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Northampton Beach

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Firewood Restriction Map || (PDF file, 1.1 MB) View map showing 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

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Located on the northwest corner of 29 mile long Great Sacandaga Lake, this campground offers a variety of large, level camping sites, from the secluded within the tall white pines and northern hardwoods, to the openness of the sandy shoreline. The campground offers: a Junior Naturalist program, a nature based program that encourages children to explore the surrounding environment; a large craft boat launch; a natural sand beach with guarded swimming area from mid-June to Labor Day; rowboat, canoe, and kayak rentals on the premises; and a large picnic area with pavilion. Excellent fishing and water sport opportunities.

Amenities

Amenities

224 campsites, picnic area with tables and fireplaces, picnic pavilion rental, hot showers/flush toilets, trailer dump station, recycling center, boat launch, sand beach, guarded swimming area, firewood sales, and pay telephone.

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.

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Day use area, picnic pads with grill and picnic table, pavilion, 12 accessible camp sites with camping pad, grill and picnic table, and rest rooms. Full listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations.

Featured Activities

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Motor boats, rowboats, and canoes allowed. Rowboat and canoe rentals available. Boat launch available.

fishing Fishing

Fish present are: northern pike, chain pickerel, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, rock bass, sunfish, bullhead, carp, suckers, and minnows.

hiking Hiking

Many miles of trails nearby including the Northville-Lake Placid Trail beginning in Northville and traveling approximately 133 miles ending in the village of Lake Placid.

swimming Swimming

Designated swimming areas are available at some DEC facilities. Based on staffing, some of these facilities may have limited swimming hours/days. For the safety of our customers, swimming will only be permitted when a lifeguard is on duty. Beach hours will be posted at facilities with swimming. To inquire, please contact the campground directly.

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Directions

From NYS Thruway (I-90), Exit 27 at Amsterdam and follow Route 30 north approximately 26 miles. You will encounter the first of two campground entrance signs. Turn right at either sign.

Get driving directions from Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

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

sunset behind a campsiteArea Attractions

Shopping, restaurants, movie theaters, and golf courses nearby.

Historic Interest

Northampton Beach Campground is located on the Great Sacandaga Lake, a reservoir 29 miles long and 6 miles at its widest point. At full pool, the Great Sacandaga Lake has 26,000 acres of surface. The lake was created by impoundment during the 1920's. Under the jurisdiction of the Board of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District the area became flooded when the dam gates were closed in 1930. The reservoir regulates the flow of the Hudson and Sacandaga Rivers, providing a conservation pool of water, minimizing floods, providing flow at drought stages, and affording recreational boating and fishing opportunities. Development included provisions for swimming and picnicking only. The campsite area was added in 1961. Flush toilets and showers were constructed in the late 1960's.

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.