Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $47.00
Love this park! It's on a huge, beautiful lake surrounded by wooded hills, with many amenities and activities - great swimming beach, boat rentals, small water park, etc. Very peaceful, relaxed vibe. Maintenance crews come around routinely to take garbage, and were very helpful when we had a problem with our propane. Two general stores, good restaurant and pizza place, lots of different kinds of accommodations. We RV'ed in the Walnut area, which is considered "basic". A nearby bathroom, but shower is a 5-10 min walk (or 1 min drive). Walnut sits on an incline, so the spaces going up to the rotary can be a bit unlevel, but we had tons of room around us, shade, right in the woods. Much better in my opinion than the "premium" sites on the water - no trees, campers on top of one another. We'll definitely return here. Beautiful, tranquil, lovely place. We camped at Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge in a Tent Trailer.
Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $28.00
Last weekend of the season so it was very quiet. Halloween weekend too, we went to the water park haunted house and it was such a blast. They did a great job. The staff was so accommodating and nice. Site was clean. We also did some mountain biking and had lots of fun. The café is OK, it's a little dated like an older diner but it's a good greasy spoon, just don't expect much health food here. We come here every year in the fall and have a great time. We camped at Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge in a Motorhome.
This is the third RVC outdoors campground I have stayed at and it was the worst one! This campground is ideal for a weekend at Raystown Lake but not for long term (a week or more) or overnight due to it's location.
Let's start with the positive. Beautiful views of the lake and mountains. Very quiet at night. Little light pollution at night so it's a great place to view the stars.
There are NO sites with a sewer hook-up. You have to search their web page to uncover this fact. The dump station is well marked on the way into the campground but not on the way out.
I didn't see a level site in the CG. Most sites are gravel, but there are some that are concrete or asphalt.
Trash pick-up times are not on handouts.
One night there was no hot water in the shower.
Cable is fuzzy. Wi-fi worked great but the park was not busy while I was there. AT&T cell phone coverage was excellent. We camped at Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge in a Travel Trailer.
We had a fantastic experience here! I think we had the best sites in the campground. We had large pull-through level sites with an amazing view of the lake. However, read the site descriptions on the web site carefully. The majority of the sites are a level pad with a drop to the picnic/fire area. Everyone was friendly. Security and garbage pickup made their rounds several times per day (and provided free garbage bags). 9 stars rather than 10 because I think a campground that offers "premium" sites would have sewer hook-up. My fault for not reading the fine print. The honey wagon did come around daily (sign up for this service at the trading post in the morning) but it was an additional $8 and after they left I checked the gauges and our tank still registered at 3/4 full. Overall, we had had a great time and will be back again next year. We camped at Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge in a Fifth Wheel.
I have used the services of the resort for a couple decades now and since I have reviewed other campgrounds for the RV community, decided to add this one. Hands down, the Resort offers the most complete RV/camping/boating experience on the lake. It has location location location and while the most expensive, gives you the most that mimics well, true resort locations. On the plus side: If you can tow your camper or boat, you can use it there. They can accomodate all shapes and sizes. There never seens to be an availability issue with power and water. you have bath houses within a reasonable walk and they do try to keep the hoodlums at bay. Most sites are very large and all have the requisite fire ring and table. Trash service is daily and they give out free supersize bags. There is a free launch ramp and parking for campers and the bay by the Birch campsites offers reasonably protected water, shallow and perfect for standoff mooring. There is even a free cable hookup with what appears to be basic cable channels. For other items, any service you can imagine, is available. For the best use of your camping dollar, and IF you want to be ON the lake, set the parking brake here. Now the caveats: There is no such thing as a sewer hookup. They offer a pumpout service which is $9 at 2013 prices and seems to get to you in the same day if you reserve in the morning. There is cell phone service, if you are AT&T. It seems that unlike everywhere else in the USA, verizon and