Rip's Rules For Fun!

Rip Van Winkle Campground, Inc. is located in a fragile 150 acre forest and land trust. The rules set forth in 1966 by Elton and Kay Johnson have helped maintain the natural beauty of the campground so you can enjoy it today. With your help Rip Van Winkle Forest and Campground will continue to provide a place for relaxation and enjoyment for many generations to come. Please familiarize yourself, your children, your guests and your fellow campers with these rules so you and your camping neighbors can all enjoy your stay. We’re thrilled to have you as our guests! Have a wonderful visit!

  1. This is a recreational facility. Not your residence.
  2. Parents — Your children are your responsibility at all times!
    1. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult along the creek, pond, or pool.
    2. Swimming allowed at posted hours only. No one allowed in water without 2 adults present.
    3. Parents must accompany children to restrooms for their own safety.
    4. NO children are permitted to use or carry axes, hatchets, knives, saws, air/BB guns, etc on the grounds.
  3. All trailers/tents must be set up on the spot provided (wood chip or gravel pad). You will be required to move your tent if it is set up anywhere other than the designated spot. This is for the health of our trees and to allow vegetation to grow between sites. Vehicles must remain on roadways and site driveways only.
  4. Do not hang gas lanterns on trees. The heat kills even the largest of trees.
  5. Park speed limit is 5mph. All NYS vehicle and traffic laws are in effect on our roadways as on any other roadway.
  6. Congregations of more than 6 people are not allowed on any one site other than the Group or Rally areas. Camping groups of 7 or more must be registered on a group or rally site.
  7. CAMPERS: It is your responsibility to register visitors upon their arrival. All day visitors must be off grounds by 9:30pm. The management reserves the right to limit the number of visitors on any site. A fee will be charged for each visitor. Unregistered people are trespassing.
  8. Empty Porta Toilets in dumping station only, NOT in toilets. Disposable bag toilets STRICTLY PROHIBITED!
  9. All garbage must be disposed of in dumpster in “trash and sewer disposal” area noted on map or kept in your car or RV overnight. There is NO garbage pick-up at your site!
  10. Small fires are allowed in the fire ring provided. Never leave a fire unattended. Do not move fireplaces. Hibachis are NEVER to be placed on picnic tables. (They burn them!) *NO OUTSIDE FIREWOOD IS ALLOWED ON GROUNDS*
  11. Pets — Must be leashed and licensed. May not be left unattended on a site. Must have up-to-date vaccinations with proof available on request. You must clean up their waste and dispose of it appropriately. No pets allowed in the beach or pool area. (This is state law.) No pets allowed in the cabins.
  12. No picking or cutting any trees, shrubs, or flowers. All are for sale for $10 per inch measured from the ground. Includes standing deadwood.
  13. No washing laundry/cooking utensils/dishes in restrooms or under faucets. There are laundry facilities in the shower building.
  14. No firearms, air rifles, bows and arrows, or slingshots permitted.
  15. All children riding bicycles must wear approved helmets for their own protection.
  16. Do not handle, play with, torture, kill, or in any way bother the wild animals you see including frogs, lizards, birds, our ducks, etc.
  17. Use radio and TV in moderation. QUIET HOURS ARE 10PM to 8AM AND ARE ENFORCED!
  18. No generators allowed. Turn off car alarms. Skunks hate them even more than people do!
  19. Any person using profane language or acting in a manner that may be injurious or annoying to others, in the opinion of Rip Van Winkle Campground staff, will be told to leave without a refund of fees paid.
  20. Check in times: Sun-Thurs 3pm -8pm Fri-Sat 3pm-9pm. Checkout is 3pm for sites and 12noon for cabins.
  21. In an EMERGENCY: If it is life-threatening, call 911 FIRST and then contact campground staff 845-246-8114.