Covid 19

Odetah Camping Resort has been welcoming campers for 42 years and now we look forward to welcoming everyone back following our temporary pause in operations. The safety, health and well-being of each of you as well as our staff and local community are our top priority. Thank you for your patience and please take care of yourselves and your families until we see you again.



Covid-19 Update – 6/17/20

Phase 2

As we begin Connecticut’s Phase 2 opening, please be aware that all previous guidelines and general safety procedures will still be in effect. The following is an update to our facilities and amenities that will be opening Wednesday, June 17, 2020 as well as any changes to our policies and any other specific areas of our park that will remain closed at this time. Many of the areas now opening will be limited in capacity per state orders and enforced by Odetah staff/management.

Opening

  • Playgrounds
  • Gym/Fitness Area
  • Beach swimming in the lake
  • Social Hall
  • Basketball/Tennis Courts/Beach Volleyball/Horseshoes/Shuffleboard
  • Activities/Events including Live Bands – (please be aware that our activities are all being modified to stay within state guidelines and CDC recommendations and will allow our campers to uphold safe social distancing. Activities and Events are subject to change at anytime and updates will be made throughout the season)
  • Boat Rentals
  • Scoop Shack Ice Cream
  • Oasis Lakeside Cafe
  • Odetah store will now be 100% open
  • Swimming Pool/Hot Tub/Splash Pad - (Opening Friday June 19, 2020)

Closed

  • Odetah Trams – (inability to safely uphold social distancing on public transportation)
  • NO VISITORS for transient sites or rentals are permitted and maximum site occupancy will be enforced in order to meet state guidelines on park occupancy
  • Wellness In The Woods Spa





  • Covid-19 Update – 5/20/20

    General Property Information

    • Odetah is an ideal location to practice physical/social distancing due to our property’s expansive lakeside layout throughout hundreds of acres and all within the great outdoors. The entire property has been deep cleaned and sanitized and multiple cleanings will continue throughout each day. Hand-sanitizing stations are also available throughout the property.
    • Odetah will comply with, or exceed, local or state mandated guidance and limitations.
    • Guests and staff will observe recommended distancing protocols.
    • Staff will all have Personal protection equipment (PPE) and we are recommending that all campers have them as well.
    • Staff will receive training on COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols with more comprehensive training for our teams with frequent guest contact.
    • The frequency of cleaning and sanitizing has been increased in all public spaces with an emphasis on frequent contact surfaces.

    General Guidelines

    • Everyone shall comply with Governor Lamont’s executive orders, including Executive Order 7N, which prohibits social and recreational gatherings of 6 or more people, and DECD guidance.
    • Stay at least six feet from others at all times and avoid gathering with others outside of your household.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • Out-Of-State campers are permitted and it is recommended that they self-quarantine for 14 days.
    • Wristbands received at check-in will be required to be worn and mandatory for all campers 3 years of age and up. Wristbands are an important part of keeping you and your families safe and secure while at Odetah.
    • NO VISITORS will be permitted and maximum site occupancy will be enforced in order to meet state guidelines on park occupancy.
    • Safety and security staffing will be heavily increased in order to maintain guidelines. Odetah staff and management will have the authority to uphold the compliance and enforcement of these guidelines and can deny entry or remove campers if necessary without refund.
    • All staff members will have masks for their safety and the safety and comfort of guests. Staff members will wear masks at all times when indoors. When working outdoors, staff members will have masks but are not required to wear them unless coming into contact with others or are working in a situation that they are unable to maintain social distancing. The health of our team members will be carefully monitored on a daily basis.

    What Will Be Open

    Odetah is now officially open for the 2020 camping season under new temporary guidelines and restrictions.

