Salem, Massachusetts

Winter Island Park Campground

Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, Massachusetts
Phone: (978) 745-9430

Sites: 57
Recent Rate: $42 7/2015

Latitude: 42.5277842550847
Longitude: -70.8695411682129

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • 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) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • 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
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • 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 ?
  • 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 ?

Review Details

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Review Count: 107
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Winter Island Park Campground in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

It's a great central location for visiting Boston, Lowell, Lexington, Concord and, of course, Salem itself. The best way to get into Boston is on the train. It's $14 round trip but for seniors is $7.00. If you get on at the Salem station, you can pay onboard with no penalties. It is $5.00 to park all day in the train parking lot. The train will drop you off at the North Station in Boston and from there you can take the subway or walk to many of the top sites.




Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

This was not a bad place to stay for touring Salem, Boston and Concord. The sites were small but for the amount of time we spent in the park it was okay and all the neighbors we encountered were friendly. The electric hook ups were behind us and you had 2 sites together on the electric box so one would have to have a super long electic cord. The water was like the last reviewer said behind the camper hanging along the fence. There was a lighthouse, and day use beach with wonderful views of the water. The bathrooms were a concern when we got there and wasn't sure how it was going to be sharing them with the beach people and all the other campers but never saw anybody in the shower when we went and they were always clean. We did experience a lot of rain on the 4th and had about an inch of standing water on the ground but it wasn't a problem. We never did use the dump facilites that were at the sewer plant so can't comment on them but that was probably the biggest drawback of the park. Would probably stay here again though if in the area. We camped at Winter Island Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Being the closest park to Boston, it's just an OK park, nothing fancy at all. We were only able to get a 30 amp spot for 2 of our 3 days there. Had to move on the third night. Bear in mind that this is an old military facility that has been abandoned and now turned into a public boat launch, and a 50+ vehicle day use parking area. An RV parking facility with RV spots lined around the perimeter of the parking area, as well as having turned an additional empty field into RV parking. Your water supply is an above ground 1 1/4" ABS plastic line strapped to the 8 inch timbers around the perimeter or tied to a cyclone fence. The "store" has basically nothing of any use unless you need a soda or charcoal briquets. Check in Staff was there and emotionless. There are no sewer connections at any of the sites, nor is there any sewage dump on site. They send you offsite about a mile away to the Salem Sewage Treatment Facility to dump. We went there only to find that you have to drive up to the fence, pick up the phone, and call someone to let you in. The entry is a single lane entry angled at a 45 degree angle opposite the way you come from the campground. So if you have a large unit, you have to drive into Salem, turn around, then enter the facility. When you leave, you have to do the opposite, drive through Salem, turn around, then back to the park. Huge hassle. Overall, if we had a choice, we would stay elsewhere. We camped at Winter Island Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice comfortable quiet place to stay while visiting the Boston/Salem area. The rate reflects staying 2 nights in the field and 2 nights on the harbor. It is a small but popular campground with beautiful views of the harbor. No Wi-Fi at the site, good air TV channels, nice staff. We would definitely camp here again. We camped at Winter Island Park Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 52
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

We enjoyed staying at Winter Island. It is a great choice if you want to explore Salem and Boston. We had a 30 amp waterfront site which had a lovely view of the harbor. In general, the campground was peaceful but be aware that it has a launch ramp and the boats are launched starting at 5:30 am. Also, the park has many public functions taking place at the pavilion and function hall. On Friday evening, a graduation party took place at the function hall which is at the end of the 30 amp waterfront sites. It was very loud and the party guests did not stay at the hall but walked through, around and into our site and we were parked four campsites away from the party. The campers at the closet site were very unhappy. Fortunately, the hall was only used one evening and the functions on Sat and Sun were lower key and over by 6 pm. It is very easy to bike to the historic sites of Salem. The House of the Seven Gables is only 1.4 miles from the campground. They also have kayaks rentals on site and a lovely small "Waikiki" beach. We enjoyed the lighthouse just off the parking lot and poking around Fort Pickering. One of our fellow campers did have a problem with a skunk that ate all the corn they left out overnight. The 30 amp power was not that strong. (ie: you can't run a microwave and anything else.) The Verizon service worked well. We hope to visit again in the future. We camped at Winter Island Park Campground in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in Space 12 for 6 nights in a motorhome. This space was on the end so our side windows and front windows had full views of the bay, just feet from the water. I don’t think I would have loved this park if we didn’t have this spot. It’s a funky campground and just an asphalt site but you can’t beat waterfront camping. The location is very convenient to Salem attractions and an easy, inexpensive train ride to Boston. The Salem Trolley picks up in the parking lot, but we would skip the Trolley. It was a waste of time to wait for it for the hop on – easier to see the city on our own. The National Park Service Visitor Center is the best place to learn about the history, as always. Lowell National Historic Site is only 34 miles away and well worth a side trip. We camped at Winter Island Park Campground in a Motorhome.

