By Lisa Capobianco
Lake Compounce may be “New England’s Family Theme and Water Park,” but now a new attraction adds to the meaning of its slogan: Bear Creek Campground.
After months of planning, Lake Compounce just opened Bear Creek, a 15-acre campground that features 20 furnished cabins that hold up to 10 people each, tipis, 24 RV sites with water and electricity hook-ups, and 30 tent sites. As guests arrive, they have access to the Bear Creek Lodge to check-in, to buy merchandise, camping staples, books and toys, beverages and ice cream, or to kick back in the lounge. Campers also can buy wood in the lodge.
Bear Creek also offers tent sites, which include a picnic table for meals and games, and a campfire pit for barbecues.
Bear Creek, which officially opened July 1, is already booked for the July 4 weekend.
“It’s a plan we’ve had for years,” said the park’s Marketing Director Sara Frias. “We anticipate it is going to grow the number of people at the campground and to the amusement park.”
Whether camp novice or a camp aficionado, guests will be equipped with the gear necessary to complete their camping experience.
Each cabin provides guests air conditioning, electrical outlets, a full kitchen (that includes a stove, fridge, and dining table), and bathroom as well as single-size bunk beds and at least one full-size bedroom. As guests make their way up a wooden ladder that leads to an indoor “fort-style” space, they will have the option to set up an air mattress or just use that area to sit and read.
Frias said Bear Creek gives individuals and families an opportunity to have a camping experience while exploring all of the other parts of Lake Compounce, including Crocodile Cove and amusement rides.
Frias hopes visitors from the state and outside the state take advantage of the option to stay overnight at Bear Creek so they have more time to experience Lake Compounce as a whole.
“Our identity is providing entertainment to families,” said Frias, adding how the campgrounds also will become a popular destination spot for birthday parties. “We’re helping them create a very doable and affordable vacation—we’re able to create a complete vacation now.”
“Guests can turn Lake Compounce into a family vacation because they now have the option of staying overnight,” said General Manager Jerry Brick in a press release. “They can enjoy the theme park and the water park, and also spend time visiting popular sites in Connecticut as well.”
Looking ahead, Frias said she can see the possibilities for expansion on the campground, especially with the addition of more cabins. To date, Lake Compounce has developed 15 acres of land on the site, and has the ability to develop a total of 100 acres.
“We have the space to grow,” said Frias, noting that guests will soon have access to a deluxe RV space where a local dealership can deliver their RVs as needed.
To reserve a Bear Creek Campground site, visit www.campbearcreek.com. Sites start at $35 per night. Campers can buy heavily discounted tickets to Lake Compounce Theme Park and Crocodile Cove Water Park upon checking in, and group rates are available too. A 10 percent discount is offered to guests who book two or more nights, and a 15 percent discount for guests who book five nights or more. For additional information, visit www.campbearcreek.com or call (860) 583-3300, ext. 6905.
By Lisa Capobianco