1000 Islands / Association Island KOA Reviews

Opening Day May 15 for 2020

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Campground Reviews

Nov 07, 2019
Unique location. Competent staff. Some improvement of grounds was obvious but seemed done with lack of good design or workmanship. Look forward to another stay in the future.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thank you for your comments. We are looking into ways to "modernize" the campground. We continue to recruit excellent staff and their efforts will show over time.
Oct 24, 2019
Oct 24, 2019
The island is beautiful and an unmatched location to camp which we did for over 12 years. The management that comes along with the island can be seen as being heavy handed at times, interfering with individuals and their ability to enjoy a stress free stay. The power and water disruptions are disappointing; while the notification of and fix of the issue is not good with no refund to seasonals.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thanks for being a 12 year guest! AS you then know, we have been through our ups and downs, but now, we are no longer the "best kept secret", and now becoming a destination. We will continue to make improvements to the guest experience. WE will continue to offer a limited number of seasonal site. AS you know, the seasonal rates are a significant daily discount. Thanks for your comments.
Oct 16, 2019
Much better than the last 2 years. New staff was pleasant, helpful and kind. So glad you got rid of the last manager!!! He was AWFUL
Oct 16, 2019
This large campground has many sites along the lakeside -- Lake Ontario. We stayed on the "sunset" side. Our stay was in the off-season, and most boats are out of the marina. We rode our bikes and walked our dogs in the campground. My only criticism is that the shower-bathroom building was cold.
Oct 16, 2019
Grass needs to be mowed. Flys all over the place. Charge you for every little thing.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

We try our best to mow weekly. We are puzzled about the charge for everything comment. We have fees for firewood, pizza, and fee's for extra guests on the sites. Pretty standard for most campgrounds. Sorry it was a disappointment. We hope you find the campground that can better accommodate your needs in the future.
Oct 16, 2019
Super spot to stay! It would be nice if KOA would allow Tent and RV family members to stay in the same area not different areas! The Association Island KOA was the best spot ever! The Island was quiet, the view was the best, the staff was great! It was a stay there that is a wonderful memory! The sunrise and sunsets were fabulous!

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

For 2020, we have a $25 tent fee to allow you to put a tent up on some of the sites. Unfortunately, our tent sites are limited, and not always near the RV sites. Thanks for you comments and we have made accommodations for 2020. Ask for the fee to place a tent on your site next visit.
Oct 16, 2019
Great lake side site but patio finish was poor at best (gorilla finishers?).

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thanks for the nice review. We will ask our gorilla's to do a better job on the next patio's (ha, ha).
Oct 15, 2019
Everything was great except the gentleman who escorted us to our site. Instead of going around the loop and backing in the normal way, he has backing up at a 90 degree angle with a tree in our way. Caused quite the confusion but we managed to get the camper parked and set up eventually.
Oct 15, 2019
The new management has made a huge difference in the feeling on the island. Dan is pleasant and speaks whenever you see him. The tension is no longer there as you are camping. You feel like you can relax and enjoy your stay and not worry about someone watching you all the time.
Oct 15, 2019
Overall, it was a nice stay, enjoyed the enclosed porch, in which we were able to let our dog run around in. I liked the fact that our cabin had the high raised toilet and handicap shower, and that the bathroom was a nice size. The mattress on the Queen bed seemed a bit hard, but other than that, the set up was very nice.
Oct 15, 2019
Oct 15, 2019
Oct 15, 2019
We enjoyed our weekend there. It was our first time using our new camper. The view was great. It was nice having a pull through spot. I appreciated having the wood delivered to our site. The sites are on the small side and close together compared to what we prefer.
Oct 15, 2019
We liked after u checked in they took u to your site . I think that All campgrounds should do that .We had lake site and it was beautiful and level and large. We enjoyed our stay and looking forward to come back again next year . The staff was all very nice too .
Oct 15, 2019
Oct 15, 2019
Great stay, very quiet, clean, very nice staff. The only negative point would be the $25.00 reservation fee for 2020. As we come from Canada, this is a bit expensive for us due to the value of the dollar.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thanks for the compliments. Just wanted to let you know the Site Guarantee fee is only if you want to lock in a specific site. Certainly not a necessary fee to reserve on our Island. Thank you!
Oct 15, 2019
Enjoyed the campsite right on the water!

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thank you! Yes, during the off season, the waterfront sites are great values. Thanks for visiting and hope to see you in 2020.
Oct 15, 2019
The staffs were very friendly. The environment was clean and private. I really enjoyed the idea of being on a semi island. We booked three more weekends before we left our first successful weekend.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thank you so much! Guest like you help with our efforts to maintain, and improve our 65 acre Island campground.
Oct 15, 2019
Location not great still an hr+ drive to get to the tourist area. Was not well maintained (like mowing/painting). Says they have cable but DO NOT! Campground was basically empty as it was their last weekend open & they put another camper right next to us, when there was whole rows empty. I paid for sunrise site and had to walk in the morning to AN EMPTY SITE to see the sunrise. Beautiful Views tho

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Sorry for such a bad experience. Thanks for recognizing the beauty of the Island. We have not had cable for three years. WE do not advertise such. It may have been a very old post you saw. Consider reserving a sunrise site next time. During the off peak, a much better value than peak season.
Oct 15, 2019
We absolutely loved it. Our first time and we found it to be very serene. We just would like you to keep prices the same and not raise them as it will be harder for us to decide to stay there again. We would love to stay again and longer if the price is right. Thank you for a lovely time.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thank you for your review. We are sure you realize the challenge of maintaining a 65 acre seasonal island campground. We make our own water. We maintain our own water treatment plant. We maintain the causeway. Costs continue to go up, while guest demand better services. Flooding 2/3 last three years costs more. We can only maintain with increasing fees. We hope you understand.
Oct 15, 2019
Stayed on a sunset view site in October. Site was great with hookups on either side of our site (not typical of all sites). Employees were pleasant and facilities appeared clean (full hookup so only stepped in to see what they were like). It was the last weekend and we have no kids but it appeared that in peak season there would be things to enjoy without leaving the island. Will definitely go bac

