7 RV Parks near Marathon, New York
Aug 2017 - $37.00
We stayed @ this campground for only one night and I would highly recommend it to any one traveling through. The camp site was very nice, the facilities were nice and clean and staff very nice and friendly. Some how, when we closed our trailer door to step ,outside for a minute, the lock threw and we were locked outside. The owner was passing through @ this time and offered to help. He got us back into our camper and didn't even have to break our lock. Special "thanks" to him and we didn't even get his name. - arthur ahalt
Aug 2017 - $38.00
Very nice campground with all of the sites looking at a small lake, seasonals are right on the lake. The roads do have some pot holes. The parking is either in front or behind your unit. If you park behind where there is more room you have limited room to turn around so I backed out down the road for quite a ways. There are 3 sites are in a row for transients. If someone is in front of you the only way to get out would be to drive down a short grassy hill. - mrracechaser
Oct 2016 - $34.00
This campground is in a beautiful, fairly remote setting, with campsites surrounding a lake. It was very quiet and clean. I stayed for a week at the very end of the season, and the owner was very accommodating, letting me stay past the official closing date. The rate I quoted above is based on a weekly rate, including taxes, and reflects a $5 reduction for the last two nights because they turned the water off in preparation for closing for the season. I appreciated the owner doing this for me.
Most of the sites are seasonal. As far as I could tell, the nightly campers were all in one row, extremely close to each other, with no trees. That's one of the features I didn't like so much.
There was virtually no TV reception, and although I paid an extra $3 a day for the outsourced wifi, it didn't work well enough to be useable. I had to use my mifi.
Although the bathhouse was clean, I found it annoying to discover that it cost $.50 per five minutes to take a shower. After returning to my rig to get the quarters, I put $1.00 in so I could get a 10 minute shower, but it shut off after five minutes. Which meant I had to get fully out of the shower in the middle, and fumble for more quarters, to get the next 5 minutes. To add insult to injury, the timed lights in the bathroom turned off and I had to finish in complete darkness. This all seemed very petty to me. I have not run across this at any other campground.
Overall, the area of the campground around the lake and up the hill into the woods is very lovely and I had several very pleasant walks through the area. The owner was very accommodating to me. However, I didn't like the closeness of the sites, the lack of TV and wifi, and the shower system. I would probably look to stay elsewhere the next time I'm in the area. - CamperChris4
Sep 2016 - $50.00
Caveat: the camp was closing, as almost all the seasonal people were gone. So the camp might not have been kept as well as it would be in the summer.
Do not expect 50 amps. We chose 50 amps when reserving the site, and the outlet was changed after we arrived. But the breaker remained a 30 amp, and that is what we got. - J M Rowe
May 2016 - $40.00
We had electric and water hookup that worked fine (full hookups are available). Our 38' fifth wheel was an easy fit in our pull through site. Campsites are in a level, grassy field with lots of trees. Propane and camp store sales are available as is a laundry room. Staff was very friendly. The campground is close to town and an easy access off-81. We will definitely stay here again. - Melodycthomas
Jul 2015 - $45.00
This park said they had 50 amps. With our class A we need that to efficiently run it. Once there we discovered that was not true. The wiring was incorrect. Voltage also very low. Had to use generator every time we wanted to use any thing. Complained. They offered a $5 discount. They would not honor passport America either. Suggest big rigs go elsewhere. People were in nìce but park not suitable. - carnbru
Apr 2017 - $14.00
Stopped here during a pouring rain. A fellow from the office went out to see which site had least water. This is an older park with older services, but they work. - Rv Sun Seeker
Oct 2016 - $24.00
Stayed here for a week. There are no 50amp sites only 30. Considering it was fall and cool, this worked out ok. We only used our AC a couple times but we couldn't use more than 1 heating element at a time (microwave and coffee maker, for example).
Would definitely not stay here in the summer time. One of their rules is you can't run your AC while you are off the property. That's not going to happen with us especially if we are leaving our two dogs home and have to leave.
Another negative is they have no sewer sites but the "honey wagon" comes around on Monday's and Fridays (extra cost involved).
The park was nearly empty so very quiet. We will be in the area next year at this same time and will be staying here again. All the sites are back in. - CaSm1993
Mar 2016 - $14.00
No sewers, and no water at this time of the year, but for the $14 Passport rate, this place is okay. You get a spot by the lake with 30 amp power and a dump station on the way out if needed. A lot of sites had satellite dishes or patios left behind, suggesting there are probably a good number of seasonal campers in summer. There was only one other RV there when we stayed over. The place hosts country music shows and dances every weekend all year and I'll bet it's lively in the summer. - Voyageurs
Jun 2016 - $19.00
Love camping here because it's away from EVERYTHING. Sitting by the campfire, you hear nature. With no electric sites, the only light is given by your campfires and lanterns. It's a pretty unique experience.
