North South Lake Campground
Haines Falls, NY

About North South Lake Campground

Lake Side Rating
  • Beach on South Lake

  • Boat Rental on North Lake

  • North Lake

  • Picnic Area on the Trail Around the Lakes

  • Picnic Area on North Lake

  • Stream Between Loop 1 and 3

  • Prime Watersite 145

  • Prime Watersite 146

  • Prime Watersite 151

  • Site 63 in Loop 3

  • Site 190 in Loop 7

  • Site 11 in Loop 1

North-South Lake is the biggest and most popular state campground in the Catskill Forest Preserve, offering extraordinary scenic beauty, and historical sites, such as: Alligator Rock, Kaaterskill Falls, and the former site of the Catskill Mountain House. An abrupt change in elevation occurs from about 540 feet above sea level at the base of the escarpment to approximately 2,250 feet at the site of the former Catskill Mountain House. The provinces around the lakes have long provided visitors with exceptional views of the surrounding countryside. It is said that on a clear day, five states can be viewed from the escarpment.

North South Lake Quick Peek 

Overview
  1. located 30 minutes west of Catskill, NY
  2. 219 sites, 207 are reservable, 10 sites are directly on the water
  3. all sites are non-electric
  4. the largest and most popular state park in the Catskills
  5. offers two connected ponds for paddling with canoe/kayak and row boat rentals
  6. offers a longer camping season, open mid May through the 3rd week in October
Campground Feature Summary
    Small lake. Small sandy beach. A few sites directly by the water. Deep sites set back from the road. Mainly level sites. Many sloped sites. Fairly shaded sites. Very shaded sites. Very wooded. Very busy during summer months / holiday weekends. Private sites. Semi-private sites. Excellent paddling options. No Motorboats allowed.

Camping Fees

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

Camping Season Dates

Fri May 20, 2016 thru Sat Oct 22, 2016
Fri May 19, 2017 thru Sat Oct 21, 2017

Campgrounds Within a 60 Minute Drive

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

Fish Creek (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 44 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Rollins Pond (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 53 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Private sites. Excellent paddling options. No Motorboats allowed.
Watkins Glen (Finger Lakes), 3 hours 37 mins : Private sites.
Eighth Lake (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 18 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Lewey Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 45 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Buck Pond (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 49 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Fair Haven Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 43 mins : A few sites directly by the water.
Wellesley Island (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 4 hours 21 mins : Small sandy beach. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Lake Durant (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 54 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Meacham Lake (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 58 mins : Small lake. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Limekiln Lake (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 29 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Cranberry Lake (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 2 mins : Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Northampton Beach (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 0 mins : Excellent paddling options.
Caroga Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 59 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Moffitt Beach (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 37 mins : Small lake. Excellent paddling options.
Verona Beach (Central New York), 2 hours 47 mins : Small sandy beach.
Nicks Lake (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 18 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Private sites. No Motorboats allowed.
Delta Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 42 mins : Small lake. Excellent paddling options.
Lake Eaton (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 9 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Lake Harris (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 50 mins : Small lake. Excellent paddling options.
Higley Flow (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 16 mins : Small sandy beach. A few sites directly by the water. Excellent paddling options.
Coles Creek (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 4 hours 58 mins : Small sandy beach.
Kring Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 4 hours 29 mins : Small sandy beach.
Taylor Pond (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 24 mins : Small lake. A few sites directly by the water. Private sites.
Brown Tract Pond (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 18 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Golden Beach (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 7 mins : A few sites directly by the water. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Selkirk Shores (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 32 mins : Small sandy beach.
Robert Moses (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 4 hours 54 mins : A few sites directly by the water. Excellent paddling options.
Point Comfort (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 34 mins : Small sandy beach. A few sites directly by the water. Excellent paddling options.
Keuka Lake (Finger Lakes), 4 hours 13 mins : Small sandy beach.
Sampson (Finger Lakes), 3 hours 47 mins : Small sandy beach.
Little Sand Point (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 37 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options.
Rogers Rock (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 36 mins : A few sites directly by the water. Excellent paddling options.
Gilbert Lake (Central New York), 1 hour 42 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach.
Moreau Lake (Central New York), 1 hour 42 mins : Small lake. No Motorboats allowed.
Chenango Valley (Central New York), 2 hours 15 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach.
Bowman Lake (Central New York), 2 hours 18 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach.
Mongaup Pond (Catskills / Taconic), 1 hour 36 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Excellent paddling options. No Motorboats allowed.
Grass Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 4 hours 16 mins : Small sandy beach. A few sites directly by the water.
Lincoln Pond (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 51 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Thompsons Lake (Catskills / Taconic), 1 hour 8 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Private sites.
Schodack Island (Catskills / Taconic), 1 hour 13 mins : Small lake.
Putnam Pond (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 43 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.

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