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Lobster Buoy Campsites
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Reviewed 19 August 2008

My family recently stayed for three nights at the Lobster Buoy campsite and had a very enjoyable visit. The camp is located along a sparsely populated road with large open spaces on either side of the property that give it a secluded feel. Most of the grounds are open with minimal trees so that the ocean is visible from almost everywhere. The ocean views are absolutely beautiful, with small rocky islands off of the coast and occasional fishing boats.

Our campsite was one of the tent sites that run along the south side of the campground. It was somewhat small - big enough for our van with space for one medium tent or maybe two small ones. The site included a picnic table and a fire ring. There is nothing separating the sites other then the site marker, but the back of the site was densely wooded and provided privacy from the group camping area behind us. We were near the entrance to the campground and one of the furthest sites from the ocean yet we had a very good view and it only took about a minute to walk to the beach (the whole campground is small with only about 40 sites).

The bathhouse was very simple but clean by campground standards. It has flush toilets, hot water at the sinks, and hot showers for $0.25 per 5 minutes. The showers allow you to adjust the temperature and provide a generous amount of water.

The beach was mostly rocky with a small partially sandy section that could be used for launching a kayak or other small boat. The water was very cold so we waded in it but did not swim. It is possible to hop along the rocks out to the points beyond the campground in both directions, but there are no easy beach walking areas other then directly in front of the campground.

Besides the beautiful views the best part about Lobster Buoy campsites was the very relaxed atmosphere. It was very quiet. About the only sounds were the wind and children playing during the day. There were many families when we were there and the kids (including my daughter) dug for clams on the beach and used them to lure crabs out from under the rocks. There were abundant clams and crabs when you looked for them. The ocean was calm with only tiny waves.

The owner was very friendly and laid back - quite in keeping with the overall atmosphere of the campground.

Although we stayed in a tent site I walked around the campground several times and observed the other sites. The ones on the North side of the campground (26-24 + G1&G2) were extremely private with dense wooding on three sides - I doubt you could see your neighbors at all, and the entrance to each of them was small and easily blocked with a vehicle. The sites in the middle are very open and essentially nothing but grass. They are also quite large and big enough for a large RV or for several tents. The sites right on the ocean of course have great views, but the view from most of the other sites was so good that the difference is not extreme. There were many people with kayaks when we were there. From my conversations I gather that the Muscle Ridge Channel Islands are a popular destination and are about three miles off the shore from the campground.

The camp store sells firewood, basic supplies, and homemade donuts and coffee in the morning. We bought some donuts and firewood the first day. The donuts were good, but a little bland and not irresistible. The firewood was a little damp and did not burn all that well (to be fair, everything was wet that day and the same firewood burned fine the following day after drying out more). I did not try the coffee (I made my own with a french press).

Camping in the Northeast always involves mosquitoes and Lobster Buoy had its share of them. Oddly enough they were worse on the sunny days then on the cloudy ones. They were not as bad as a forested campground would be, but bug spray is still good idea. The middle sites may be better because they are furthest from the wooded areas. The other bothersome insects were fire ants and bees. There was a notice in the bathhouse about an invasion of Maine coastal regions by European Fire Ants. The ants certainly are pesky as they climb on you when you are sitting in a chair or at the picnic table. Once we realized what was happening we would check ourselves for ants every time after standing up. If the ants get caught in your shoe or sandal they will bite. Both my daughter and I were bitten on our feet and it feels a little like a bee sting but with no swelling. They pain went away after about an hour or so. There were also a fair number of bees that seemed more aggressive then usual, though they did not sting any of us.

The camp has an annoyingly restrictive dumping policy (no dumping until the third night after arrival) so RVers will need to make sure their tanks are empty when they arrive.

Overall we were very happy with our stay. The fire ants were probably the biggest drawback, but not enough to be a real deterrent to visiting. The atmosphere was so nice and It is such a beautiful and relaxing place that we would love to visit again if we are in the area.

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