General Campground Information

Select My Site

Looking to reserve a specific site?  We now have a way to do this when booking either online or by phone.  For online reservations, go to the Choose You Campsite page  (after entering your dates, number of guests, and equipment) and click on the KOA Select My Site link for the site type you are looking for. When using the select my site feature guests will be charged a one-time convenience fee in keeping with the current rate for this optional feature.

Check-in/Check-out Times

Check-in time is after 2:00 pm for sites and after 3:00 pm for cabins. Check-out time for cabins is by 11:00 am, for sites is by 12:00 noon. Early check-in requires prior approval. Late check-out requires prior approval plus the current hourly late check-out fee.

Store Hours

Currently our Kampstore is open from 9:00am - 9:00pm daily.  After Labor Day weekend, the hours will be posted at the store entrance.

Pool Hours - General Rules

The indoor and outdoor pool hours are from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm until Labor Day weekend.  After that, the indoor pool is open the same hours as the store.  Everyone must have a wristband to enter the indoor pool area. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times that they are at the pool and are not allowed in the hot tub.  The pools are not life guarded.

Late Arrival

If you are arriving late, please make sure you have a reservation. We are a gated campground and you will need to receive a card at the front desk to enter. Our store is open until 9 pm from Father's Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend. For other arrival dates please call 800-562-7430 before 5 pm if you are expecting to arrive late.

Pet Policy

We do not allow pets in our Deluxe Cabins, but we do allow them in our 1 & 2 Room Camping Cabins, and of course they are welcome in all other sites.  Aggressive dogs are not allowed and will result in eviction. Please clean up after your pets and keep them on a leash. It's highly recommended that you to bring your pet's shot records.

Quiet Hours

Quiet hours are from 11:00 pm to 8:00 am. Turn off all outside radios and TVs by 10 pm.

Visitor Policy

All visitors must register at the front desk. There is a visitor fee of $5.00 per person. All visiting cars must have a car pass.

Group Reservation Policy

For two or more site reservations, our $20 premium reservation fee will automatically be added to each reservation.  This will lock your sites together.  PLUS you will each receive fresh cookies!

Firewood Policy

New York State has mandated that firewood from more than 50 miles away from our campground not be brought in unless you have a proof of sales with an accepted certification.

5MPH Speed Limit 5MPH

Posted Speed Limits are in place for the protection of our campers & pets. All guests are required to abide by the 5 mph maximum speed limit.
We care about the safety and well-being of all of our guests. We do not want any of our guests to cause or become the victim of a motor vehicle accident that results in serious injury or death here at the Watkins Glen KOA. Once an incident occurs we cannot turn back the clock, but we can all work together to prevent a devastating accident.

Golf Carts

We do not allow personal golf carts to be brought into the campground.  Rentals of our campground golf carts can be made ahead of arrival by calling the campground at 800-562-7430 or by visiting the store.  Drivers of our golf carts must be licensed and be 16 years of age or older.  No open or closed alcohol is allowed on the golf carts. (a violation of these rules and all other declared rules will result in the immediate confiscating of the golf cart, no refund will be issued.)

Tent Site Policy

For tent sites, we allow four adults per site, when there are no children under 18.

Meet Your Hosts

Paul & Cam Friesen, Matt & Lavender Bush

Our goal is that you have a legendary camping experience, making us the standard by which you measure all others.

Paul and Cam Friesen enjoyed camping with their kids over the years, and now enjoy the lifestyle of KOA ownership.

They purchased their KOA in June 1992, moving from the Chicago area. "Paul and I like working together. And when our kids were still at home it was nice being together as a family," notes Cam.

Prior to moving to the KOA Kampground business, Cam was a full-time Mom for their four kids, and Paul was a manager in computer information systems for an office supply company. They enjoyed camping in Wisconsin and Minnesota prior to heading east.

Now that their children are grown and the grandchildren have starting arriving, they have become avid RVers and enjoy travel throughout the year.

"We like the campers who come here," Cam added, and they do their best to keep the customers happy.

Paul designed and built a creative Pirate Ship playground, using 100% recycled plastic lumber, which is safer for the kids, Cam noted. "It's huge. It's 44 feet long, and has a couple of decks and slides and walkways. The kids just have a ball on there."

Another project was even larger. They built a 6,900 square foot indoor recreational building in 2005, complete with large indoor pool, spa, and fitness room.

They continue to add amenities to the campground every year.