I loved this campground and my family made some truly wonderful memories here. Located at the Northwest tip of Moosehead Lake, this gem is worth the drive. You should take the word “Wilderness” seriously; this campground is definitely away from it all. There is no cell service, no Internet and intermittent power (more on that later). The road in from Rockwood should be met with patience, sturdy shocks and solid packing inside your unit. It is approximately 20 miles of rutted, pot-holed, dirt road. My maximum speed while towing our 34’ TT was about 15 mph. The large amounts of rain in June and July definitely took its toll on the road. Even at that speed, all the drawers and cabinets had popped open en-route. We camped lakefront, in my eyes, the only way to go. The lots are not level but very spacious and each waterfront site had a leen-too, perfect for watching a storm pass through or the moon rising over the mountains. The showers and restrooms were clean, well maintained, and the water was always hot. My children enjoyed lake swimming (w/out leeches), canoeing, fishing, bike riding, and they met wonderful children at the playground. The views from this campground are stunning. We watched the moon rise over the mountains, reflecting off the lake every night of our stay. The owners and other campers were very friendly and enjoyable to chat with. We were very impressed with the fire-pit quality which came in handy with cool evening temperatures. Camping here requires a bit of pre-planning. You need to bring all your essential food with you. The store has some supplies, but very basic and there are no perishables except milk. Depending on what kind of mileage you get, you need to fill your gas tanks before heading in. There are no laundry facilities here. If you want to eat out, unless you go to Pittston Farm, you are looking at an hour or more drive. Although we loved staying here and we will return, I do have a few complaints. First, and this is a biggie for me, they do not tell you on the phone they work on intermittent generator power - I understand they mail detailed information to you if you make a reservation enough ahead of time. We pulled in sometime after 8pm, hooked up the electrical line and moments later, the campground went dark. We thought there had been a power outage. The next day we learned that they run the generator on a schedule. Showering, vacuuming, running the microwave, coffee maker, radio, etc. all requires planning. The bathrooms and showers after 9pm are pitch black. After a long, active day, the rush to the showers before the power went out made for lines. My biggest issue with this is you are paying for a site with electric and nowhere on the website did it mention or when we called (twice) did they tell you about the power or lack thereof. I feel this needs to be disclosed before folks make a reservation. My other issue is feeling “nickel and dime”. Waterfront sites were $30 a night, then each child over 12 yrs was an additional charge, a child’s tent was an additional charge, each pet was an additional charge per pet, an additional car was extra, etc.
On the weekends, do you like to party until the wee-hours, play loud music, all while intoxicated? Then this place is for you! We pulled into this campground on a Saturday around lunchtime. The woman working the office/store was incredibly nice but not well informed regarding the campground. All questions put before her were answered, “I’m not sure” or “I don’t know”. We were first directed to a site that was about 10 feet too short for our unit, then we were told to just choose something and comeback and tell her as she didn’t know the site sizes. The site we choose was level and ours was “roomy”. All the sites around us looked level and spacious. We stayed across from the playground/volleyball/basketball court, all of which we thought were a nice touch for our three children. We soon learned that it was not. About two hours after our arrival a truck pulled up, out jumped a group that played volleyball, while drinking and loudly using foul-language. Our children tried several times to use the playground during our stay, each time to return due to constant cursing from all ages. Once the sun went down there we parties all over this campground; loud music, lots of yelling, and lots of drinking until the early morning hours. By Sunday evening, we were blessed to have an entire row to ourselves. All the party people had packed up and gone home, but unfortunately, they left all their trash on their sites, which remained there until Monday afternoon and on some sites, Tuesday. The beach here isn’t very nice and there are leeches in the lake. The campground has approximately 125 seasonal sites in addition to the 28 for travelers. The seasonal sites are interesting, because most have permanent wooden additions to their campers. Some of the permanent units are well kept and others are not. There are a few pluses here: although the showers were not always clean, I did like the unisex building. As a female, I often wait in line for a shower in the woman’s room. Here, you walk into a building and they have well divided, completely closed off, individual showers. My family (five of us) never waited for a shower. The other plus is the campground is nicely located close to the Kancamagus Highway and North Conway. The campground was a good price, especially if you are Passport America member. However, depending on how you look at it, this could be a “you get what you pay for” situation. Note: there is quite a decline into a right hand turn after passing through the entrance gate, then an equally challenging incline at the exit gate. The motion-censored gate, of course, is located right at the peak of the incline requiring a bit of pre-planning on the exit.
