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Limekiln Lake Campground & Day Use Area

Please be advised: Infrastructure work is planned at this facility for spring 2019. Construction is scheduled to be completed prior to the campground opening for 2019, however delays may occur. This could potentially result in some minor disruptions during the spring camping season. Please check our site for updates. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause but appreciate your support as we continue to improve our facilities!

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Check out the virtual tour for this facility! (leaves DEC's website)

Limekiln Lake Campground & Day Use Area Map (PDF) || DECinfo Locator

Firewood Restriction Map (PDF) shows the 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. Help prevent the spread of invasive pests and diseases by following New York's firewood regulation.

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This is a great family spot with many summer activities nearby. Visit the nearby water park, browse the various shops in Old Forge, visit one of the nearby museums including the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, golf in nearby Inlet and Indian Lake. Hiking opportunities in the area include Old Dam Nature Trail, Rocky Mountain, Blackbear Mountain and Bald Mountain. Access to Moose River Plains Wild Forest is also close by. Limekiln Lake Campground has 271 campsites, hot showers, a guarded swimming beach and canoe rentals. Canoes, rowboats and motorboats are allowed on the lake, giving access to fishing for a wide variety of fish including yellow perch, bullhead and splake.


271 tent and trailer sites; picnic area with tables, fireplaces, and pavilion rental; flush toilets; hot showers; trailer dump station; recycling center; mobility impaired accessibility; sand beach; swimming area; bathhouse; nature trail; small boat launch; canoe rentals.

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

motor boating


kids getting their JNP patches

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



A wide variety of fish, including yellow perch, bullhead, blue gill, and splake inhabit in the lake. Fishing licenses are no longer being sold at any of our campground facilities, but can be conveniently purchased on-line or by phone.



The Old Dam Nature Trial is a 1.6 mile loop hike starting behind campsite #87. The trail crosses Limekiln Creek in two places on bridges. At the southernmost point of the loop there is a junction with the Limekiln Creek-Third Lake Trail which continues on another 4 miles to South Shore Road. In addition, the campground is surrounded by the 66,000+ acre Moose River Plains Wild Forest which offers many hiking opportunities including several accessible trails.



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 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; just outside of Inlet turn right on Limekiln Lake Road, then 1 1/2 miles, turn right at campground sign, 1/2 mile to booth.

From New York State Thruway (I-90) at Amsterdam, Exit 27, north on Rte. 30 to Blue Mountain Lake, west on Rte. 28, just prior to Village of Inlet turn left on Limekiln Lake Road, then 1 1/2 miles, turn right at campground sign, 1/2 mile to booth.

Get driving directions from Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

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Planning and Management

The Limekiln Lake Public Campground Unit Management Plan (PDF, 6.01MB) (UMP) 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.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

DEC campground rules and regulations

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

Area attractions include the Old Forge region with amusements, restaurants, and golf courses, the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake and golf courses at Inlet and Indian Lake.

Historic Interest

Land was purchased from Gould Paper Company, and work was started on Limekiln Lake Public Campground in 1960. The park was opened in 1963, and by 1964 all of the present 271 campsites were developed. In 1991 a shower building was added.

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.