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thank you for staying with us! You have experienced the secret of the wonderful fall season on Association Island. Peaceful, and at an off peak rate. See you next year!
Oct 15, 2019
We enjoyed our stay very much,nice trails ,quite nights,nice and clean. We have already reserved 3 nights for 2020.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thanks for staying with us. You have stumbled on the secret of Association Island. The Fall off peak is a beautiful, restful bargain. See you in 2020.
Oct 13, 2019
Loved the location and our spot on the water. Very nice park, deep in the country, quiet. Good customer service

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thanks for visiting during the off season. You figured out what many of our seasoned guests and retired couples have discovered. June, September and October is quiet, beautiful and a better value for our waterfront sites. Thank you!!
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 09, 2019
Oct 08, 2019
What a beautiful KOA!!! It was our first time here and we already booked our stay for next year
Oct 08, 2019
Awesome time! Many thanks to Dan for his assistance with our electric issue. We'll be back! Tom
Oct 08, 2019
Absolutely breathtaking lake side spots. We were on the sunset side of the island and were treated to magnificent sunsets. Staff was friendly and accommodating and the character of the island showed through on all fronts.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thank you for your kind words. We are proud of our staff. You have stumbled onto the secret of Association Island. Fall is the best time of year for serenity, campfires and off season rates. We hope to see you again in 2020.
Oct 08, 2019
Beautiful views from of Lake Ontario. Huge camp on island. Not busy on October 6 as late in season. Closes on 19th this year. Long drive off I-81.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thanks for staying with us! You have stumbled on the secret enjoyed by many of our long time guests. The serenity of the Fall, great sweater and firepit weather, and the off peak rates. See you next time!
Oct 07, 2019
Awesome campground, great staff, amazing views
Oct 07, 2019
Teriffic
Oct 07, 2019
Cabin was spotless. Staff was great
Oct 06, 2019
Gorgeous island. Wonderful cabin. Friendly and helpful staff. Great stay. Very enjoyable.
Oct 06, 2019
Oct 06, 2019
We've stayed here several different times. Always a nice clean campground. We've always had an "L" site - right on the lake. Beautiful sunsets. We have always gone late in the season but would imagine they are a lot more active mid season or earlier. We like the quietness of late season camping. Undoubtedly, we will return next year - if the Good Lord is willing.
Oct 05, 2019
We had an incredible view of Lake Ontario. It was off season, so the campground was quiet. It was relaxing listening to the waves crash onto the rocks.
Oct 04, 2019
We always enjoy our stays at Association Island KOA
Oct 03, 2019
The new mgmt is terrible, rude and has made this an unpleasant place to relax. Jeff Clark is confrontational, unprofessional and has ruined a place my wife and had enjoyed for several years.
Oct 03, 2019
Windy... Out of your control. But thanks for the light show, and the thunder that followed it. Staff was very kind and helpful. The views of Lake Ontario are unbelievable.
Oct 03, 2019
Extremely nice! Excellent views and site, facility's clean and very accommodating!
Oct 02, 2019
Very friendly, site beside road made it a noisy stay
Oct 02, 2019
Helpful and friendly hosts. Wonderful views of the water. Quiet.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thanks for visiting in September. Our off season is definitely quieter, and a better value for our most popular waterfront sites.
Oct 02, 2019
Even though it's late in the year, the grounds were well kept and people working there we very pleasant and eager to help to make your stay enjoyable. I would go back again and would recommend it to others.

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thank you! You have figured out what most of our seasoned guests have discovered. The place is quiet, and just as beautiful in the off season, at a economical price for waterfronts.
Oct 01, 2019
We were skeptical about staying here after reading the reviews and were pleasantly surprised that they were unfounded. We stayed in a Sunset cottage and loved every minute of it. The view of Lake Ontario was gorgeous! The staff was friendly and helpful. The cottage was clean and stocked to fill our needs. We have traveled all over the U.S. and this is the first place I would gladly visit again!

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thank you for your kind comments. Yes, we have worked hard to make improvements to the guest experience. There is a challenge to maintain a seasonal campground one mile into Lake Ontario. But we know it is a unique experience for everyone. Thanks and see you next season.
Sep 30, 2019
Big thank you to Dave for taking us to our site in the pouring rain and helping us back in. Martha was very friendly and helpful, both in making our reservations and checking in. Haven't been here in years due to health issues in the family but so very happy to be back. This has got to be our favorite place and we have met so many nice people camping here. Hope to be back in the spring.
Sep 30, 2019
We Love Association Island and have booked 4 trips there for 2020

CAMPGROUND RESPONSE / COMMENTS:

Thank you for your stays. WE look forward to seeing you in 2020. You have stumbled on the secret of ASsociation Island. The fall is serene, great sweater and firepit weather, and the off season rates for waterfront is a winner.
Sep 28, 2019
This was our first time. Driving into camp ground is so beautiful with the water on either side of the road. Our site was beautiful. Sunset site. Right by the water. Listening to the water all night was really nice. The camp ground does need some TLC here and there but it is still a beautiful place and we will most definitely come back !
Sep 28, 2019
One of the finest!
Sep 25, 2019
We had a great view of the Lake many visitors places around to go see great sunsets and sunrises

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