If clean, well-maintained bathrooms are important to you, then drive on by this campground. The bathrooms were not only filthy dirty – all week! – but the floors were literally rotting away. On the plus side, our site was spacious, level and nicely wooded. You have a healthy set of trees dividing you from your neighbors. The lakefront beach was nice and we really enjoyed lake swimming. Unfortunately, the pluses end there. The beach is located across the street from the campground. The area around the sewer hook up smelled very bad and had lots and lots of flies hanging around. There are several seasonal sites here that are unsightly and unkempt. Just a few sights down from us, the unit was rotting away and the deck had rotted and fell to the ground. We would NOT stay here again. Note: Do not confuse this campground with “Family AND Friends Campground” about six miles down the road.
I’m partial to this campground because I like a small, clean, waterfront campground. The staff is very nice and helpful, the bathrooms are clean, the laundry room is clean, the showers are unisex, single showers and clean, the bus stops at the office. You can also book whale watching trips and other activities at the office and receive a discount. The view is beautiful and we saw seals several times from the shoreline. In 2008, they built a small but nice off-leash dog park. The downside for a family with kids is the location lacks a pool, however, you can take the bus or drive over to the woodlands location and use their pool free. The price is steep, especially if you wish to be waterfront. Our site was not level and quite “buggy”. The mosquitoes in Maine are bad everywhere, however, this location seems to have a high population of bugs. If you are on the waterfront, the breeze helps alleviate the Mosquitoes issue. We would stay here again.
I have mixed feelings on this campground. We would stay here again for a night or two but that would be enough. It is a quiet campground, nice pool, our site was relatively level, the staff is nice (as were the other campers) and the location worked well for trips into Camden or Rockport. The downsides were: the kids programs were located at their “sister” location. We would stay there next time if possible. If you wanted to participate, you needed to load the kids up and drive them the 3 miles. They lack proper numbers of showers. There are 62 sites here and a total of two showers in the woman’s room, there was always a line. On our second day, the sewer for the campground overflowed onto the road behind our camper. We reported the situation to management and it took 24 hours for a company to come and pump out the sewer. It was gross. We had to leave because the smell was so bad.
With 700 sites, 3 swimming pools, hot tub, two playgrounds, hourly activities, and a trolley to Pine Point beach and Old Orchard, there is something here for everyone. They have a large variety of sites from small, shaded to spacious, no trees. In the back, the “Big-Rig section at Ashley’s Pond, there are few trees and the surface is gravel. The lots in the middle to the front, range from treed to heavily treed, very shaded. The lots across from the office “overflow” are open fronts, treed backs and on grass. The bathrooms are clean and well maintained, the staff is very friendly and the management is on top of things - over all this campground is fun and well run. There are a few negatives here: we’ve been to Bayley’s ten times and have stayed in a few sites that were just too small for our TT. Last year, our 34’ w/2 slides barely fit on the site and there was no place to park our tow vehicle. The entire section was lined with trucks/cars parked in the street. Backing into a space was very challenging and we watched several folks ask others to move their vehicles so they could get into their site. The few big rig spots they have next to the game room are very tight. The laundry room is large and clean, however, the machines are extremely dated and the washers do not clean clothes. The biggest downside is the price; it is very expensive to stay here. The price listed is for two adults, everyone and everything after that costs extra.