Caroga Lake Campground
Amsterdam, NY

About Caroga Lake Campground

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Caroga Lake Campground offers large, level sites to accommodate the smallest tent to the 30' RVs. A Diversified Exercise course with 18 exercise stations wanders through the campground challenging those who enjoy staying physically fit in an outdoor environment. The sandy beach offers a guarded swimming area from mid-June to Labor Day.

Caroga Lake offers 158 campsites, 88 are reservabele, just 4 are close to the waterfront. There are NO electric Sites.

Caroga Lake Quick Peek 

Overview
  1. located northeast of Amersterdam at the southeast tip of the Adirondack park
  2. 158 campsites, 88 are reservable, 4 are close to waterfront on East Caroga Lake
  3. all sites are non-electric
  4. sites are somewhat more rustic than other State/DEC campgrounds in the Adirondacks
  5. the campground is bordered on both sides by privately owned camps
  6. great for swimming, boating, paddlers and fishermen
Campground Feature Summary
    Small lake. Small sandy beach. Fairly shaded sites. Partially shady sites. Semi-wooded. Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.

Camping Fees

Nightly camping fee $20 (all sites)
Out of state patrons surcharge $5/night

Camping Season Dates

Fri May 20, 2016 thru Sun Sep 4, 2016
Fri May 19, 2017 thru Sun Sep 3, 2017

Campgrounds Within a 60 Minute Drive

Northampton Beach: 22.8 miles, 33 min
Point Comfort: 28.2 miles, 38 min
Little Sand Point: 29.8 miles, 41 min
Moffitt Beach: 35.8 miles, 47 min
Glimmerglass: 37.0 miles, 57 min
Lewey Lake: 48.2 miles, 60 min

Campgrounds Similar to Caroga Lake and What They Have in Common
(A current work in progress, streamlining ahead)

Fish Creek (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 21 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Rollins Pond (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 30 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Watkins Glen (Finger Lakes), 3 hours 19 mins : Some tent specific sites.
Eighth Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 50 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Away from the crowds. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Lewey Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 0 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Away from the crowds. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Buck Pond (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 53 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Rustic feel. Excellent paddling options.
Fair Haven Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 28 mins : Motorboats allowed.
Wellesley Island (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 55 mins : Small sandy beach. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Lake Durant (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 25 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Meacham Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 55 mins : Small lake. Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Limekiln Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 0 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Cranberry Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 40 mins : Small sandy beach. Away from the crowds. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Northampton Beach (Adirondack Park), 33 mins : Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Moffitt Beach (Adirondack Park), 47 mins : Small lake. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Verona Beach (Central New York), 1 hour 33 mins : Small sandy beach. Motorboats allowed.
Nicks Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 48 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach.
Delta Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 23 mins : Small lake. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Lake Eaton (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 46 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Lake Harris (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 51 mins : Small lake. Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Higley Flow (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 54 mins : Small sandy beach. Away from the crowds. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Coles Creek (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 36 mins : Small sandy beach. Motorboats allowed.
Kring Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 59 mins : Small sandy beach. Motorboats allowed.
Jacques Cartier (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 8 mins : Motorboats allowed.
Taylor Pond (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 44 mins : Small lake. Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Motorboats allowed.
Wilmington Notch (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 30 mins : Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites.
Westcott Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 32 mins : Motorboats allowed.
Hamlin Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 26 mins : Motorboats allowed.
Brown Tract Pond (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 50 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Golden Beach (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 39 mins : Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Selkirk Shores (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 18 mins : Small sandy beach. Some tent specific sites. Motorboats allowed.
Robert Moses (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 49 mins : Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Ausable Point (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 37 mins : Motorboats allowed.
Cedar Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 54 mins : Some tent specific sites. Motorboats allowed.
Point Comfort (Adirondack Park), 38 mins : Small sandy beach. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Keuka Lake (Finger Lakes), 3 hours 4 mins : Small sandy beach. Motorboats allowed.
Sampson (Finger Lakes), 2 hours 45 mins : Small sandy beach. Motorboats allowed.
Cayuga Lake (Finger Lakes), 2 hours 29 mins : Some tent specific sites. Motorboats allowed.
Little Sand Point (Adirondack Park), 41 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Rogers Rock (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 2 mins : Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Gilbert Lake (Central New York), 1 hour 34 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Away from the crowds.
Moreau Lake (Central New York), 1 hour 8 mins : Small lake. Some tent specific sites.
Glimmerglass (Central New York), 57 mins : Motorboats allowed.
North South Lake (Catskills / Taconic), 1 hour 59 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Chenango Valley (Central New York), 2 hours 20 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach.
Taughannock Falls (Finger Lakes), 3 hours 0 mins : Motorboats allowed.
Fillmore Glen (Finger Lakes), 2 hours 33 mins : Away from the crowds.
Bowman Lake (Central New York), 2 hours 17 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites.
Mongaup Pond (Catskills / Taconic), 2 hours 58 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Golden Hill (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 4 hours 1 min : Away from the crowds. Motorboats allowed.
Grass Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 49 mins : Small sandy beach. Motorboats allowed.
Lincoln Pond (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 12 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Long Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 6 mins : Away from the crowds. Motorboats allowed.
Keewaydin (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 51 mins : Motorboats allowed.
Thompsons Lake (Catskills / Taconic), 1 hour 12 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Some tent specific sites. Motorboats allowed.
Crown Point (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 19 mins : Motorboats allowed.
Schodack Island (Catskills / Taconic), 1 hour 21 mins : Small lake. Motorboats allowed.
Putnam Pond (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 4 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Away from the crowds. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.

