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10 Campgrounds with direct access to water

Boaters, kayakers, paddle boarders, and all-around water sport enthusiasts can rejoice. There are plenty of campgrounds across the country that offer opportunities to explore oceans, rivers, lakes, and ponds. Here are 10 top picks from RVOnTheGo.com, the booking site for hundreds of campgrounds across the U.S, including Thousand Trails campgrounds and Encore RV resorts.

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Pacific Dunes

Pacific Dunes Ranch RV Resort is located along the Oceano Dunes adjacent to Pismo State Beach. The most unique RV resort in California’s Pismo Beach region, the resort features rolling sand dunes and rollicking waves in the beautiful preserve. At Pacific Dunes Ranch, you’ll experience an RV resort that highlights breathtaking views of the Pacific and trails to the beach. It is the exceedingly rare combination of secluded and quiet, while not remote. At this coastal location you’ll enjoy numerous water sports and activities. Swimming, boating, fishing and surfing are popular here, along with biking, hiking and horseback riding. Reserve a full hookup RV site or a fully equipped rental cottage for your stay and enjoy this oceanside getaway. 

Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay RV Resort is a 280-acre waterfront campground set along the banks of the beautiful Piankatank River, which flows directly to Chesapeake Bay. Piankatank River is perfect for boating, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, crabbing, and fishing. Excellent saltwater and freshwater fishing spots can be found within a quarter mile boat ride from the resort. You’ll also find plenty of activity off the water. The resort features amenities including a swimming pool, whirlpool hot tub, pickleball courts, dog park, playground, volleyball, basketball, shuffleboard, a game room and biking and hiking trails. Chesapeake Bay RV Resort offers tent sites, full hookup RV sites and rental cabins to make every type of camper comfortable. 

History buffs will enjoy visiting three nearby “living history” towns of historical significance. Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown and the Jamestown Settlement make up what is known as Virginia’s “Historical Triangle,” and the beautiful Colonial Parkway that connects them is worth the drive. Three charming villages, Gloucester Courthouse, Mathews Courthouse and Urbanna, are within a 30-minute drive, with unique shops, notable buildings and museums, wonderful restaurants, art studios and galleries. Waterfront dining and shopping can be found in Yorktown, Gloucester Point and Urbanna. For the kids, Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and Paramount’s King’s Dominion are also within an easy drive. 

Pacific City

At Pacific City RV Campground you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean at every turn. The campground is sprawled along the Central Oregon Coastline amid thousands of towering spruce trees in the beautiful town of Cloverdale. A nature trail at the property connects the campground to stunning McPhillips Beach for convenient access. Get your fill of the water with activities like beachcombing, ocean, lake and river fishing, clamming, crabbing, tide pools, surfing, swimming, and whale watching right from the campground. Need a break from the water? Try a pickleball match, a round of mini golf, a game of basketball or toss the horseshoes at the campground. At night in the cool Oregon air, you can relax around a campfire roasting hot dogs or s’mores. There are accommodations for every type of camper at Pacific City, from tent sites, to RV sites, plus yurts, cabins and cottages. You can rough it or glamp, or anywhere in between! 

La Conner

La Conner RV Campground is a beautiful 111-acre RV campground on the shores of Kiket Bay in La Conner, Washington. The property stretches across a half mile of scenic saltwater beachfront on Puget Sound. The campground is conveniently located for all you want to explore and discover in the Pacific Northwest. Five minutes to the east is the old fishing village town of La Conner, offering endless browsing of arts, crafts and antiques, distinctive dining, plus interesting historical buildings. To the west lie the San Juan Islands which are accessible by boat or nearby ferry. To the north lies Canada, accessible via I-5 or by ferry out of Anacortes just 10 miles northwest. Make your camping trip your own by choosing how you like to camp. Reserve a tent site, RV site or a variety of cabin options, including pet-friendly deluxe cabins and comfy beach cabins. 

Bethpage

Drive through the front gate of Bethpage Camp-Resort in Urbanna, Virginia and you’ll feel the weight of any stress lift as you anticipate ultimate relaxation on the beach. Bethpage Camp-Resort is situated along the banks of the Rappahannock River that runs into Chesapeake Bay, offering outstanding fishing. The resort is a kid’s paradise, with a full waterpark, a swimming beach with floating trampoline, mini golf and ice cream shop right on the premises. You’ll also find a marina with boat rentals, a dog park, playground, basketball, volleyball and bike rentals. The coastal town of Urbanna is located just over an hour from Richmond, making it an easy getaway for any East Coaster. Bring your RV or stay in one of the resort’s many rental cottages April through mid-November. 

