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Tomtuga on the Erie Canal

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· Gasport, New York
2 acres
2 sites
2 RV
Thank you for looking at what I have to offer. We love to have fun here. Which is why we call our little campground Tomtuga. It is sort of a reference of the Caribbean pirate island of Tortuga, except my name is Tom. I'm here mostly for the canal and living the pirate life and this should be more of our backstory. Yet Bigfoot and his cousin Yeti show up once in awhile to keep things interesting. Please ask questions if you have any. We love helping others out. Learn more about this land:  Here at Tomtuga we are 2 acres with the Erie Canal across the front on a quiet street and the Genesee Valley Transportation, a local shortline railroad across the backyard. Boat season is May - Oct. Train runs mostly just two days a week all year. Step out and give the boats and trains a friendly wave.   We are a hard packed base that can handle the very large RVs. There is only a small area of ''good'' grass on campsite #2. Currently that site has no electric but we might be able to run cords over to there. It is about 150ft away from the electrical panel. Campsite #1 is where the 50amp / 30amp / 110 electric outlets are.  We offer ''buddy camping'', in which if you are traveling with friends in a 2nd RV / camper. I allow you to both camp on the same campsite or split and use both sites. Either way you will then need to rent both sites. You can also use tents in the grass area, if you brought them with you.  I allow 2nd vehicles or also ''toads'' on the campsites too at no charge.   I'm Ok if you show up early from an overnight drive to the site and park in the main driveway. If there are not any previous campers onsite, I might let you into the site. Just let me know beforehand.  No bathrooms on the property! You must have self contained units!   Property has electric hookups at campsite #1 only. No water hookups. No dumpstation either. We have WiFi. Firewood available for $4 a bundle or bring your own.   Nice small canal town here with local eateries, including two pizza places; two bars and a breakfast lunch spot / laundromat / Ace hardware store / Dollar General / gas station. We have a veterinary in town too.  All within a short walking distance.   NYS Bike path on the opposite side of the canal, goes from Buffalo to Albany. Some 350 miles.  Also a free NYS Canal boat ramp 1,800ft to the east, on our side of the canal. So bring your bikes / kayaks / boats / fishing poles. Worms available at the hardware store in town. We are also open during the winter season, uh yep. Please message me before hand because it depends on the snow depth if I'm letting campers in. *Ask about our free camper sticker or buying a Camp Tomtuga T-shirt. Lots of people asking so, we are 30 miles from Niagara Falls. Very easy ride there and back using NYS Rt 104. This route goes along the Niagara escarpment with lots of farms stands and a few wineries.   My camp to downtown Buffalo is 38 miles. To downtown Rochester is 51 miles. Lake Ontario Olcott Beach is 17 miles. Letchworth NYS Park 60 miles. We are 42 miles to the Buffalo Bills (Highmark Stadium). About an hour drive. Thanks again, I hope you come and stay.
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Gasport, New York, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Thomas B.Joined in April 2021
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31 ratings · 27 reviews
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Kim O.recommends
October 24, 2022
Site 2 grass area no electric
We were a last minute booking. Thomas was very friendly, as well as accommodating. We arrived later than expected due to some traffic, but Thomas was very gracious and waited patiently for us. He also had a lovely campfire burning when we arrived.
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Renee B.recommends
October 2, 2022
Site 1 stone pack has electric
You will love it here, book it!
This is my 3rd time camping here. Fishing, bike riding, campfires, the Erie Canal…. It’s a wonderful destination. Just book it❤️❤️❤️
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Jan E.recommends
October 2, 2022
Site 2 grass area no electric
Loved this place.
Great place with so much character. Quiet location with an awesome host.
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Jan E.recommends
October 1, 2022
Site 1 stone pack has electric
Awesome camping!
This was such a great, open space. The host was great and met us upon arrival. He gave us a nice tour of the place. This is a quiet stay along the Erie Canal. The only noise was the Canadian geese flying overhead and they were amazing. The site is clean, well maintained, and has lots of character.
