Date(s) of Stay: April 30, 2016 arrival; May 3, 2016 departure; October, 2015, June, July 2014
Located on the Mohawk River, this “resort” which is open from May 15 to October 15 has 64 mostly shady sites (9 pull-thru’s), with 50 foot parking pads. Sites have water and electric, either 30 or 50 amp, cable and free wi-fi. Many of the sites do not have sewer but that shouldn’t be an issue as there is a dump station and they also offer a portable pump-out service on Tuesdays and Fridays for a fee of $6.00. There is a small store with camping and boating supplies, modern rest rooms, a laundromat, docks and boat launch on the premises as well.
Daily, weekly and monthly rates are available here. They offer a 10% Good Sam Discount. Credit cards not accepted – only cash or checks.
Overall Impression – 3/5
Having been here two separate times before in June 2013, June and July 2014 (two separate visits) and now again in October 2015, we’re used to the rather spooky road to get to the campground. A short distance down Van Buren Lane which is marked “No Outlet” there is a tight right hand turn immediately across the railroad tracks! Nothing that can’t be handled, just not what you would expect for a campground listed in the Big Rigs Best Bets directory. As we cross the active railroad tracks, we always hope that the crossing gates won’t activate in the middle of our turning maneuver!
Our primary reason for staying at this campground is because of its relatively close proximity to Albany when we visit Rob’s Dad. We don’t consider it a destination campground, but for those visiting the area it is a relatively pleasant location.
Overall it is an older but decent campground with heavily wooded sites and in a very picturesque location right along the Mohawk River. We prefer their pull thru sites even though they are only 30 amp as they are fairly long with enough room for both the coach and toad. The back in site we occupied on a previous visit (#33) did have 50 amp but was narrow, relatively close to the adjacent site and was difficult to maneuver into because of the trees. Grass borders the gravel pads on most sites, but during our recent stay (site #48) it rained quite heavily creating a muddy mess just off the edge of the gravel. In 2016 we stayed on a full hookup 50 amp site #24 which we really liked. I believe that all the sites in that particular loop (#17-#24) are full hookup sites. The Mohawk has exceeded flood stage on many occasions, most recently on June 28, 2013 which caused the campground to be evacuated.
Size – 3/5
All sites pads (as well as roads) are process gravel and tend to be on the narrow side. The gravel remains fairly firm, but the adjacent grass and dirt can be muddy after a rain. Pull thru sites are fairly long with enough room for both the coach and toad. There are also back in sites large enough for a big rig but be aware that it can be difficult maneuvering into some of the back in sites due to the trees.
Privacy – 2/5
Most sites have adequate spacing between, but a few are uncomfortably tight. The pull thru side to side spacing is about average for a private campground. Although heavily wooded, there is no other vegetation to provide privacy between sites.
Amenities – 3/5
Not many. Sites have a picnic table. Most sites have a fire ring (sites #48, 49, 57, 58 and 59 don’t). There is a dump station, a small store (actually just a few shelves in the trailer/office) with camping and boating supplies, modern rest rooms, laundromat, docks and boat launch. The view of the river is pleasant and mostly peaceful.
Convenience – 3/5
Grocery stores, restaurants and other retail are located nearby in the small town of Scotia about a 5 minute drive from the campground. Schenectady is only 10 minutes away. Albany is about a 30 minute drive.
Physical Surroundings – 3/5
Located next to the Mohawk River with the mountains off in the distance, this campground is very picturesque. None of the sites are directly on the river shore but it is accessible to everyone staying here.
Maneuverability and Roads – 3/5
Just a short hop from I-90 and I-890, approaching the campground is easy but it gets interesting due to the sharp right hand turn on Van Bureau Lane immediately after the railroad tracks. Main loop in the campground is paved but the roads to the sites are gravel and fairly narrow but relatively easy to maneuver even in a big rig. We did not encounter any low hanging branches.
Peace & Quiet – 3/5
We’ve stayed here both during the Spring and in the Fall. Each time the campground has been relatively quiet with very little road noise from the nearby interstate and local highways. There are however fairly frequent trains passing by on the aforementioned railroad tracks and they do blow their whistle. This did not bother us but in warm weather with the windows open some might find it disturbing.
Utilities – 3/5
- Sewer – on a few sites (we think), the campground literature does not specify so we recommend you call for details. The dump station was easy to access and a hose was provided for flushing.
- Satellite – due to tall mature trees, not likely on most sites although you may luck out. We did luck out on site 48 and were just barely able to hit Dish 61.5 from our roof unit thru a hole in the branches. A few feet in either direction on the site and we would have not had any signal.
- WiFi – Yes, but did not test due to weak signal at the site.
- Cellular signal – Adequate Verizon LTE 4G on smartphones without booster in and out of the coach.
- Over-the-Air (OTA) TV – Poor, could not receive all OTA networks however we did not spend much effort trying.
- Power – Most sites have 30A only but a few have 50A. Call the campground office for details. Past flooding here has caused power problems but in most cases those have been resolved. Site #48 had 30A only. The voltage was good and we had no problems.
- Water Pressure/Quality – good, slight chlorine taste, no notable discoloration or turbidity.
What We Liked
– Nice surroundings with the river and mountains in the distance
– Long pull thrus
– Closest big rig compatible campground to Albany
– Close to the interstate
What We Didn’t Like
– Close spacing between sites
– During rain, grass areas off the gravel pads can be muddy
– Only a few sites have sewer
– Only a few sites have 50A