I guess what I DISLIKE about this place is that it's 2.5 hours away from my house! Would like to be able to spend more time there. Always hate to have to go home.
What I LIKE about the place is that it's very well run, quiet in the evenings, staffed by some lovely people who will become your friends. Have been camping at Daggett Lake for years. The setting is pristine, the bass are biting, swimming beach for humans and a separate beach for dogs, etc., etc. It's all good! Dread the approaching end of season.
We are 1st year seasonals and this campground is a gem of a place . Weather it's a weekend or a season this campground is clean , friendly ,and relaxing. Pam & Tom are running a business and they do it very well, yes there are rules but honestly they are reasonable rules ..keep your dog leashed, pick up the poop and clean up after yourself.. People come to Daggett to unwind, relax , and be with family and friends ..we are enjoying every minute we are able to spend at Daggett . Thanks Pam & Tom for running such a top quality campground...
Having spent many years as a seasonal at Daggett Lake (10) I just have to giggle a little at the recent reviews. OBVIOUSLY, the owners have put these people up to writing these "glowing" reviews after the negative ones written by "Donna" or whoever did not shed a favorable light on the campsite. Though I must agree that it is probably one of the nicest private campsites in that area AND with proper management could be the BEST in the area, that unfortunately is not the case. Pam and Tom run a "gestapo" like business there and unless you are in their favor you are not going to enjoy yourself much. These people who are "1 week" campers a year really haven't got a clue and have no idea what the real deal is.. Seasonal s who have submitted "glowing" reviews are definitely in the "clic" that exists there. Let's just say that an awful lot of good people have left there over the years and only because of Tom an Pam.... that glowing friendly "personality" you see when you first get there will change in a heartbeat should you "violate" ANY of the stringent rules. EVERYONE eventually finds this out if you are there long enough, so if your a once a year Daggett camper or a seasonal still on their "good side" sooner or later the "light bulb" will shine on you and you may or may not see the light.
Over the years I have traveled cross country and stayed at many campgrounds (KOA & private). Some of the larger ones have activities and good facilities but almost everyone I stayed at had a difficult time keeping noise down to a reasonable level late at night. Not so with Daggett Lake. I have been going to Daggett Lake with my family for a week every year for the last six years and have always had a FANTASTIC time. What has always impressed me the most is how well-run the campsite is. I read a few of the recent reviews and I totally disagree with them. One in particular stood out. I think someone named DONNA has a personal ax to grind with the owners and has mentioned several things that are totally misleading from my experience and I take exception to. First, the place is extremely clean. Whether it is the campsites, bathhouses or cabins, I have always found the place to be immaculate. Even my wife, a self-confessed clean nut, has always been impressed by the campsites cleanliness. Second, I have never seen drunken parties, and the noise level is very quiet versus other campsites. Not noisier. It is true there is noise during the day from the ski boat where skiing lessons and rides are given but I don't think the noise level is excessive. As far as everything at the campsite being expensive, nothing could be farther from the truth. Prices for wood and other amenities are reasonable priced. Lastly, I find it very strange and suspect that there are two other negative reviews with no name attached saying almost exactly the same thing about Daggett Lake being the worse place in the world and the owners horrible people. The owners are definitely strict about not allowing unruly dogs or groups of people being disruptive late at night, but my family has always found the owners to be warm, courteous and honest people, the other campers and RV owners to be super friendly and the campsite to be a great place to relax and get away from it all. My family would not be considered seasonal but we are treated extramely well and I would unequivocally recommend Daggett Lake to anyone (especially families with kids and dogs) wishing to have an enjoyable time to visit the campsite and make their own determination.
Laurence Scot, MBA, CPA
I personally do not understand the negative reviews that I have read! I was pretty skeptical after reading the negative reviews but after our experience I can guarantee that this was a great vacation! Tom and Pam were very friendly and went out of their way to provide a great experience. They made sure to greet you with your first name and took the time to get to know you a little bit. As for the other campers they were more than friendly, greeting you as you walk by. The restroom facilities are very clean and not "run down" like some other reviews state. We were so happy with our experience that we want to go back next year and have also told others that they should go too!
If you want quiet and respectful campers this is this the place to be! I just do not understand any negativity. All places have rules and most are broken however this place is very good about the rules and yes they are enforced! Bravo to them! We loved our week stay with them and now looking to return once again!! Thank you for a wonderful place to camp!