    • All site types are open for camping including RV sites, cabins, yurts and tent sites. Per state orders, campsites must maintain a minimum 20 feet distance.
    • Odetah Office/Store – we ask that any office communications be done remotely if possible. Adult patrons will be allowed in the store one at a time. We will only have for sale firewood, propane and ice during Memorial Weekend. We suggest that campers bring all necessities for camping with you.
    • Oasis Lakeside Café will be available for pick-up and delivery. Seating will not be allowed on the Oasis deck however you will find a number of picnic tables spaced apart on the grounds for use. We ask that campers do not move these common area picnic tables in order to maintain distancing guidelines.
    • Bathhouses/Restrooms will be open and will be thoroughly cleaned, maintained and sanitized throughout business hours with deep cleanings each morning and at night. Campers must use social distancing guidelines and wear facemasks while using bathhouse facilities.
    • Laundry facilities will be open and cleaned and maintained by staff. Campers must use social distancing guidelines and wear facemasks while using laundry facilities.
    • Mini Golf will be open and FREE to campers throughout Memorial Weekend. A staff member will be available during hours of operation to hand out clubs and golf balls and will be continuously cleaning, maintaining and sanitizing all equipment. Golfers must maintain social distancing guidelines at all times.
    • Beach Area – Campers will be allowed to utilize the beach but must maintain state guidelines of 15-feet of space from other beachgoers -- blanket-to-blanket -- to allow for a 6-foot radius around each person or family and a 3-foot walkway in between groups. Swimming will not be permitted in the lake at this time following the guidelines DEEP has set for inland waterways.
    • Boating will be allowed however Odetah rentals will not be available. We encourage campers to bring their own non-motorized boats to enjoy on the lake.
    • Fishing – campers can fish along the lake or out on personal boats. Be sure to maintain proper distancing and no fishing permitted inside of roped swim area.
    • Biking/Hiking/Recreation – it’s a great time to go on a bike ride or take a hike in nature. We also recommend bringing your own recreational equipment whether it’s a Frisbee or football to pass or ladder toss and cornhole game!
    • Social Hall Outdoor Decks – campers are welcome to use these areas and other Odetah table areas around the park. Do not move common area tables as Odetah has arranged them to provide adequate distancing. Staff members will be regularly cleaning and sanitizing common area tables.
    • Trash/recycling pickup will be routinely collected by staff members and we ask that you place it curbside by 5PM daily.
    • Dump stations will be open and routinely cleaned and maintained. We ask that campers be extremely cautious and uphold the highest sanitary standards when using the dump stations. Gloves and masks will be required to be worn. Emergency pumpouts will be available for a fee.

    Closed or Shutdown For Now

    Please be aware that these closings are all temporary and that their status may change throughout the season and also as the state progresses into additional opening phases. (Phase 2 – June 20th)

    • Swimming Pool/Hot Tub/Splash Pad
    • Playgrounds
    • Gym/Fitness Area
    • NO Swimming in the lake
    • Social Hall
    • Basketball/Tennis Courts/Beach Volleyball/Horseshoes/Shuffleboard
    • Activities/Events including Live Bands
    • Boat Rentals
    • Odetah Trams
    • Scoop Shack Ice Cream
    • Wellness In The Woods Spa

    Discounts will not be offered but our refund/cancellation policy will be updated and will continue to be updated throughout the season. Please understand that we received state guidance on May 20th and our industry and employees have been deemed non-essential since March 23rd. Due to the additional costs incurred to conduct business, we are not planning to extend additional discounts even if facilities are not available. We understand that you may wish to cancel your reservation so simply give us the appropriate notice and you will receive a refund. Campers with reservations for Memorial Weekend will receive a separate email outlining a specific cancellation policy for the holiday.

    For anyone that wishes or needs to cancel, we would like to encourage you to change your date if possible. Odetah is a small business and family owned and operated and we would love the opportunity to have you camp with us later this season. We certainly understand if that’s not possible and we will be waiving any cancellation fees on May camping stays.

    Please understand that even though these guidelines are temporary, they are not to be questioned or challenged. These are the rules and guidelines, Odetah is a privately owned campground, no one forces you to camp with us but we can certainly force you out.

    If anyone has a concern or question during their stay or feels that others may not be following guidelines and/or putting yourself or others at risk, we ask that you communicate your concerns directly to us. Staff members are around the park or you may contact our office or security line if after hours. (Office: 860-889-4144 / After Hours Security 860-886-8124)

    Please do your best to follow all CDC guidelines including self-monitoring of symptoms or illness or if you feel that you or a family member has been in contact with anyone who may show signs of symptoms or illness. Pay close attention to disinfecting, frequent hand washing, and overall healthy practices such as covering any coughs or sneezes.

    While many things have changed for now, remember some things will remain the same. We are extremely lucky to have a place like Odetah and a local rural community to spend time surrounded by nature, beauty and peace. We want each and everyone to understand that our ongoing commitment to providing you an exceptional environment with gracious hospitality and service will remain our ultimate goal.

    We would like to recognize and thank all of the first responders, health care workers, all essential workers and all non-essential workers for doing your part everyday to make life the best it can be through this challenging time and keeping us all healthy and safe. We will all get through this together.

    We want to remind all campers of what this great outdoor recreational pastime was founded on…one word…RESPECT. Respect for nature and respect for each other. We are so fortunate to be able to sleep out under the stars and take a much-needed break from looking at the same walls each and everyday. Please respect our park, our staff and all other campers. Be safe and see you soon!