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NY's Independent Campgrounds Continue to Add Campsites, Amenities and Attractions

Improvements range from new and upgraded RV sites to new swimming pools and rental cabins to major interactive water features with waterslides and water cannons 

        Many independently owned campgrounds in New York have spent the past few months adding new amenities, installing new rental accommodations and making other improvements in preparation for the 2021 camping season.
        “It’s a good time to be in the campground business,” said Donald Bennett, Jr., president and CEO of Campground Owners of New York, which hosts, the travel planning website. “New campground amenities range from new playgrounds and swimming pools to RC tracks. One of our members is even installing an interactive waterpark.”
        Here’s a sampling of improvements underway at independently owned campgrounds in New York in preparation for this year’s camping season:

        — Branches of Niagara Campground & Resort in Grand Island: This park has added hiking trails surrounding the entire campground as well as a new and improved laser tag field and upgraded laser tag equipment. In addition to having an eight-acre lake, park amenities include a zipline, pedal bikes, swimming pools, miniature golf, gaga ball, outdoor movies, and organized activities. The resort offers cabins and yurts in addition to RV and tent sites.

        — Conesus Lake Campground in Conesus: This 140-site campground is upgrading its WiFi system and adding another 20 RV sites, the first of which should be available by mid-summer. Campground amenities include a jump pad as well as kayak, rowboat and pontoon boat rentals.

        — Hidden Valley Camping Area in Jamestown:
This campground is adding a gaga ball pit and a gem mining sluice. The campground has 225 campsites, including 175 seasonal campsites and 50 overnight sites.

        — Kayuta Lake Campground in Forestport: This campground is doing a massive Internet and WiFi upgrade to accommodate children with online classes as well as other family members who desire streaming speed WiFi. The upgrade is expected to be completed before Memorial Day weekend.

        — Lake George Escape in Diamond Point: This 547-site park is completing the second year of a three-year improvement project to upgrade all of its campsites to 50 amp electrical service. Over the next two years, the park also plans to convert 77 tent sites to 61 RV sites to accommodate rising demand. The park also recently restored 14 acres of land developed by previous park owners into wetlands, providing habitat for aquatic and waterfowl life as well as additional points of entry for guests to access the Schroon River. Guests enjoy swimming pools, miniature golf, a fun house arcade, fossil hunting and gem mining, laser tag, tubing and kayaking and organized activities.
        — Lake George Riverview Campground & Resort in Lake George: This park is completing a three-year expansion that involves the addition of 75 campsites, many of which are terraced campsites with a view of the Schroon River. Many other campsites have also been rebuilt. The park now has a total of 170 campsites.

        — Lake George RV Park in Lake George: This campground is renovating its shuffleboard and bocce ball courts and plans to install new playground equipment this year. The park also recently completed a major upgrade to the lighting system for its theatrical playhouse. In 2018, the park built a $5 million aquatic park called Cascade Cove. It features a zero entry swimming pool, hot tub clusters as well as water play area with a 34 foot long enclosed, twisting slide, a dumping bucket and 32 interactive spray features. 
        — Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Mexico: This campground is adding a new playground and a kid’s sand pit. The park is also adding two new rustic rental cabins. This campground not only offers organized family activities, but a river that runs through the park where guests can go swimming or tubing. Other amenities include a Water Wars game, an inflatable obstacle course; a gaga ball pit, miniature golf and a gem mining sluice.
        — Jellystone Park of Western New York in North Java: This campground plans to open two new swimming pools this year. Park amenities include a 16,000-square-foot, interactive water playground with water cannons, water slides and other spray features; an inflatable aqua park with floating climbing structures; laser tag; a bike track; canoe and kayak rentals; and organized family activities.

        — Sleepy Hollow Lake Campground in Akron: This campground plans to add 20 new campsites with water and electricity in its wooded section to keep up with rising demand for RV sites.

        — Southwoods RV Resort in Bryon: This park built a 40-by-80-foot recreation hall with a stage, warming kitchens and restrooms in 2020 and plans to complete the addition of 36 additional full hookup campsites with 50 amp electrical connections this spring. New paving on park roadways is also completed each year.

        — Spruce Row Campground & RV Park in Ithaca:
This 200-site park is installing a second playground, remodeling the park office and providing sewer service to 16 more campsites as part of ongoing park improvements. The park’s rental accommodations include four rustic cabins, one park model, and five onsite RV rentals.

        — Swan Bay Resort & Marina in Alexandria Bay: This park has added 30 additional campsites in a wooded area of the resort. The park has also updated its community fire pit section and expanded the offerings of its onsite Rift Boutique gift shop that provides RV and marine supplies and St. Lawrence River souvenirs. The resort is located directly along the St. Lawrence River bordering Canada. Nearby attractions include two historical castles, antique boat museums, as well as winery, brewery and distillery tastings.

        — Triple R Camping Resort and Trailer Sales in Franklinville: Improvements at this 214-site campground include a new water park called LeeKee Lagoon, which features water slides, water cannons, floor jets, and a huge tipping bucket. Guests will also be able to enjoy cabanas and patio refreshments. The new water park will have a soft opening Memorial Day weekend. Last year, the campground added a hot tub oasis that includes an in-ground spa. Accommodations include six rental cabins.
        About Campground Owners of New York
        Campground Owners of New York is the trade association that represents independently owned campgrounds and RV parks in New York. Based in Pittsford, CONY provides education, government affairs and marketing services for campgrounds, including hosting, a travel planning website, and publishing a printed directory of New York campgrounds.


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