Nestled into the finger lakes of mid-state New York is Keuka Lake State Park. Lying in the heart of New York’s scenic wine country, the park offers spectacular views of the surrounding vine-covered hills and lush green forests. It's location, nearly exactly halfway between the towns of Rochester and Syracuse, makes access to Keuka Lake State Park easy for anyone arriving from any of New York’s big cites. Using route 54 or interstate highway 390 will take you directly to the entrance of the park.
Time in Keuka Lake State Park can be spent exploring the many hiking trails that cut through the green forests circling the lake. Keuka lake itself is a perfect spot to spend hot summer days. Whether it’s taking the boat out for a spot of fishing, or speeding across the surface on a jet ski or kayak, RV campers have lots of options. With over 150 camping sites within the park, you are spoilt for choice. Book an RV in Yates County today, and explore the delights of Keuka Lake Park for yourself!
RV camping at Keuka Lake State Park enables you to explore this natural paradise from the very heart of the park. Hiking is the best way to see the vineyard-covered slopes that enclose the majority of this area. Clearly marked paths cut through the greenery and follow a gradual gradient, easy enough for the most beginner hiker. Scenic routes run around the water's edge, giving way to some of the best views of Lake Keuka. Hiking during the spring and summer has its obvious appeal, but during the winter months, the park becomes an icy wonderland. Those brave enough to slip on their cross-country skis will not be disappointed.
Those motorhome camping in the summer experience all the delights of Keuka Lake at their best. This twenty-mile long lake is fertile ground for the keen anglers among you. Species such as lake trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and landlocked salmon are here in abundance. With sixty miles of shoreline, fishing from the lake's edge is the perfect way to spend a day with an RV rental in Keuka Lake State Park.
If you wish to leave the shoreline, why not take a boat or jet ski out onto Lake Keuka. The vast surface area of the lake often allows you to enjoy its simple charm all to yourself. There are endless opportunities to swim in the refreshing water, or sit on the deck and watch the scenic views pass by. For those without a boat of their own, a local marine in Penn Yan rents ski boats, pontoon boats, and non-powered boats for use on Keuka Lake.
Camping At Keuka Lake State Park
There is a total of 150 campsites to choose from when camping at Keuka Lake State Park. All of these sites are divided into three distinct areas, though all are in walking distance of Lake Keuka. Sites include electrical and water hookups, accommodating 50, 30, and 20 amp hookups. A maximum RV length of 40 feet is applied to all sites on Keuka Lake campgrounds.
All campgrounds are equipped with modern facilities such as showers, flush toilets, and a dump station. Keuka Lake campground also provides picnic tables and areas, as well as a playground for the little ones. All sites must be booked at least one day in advance but can be booked up to nine months in advance.
Exploring The Area
The Finger Lakes region of New York has a long history and extensive culture of grape-growing and winemaking. Any visit to Keuka Lake State Park would not be complete without a tour of one or more of its many wine trails and vineyards. Make sure to visit some of the well-established wineries, that produce classic perfumed Rieslings as well as visiting some of the newcomers to the winemaking scene that offers visitors a twist on traditional flavors.
For those camping in an RV near Penn Yan, a visit to the Yates County History Center is a must. The society has actively been collecting, preserving, and interpreting history since 1860. This building has been the site of the Yates County History Center since 1948. With a vast collection of over 50,000 artifacts, the museum constantly strives to rearrange and re-imagine its exhibits, making them accessible and interesting for everyone. The history center also hosts a plethora of events all year round, including walking tours of the local town.
Also situated in Penn Yan is Finger Lakes Museum and Aquarium. As well as offering visitors the usual fair of fascinating artifacts and story-telling exhibits, the museum also offers paddling excursions and natural history programs suitable for the whole family. Once you have brushed up on your knowledge of the local flora and fauna inside the museum, why not book onto one of their immersive tours of the surrounding lakes to experience the local nature in action!