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“Great family weekend” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Raystown Resort, an RVC Outdoor Destination

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3101 Chipmunk Crossing, Entriken, PA 16638   |  
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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“Great family weekend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We've just returned from our 6th annual weekend at Raystown, and we do love it. We choose the Maple cabins, as they are perched on a cliff, and while they have a lovely (if filtered by trees) view, they are away from the noise and activity of the lake-front campgrounds and cabins, which always seem to have groups of younger and possibly more night-owl residents. Every year we come with another family and rent side-by-side cabins. The cabins are perfect for us, with one room having 2 double beds and the other having 2 sets of bunks. Main room has large table, air conditioning, full kitchen facilities -- my kind of "camping"! No, it's not a 5-star hotel and that's just fine. Our only complaint is that you must rent either a weekend (Friday and Saturday nights, checking out by 11:00 Sunday) or for a full week. Turns out it's a lot of work to pack linens, towels, food, etc. for 2 days... the amount of work would be exactly the same if you were coming for 3 or 4 nights, but this isn't an option and so if you can't do a full week, it's a lot of effort for a brief weekend... but nowhere near the agony of actual camping!

The lake itself is lovely and has a number of coves good for fishing, tubing, etc. Resort grounds are well maintained and attractive. The restaurant is fine -- not fabulous but acceptable and the people are all very friendly. The place recently underwent a change of affiliation -- apparently not actually bought out, but somehow now falling under the umbrella of "RVC Outdoor Destinations." Hope it doesn't change it, because this truly is an affordable, low-key gem.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Just got bak from a stay at the "pine" cabins. They are priced on par with 4 and 5 star hotels
$150 per night after tax. They offer no towels, linens, or toiletries.
The "beds" are plastic covered pieces of cheap foam that literally are less than 3" thick. After about 30 seconds on the bed u are literally sleeping on wood.
The cabins have "curtains" on every window that do not cover the window. Even better still is that they are 100% see through especially at night. So the other cabins (piled on top of each other) can see right in to ur place.
The cabins are reasonably sized they sleep 6 but only have seating for 4. They have a porch on the front with no chairs to sit on. A stove with no oven. 4 forks to feed the six people in the cabin.

It gets better though...the cabin is air conditioned by an under sized AC unit that only keeps one section cool. And they claim to have free wifi at every site, but there is absolutely none in the whole cabin area.
Raystown itself is awesome and beautiful but the resort is overpriced and just not very nice

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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797YaleS, Public Relations Manager at Lake Raystown Resort, an RVC Outdoor Destination, responded to this review, September 2, 2014
Dear Bpgood,
Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback and helpful comments for our improvement. Our Camping Cabins are intended to be a rustic experience as described on our website and are not advertised as having air conditioning. We do offer many other options to accommodate any level of comfort, such as our Cottages, Bungalows and Villas. Your point about the number of seats and place settings has been noted and changes are planned. We appreciate your kind words about the lake and we hope to get another opportunity to serve you in the future.
Regards,
Yale Spina
COO, RVC Outdoor Destinations
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Just got back from a great weekend at the lake with my family. This is our 6th or 7th year at this location. It is the perfect location for our family in Pittsburgh and Philly to meet. The properly is well maintained. The lake is large and perfect for boating. There is a water park that our kids always like to visit. There are well supplied outposts with ice cream, etc. I wanted honey for my tea and was surprised to find it there. They have accommodations for whatever you want: a hotel, tents, large RV sites, cabins, larger housing units, etc. There is a beach. You can rent paddle boats and boards, etc. There is a nearby outfitter if you want to arrange to have kayaks dropped off at your campsite. We have made this a family tradition that we will continue.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I reviewed this last year so we gave it another shot. Stayed in the exact same location as summer 2012, but in the same camping area (Birch) as 2012 and 2013.

We also drove around the army corp campground at 7 points and this changes our perspective.

First off, the price increases. The rates have gone up 20-30% but nothing has really been added. A premium spot is now $80 a night, with no sewer. the campground in key west is only slightly more - with full hookups. And... ITS.IN.KEY.WEST.

the Cell service situation has gotten worse. At the resort, AT&T allows sprint, but not Verizon, no connection at all. at the other end of the lake Verizon allows AT&T, but at deprecated service.

the internet situation has finally improved, you *can* connect in the campground - as long as it is not a holiday weekend. the 'pipeline' if you will is like drinking a wendys frosty thru a coffee stirrer. At 2am (I checked) you can get on. At no time will the service be good enough to stream. but you can check email. If it is a holiday weekend, you will not be able to connect at all unless you go to the lodge. I ran a few speed tests during the slow part of the week and it was between dialup and single edge ISDN. 1998 speeds.

Now I stayed in Birch 19 which I think is the best site on the lake, shaded, protected harbor for the boat, fire ring near the water, not stacked up....but then I saw 7pts. For $25 a night you don't get sewer EITHER, but the campsite is level and any time it changes elevation, i.e. from the parking to the fire area, the army corp built a RR tie set of walls and steps, either paved or filled with #1 gravel, not #2, or #3. Many of the army corp sites give you 2 modern picnic tables. Every picnic table at the resort is splintered, bowed, cracked, on its last leg. The fire rings at the resort are nearly gone, horribly rusted, bent, warped. At 7 pts - nice new and modern.

