Westover ARB FamCamp

 
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Westover ARB FamCamp

Location

Installation
Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee, MA
GPS Coordinates
42.1896, -72.5542
Location Information
Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee, MA

Directions

Directions
From I-90, use Exit 5 (SR-33) and follow signs to Westover ARB. Ask sentry how to get to FamCamp, since even though you can see it from the gate, it is confusing.

Map

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Map of Westover ARB FamCamp

Contact Information

Phone Number
(413) 557-2192

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians.
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Not accepted.
Internet Access
Family Services building has computers/internet access Monday-Friday.
Campground Information
14 day stay limit, but 14 day extensions may be granted if space available.
Facilities
Bowling.
Amenities
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Picinic Area
  • Hiking
  • Exchange
  • Shoppete

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Hardstand
20
W/20,30,50A
$20
$240 (2 weeks)
$480
Overflow
Large
None
$8
$48
N/A
Tent
15
None
$8
$48
N/A

Other Information

Weather Information

Nice quiet location with a variety of large sites. Excellent location for touring central/western MA.

Photos

Attachments

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User reviews

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Overall rating 
 
3.9
Location 
 
4.1  (30)
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
3.9  (30)
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.5  (30)
Value 
 
4.0  (30)
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4.0  (30)
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Aug 22-23, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0
The location is perfect for an overnight stay on your way to New Hampshire. It's easy to get to, with a Shopette nearby (you actually go past it on your way to the FamCamp). The FamCamp has water and electric, but no sewer. You have to use one of those blue portable honey wagons and have it pumped out, or take it to the dump station. The manager is nice and friendly, the facilities are clean and the Club is in the corner of the campground. We'd stay again, but just short stays...
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August 31, 2016
Overall rating 
 
1.5
Location 
 
3.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
1.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
1.0
Value 
 
2.0
Overall Experience 
 
1.0
This stay was a complete disappointment from our first. We knew in advance that reservations are not taken, but still called four days prior to see how many open sites they had available. I called the office six times over the course of four days and never spoke to anyone. I left a message each time, specifically telling them the date I was looking to arrive and asking how many sites were currently open. I received one return call, which I was not able to take, and the message left from them only stated who they were and the phone number, no answer to any of my questions. The day we were looking to stay I called and again only got the voice mail. We figured we would try stopping by since it was on our route. We arrived fifteen minutes before the scheduled close time and found the doors already locked and the office worker heading to his truck. I was able to catch him and ask what was available. He said he had just given away his last open site to a motor cycle trailer that only needed a 20 amp hookup. When I asked why we had not received a return call to any of my messages but one, he just stated he does his best to return all calls. Since he had no sites, he allowed us to park next to the bath house and plug in where one of the rental trailers are plugged in. It wasn't until we parked the RV did we find we were on top of a bees nest and the swarm was at our door. We had to wait till nearly sun down for the bees to leave, since sprays did no good. The only thing we could use was the power and that was ok. Until a change in the office personnel takes place, we will not even attempt to stay here again. 
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September 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
Great campground with nice restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Spacious sites in a forested area adjacent to the airfield. Friendly staff. 
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May 8-9, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0
This park has some real potential.  We stopped here for two nights on our way to New Hampshire, so the location was ideal for our route.  When you arrie, you will enter the main gate, go through the traffic circle, pass the the gas station where you will turn left.  This road will lead right to the campground.  To echo what others have said, the camp is treated without a lot of care.  We arrived on a Saturday after the office closed and chose a spot.  We had to inspect three different sites since the first two were 50 amp service only and we are 30 amp.  We chose site 11 which gave us good TV antenna coverage as well as Verizon wifi.  The pad was concrete and level with plenty of room for our 35 ft fifth wheel and truck.  The big negative was the trash in the fire pit that seemed to have been there for some time.  This could be a really nice campground, it just needs the attention.  If passing through we would definitely stay again.
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June 8, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
1.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0
Excellent location. Arrived on a Sunday. No host and office was closed; instructions for self parking were adequate. We took spot 16. No satellite reception because of trees. MIFI signal was poor. Spot was level, but so unkept. Grass was overgrown; dirty rug left on ground; fire pit full of trash, etc. Bathroom was adequate, but filthy. Several "homesteaders". This fam camp could be such a gem. It just looked like nobody cared.
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17 Aug 2013 - 3 Sep 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
We had called the day before to see what the possibility of getting a site would be because reservations are not accepted. We were told to come on in and they'd find us something - even if it was backing up to the building and plugging in to power there. We arrived on a Saturday. The gas station is the first facility you encounter on the way to the FAMCAMP. Made it convenient to fuel up before going to the FAMCAMP. There was no one working at the FAMCAMP when we arrived. Fortunately, there was one space remaining (# 13). My MIFI worked well in this space but we could not get our satellite TV to receive signals because there were so many trees around. The next day, the people in space 20 left and we moved into it. When I parked on the small concrete slab, the TV would still not receive signals but then I moved 6 feet forward off the slab and the signal came in great. However, my MIFI did not work as well. I parked our car out in the open and placed my MIFI in it and then got a good reception. The FAMCAMP host is also the outdoor recreation office manager. This is the best equipped outdoor recreation I have ever seen. That is the good news. The bad news is that the manager is so busy with outdoor recreation sales he had little time to devote to the FAMCAMP. However, he was very receptive to any problems we had. The FAMCAMP is centrally located in the New England area. We made day and overnight trips to Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. There is just so much history that you could spend months here and still not see it all. My biggest dislike was with the shower room. The shower was large and had good water pressure. However, the only privacy you had was when you were in the shower. I'm not too good at dressing and undressing just in the shower. When you step out of the shower, you are in a big open room. I did manage to stay clean though. We had a really good time here and would come back.
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May 29 to June 12th, 2013
(Updated: June 13, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
1.3
Location 
 