AT&T do not allow roaming connections here. If you are at the resort, you have AT&T and 4G with 3+ bars. If you leave the resort north, by Nancys Campground the service is gone and is replaced by Verizon. If you have verizon you have coverage and 4G with 3+ bars and this holds all the way to the dam. There is internet service via wifi for laptops - IF you goto the reservation desk. They advertise wifi in the campgrounds, but I have never found it to work. Yes, you *can* connect to the router, but the system gives no internet services - no gateway is found. Each year I ask why and each year I am told (regardless of who does the telling) that the 'storm' knocked it out and the tech is waiting for a part. It appears that for those who need WiFi for semi-working vacations the connectivity is advertised, but the infrastructure is not present. Given that the website is often 1-2 years out of date it would seem its not any callous intentions but rather: they don't know how to set it up. A business opportunity for any IT industry campers to make a pitch.... Transient dockage: The resort has the only unlit, unmarked dock on the lake. The free campers dock/launch, while nice, is a hazard for most boaters at night. If there ever was a wishlist item... The restaurant: for well over 20 years I have either boated from the northern end, or walked from the campground to this restaurant. In days of old, it was a great place and even in the early 2000's it was a great place with great chefs and great menus. When Ms Patt was in charge of the restaurant years ago, we talked at length about her strategies and plans to make it a wonderful experience. Well she moved on and so did the restaurant, such that I would rank it: avoid at all costs. Bad service, bad food, bad selection, bad prices. It has been getting worse and worse and we gave it one last shot and found not one good thing to say about it. the gas dock: The resort has 1 of 2 gas docks on the lake. Yes you pay more than going to sheetz, but if you are 20 miles from your ramp and low on gas, there you go. This gas dock is also open SIGNIFICANTLY later than the one at 7points. However, the advertised hours are up to 8pm. If you arrive from 7:30-7:45pm, you will be turned away. The operators of this depot are not boaters and do not adhere to any maritime creeds. If there is a dance under the tent, the 'kids' running the show will count out the pumps up to 1/2 hour early to get to the action, leaving you dry. Unacceptable. This sticks in my craw as I had to, at 7:45pm, beg and plead and offer to pay more than advertised price to get the 'manager' to reopen the pump so my brother could just get a few gallons in his boat to ensure a return trip to snyders run. Reservations: difficult to deal with, difficult to make. Since the resort only allows check-in/out on certain days, you oft cannot get perfectly vacant cherry spots, or you have to move from site to site. Poor inventory management. Which is a shame given that most hotel reservation systems in the US sell their services on a professional level. To sum it up, the highs are the camping experience. There are many websites that critique campgrounds for the RV'ers and this ranks high, the lows are food and boater services to the point of avoidance. Will I return to the campground? Already paid for my 2014 spot. The boat holds 50 gallons and the RV has a full kitchen so I can work around the other parts. We camped at Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $47.00
The campground is large with several distinct sections. We were in Hickory, which is largely wooded and sits on a ridge overlooking the lake. Our site had a view of the water from the rear, not all sites do though. We have two small kids, but no boat so we are always looking for activities. The staff does have scheduled summer season activities that we took advantage of - mostly geared towards the little kids. We also enjoyed the water park, which had been scheduled to be closed that weekend but was opened up anyway. It isn't huge but has several water slides for different age levels, and has two 'waterworks' areas with spray guns, water jets, etc. There is also a kiddie pool and a small adult pool. It turned out to be free for us since our kids are under 5 - that was a nice surprise. Before leaving on Sunday we took a breakfast cruise on the 'Proud Mary' riverboat, which features a 'pirate' high-jacking. My daughter still talks about it. The food was good besides. We're definitely going back in 2013, at least once. We chose the weekend before Labor Day to avoid the holiday crowd. The place was generally quiet when we went, but I understand the summer holidays are a zoo. Nothing negative to report at all. Our original assigned spot wasn't shaded, so we called the office and were given one across the road. They even sent someone out to us with a new parking pass right away. We camped at Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge in a Travel Trailer.
