1 Park near Salem, Massachusetts
Aug 2015 - $35.00
I understand what previous reviewers have said about this campground but my experience was very good. This campground has much others do not. It has a great walking trail, great beach and view. The Wifi is strong and free. It also has a great history going back to the Revolutionary War and is the location of a previous Coast Guard station. It is also the location of Gallows Hill where they used to hang offenders. - LarryJohnston
Aug 2015 - $42.00
This campground is fine as long as you know what you're getting into to. We chose to stay here for the convenience of exploring the town of Salem. It is a very quick drive to all the popular tourist destinations. We're a healthy family, and were able to walk a couple miles into town without trouble. You also had the option of taking the Salem trolley, which passes through the camp at regular intervals. So far as campgrounds go, this place is very unusual. It seemed to be staffed mostly by disinterested teenagers. They were friendly enough, but not particularly helpful. The place appears to be a former municipal park that was converted hastily into a "campground." Sites are extremely narrow. Ours was literally two former parking spaces with a picnic table. We did have fresh water and electric and a nice view of the harbor. However, it was very difficult to get parked in this tiny spot, because of a large building across from our place and the two adjacent campers. If you have a big camper, do not reserve 16d, 16c or 16b. I would not camp at Winter Island in a tent, because they only have two showers for the entire camp. The lone bathhouse was jam packed with people waiting for their turns. (This campground also shares its facilities with a public beach). Also of note, Winter Island does not have a dump station: For this you must go to the wastewater treatment plant down the road. We found it a challenge to get into the plant, because it requires a tricky u-turn and the road can be busy at times. One plus: Swimming at Waikiki beach, where our children found loads of sea glass. - Family0HappyCampers
Jul 2015 - $42.00
There are many things to like about this campground: the view from the marina, the many benches along the shore, the proximity to downtown and to the Willows, the beach, the crew that works here, the over the air TV reception and other things. We enjoyed our stay.
However, as hard as the crew worked to clean the bathrooms and sometimes they cleaned them several times a day, they could not keep up with all the people who were at the campground. People who used the beach were not helping matters any when they did not wash their feet off with the spigot on the side of the bathroom before they used the showers. On weekends, there were parties in the pavilions, picnics all over the park, quite a few at the beach and then there were all the campers. On week-days there were school groups. And, there are only 2 bathroom stalls and 2 shower stalls for females and 2 of each for males. Way too few. They desperately need to build new bathroom facilities. We used the restrooms and showers every day but could have wished that there were more available. I would have liked to say that the bathrooms were 'sometimes' clean. But my choices above were either 'yes' or 'no' not 'sometimes.'
The RV sites were level and had a picnic table with them although they were plenty close. There was water and we had 50A electricity but no sewer. The closest sewer is down the road a mile and into the town sewage facility. We drove our 35' motorhome to the sewage facility and turned around without problems. We asked about a honey wagon but were told there were none in town. Wrong. On the last day we saw one emptying another RV. So, yes there is a honey wagon in the area.
Don't count on the wi-fi. Wi-fi worked great the first 10 days of our stay but was hard to get onto the last 3 days. Would I stay here again? If I wanted to visit the Salem area again. - swike