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Mike A.recommends
September 26, 2022
Site 1 stone pack has electric
Thomas is a great Host! Lost my Debit Card and Thomas found on property and mailed to me - so thankful.
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Renee B.recommends
September 23, 2022
Site 1 stone pack has electric
Tomtuga Is The Best!!!
We have been here twice and This place does not disappoint!!! Host and property are delightful. Thank you, Tom, for sharing!
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Edward T.recommends
August 25, 2022
Site 1 stone pack has electric
Great location, Thomas was great!
Like the location....very different from what I expected. Had both 50 and 30 amp service. Easy to get in and out. Thomas was extremely helpful....giving lots of tips of how to get to Niagara Falls and Toronto. Would recommend staying there.
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Diane W.recommends
August 17, 2022
Site 1 stone pack has electric
We absolutely loved staying with Thomas at Tomtuga on the Erie Canal. We were traveling with another couple and we both had electrical hookups. Thomas had a fire waiting for us every night when we returned from our adventures at Niagara Falls and surrounding areas. He was much more than our host. He became our tour guide and friend. We will miss him!
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Sandra N.recommends
August 16, 2022
Site 2 grass area no electric
Thanks, Tom, for everything you did for us! You really made our stay special! Sandra
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Willie N.recommends
August 16, 2022
Site 2 grass area no electric
Bigfoot, Yeti, foxes and frogs!
Thomas couldn't have been a better host. He went far out of his way to find answers to all our questions, even leading us to the Lockport boat tours, provided info for our Toronto, Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake excursions. He provided campfires each night and was amazingly entertaining. Five stars from us!!!
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Sarah K.recommends
August 3, 2022
Site 1 stone pack has electric
This site exceeded our expectations. I don’t think Thomas does his space justice in his description! We are traveling with a trailer and were looking for a place close to Niagara Falls where we could camp and ditch the trailer while we went into town to do the touristy thing. We just needed something serviceable, but this space was more than that. It is very peaceful with a view of the canal. A grassy space with character (LED lights in the field at night, odds and ends of old equipment, a putting green at the tent site, etc). Thomas was full of helpful information about the area and the best roads and bridges to travel on. We were there only a short time, but thoroughly enjoyed our stay and our host.
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Peggy S.recommends
August 2, 2022
Site 1 stone pack has electric
Easy in and out. Thomas is a wealth of knowledge on the area. Enjoyed his passion and vision for his property.
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Marlene D.recommends
July 24, 2022
Site 2 grass area no electric
Great host, very knowledgeable about the area and gave us great suggestions for visiting, Including food. I definitely would come back.
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Debra G.recommends
July 17, 2022
Site 2 grass area no electric
We enjoyed our time here. Quiet nights with a great campfire. Plenty to explore during the day. Great for walking, biking and getting on the water. Thomas is a great host. Great, fast communication. So welcoming! And has great stories to share.
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Jessica M.recommends
July 11, 2022
Site 2 grass area no electric
Highly recommend
Tom was an awesome host. Right on the canal and within driving distance to Niagara Falls. A beautiful, quiet location. My kids loved the railroad track. It comes twice a week during the day and didn’t bother us at all, it actually added to our experience in a very positive way.
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Christian F.recommends
July 11, 2022
Site 1 stone pack has electric
Simple but nice and easy
Simple but easy and quiet. Thomas was very laidback, accommodating, and courteous. The location is excellent for exploring the Niagra Falls area while staying away from the booked-out campgrounds.
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Bryan G.recommends
July 9, 2022
Site 1 stone pack has electric
Country Care
Thomas was an awesome, very helpful, and low key HipCamp host. Nice property that can support big rigs easily (we have a 40’ class A motorhome with a tow behind). Also, we ended up getting a flat tire on our Jeep - Thomas and his wonderful neighbor, Roy, checked the tire out and switched it out with our spare. Getting us back on the road for our day trip to Niagara Falls and saving our day. Incredibly good people!! A must stay 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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Renee B.recommends
July 8, 2022
Site 1 stone pack has electric
Camping at Tomtuga was a blast!!!
