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Sampson State Park encompasses nearly 2000 acres, including just over 5.5 miles of lakefront, providing beautiful scenic views and abundant recreational opportunities. Centrally located in the Finger Lakes Park Region, Sampson State Park slopes gently above the eastern shore of Seneca Lake. Formed over 12,000 years ago, Seneca Lake is the largest and deepest of the Finger Lakes, with charted depths over 630 feet. Seneca Lake is famous for its lake trout fishing. Sampson offers swimming, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, playground, recreation hall and more. It is ideally located for those interested in visiting the many Finger Lakes wineries in the region.

- located 15 minutes west of Romulua, on the east shore of Seneca Lake
- 318 sites, 252 are electric, no sites on or near the water
- mostly large open, partially shady sites with some tree buffer
- open late April thru early November

**Camping Fees**

$15/night non-electric, add $6 for electric sites

Out of state patrons surcharge $5/night

**Camping Season Dates**

Sun Apr 24, 2016 thru Mon Nov 7, 2016

Fri Apr 21, 2017 thru Sun Nov 5, 2017

**Map Location**

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Sampson Lake Site ( photos)

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**Dave's Tips**

Sampson State Park is situated along the east shore of Seneca Lake. As you can see from the satellite image, the main campsite area is up on a bluff above the lake with a wooded buffer between Loop 5 and the lake. No sites are on/by the water. Note Loop 6 is totally in the open. The beach and marina are a fair distance down a hill to waters level. Sampson State Park is one of a few New York State campgrounds where you don't have to be so selective of your specific site! You are likely to be choosing a site based on the proximity to a bathroom, or a play feature rather than the specific characteristics of an individual campsite.All sites 300 will accommodate a 40 foot trailer and all provide for easy access (back in) to the campsite pad. If you aren't one to wrestle with trees and an uneven slope to get onto your site, then Sampson would be a great choice for you. Sites in the electric loops (Loop 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) are your best bet. Loop 1 includes sites1-43, Loop 2 includes sites 44-97, Loop 3 includes sites 98-144, Loop 4 includes sites 145-195 and Loop 5 includes sites 196-245. They are all large, flat with some trees. All sites are only partially shaded as the trees are well spaced. Some sites that back onto the bluff overlooking Seneca Lake might offer a glimpse of the lake when the trees are not out in full bloom, but for the most far you don't get the view. Loop 5 does seem to be the most popular loop. Site 222 (Loop 5) would be the rare site that actually does have a decent view. It's a large site and has a nice sitting area overlooking the lake. It also offers more shade than most sites. Sites in the non-electric loop (Loop 6) are located in a wide open field and you definately feel like you are in a wide open area! I would not recommend this area unless you don't care at all about the quality of your camping experience. On the plus site you can save $6 in this area if you don't need electric. Loop 6 is also the closest to the beach area.Sampson would be a great place to bike. There are miles of biking and hiking as this was at one time it was a Naval training facility with a maze of old roads. The hiking will be quite flat however. Sampson is well situated for doing some wine tours. Within a hour hour drive you will find Hosmer Winery, Myer Farm Distillers, 3 Brothers, Sheldrake Point Winery, Lucas Vineyards, Goose Watch, Knapp Winery, The Inn at Varick Winery, Swedish Hill Winery, Wagner Vineyards, Penguin Bay Winery, Americana Vineyards, Frontenac Point Vineyard and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. Of the wineries in this area, our favorites were Lucas, Knapp and Sheldrake. 3 Brothers wasn't a favorite for its wine (or beer) but for its decore. I would highly recommend a stop at 3 Brothers pictured here.

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