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Camping with Your Dog Westport CT

Travelling with dogs is entirely possible, but does take a little coordination and planning. The first thing to consider is where you’re headed. It’s important to check on your destination’s policy on pets. For more information on campground pet policies, check out Woodall’s campgrounds before planning your next trip.

Hither Hills State Park
(631) 668-2554
Montauk, NY
Campground Availability
16-Jun thru 9-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Salt Water Swimming, Saltwater Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Countryside RV Park*
(860) 376-0029
75 Cook Hill Rd.
Griswold, CT
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 09
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Pond Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Devil's Hopyard State Park
(860) 526-2336
East Haddam, CT
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Memorial Day Weekend
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Stream Fishing, Horseshoes, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Mystic KOA Campground
(800) 562-3451
North Stonington, CT
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Aces High RV Park*
(860) 739-8858
301 Chesterfield Rd
East Lyme, CT
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiki

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Odetah Camping Resort*
(860) 889-4144
38 Bozrah St Ext
Bozrah, CT
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 31
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Full Service Store, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Lake Swimming, Hot Tub, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities<

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Mashamoquet Brook State Park
(860) 928-6121
Abington, CT
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Columbus Day
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Nelson's Family Campground
(860) 267-5300
East Hampton, CT
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru Columbus Day
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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West Thompson Lake (COE-West Thompson Lake)
(860) 923-3121
Thompson, CT
Campground Availability
Mid May thru Mid Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Hiking Trails, Local Tours, REC Open to Public

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Black Rock State Park
(860) 283-8088
Thomaston, CT
Campground Availability
16-Apr thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Camping with Your Dog

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February 7, 2010 by Jeanine Kennedy · 3 Comments  

We’re a family of animal lovers. With two dogs, one cat, a guinea pig and a salamander, we’ve got our own mini zoo around here.

So how do we balance our many pets with our love of camping? It’s not always easy, but here’s what we do.

The smaller animals most definitely stay at home. We usually hire a neighborhood kid to come in and take care of them while we’re gone. As for the dogs? That’s a different story, as they usually come along for the ride.

Travelling with dogs is entirely possible, but does take a little coordination and planning. The first thing to consider is where you’re headed. It’s important to check on your destination’s policy on pets. For more information on campground pet policies, check out Woodall’s campgrounds before planning your next trip.

We’ve found that some national parks don’t allow dogs on their trails or at their attractions. So if you decide to bring your dog, you need to make sure you can safely keep them in your car or at your site.

Our boys after a fun day camping

Luckily, destinations that allow pets are far more common than the ones that don’t. So if you want to bring your furry friend on your next camping trip, just follow some simple steps. By doing so, you’ll find camping can be a pleasurable experience for humans and canines alike.

Things like size, age and personality are all factors to consider. You may want to ask yourself some other questions too. How do they react to change? Are they nervous or relaxed? Can they stay by themselves without endless barking or howling? If your dog is a homebody or does not do well in strange situations, you may want to consider hiring dog sitter to keep him or her company at home.

Our dogs happen to be pretty easy going. But they’re big. Sometimes it’s a balancing act to make sure there is enough room in the car to accommodate two Labs as well as all of our stuff.

When packing, make sure to include some portable bowls and plenty of water. A few plastic bags are also helpful in case your dog needs to take a potty break along the way.

And since most campgrounds have leash laws, it’s important to include a long lead. Even if your dog is usually well behaved, remember that campsites have many temptations not seen at home. Open food sources, wildlife and other dogs are just a few of the things you can come across.

We’ve also found that, when camping, a well-exercised pooch is a happy pooch. This will thwart boredom and promotes relaxation when they need to stay behind. Taking them running, hiking or playing in the water are all great ways to keep them happy.

Last but not least, dogs are creatures of habit. The more familiar the surrounds, the happier they will be. By bringing some familiar toys, a favorite dog bed and some treats from home will all help them feel more comfortable and safe.

In the end, remember that with a little planning, traveling with your dog can be a great...

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