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Belvedere Lake
Campground & Resort
270 Gage Road, Cherry Valley, NY 13320 Email: belvdere@telenet.net
Phone: (607) 264-8182
A Family Campground... The Way It Used To Be!
Seasonal Agreement
The following rules apply to all seasonal campers, please abide by these rules as they are part of your commitment when you rented your site with us.  Failure to observe these rules shall constitute forfeiture of the right to continue occupancy and in such cases no rental fees will be refunded.
1. SITE RULES:
Only one camping unit is allowed per site.  No more than two      automobiles/trucks per site.  Site rental includes 2 adults and children 18 years of age or younger.  Family members over the age of 18 are permitted with an additional charge.  A small tent for use by your own children may be set up on your site while you are present, it must be taken down when you are not here.  Quiet time is from 11:00 pm to 8:00 am.  Children must be at their site or with parents after 10:00 pm.  Setting by your campfire as late as you like is permitted, provided the noise level is acceptable.  Disorderly conduct, obscene acts or intoxication will not be tolerated.  You will be held responsible for any damage caused by you, your children, your pets or your guests.  Please do not cross other campsites without prior permission.  Golf carts are restricted to roadway use or the golf course only.  The speed limit in the campground is 5 mph, please observe it.  No washing of camper, golf cart or vehicles without prior approval from Chuck.
2. SITE MAINTENANCE:
You are responsible for keeping your grass cut and your site neat.  We ask that you mow at least every two weeks.  If you are unable to maintain your site in a satisfactory manner we will mow and/or clean up your site and bill you for it at our current rate.
 
3. BOATS:
You are allowed one row boat, paddle boat or canoe per site.  We do not      permit non-seasonal boats on the lake without prior approval.  The only type of motor      permitted on the lake is electric (no exceptions).  A dock may be built for your boat but it must have prior approval.  Boats must be used responsibly by adults (CHILDREN ARE NOT PERMITTED IN BOATS BY THEMSELVES).  Approved floatation devices must be available in the boat at all times.  Any misuse or abuse of boating privileges will result in your boat being banned from lake..
5. STORAGE BUILDINGS, DECK & LANDSCAPING:
A building permit is required prior to construction; this permit may be obtained in the office.
6. GUESTS:
Each site will be allowed 4 day guests at no charge (holidays are an      exception to this rule).  All guests must register with the office and will be issued a car pass unless riding with you.  Guests staying over night with you will be charged $5.00/person per night ages 6 and older.  Additional day guests over the 4 per day limit will be charged $5.00/person if over age 6 (holidays are an exception to this rule).  All guests on holiday weekends will be charged $5.00 per person per day. Guests using your camper when you are not there will be charged the day rate of $5.00/person (6 and over).  If camper is used over night then they will be charged $35 per night normal rate for a campsite.  Guests must pay cover charge if attending dance events.  GRANDCHILDREN:  12 and under are free to stay without charge. Please make sure you sign your grandchild in at the office and pay accordingly.
7. GOLF CARTS:
All carts must be operated by persons with a driver’s license or permit age 16 and over.  Carts are allowed on our roadways or golf course when playing golf (carts with off road tires ARE NOT ALLOWED on golf course).  All golf carts must have headlights, taillights, brakes etc. to make sure golf cart is safe.  All carts must have your site # on them in a location that is visible at all times.  Everyone riding on the cart must have a seat and be seated while the cart is in motion.  No sitting in other peoples laps (other than infant children).   Any violation of these rules or unsafe/dangerous use of carts will require the cart to be removed from our campground.  Speed limit is 5 mph please observe this at all times. 
8. FISHING:
We have a catch and release policy in effect.  Fishing is not allowed on the beach area or in front of seasonal campsites.  We only allow registered campers to fish in our lake.  No fishing is allowed in any of the golf course ponds.  If you are caught keeping Bass or Trout your fishing privileges will be suspended.  If your guests are fishing they are your responsibility.  Repeated violation of these rules can result in your removal from the campground.  Do not throw any garbage or plastic in our lake.
9. GOLF:
Standard golf etiquette applies to our course.  No one under the age of 18 will be allowed to golf on the course without a responsible adult or parent with them who has golfing experience.  All golfers must register their tee time in the office, and either pay a fee or indicate “M” meaning member next to their name.  The fee for the golfing is posted in the office.  A golf membership is available for singles or couples from the same site.  Golf carts are never allowed on the greens and in most cases should remain on cart paths when possible.  Metal spiked shoes are not permitted on course.  Children 12 & under, dogs and bikes are not permitted on course.
10. GARBAGE:
Garbage will be picked up at the front of your site on Tuesdays and   Sundays around 4:00 pm.  All garbage must be placed in a bag in an enclosed container with a can liner.  You must also have a sign saying “Yes” we have garbage or “No” can is empty.  If your garbage is not placed in a container properly and we have to clean it up, there will be an additional charge.  We will only pickup household garbage (we do not pickup broken grills, tanks, chairs or other debris, these items you will have to take home to dispose of).  It is very important that we recycle glass, metal cans, propane cylinders, aerosol cans or returnable bottles (all recyclables in one bag).    
11. SWIMMING SAFETY RULES:
The swimming area at Belvedere Lake is not supervised by a lifeguard or other responsible person.  When you swim in our lake you do so at your own risk.  In place of on-site supervision, this facility has established a series of safeguards to be followed by all guests.  We are required to notify you of these rules, to ensure that water rescue equipment is at the beachside and that the swimming area is maintained in a sanitary manner.  In the interest of your safety and that of your guests, we require you to follow these rules.  Injuries can be prevented and safety is everyone’s responsibility.  If you notice any problems with the water quality or the absence of safety equipment please notify a staff member at once.  Your attention to these rules plus your own good “common sense” will help keep you safe.  If you have any questions please stop by our office for further information.

