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It's hard to find much information about this equestrian, first come, first serve campground in Connecticut's Pachaug State Forest. The best source I could find was https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Recreation-Information/Horseback-Riding---CT-State-Parks-and-Forests
Campsites are located around a loop with a couple of composting toilets near the entrance. Water is available. There's space your your camping gear as well as a trailer and horseline. About half the sites were occupied in late October.
Three horseback riding loops leave from the campground. There's also fishing and hiking available in the forest.
Misleading & False Advertising.
Dishonest Advertising. We booked our site in January 2020. The website clearly states: Sites from$1,600 to$3,500 per season. Which is reasonable but when we got here in May 2020 the same site, we reserved had gone from$3,500.00 to$3,900.00. Even to this day(September 12, 2020) it still states that the maximum site charge is$3,600.00 on their website. Nothing stating on their website any of the extra charges I'm about to mention. You're probably wondering why we stayed, well they will not do ANY refunds no matter the reason and since we have full hook-up, we never had to use the restrooms or any other facilities here. Thank God! First: 1. Bring your own Toilet Paper, they do not supply sanitation items(No Soap, No Toilet Paper, No Paper Towels, No Hot Water) in any of the 6 bathhouses and bring coins for the showers because they also charge you for taking a shower! 2. If you have a truck that pulls your 5th wheel or Travel Trailer it's an additional$75.00. Additional Truck$200.00 3. Depending where you look, on their website: no trailers over 35' or on their hand-outs for trailers: for each foot over 35 feet:$50.00/Foot 4. If you have an additional vehicle it's another$125.00 5. Extra Related Adult:$125.00 6. Child in family over age 14:$100.00 7. If you have a pet it's another$50.00 to$100.00 depending on size. But there is no dog park. 8. Boat(Canoe, Row, Pedal, Double Kayak)$50.00 for each one 9. If you have an outside small refrigerator it's another$50.00 10. If you want cable it's another$100.00 11. If you have guest it's$20.00 per car and$2.50 for each guest 12. Golf Cart:$150.00 13. Pontoon Boat:$100.00 14. Boat Motor:$3.00 per Horse Power 15. Boat Trailer At Camp:$50.00 16. Dock At Site:$2.00/sq. ft. 17. BLCA Dock Space- single$300.00 18. BLCA Dock Space- pontoon$350.00 19. Deck:$75.00 open/$150.00 enclosed(An additional$50.00 is due if deck exceeds 199 square feet threshold for building permit.) 20. The Health department should close down the restrooms, see photos and there is never any hot water. The owner(John) keeps shutting it off to save money. 21. Out of Code Electricity. Complaint filed with BBB. Campground goes without power as electric company seeks upgrades. Broadcasted on NBC 10 News(video of NBC 10 News on Electricity Charges Page. John(the owner) does not allow the electric company within the park. He does everything himself and we are constantly out of power. 22. The biggest rip-off is the electricity charges. Bowdish charges seasonal campers.3496 cents per kWh and.50 cents per kWh for non-seasonal. that means with a 30-amp RV your power bill is around$250.00 per month if you use your A/C. We use propane for the frig& hot water and it's still around$250.00 during the months of July and August. John charges about 3 times the National Grid! Even if you don't use any electricity, you're still charged$40.00 per month. 23. There are some beautiful wooded sites but don't expect to get any waterfront. They are already taken by seasonal campers that leave their trailers here year- round. 24. There is absolutely no beach parking at all. You must carry your beach equipment to the beach each time no matter how far you are away from the beach. 25. There are no Full Hook-Ups on the waterfront sites! People just dump their brown and black sewage on their site. Disgusting! There is a mobile pump-out service but you never see them within the park. https://www.bowdishlakecampground.com or https://www.bowdishlake.info or https://www.bowdish-lake.com
This small state park campground offers basic campsites with running water and showers, open Memorial Day to Columbus Day. This is NOT Wolf's Den Family Campground in E. Haddam, CT. Also, be aware there are 2 campgrounds at this State Park; the other one, Mashamoquet Brook, does not offer running water/showers, so if you want these amenities, be sure to select a campsite 1-35.
There's a small playground in the middle of the loop, a number of hiking trails throughout the park along with a few geocaches (download details for offline use a phone connection is spotty), a swimming pond, and a small brook with an old mill and blacksmith shop that is sometimes open on weekends for tours. It's a nice place to explore and have a picnic. In 2020 with Covid, there were restrictions on visitors to the campground, reservations required, and swimming was not allowed.
The parking pads are paved and a few have overhanging branches, but the trees provide separation and some shade on largely open sites that tend to open up toward the back with open areas for pitching tents. Sites have fire rings with grills and picnic tables. Site 20 is the only one with electric. The ones toward the back of the loop back up toward the woods and give you some more privacy.
They don't allow hammocks in the trees or pets. For some reason, silly string also makes the list of prohibitions.
The campground was clean. They cleaned playground after each family used it. The pool area was well marked cleaned and open. This was all done for covid precautions. Wooded area was nice with fishing pond. Bass and pan fish. Will definitely go back
It wasn’t too loud here in October. Had site B1, which was water and electric. Close to the pond. Not directly at the pond, though. There is a huge area of woods with a walking trail starting at the edge of the campground. I enjoyed stretching my legs. Cell reception is not great. Camp link Wifi for a fee is workable unless you need to do zoom calls. Lady at check-in was nice.
Not my favorite place.
This place is a dream. Stayed here for a month in the fall. Campground is situated in a beautiful valley with a little pond, hiking trails, playground, jumping pillow, swimming pool and hot tub. Owner is very involved, energetic, and friendly. There are events for the kids every weekend and it’s such a fun environment! Will definitely be back!
Loved the campsite. Beautiful, quiet, serene. The downside is that the owner is straight crazy. One minute she’s friendly, the next minute she’s blaming us for things we never did. We had booked a month and we were supposed to be staying right next to family. Due to a problem with the site she moved us clear across the park and told us we could return when it was fixed. But then didn’t let us return to that site afterwards and ripped into my dad when he tried to ask. Very rude lady.