Golden Beach Campground
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Introduction

Lovely wooded Golden Beach Campground is located on the shore of 5,935-acre Raquette Lake. This lovely densely wooded park offers the opportunity to engage in the beauty of nature surrounding the Adirondack Mountains. Raquette Lake offers 99-miles of shoreline with views of historic Adirondack Great Camps. The lake maintains a variety of fish. Anglers can expect to find lake and brook trout, small mouth bass and perch in Raquette Lake. And those interested in hiking will find several trails available to them in the area surrounding the campground.

Visitors looking to get out on the water will find that the park maintains a shallow boat launch. This allows guests to launch small private boats as well as their canoes or kayaks. Golden Beach Campground allows you to enjoy one of the largest natural beaches in the area. The park maintains a 1,150-foot long sandy beach trailing along the south eastern shore of Raquette Lake. Please, be aware that swimming is only allowed when lifeguards are on duty.

Those wishing to extend their stay overnight will find a choice of 205 tent and RV/trailer sites available to them. Most of the sites can be reserved and many accommodate RV’s up to 30-feet in length. Guests will also find a picnic area with tables and fireplaces, flush toilets, and hot showers for their use.

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Transportation in Golden Beach Campground

Driving

The park's address is:

Route 28

Raquette Lake, NY 13436

The park is located approximately an hour-and-a-half north of Utica. Those traveling from Utica will take NY-12N for approximately 23 miles. Veer right toward NY-28/N Old Forge and then merge onto NY-28N. You'll be traveling through dense mature forests for quite a while. Take a left turn into the campground not long after traveling over the South Inlet. If you reach the Marion River, you have missed your turn.

Parking

Guests to Golden Beach Campground will find parking available to them both within the campground and near the 1150-foot swimming beach.

Public Transport

There is no access to public transportation available within the Golden Beach Campground.

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Campsites in Golden Beach Campground

Reservations camping

Golden Beach Campground

Guests to lovely wooded Golden Beach Campground interested in extending their stay to include a night or more will find that they have a choice of 205 camp sites. Along with the sandy swim beach and boat launch, the park maintains a campground. Some of the sites available to guests can accommodate RV’s up to 30-feet in length. 27 of the camp sites are lake side and offer lovely views of Raquette Lake.

Campers will find the driveway surface is gravel and many of the sites require backing in. A standard site can accommodate up to six campers. Pets are welcome in the campground but must be maintained on a leash of no longer than six feet. There are bath houses with hot showers available for their use as well as flush toilets and a dump station. There are no sites with electric hookup available at the campground. However, guests may use their generators between the hours of 9-11 am and 4-7 pm. Strict quite hours are maintained from 10pm to 7am.

Due to the mature forest covering Golden Beach Campground guests will find most sites partly to fully shaded in season.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Golden Beach Campground

In-Season

Adirondack Museum

Guests to Golden Beach Campground with an interest in learning more about the region where they find themselves will want to make time to explore the Adirondack Museum. Opening in late May of each year and remaining open until mid-October, this museum invites guests to engage in interactive learning opportunities to develop their understanding of life in the Adirondack Mountains. The museum offers a variety of events that celebrate the spirit of the Adirondacks. Among the permanent exhibits, guests will find the Buck Lake Club. This one-room log cabin was relocated here in the 1990’s. It offers guests a realistic representation of an authentic 20th century hunting camp.You can also explore an artist’s cottage used by Gustave Wiegand and a one-room school house dating to 1907 on the museum grounds.

Swimming

Guests to Golden Beach Campground will want to make sure they pack their sunscreen and swimsuits. The park maintains a 1,150-foot long sandy beach with designated swimming areas. Lifeguards are stationed in designated areas in season. Whether you are interested in relaxing on the beach or taking a cooling dip, you will find this sandy shore with its wood fringed boundary a tranquil respite from the heat of the day. Note that alcoholic beverages, glass containers, swim toys, and floats are not allowed in the swim areas unless they are Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices. It should also be noted that while pets are welcome in the campground, they are not allowed on the beach.

Boating

Guests to Golden Beach Campground will wish to explore the waters of 5,935-acre Raquette Lake, and there's a shallow boat launch available for use. This launch is sufficient for the launching of small motor boats, rowboats, kayaks, and canoes. ThelLake is home to a variety of fish and offers stunning views. Surrounded by mature forest, time spent on the lake is sure to be relaxing. Those visiting the campground without their own boat will find boats and canoes available for rent nearby.

Off-Season

Great Camp Sagamore

Guests to Golden Beach Campground with an interest in history and/or local culture will want to make sure they leave themselves time to explore Great Camp Sagamore. Built in 1897, this National Historic Landmark, was once home to the Vanderbilt family. Guests will find a variety of programs and events offered here. Many programs are related to the culture associated with music and arts of the Adirondack region. Other programs provide educational opportunities related to local wildlife. Guests will find free Saturday guided nature hikes offered here in the summer months.

Black Bear Mountain

Make sure that you pack the trail mix and your hiking boots, as there is great hiking in the surrounding area. Guests interested in mountaintop views will want to find their way to the Black Bear Mountain Trail located off of NY-28 between Inlet and Eagle Bay. Guests may also want to note that the trailhead to Rocky Mountain is also located here.

Black Bear Mountain offers two choices for an approach to the summit. They may choose between a steeper but more direct two-mile hike or a longer and more gently graded hike of a bit over three-miles. Note that the longer hike is often muddy, creating its own challenges. Continuing to the summit of Black Bear Mountain rewards hardy hikers with stunning vistas.

Fishing

Those with an interest in fishing will want to cast a line in lovely Raquette Lake. If you're trying your hand at fishing here, don't be surprised to pull smelt, smallmouth bass, lake trout, brook trout, white fish, sunfish, yellow perch, brown bullhead, or sucker from the depths of the lake. Guests will need NY state fishing licenses to fish in the lake. These can be obtained on-line or via the phone prior to setting out for your adventure at Golden Beach Campground.

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