I have mixed feelings about this park. On one hand, the premium waterfront site we had overlooking the St.Lawrence River was magnificent. The staff at the park were pleasant and accommodating. Not sure if it's the norm in NY state parks, but we never saw a ranger or park police. Unlike many other state or provincial parks, NY has no restrictions on alcoholic beverages. Consequently, our communing with nature was marred by drunken fratboys and campers who were inexplicably screaming constantly until 1 or 2 a.m. A visible ranger presence might have cut down on the uncivilized behavior which really left a bad taste in our mouths. "Quiet Time" is supposed to begin at 10 p.m.; but apparently is not enforced to any degree. I suspect that teenagers use the park as a safe haven for underage drinking. There's nobody there to supervise them.
The park itself is beautiful, as is the surrounding area. We slipped over to Ontario twice to visit Kingston and Gananoque. The bridge itself is worth the trip. (Must have a passport, though.) There are a couple stores right outside the park entrance that sell ice & firewood at reasonable prices, and there is a gas station, as well.
I would surmise that this park would be fantastic to experience in late summer or late spring. In peak season, though; it appears to be inhabited by too many rowdies who are there primarily to drink and socialize. Also, being the state's largest campground--one would expect a few more shower houses. Long lines, especially for the women, were common. Just a tip for park management: install yellow/amber fluorescent lights in the restrooms. Then you wouldn't have to have your staff clean up bugs constantly. You might want to have some paper towels by the sinks, too.
So, there you have it: a mixed bag. Could be a great place to camp if the above issues were addressed.
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