This was our first time staying at this park and we were not disappointed. Staff was friendly, check-in process was quick, restrooms and showers were clean. Showers do not have private dressing areas. This park does not have sewer hookup at any site, most likely due to federal regulations from the Army Corps of Engineers. They have a pump-out service for $6. NOTE: there was a long line at the dumping station on Sunday check out. This park is a bit more pricey than some but we were right on the lake and a beautifully wooded site. There are also sites in the open if that is your preference. Premium sites have cement pads. None were available when we made reservations and our site was not level. The actual pad (gravel or cement) is narrow, but each site has *ample* room for fire ring, picnic table and tent(s). Most sites are 30 amp and the power was not sufficient for our big rig to handle all appliances but good enough to run one a/c at a time. Garbage is picked up directly from your site with staff making rounds many times throughout the day. This lake is busy in terms of watercraft. We camped at Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge in a Motorhome.
Very nice campground. Only complaint was mix of tent campers among motorhomes and trailers. Tent campers in our are encroached on our site, crossing through to get to boat launch. Would return in the future. We camped at Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge in a Motorhome.
One of my favorite parks! We go every year. Lots to do and see. It's beautifully maintained and I look forward to going each year! Highly recommend this place!! We camped at Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge in a Travel Trailer.
As always, campgrounds are very site specific. A beautiful location but we got stuck with a horrible spot that 3 different families surrounded us and walked through our site without so much as a hello. One even stopped to rest on our picnic table for 10 min. to finish his beer, let out a loud belch and staggered away. As soon as you walked out of the camper, it was barely 3 feet of a pad and then a hill to the fire pit. You had to walk to the rear of the trailer where it was less steep in order to not risk falling down the hill. Just make sure you know where your spot is if things like that matter to you since they are very hit or miss. I probably would return if I had a boat and checked out the site ahead of time. If you rely upon Wi-Fi, you'd better ask since coverage is spotty. Again, a bad site and neighbors can make or break your stay so take the review as a warning to do you homework before booking a site. We camped at Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $39.00
Great campsite with a lot of amenities. Excellent if you have a boat or a jet ski. The park is in a truly beautiful setting. I would give this park a 10, but our site wasn't quite level, and we had a hard time getting the coach level. A tip for the newcomers, if you want level, spring for the "Premium" sites, as these have concrete pads. Other sites are gravel. We camped at Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $39.00
We spent our "Spring Break" here, it's a fisherman's paradise, we were on the water, the views are magnificent, very peaceful off season, and a great place to relax. A bit far from everything, but that's what camping is all about. The CG is very clean, the staff if friendly and courteous. We will definitely come back for more. We camped at Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: August, 2008 - $45.00
Labor Day Weekend was our second time to the park. Great site on hill overlooking the lake. Our only complaint was we had small children with us and it seems nobody follows the posted speed limit signs. We will camp here again. We camped at Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge in a Tent Trailer.
We just got back from a 10 day stay at this CG. Overall it was nice. We were in site 113 (which is one of the 5 pull-throughs they have). The site does have 50 amps. The draw back is this site is way too small for a 36' MH. It is a pop-up or tent site at best! There is a very steep drop off where you'd park your unit. My front bumper was as high as my chest and I'm 6' tall! There are 2 other pull-throughs in that area and mine was the best. We did have a nice view of the lake. The bathrooms were always clean! I even saw the cleaning crew at the bathrooms at 11pm! We will definitely stay here next year but of course in a different area. There is a pool at the water park. The pool is free when the water park is closed. You can also swim at the beach area by the lake. Have Fun! We camped at Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge in a Motorhome.
Very nice campground and resort. The staff was friendly and as helpful as they could be. The resort appears to rely on summer-only employees who apparently are not given all of the information they should have to impart to guests. Case in point: The resort offers a honey wagon that you can schedule to dump your waste tanks at your campsite. No information about the honey wagon was provided at check-in so I asked 3 different employees when the wagon typically made its runs and received 3 different answers (non of which, it turned out, were correct). The resort has free Wi-Fi available, but the coverage throughout the resort is very spotty. I could not get a connection at my campsite. I could not get a cell signal at all anywhere in the resort (I have Verizon). I did see several other people talking on cell phones in the resort who must have had other carriers. All that said, the campground is quite nice and there are many beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains from many of the campsites. Being on a lake, the resort is very boat/water-centric. We are not boaters, but enjoyed the beach and the water park in the resort. There is not much to do in the area surrounding the resort although we did visit Lincoln Caverns which we enjoyed. We camped at Lake Raystown Resort & Lodge in a Travel Trailer.