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07/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is absolutely, hands-down, the best campground for vacationing at Old Orchard Beach. It isn't perfect by any means, but it is very nice for what you get. The new "deluxe" sites in the back of the campground are great. Level sites, close to the pool and the bathroom and a laundry room. When camping for a week (like we were) it was lovely to not have to drive all over creation to do your laundry. The staff is VERY attentive here. They drive around during the day and at night. They are diligent on cleaning the pool and the restrooms, and cleaning the sites. Everything was very, very clean. And they are pet-friendly here as well, which is always nice. We saw a lot of "site hopping" - not sure what that was about, but the staff was always cleaning the site (again, they are very diligent about that here) and then 5 minutes later, a camper would show up - one that was parked elsewhere. I think this is how they manage folks who stay multiple days when a site is already reserved (say for Fri-Sun). People are friendly, but you'd better speak French (or Quebec-type French) as over half of the folks camping there are from Quebec and do NOT speak English well at all. (Tough to communicate with your fellow camper when you don't speak his language). The staff? Bilingual. :) There were a few negatives. Negative #1: WiFi. Either every camper in the campground is surfing the web at the same time or they need more WiFi stations. I did get WiFi, but it was sporadic at best. Rather inconvenient. Negative #2: Cable. If you have a satellite dish, BRING IT. The cable is spotty at best, and you only get 12 or so channels. Negative #3: Mosquitos. The state bird of Maine or something. Can't they spray or regrade some of the land? There are a LOT of standing water areas in this campground (some in the campsites - there were sites closer to the lake that had little rivers flowing thru them when it rained!) I understand this is the coast but efforts CAN be taken to manage the standing water and water drainage issues. Other than that, this really is a lovely campground. We will probably be back next year and I am looking forward to it. I will just be sure to bring our satellite dish this time, and maybe a screen to keep the mosquitoes from sucking the life outta me.
08/2009
rating [ 4/10 ]
Okay so this used to be a lovely campground, until this year when they declared themselves a Resort and raised their rates by over $10 a night. Sites do not have cable TV. At $67 a night, they should. The new rate increase was supposed to buy the camper a new "tram" that shuttled people around the campground (it is a large campground and the lake is far from where most of the transient campers are situated). We saw the "tram" (we think there is only one) plugged into shore power more than we saw it move during this weekend. There are no signs for "tram stops", so even when it was running, we couldn't figure out where it would stop to pick people up. There is only one pool, and it is in need of some touchups and repairs. Rules and regulations are not enforced at this campground! Children were in the hot tub; were diving on top of one another in the pool; and folks were shuttling themselves to/from the lake in the back and sides of their pickup truck, which is forbidden. Express Check-In is not express: we had to wait in line while all the other campers cleared out ahead of us, even though we had paid in full, way in advance. And something was up with our water pressure. It was not great. I don't know if that was us or them. Sites are relatively level, although again, for resort prices: they should be graded flat and covered with stone, so you pull in, drop the jacks, and that's it. I didn't try the Wi-Fi, but my experience with it during a previous year was that it was flaky at best. (But perhaps they did improve on that). One positive improvement that probably 95% of the people who camp here will not use: is the new dog park up at the top of the hill behind the campground. It was new, and therefore clean and not destroyed yet by lack of maintenance or disrespectful pet owners who don't/won't clean up after their dog. There is a prominent display of free waste baggies and two trash cans! Dogs are not permitted to walk around the campground here. They must stay on your site or be driven to the dog park. We have camped here before with our dogs and enjoyed it. There is a lot to do here and it has a nice atmosphere. Unfortunately, now it is not worth the expense.
07/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a lovely campground. We camp here at least once during the season; this year we were here twice. The sites up front on the road, seem to work best for us. There are a lot of activities and events going on at this campground: very family friendly. We always see groups of children walking by having a good time. It's a nice atmosphere. Relaxed, but not overly so. The staff is attentive. The sites are maintained and kept clean. Some are more level than others, but thats to be expected given the layout of the land. Cable and Wi-Fi have always worked well for us, as has the water and the greywater drain. In extreme heat (I mean, 100+) the electrical for the campground gets strained a bit, so if you're a big rig like us, try to be polite and not run your AC (or both of them) at 67 degrees. There are quite a few seasonals here, but they are very friendly, as is the staff. Very pet-friendly too. Bring an extension cord and a long hose (they say this on their website) as the hookups are far from where you camp. Overall, a nice campground. We like it here and will continue to camp here.
08/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
This really is a lovely campground. It is clean, well-cared-for, the staff is helpful and there is a ton of things to do. They just added a little restaurant-type thing on the beach by the lake - which is really nice and the food isn't half bad! They always have activities for kids and adults. The lake/beach area itself is clean and the lake has a nice, sandy bottom. The pool is clean and the hot tub is great! Fantastic campground. Most sites for the road warriors are relatively level although I do recommend you bring leveling blocks just in case. Some of the lettered sites in the back are near the woods, and we've had an instance there with bees. So be careful about that. The only negative (for me) of this campground is that pets need to stay on your site (this is enforced) and there is only one trail near the lettered sites where you can walk your dog. This campground had problems with people walking their dogs and not cleaning up after them - so they created the rule of no pets in the campground. This past visit I saw a person walking her dog, despite the rules, and she didn't clean up after it. Well, it was a half-hearted clean-up attempt. She was caught by staff within 5 minutes and had to return her dog to her campsite. Impressive. It is a shame that people can't be better about their pets - it is a loss to those of us who do have pets and DO clean up after them. So I can never give this campground a 10 because I want to be able to walk my dogs there and I cannot. But I understand why the rule is in place - obviously not all campers are nice people. Still, overall a great campground.