3.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
1.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
1.0
Value 
 
1.0
Overall Experience 
 
1.0
Our arrival at the famcamp did not go smoothly, it took a long time on a hot afternoon to have one of the outdoor recreation staff members to arrive to open the office, not the member who had posted the sign about to call him on the door. We were given three sites to choose from, except one was occupied but not noted on the status board. We did not want the site in the trees and chose the end site (#20). This famcamp appears to be tolerated, rather than show pride of ownership in its appearance and upkeep. When we went to the laundry there was a female camper sweeping the floor and her husband doing the touch up. She could not stand it any longer. Outdoor Rec gave her the broom. For some reason the laundry door is propped open 24 hours a day. Our site had electrical problems, 30amp and 20 amp service. When the campers in the trees lost their power from a nearby lightening strike we got our box fixed that lasted for one week. The air conditioner would have a very strange sound as though it were stalling out. Who ever was closest to it would shut it off. A few minutes later everything would be fine until the next time it occurred. The neighbor in site 19 originally had electrical
problems when they arrived in March but they were repaired and have worked fine. The rate posted is $20 for the day, $240 for Two weeks, $480 for Four weeks. The laundry is now $1 for washers and dryers. We enjoyed meeting some of the fellow campers. This base is convenient to day trip to all of the New England states except ME. We will return to the base to meet our friends but will stay elsewhere. Besides Masse's restaurant, seek out Bernies Restaurant on James street, just outside the back gate (which closes at 6PM). They are closed on Mondays and give you large portions for the money charged. We had a short wait at 6:30 on a Tuesday but it was well worth it. The Chicopee Library is about 4.5 miles from the famcamp on Front street and is well equipped. We went to the family services building to use the computers to check email, they are set up for smart card users. The USO located there runs a food bank for the lower rank enlisted. We brought them dry goods but they also have refrigeration and freezer space available.
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30 Jul 2012
(Updated: August 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
Although they were full due to an upcoming air show, the staff was extremely helpful towards my wife and I. I very much recommend this campground!
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13 July - 3 Aug 2012
(Updated: July 28, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Location 
 
