out Sunday (4pm). Waterfront boats are included. Mini golf included. Carousel included. Sites are amazingly clean. Staff always raking and emptying fire pits. Pool very clean with great hours. Staff were attentive and helpful with the exception of the office manager who on two occasions was very abrupt to her co-worker who was in training. Long walk from waterfront to the rec hall, across RT 118. Bring bikes or car if possible. Can not wait to book this place again. There are so many different types of sites: shelters, mini kitchens and bathrooms on EACH site, cabins, park models, more. If you leave dissatisfied or hungry, its your own fault. One other thumbs down. The pool area should be non-smoking. People were flicking their ashes and putting out their cigs on the concrete pad, though they took their butts when they left. Still is wicked nasty. We camped at Papoose Pond Resort & Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
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Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

I wanted to stay at this campground for a long time because of the shower and kitchen area on the site. This is huge when you camp in a basic pop-up. It was very nice. The campground itself was good; the activities were not great. Could have used more since it rained the whole weekend. We did not get to use the pool. But overall, it was a good weekend. The kids loved the store. Staff in store was very nice. Office staff was ok, little impatient at times but not unfriendly. We went in June and there was a lot of mosquitoes, but this is to be expected when you camp. We camped at Papoose Pond Resort & Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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