08/2008
rating [ 5/10 ]
This campground is fantastic. Clean, well-kept, level sites, a nice pool and a hot tub even! There is a heavy gate going in and out of the campground that gives a nice sense of security. Plenty of sites, plenty of places to walk your dog, a lovely, lovely campground. The owners of this campground made the decision to make the whole park seasonal for 2009. :( Hence my "5" rating. It's lovely, but I can't go there again. So if you are looking for a lovely seasonal place in Indiana, here is one. Otherwise, this campground is no longer available for us road warriors.
08/2008
rating [ 4/10 ]
My biggest complaint with this campground was the scheduling issues. I have two dogs and I requested to have a RV/Big-Rig site near the dog walk area. I was told over the phone when I booked the site, it would be one of the sites near the dog walk area. Imagine my surprise when I was told our site was clear across the campground in an area heavily populated with seasonals. I also was quite clear that I had a 34' motorhome that was towing a Honda CR-V. I did get a pull-thru site but the nose of the rig was in the road and the bumper of the tow vehicle was also in the road! The front desk was staffed with polite but unhelpful people who really didn't care to resolve any issues I had. Fortunately, I did not stay here for more than one night. I will not camp here again because of the poor service received by the staff.
09/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
We've stayed here in the past and this is a very nice, family oriented campground. Most sites are level - some are filled partially with stone, others are grass or dirt. Site #62 can be a little muddy in rainy weather, but it is the only "bad" site that I've seen in the campground. Staff is friendly and helpful - their reservation system is computerized (something I like and prefer). The safari area has water and electric. The only thing missing from this campground is cable - but the reception with the Winegard is fairly good. Very clean grounds, pet-friendly - just a nice overall campground.
08/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
A very nice campground if you are visiting in the area. The *first* campground we've ever stayed at where the site was truly level! We dropped the jacks and that was it. Sites are gravel and grass or just grass. You are not allowed to put a mat on the grass but the gravel area is more than large enough to accommodate the large camping mats we all have. We stayed at one of the 30 amp pull-throughs in the back of the park and the site was not extremely large, but it had a lovely view of the mountains and we could watch the horse farm next door. Electric, water, cable TV (with like a zillion channels - finally - TRUE cable TV at a campground!), and sewer all were fine during our stay. The water comes from a well - there was a note in the handout saying not to overuse the water. I'm not sure if this would be an issue if the campground was full. Overall - a very nice campground for what it is meant to be (for travelers) and if/when we are in the area, we will stay here again. There was a huge hall near the office - this would be an excellent campground for a rally or reunion.
08/2007
rating [ 5/10 ]
We stayed here for one night on our way to Bristol, TN. The motorhome sites are tight, don't expect to be lounging around at your campsite. The tent sites near the river and waterfall are muddy and will flood if it rains - so tent campers beware! There are also sites (the pull-thrus without sewer) that looked liked they flooded when it rained as well. There are domestic bunnies everywhere which people seemed to enjoy, but I'm not all that keen on having domestic animals wandering around in the "wild". The hot tubs were nice (there are 4), but you cannot adjust the temperature - it is set at around 95 degrees. You must shower before using them, and the showers were pretty scary. Just... not all that clean. A good bottle of Clorox would do a lot of good in there. That and a 100 watt light bulb overhead. The pool was clean and was large and there were chairs provided. The miniature golf course was a joke, but we did play and enjoyed it despite it being rather hokey. I would not recommend this campground for a long stay but for an overnight or perhaps a weekend, it will work okay.
06/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
We stayed here due to a death in the family, but we will be returning and using this campground as our home base for when I visit with my family in the area. The campground was big, they had nightly "movies" for kids out in the field, the sites were clean and large, the pool was very big and very clean. There was also a huge playground area off to the right of the office. Very dog-friendly campground - no issues walking your dogs around and plenty of places to potty. Lots of people drive rather fast down the dirt access road - something to keep in mind if you have small children. The campground is located in the middle of NOWHERE so be prepared to drive into the unknown farm area of NJ. Off the main road (77), to the north and south are shopping plazas - but they are a good 10-15 minutes away.
06/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
We've stayed here twice - our latest being this June. This is a campground with quite a bit going on. There are two pools, the one in the front is for the smaller kids and adults, the one in the rear is for the older, rowdy kids. There are a lot of other activities and things to do - daily hayrides, etc. This is a very family oriented campground. Most sites are seasonal but there is an area in the middle of the campground for the transients. The further down the hill you go, the better the sites seem to be. Our first time here was in 2005 and it was over 100 degrees and the campground DID have power issues when folks had to turn on their A/C units. This did not go over well with me. We decided to give them another try this year and I do not regret it as this time, it went a lot better (It also wasn't very hot! mid-80's). This campground is dog-friendly, we walked our dogs around and there are plenty of places to "potty" them. They've added on-site trash cans, (one for garbage,and one for recycling), which was very nice. There is also a little area up front where the goats are and for a quarter, you can feed them.
06/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
We have camped here for years, it is our "opening up for the season" campground. There is a playground for children, a small lake for swimming and a separate lake for fishing. Sometimes there are activities but this is a quiet, relaxing campground. Pets are welcome and there are trails you can walk that go far back into the woods behind the campground. We love it here. The only thing missing is CABLE, however the antenna works fine to get in the basic channels. The sites in the rear of the campground are the best - large, shaded and mostly level. The sites in the 'field' near the fishing pond are very sunny and can get hot in the late afternoon. We asked the owner about this and he said that there were trees there, but they died. He has planted new ones but they are still small. I truly recommend this for anyone wanting a clean, quiet campground stay. For those who need to use the restrooms/showers - I always check and they are always extremely clean.
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