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Interactive Site Map

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Online Reservations

We know some campers are reluctant to book reservations online for fear of being locked into a specific date or site by accident. Please put any special requests in the Note section of the online reservation.  We review the online reservations in our office and will do our best to accommodate your requests.  If you want to camp by friends, it is always easier to call our office to make sure we can accommodate. Starting October 1, 2019,  a site selection option will be available.  By paying this nonrefundable fee,  we will reserve a specific site of your choice for your stay.  We understand that sometimes it is impossible to call during business hours; please feel secure in making the reservations, and know that we will be reviewing those and doing our best to accommodate.  We look forward to sharing our Association Island Campground with YOU!!

Tent Policy

Each Tent site is designated for ONE Tent only.  Additional Tents on Tent sites will be assessed a $40.00/day tent placement charge.

Placement of a tent on a RV site will be assessed a $25.00/day tent placement charge. Please notify the office if you desire to place a tent on the RV site.  There is a maximum of 8 guest per site. 

No tents on Cabin or Cottage sites.

Schedule Group Bookings

If you are planning a rally or large group booking of 20+ sites , call 1-800-393-4189 and speak to the General Manager. The earlier you reserve, the better your chance obtain the best sites!

Holiday Reservations

Due to the number of incoming reservations and the limited site availability for the major Holidays, our reservation system will now require that you pay in full for your 3-day minimum stay. All holiday reservations are final, and there will be no refunds for any cancellations of a holiday reservation.

To obtain the fee's for your chosen dates,  please go to the reservations page and put in your requests.  The charges for that time will be available for review prior to making the reservations.

Check-in and Check-out Times

For our RV and Tent sites:
Check-in 1 pm to 6 pm in the off season and 8 pm in the peak season. 
Early check-ins may arrive as early as 11 am for an additional fee per hour.
For our Cabins and Cottages:
Check-in 3 pm to 6 pm in the off season and 8 pm in the peak season.
This is a gated campground, so late arrivals must have a reservation booked in advance. If you have a reservation and arrive after the office is closed, we have a late arrival box located outside the office door that will contain your information.

Your site charge includes 2 adults, 2 children under the age of 16, and 2 pets. 

Check-out by 11 am. Late check-outs may extend to 3 pm, for an additional fee per hour.

Pontoon and Fishing Boats

We now have various watersports equipment for rent including Kayak,  1 small fishing boat and  a pontoon boat.    For the  fishing boat, and pontoon boat,  please ask about reserving use ahead of your arrival.  1-800-393-4189.

Firewood Policy

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.  Wood brought in must have certificate from NYS.  While we have not seen it,  there are potential fines for those who transport wood from outside the 50 mile radius,  if inspected by authorities.

Site Selection Fee

Effective October 1, 2020,  a site selection fee will be available when you make a reservation.  This fee will enable a guest to reserve specific sites for your stay.  This is a non refundable fee that will be added to your bill when making your reservations.  If you do not select this fee,  while your reservation will be for the specific site type,  the specific site may not be available unless you select the site selection option.

Pet Policy

We love pets here at Association Island KOA. To ensure the mutual enjoyment of all of our campers we have a few rules for pets we would like you to be aware of. 
  1. We only allow 2 Pets per site or cabin.  Each additional pet is $20/day.
  2. We have a $10.00 per day pet fee for each pet in our cabins.
  3. We do not allow pets in our sunset cottages.
  4. All pets must be kept on a leash at all times even at your site.
  5. If a pet is on a lead, the lead must be less than 6ft long. 
  6. No matter the length of the lead it can never allow your pet to encroach another campers site.
  7. You must pick up after your pets.
  8. We have no leash free swimming areas on the Island.

Please remember as a responsible  Pet owner you are responsible for the behavior of your pet. If your pet's behavior is deemed disruptive to the rest of the campground, regrettably, you may be asked to leave the campground.

Golf Carts

IF you are bringing your own golf cart,  please be prepared to show that the cart is properly insured.  A copy for our files will be helpful.  WE have golf carts available for rent on a $60/day basis.

Visitor Policy

There is a fee for friends and family to visit your site, based on $10 per car (up to 2 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.

There is a day pass for $5/person, for additional people,  but guests must leave by 8 pm. 
Guests staying overnight must register as a part of your campsite and be charged an overnight fee.

Propane Gas

Since 2018,  we have been selling Propane at our refill station.  Our prices are competitive, and we are happy to fill your tanks for your cookouts and other propane needed.  Please inquire at the office.

Meet Your Hosts

Enjoy fantastic sunsets and water views from our unique island location!

"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.

Oh My, There's Nothing Here!

That doesn't mean this area has to always be empty. When you start reviewing camping options, your history will display here to help compare sites and find the best stay. You will be able to share your stay information with friends or family and save it for a later time if you have a KOA.com Account.