This past weekend we took a break from the farm and were off to Lake Pemaquid Campground in lovely Damariscotta Maine. This was the maiden voyage of the new Swampy Acres, custom built, wood camper (pretty much a box on wheels… but hey, it keeps you out of the rain!) usually we hire a camper and I don’t drive. This was my first time towing a camper across statelines and my first visit to Lake Pemaquid Campground. We pretty much chose this place based on the website which touts all kinds of amenties, such as boating, hot tubs, a pool, beach, and other such wonderful things. Well, when we got there it was a bit of a mixed experience. On the plus side, the place was pretty cheap ($40 bucks a night) and the site came with both electricity and water. The camp store was fairly well stocked and the snack bar was reasonably priced ($1.50 for good-sized hot dog).
However, oh boy, did they ever get the photoshop/super airbrushing package on their website photos. Either that or their website pictures were taken in 1985. Most of the equipment in the camp was really run down.
- The mini-golf course was overgrown with weeds and you need a leaf blower to get all the pine needles off of it if you wanted to play.
- The skateboard park was a bunch of run down half pipes on a lumpy parking lot.
- My favorite was the “sandy beach”. Campsites run right up to the 40 foot long sandy beach, which is about 12 inches wide. So you literally have to sit in someone else’s campsite if you want to do any “swimming and sunbathing” as the website suggests. The picture on their website was conveniently taken from the opposite angle so it looks reasonable…. ha ha
- The pool and hot tubs were in pretty decent shape.. too bad there were a million people in there and although the signs clearly state that there are hot tubs reserved for adults, all the kids are in there as there is no one on duty to supervise. The pools and hot tubs close at 8pm so forget using any of this stuff without wading through a million kids (and floating bandaids and other pleasantries).
- The website also claims it is near the “ocean beaches”. Well, I could only find one public beach despite a day of searching and it is about 18 miles away and you need to take windy, backwoods roads and about an hour of your time to get there. The beach charges 4 dollars per person entry fee, although it is nice.
Despite these shortcomings, the campground overall was okay. But, you need to be prepared for a million kids running around completely unsupervised, and a bunch of drunken buffoons screaming and making noise all night (one guy was playing the bagpipes and then an electric guitar at full blast… I kid you not), and very limited supervision by any staff. If you can deal with all this, you will have a good time. If you can’t, better find a more adult/classy-type campground.