As seen in the Wayne County Star
by Tammy Whitacre
Photo's by: Bill Huff Jr.
WOLCOTT - Camping has never been more peaceful, more scenic or more eventful than for campers at Port Bay RV Park and Campground.
Located at 8346 East Port Bay Road in Wolcott, Port Bay RV Park and Campground offers campers a variety of local attractions that compliment the scenic peacefulness of this charming campground.
Owners Eugene and Roberta Beavers were looking for a place to retire and thought a campground would be ideal. While visiting the area, Eugene says he caught more fish in Port Bay than in all the time he spent anywhere else. When they heard a campground was up for sale in the area, they checked into it. In April 2000, they bought the Port Bay RV Park and Campground. Just last year, they purchased the adjacent four acres, which they are now dressing up to be used for primitive tent campers, boat storage and parking for customers.
“The first year was a total learning experience,” Roberta laughs, but they have enjoyed every moment of it.
The eight acre campground sits on the side of quiet, peaceful hill. Huge trees provide ample shade and a gentle breeze for hot summer days. Campers can look forward to waking to the sound of birds chirping and the scenic view of Port Bay to the west.
Currently, the campground has 17 seasonal sites, but more spaces are available. The Beavers offer RV and mobile home rentals for those wishing to come stay a few days, a few weeks or a few months. The rental mobile homes are also for sale for interested buyers. Purchase a mobile home, rent the land for a nominal fee and enjoy spending your summers in the beauty of the Port Bay area. All mobile homes are completely furnished, you need only to bring your own food and linens.
Maintenance at the campground, around campers and seasonal sites is handled entirely by Eugene. He also takes care of any problems inside the rental units. With a total of 40 sites, all sites have full hook-up, which includes electric, water and sewer.
Children will delight in the playground and net for badminton or volleyball. The pavilion offers a full kitchen for campers to enjoy and don’t forget to sign your name on the pavilion walls as so many others have done over the years.
The Save-A-Trip store adds convenience for campers who need a few groceries, ice, or worms for bait. Get a Port Bay RV Park and Campground shirt and hat at the shop as a souvenir. Coming soon, Roberta says they plan to offer antiques and collectibles.
The campground is only a hop, skip and a jump from Port Bay where you can enjoy, fishing, swimming, boating and water fun with an accessible boat ramp nearby. Just a jog down the road is a marina for boat storage and across the Bay is Pier One for dining.
The Beavers stay active in the community. As members of the Chamber of Commerce, they were named the business of the quarter for July through September 2003. They also take part in the Wolcott Fire Department’s Toys for Tots program, belong to the Wolcott Elks and the Presbyterian Church. For the last two years, their floats have taken first and second prize at the Fireman’s Parade in Wolcott.
Eugene and Roberta also try to stay active with the campers by creating fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Every year they hold picnics, a clambake, a golf tournament and chicken barbecue. Campers come together to play horseshoes, crochet and bingo. The campground mascots, goats Bert and Ernie, are also a delight to campground guests and children. Port Bay RV Park and Campground is also a weigh station for Wayne County for the LOC Derby and GrandSlam Derby.
Port Bay RV Park and Campground offers reasonable rates. For a family of four, a site with full hook-up is only $23 per night, $138 weekly or $425 monthly. There is a $3 for each additional person over four. Seasonal sites are $975 with storage or $825 without storage. RV rentals are $40 per night with an additional $5 charge for each person over the average family of four. Weekly RV rental is $240 and monthly is $800. Mobile home rental is $50 per night for four people, $10 for each additional person, $300 weekly and $900 monthly. Seasonal rates and purchasing information for the mobile homes is available by calling the campground.
Port Bay RV Park and Campground, located just five miles from Ridge Road on East Port Bay Road in Wolcott, is open April 15 through Oct. 15. The campground is booked for July 4, but book now for Labor Day and next year! Call 315-594-1509.
Roberta and Eugene
The camp pavilion
Gene and the old goats, you decide who is who
One of the many landscaped seasonal campers