We generally camp here every year around Labor Day. This place is decent assuming you're fine with the long list of rules and speeding golf carts everywhere (at all hours!).
Making a reservation will require 30 minutes or longer. Expect busy signals but keep trying. Once I got someone on the line, they took my reservation but messed up something with the computer so everything had to be done over.
When you first arrive and check in, you will be escorted to your camp site (in case you're too stupid to find it on your own). The escort will point out the boundaries of your site and let you know fires must be extinguished by midnight.
The reason we come back every year is the location. It's close to downtown Burlington and the Burlington bike path. You also get access to a beach where you can rent kayaks etc.
We've had pretty decent luck picking out camp sites. I've only stayed on tent sites so I can't comment on the RV/trailer sites however some of the RV/trailer sites seem to be almost on top of each other. My biggest complaint is that the sites are very close to each other and lack privacy.
Bathrooms are generally clean. I think for 50 cents you get 6 minutes in the showers. Expect long lines in the morning; there are only 3 showers in the men's room. Be sure to bring your own hand soap -- no hand soap is provided in the bathrooms.
Trash cans and recycling bins are located throughout the campground conveniently (for both campers and wildlife in the area).
There is an airport nearby so planes fly over the area, even early in the morning.
Our last visit was one to remember after we were confronted by security at the front gate around 9PM. After grabbing drinks and dinner on Church St, we tried to re-enter with a car full of 5 people. But, we only brought 2 car passes. Be sure you bring all passes with you if you plan to arrive late. Since we were missing 1 pass, we were interrogated for several minutes and the rent-a-cop finally let us through but said he would stop by our site to verify the pass. 30 minutes later he stopped by, verified the pass, and went on his way. The guy was really rude to us but I can understand they don't want unregistered guests entering the campground.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- North Beach Campground Hotel Burlington