The bath houses at the resort are well cleaned - they are closed 4-5 times a day for such. but they are original everything since the place was built in 1984. 7pts? modern.

The difference is so staggering we have changed all of our camping plans for now on out. Sure, you don't have cable TV at 7pts. but did you come to a campground in your rv or tent to watch 'The View'? in all fairness, 7pts does not have water hook ups at each site, they have many potable outlets though that you fill your cans and bring back, and the dump station for your tote is centrally located. It is likely some will find this inconvenient - they would rather pay for the instant water and $8 a day in sewer pumping - so be it. but if you saw the difference in quality between the campsites themselves....it highlights the difference between a for profit operation where the shareholders come first and a dollar in = dollar out operation where the public is the mission statement.

A word about the free dock. they did not improve this situation since my last review. There is not even a tiny night light to see launching. while at the resort, a woman died on the lake stuck in a boat because the driver rammed something on shore and the boat sank - this dock is sticking 50 feet out into the water to cause the same thing. Not only did they see fit to remove any and all mooring cleats - making transition a challenge, but a significant number of the railing stanchions are broken off and in the water. But you get free overflow parking!!!

I was gong to make use of the gas dock but at 7pts I changed my mind - The Jims Anchorage facility now is open to 730 and the fuel price is 5 cents lower. They read the reviews - they listened. While the resort fuel dock advertises 8pm, the same problem still exists - if there is an activity the youngsters running it will count out the pumps half an hour early - making the time a wash.

We did not try the restaurant this year based on our experience last year. I saw nothing to indicate that anything has changed and I still rate it 'must avoid at all costs'.

this year the resort is somehow partnered with RVC to increase exposure and presumably bookings. However, they still have this accidental or purposeful inventory mis-management. The really good sites sit vacant during most weeks if there are not week-staying campers because of the check-in rules. And while the rest of the USA had Friday July 4th off, the resort declared that the holiday weekend was sat/sun/mon and even spiked that home with the fireworks on Sunday night. The place was nearly vacant Sunday night.

Most notably this year, and most annoying was the new noise policy. It appears that you MUST whoop and holler ONLY after 11pm and you MUST light off fireworks. Ok, I am being only slightly facetious but at no time in either weekend when things got out of hand (I stayed 10 days) did any security officer or employee tell the revelers to tone it down. We used to host an ACoE campground which had a zero alcohol tolerance policy. As we explained, its not so important that we do not SEE the booze, but we do not want to HEAR the booze. These last 2 weekends, you heard it. We had fireworks from the 50 count strips to the 1/4 stick dynamite to flares, roman candles, rockets etc from dusk to 1am and not one time did a single person in charge even suggest it stop.

So we have come full circle. From trying out the campgrounds all over raystown country we once placed the resort as the best value - when compared to the other privately owned locations because of primarily location. Well after seeing 7pts, this lost its bloom - especially when coupled with the price increases. Our own government is providing a nicer place in a vastly superior presentation for far less money, plus the northern end of the lake is where you want to hang out on a boat ANYWAYS. Its been fun no doubt, but we have now seen better and will not be returning.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We stayed in one of their cabins facing the lake. Overall, we enjoyed our stay - lots of fun activities both on and off water, and a cabin was reasonably nice and equipped. But we got bad neighbors...it seems like that a bunch of young (and some older) people rent and shared a cabin next to ours. At the first night of the three-day weekend, they kept staying outside (right by our bed room), played music and talked very loudly, way after midnight. As we had a little daughter, who had hard time falling a sleep with loud noises, we called a resort management office. They said they would send security staff...it took us more than two hours with four calls to the management and discussion with security staff to finally had a sleep-able night. BTW, they had a quiet time policy (after 11 pm). The subsequent two nights, obviously different people in their group stay there, so we did not have noise issues. Our other side neighbor were a family with three kids and very comfortable neighbors with good morals. We had our friend family in the same resort, but they were lucky to have very nice quiet neighbors. So, it all depends on your luck...however, I have to say the management office did not do good job dealing with our issue.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We camped here with another family. It's nice there are so many things for the kids. Swim area with sandy beach for swimming in lake, water slides, pool, boat team talks, fishing, playgrounds, bike riding. The boys were entertained both days which made the patents very happy!

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Castle, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Our daughter was married here on the terrace and the reception was held in the Birchroom. I can't say enough good about our experience. From beginning to end we were very impressed and pleased with the way everything was handled. During the planning emails were answered promptly, sometimes by phone. Dan and Jenn were very organized, knowledgeable, and always very helpful. During the rehearsal, wedding and reception Dan and/ or Jenn were right there for whatever was needed. The guests were equally impressed and had nothing but good things to say about the service and the food, which was excellent! The lodging was wonderful, we had several family members staying for the entire holiday weekend and they all seemed pleased. We had a villa and it was very nice and newly remodeled. Beautiful location, very attentive staff, excellent food and very comfortable lodging made our wedding a perfect day we will never forget! I would highly recommend Lake Raystown Resort and Conference Center for a wedding and reception!

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3101 Chipmunk Crossing, Entriken, PA 16638
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Entriken
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Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Entriken
Number of rooms: 109
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If you're looking for family fun in a naturally gorgeous location, no need to look further. Lake Raystown Resort is Central Pennsylvania's top destination. With 400 acres of waterfront property, endless activities and top-rated accommodations for any budget, this is the type of vacation that will leave you feeling surprised and refreshed. ... more   less 
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