Everything about this camp was enjoyable. The host was the most gracious, sweet, and interesting man. The history and “surprises” on this property keep you entertained. It’s on the Erie Canal so my husband and I enjoyed bike riding to other canal side towns, fishing from Tom’s front yard, and patronizing local businesses which are within walking (or biking) distance. So much history and beauty. It is a peacefully quiet property. Very little traffic noise. We loved every moment of our stay. We will be back!
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Gary & Dianne H.recommends
June 25, 2022
Site 1 stone pack has electric
Explore the Erie Canal
Thomas was excellent with communication before our visit as well as while we were there. His location is great for exploration along the Erie Canal, and not too far from Niagara Falls. This was an overnight stop for us, but we would have enjoyed a longer stay. We are in a 43' motorhome, and had no issues. Very quiet, restful spot.
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Karl And Brenda C.recommends
June 19, 2022
Site 2 grass area no electric
Peaceful, Pleasant, Private
Two acres situated across the road from the Erie Canal. We took the bridge in Gasport, 3 minutes away, crossed the Canal and biked the Erie Canal Heritage Trail. Our host was welcoming, and a fount of knowledge about the Canal and local history. Just wait 'til the lights come on at night. We won't spoil it for you. It's a one-of-a kind, must see experience. Highly recommended.
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Michelle L.recommends
September 27, 2021
Site 1 stone pack has electric
What a great spot! We were looking for a quiet place to stay within an hour of Niagra Falls. This fit the bill perfectly. But the real gem of it all was Tom. He met us at the gate to welcome us and provided a list of things to know in the area, completle with a corresponding map! So thoughtful!!!! If we're ever back in this area, we'll definitely stay here again.
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Kim D.recommends
September 6, 2021
Site 1 stone pack has electric
Lovely stop on the Erie Canal
A quiet and unique stop that fit our needs. I had been looking for a place close to niagara falls but I'm glad we ended up in the quiet little town of Gasport. Our visit to niagara falls was about 40 minutes away. So, not too bad. We even made a stop at lake Ontario on our way back. Thomas was ready with a map of the area and info with ammenity and food suggestions. He is very friendly and knowledgeable about both the local and surrounding areas/points of interests and happy to share. We enjoyed our time there and would stay there again if we are ever back through that way.
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Marcus H.recommends
August 19, 2021
Site 2 grass area no electric
Cute property!
A cute property, and despite there being train tracks by it, barely any trains went by. It’s right by a stream that also looks nice. Tom is a great guy and fun to talk to! A great experience!
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Adam K.recommends
August 10, 2021
Site 1 stone pack has electric
We had a really good time, easy access for a kayak in the canal, and the train was neat to see right from camp. Nice cute town within walking distance to the dollar general. We had a great time, would not hesitate to visit again. Thomas was an excellent host Thanks Again, Adam
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Anne M.recommends
July 18, 2021
Site 1 stone pack has electric
Very Grateful for help
Thomas was a wonderful host and very knowledgeable. He recommended a great little restaurant for Friday night dinner, Sunrise cafe. And because of lots of rain, offered his awning. And several nearby places to run and get some pictures. The Olcutt Beach antique Carousel was special. Then i got an emergency phone call and advised Thomas i had to leave suddenly. He offered to let me leave my trailer, making it easier to drive over 400 miles and because everything was so wet and muddy, said just leave it where it was and he would move it before his next guest. His property is still undergoing renovations, but his dream is very doable. Would definitely like to revisit in a few months or so to see his progress
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Trisha C.recommends
July 5, 2021
Site 2 grass area no electric
Lots of space
Wonderful stay, so helpful and informative. My kids had a blast, lots to see and do. Tons of room for our 43” 5th wheel.
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James M.recommends
June 7, 2021
Site 1 stone pack has electric
Thomas was a gracious and interesting host. He has lots of knowledge about the Erie canal and the railroads. He volunteers at the local railroad museum. The Erie canal is right across the street. The dogs loved swimming and just walking along the bank. The site itself is flat and easy to get into. We were the very first hip campers staying here. Thomas is doing a great job!
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