Moffitt Beach Campground is an extremely popular family camping ground located in the central regions of the Adirondack State Park. The campground offers many large camp sites, surrounded by 70 and 80-foot tall white pines, that provide privacy, as well as a rustic camping experience for campers of all ages.
Many of the campground's sites are situated directly on the water and the recently built boat launch allows quick and easy accessibility to Sacandaga Lake's premier fishing and all sorts of other water sport activities.
For an even richer camping experience, the campground also offers a Junior Naturalist Program and an Interpretive Activity Program between the month of July through to Labor Day weekend.
Other key campground features include a protected natural sand beach, open from mid-June to Labor Day, an informal nature hiking trail, and a large picnic area and pavilion where campers can gather together and enjoy everything the campground has to offer.
Moffitt Beach Campground has a total of 262 campsites, 55 of which are situated directly on the waterfront.
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Transportation in Moffitt Beach Campground
To access Moffitt Beach Campground: From the I-90 (NYS Thruway), take Exit 27 in Amsterdam. Then, head north on Route 30 for roughly 50 miles until you see signs and reach the Village of Speculator.
Take a left on Route 8, head west for about two miles, take a right at Page St and then you should see a sign that signs to follow for one mile. There, the campground access will be on your left.
Alternatively, from the I-90, campers can take Exit 31 at Utica, then head north on Route 8 for about 65 miles, then the campground will be on the left.
There are only two vehicles allowed parked per camping site. Any other additional vehicles must pay for a parking permit and park in the campground's designated parking areas.
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Campsites in Moffitt Beach Campground
Moffitt Beach Campground has just under 250 camp sites available for overnight and bi-weekly reservation.
Many of these sites are located directly on the waterfront, giving campers easy access for boating and other water activities.
Waterfront sites are one of the most preferred campsites, therefore, they're often the first ones to be reserved.
And since all sites are available on a first come, first served basis, if you're hoping to get a waterfront sites, be sure to make your reservation well in advance to ensure that your preferences can be accommodated.
In order to include every type of camper, Moffitt Beach Campground has several handicap accessible sites.
To book these accessible sites, there must be at least one member of the camping group who is mobility impaired. This means that at least one person must be in a wheelchair, using a walker or cane.
If there are no persons with a mobility impairment present, the camping party may be turned away at the campground's gate.
All campsites are limited to no more than six individual persons.
Structures on the sites are limited to two tents or a single hard-wheeled camping unit and one tent.
There are only two vehicles allowed parked per site. All other vehicles must pay for a parking permit and park in the campground's designated parking area.
All sites must be registered and occupied by at least one responsible adult individual of 18 years of age or older.
Although generators are allowed in the campground, their use is limited to less than five hours per day, and only between 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.
If any generator is deemed too loud by the campground's staff, they reserve the right to prohibit/limit individual generator use.
With that said, always make sure to respect other campers and follow the designated quiet hours, which are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Any campers who violate this policy may be evicted from the park.
Campsites can be reserved for no longer than 14 consecutive days.
Pets are allowed in the park, so long as their owner can provide proof of up to date rabies vaccinations, either via a current year's licensing tag or by a certificate from a veterinarian.
Dogs must be kept on leashes no longer than six feet and kept under control at all times.
Pets cannot be left unattended on campsites and are prohibited from the campground's facility buildings or the beach.
Seasonal activities in Moffitt Beach Campground
Although the campground does not have any actual hiking trails, there are many hiking opportunities available near the park and within a short drive.
The campground is located in the state-run Adirondack Park, which offers many hiking trails, as well as the 47,000 acre Jessup River Wild Forest, which offers countless miles of hiking trails.
The Fawn Lake Trail is a popular hiking route, which takes you through breathtaking forest scenery and ends at Fawn Lake.
The trail also connects to the much larger wild forest hiking trails in the area.
Moffitt Beach Campground has several designated swimming available at their DEC facilities. Depending on staff availability, some of these designated swimming areas might have limited swimming days or hours.
Due to safety concerns, swimming is only permitted during designated hours and when a lifeguard is present.
All swimming hours should be posted directly at swimming areas. For other inquiries, contact the campground staff directly.
Boating and Fishing
Moffitt Beach Campground is situated directly on the shores of Sacandaga Lake and offers a variety of boating and water sport activities.
The campground has a boat launch available for campers, and motorboats, rowboats, and canoes are allowed on the lake.
For the anglers, you'll love Sacandaga Lake's thriving populations of rainbow trout, walleye, brown trout, brown bullhead, small mouth bass, perch, white fish, and rock bass.
Although the park once sold fishing licenses at their facilities, this service is no longer available. Therefore, make sure to purchase your fishing license before heading out the the campground.
Antiquing and Shopping
Within ten miles from Moffitt Beach Campground, you can find all sorts shops to keep you and your family busy during to colder, off-season days.
From antique stores to small locally-owned stores, you're sure to be able to find some stores that the whole family will love browsing through.
Although most people prefer to stay inside during the winter months, anglers will love learning that Sacandaga Lake is an ideal spot for winter ice fishing.
Anglers will love targeting the lake's walleye, northern pike, and yellow perch for a fish fry right on the frozen lake.
Just make sure to bring the appropriate clothing, gear, and fishing licenses before heading out.
During the off-season, the area surrounding Moffitt Beach Campground and Sacandaga Lake make perfect grounds for hunting small and large game.
Just make sure to have the proper firearm and hunting licenses and remember that firearms are prohibited within the campground at all times other than the Fall and Spring hunting seasons.