Fish Creek Pond Campground
Tupper Lake, NY

About Fish Creek Pond Campground

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Fish Creek Pond is considered by many, the finest and most attractive of all the Adirondack campgrounds.

It is located in the northern Adirondacks of upstate New York, about 15 minutes north east of Tupper Lake, 45 minutes west of Lake Placid, 3.5 hours north of Syracuse and Albany.

Fish Creek offers 355 sites accommodating all equipment from tents to 40ft RV's with a natural sand shoreline and water access for most campsites. 319 sites are directly on the lakeshore. Most have excellent access to the water. Many of the sites offer a small sandy beach area as well. The sites are well treed with balsam fir, white pines, maple and birch trees dominating on sandy soil.

Fish Creek will typically be visited by over 100,000 campers each summer (107,264 in 2000). A vast majority of campers will treat Fish Creek as their main summer vacation destination.

As with all DEC campgrounds, there are no hookups at Fish Creek, although generators may be used in the mornings and evenings (restricted hours). There are lots of nearby water taps, a fill and dumping station as well.

Campers are provided with pristine rivers and ponds accessible to both motorized and non-motorized boats. Square Pond and Fish Creek Pond (the two bodies of water around which the campground is situated) are open to motor boat usage. Also, motorboat operator's can enjoy miles of open water on Upper Saranac Lake. A trailered boat launch with a small temporary parking area nearby receive steady usage throughout the camping seaon. Campers seeking non motorized boating opportunities are usually referred by the campground staff to the ponds in the Rollins Pond Campground area or the nearby St. Regis Canoe Area (approx. 3 miles north of the campground). The campground offers a variety of other recreational opportunities including: Interpreter Activity Program, canoeing and boating, fishing, hiking, and bicycling.

Fish Creek offer the longest season of any campground in the Adirondack with a season that stretches from mid April through late October.

Fish Creek Quick Peek 

Overview
  1. Located north of Tupper Lake in the Adirondack Park of upstate NY
  2. 355 sites, 322 are reservable, 323 (over 90%) are directly on the water
  3. all sites are non-electric
  4. one of the busiest of the DEC campgrounds, few private sites
  5. offers an extensive network of interconnected ponds for paddling as well as options for boating and watersports on the 3 main ponds as well as Upper Saranac Lake
  6. offers the longest camping season of any New York DEC or State campground. Open mid April through late October
Campground Feature Summary
    Large lake. Small lake. Small sandy beach. Swim from your site*. Can be more challenging for RVs due to trees and narrow roads. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Deep sites set back from the road. Mainly level sites. Many sites directly by the water. Many sloped sites. Fairly shaded sites. Very wooded. Some tent specific sites. Very busy during summer months / holiday weekends. Semi-private sites. Boat launch available for motorboats. Excellent paddling options. Moor boat at your site. Motorboats allowed.

    * Note! Swimming from your site is not officially allowed although many campers do.

Camping Fees

Nightly camping fee $22 (all sites)
Out of state patrons surcharge $5/night

Camping Season Dates

Fri Apr 8, 2016 thru Sat Oct 22, 2016
Fri Apr 7, 2017 thru Sat Oct 21, 2017

Campgrounds Within a 60 Minute Drive

Rollins Pond: 2.3 miles, 9 min
Buck Pond: 23.5 miles, 34 min
Meacham Lake: 28.3 miles, 36 min
Lake Eaton: 30.6 miles, 37 min
Cranberry Lake: 37.4 miles, 49 min
Wilmington Notch: 38.3 miles, 53 min
Taylor Pond: 39.4 miles, 58 min
Lake Durant: 46.7 miles, 59 min

Campgrounds Similar to Fish Creek and What They Have in Common
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Rollins Pond (Adirondack Park), 9 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Swim from your site*. Large RV friendly sites. Many sites directly by the water. Excellent paddling options. The closest option to Rollins although no motor boats are allowered in Rollins. Similar paddling opportunities as both campgrounds share the same waterways. Sites at Rollins tend to have more privacy and its less busy in general than Fish Creek. Longer way to enter/exit the campground.
Eighth Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 17 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Many sites directly by the water. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed. Offers a fine overall lakeside camping like Fish Creek although it is generally quieter, you will have a bit more privacy, great paddling but with fewer options than Fish Creek, but you won't be able to pull up your boat to your site.
Lewey Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 22 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Swim from your site*. Many sites directly by the water. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Buck Pond (Adirondack Park), 34 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Lake Durant (Adirondack Park), 59 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Meacham Lake (Adirondack Park), 36 mins : Small lake. Swim from your site*. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Limekiln Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 27 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Cranberry Lake (Adirondack Park), 49 mins : Large lake. Small sandy beach. Swim from your site*. Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Northampton Beach (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 14 mins : Large lake. Swim from your site*. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Many sites directly by the water. Excellent paddling options. Moor boat at your site. Motorboats allowed.
Moffitt Beach (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 38 mins : Small lake. Swim from your site*. Large flat sites directly by the water. Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Nicks Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 47 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Many sites directly by the water.
Delta Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 34 mins : Small lake. Swim from your site*. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Many sites directly by the water. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Lake Eaton (Adirondack Park), 37 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Lake Harris (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 4 mins : Small lake. Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Higley Flow (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 3 mins : Large lake. Small sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Kring Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 18 mins : Large lake. Small sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites. Many sites directly by the water. Motorboats allowed.
Brown Tract Pond (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 17 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Swim from your site*. Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Golden Beach (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 6 mins : Swim from your site*. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Ausable Point (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 26 mins : Large lake. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Many sites directly by the water. Motorboats allowed.
North South Lake (Catskills / Taconic), 3 hours 44 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Mongaup Pond (Catskills / Taconic), 4 hours 58 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Swim from your site*. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites directly by the water. Many sites directly by the water. Excellent paddling options.
Lincoln Pond (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 21 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.

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