CAMPGROUND NAME: Shenango River Lake Campground within the Shenango Recreation Area
LOCATION: Transfer, PA. Note that the address giving of Recreation.gov at 2442 Kelly Road won’t get you anywhere near the campground using Google Maps.
KIND: Army Corps of Engineers (ACE)
RATES: 2015, $19 – $24 for single sites (see rate schedule in sidebar)
STAY LIMIT: 14 days, longer with permission
RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED: Yes, via ReserveAmerica.com
CAMPGROUND WEB SITE
PHONE: 724-646-1115 (Entrance station. See inset for other numbers.)
GPS: These should put you at the entrance station, N 41.29720, W 80.431500
ACCESS: Roads to and within the campground are paved. It’s a little bumpy in places within the campground. It appears that there are three handicap accessible sites.
PULL THRU: A quick search on Recreation.gov
MAXIMUM RIG SIZE: Most sites listed on ReserveAmerica show lengths in the 50′-60′ ranges but some were larger.
LEVELNESS: Some sites more so than others. It’s not an extremely tilty place so I think leveling won’t be too much of an issue in many sites.
SHADE: Yes, some sites more than others. Some sites are open, some well shaded.
SPACING: I’d say from close to moderate, even generous depending upon the site.
TENT PADS: I did’t notice
FIRE GRILLS: Yes
PICNIC TABLES: Yes
PETS: On leash
HOOKUPS: Electricity only and only in some sites. See inset.
DUMP STATION: Yes
ELECTRICAL QUALITY: 122 volts, 60 Hz, no faults (As indicated by my Progressive Industries Power Management System, Model EMS-PT30C.)
AT&T iPhone 5s without Wilson Mobile 4G booster:
2 bars, LTE
Download speed: 7,80 Mbps
Upload speed: 2.67 Mbps
AT&T iPhone 5s with Wilson Mobile 4G booster:
No need to use booster
Verizon iPad Air without Wilson Mobile 4G booster:
4 bars, LTE
Signal strength: %, dBm
Download speed: 10.49 Mbps
Upload speed: 4.20 Mbps
Verizon iPad Air with Wilson Mobile 4G booster:
No need to use booster
Over-the-air: My scan did not pick up any stations
RESTROOM RATING: Fail. It was fine except for there were no hand dryers or paper towels. (I assign a Pass or Fail rating based on many considerations including: cleanliness, usability, hot water availability, hand soap availability, ease or difficulty it is to use the toilet paper, condition of fixtures, if using the restroom is a pleasant or unpleasant experience, etc.)
SOAP: Hand soap
SHOWER RATING: Fail. The showers I used had no shelves or private areas in which to change. That’s why I gave them the grade I did. Otherwise I had no major complains apart from the fact you cannot control the temperature to your liking. (I evaluate showers in a similar fashion to restrooms. See above.)
RECYCLING: No, not that I saw
BUGS: I was not troubled by bugs in late August when I was there.
Gas: It wouldn’t be more than a few miles as Hermitage is nearby.
Dump: In the campground
Propane: AllStays indicates it would be Shenango Valley RV Park some 8 miles away
Groceries: There’s a Walmart SuperCenter with a market in Hermitage and probably other options there aw well… maybe 10 minutes
RV Parks: Shenango Valley RV Park some 8 miles away
I stopped at Shenango River Lake Campground on my way west from Connecticut where I spent much of the summer at Lake Waramaug Campground in New Preston. I was headed west to visit the 7 remaining states I needed to get to in order to have been to all 50. Shenango River Lake Campground isn’t far north of I-80, the route I was traveling.
If you’ve stayed at an ACE campground before you probably have a feel for how the ACE does things. There campgrounds are generally pretty nice but in my experience don’t quite ring the bell in terms of restrooms and showers. They get close in some cases, but the people who design and build them don’t seem to really be paying attention to what makes for a “proper” restroom or shower. I used both because they were usable, but as I said they could be better.
My stay at Shenango River Lake Campground was brief so I didn’t get a terrific feel for the place outside of the campground itself. I believe there are water sports available on the lake but I don’t know what the rules are. There is a boat launch and No wake areas indicate on the campground map so it would seem that at least some kinds of motorized watercraft are permitted.
The loops and areas without electricity were sparsely populated when I was there mid-week in late August. those with electricity were close to full and I got the feeling that people tend to stick around. Why not? It’s a fairly pleasant place, after all, and at $12 a night for a site with electricity for people with an interagency pass it’s pretty much a bargain. ACE campgrounds are also know for that.
I don’t know much about the surrounding area, nothing at all really, so I don’t know what there is to do in these parts apart from activities on Shenango River Lake–why can’t the make up their minds if it’s a river or a lake?–or relaxing in the sun or shade. The campground is a good option to consider, in my opinion, while traversing I-80
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