Enforcement of the minimum stay requirements is inconsistent. We stayed 7 nights over the 4th of July weekend as required. We saw many tenters leave after only 3 nights. We were in the Oyster Cover section which has 30 amp electric, water, and cable tv hookups. No where on the website or in their brochures does it state that this is a "Group Camping area" until you arrive at the campground and read it on the posted signs. There were close to 30 people on two sites in this section. They had 5-6 tents set up. They had visitors all weekend, and at one point we counted 11 vehicles. This is NOT camping. The party lasted all weekend long. The bathrooms in this section are inadequate to handle a crowd of this size. There are 3 toilets, 2 sinks, and 2 showers in each of the women's and men's bathrooms. Again, Bayview didn't enforce their own rules. Their website and all of their brochures state that "Sites are offered for FAMILY CAMPING, which we define as the camper, his or her spouse or partner and their unmarried children. Maximum occupancy per site is 8 persons." There were many adults on these 2 sites all weekend. We expressed our frustration with this situation to the management in the office, though nothing was done. It seems that Bayview cares more about how much additional revenue it can take in from all of these additional overnight guests instead of families who travel great distances for a vacation. Avoid this place. I would not recommend nor stay here again. There are several other campgrounds throughout the Cape.
This is a nice state park. Our kids loved climbing and exploring the sand dunes. The bathrooms were ok, and the individual shower rooms were nice. The commute to Chicago was reasonable. We enjoyed our stay. The only negative was the daily motor vehicle permit fee which was in addition to the camping fee. We would stay here again.
This place is essentially a gravel parking lot. The draw is that it is close to Manhattan and New York City which is accessible from the campground via a ferry boat or the New Jersey subway which is a fifteen minute walk away. The biggest drawback is that access to the restroom and shower facilities could be made by anyone outside the campground. The area housing the restroom facilities was gated, and all campers were given a key to open the bathroom doors. The problem is that the gates were frequently left unlocked and open, and the bathroom doors were often propped open. I would not allow my children to go to the bathroom alone. On our first night here we were approached by someone who was asking for money. There is a security tower overlooking the campground and marina, but there were times when no guard was present. There is a night club at the marina that was very loud on Friday night. The noise kept us up until 4:00 am. Exercise caution if you stay here, particularly if you use the public facilities.
The campground is nice with mostly wooded sites that surround a huge open field. There are two in-ground swimming pools available to campers, but be advised that swimming lessons are taught throughout the day to local residents. There is a small playground with new equipment. The Shetucket River runs adjacent to the campground and offers opportunities for fishing and swimming. If you do not have a self-contained camper, I would avoid this campground. The restroom and shower facilities are woefully inadequate for the number of people that use them. The bathrooms were the dirtiest I have ever encountered. They were infested with bugs because the entry doors were left propped open. There are no rules regulating the number of people that can occupy a site. Some sites had several tents pitched on them with multiple families staying on them for the weekend. There were approximately four college-aged students running the park, although park rangers occasionally drove through the campground on the weekend. This would be a really nice campground if some rules were established and enforced and the restroom facilities were updated and kept clean.