The roads needs to be redone, and the showers could be updated, but for those wanting to be immersed in nature, you can't beat it. - bumblehead
Jul 2015 - $19.00
Great helpful staff. Activities for kids (fishing derby). Lots of privacy. Cheap wood (4 pieces for $1.00). Very limited showers. No hot water for dishes, no dish wash station so take something along. Very quiet and patrolled often. Kayak rental is reasonable. Beach is sand but water was not real clear, still better than most lakes as far as seaweed. Most of the sites are on a hill so be prepared to walk. We enjoyed ourselves you just have to be prepared for dishes & lack of shower facilities. It is a nice campground. - babybean
Aug 2014 - $19.00
Bowman Lake State Park (BLSP) is billed as a "camper's paradise" on the website. I don't know about paradise, but our experience here was pretty good. Getting there - if you are coming from the north or east, your GPS receiver will take you on some unpaved back roads that aren't very trailer-friendly. Stay on NY12 southbound *past Norwich* down to Oxford, and then turn right onto NY220, then left onto Bliven-Sherman Rd., which will take you right into camp. This route is longer, but will keep you on paved roads. Also note - there is basically NO cellular reception at BLSP - with my Wilson booster, I was able to get enough signal to make an emergency call on my Verizon phone, but could not get any signal at all from AT&T. This is either a plus or a minus, depending on your perspective. On to the park itself. The campsites at BLSP are a good size for tenting and trailers up to the 25-foot range, and we had no major difficulty leveling our rig. Sites are nicely separated with forest in between them, so if you're looking for a quiet/private camping experience, this is a good place to go. Each site has a brick fireplace with a metal grate, which is handy if you like to cook on the campfire. The bathroom facilities are dated, but are very well maintained and kept clean. There is only one shower facility; we didn't use it so we can't comment on it. There were scheduled arts/crafts activities for the kids on Saturday morning, which they enjoyed. The swimming area is small but pleasant; they also offer rentals of canoes, kayaks and rowboats for a reasonable fee. No water or electricity at any of the sites, but water faucets are easily available around the park, and those with trailers or RVs can fill their freshwater tanks at the dump station. Only major gripe with the park was that the roads/parking lots are in poor repair, which meant we had to do some artful dodging as we brought our trailer in. - nextcube
Jul 2017 - $29.00
Stayed on the Chipmunk Loop. Lots of trees. Sites are decently spaced. There are more 30 amp sites than 50 amp. Some sites are more level than others, so bring blocks. The roads in the camping loops are paved, which makes it nice for walking/biking, and of course no dust. There is another loop, higher up in the park past the swimming area. Those sites have fewer trees, but they also appeared less level and really didn't have privacy between sites. The lake is nice for swimming. The swimming area is divided into sections with lifeguards at each section, so little ones can be separate from older swimmers. It's a sandy bottom and the one section has a diving board. The only thing we didn't care for was that the area directly surrounding the water is concrete, not sand. So if you want to sit while out of the water, you have to go to the grassy lawn area adjacent to the concrete. In other words, there isn't a "beach" for kids to play in the sand right before the water. Just down from the beach is the boat rental and launch to put in your own kayaks/canoes. When we were there, we couldn't drive all the way up to the launch area; there was a barricade. That meant carrying in our kayaks--all 3 of them from the parking area. I couldn't see any reason why that was blocked off. Most inconvenient. Restrooms are older, but clean. Only 2 showers, but plenty of toilet stalls. In my opinion, they could take out a toilet stall or 2 and add showers. Water pressure/temp was fine; even a bit hot. Even with trees we could get local TV stations out of Binghamton. We plan on staying here again next year. - LibraryMom
Aug 2014 - $33.00
We camped here for the first time. We stayed in the Pine Bluffs loop on an electric site. It was shady and not too close to the neighbors. Other sites in the same loop were more open. There is a nice golf course in the park. The Pine Bluffs loop was walking distance to both the golf course and the beach area. We only stayed one night, but on a longer stay I would have like to rent a canoe or kayak to check out the lake. The only down side was that the shower had a push-button timer that only let the water run for about 45 sec. Also, there was limited hooks/shelf/bench to keep stuff dry while showering. However, the bathrooms were clean. - chris_in_pa
Jun 2014 - $23.00
