Cranberry Lake Campground
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Introduction

Cranberry Lake Campground is located inside Adirondack State Park and the campground offers a relaxing getaway for those living and visiting New York, offering various amenities and facilities that make camping fun and entertaining.

Cranberry Lake is one of the largest underdeveloped lakes in a remote area of the Adirondacks mountains and is a great place for a quiet and beautiful waterside camping experience. Thousands of acres of forest land lie just to the south while a concrete dam (built in 1916) overlooks the lake and helps control water flow to nearby areas. Many miles of marked trails and ponds are dotted around the park which makes for rugged hiking experiences.

Cranberry Lake Campground offers a quiet, peaceful and rustic setting that allows one to enjoy nature in tranquility. The woody and picturesque mountain landscape offers ideal shaded and un-shaded areas to camp, with certain campsites offering a lot more privacy than others. The campsites and cabins near the water offer the best views and are also pet-friendly. The park offers much in terms of recreational activities including boating, fishing, hiking, children’s playground, volleyball and basketball courts and much more. Take the time to check out the Bear Mountain trail, the scenic overview and summit marker on your next RV adventure!

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Transportation in Cranberry Lake Campground

Driving

Located only four hours north of New York City and only seven miles from Colton, New York is Cranberry Lake Campground. The easiest way to arrive at the campground is to take Route 3 to Cranberry Lake Village and then turn right on Lone Pine Road. The campground will be one mile south with the road wide enough for trailers and RVs to easily pass through. Once inside the park roads lead to the various facilities including boat launch area, convenience store, recycling center, laundry facilities, dump station and showers.

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Campgrounds and parking in Cranberry Lake Campground

Campsites in Cranberry Lake Campground

Reservations camping

Cranberry Lake Campgrounds

Located in the Adirondacks mountains west of Tupper Lake, Cranberry Lake Campground offers RV, motorhome and Big Rig enthusiasts the chance to reserve some truly beautiful campsites with scenic views of the mountains, woods, and lake. Cranberry Lake Campground has 173 campsites in total. 34 of these campsites are located directly near the water and 167 of them are on a reserve basis only. None of the sites offer electric, water or sewage hookups for a more rugged camping experience. The campgrounds are pet-friendly and the use of generators are allowed for 5 hours a day between the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The campground provides flush toilets, hot showers, recycling center, and trailer dump station. Each campsite is limited to six individuals per site and only two tents or one RV is permitted per campsite. You can stay at the campgrounds for up to 14 consecutive nights at a time.

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Seasonal activities in Cranberry Lake Campground

In-Season

Swimming

One of the main pastimes of people that visit Cranberry Lake Campground is swimming in the Oswegatchie River. The river water has a mild temperature during summer months that is simply perfect for a refreshing and relaxing swimming experience. A sandy beach in Cranberry Lake Campground is also open to the public for swimming. Towards the west of the lake is a secluded area on the beach that offers a lot more privacy when visiting with family or friends. The beach area is beautiful and well maintained with plenty of designated swimming zones. The lake waters are not supervised by a lifeguard so swimming in the lake requires following strict guidelines and safeguards.

Boating

Another major water-activity on Cranberry Lake is boating. Rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and power boats are available for rent or you can bring your own as well to take to the calm and cool waters of Cranberry Lake. The Oswegatchie River presents you with an opportunity of a canoe journey of roughly 16 miles beginning from the Inlet. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, a canoe carry of about four miles offers visitors a novel moment to appreciate over fifteen miles of unhindered beautiful scenery on waters of the Bog River Flow. A boat-launch area and beach by the lake make for easy entry and exit.

Fishing

Cranberry Lake Campground offers a vast expanse of water for anglers to catch some mammoth-size game fish. The areas surrounding the lake are dense woodlands that offer gorgeous views and lots of shade as you relax by the fishing pier. The store at the campground offers fishing supplies in case you forget to bring your own with anglers catching large size small mouth bass and bluegill in the deep lake waters. Brook trouts, panfish, and smallmouth bass are pretty popular choices for people who fish in Cranberry lake and can be easily caught throughout the summer months.

Off-Season

Nature Viewing

Viewing nature and admiring its beauty is one of the best ways for people to take a break from their busy daily lives and properly unwind. Cranberry Lake Campground offers the opportunity to let loose and forget the stress of daily life by being a part of this vast expanse of nature. The broad formation of trails offers visitors a chance to observe wild animals such as moose, beavers, black bears, little brown bats and skunks in their natural habitat. Apart from the fauna, the flora too is spectacular with beautiful blooming wildflowers and many species of trees native to the largely untouched lakes and lavish forests that enhance the beauty of Cranberry Lake Campgrounds.

Picnicking

Picnics are a simple pleasure of life that people of all ages enjoy, so grab a blanket and your favorite snacks and head out to Cranberry Lake Campground where you can enjoy a serene picnic with your family and friends while making numerous cherished memories. There is a picnic area with tables along with fireplaces and BBQ grills. The tables are at a distance from each other and have trees surrounding them which provides solitude from nearby sites with water faucets and flush toilets located nearby. The forest canopy above the picnic tables provide shade from the sun and keeps you cool and relaxed.

Hiking

Hikers can choose from over 80 miles of marked trails inside Cranberry Lake Campground and can do so with the company of their faithful companions. Cranberry Lake Campground provides an excellent base for hiking the different varieties of trails in the region. Many foot-trails, bike trails and ATV trails lead from the campgrounds. The two-mile Bear Mountain Trail provides a challenging uphill hike that offers spectacular views of the mountains. The short distance means that even amateur hikers can make it up to enjoy the scenic views. The campground trail also offers accessibility to a 17-mile loop trail system that is well-maintained for a more relaxed hiking experience.

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