Please read the safety rules located at the entrance and outlined below.
(BEACH IS OPEN 10AM - 6PM MEMORIAL DAY THRU LABOR DAY WEEKEND)

1.  Never swim alone.  A minimum of two responsible adults (18 years of age or older) must be present whenever this swimming area is in use, with at least one adult on the beach front at all times.
2.  There is no substitute for adequate supervision.  Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied to the bathing facility by a parent or guardian, or similar adult responsible for their safety and behavior.
3.  In an emergency, notify the facility operator and contact help immediately.  A free telephone is provided at this facility (located outside office).  Telephone numbers for the nearest emergency medical service are posted.
4.  Only use this facility during posted hours of operation.
5.  Do not drink alcohol and swim.
6.  Only registered guests may use this facility.
7.  Swim only in designated area and never jump or dive as this is unsafe.
12. SERVICES:
Propane, Electric and any other item or service charged if not paid when due or within 10 days will be subject to a late fee of $10.00.  This fee will be added to the amount owed.  If still unpaid after 30 days an additional late fee of $10.00 will be added.  This late fee will be added for each 30 day period the bill remains unpaid.  Please be advised that your gate card will be blocked for unpaid bills.
 
13. ITEMS FOR SALE:
For sale signs are not permitted on our sites without prior   approval.  When selling a camper on Belvedere Lake property a fee of 5% or $500 whichever is greater of the sale price will be due and payable to Belvedere Lake when sold.  When selling a golf cart, deck or shed on our campground property a fee of 10% of the sale price will be due and payable to Belvedere Lake when sold.  All sales MUST be handled through the office to avoid any problems or confusion.  When a camper is sold please remember that the site is not included in the sale.  Also, there will be no refund of the current seasonal price paid.  If the purchaser would like to leave the camper on the same site, arrangements with the office will have to be made and a prorated site fee paid.  All advertising of items for sale must be approved by Chuck.  If you feel this is unfair, you may remove your item for sale from the campground and sell it elsewhere.
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14. WASHERS & DRYERS:
If you want a washer and or dryer on your site you will be required to pay an additional fee.  If your camper has a washer/dryer in it please do not use it without paying the additional fee.
15. TOILETS:
All campers equipped with a toilet are required to have a holding tank and use it.  We require holding tank chemicals and RV/Marine toilet tissue to be used in our system.  The use of regular toilet paper can clog up your holding tank and our sewer system.  Please keep your “Black Water” valve closed unless you are dumping your tank.e.
16. GRAY WATER:
It is against DEC regulations to dump gray water on the ground; we do however allow you to leave your gray water tank valve open when attached to our sewer system.  Attached you will find a copy of our campground waste system procedure. 
17. PETS:
All pets that are brought into the campground must have current rabies vaccination records on file with our office.  Pets are not allowed in any of our buildings, on the golf course, mini golf course or pavilions.  You must clean up after your pet both on and off your site, and dispose of this waste at your campsite.  Excessive barking will not be tolerated, and your pet must be in a pen or on a leash (6 ft. maximum) anytime it is outside your camper.  If your pet becomes a problem we may ask you to remove it from the campground.  No attack breed dogs are allowed, such as pit bulls etc.
18. BIKES:
There is no bike riding allowed after dark.  Bikers should wear helmets for their safety.  Speed limit of 5 mph also applies to bikes, as well as one-way signs.  Please enter and leave the campground in the space provided next to the entrance gate, so you are not opening our exit gate
19. PAVILION:
Use of the pavilion is by reservation only (see office staff).  A $75 fee is charged for pavilion use.  All visiting guests must register in the office and pay the appropriate fee.  You will be responsible for:  cleaning the pavilion before & after your function   and taking any garbage with you.
20. FOOD FUNCTIONS:
Those wishing to attend any of our food functions must signup by the deadline so we can plan the food for the event accordingly.  If you have not signed up ahead of time, we still may be able to accommodate you on a first come first serve basis once it is determined if we have extra meals available. 