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Legend   regular   water site   non reserve   no photos   E-Electric   EW-Electric/Water   F-Full Hookup
Max 30ft - These sites will accommodate tents, popups and trailers up to 30ft

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Caroga Lake Lake Site ( photos)
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Dave's Tips

Satellite Image of Caroga Lake Campground
Caroga Lake Campground has a bit of a rustic feel to it. The main draw would be the beach and for watersport activities (boating, fishing and kayaking) and likely would draw more local campers than those that are driving any distance. The campground is bordered on both sides by resident cottages. Check the satellite image to see how it is situated on the southeast shore of East Caroga Lake and surrounded by the local cottages. You can check out the satellite view in more detail.
The Beach at Caroga Lake
Caroga has quite a nice beach, although it is a bit on the small side.
A typical site at Caroga Lake
None of the sites offer much privacy and they are not overly large.
Site 126 would be one of the best sites
Only 1 campsite is close to the water, and that is site 125. Unfortunately it is right beside a fence by the cottages. Site 126 might be a better choice overall because it has the lake view but isn't besides the fenced side.The campground is on the south east shore of East Caroga Lake so it is subject to winds. East Caroga Lake is connect to Caroga Lake. Both lakes are well populated with cottages so don't expect a wilderness paddling experience here. East Caroga Lake is definately the quieter of the two. Caroga Lake is very busy in the summer with lots of boats and personal watercraft. Nearby Peck Lake and Canada Lake would be better paddling options. A popular route is from Canada Lake to Stewart Landing, north of Caroga Lake, although it does require a vehicle at either end.Unlike some other campgrounds, Caroga Lake does not seem to get overly booked. You could easily find a decent site without having to resorting to booking exactly 9 months out in advance. Sites 100-132 are most popular, especially those closer to the beach, along with sites near the beach in the row behind the beach which includes site 5-13.Your other options should you wish to camp in this region would be to consider Northampton Beach, although I suspect Caroga Lake Campground would be the quieter of the two.
Caroga Lake photos were taken in the spring on May 13, 2012. As such consider that the leaves on the trees are not fully out. If you are camping at Caroga Lake in the summer, you can assume that there will be more shade and more privacy on sites that have deciduous trees.
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