We want you, our Guests, to have the most amazing camping experience of your lives! Relax, have fun, stay safe, and enjoy camping at its best.
Check-in 3 pm to 8 pm. This is a gated campground, so late arrivals must have a reservation booked in advance. Early check-ins may start at 1 pm, for an additional fee and based on availability. Check-out by 11 am. Late check-outs may extend to 1 pm, for an additional fee.
To prevent the spread of tree-killing invasive bugs, per New York State DEC rules, please do not bring firewood unless sourced locally within 50 miles of our property.
There is a fee for friends and family to visit your site, based on $10 per car (up to 4 people). Please let them know that they must stop in our office to register as guests and get a hang-tag for their car prior to visiting your site. Please note that there is a limit of 8 people max per site, including the persons registered to the site.
Enjoy fantastic sunsets and water views from our unique island resort!"Doc" and Sue Shim purchased the island property in the early 1980's after stepping foot on it and immediately falling in love with the island. Association Island has a deep history, initially as a corporate retreat for the National Electric Lamp Association (hence the island's name) in the early 1900's. NELA was secretly part-owned by General Electric. When anti-trust laws were enacted, NELA became fully owned GE, and GE continued to bring top management and customers to Association Island for casual retreats until 1959, when GE donated the island to the YMCA as a recreational camp until the 1970's. Thereafter, numerous national and international sailing and wind-surfing competitions were held here, and the US Sailing Team trained here for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Post the Olympics, the sailing operations wound down, and the island became a ghost town and fell into disrepair. Along with its history, the natural beauty of the island made the property a compelling development project, which we finally opened to the public in 2002 as a campground and marina.
We tried to retain many historic aspects of the island, by renovating many of the GE buildings rather than tearing down and re-building everything. Developing and operating Association Island has been a labor of love. Running a campground and marina on an island in particular has many challenges, but we get alot of gratification knowing that we can share the beauty and history of the island with our customers and continue the legacy of running Association Island as a recreational facility. We joined KOA in 2011 to partner with the best campground brand and learn KOA's best practices for operations, facilities, marketing, and customer service. We hope you enjoy Association Island's unique location, fantastic sunsets, and water views as much as we do.