I have been camping at Daggett for the last 10 years with my family of 5, my parents, inlaws, brother, cousin and niece and nephews who have come with us. I am not a seasonal, but camp there a couple of times during the year. I will admit that Pam and Tom can be strict with the rules. My first 2 years there I can say I thought they were a little too strict. But something kept me coming back and I learned to actually like the strict rules (It keeps the rift raft out). Never in my 10 years have I ever had any trouble with the seasonal campers, but have become friendly with some of them. Nor have I ever noticed any excessive drinking. Everyone likes to have a good time, isn’t that’ what camping’s about? At 10pm it is quiet time period!! As for there being no scheduled activities, that’s why I choose to go there. This is part of our kids problems today, they think they need to be entertained 24 hours a day. What happened to make your own fun? (like we did when we were kids and were better off for it). Hands down my 3 kids would all choose to go to Daggett over anywhere else and we have been too many campgrounds. My daughter and niece learned to ski when they were 8 and 9 years old and it has become their passion because of Tom!! Since the time they learned to ski it has been there dream to work there. So with that said I take complete offense to the remark about the bathrooms not being clean. My daughter and niece worked there butts off last year keeping that bath house clean!! It may not be new but it is certainly not dirty!! As for the pay they receive while working there, it was more than fare!! You cant work at McDonalds with people who actually care about you, give you room and board and the pay is way better. I will admit I am a review reader but what I have learned is you have to read every review with a grain of salt. I mean really folks who writes reviews? People who are unhappy with something. Most of us never take the time to do so when we are happy with something. So for the few bad reviews, there are probably 100’s of people who are happy with Daggett and just haven’t taken the time to say so. As for Pam and Tom they are two of the nicest, caring people you will ever meet. I owe them so much for giving my daughter and niece they experience of a life time in being able to work for them. Most kids will never have the opportunity to work a job like this. I could go on and on with a rebuttal for every bad thing said, but I will stop here. If you are looking for a kid/dog friendly campground with nothing to do but relax and make great family memories then this is the place for you. It is my most favorite place to go!!
We are stunned by the negative reviews. Daggett Lake is a second home to our entire family - and we have raised six children! We have been going to Daggett Lake for over 20 years, and are now seasonal campers. The sites are ample. The entire area is well kept. The lake is great for swimming and fishing (especially for bass and pickerell) . The hiking trails are just right for those who want non-exhausting but challenging hike. Tom and Pam, who have managed the place for over 15 years run a "tight ship", but that's what makes the place so special . There are no boisterous antics here, and the community of people who make Daggett Lake their second home during the summer months really treat one another like family. We simply love this place - and you will, too! It is a place of rest, quiet, and beauty in a busy, noisy world. Look up the definition of "idyllic", and you will have a picture of Daggett Lake. Don't believe the negative reviews!!!
I can not believe these few campers that rate Daggett Lake as the worst campsite ever. We camped there several years ago as seasonals and left because we had family issues and illnesses. We went back this year because we could never find a campground that was half of what Daggett Lake is. My husband who had a stroke last August has been treated like a king since we went back, as I have been also. Pam and Tom can not do enough for us and have been more than cordial and hospitable to us. We have seen campers come and go there for years and find the ones that leave, leave because they either can t party all night and sneak friends and family in and get caught or people who try to manipulate and use others for their own gain. Daggett Lake is quiet, well maintained and clean. If you are looking for asphalt pull thru s, theaters and bowling for your kids or all day kid activities forget it -- go some place else. If you want to get close to your kids and family and get back to nature go to Daggett Lake. Good considerate campers get treated as such. If you want to learn to water ski, there is no better place because Tom is a professional and very qualified teacher. I would not let anyone else teach my grandchildren except Tom. We think that Daggett Lake is well managed and a beautiful place to be. My suggestion to the people who want to slam Daggett Lake is to look at your own past history and you know why you are not there anymore or are not welcome. The rest of us know who you are and why you are being so hateful. We also know that you can change your name and continue to trash Pam and Tom and their jewel in the Adirondacks.with your untrue and ridiculous reviews. Grow up people and move on!!!!
First I must say... I have known the owners of Daggett Lake Campsites ( Pam and Tom) for 15 Years and have never met a more fair, honest, and hard working Couple in my Life!. My Wife and I have been Seasonals going on our 5th Year now and I have Personally camped on and off at Daggett since 1997. We find it to be very clean , in fact I would say the Bath House is exceptionally clean... " remember , you are camping" , not at the Sheraton ! It sounds to me like these last negative reviews are from a Past dis-gruntled party? If it is the Family I am thinking of , PLEASE do not believe a word of these reviews. Daggett Lake is one the most peaceful, beautiful , serene getaways you will find in the Adirondacks. The fire pits are not falling apart, there are no screaming Kids or Barking Dogs running all over the Place!. Yes , we do have a VERY nice contingent of "Seasonals" , but we also enjoy having the "Over Nighters" coming to stay. In fact my Wife and I have (2) Tents sites right next to us and we have helped Campers that have come and stayed over Night many times... from offering Hot Meals to a Mother and Daughter who checked in late and couldn't get their Fire started to helping a Neighbor push His Utility Trailer up the Hill. That's what Daggett Lake Camping is all about , ( Helping each other). We have enjoyed Kayaking, fishing and many of the Social Events at Daggett throughout the Years. We have a Wonderful Non- for Profit ... "Rosies Love " that helps Families of Kids with Cancer ! get away to Daggett Lake to unwind and kick back. Come on really... It upsets me to think someone that was a Past respected " Daggett Laker" could actually write these reviews. If your Life has come to writing derogatory reviews... SHAME on you. Please stop !... My Wife and I encourage all of you Campers to come up to Daggett Lake and really experience Camping at it's Best. We wouldn't be at any other Campgound ! Chris and Julie Godfrey
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