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Paradox Lake

Boats at Paradox Lake CampgroundAddress: 897 NYS Route 74, Paradox, NY 12858
GPS Info. (Latitude,Longitude): 43d53'19.55"N, 73d40'53.10"W
Campground Phone: (518) 532-7451
Regional Office Phone: (518) 897-1309
Camping Fee: $18

Campground Map PDF File (335 KB)

Make a reservation at this campground with ReserveAmerica.

Firewood Restriction Map|| (PDF file, 1 MB) View map showing 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

* Please be advised that due to construction, the nearby campground of Putnam Pond will close Labor Day for the 2014 camping season. The season at Paradox Lake has been extended to Columbus Day to accommodate those wishing to camp in the area. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Paradox Lake Campground is nestled on rolling hills of hardwood and creates the impression of being miles from the real world. With canoes and rowboats available for rent at the registration booth and abundant fish in the lake, this facility provides for camping at its finest. Paradox Lake Campground is a comparatively small campground located on the shore of Dark Bay, which is on Paradox Lake. The lake itself is approximately 4-3/4 miles long.

Directions: From I-87, take Exit 28, then Rte. 74 east approximately 4 miles to Paradox Lake.

Tents on a site at Paradox Lake CampgroundAmenities: 58 campsites, hot showers, flush toilets, trailer dump station, recycling center, boat launch site, picnic area with pavilion rental, play area, canoe and boat rentals.

Boating: Motor boats, rowboats, and canoes allowed. Rowboat and canoe rentals available. The boat launch is a single lane, launch ramp over natural sand and gravel substrate.

Fishing: Major species include smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and northern pike.

Hiking: The camper who enjoys hiking will find a network of trails in the region lying to the south of the lake. One of these trails leaves the state highway a short distance west of the entrance road to the campground and gives access to Crane, Oxshoe, Crab, Putnam, and Horseshoe Ponds, and to Pharaoh Lake and Pharaoh Mountain. The view from the summit of Pharaoh is comprehensive, delightful and well rewards the climber. On the opposite shore of the lake, accessible only by boat, a short trail leads to Peaked Hill and Peaked Hill Pond.

Day Use Facilities: There is a picnic area with pavilion rental. No swimming beach available.

Water at Paradox Lake CampgroundJunior 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.

Area Attractions: Boat tours and ferries on Lake Champlain, Fort Ticonderoga in Ticonderoga is 7 miles. Crown Point Historic Site, Essex County Fish Hatchery are located in Crown Pont about 10 miles away. The foremost attraction is the inviting Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area. A wide array of adventures await those willing to journey into its forest.

Historic Interest: During the peak "run off" seasons, the flow of this lake actually reverses until the water table returns to normal.

The development of 32 camping units began in 1931, with the first official camping season to the public beginning in 1932. At that time, this facility was developed by the "Conservation Department", using its own employees. In 1951, another 4 sites were added to the inventory, and in 1968 another 22 sites were added, bringing it to the 58 unit inventory it stands at today.