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Established Camping

West Thompson Lake Campground

About

US Army Corps of Engineers

West Thompson Lake

Overview

West Thompson Lake Campground is located near the wooded shoreline of its namesake lake in northeastern Connecticut. The natural setting surrounding West Thompson Lake can be enjoyed year round. Visitors come to the lake for camping, fishing, boating, kayaking and hiking.

Recreation

West Thompson Lake provides great boating, kayaking, canoeing and fishing opportunities. It has an excellent population of warm-water fish, including bass and small panfish. A boat ramp is located near the campground for easy access to the water. The Thompson Section of the Quinebaug River Water Trail offers a leisurely three-hour outing for paddlers who are comfortable with moving water. The trail has no rapids or portages and meanders through extensive wildlife habitats. An 18-hole disc golf course is located on the lakeshore and is free to the public. This challenging course is known for its long drives and scenic views of the lake and dam.

Facilities

West Thompson Lake provides great boating, kayaking, canoeing and fishing opportunities. It has an excellent population of warm-water fish, including bass and small panfish. A boat ramp is located near the campground for easy access to the water. The Thompson Section of the Quinebaug River Water Trail offers a leisurely three-hour outing for paddlers who are comfortable with moving water. The trail has no rapids or portages and meanders through extensive wildlife habitats. An 18-hole disc golf course is located on the lakeshore and is free to the public. This challenging course is known for its long drives and scenic views of the lake and dam.

Natural Features

The campground is nestled in a forest of Eastern white pine, Northern red oak and Shagbark hickory. Shade is abundant throughout the campground, and autumn leaves put on a beautiful show. An overlook at the dam offers pleasing panoramic views for sightseers and photographers.

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Location

West Thompson Lake Campground is located in Connecticut

Detail location of campground

Directions

From I-395, take Exit 50. Follow CT Route 200 east to Thompson Center. Turn right onto CT Route 193 south and proceed 2 miles to traffic light. Continue straight over the railroad tracks on Route 12. Take the first right onto Reardon Road. In 0.5 miles turn left onto West Thompson Lake Recreation Road and travel approximately 1,000ft to the campground entrance on the right. Follow up to the Campground Registration Building.

Address

400 REARDON RD
N. grosvenordale, CT 06255-9801

Coordinates

41.955623 N
71.899092 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Cabins
  • Tent Cabin

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Water Hookups
  • Big Rig Friendly

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8 Reviews

Jason L.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2024

Pleasantly surprised

We had an excellent experience at this camp ground. The Staff and Rangers were polite and welcoming. We were able to see some boat races and played a round of disc golf on property. Once the boat races finished each day the camp was very quiet and peaceful. Had a great weekend

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of West Thompson Lake Campground by Jason L., June 27, 2024
  • Review photo of West Thompson Lake Campground by Jason L., June 27, 2024
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Theresa H.
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2024

Great campground

Came for the boat races, very relaxing weekend

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of West Thompson Lake Campground by Theresa H., June 22, 2024
  • Review photo of West Thompson Lake Campground by Theresa H., June 22, 2024
  • Review photo of West Thompson Lake Campground by Theresa H., June 22, 2024
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Reviewed Aug. 18, 2021

Quaint State Campground

Large campsites, Nice basketball court, Decent bathrooms for a state campground, only complain is that they close the gate to enter at 9pm

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Month of VisitSeptember
Jeremiah F.
Reviewed May. 30, 2019

Lean-to camping

We stayed at one of their lean-to sites a few years ago with 3 other friends and had a good time. Very convenient to have the elevated space to sleep and store items in. The sites were not very secluded from each other, but there were not a lot of other campers when we went so it wasn’t a problem for us. They have bathrooms and showers close by that (if I remember correctly/things haven’t changed too much in the past couple of years) were in relatively decent shape compared to others I’ve been in at campgrounds. They also had plenty of firewood to purchase at the check-in. You can start hiking the trails around the lake right from campsite. We were slightly disappointed that the lake was not suitable for swimming (as was posted), but it wasn’t a big deal. I can imagine that it would still be a good place to go for kayaking and canoeing as well. Have fun!

Kasie R.
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2018

quaint and quiet!

with only 22 sitez and about half woth el3xtric and water, this basic family campground is perfect! centrally located bathrooms/showers basketball court, playground and ampitheatre to keep the kids busy. hiking trails galore, disk golf, and swimming nearby. so fun!

Michael C.
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2018

West Thompson Lake Campground

We'll run and very clean. Nice wooded tent sites with activities and fishing.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of West Thompson Lake Campground by Michael C., August 15, 2018
Cynthia K.
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2018

Great Kayaking!

We've camped here twice so far and can't wait to be back, This campground is very small and quiet, but the lake and adjoining river offer hours of fun for small craft. Take a long paddle up the river and you'll be escorted by hundreds of bluebirds and cedar waxwings. Fishing here is all catch and release.

The park rangers and camp staff are super friendly and helpful, and the facilities are kept neat as a pin all the time. There are plenty of hiking trails that we have yet to explore, but from the trail heads they look very well maintained.

This part of CT is very rural and quiet, but there is a large grocery store less than 2 miles away for anything you need. And there's Riverside Pizza less than a mile away, I highly recommend it!

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Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of West Thompson Lake Campground by Cynthia K., August 4, 2018
  • Review photo of West Thompson Lake Campground by Cynthia K., August 4, 2018
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Reviewed May. 31, 2018

Beautiful, clean and quiet!

The lake is pretty but you cannot swim or eat the fish. There are a lot of choices for hiking including a disc golf course.

Month of VisitNovember

Frequently Asked Questions

Does West Thompson Lake Campground have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, West Thompson Lake Campground has water hookups.

What is the max vehicle length at West Thompson Lake Campground?

West Thompson Lake Campground allows vehicles up to 40 feet.

Are fires allowed at West Thompson Lake Campground?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at West Thompson Lake Campground, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does West Thompson Lake Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, West Thompson Lake Campground does not have wifi.

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