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Mongaup Pond Campground
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Driving there was more fun”
Reviewed August 6, 2009

I cant seem to find a single accurate review of the campground. After the 3 hour exhausting drive we finally got there. Once there we immediatly had a problem. The staff could not find our "permit" for our reserved campsite. After about 15 minutes of persuasive talking they let us goto our "campsite". I couldn't believe it when i saw our "campsite". It was right off the dirt road a 40 x 60ft grass patch with a picnic bench and a cinder block type fire pit. There was only a small bush separating us from our camping neighbors on both sides. Any sense of camping was lost. You could here the conversations of the neighbors more than anything. After 10pm you have to whisper if you want to talk and forget about any music. The neighbors came to us a few times complaining we were talking to loud. It was ridiculous. Also there is no cellphone service and the closest store was mobile gas station 15 miles away.

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Reviewed October 14, 2008

I spent 3 nights at Mongaup Pond DEC campground in Livingston Manor, NY. It's a basic DEC rustic type campground.

The park itself is quite clean, and most of the camp sites are quite large.

Mongaup pond itself looked pretty green and murky. I didn't catch any fish but my daughter caught a small one.

Bathrooms are a bit of an issue - toilet paper was out a lot of the time, and one of the 2 bathroom stalls in my "loop" was clogged for well over 24 hours. Bathrooms are very basic with only cold running water (OK for a dec type campground), but they just need to be checked more often.

The grounds were clean and beautiful, and the staff was wonderful and helpful. The nights were quiet.

Keep your food away! There are bears and I heard plenty of coyotes at night.

Try to get a lakefront site if possible.

There is tons of state land around with hiking and snowmobile trails to explore. I plan on going back for big game hunting (though the camping itself is now closed).

PS, why make the "handicapped accessible" bathroom where you can see through the window right into the stall???

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Property: Mongaup Pond Campground
Address: 231 Mongaup Pond Road, Livingston Manor, NY 12758
Location: United States > New York > Catskill Region > Livingston Manor
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Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Livingston Manor
Number of rooms: 163
Also Known As:
Mongaup Pond Campground Hotel Livingston Manor

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