Portland Riverside Marina – A New England Camping Gem

Portland Riverside Marina is located at 37 Riverview Street in Portland, CT

If anyone has traveled through New England, they are well aware that RV parks and campgrounds are not always easy to find and cost a premium.

So when we found this little campground attached to this Marina, we were thrilled.

This is not a fancy, frilly campground with lots of amenities though. In fact, they have very few.

But what is so unique about this park is that is sits right on the Connecticut River.

Click here for a campground map for Portland Riverside Marina and RV park

Portland Riverside Marina Features

This is also a very easy park to get to, even for larger rigs. It offers 22 nice size lots.

Some sites are grass but most have a concrete pad with a picnic table. There is electric and water available at the campsites but no sewer.

They also have showers and restrooms nearby in the marina store building, if this is something you require.

The campground is open from May 15th through October 31st and costs only $40 a night or $250 a week if you wish to stay on longer, with a 2 week maximum.

The management here is very nice and accomodating. They were very helpful during our brief stay.

The Marina Itself is actually one of the oldest on the Connecticut River. It has been owned by the present owners now for over 40 years and they live on the premises.

The park is very secure and the close proximity to the river makes it an inviting place to stay.

They boast amazing fishing in the area, with a catfish tournament in August. They also encourage you to bring your boats and inflatables.

You can truly walk right from your site to the river so it is a great place to use watercraft if you have them.

The Portland Riverside Marina Surrounding Area

What else is in the area? Well, directly across the river you can see Middletown, CT. This is a decent sized town with the typical old fashioned New England Main Street.

There you’ll find lots of small storefronts and eating establishments. And the same is true in Portland, CT itself. It is a short drive or about a 15 minute walk to the same type of shopping opportunities.

About 20 minutes away is a township called East Haddam. And this town has some interesting things to see.

For one, there is the famous Goodspeed Opera House, which is well known to many.

But one of our personal favorites is Gillette Castle in the Gillette State park. It has a wonderful tour of the castle itself with beautiful grounds. And the state park is really quite lovely.

Also nearby is the Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park. This was once a brownstone quarry. Today it offers many water sport activities such as cliff diving, scuba diving, snorkeling, and water craft activities.

Then there is Hartford, CT. It is the capital of Conneticut with plenty of enjoyable activities to offer visitors.

Again, one of our favorites in that area is the Mark Twain House and Museum. But there are many other historical and cultural things to do around Hartford as well.

Being a larger city, it offers almost anything you want to do and see and is only about a 15 minute drive away.

So as you can see, this little RV park offers much for a very reasonable price.

Connectivity does not seem to be a problem either. The park does not offer wifi or cable.

But with our hotspot and phones, we had no trouble staying connected to the world around us. 🙂

Our Conclusion About The Park And Marina

So what did we think of this little known campground attached to the marina? We enjoyed our brief stay there.

We would definitely go back again. Our site sat right on the river with the beautiful trees and birds.

The mist rising off of of the river in the early morning was beautiful to see. And the peace and serenity of being in a little RV park, yet close to many things was very nice.

We would give it a 4 out of 5 rating, only because for most people they may want a few more amenities. For us, it was GREAT!!!

Have safe and happy travels everyone!

Chesapeake Bay RV Resort – The Pros And Cons Of Staying There

Chesapeake Bay RV Resort is located at 12014 Trails Lane in Gloucester, VA

This 365 site Thousand Trails Park is located on 280 acres of land which sits right next to the Piankatank River.

Like all Thousand Trails parks, they also offer campsites to the public and the basic 30 amp site runs around $68 a night.

Click here to see the campground map for Chesapeake Bay RV Resort

Chesapeake Bay RV Resort Features

They also have a fishing pier and a boat ramp. You can launch your watercraft and travel down this river about 1/4 of a mile and be in the Chesapeake Bay. Sweet!!!

This park is fairly easy to find. It is located off Route 198 which can be accessed off Route 17.

Both routes can be traveled with little risk to most RV’s, even big rigs. So getting to this park is easily done.

The park itself is easy to navigate for rigs of all sizes. And it offers both 50 and 30 amp sites with full hookups. Please be aware though that the 50 amp sites are an extra $3 a night.

The sites usually offer gravel pads. And the spots are fairly level for the most part with ample space between them.

There are a number of long term residents there. So sometimes finding a 50 amp site can be challenging, especially in high season.

But you also have a choice of both sunny and shady sites. A nice plus!

Chesapeake Bay RV Resort Amenities

The staff was courteous and helpful. We were there during the Covid pandemic, but you could still use the bath houses and laundry room.

The laundry room was reasonably priced and clean. And the amenities such as pool and playground looked in very nice shape also.

The park itself was beautiful with not only access to the river but nice walking trails around ponds and a small beach access.