Narrows

The scenic oceanside location of Mt. Desert Narrows Camping Resort is less than six miles from Acadia National Park and offers tent and RV sites as well cottage rentals. In addition to stunning views of Thomas Bay, an idyllic inlet of Mt. Desert Narrows, the campground offers guests amenities including a swimming pool, playground, basketball, game room and more. At 47,000 acres, Maine’s Acadia National Park is home to the highest point on the East Coast – Cadillac Mountain, has 45 miles of carriage roads, has almost 300 yards of a sandy beach and 120 miles of hiking trails. You can spend days and days exploring this rugged and rocky national park and the nearby town of Bar Harbor.

Marina Dunes

Located near the ocean of Monterey Bay, Marina Dunes RV Park in Marina, CA is not only situated near the ocean but close to everything the area has to offer. With beachfront access and within driving distance to downtown Monterey, there is plenty to do for any type of vacationer. Surrounded by famous wineries, Big Sur and Santa Cruz, guests can explore the area filled with different sites like Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, and Carmel by the Sea, or enjoy the onsite amenities like a fitness center, playground and volleyball. Stay in a glamping style safari tent, rent a vacation cottage or bring your RV and enjoy direct access to Fort Ord Dunes State Park, the nearby hiking trail or taking a romantic stroll at Marina State Beach. Additionally, not far from the resort you can experience the famous wineries of the Carmel Valley.

Lake Conroe

Conveniently located just north of Houston, Lake Conroe RV & Camping Resort, a 2020 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame winner, is a prime example of what family camping is all about.  Lake Conroe RV is a water lover’s dream come true. You can bring your boat and launch it right from the campground! Don’t have a boat? Then, rent one! Jon boats, paddle boats, kayaks, or canoes are all available. Enjoy the beautiful beach area, the resort-style amenities including a swimming pool and mini golf. Don’t forget your four-legged companion, as this pet friendly RV resort has a dog park with a full agility course that will have your pet feeling like it’s glamping too. Pitch a tent, bring your RV or glamp in a cozy cabin rental as they come with a microwave, coffee maker, air conditioning and satellite TV to make this Texas sized destination a comfortable glamping spot for all types of vacationers.

Fiesta Key

Escape to the island paradise of Fiesta Key RV Resort in the beautiful Florida Keys. The resort is home to more than 300 full hookup RV sites and a collection of colorful waterfront cottages ready for the perfect getaway, all on a tropical island of its own. Surrounded by incredible ocean views, the resort offers the convenience of an on-site restaurant, beach bar, free WiFi hotspots, swimming pool, hot tubs, playground and marina, with plenty of areas to relax and enjoy the breathtaking sunsets from your RV or cozy cottage. Additionally, PADL has opened one of its newest locations at Fiesta Key RV Resort and their first in the Florida Keys. PADL provides rentable paddleboards right on site, allowing guests to hit the open water via paddleboard. The waterfront cottages come fully equipped and furnished, with a separate bedroom, living room with a sleeper sofa, full kitchen, bath, and a loft with twin beds. The spectacular views can be taken in from the furnished front porch within feet of the water.

Brennan Beach RV Resort Brennan Beach RV Resort in Pulaski sits on the eastern shores of Lake Ontario, overlooking a scenic half mile stretch of sandy beach. This Upstate New York campground combines the benefits of having all the comforts of home while being immersed in a relaxing beach vibe. Offering clean and modern facilities, with well-kept RV campsites or a choice of comfortable vacation rentals, including deluxe cottages that sleep up to eight and feature a covered porch, a large kitchen with a full-size refrigerator, full bathroom with shower and tub, air conditioning and large flat screen TV. Whether you’re planning a retreat for the whole family, a group of friends or a getaway for two, there’s no shortage of unique activities to explore at Brennan Beach RV Resort. Swim in the lake or the pool, take in a game of tennis, cast a fishing line, enjoy a round of mini golf, or simply relax and enjoy the sound of the waves lapping the shore.

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