3.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
The park is small but pretty well maintained. There are a couple of guys who work at the outdoor recreation facility and they are very helpful. None of the spots has sewer so one must drag their campers to the dump site or they will, for a nominal fee ($12), pump your tanks. They do this twice a week, Tuesday and Thursdays, although they will do it if asked and they have two people on hand. There is no WiFi but a trip to Starbucks and friend wife is happy and I get on line. The BX is small and the gas station has some other stuff but not a full service store by any stretch of the imagination. There are large grocery stores very near and some real good restaurants. Masse's is just down the road and has the freshest sea food in the area as they are a distributor and supplier to the other restaurants in the area. The entrance to the base off Westover Road goes right by the RV park. Entering through the gate is no big problem as there are only rubber cones blocking the way if the commercial entrance is closed. Go through the gate and take the first left after the gas station/shoppette and follow the road around, back by the gate you just came through, to the RV park. We were in the area visiting family and very convenient. We would stay again.
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Sept 2011
(Updated: September 26, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
5.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
The road to the fam camp was under construction when we were there but still easy to get to fam camp. A really nice clean and fairly quite very large sites. We used the famcamp to do day trip to all the New England states worked perfect for us. I would go back has the elec and water hookup with dump station and honey wagon that comes around once a week.
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Aug. 28-29, 2010
(Updated: October 13, 2010)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
We stayed here for 2 nights in August. Campground is clean with large sites. Had some difficulty getting to the campground after getting onto the base. We found the bath house and laundry room clean. Will definitely come back when up that way.
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9-11 Oct 2010
(Updated: October 11, 2010)
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Location 
 
2.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
2.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0
We stayed for two nights over a weekend. The campground was very quiet with not much going on on the base. The dirt road through the campground has several large potholes that should be filled. The concrete pads on the sites are too short for our 38' class A but the sites were level. The first site we tried had no water which we reported. The laundry facilities were very good and cheap at $.75 for both washers and dryers. The bathrooms were clean. Small exchange, no commissary although the convenience store at the gas station carried a few thing, including Class 6. Gas prices were considerably lower than outside the gate. Not much else to say. It is a good stopping over point if traveling through Massachusetts but not much to do in this area. At $18/night, it was a real bargain as we had just paid $37.50/night in a very dumpy campground in CT.
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19 Sep, 2010
(Updated: September 24, 2010)
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Location 
 
2.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
2.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0
We were on our way from Boston, MA to West Point, NY and made a slight detour to stay here long enough to get our Frequent Camper logbook stamped. Since we were only here overnight, I can't make a thorough evaluation but this is not a place I will return to and I do not understand all the 4 and 5 scores this place was given in previous reviews. I have stayed at about 60 military campgrounds and this place would be in the bottom 10.
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Aug 27 - 29, 2010
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
Great first time camping experience for my 3-yr and 8-yr old sons. Very nice location for quiet relaxing time around campfire. Location was kept very clean overall. Staff and all on-base personnel were very friendly. Definitely looking forward to a return visit!
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June 4 - Aug 3, 2010
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
Traveling this past summer I stopped at Westover Fam Campground. Found the staff to be very friendly. Had to extend my stay for an operation on my knee which kept me there for a couple of months. Club was a great place to eat as you can buy and cook your own steak. Rest rooms were cleaned everyday and campground was very neat with big lots. My 38ft class A was a little big for the pads but it was no problem. I was able to level. Again the staff was excellent and I will return again.
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Sept 13 - Sept 19, 2009
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Location 
 
