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North Beach Campground
Reviewed September 6, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised with this campground. The campground itself was in a great location, right on Lake Champlain, right on the bike path, and very close to downtown Burlington. The beach was really nice and within walking distance to our camper. Everyone, we met were really friendly. A great family campground!

Pros: great location, helpful staff, walking distance to a great beach, there is direct access to the bike path, quiet, bathrooms were relatively clean, lots of things for the kids to do, no parties (when we were there)

Cons: camp sites are close together

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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7  Thank familytravel2002
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

We arrived, with a skip in our step. When we walked into the office we were dragging our heels. When I told the clerk that we had a reservation, she gleefully retorted, oh, no you don't! I went back to our vehicle to get our confirmation number. When I returned with it, the clerk started griping at me.

Poor attitude all around. I let them know that we would have visitors. They were very curt in saying letting us know that a visitors pass would need to be purchased

When we asked if we could add one more night to our reservation, the chubby(used conservatively), grey hair lady gleefully stated, we are full! You will need to leave! They were also very rude and unprofessional towards each other.

We found a different campground that was able to accommodate our needs with a friendly attitude.

A little disappointing, especially since we used to frequent this park thirty or so years ago.

There are nicer and kinder places to give your money to.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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8  Thank Curlyfungirl
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

The location is great but there are many drawbacks:

1. Bathrooms are disgusting. Rarely cleaned, NO soap for hand washing, and it costs 50 cents to shower in cold water.

2. Campsites are TINY and not all have a fire ring with a grill grate.

3. The beach is great but be prepared for a lot of homeless people hanging out... which is the norm in Burlington.

Overall we will try to find a different place next time. We suggest you do too!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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6  Thank acegs
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

North Beach is a beautiful, and ideally located campground. This year was our third vacation there, and the restrooms have degraded to a deplorable and unsanitary condition. The showers were finally cleaned on our fifth day there after I asked the attendant on how often they are cleaned. There is no hand soap, and that's disgusting. I am writing the Mayor and Parks & Recreation manager.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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6  Thank marc515
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Visited friends at the campground. The place is really nice just by the beach and bike path. It was actually full - no vacancies due to the Quebec long week end. Very regulated and police patrolled. Campsites are compact and very close together - and as it was already mentioned it is a mix of RVs and tents - not much privacy.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank ivanski
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

For tents:
Campgrounds are large, right by the bike path and beach to Lake Champlain, private from the public. Restrooms are basic, showers were hot (50 cents for 6 minutes). Security is fantastic- never felt so safe camping outside! Employees monitor the campgrounds 24hr a day.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank alefeve
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We arrived at North Beach Campground on a Friday in mid September, around dinnertime. We'd called around 2:00 pm that day, had NO problems getting a person to answer the phone, and no problems making a reservation. Funny thing, though: the lady who took my call seemed genuinely concerned that we could get to Burlington from Concord, VT before the office closes for the night at 9 pm. She said security would probably have to wait for us. Made us a little worried that our AAA map calculations were off but, turns out, she just had no idea how small her home state was. Go figure.

Anyway, we purchased wood & ice at registration, and a nice man loaded these into his golf cart & escorted us to our site. I'm glad he did, cause otherwise I'd have thought I was reading the signs wrong or something cause these sites are SO SMALL!!! It's quite literally like a parking lot, like you're tailgating at a big game or something. It's amazing how everyone squeezes in, though. Trailers of all sizes, other pop ups, even big rigs can somehow make these teeny spots work.

There's a sign in the camp office that says North Beach has won awards for Best Urban Campground -- key word is "urban," there. It's like a camping city! I've camped similarly at Knoebels in PA and Wading Pines in NJ but this was definitely the tightest camping quarters I've ever experienced. However, the place is very clean (including the bathrooms) and plus, it's super quiet. Can't believe how peaceful this place was, even at full capacity as it was when we first arrived.

So we stayed the weekend, and then on Sunday watched in delight as almost everyone cleared out, leaving us with a lovely wide open grassy campground all to ourselves. Oh, before I forget -- don't even think about late checkout here. They've got stern guys on golf carts zipping around while everyone loads up their gear, and if you look like you're slacking they'll remind you in no uncertain terms they need you O-U-T by noon. One poor family was having a hard time loading their stuff up and the Golf Cart Police pretty much circled their campsite, hurrying them on, chirping that signs in the bathroom clearly stated 12:00 pm checkout in both English and French...

Seems a little much, frankly. It's not like they had anyone waiting on the campsite or anything. But I guess a campground this busy needs some "rule enforcers" to be so clean & quiet... It's a shame they can't be a little more relaxed but then again I can see the need to run a tight ship here.

The campground's location is AMAZING. Seriously amazing. You can hear the waves of the beach from inside the park, and then it's just a very short walk down to the beach. No way is it a mile and a half as one reviewer claimed. The beach is right there, right outta the campground. You don't have to cross a road or anything... but there IS a super awesome bike path along the beach that you'll have to walk across on your way to the water. I suggest, though, that you get a bike and ride it cause Oh My Gawd the scenery is ridiculous.

Mountains! Water! Sunsets! We saw a huge bald eagle catch a fish on the beach one morning, even.

Too cold to swim when we went but lovely place to pull off your shoes and walk in the sand. The water wasn't too brutal on the feet but I didn't go in past my ankles.

Let's see... what else... Oh! The bathrooms were fine but there were only three showers in the lady's room so you have to plan your time to avoid the pre-dinner rush that seems to be the popular time for campers to wash up these days. Fifty cents (in quarters only) for 6 minutes of warm water was plenty -- especially if you're like me and enjoy hot showers. These showers were not hot... they weren't lukewarm, exactly, they were kinda "mid warm," I guess. Meh.

A final word on tent sites: these looked great. Much more spacious than the ones with water/electric hookups where we stayed with our pop up. If we go back, we will opt for one of the grassy level tent sites and use our battery/holding tank.

I have attached before/after photos of the campground that show exactly how close other campers on during weekends when they're filled to capacity.

Room Tip: Go on a weekday if you can
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Carolyn S
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Address: 60 Institute Rd, Burlington, VT 05408-2764
Location: United States > Vermont > Burlington
Amenities:
Beach Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Burlington
Number of rooms: 143
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
North Beach is a 143 site campground found on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain. We offer tent sites with no hook-ups, water & electric sites & full hook-up sites. Starting this season we have a new Group Site, which is perfect for groups biking around Lake Champlain. The group site can hold around 50 people and offers a large fire pit, a bike rack & a grill this site does not come with any hook-ups. Along with the gorgeous views we offer Wi-Fi and a friendly smile to everyone that walks into the park. We have 2 bathroom facilities; one with coin operated showers, coins operated laundry for guests, easy access to Burlington’s bike path & of course complete access to our large beach. On the beach you will find a Snack bar, kayak rentals & bike rentals. Our price lists are as follows: $36.00 per night for tents sites, $41.00 per night for water & electric sites, $45.00 per night for full hook-up sites & the group site is $100.00 per night. ... more   less 
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