21. MAIL BOX:
We have provided you with a mail box in our office.  We will use this box for any bills you may have including electric and propane.  Our regular mail delivery will be sorted and any mail for you will be placed in your box.  (You should be checking your mailbox weekly to avoid late fees being added to overdue bills. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!!)
22. GATED ACCESS:
We are a gated campground with controlled access.  Our system requires an access card to enter.  DO NOT give your access card to any person who is not registered with the office for that day.  We will consider this a serious breach of our policy and will react accordingly.  If you have guests that arrive after hours they can park in our lot by the office and walk in or you can pick them up.  Remember that you will need to register them as soon as the office opens the next day.  DO NOT force open the gate this can result in damage and a substantial bill that you will be responsible for.
23. PRIOR TO OPENING DAY:
The campground is only open to campers during our posted season schedule.  We are now forced to deny access prior to opening date or after closing day except by special appointment.  Please do not show up prior to opening day and expect to use your camper, we will not allow this.  If you visit the campground outside of our regular season, we may grant you walking access but you will have to leave by 4:00 pm with no exceptions
24. CLOSING WEEKEND:
:  We will post our closing day.  You must close up your camper on or before that date.  On your final day please read your electric meter and then stop in the office we will calculate your final electric bill for the season.


***ALL BILLS MUST BE PAID PRIOR TO YOU LEAVING FOR THE SEASON***



Campground Waste System Procedures
WE CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH THE IMPORTANCE THAT EVERYONE FOLLOW THIS PROCEDURE!!


It has been brought to our attention that campers are emptying their black water tanks prematurely.  By doing this, it does not allow the chemicals in the holding tank enough time to break down the tissue and work properly.  This causes stress on the campground septic system.  It’s understandable that you can’t leave your gray water valve closed all the time.  However, close the gray valve a day or so prior to emptying your black water.
You should only empty a holding tank (black or gray) when it is over 3/4 full.  Filling each tank to a level above the 3/4 mark before empting will ensure you’ll have enough volume (and velocity), to thoroughly drain the tank and flush the hose.

Here’s another reason for keeping the gray holding tank valve completely closed except during evacuation. Ever walk through a beautiful, scenic campground and catch a whiff of sewer odor wafting through the park?  All RV’s with the gray tank valve in the open position are simply acting as a direct conduit to the park’s sewer system. Each RV becomes a mini-vent of sorts, in parallel with the septic system of that campground. No wonder sewer odors still abound in the nicest of destination sites.

A large septic system in a campground will have fundamental venting designed into it, but with numerous RV’s connected to that system with their gray tank valves open, odors can rise up through the park’s septic system, through the sewer hoses of those campers, through their empty gray holding tanks and up the vents of those holding tanks. Remember, it may be your gray tank, but it’s the campground’s black and gray odors coming up and through it.  By keeping the gray tank valve closed until the tank is almost full, you will eliminate the localized venting of the campground sewer gasses at your particular site. The more campers who follow this, the less likely we’ll have to endure septic odors in and around the campground.


Empty the black tank first. This is pretty much standard procedure and something most all campers are aware of.  After the black tank empties flush it out with fresh water. 
After flushing the tank out make sure you cover the bottom of the black tank completely with fresh water and add your holding tank deodorant.  Make sure you’re using RV/Marine toilet tissue at all times.  This is the ONLY type of toilet tissue you should use!!!  Empty the gray tank last. Dumping the gray tank last utilizes its liquid contents, as well as the fresh water induced after dumping, to help wash away any solid waste that may remain in the sewer hose.
 
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