Considerations when selecting a campground

Camp [Maine]

Throughout the State of Maine there are more than 200 privately-owned campgrounds in addition to a number of State Parks that offer camping facilities. Many privately-owned campgrounds are included in this issue. A camping stay offers the opportunity for a memorable vacation experience, whether simply camping as a vacation or camping as a means to be near an activity you are planning to enjoy.

Diversity is the word to best describes Maine’s many campgrounds. You’ll discover a tremendous variety in the size, location, and type. They range from very small properties where the camping experience is the focus to large resorts that offer every imaginable amenity.

Even if you have never camped before, or do not have camping equipment, you’ll find quite a number of places that offer on-site rentals and cabin rentals. Some RV dealers also offer rental units for nearby campgrounds. This great way to break into the camping experience has become one of the most popular types of vacations today.

Another way to discover camping and be versatile in your vacation is to rent an RV and travel as you wish! Some RV dealers offer rentals and are ready and pleased to work with you in your planning. Dealers can also provide expert advice in selecting camping gear if you prefer to own your own equipment.

When planning your getaway, consider what you are looking for in your camping experience. Do you want a place to call home base for other activities you are planning, or a facility that offers enough that it is a vacation in itself? Some campgrounds offer on-site recreational opportunities such as a pool, rec hall and sports fields, scheduled activities, and a variety of entertainment. Many are located on lakes, rivers, or the ocean, and offer a beach, swimming, fishing, and even a variety of boat rentals. In the more popularly visited areas of the state, campgrounds often provide a home base for area activities and attractions and quite a number either offer shuttle service or are on a trolley route.

The majority of campgrounds and resorts suggest reservations and some require a minimum stay, especially over weekend and holiday periods. And finally, of course, understanding reservation policies and various charges is important.

Questions or considerations might include some of the following:

• Do you offer any camping rental equipment, RVs or cabins?
• Is there shuttle or trolley service available to nearby attractions?
• Is there a well-stocked store?
• How about a snack bar or restaurant?
• Are campfires permitted?
• How about firewood and ice?
• Are there any trails for hiking or biking–even ATVing?
• Is there WiFi or cable TV?
• If a more remote location, how is cell phone reception in the area?
• What hook-ups for trailers and RVs are available? Is there 50 amp electric?
• Are tents accepted?
• Can you bring your own boat? Are there launching facilities and dock space available?
• How about pet policies and requirements for camping with pets?

Text: Ellie Stengel.

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