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Golden Beach

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Sunet at Golden Beach Campground

Located on the shore of the beautiful 5,935 acre Raquette Lake this 207 campsite park offers many opportunities for enjoying the Central Adirondack Mountains. Boating on Raquette Lake provides the opportunity to explore the 99 miles of shoreline with views of some historic Adirondack Great Camps , fish for the varied species of fish including lake and brook trout, small mouth bass and perch to name a few. Motorboats, rowboats and canoes are allowed. There is a shallow boat launch available for small and cartop boats and canoes. Golden Beach offers one of the largest natural beaches in the area. Swimming is allowed when lifeguards are on duty. Bring your picnic basket and enjoy lunch in our picnic area adjacent to the beach.



205 tent and trailer sites, picnic area with tables and fireplaces, flush toilets, hot showers, trailer dump station, recycling center, mobility impaired accessibility, sand beach, swimming area, bathhouse, hiking trails.

Campsite Restoration Project

This campground has sites that have been selected for restoration. While undergoing restoration the chosen sites will be closed. For the list of sites and more information on the project visit the Campsite Restoration Project page.

Featured Activities


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Motor boats, rowboats, and canoes allowed. Boat launch is shallow and unusable for large boats. The launch, mostly used by small boats or car top boats is improved black top 12 feet wide.


Fish present in Raquette Lake: Lake trout, brook trout, white fish, smelt, smallmouth bass, sunfish, yellow perch, brown bullhead, sucker, and minnow.

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Local hiking opportunities include Blue Mountain with its fire tower on the summit providing panoramic views of the surrounding area. Grassy and Wilson Pond trails are nearby. Be sure to bring your fishing pole when you visit Wilson Pond to take advantage of a great trout fishing water.


Golden Beach boasts one of the largest natural beaches in the area for swimming. * Please take note that at facilities that offer swimming beaches, there are days which lifeguards are unavailable. For the safety of our customers, these beaches will not be open and swimming will be prohibited.


From New York State Thruway (I-90), Exit 31 at Utica; north on Rte. 12 to Alder Creek; Rte. 28 through villages of Old Forge and Inlet; The campground is about 4 miles east of Raquette Lake Village on Rte. 28, left side of road.

From the Adirondack Northway (I-87), Exit 23 at Warrensburg; Route 9 North to Route 28 West through villages of Indian Lake, and Blue Mountain Lake; the campground is about 8 miles west on right side of Rte. 28.

Get driving directions from Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Picnic Area at Golden Beach Campground

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

DEC campground rules and regulations

Campground frequently asked questions

Clean your boat and equipment - help prevent the spread of aquatic invasives

Don't move firewood - help prevent of spread of invasive insects

Hiking safety tips

Additional Information

Area Attractions

The Adirondack Park Visitors Interpretive Center at Newcomb is 30 miles east on N.Y.S. Route 28. The Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake is located 8 miles east on N.Y.S. Route 28, and features the History of the Adirondack Park. The village of Raquette Lake is 3 miles west on N.Y.S. Route 28, and offers restaurants, boat rentals, and scenic excursions on Raquette Lake with dining on board. Golf courses are available in the villages of Indian Lake and Inlet.

Historic Interest

Development of the campground began in 1929 and it opened to the public in 1931. Much of the continued development was accomplished by the Civilian Conservation Corp during 1933-1942.

Junior Naturalist Program

Our campgrounds become an outdoor classroom for young children (5-13) and their families. Enjoy games and activities to earn a beautiful embroidered patch.