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Tomtuga on the Erie Canal

· Gasport, Niagara, New York
2 acres hosted by Thomas B.
4 RV sites
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
Nomadic camping
Best for self-contained campers. There are no toilets, showers, or potable water at this Hipcamp.
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Big rig-friendly
Spacious, level camping well-suited for travel trailers over 40 ft long.
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. You still need to book a campsite for each camper using our "Overflow sites" for booking. This is just a clerical thing for charges. Actually campsite #1 can hold three campers. 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 certificate (you still need a license to make it legal). 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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Kym D.recommends
July 22, 2024
Site 1 stone pack 50amp
Weekend on the Erie Canal.@ Tomtuga
Tomtuga was an easy pull thru site with electric on the Erie Canal in Gasport, NY. The campsite has an eclectic collection of repurposed items that make the experience festive, creative and very unique. A local train came thru on Friday and the canal was active with boats, kayaks and barges throughout the weekend. We were able to hike some of the NYS Parks and rode our bikes on the canal trail to Lockport and back. Thomas ~ our host, was a wealth of knowledge and information, very hospitable and friendly. He shared history of the area, provided us with an itinerary of local events and offered many suggestions for dining, fresh produce, wineries/breweries. We (hubby, 6 year old rescue pup and I) had a fantastic time! THANK YOU TOMTUGA!!
Mary G.recommends
July 13, 2024
Site 1 stone pack 50amp
Had a wonderful space and Tomas was a great host. Gave us lots of information about the area!
Colleen T.recommends
July 7, 2024
Site 2 grass area NO electric
One of a kind perfection
Perfect location!, Located close to so many small towns and interesting landmarks. Tom was very accommodating!, The perfect host. He was informative and has a ton on knowledge of all the surrounding areas. Friendly, welcoming and great stories. Awesome reuse of different products to make his place unique and marvelous. Will definitely recommend and will be back in the future. Had a great weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the towns in all directions. The canal is great scenery. Very peaceful camp. Felt at home. Easy access for our travel trailer to get in. Can’t say enough good things of this one of a kind camping experience!
Joe C.recommends
July 5, 2024
Site 1 stone pack 50amp
Great place to just relax. It took me back in time scouting.
Sharon P.recommends
July 2, 2024
Site 2 grass area NO electric
Tomtuga has a unique property that can please any person that is young at heart. We truly enjoyed his hospitality and his unique fire starting qualities. Sitting around a campfire and exchanging stories was a great end of the day. We saw a train just after our arrival and did a couple of Pennies. (Ask Tom he’ll tell ya). We saw a few boats on the canal which we thought was awesome. When we go through that way again, which I know we will, his place is a stop for sure!
Mary G.recommends
July 2, 2024
Overflow Campsite #3
Nice area
The area was spacious and easy to get level. Site #1 had electricity so the fur babies stayed nice and cool. Thomas was very knowledgeable about the area. I would stop again if I go back that way.
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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