Lakeside State Park
Waterport, NY

About Lakeside State Park

Lake Side Rating
  • Site 23 in A Loop - Great view!

  • Site D16 - One of the few shaded sites with lake view

  • Site C24 - Typical wooded site

  • One of several play areas

  • Play area and recreation hall

Lakeside Beach State Park offers an outstanding panoramic view of Lake Ontario and surrounding farms and fruit orchards. No swimming is allowed, but 274 campsites, four miles of hiking and biking trails, fishing along the lake front, picnic grounds, a disc golf course and playing fields bring thousands to the park.

Lakeside Beach Quick Peek 

Overview
  1. Located just north or Waterport, halfway between Niagara Falls and Rochester on the south shore of Lake Ontario
  2. 274 campsites, none are on the water but many for a view overlooking Lake Ontario from the bluff on which Lakeside is located
  3. all site have electric with a 30A minimum. 111 sites are 50A
  4. all sites accommodate a 20ft trailer, 249 accommodate at least a 30ft trailer and 137 sites accommodate a 40ft trailer
  5. offers a range of campsites from open area, partially shade and shaded sites on a level gravel pad
  6. great for biking, hiking and golfing
  7. note! although the name of the park would suggest there is a beach, there is not a beach and there is no swimming area either!
Campground Feature Summary
    Large lake. Easy access sites. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites not directly by the water. Fairly open sites. Fairly open sites with partial shade. Mainly level sites. Open field sites. Fairly shaded sites. Lightly wooded. Partially shady sites. Very shaded sites. Very wooded. Semi-private sites.

Camping Fees

$15/night non-electric, add $6 for electric sites
Weekend/Holiday surcharge $4/night
Out of state patrons surcharge $5/night

Camping Season Dates

Fri May 6, 2016 thru Sun Oct 16, 2016
Fri May 5, 2017 thru Sun Oct 15, 2017

Campgrounds Within a 60 Minute Drive

Golden Hill: 15.5 miles, 20 min
Hamlin Beach: 17.7 miles, 21 min

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

Fish Creek (Adirondack Park), 5 hours 12 mins : Large lake. Large RV friendly sites.
Rollins Pond (Adirondack Park), 5 hours 21 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Watkins Glen (Finger Lakes), 2 hours 21 mins : Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites.
Letchworth (Western New York), 1 hour 19 mins : Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites.
Fair Haven Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 1 hour 52 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites.
Wellesley Island (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 31 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Open field sites.
Meacham Lake (Adirondack Park), 5 hours 20 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Cranberry Lake (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 30 mins : Large lake.
Northampton Beach (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 6 mins : Large lake. Large RV friendly sites.
Verona Beach (Central New York), 2 hours 31 mins : Large lake. Electric sites.
Delta Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 54 mins : Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites.
Higley Flow (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 38 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites.
Coles Creek (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 4 hours 30 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Open field sites.
Kring Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 40 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites.
Southwick Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 55 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Open field sites.
Jacques Cartier (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 52 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Open field sites.
Westcott Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 6 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites.
Hamlin Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 21 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites.
Selkirk Shores (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 36 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites.
Robert Moses (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 4 hours 49 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Open field sites.
Ausable Point (Adirondack Park), 5 hours 54 mins : Large lake. Large RV friendly sites.
Cedar Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 29 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Open field sites.
Point Comfort (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 42 mins : Large lake.
Keuka Lake (Finger Lakes), 1 hour 59 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites.
Sampson (Finger Lakes), 1 hour 49 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites.
Cayuga Lake (Finger Lakes), 1 hour 43 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites.
Rogers Rock (Adirondack Park), 5 hours 20 mins : Large lake.
Gilbert Lake (Central New York), 3 hours 43 mins : Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites.
Robert H Treman (Finger Lakes), 2 hours 32 mins : Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Open field sites.
Glimmerglass (Central New York), 3 hours 33 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites.
Chenango Valley (Central New York), 3 hours 15 mins : Electric sites.
Taughannock Falls (Finger Lakes), 2 hours 13 mins : Large lake. Electric sites.
Fillmore Glen (Finger Lakes), 2 hours 18 mins : Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites.
Bowman Lake (Central New York), 3 hours 22 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Mongaup Pond (Catskills / Taconic), 4 hours 36 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Golden Hill (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 20 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Open field sites.
Grass Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 26 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Open field sites.
Long Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 40 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites.
Keewaydin (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 28 mins : Large lake. Fairly open sites. Open field sites.
Crown Point (Adirondack Park), 5 hours 37 mins : Large lake. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites. Open field sites.
Schodack Island (Catskills / Taconic), 4 hours 21 mins : Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Fairly open sites.

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Dave's Tips

Satellite images of Lakeside Beach State Park
Lakeside is quite a nice campground with almost all sites being level with a gravel base, with easy entry to the site pad. Compared to other State Parks in this guide, Lakeside does offers less amenities however so there will be other campgrounds which would be more suited as a destination spot for a longer campout. There is no beach or swimming (the name 'Lakeside Beach is misleading!). Biking and some hiking will be your main options. There are several playground areas, a recreation hall and play fields however. You could head to nearby Hamlin Beach State Park for their beach and swimming which is a 25 minute drive east of Lakeside. Check out the satellite image to see how Lakeside is oriented along a bluff above Lake Ontario. Personally I would choose Lakeside for a shorter stay.
Site A23 is typical of the great sites with views in A Loop.
Loop A (A1-A37) is fairly open with some trees and offers the best views overlooking the bluffs down to Lake Ontario. If you are looking for a view, this is the area to be in! The sites are quite large, but offer little privacy. Sites A4-A10 are in a more treed area however and do provide shade and some privacy.Loop B (B1-B39) is more wooded with more shade than sun. The sites are large and quite level. The sites closer to the parkway (B1-B6 and B25-B39) are quite open however. Loop B is similar to Loop C.
Typical shady site in C Loop.
Loop C (C1-C40) is almost mostly wooded with lots of shade and decent privacy. C loop is quite similar to Loop B. The sites are not quite up to par with those in A Loop or D loop.
Site D16 is one of the few shady sites with a lake view.
Loop D (D1-D36) offers the best selection of large, wooded, level sites. It also has a few sites that offer at least a partial view through the trees overlooking Lake Ontario. If you are looking for a bit of a lake view, consider sites D19, D18, D16 or D15.Loop E (E1-E41) is split between the first half of sites being total open with few trees. The higher numbers are in a treed area however with lots of shade. Lower numbers tend to be more level than the upper numbers.Loop F (F1-F40) is well treed with lots of shady sites. Sites are still quite level, but this area is somewhat hilly.Loop G is in an open field with very few trees.My suggested choice would be to pick a site in A section between A11 and A23 which offer great views of Lake Ontario. For a more shaded site choose Loop D. For a shaded site with some view of Lake Ontario, select site D19, D18, D16 or D15. The other best (and most popular) sites would be those on the east side of D Loop D3-D14. These are still shady sites, however they are open on the backside to the huge field by the rec area. These would be great spots, especially if you have kids.Unlike some other campgrounds, Lakeside 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. A11-A23 and D Loop would be the exception as those areas are booked up well in advance.If you like Lakeside, you might also be interested in Hamlin Beach State Park, Golden Hill State Park, Four Mile Creek, Fairhaven Beach, Southwick Beach State Park, or Selkirk State Park, all of which are within a 25 min to 2.5 hours distance from Lakeside.
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