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DEC Campgrounds

Give the Gift of Camping! Purchase a DEC Camping Gift Card today!
Make a reservation for your favorite campsite today!
2018 New York State Parks Photo Contest

Have some great photos of your camping stay? Enter them in the 2018 New York State Parks Photo Contest! Contest runs through November 30th and includes 5 great categories for your submissions. Enter your photo now! (leaving DEC's website)

DEC operates 52 campgrounds located in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks. DEC campgrounds provide a wide variety of experiences, including island camping, tent and trailer camping, boat launching facilities, hiking trails, beaches and day use areas with picnic tables and grills. Fishing licenses are no longer being sold at any of our campground facilities, but can be conveniently purchased on-line or by phone.

For more information on how to be a more environmentally friendly camper and reduce your impacts on the beauty of our natural resources, click here.

Planning and Management

The Draft Amendment to the 1990 Final Campground & Day-Use Area Generic Unit Management Plan (UMP) (PDF, 448KB) proposes the inclusion of Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations. The amendment will guide siting, construction and management of EV charging stations with in New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Campgrounds and Day-Use Areas.

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.

Back Country Camping

Two hikers with full packs head through the forest on a trail
Find the perfect, private
campsite in the back country.

Back country, or primitive camping, is permitted on most lands managed by DEC including Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks as well as State Forests.

Our regional offices and forest rangers can provide more information about back country camping opportunities.

Important Notice about Firewood: To help protect our forests from invasive species, new firewood regulations are now in effect. Please see Firewood and Invasive Insects for more information.

Camping Guide

You can see an interactive version of the guide or download the camping guide (PDF, 14.2 MB) Please note this is a large file.

NYS Camping Guide Cover

View an interactive version of the Guide.(Leaving DEC's website). For easier download, we have broken up the file into 4 smaller sections:

To order a paper copy, email us or call 518-457-2500. Check it out and plan your trip of a lifetime!

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Download DEC's free app to locate a fishing, hunting or watchable wildlife spot near you using advanced GPS mapping features

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More about Camping:

  • State Land Camping and Hiking Rules - Rules for camping on DEC managed public lands.
  • Primitive Camping - Back country camping, also known as primitive camping, a self-dependent experience in which campers carry in and out their supplies and tents in order to reach more remote or secluded forest areas and where a leave-no-trace philosophy is expected.
  • Firewood Restriction Area Maps - According to State and federal regulations, it is illegal to transport untreated firewood more than 50 miles from its source and into New York State. The purpose of these regulations is to prevent the spread of invasive pests and diseases.