Pike Lake Campground was one of those parks that had been on my list to visit for quite awhile. We finally booked a site and packed our clubs to go camping and golfing on a cool, sunny weekend in early September. We arrived after dark and found our way to our campsite, which was located at what seemed to be the midway point of the park. It wasn’t easy negotiating the roads with our 36 foot fiver after dark but we made it. Our site, in fact the entire part of the campground was very wet after some serious rains storms they’d had over the past couple of days. Before I go any farther with the site description, here are a couple photos of site #12 in the overnight section.
As you can see, there is no privacy for these back in sites, but they do back onto a very pretty part of the lake with access to some good fishing and of course you could launch a kayak from there too. The pad was level and gravel based but as mentioned early very wet Friday night. As you can see from the photo above, by Saturday morning it had dried out very well. The site offered 30 amp and water services. We would have liked to back up more, but due to the wet conditions it just wasn’t possible. Here are some photos of the back of the site and the lake behind.
There are fish in the lake. In fact, Dave caught quite a few nice bass on Saturday morning. There was also a very active beaver that kept rebuilding a dam behind our site.
Although the privacy at the site was bad, it was actually a nice site. The firepit was at the back and you could sit and look at the lake and listen to the wildlife. The fishing was good and the wildlife was an added bonus. I think I would enjoy it a little more if it were less busy. Almost every site was occupied around us on the weekend we stayed.
One of the primary reasons we stayed here was to golf. Pike Lake has a very well maintained beautiful 27 hole championship golf course. Let me tell you, it is a beautiful course! We golfed The Links which is an 18 hole course and enjoyed it very much. I have to say although I learned a lesson – never try a new pair of shows out on an 18 hole golf course! By the 15th hole I had very bad blisters and had to miss the rest. I should have known better. Here are some photos of the course.
We were very impressed with the customer service at Pike Lake. The office was closed when we arrived on Friday evening, so we checked in on Saturday morning. The staff were very friendly and we received a free bag of wood for our stay! The park is very clean and very well run with regular patrols and garbage pick up. The beach area was also clean and well looked after. Had the weather been a little warmer, it would have been a beautiful place to pull up an Adirondack chair and have a nice sit down! Pike Lake contains quite a few seasonal sites but all are very well kept as are the roads and buildings in the park. Here are some park photos.
I think kids would have a blast at this park, especially in the summer. With a nice clean swimming area complete with inflatables, playgrounds, fishing and a rec hall there’s certainly lots for them to do. As for us, we enjoyed combining our love of camping with golf which is something we don’t do a lot of together. Yes, the sites are not at all private and very close together, but in the off season, it wouldn’t be too much of an issue. If you have a smaller trailer, you can always stay in the other overnight area that offers a bit more privacy. Of course at 36 feet, we have to go where we can fit.
We enjoyed our stay at Pike Lake and would absolutely return again! Here are some links to the park:
That’s it for my review of Pike Lake. I hope you’ll give it a try, especially if you’re looking for a nice golf course and a clean, well maintained campground with great staff!