Caroga Lake Campground
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Introduction

Located in the southern portion of Adirondack Park, Caroga Lake Campground is an ideal place to relax in nature and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. The park offers both day use facilities and a campground. The park maintains a sandy beach for swimming, a boat launch with a dock near the beach for launching small boats, kayaks, or canoes, and a 161-site campground. The campground offers space for RV’s up to 40-feet in length. The campground is relatively level and offers sites with partial to full shade.

Guests will find this an exceptional place to enjoy the evenings whether they spend their time enjoying recreational activities or visiting historical sites in the area. The campground maintains a diversified exercise course that touts 18 exercise stations. Once you work up a sweat on the exercise course, you may wish to hit the sandy beach to cool off. The campground maintains a swimming area along Caroga Lake in the summer months. Swimming is only allowed when lifeguards are in attendance.

You'll also find rentals of small boats and kayaks. Those traveling with their own boats or kayaks will find a boat launch near the beach. The lake is ideal for boating, paddling, fishing, or simply relaxing.

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Transportation in Caroga Lake Campground

Driving

The park's address is:

CAROGA LAKE CAMPGROUND
3043 State Highway 29A
CAROGA LAKE NY 12032

The campground is located approximately a mile south of Caroga Lake and twenty minutes north of Johnstown. Those traveling from Caroga Lake will take NY-29A south. Turn right onto State Park Ave. This will take you into Caroga Lake State Campground. The turn will be right after 1st Ave and before S. Shore Caroga Rd.

If driving from Johnstown, turn right onto Maple Ave after passing the NAPA Auto Parks and continue onto HWY 122. After approximately two miles, guests will turn left onto NY-29A W and continue to approximately seven miles. Make a left turn into the park via State Park Ave.

Parking

Visitors to Caroga Lake Campground will find parking available to them in the camp sites and near the sandy beach.

Public Transport

There is no access to public transportation within the campground.

Campgrounds and parking in Caroga Lake Campground

Campsites in Caroga Lake Campground

Reservations camping

Caroga Lake Campground

Visitors to lovely wooded Caroga Lake Campground, located in the southern portion of the Adirondack Park along East Caroga Lake, will find a variety of outdoor activities and historic sites to entertain them during their stay. Those wishing to extend their stay overnight will find 161 camp sites to choose from. You'll find that many of the camp sites available to them can accommodate RVs up to 40-feet in length. The park is outfitted with picnic tables, pit toilets, and hot showers available for camper's use.

Both a day use area and a campground available for use. Those wishing to enjoy East Caroga Lake will find many recreational activities awaiting them. The lake offers fishing, boating, and swimming options. The park maintains a sandy beach between two picnic areas where you can relax and swim in the summer months. There are boat and kayak rentals available for guests wishing to enjoy time on the 198-acre lake. Hikers will find a wide variety of options in the vicinity as well.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Caroga Lake Campground

In-Season

Fulton County Museum

Guests with an interest in local culture and history will be interested in making the drive to Gloversville to see the Fulton Co Museum. This museum, open yearly from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, offers the opportunity to learn more about the lives of those native to this area. Guests are invited to explore an Iroquois Long House exhibited with animal furs and Native American tools. Guests will also see exhibits of military artifacts dating from the 1700s to modern times as well as the works of artists native to the area. This museum is free to the public although contributions are welcome. Check hours of operation as days and times differ throughout the season.

Boating

Caroga Lake is an exceptional space to enjoy water sports. The lake, surrounded by mature hardwood forest, offers a relaxing place to canoe or kayak. The park maintains a boat launch with a dock near the sandy swimming beach as well as a boat house. Guests are welcome to bring their own boats or rent one from the park. Rowboats, canoes, and kayaks are all available for rent.

Swimming

Guests to lovely Caroga Lake Campground will want to be sure to pack their swimsuits and sunscreen. The park maintains a sandy beach nestled between two picnic areas for guests to enjoy the refreshing water of Caroga Lake. There is a bathhouse located nearby to facilitate day use of the beach. Note that swimming is only allowed when there are lifeguards on duty. The sandy beach is open to the public from mid-June through Labor Day and offers a lovely space to relax, swim, and enjoy the views of Caroga Lake and its surrounding mature hardwood forest.

Off-Season

Johnson Hall Historic Site

Guests to Caroga Lake Campground with an interest in history and local culture will find the drive to Johnson Hall State Historic Site in nearby Johnstown worth the trip. This stunning 1763 Georgian-style estate was the home of Sir William Johnson, his Native American wife Molly Brant, and their children. This non-traditional household became central to the local area. Mr. Johnson established a large land holding. He was eventually named Superintendent of Indian Affairs and often hosted both influential Englishmen and Native Americans. Guests are invited to explore this historic site which is open from mid-May through early October of each year.

Hiking

Located in the southern portion of Adirondack Park, lovely wooded Caroga Lake Campground is surrounded by wonderful hiking opportunities. Make sure you pack your hiking boots and checkout the nearby hiking options. One of the most popular hikes in this area is the hike to the top of the fire tower on Kane Mountain. Locate this trail from Green Lake Road. This short, family friendly hike offers a lovely place to enjoy a picnic or take in the turning leaves in the fall.

Fishing

Guests to Caroga Lake Campground may well wish to cast a line and try their hand at fishing in East Caroga Lake. Fish common to both East and West Caroga Lake include crappie, both smallmouth and rock bass, chain pickerel, and white fish to name a few. This 198-acre lake offers fishermen the opportunity to catch warm water fish in the summer and allows for ice fishing in the winter time. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout annually.

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