Myself, wife and 3 kids and 2 dogs just returned from our 5 day stay at Keen Lake after a 3 month stay at home for Corvid-19. Much needed family time without internet and such. We had a blast! Lake front on Pioneer side.
We were so glad to be back at the lake for our annual Memorial Day weekend camping. Even though not fully open due to COVID, it was still great and we'll done. Just a shame the indoor activities like ceramics, movie night and Karaoke were not done. Still, a great time. We stay by the lake in the "Pioneer" section which is laid back and rustic (all woods and gravel roads). We choose a sight with no water or electric hook-ups although there are sites that have them. The fishing is great, the lake is beautiful and what is better than sitting around the fire at night roasting marshmallows and making s'mores. The camp store has all the basic needs. If you need more, the beverage distributor and supermarket and a short drive away. We will be back soon (Labor Day weekend).
We have been going to Keen Lake for the past 3 seasons and absolutely love it. 2017 was our first season as travel trailer campers and I was not sure how I would do. Keen Lake is a hidden gem and has turned me into a true camper. Mike is the best, always willing to help us out in our time (s) of need, and trust me there were many. Everyone there is very friendly, grounds are very clean, pool and lake are the best. We did check out other campsites our first year, but hands down, Keen Lake wins and we have plans to return again in 2020. Close enough to the Yankees minor league stadium if you want to venture out, but honestly, we stay put for most of our time there. We continue to extend our stay here each year. You will not be disappointed. Happy Camping.
Renting the cottage on Hermit Island at Keen Lake Campground has to be the best "Get-Away" that I have experienced in years! I have now stayed on the island for a week three different times over the years and each time I go it gets even better. If you want some alone time with your special someone or even with your entire family Hermit Island gives you the privacy and feeling of an oasis to yourself and the ones with you. A 4 acre island where no one is allowed to step foot on except the people with you. Talk about privacy and relaxation! A week of total solitude and quiet. Shut off your cell phone and forget about everything. Just listen to the birds chirping in the morning. Lay out in the sun and forget about what time it is. In the evening start a nice fire at the pit and have a BBQ and not hear the voices of the people at the next campsite next to you. After dinner relax at the fire ringside and chat with your friends that joined you. Have a few beers and kick back. But be careful as you sit back in your chair alongside the fire pit you may end up dozing off and having a wonderful nap under the stars thinking about how great it is to be on this island all by yourself. Morning time wake up, step out on the front porch and look out over the lake while you have your favorite cup of coffee. The only problem with this entire stay is that you will find yourself counting the days you have remaining before you have to leave this wonderful paradise. The entire staff along with the Keen Sisters are absolutely so accommodating! Sister Jan is tops at making sure everything meets your expectations. Going to the Bahamas or one of the other islands requires so much effort prior to leaving. The traveling to the airport, making sure your flight is on time, shopping prior to the trip for clothes etc is all forgotten because at Hermit Island all you have to take is a few pairs of shorts, t-shirts, shoes, socks and some bed linen and you are good for the week. No hustle-bustle! I remember coming back from some vacations other than Hermit Island feeling a need a vacation from my vacation because of all the work that went into preparing for the trip, during the trip and then the travel home. I am hoping to make a 4th trip to Hermit Island over the next year or two. You can't go wrong!…
My boyfriend and I drove up to Keen lake for a long weekend and we had a blast. The scenery was beautiful and the campgrounds offers lots of activities, like kayaking and ceramics. We will be back again!