Chesapeake Bay RV Resort pond
One of the ponds at the campground

We enjoyed the waterfowl and the beautiful breeze off the river in the evening. It was very restful and relaxing.

What’s Nearby?

As far as being close to places to provision and visit, you do have a little drive to access these.

The nearest place to go for grocery stores, Walmart, and shopping is about 30 minutes away on Route 17 in Gloucester. There are other townships about 10 minutes
closer. But they offer very little to be able to restock your pantry.

What about places to see and visit???? Well this park is located within about an hour of some very historical places.

Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Richmond are great day trips and Yorktown lies only about 30 minutes away.

All of these places offer not only historical areas but also many shopping areas and restaurants that will satisfy almost anyone.

Internet Connectivity

How about being able to connect with others via phone or internet? Well unfortunately, the park does not offer wifi.

But we did seem to have good cell service with our T-Mobile phones. And our hot spot worked really well with AT&T.

Our Conclusion And Review

So how would we rate this park? We would give it a 4 out of 5. It was a very nice park but not exceptional.

We enjoyed the peaceful and restful environment. But it seemed like everything was just a little further away than we like. Especially if you are staying only a fairly short period of time.

Overall, we did enjoy our visit though. And we thank everyone at Chesapeake Bay RV Resort for a pleasant stay.

As always, have safe and happy travels everyone …..

Downtown Riverside RV Park – Our Full Review And Report

Downtown Riverside RV Park is located at 250 S. Locust St., in North Little Rock, AR.

This 61 site park located right in the heart of North Little Rock, Arkansas was such a great little find. And we really enjoyed the short time that we spent here.

You would think that being downtown, it would be difficult to find and navigate to. But that would be wrong on both counts.

This RV park is located at exit 141B off the I-30. And it is very easy to exit off the highway.

The directions you receive from the park when you book your reservation makes it extremely easy too. In fact, the roads that lead to the park have wide enough turns for even big rigs.

Click here to visit the Downtown Riverside Park website

Downtown Riverside RV Park Features

When you arrive at the park, they offer a gated, secure campground that sits right on the Arkansas River.

Yes, this park sits right on the Arkansas River and I mean right on the river. There are spots that back right up to the river bank and the view is just lovely.

They also have 14 pull through sites. So if you have a large rig or you just don’t want to disconnect your tow vehicle, you can do that.

All of the sites have 50 amps and full hookups. Many of the sites have concrete pads and all seem to be extremely level.

Even though all the sites have full hookups, they also offer a dump station too if needed.

And they have onsite laundry facilities and restrooms for those RVers that may need them. But just an FYI, the only type of camping they do not accept is tent camping.

With all of this, the nightly cost for this campground is still very reasonable. Depending on which site you want, the sites range from $25-$35 per night. And they offer several discounts too, including Good Sam.

Downtown Riverside RV Park Surroundings

As mentioned, this park is located right on the river with beautiful views. But be aware though that the park itself is not fancy.

Downtown Riverside Park during the daytime

It is more like being in a large parking lot rather than a campground. But you can walk over to the pavilion or river bank, and look at the beautiful skyline of Little Rock.

Or you may enjoy watching the boats that make their way up and down the river during the daytime.

But the real beauty of this location comes at night though, when all the lights come on. The bridges that span the river nearby are lit with many different colored lights. And they are spectacular.

Downtown Riverside Park at night

The bridge lights change regularly with different colors, making it a beautiful site to see in the evening and night.

One of the bridges that crosses the river is a pedestrian only bridge. It is called the Clinton Pedestrian Bridge.

You can walk or bike across the bridge whenever you want. It is well kept up and lined with some beautiful flower boxes. And there are several places to stop and look out over the river.

It ends on the other river bank which leads to many shopping areas and restaurants in downtown Little Rock.

Things To See And Do In The Area

If you like hiking, there is a very easy trail that surrounds this RV park called the Arkansas River Trail.

It is a prominently marked 15 mile trail, and you can walk or bike as much or as little of it as you like.

Also not far away are some historical areas and museums and for those who like a bit more adventure. And there is a great sunset kayak tour for those who enjoy being on the water.

The last thing that we want to mention is connectivity. Being right in the middle of the city, it is not hard to get cell reception for your phones.

The RV park does offer free Wi-Fi but we honestly do not know how good it is. We hooked up with our AT&T hotspot and had great reception though.

Our Rating For Downtown Riverside RV Park

So how would we rate this small RV park since it is located right in the middle of a reasonably large city???? We would give it a 4.8 rating.

The only thing that could be improved would be the parking lot feel. But you have to remember that the park is in the middle of a city.

It’s not located in the countryside or a forest, so we would say that overall it is a great park for its location!!!!

We would definitely go back because it was very enjoyable, unique, and a great price!

I hope you enjoyed this review. Have safe and happy travels everyone!