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Tomtuga on the Erie Canal

· Gasport, Niagara, New York
2 acres hosted by Thomas B.
4 RV sites
Big rig-friendly
Spacious, level camping well-suited for travel trailers over 40 ft long.
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
Primitive camping
Best for self-contained campers. There are no toilets, showers, or potable water at this Hipcamp.
Thomas is a Star Host
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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 but there have been sightings of Bigfoot and his cousin Yeti. They show up once in awhile to keep things interesting.  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. Campsite #1 is where the 50amp / 30amp / 110 electric outlets are.  Campsite #2 is the only area that has a "good" grassy spot. There is no electricity here at this site. With only two campsites, along with my RV here, it is a rather peaceful camp. There are no bathrooms here, so I'm sorry but no tent camping available. 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. We can rent more campsites in our ''Overflow Site #3'', if you have more than two campers coming. 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.  Also if you don't need power, like you have solar or batteries etc. I might allow you to park anywhere on our two acres. You can check the property out before setting up. 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! When I get the bathroom built, this will change. **Again, NO Bathrooms here! If you try to book posing as a ''campervan'' but just a van or staying in a cardboard box on a trailer, don't book here. Please go stealth camp at Walmart, they have bathrooms and are free to overnight. I wouldn't pee in your yard.  No water hookups. No dumpstation either. We have free WiFi. Firewood available for $5 a bundle or bring your own. The local gas station has small bundles down the street for $8 each. * Please ask me before you let any of your dogs off leash. If there are other campers here, we all need to be in agreement on this. For their children and pets safety too. I do allow multiple dogs here. Again, please clean up after them. Do NOT just toss it into my woods or the canal.  Nice small canal town here with local eateries, including two pizza places; two bars and a breakfast lunch spot / laundromat / 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. Rentals available in Lockport. 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. *Special Bonus Offer - I am an online ordained minister and offer wedding nuptials here at Camp Tomtuga. Our twist is having your vows done by Rev Bigfoot or Padre Yeti in full regalia. Comes with an actual legal wedding license. Cake is an extra fee. NO Dumpstation here!!! There is one 20 minutes south, just off the NY Thruway at the Flying J Truck Stop. 8484 Allegheny Rd, Pembroke. It is in the RV fuel island. Costs is $10. Get the code inside. *Ask about our free camper sticker or buying a Camp Tomtuga T-shirt. The shirts are Made to Order and can be mailed out afterwards. Hey if you could, when on the booking page it asks you to "Say Hello". Please tell me what kind of camper you are coming in like an RV or trailer and the size. It asks you that question right above that but I don't receive that info till much later. It just helps me gauge on placement here. I have plenty of room but it's nice to know what it showing up. Thanks 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.  Most of my guests use my campsites as a basecamp to then go and explore Niagara Falls or even day trip to Toronto Canada 106 miles away. I provide a list of local NY info / places to visit in Canada and my experience on crossing the border.  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). Thanks again, I hope you come and stay.
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99 ratings · 54 reviews
Backie J.recommends
April 5, 2024
Site 1 stone pack 50amp
Positive experience
Nice place! We pulled up late and were escorted to the site. Thomas was a gracious host and allowed a late checkout. Power supply, quiet and safe spot for a quick reprieve. Much appreciated!
Chas T.recommends
December 22, 2023
Site 2 grass area NO electric
Winter camping at the Tomtuga!
I had a wonderful time camping at Camp Tomtuga that I continued to up time til I finally had to leave New York State! Would definitely recommend staying here. Tom is an excellent host!
Chas T.recommends
December 12, 2023
Site 1 stone pack 50amp
Winter camping in my disabled persons ramp mini-van because I am wheelchair bound. Tom was super friendly and went the extra-mile to make my trip very enjoyable. He made sure i was able to hook up electric heaters and other devices by supplying me with a 110v plug in. . It does get a bit muddy so it made it a bit challenging to get around in a wheelchair but I always was able to make it work. Really quiet and peaceful. There are a couple of trains that rumble though during the week which was fun to watch them pass. I had the local birds and an occasional raccoon stop by for some of the treats I left out. Tom is very knowledgeable about the local tourist attractions and eateries in the area. I especially enjoyed Port's Pizza and Subs, which is just down the road, as the pizza is awesome and very reasonable. The Erie Canal is literally right across the road. There's also the NY Canal Trail that follows right along the canal that can be enjoyed all year long and a bride within walking distance from Camp Tomtuga.
Sara O.recommends
October 23, 2023
Site 1 stone pack 50amp
Very nice campsite at Tomtuga. Peaceful, relaxing weekend.
Cameron W.recommends
October 7, 2023
Site 1 stone pack 50amp
Cool place!
Cool and unique place. Host was nice and helpful. Peaceful and quiet area. Kids enjoyed the Erie Canal and close to Niagara falls
Camille D.recommends
October 2, 2023
Site 1 stone pack 50amp
We really enjoyed our stay at Tomtuga! Tom was a great host. Very knowledgeable about the area. Even drew us out a personal map so we knew exactly where to go! We would definitely stay again and highly recommend this spot!! Beautiful area & perfect location!
Gasport, Niagara, New York, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Ho-de-no-sau-nee-ga (Haudenosaunee) and Wenrohronon First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Thomas B.Joined in April 2021
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