3.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Not much has changed since my last visit. This place is a nice little campground, friendly staff and small concrete pads. I noticed that motor homes had some of there leveling jacks off the pads because they were not long enough. I was in site 19 and must comment on the electric. It states above that the sites are 20/30/50A. Sites 19 and 20 are only 20/30A. This is not a problem for me, but for someone with a big motorhome, it could be. The exchange is well stocked as is the small store at the gas station. To me it is a good stopping off spot when passing through.
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22- 24 August 2009
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Very nice, small FamCamp - as noted, no sewers but OK for a short stay. Previous reviewer Arnie had it right on entry, in fact it appeared to me that all access to base is through the one gate, all other access points seem to be permanently closed. Entry is from I-90, to MA33 (Memorial Dr), North to Right on Westover Road, that's it. WiFi has very particular "Govt" parameters that must be entered exactly as stated to gain access, an type of error will result in no access. However, after getting all just right I did get online from Site 5 which is across road from the even numbered sites. Sites have some low spots so rain, which there's been lots of in New England over this summer, make it a bit messy due to short concrete pads. Only big problem I noted and which I mentioned to office on departure (they already knew!) was "permanent" resident in Site 12 with dog barks all day while he/they are evidently gone to work! Big German Shepard so it is very loud, just open your door and he hears you and starts up, someone walks by or drives by, same thing. Office response was kind of "oh yeah it's a pretty big dog"; so guess there is no intention to act on any such complaints - too bad.
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June 3-5, 2009
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
First time here. Had a wonderful time! The easiest way to get there is to utilize I-90, Mass. Pike as is suggested. Suggest strongly NOT to enter at the northern gate - barriers! Getting to the FamCamp isn't too difficult. I'll try to upload a scanned map to the Webmaster for inclusion. Sites 1-15 are mostly shady. 16-20 are mostly sunny until late afternoon. Westover Club (combined O & E) shown on the map does have wireless (need info to access; ask at the Club) but is difficult to receive at the FamCamp. Best chances would be at Sites 6, 8, 10, & 12. Those same sites appear to have units that have been there an extended time (14 days at a time). Sites 8, 10, 12, & 16-20 would have the best chance for satellite TV reception. Fairly short cement pads, but not a problem for our 25 foot trailer. A bit of noise from C-5s flying approaches or running engines, but they stopped flying at 10 p.m. on the one night they were flying while we were there. Very friendly & helpful staff. Clean bathrooms/showers and laundry. You can rent canoes, tents, RV trailers, and other items at the Services Office at the FamCamp where you check in. Good food at the club - some nights buffet, some nights menu. Good value for what you get. I will definitely stay here again if I get the chance. ---- Additional information: I have uploaded a map of Westover ARB in the Files section of this web site. It might help if you download it, print it out, and have the guard at the gate show you the route to get to the FamCamp. Also, the Gas Station is only usable if it is open. You must have your ID checked before you are allowed to purchase fuel. Arnie Johnson
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May 6, 2009
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
Nice, convenient location for NE tourist travel, except finding the base was VERY frustrating as there was no address and the site directions were only from one highway which is totally not able to be found. Manager of campground and sentries are all super helpful & pleasant. Spots are sand with lots of high trees and cement pad (at least where I parked). Water and 30 amp service with a common sewer dump. Easy to get into park & site (once directed by the sentry.) There's a Super WalMart within a mile or so. I didn't use any of the base facilities so can't comment.
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29-30 July 2008
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0
We just got back from an overnight trip (tent camping). We have Season passes to Six Flags New England, and this campground is about 20min away. I decided to try this instead of spending all that money on a hotel when all we do is sleep there. I (31yr old female) took my 2 yr old daughter, 3yr old son, 15 yr old son, and 14 yr old nephew. I was impressed, as this was my first time staying at a military campground. The people were very friendly and accommodating. The facilities were new looking and very clean, great showers, we (myself and the two little ones) used the handicapped shower with the detachable sprayer and it worked great. The sites were nice and level. It was kind of odd that the tent sites didn't have picnic tables. They said we could take a camper site for the same price, since it wasn't very busy and we did, just to have the picnic table. We hadn't brought any chairs and I wanted somewhere for the little ones to sit for breakfast. Laundry area was nice. We'll definitely stay here again. Probably in a few weeks when I go to Six Flags again!
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