I knew I would not get a site with electric hookup when I showed up but I wanted to stay at this park anyhow. So I chose a site in the Sunrise section (ranger stated it was more private spots). I stayed in site 6. It was a great spot. My 39' RV fit easily and any 45' would fit as well in this spot. It was nice and shady, had a lot of privacy, and was very level. The park is a nice park, not really large, but big enough. Riding bicycles within the park is great as the roads were empty most of the time. There was a beach area and lots of families were at the park enjoying a lot of the activities. There is a dump station with potable water. The water faucets throughout the park had no hose hookup so keep that in mind if you think you'll need water. The rangers and their help were very friendly and quite helpful. I would camp here again as I'd like to stay in one of the electric sites instead of boon docking for three days like I did. - Carl & Birds
Sep 2017 - $39.00
This is a family run campground. Very nice folks running it but... Electrical 50 Amp service Initial plug in with no load leg 1 - 120v and Leg 2 119V With load and within a one hour time frame. Two low voltage shutdowns and four power outages. Horrible unreliable power. Our site was buried in trees, no satellite possible, site was level and had the appearance of not being used very often. This was only an overnight stop for us. Only hooked up electrical power. Roads in the campground are rough and EXTREMELY dusty and I mean EXTREMELY dusty. Just as bad a driving in Alaska. Tow vehicle was covered in massive amounts of dust as is the motor home. At $39 a night this is way too expensive for lousy power and no satellite reception. Expected much more for that price. Called office and notified them about the poor electrical. Was told husband was out on his ATV and would come by soon. About two hours later the owner did show up. He changed out the 50 amp plug. No problem with the power after that. Verizon Cell service worked but data performance was poor with a ping of 47ms, .70 Mbps download and .40 Mbps upload. There is WiFi in the campground. Free for the first 15 minutes after that a cost $2.16 for a twenty four hour period. Very poor performance with a ping of 1,345 ms, 0.01 Mbps download and 0.01 upload. Not worth the price. Campground is located about 10 miles off of I86. Your GPS will most likely take you through the town of Endicott, New York on US 26. Be advised there is a bridge with a height restriction of 12 feet 6 inches on that route. If you have an RV higher that 12 feet 6 inches you must follow directions on campground's website. Endicott downtown has small streets and not favorable to large RVs. Maneuvering through the small side streets to avoid the bridge is a real challenge. We will not return there. - Rufas
Aug 2017 - $37.00
For the past 20+ years I have stayed here when in the area. Quiet, very well kept, always excellent electric so no worries about appliances. Personally, I like that the hosts run a 'tight ship' and it helps make for a nice and secure stay. Knowing if there is something getting loud or privileges being abused and it will be taken care of, usually without having to notify them is great. Bottom line, it is their property, they expect it to be respected and I have NO problem with that. Very friendly and more than willing to help accommodate your needs. Always enjoy going back. - Mike 45
Sep 2016 - $40.00
So we ended up here quit by accident. The campground we reserved was really in the woods and had no cell service. I work from the road so I must have cell.
The park is family run and in a beautiful location. Owners were quite nice.
However, you really have to want to go here as it is not exceptionally convenient. Do NOT go up RT 26 if you are in a big-rig as there is a railroad trestle with just 12.5 feet of clearance. Call them for directions.
Large site, beautiful lake, big fish, great trail, beautiful flowers.
Sites were not exceptionally roomy but there were not many people during our visit so it wasn't an issue.
Sites are grass. Our rig is 21000 pounds and we did sink in just a bit but not a problem.
Once you arrive, you will really enjoy! - Moe and Flo are on the go
Aug 2017 - $40.00
We have stayed at this campground several times and continue to enjoy it. Easy on and off I-88 with roads and sites that are gravel and a bit dusty due to lack of rain. Utilities worked well and internet was acceptable for easy surfing. We drive a 45ft MH with toad and were able to get into the campground, our site, and out of the campground with our car attached and with no difficulty. The grounds are really lovely and provide a nice area for a walk after a day of driving. We will stay here again if traveling in the area. - LvR
Jul 2017 - $36.00
We would stay here again. You can tell when you walk around that this campground used to be a destination when it was in its prime. You can just hear the whispers of camp stories as you walk around the 4 small ponds, play fields, camp store, overgrown trees, or community shelter. Although it is a nice little place to stay, much of it is dated or seen better days. The roads are rough and worn. Some sites are small and difficult to enter. There are a lot of seasonal RVs. We stayed in a Travel Trailer in the Seasonal section. - Next Mission
Jun 2017 - $40.00
Fine for a one night layover. Lots of long term residential but were segregated from the other campers. We were in pull through 1 which was convenient to the laundry. - GMS Lucy