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Deb F UK

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $56.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped here for 2 nights in very hot July weather in a 32ft motorhome with a family of 5. We had a lovely spot by the boat ramp and a 2 min walk to the beach. The park is on the Salem trolley route so it is very easy to get into Salem on the trolley or by taxi (about $8). Went into Boston on the ferry returning late at night on the train from North Shore. Camp site is a level "car park" type.The water/electric hookups were great. Dump truck can be called for $30, and it came on time. Wi-Fi was OK although the best signal was found near the office. Staff were really good and very helpful. Showers/restrooms suffered a bit from having so much use and had a lot of sand of the floors.This was by far the friendliest park we stayed at with everyone congregating to watch the sun set and rise over the lighthouse. I would definitely recommend this park and would stay here again. We camped at Winter Island Park Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice public park and we are giving it a high rating because of the atmosphere and the beautiful view we had from our site 16A waterfront site. The campground shares its boat ramp and restroom facilities with the park. The restrooms were regularly in need of cleaning. They tried to keep up with keeping it clean. We were actually kicked out of the showers at 8pm one night because they wanted to mop the floors. The boat ramp caused a lot of noise that we only noticed on Sunday starting around 6am. Also the park seems to have a skunk problem. We were sitting outside after dark enjoying the water sounds and a skunk ran right between our camper and the next one and scared us right back inside our trailer. We did see a skunk the next day in the weeds so it is definitely a problem and not just one random sighting. We did like this camp and think the it has great potential if they stay on top of keeping their restrooms clean and figure out how to keep the skunks out! Definitely pick one of the waterfront sites. Those are the best! We camped at Winter Island Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at Winter Island over Memorial Day weekend it was great. Easy check in the staff was always visible and the park was kept clean. Definitely will return. We camped at Winter Island Park Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

Sites are marked off within a large paved area just at the water's edge. Reasonably level with a few jack blocks and adequate room. This park would be excellent, if it had sewer, which is available at the next door treatment plant dump station about a half mile down the street. The access to this park, which is within Salem is via streets that are difficult and narrow for a big rig, and the park appears at the end of a 1.5 lane paved road just when you think you are lost. The view is superb; the harbor is at your windshield. Probably wouldn't stay here again, because it's so difficult to get to. We camped at Winter Island Park Campground in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park. We were here during Salem's "Witching Month" October. Really a lot of fun. Walked to restaurants, although the food was good, they were kind of dumpy. The Park area we were in seemed like a temporary set up. But it was nice and quiet. No sewer hookup, but municipal dump down the road. Very friendly staff gal. And Salem was a riot! We camped at Winter Island Park Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 36
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

We love this park! Very unique, as for the waterfront sites you're in a parking lot. There are other sites on grass (with groundhogs!), but we couldn't imagine staying there. It's just such a different camping experience. Lots of beaches to walk to, very crowded on nice days, but room enough. Met some great locals. The office staff don't really help with any questions, not sure what there problem is. Close to Salem - Witch Town - which is a really cool place. The Engine House for pizza. House of the 7 Gables a must. Witch City Consignment is fabulous shopping. Our cat roamed freely and did run into a skunk on the beach, but no harm. Would definitely return. We camped at Winter Island Park Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 86
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

Lot of positives and negatives about camping here. We had a great time but it is not for everyone. Good things: Has a beautiful waterfront view of the marina; nice areas to walk and lots of benches to sit on; good electrical; level site; hot water in the showers and heated bathroom/shower; you are a five minute drive from the Salem Ferry that goes to Boston. Negatives: You are camping in a parking lot next to a boat ramp; there is noise from people putting their boat into/out-of the water at all hours; sites for trailers are narrow (MH sites were wider) and not well marked; shared utility pedestals mean the hook-up could be on the wrong side (our electrical reached; water hose did not); bathrooms are run-down and the showers were grubby (bring your flip-flops); expensive for what you get. We would definitely return but I can understand that some people did not like it. We camped at Winter Island Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Dennis M

Review Count: 50
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

A very nice spot right on the ocean, except that the ocean front sites are just lined spaces along the edge of the boat launch parking lot. Site 12 had plenty of room for our 37' fiver with three slides and the heavy duty truck. Very helpful staff. Easy access to Boston, 10 minutes to commuter rail terminal, 50 minute drive into downtown in non-rush hour. Watch out for: One: The streets in Salem are the worst we have seen in any city in the US! We expected narrow and twisty, we did not expect huge bumps and potholes, manhole covers 2" to 3" below the level pavement, etc. Both coming in and leaving the inside of the fiver looked like we picked it up and shook it, in spite of going 20 MPH most of the way through Salem. Two: The directions from both Mapquest and the campground website send you down a city street with a 2-1/2 ton weight limit! Any of your RVs weigh less than 5k lbs.? Follow the truck route to the next light and turn right, it will put you back on track. $47 is for 50 amp, ocean front. Other sites cheaper. If you are staying out later than 10 PM ask for the gate key. We camped at Winter Island Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

I know I am rating this parking lot very high, but the location makes up for all the problems that are here. It is just a paved parking lot, but if you choose the ocean spot, not the field ,you back right up to the ocean with a light house outside your front window. It really does not get any better than this! Down side, no sewer and hard to get into the one available. Route into the park is through very narrow roads and hard to navigate, but worth it. We were on the end of the power source so had a lot of fluctuating power. Pickering Fort is located inside the property and an old Coast guard hanger so history in right here. Trolley will pick you up right in the park and give you a tour of Salem($). We would stay again for sure! We camped at Winter Island Park Campground in a Motorhome.

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