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Poplar Point Campground

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Please be advised that this facility will be closed for camping and day use for the 2017 season. The facility will remain open for boat launching at no-fee. Camping and day use are available at many nearby facilities including Point Comfort, Little Sand Point and Moffitt Beach. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • Dates of Operation: See campground schedule
  • Camping Fee: $20 per night (out of state residents surcharge additional $5 per night)
  • Address: County Route 24, Old Piseco Road, Piseco, NY 12139 (directions below)
  • GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 43 25 41.13342N, 074 32 25.89487W (leaves DEC's website)
  • Campground Phone: (518) 548-8031
  • Regional Office Phone: (518) 863-4545
  • Make Your Camping Reservation: ReserveAmerica
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Check out the virtual tour for this facility! (leaves DEC's website)

Campground Map PDF File (611 KB)

Firewood Restriction Map || (PDF file, 1.2 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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This campground on Piseco Lake offers fine fishing, canoeing, sailing and all water sport opportunities. Concrete boat launch. Numerous hiking trails to challenge the day hiker to the 133 mile long Northville-Lake Placid Trail are located just minutes away. A natural sand beach offers a swimming area from mid-June to Labor Day.


21 campsites, picnic area, boat launch, vault toilets, recycling center at Little Sand Point, sand beach, firewood sales, bathhouse.

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. Rowboat and canoe rentals available. A boat launch is available.



Fish include: walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, smallmouth bass, brown bullhead, perch, rock bass, and white fish.



Panther Mountain Echo Cliffs: 3/4 mile long trail to 700 ft. cliffs. Trailhead is near Little Sand Point. T Lake Trail begins at Poplar Point Campground. It is a 5 mile trek to T Lake at an elevation of 2460 feet.



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.


From NYS Thruway (I-90), Exit 27 at Amsterdam follow Route 30 north approximately 50 miles to the Village of Speculator. Turn left on Route 8, west about 11 miles to Old Piseco Road, turn right, campground is located 4 to 7 miles from that point on the left side of the road.

From NYS Thruway (I-90), Exit 31 at Utica, proceed north on Route 8 approximately 55 miles to Old Piseco Road, turn left, and follow directions above.

Get driving directions from Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

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Planning and Management

The Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the campground guides the DEC's land management activities at this facility for a five-year period, although a number of goals and objectives in the plan focus on a much longer time period. The UMP addresses specific objectives and actions for public use at this facility.

A draft UMP (PDF, 5.92 MB) for all the Piseco Lake campgrounds is now available. Hardcopy or CDs may be requested by mail: NYS DEC Bureau of Recreation, 3rd Floor 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-5253, or by e-mail to:

NYSDEC will host a public availability session to receive input on the draft plan and answer questions about campground management on May 3, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NYS DEC Region 5 Northville Office, 701 South Main Street, Northville, NY 12134.

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

Shopping, restaurants, a movie theatre, and golf course are nearby.

Historic Interest

Originally known as "Piseco Camp Site", further development of the campground was begun in 1926 with 10 fireplaces and officially opened to the public as "Poplar Point Campsite" in late August of 1927. The present superintendent's cabin was built during the 1930's by Civilian Conservation Corps crews working out of Camp S-90 at Speculator.