Hated it. Was a very dirty and dumpy place. Trash is put in the back of a pickup near the entrance. It's the first thing you see and for shadows the rest of your stay. Pond was un-swimmable due to underwater grasses. Additional charges galore. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
My grade of 6 is based on this CG being suitable for overnight or short-term campers. It is probably an 8 for the full-time and seasonal occupants which are the norm here. If you are looking for an overnight stay, I recommend you continue on (or stop before). We stopped for an overnight and this CG turned out to be more residential than camping. We were assigned a muddy and inconvenient space, I presume because this one was set aside for the occasional overnight. They had Wi-Fi but we were too far away for a signal. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a destination campground geared for just getting away and camping. The campground surrounds a small lake. The staff is friendly and we had a escort to our site. The only downside was our site was about 15 feet from the main road out of the park, so we had a lot of traffic. Cell phone and Wi-Fi service were sporadic. Access from the south is via a narrow paved turning to gravel road. Access from the north is a paved narrow 2 lane road. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The Pull-Thru was a little tight with some low branches but we got in OK. The park is very scenic but very remote. No cell phone service and no internet or cable TV. The park is clean and the owners are friendly. We would probably not stay here again as it is not near anything. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a nice place in the middle of nowhere. You are about 30 miles from Binghampton. But the views are beautiful and the people are friendly, the folks that own it were very nice. It is very quiet. No TV, cell phone or internet service. A great place to loaf. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is an old style campground, much like the way I remember camping when I started camping 25 years ago. No cookie cutter sites, that all look alike. There's a winding road around the lake, and the sites put in between the trees around the lake. If you like relaxing and fishing this is a good campground for you. I didn't like the 'catch and eat' fishing policy, because it's not a huge lake. There isn't much activities for kids or a pool. (My daughter wouldn't go swimming in the lake after she saw us fishing in the same spot). The owners were friendly; they walked around and visited each site to say hello. I think big rigs would have a problem here, because of narrow roads and overhang branches, but for us that added to the seclusion. We enjoyed this retro-campground, but I think I have been spoiled with the modern amenities. However I would return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We visited on Memorial Day weekend and it was very crowded. The staff was cordial and tried to be helpful, but they were obviously overwhelmed by the number of customers. The campground is a hard drive from the interstate and I wouldn't recommend it for an overnight. Our site was supposed to be a pull-through, but we were actually just parked along the side of a road with our end slide hanging out over a side road about which the staff said, in a hopeful way, "No one is supposed to use that road." We were parked directly across from a pavilion where there were loud campground-sponsored games until 10:00 pm one night. Another nasty surprise: there is no cell-phone service unless you go to a phone booth at the office and use a cell booster. Forget about using your laptop's air card. Dogs are allowed, but the leash rules were not enforced and the only dog-walk area was badly in need of mowing. Although the town of Windsor is near by, it has no services that we could find. The nearest city is Binghamton, about 25 miles away. This campground would probably be OK if you lived in the area wanted to get away for the weekend with small kids. But if you are adults looking for a peaceful getaway, look elsewhere. I'd give them a lower rating, but I'm cutting them some slack because it was such a busy holiday weekend. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Wanted to update my review from 2007. We now are seasonal and have enjoyed Lakeside for the past two seasons. The views are fantastic. We travel almost 3 hours to get there when we have many campgrounds that are closer and we know we have that choice but we have not found one that has the views and other features that Lakeside offers such as the personal commitment by the owners. They are continuously updating the facilities, they truly enjoy the children and families. It is the perfect place. We are passionate about the choice we have made and have signed up for the next following year. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Lakeside Campground veraciously expresses the scenic beauty of Upstate New York and offers a variety of activities. The owners are ever present and go to great lengths to make campers feel at home. It is their passion and enjoyment in what they do which this reviewer feels created Lakeside Campground's unique selling point: A warm and wonderful community—including Ricky, the camp dog—making it the perfect place for a family either seasonally or just over a weekend. There is obvious pride in maintaining the grounds, as all sites and facilities (bathrooms and showers) are well kept and clean. The bottom-line is, when planning a family getaway, the Lakeside Campground will prove to be a nostalgic experience. We camped here in a Tent.
