Moffitt Beach Campground
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Introduction

Moffitt Beach Campground is an extremely popular family campground located in the central regions of Adirondack Park. The campground offers large campsites, surrounded by 70 and 80-foot tall white pines that provide privacy as well as a rustic camping experience for campers of all ages. Moffitt Beach Campground has a total of 259 RV and tent campsites, 88 of which are situated directly on the waterfront. Whether you want to swim, go boating, fish, or stay on dry ground biking and ATV riding, there are a plethora of choices at Moffitt Beach. Try some paddleboarding for a new experience or maybe do some water skiing or wakeboarding. When it gets cooler out, you can also go hunting, hiking, or horseback riding. No matter what your favorite outdoor activity, this campground has got it, and more. For an even richer camping experience, the campground also offers a Junior Naturalist Program and an Interpretive Activity Program from July through Labor Day weekend. Other key campground features include a protected natural sand beach, which is open from mid-June through 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.

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Driving

Off of Highway 8, less than five miles from Speculator, 65 miles from Utica, and minutes from Lake Ontario and the Canadian border, you will find a beach campground as you have never seen before.
Getting to the park, you'll find that most of your trip is on the highway, so if you drive a big rig, you won't have problems accessing this campground. However, once you get off the highway, you will want to take it slow and easy as you maneuver the narrow gravel and dirt roads leading into the park and campground.

Once you get to Moffitt Beach, it is best to leave your RV or motorhome at the campground and walk or ride a bike because the roads are just not RV friendly. Only two vehicles are allowed per campsite. Any other additional vehicles must pay for a parking permit and park in the campground's designated parking areas.

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Campgrounds and parking in Moffitt Beach Campground

Campsites in Moffitt Beach Campground

Reservations camping

Waterfront Campground

Moffitt Beach Campground has 88 spacious waterfront campsites. 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. Since all sites are also available on a first-come, first-served basis after the reservation period ends if you're hoping to get a waterfront site, be sure to make your reservation well in advance.
Each site has a picnic table, campfire ring with a grill for cooking, and a large cleared area for hanging out around the fire. Pads range from 20 to 30 feet in length, so make sure you reserve one that is right for your RV or trailer. There are several modern restrooms with running water and flush toilets located around the campground, you can find a shower by the entrance booth, and a bathhouse along the beach by the swimming area. Potable water spigots are also available in many spots around the park. Pets are welcome as long as they are supervised, vaccinated, and adequately restrained during your stay.

Wooded Campground

There are 171 large shaded campsites just a short walk from the lake. Each site has a campfire grill, picnic table, and a cleared area to hang out around the campfire. The driveway lengths range from 20 to 30 feet in length, so you should be able to find a spot to fit your RV. However, you should book your site well in advance to make sure you get one that is right for you. Modern restrooms with flush toilets and running water are spaced out around the campground, and there is a shower house with hot water by the entrance booth.
Drinking water is available at spigots that are located in many different areas around the park. The boat launch is located just to the west of the beach if you want to take your boat out. All campsites are limited to no more than six people and two vehicles. There is an RV dump station located by the shower house and a recycling center by the beach parking lot. Pets are allowed with proof of vaccination, but you have to keep them restrained and supervise them at all times.

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Seasonal activities in Moffitt Beach Campground

In-Season

Fishing

Go ahead and pack your fishing gear in the rig so you can try your luck at catching some aquatic critters. Whether you fish on the bottom with a sinker and live bait or enjoy topwater fishing with a lure or jig, you will love fishing Sacandaga Lake's thriving populations of whitefish, rock bass, perch, bullheads, smallmouth bass, brown trout, rainbow trout, and walleye. Make sure to purchase your New York fishing license and bait before heading out to the campground because they don’t sell them on the grounds.

Boating

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 free for campers. Whether you have a motorboat, pontoon boat, sailboat, or just a kayak or canoe, the lake is a great place to enjoy a warm summer day. Make sure you pack your life jackets in the RV because they are mandatory when boating on any of New York’s waterways.

Swimming

Make sure you pack your bathing suits and beach toys in the motorhome before heading out on your camping trip. Moffitt Beach Campground has several designated swimming areas available at their Department of Environmental Conservation 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 the swimming areas. For other inquiries, contact the campground staff directly.

Hiking

There is one short nature trail that starts by the boat trailer parking lot at the western end of the campground. The nature trail is less than a mile long and takes you in a loop through the pines and back to the parking lot. 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 Jessup River Wild Forest hiking trails in the area.

Off-Season

Picnicking

When it gets colder, Moffitt Beach Campground may not seem like such a great place to go camping. But with your RV, you can camp anywhere at any time of year. During the fall, the leaves are turning beautiful colors, and you can enjoy the beauty while cooking BBQ or picnicking at the park. Each picnic area has a BBQ grill and picnic table to enjoy. If you have a large group, you can even reserve a pavilion with several tables, BBQ grills, and proximity to restrooms and water.

Hunting

During the off-season, the area surrounding Moffitt Beach Campground and Sacandaga Lake make perfect grounds for hunting both small and large game. The park has plenty of wild critters such as whitetail deer, black bears, wild turkey, game birds, furbearers, and waterfowl for you to hunt. 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.

Ice Fishing

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 enjoy targeting the lake's walleye, northern pike, and yellow perch for a fish fry right on the frozen lake. Just make sure to get the appropriate clothing, gear, and fishing licenses before heading out for Moffitt Beach in your rig. You will also need to check with the park ranger or campground host to make sure the ice is thick enough to fish.

Antiquing and Shopping

Within ten miles of Moffitt Beach Campground, you can find all sorts of cute little shops to keep you and your family busy during the colder, off-season days. From antique stores to small, locally-owned stores, you're sure to be able to find something that the whole family will love browsing through. While you are out, you can stock up on snacks and other camping needs such as charcoal, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice, and drinks.

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