We wanted to go camping with our 3 boys now that they were all at a good age to manage it (ages 8,6,4). I happened to be on the mommypoppins site and a writer suggested Mongaup. I agonized over making the reservations b/c the 'joy of camping' has a lot to do with what kind of site you get. Reserveamerica was extremely efficient to use, and I chose a site that (with much web searching) would be as close to the water as possible-in lieu of a site waterside which of course were all booked. Let me tell you that we were completely impressed from the second we drove up, obviously a very well kept and picturesque campground. When you first enter the site, the 'beach' and pavilion, garbage disposal, shower houses are there to you right-very organized layout. From there, you either go further right to Loops A,B,C or go left to Loops D, E, F. Loops D,E,F apparently are the more sought after ones because there are less sites situated within the areas, and slightly more remote. We chose Loop D-site105....beautiful!! Nice big space under tall trees (plenty of spacing between neighbors), water spigot across from us and even though we were not on the water-EVERY site in Loop D has a water view!! Lovely!The toilets were centrally located within the Loop and might I add, really clean! There were 2 toilets each in the mens and woman's room. We had one air mattress that had a built in pump so we went to the shower house to use the electricity there. If you are thinking of bringing bikes-bring them b/c this is not only a beautiful place to ride through, but everything is far apart and the campground itself is immense. We were there midweek and it was very quiet-fantastic, had only one solo neighbor behind us.. Ranger would drive by here and there, but we did not see this 'truck' that other reviewers mentioned that would come around with wood and snacks like an ice cream truck. Bring everything with you before you get there. Stop in town (Livingston Manor) and go to Pecks which is right off the exit, and buy your wood and bait. Wood is half the price at Peck's than at Mongaup, and the campground does not sell bait if your kids want to fish. The water / beachfront is very small, but perfect for the kids because it's extremely shallow and there is a lifeguard. Personally, I couldn't get myself to go in. It was warm for mid-august, but between the 'mushy' sand feeling, the geese feathers, and the brown water, it was too much for my city-fide feet..even with water shoes on. It was absolutely picture perfect nonetheless and many campers were taking advantage of the canoeing and kayaking. The whole family loved this place and we have no doubt that we will be back next summer. Thank you Mongaup for a wonderful time!
My only Con: 3 showers for woman (and 3 for men) for the entire campground...you don't have to pay but you have to hold the button in for the water to come out-very difficult to do while showering little kids!! Obviously this part is only a minor inconvenience in comparison to an overall awesome campsite.
- Also Known As:
- Mongaup Pond Campground Hotel Livingston Manor