Family owned campground - nicely spaced sites, nice lake, dj dancing on some Saturdays. Plenty for kids to do. Beautiful surroundings. There are quiet areas for those that choose that. Enjoyed it so much - doing seasonal next year. Owners and the neighbors are wonderful! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We came to Lakeside from a large 400 site campground that we had been a part of for over 20 years. It is now corporately owned and is no longer enjoyable. We were looking for the same feel. We did our homework and searched most of the summer for a new place, we looked at websites, emailed the owners and visited the campgrounds themselves. We visited Lakeside and liked what we saw and decided to stay. We have stayed at Lakeside 3 times and decided to go seasonal. The owners treated us like family and made us feel comfortable. The park is obviously smaller than what we were used to and the Lake is smaller but the surrounding beauty makes up for it. When you are a seasonal camper and camp for long periods of time at one place, you get to know the ins and outs of the campground, the people, the way you are treated and what the campground offers for activities. I can honestly say we made the right choice and are looking forward to a wonderful 2008! I might mention that their Halloween party was fantastic! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is the second time that we have totally disagreed with previous ratings. On the other hand the park lends itself to smaller trailers & at best class C motorhomes. In a smaller rig I would raise my rating to about a seven. The road to the park from the north is 2.5 miles of narrow, paved road that is overgrown by trees and then 1 mile of dirt road overgrown by trees. The road from the south is 5 miles of dirt road. The interior roads are dusty, narrow, dirt & gravel with tight turns for a big rig. The only sites for big rigs are in an open area with one road & three pull in sites lined up on each side. Our site was long enough to keep the toad hooked up. The big rigs sites were satellite friendly while most of the park was not. The utilities were modern & well placed. The lake is a rather large pond that the kids were enjoying. There was a positive family atmosphere at the park. In a smaller rig have fun. I will not take my big rig to this park again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I Have Camped at Lakeside Campground for 6 years. It has always been very family oriented and clean. The owners are very friendly and are committed to giving you a relaxing place for your family vacation! They are eager to help if a problem should ever arise, but, for the most part this is a quiet and peaceful campground. I wouldn't go anywhere else. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
[ 10 / 10 ]
What a slice of heaven! This is truly what camping and nature are all about. The restroom facility was newly done and beautiful. I think it was one of the longest showers I have ever had for $0.25, maybe 12-15 minutes on one quarter! The owners are wonderful people that went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. The lake and setting are as picturesque a campground we have ever seen. Thanks for everything and we will see you again!! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 10 / 10 ]
Very amazing owners, courteous friendly and alot of fun. Great planned events, beautiful, clean grounds and facilities. Store had alot of knick knacks (and important things) very well stocked and clean. Showers run a long time, very clean and well decorated. I understand the ducks didn't come back so they no longer have a droppings problem. Great landscaping, cheap boat rental prices. They are very wheelchair friendly. Also they fundraise for different charities which is amazing! They care alot about their campers and go out of their way to make sure everything is running smooth. Great Job! We will be back again very very soon! Would highly recomend to anyone who wants a great camping experience. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 8 / 10 ]
We stayed here in June '04 and thought it was a nice CG. The owners were very nice. The CG has a tremendous amount of possibilities if the upkeep was better. Showers and restrooms were decent. Sites were kept nice and it is in a very tranquil area to stay. Store is absolutely a mess and disorganized, but not a reason to not stay here. Very relaxing and will stay here again if in the area. Goose problems make for a bad lakefront. But not too much to do about that. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
[ 10 / 10 ]
We enjoyed this park and it's owners so much that we visited it again in August 2003. The campground is very clean and well maintained, and the owners are friendly and helpful. We attended a romantic dinner, at the pavilion, which was a refreshing change of pace. The store is always stocked with goodies, and the bathrooms are exceptionally clean and bugless! Our newlywed children rented a honeymoon cabin that was beautiful, and likewise clean and comfortable. We plan to visit this park at least once a year, in the future. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 9 / 10 ]
Stayed four days in july 03. A real campground, not a resort. Lake was perfect size for row boat or fishing. My little ones didn't care at all that there was no pool. Site's on lake were abundant of shade trees, and seasonal sites were well maintained. Weekend drew kids of all ages and must say they were the most courtious, well mannered i have ever seen in a campground, yet they seemed to have a lot of fun. Great
place! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 9 / 10 ]
We visited this campground in mid October, at the end of their season. The owners were extremely personable and helpful throughout our one week stay. This campground is in a rural setting with lots of peace and tranquility. It rained the whole time we were there, but the owners were quick to engage us in interesting conversation. There is a nice sized lake on the property for lake swimming, and which actually contained a good amount of fish. Boats, canoes, and pedal boats are available for rental. There is a rec hall, pavilion, and playground with planned weekend activities. There are also plenty of trails to hike. The camp store has plenty to offer, from fishing gear and camping supplies, to all kinds of food staples and treats. If it is tranquility you are looking for, this is the place to visit. We plan to visit Lakeside Campground again this year. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a nice quiet weekend getaway. There are nice sites along the Susquehanna River. There is not many activities for kids to do, and it's quite a drive to anywhere, but if you're looking for a quiet campground to spend the weekend, this is a nice place to go. The owners are super friendly. Quite a few seasonals who take good care of their sites. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice campground with many sites along the Susquehanna River. The owners are very friendly and it looks like they have made many improvements. We were originally in site 13 but were unable to get level so I called the office and they said it was not a problem to move to site 12. The owner was worried that we wouldn’t like the site because it was smaller. I do have to say that if you book in any of the sites 9-17 and the campground is busy, a larger unit may have trouble getting in or out of this area because of the trees on the road (boat ramp road and corner of site 25 on Hammond Rd). We had to go through site 9 to make the turn onto the road to exit. Luckily it was empty. This campground has many seasonals (very friendly people). Most seasonals look to be well kept and are mainly in what they call the island area (sites 71-110). The grounds are kept mowed and trimmed. Nice pool, pond, play field and boat ramp. We saw a couple Bald Eagles, hawks, squirrels and chipmunks. A great campground. Not much to do in the immediate area but Binghampton is a short ride and Scranton a little further. We would definitely return in the off season. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
There is absolutely nothing to do at this campground unless you have a boat. It is too far away from everything. The amenities are nothing great. The pool has crazy rules. And to top it all off pay showers. Just was not a good overall experience here. I will not return. The operators were very friendly and willing to help. They just don’t have a lot to work with. We camped here in a Motorhome.