10 Awesome Adirondack Camping Spots

It is because of our desire for adventure and our passion for the area that we are driven to create a way to share our love of the Adirondack Park and all that it has to offer with others.

1. Moose River Plains Wild Forest

 

Location: Between the towns of Inlet and Indian Lake, NY

Why we love it: The Moose River Plains is a great place to escape to when you’re looking for accessible wilderness.  The campsites are incredibly spaced out and remote, but everything is still accessible by car.  In the early summer months, Helldiver Pond is notorious for having a huge male moose visitor, often seen snacking on the aquatic vegetation.

Features: Primitive sites; limited outhouses available.  Some waterfront sites in the Cedar River Flow area.

2. Fish Creek Ponds

 

Location: Lake Clear, NY

Why we love it: Fish Creek offers visitors a true feeling of community camping with just enough privacy.  From being cheered on from the shore while enjoying water sports, to the “yoo-hoo” calls that circle around the lake just before quiet hours hit, the campground is a friendly and fun place.  Nearby is Rollins Pond, the quieter alternative to Fish Creek.  Canoers and kayakers can paddle from Fish Creek up to Rollins Pond by exploring a neat channel system with winding narrow streams and ponds of various sizes connecting the two larger bodies of water.

Features: Full campground facility – hot showers and bathroom facilities, plentiful prime water sites, ice cream truck in the summer.

3. Forked Lake

 

Location: Near Long Lake, NY

Why we love it: Forked Lake is a pretty well-hidden gem.  It is quiet and peaceful with 80 campsites accessible by boat or by foot (a bit of a hike for all but the three sites near the ranger post are RV-accessible).  The area offers plenty of opportunities for exploration by boat, including some beautiful islands.  Only small boats allowed, so the lake remains calm and the loons certainly love it.  It is important for paddlers to be aware that some parts of the lake are surrounded by private land.

 

Features: Primitive sites, outhouse available at each site; all waterfront sites, even some islands!

4. Lake Eaton

 

Location: Near Long Lake, NY

Why we love it: This campground offers 135 tent and trailer sites, a nice nature hike at the northern end, and a sandy beach with volleyball court and boat rentals.  The shallows near the shore, and sometimes in the middle of the lake, make for great swimming and fishing grounds.  There are plenty of activities in the nearby Long Lake, from boating of all types to grabbing a nice dinner at the Adirondack Hotel.  No trip to the Long Lake area is complete without stopping in at Hoss’s Country Store for a friendly chat with a stranger or a true Adirondack souvenir.

 

Features: Full campground facility – hot showers and bathroom facilities, plentiful prime water sites, secluded sites, boat and canoe rentals.

5. Lake Lila

 

Location: West of Long Lake

Why we love it: Lake Lila is the perfect place to get away from it all and just enjoy the fresh air in the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area.  There are 24 primitive campsites on this secluded lake, 18 of which are accessible only by boats (no motors allowed!) which must be carried down a 0.3 mile trail to the launch.  The lake is quiet and full of nooks and crannies just waiting to be explored.  A gentle climb up to the summit of Mount Frederica right next to the lake provides beautiful views of Lake Lila and the surrounding peaks.

Features: Primitive sites, island sites, rustic box toilets, accessible by boat or by foot.

6. Lewey/Indian Lake

 

Location: South end of Indian Lake, NY

Why we love it: There is a HUGE amount of water to explore between both Lewey Lake and Indian Lake.  It is also very easy to get from one lake to the other. A wetland area at the southern end of Lewey Lake has a channel system that allows paddlers to truly immerse themselves in a marsh ecosystem – surrounded by reeds, birds, and small mammals of all kinds, there is no better way to learn about nature.

Features: Full campground facility – hot showers and bathroom facilities, plentiful prime water sites, secluded sites, boat and canoe rentals.

7. Limekiln Lake

 

Location:  Inlet, NY

Why we love it: This campground has a staggering 271 campsites, however, only a small portion of them are waterfront.  There is a great beach to make up for this fact though, and the lake itself is a lot of fun to explore.  There are several little islands to explore while paddling, including one with a large rock that makes for the perfect platform for jumping into the water.  Limekiln is known for it’s bear visitors, so each campsite is equipped with a bear locker for food storage.

 

Features: Full campground facility – hot showers and bathroom facilities, a few prime water sites, secluded sites, boat and canoe rentals.

8. Saranac Lake Islands

 

Location: Near Saranac Lake, NY

Why we love it: You’re camping… ON AN ISLAND!  Sometimes your own private island.  The lake is beautiful and offers plenty of privacy.  There are even some sites available along the shoreline.  While the paddle can take a few hours from the DEC launching area off of Rte. 3, once you reach your site, the reward is worth the hard work.  We experienced one of the best sunsets of our lives while camping on one of the islands – the deep purples, pinks, and oranges were unlike anything we had ever seen.

Features: Primitive sites, rustic outhouses, accessible by boat only.

9. Seventh Lake

 

Location: Near Inlet, NY

Why we love it: The lean-tos on Seventh Lake work on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The sites are all waterfront and most of them have a perfect place to hang a hammock so that you can dip your toes in the water.  The Eighth Lake campground right around the corner is good if you are looking for something a little less primitive. Seventh Lake is close in proximity to Inlet, a charming Adirondack town with a killer pizza/wings/beer place – the Screamen Eagle… if you stop in for a visit, try the bourbon wings, you’ll love them.

Features: Primitive sites, rustic toilet boxes, accessible by boat or foot (much faster by boat).

10. Tioga Point

 

Location: Raquette Lake, NY

Why we love it: This is another one of the boat access-only campgrounds, so you certainly get a nice tour of Raquette Lake as you make your way out to the quiet peninsula that houses 15 lean-tos, 10 tent sites, and a very friendly ranger.  From 1951 to 1966, Tioga Point was actually the Raquette Lake Boys Camp operated by the Conservation Department.  Even though the camp buildings were removed, there is still a rustic community camping feeling present at Tioga Point.

Features: Primitive sites, rustic outhouses, accessible by boat.

It is because of our desire for adventure and our passion for the area that we are driven to create a way to share our love of the Adirondack Park and all that it has to offer with others.  Out of our adventures and motivation to become ambassadors of the Park, Pure Adirondacks, or PureADK.com, was born.  By documenting our discoveries through photos, videos, and personalized posts, we hope that PureADK will not only act as an educational and informational resource, but also as an entertaining way to get a unique view on all that the Adirondack Park has to offer. This is the first contribution from Evan Williams and his wife, founders of PureADK.com.

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