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Pine Lane Campground – East Springfield, Pa.

A gateway to Lake Erie fishing
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3 stars
$30
  • 60%


Summary:

Pine Lane Campground is a relatively small RV park occupied primarily by seasonal RVers, although the campground maintains a handful of spaces for overnight guests. Located in a wooded setting surrounding a pond, the campground is used primarily by Lake Erie fishing charters and other people who own big fishing boats.

The owners of the campground are super friendly and very accommodating; however, families may find some of the rules to be too restrictive. For example, campground rules dictate that children 12 and younger and all non-swimmers must wear a life jacket when walking anywhere near the pond. The pool is locked at all times and guests need to get a key from the owner when they want to use the pool, and return it when they are finished. Children 14 and younger are not allowed to use the pool without an adult escort.

The campground does not offer any Internet service, but my Verizon connection clocked in at 7.22 mbs download and 5.98 mbs upload. There are no cable hookups.

But, the sites are large and level -- large enough to accommodate an RV, can and often a boat. Each site has a 30-amp connection plus water. The campground offers a pump-out service for an extremely reasonable rate between $5 and $8, depending upon whether it is an emergency pump-out. Each site also include a fire ring and picnic table.

In addition to the pool, other recreational amenities include volleyball, basketball, and a playground. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed in the pond. The campground maintains a special fish cleaning station that is available to all guests. Fish cannot be cleaned at campsites. A boat launch into a river leading to Lake Erie is situated about 1.75 miles from the campground.

A small store is maintained on site with some food items, toys and RV parts, but the campground did not appear to maintain regular hours. However, the owners were always willing to open up the store to serve customers when necessary. There were a few games in the lodge area, but all were turned off when I visited. There is one washer and one dryer, and both work well for 75 cents per load. I was told the shower facilities were on the small side, and use of the shower requires people to pull a chain to turn on the water -- and the water runs only when the chain is pulled.

There are gravel roads throughout the campsite that are relatively smooth without many potholes, and the campsites themselves are either on grass or gravel.

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Pros

  • Owners are super friendly and very accommodating
  • Campground is on a wooded property surrounded by a pond
  • 30-amp sites are large enough to accommodate an RV, vehicle and boat
  • Each site includes water connection, fire ring and picnic table
  • Separate fish cleaning station on site so that fish don’t have to be cleaned at campsites
  • Large pool, plus basketball, volleyball and playground area
  • Very close to two state parks and a boat launch with access to Lake Erie
  • On-site propane sales
  • Small store offers some food items, RV parts and toys
  • Dump station on site, as well as pump-out service for very reasonable fees between $5 and $8 depending upon whether it is an emergency

Cons

  • Mostly seasonal sites with a handful set aside for overnight guests
  • Campground offers no Internet service or cable connections
  • Some rules are super restrictive for children, such as children 12 and under not being allowed near the pond without a life jacket.
  • Showers are small and water works only when chain is pulled.
  • Just one washer and one dryer to serve entire campground.
  • No online reservations
  • No campground Internet connections, but Verizon clocked in at 7.22 mbs download and 5.98 mbs upload
  • Use of pool requires guests to track down a key from the owner, and return it when finished
  • Store does not maintain regular hours, but owners are always willing to open up to accommodate a guest

About Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is the editor of Let's RV and the editor of RV Daily Report. A Wisconsin native and father of three grown daughters, he is now based out of Arizona and travels the country in his Winnebago Adventurer motorhome interviewing industry professionals and interesting RVers alike. He can be reached at editor@letsrv.com

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