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Sacandaga Campground & Day Use Area

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

Sacandaga 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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Situated in a stand of white pine and northern hardwoods on the Sacandaga River, this serene campground offers the camper a wide selection of fishing and hiking on nearby state lands. The campground offers a Junior Naturalist Program, a nature based program that encourages children to explore the surrounding environment.


143 campsites (some designated as accessible for the mobility impaired), picnic area with tables and fireplaces (some designated as accessible for the mobility impaired), hot showers/flush toilets (some designated as accessible for the mobility impaired), firewood sales, trailer dump station, boat launch on back side of Algonquin Lake, recycling center, 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.

Featured Activities



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This facility does not have a boat launching site, as the river is not suitable for navigation by normal sized boats. However during periods of high or "white" water, usually in the spring, the river is used by kayakers and canoeists between the Hamlets of Wells and Northville. Boat launch , boating and canoeing on Algonquin Lake.



Fish in the area include: brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, walleye and smallmouth bass. Fishing licenses are no longer being sold at any of our campground facilities, but can be conveniently purchased on-line or by phone.



Auger Falls - located approximately 10 miles north of the campground on Route 30 is known for its beauty. A relatively easy hike of 1.5 miles brings you to the falls. Northville-Lake Placid Trail, a 133 mile long hiking trail is nearby. Silver Lake Wilderness Area is to the west of the campground and Wilcox Lake Wild Forest is to the east.


From NYS Thruway (I-90), Exit 27 at Amsterdam and follow Route 30 north approximately 40 miles. Sacandaga Public Campground is located on the left side of the road.

Get driving directions from Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

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Planning and Management

The Final 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.

For more information regarding the UMP for this facility please contact the Bureau of Recreation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY12233, Telephone 518 457-2500, and email for campground information

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

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

Historic Interest

Camping at this area was well established before development as a campground was begun in 1920. Known locally as "The Forks", it was a popular and well developed stop over camping site when limited traveling conditions required such areas. In 1923 it was considered as being the largest and best equipped of any of the campgrounds available at the time. Much of the campground was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930's, with modernization being made during the years afterward.

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.