Kevin D.
ephrata, PA
Joined June 2018
Late season camping on the lake

Camping on the peninsula (site 116). Absolutely perfect site. Songle car parking spot on the road then a short walk down a hill onto the site. two tent areas and plenty of prime hammock trees. there’s a small deer trail that runs between all of the sites on the water that makes it easy if you have multiple sites with friends next to each other. there is also a little beach area at the site that makes it perfect for landing kayaks or canoes. there’s also a small dock made out of boulders.

There are a few shops a short drive from the park for firewood and camping supplies. exit the park and make a right. Ther intersection with the gas station.

Mostly A place to Stay while boating

A small campground on the large Bald Eagle Lake. the campground is actually a short drive down the road from the bulk of the park, but still has a boat launch area.

Campaites vary from nice large sites set back from the road up some stone stairs or pathway, to small grassy pull offs on the side of the road. We stayed at one of the set back sites.

There is not much in the area in terms of supplies or stores. there was an old Unimart Gas station on Howard PA that is now closed. There is a pizza place that sells bags of ice as well as a small outdoors store we didn’t visit.

There is are a few vault toilets in the loop as well as a plethora of water pumps.

Other campers were very loud and didn’t follow much in terms of usual campground etiquette.

Nice Camping in a downpour

Our trip was slightly let down due to constant rain the entire first day and night.

The camp sites are fairly nice. they do very much range in quality, so picking out a site on the PA DCNR website is strongly recommended. You can get photos of every site before booking.

Our site was in the pet loop and was set back off the road a good amount which kept a lot of the road noise down. It was very large and Iffered gIId trees fIr strIngIng up tarps and hammocks. We could just make out the campsite next to us and had no noise issues.

We did have a fair amount of trash and broken glass at the camp site that we had to clean up.

Crowded but Nice!

We stayed at the tent walk in sites (D25) The sites are close together but otherwise, well maintained. There are two wheelbarrows usually loated near the bathroom to help move gear as many of the sites are walk in.

Back behind D25 area there is a path that leads to the RV sites (which are even closer together). On that path is a mound o free firewood to take an armfull each day. But I would bring firewood as a backup as it sometimes is empty.

No showers at the campground, but there is a store just up the road towards Southwest Harbor. They have hot showers *bring quarters) and most camping items you may have forgotten or broken.

The seawall area also gets very good sunrise and sunset views out on the rocks. There are a bunch of day use sites out there with fire rings, so you can cook on the wall at sunset.

There's also a lot of good hiking you can get to on that side of the island without going all the way back to the main park.

You can buy your park pass at the ranger station when you check in so you don't need to go to the main gate or visitor center to get one.