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.

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

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

Map Location

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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

Tent Specific - These sites are suitable for tents only

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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