There is nothing worse than arriving at your campsite on a Friday evening, only to discover that you are stuck with a group of wild partiers next door, all weekend long. Fortunately, most campgrounds are very family-friendly places, but to minimize your chance of ending-up at a stinker, here are some things to watch for…and watch out for.
I mention camping local a lot, but local campgrounds can also be a popular destination for the partying crowd. If you are worried about weekend partiers ruining your camping trip – particularly on three-day holiday weekends, then look for campgrounds well away from any population center.
Look for Lakes with Motorboat Restrictions
Partying and boating seem to go hand-in-hand, but you can greatly increase your odds of having a great family camping weekend by picking a lake that does not allow motorized watercraft.
One sure-fire way to ensure that you don’t end-up camped next to a frat house is to find your own camping spot on public land, away from any managed campground. We tend not to do this very often, though, because one of the things that our kids like most about camping is meeting other kids! We usually camp in state and federal parks that are more destination-oriented, rather than the more RV-oriented campgrounds along major thoroughfares. These types of campgrounds always seem to have plenty of other families, which keeps our kids busy all weekend long.
Be Sure to Ask
If you are making family camping plans and you are not sure about the area, call the ranger district and ask them which campgrounds they would recommend most, for a family. They might be hesitant to admit that any of their campgrounds are “party central,” but they will surely steer you in the right direction if you ask them for a recommendation.