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The New York State Campground Photo (NYSCP) project is committed to providing the most comprehensive and current photo guide for campgrounds within the state. Our dedicated team works year-round to not only maintain the accuracy of the photos, but also to introduce new features and improvements.

With the launch of NYSCP2.0 in May 2021, we introduced a range of new features, including the 'BaseCamp Accounts' feature. As a BaseCamp member, you have access to all photos, a personalized home page, the ability to save your favorite campgrounds and campsites, private and public notes, high-resolution 2.5X zoom, photo archives, and as a FREE BONUS: near real-time updates on campsite cancellations.

We have also significantly expanded our photo database. We have gone from 90,000 photos prior to BaseCamp to 120,000 photos in January 2023, an increase of 33%. New photos are now available for 26 of New York's most popular campgrounds, with 18,000 more photos to be processed for an additional 12 popular campgrounds by spring 2023, bringing the total number of photos in the NYSCP database to 138,000, covering 95 campgrounds.

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Recent Updates

Jan 20, 2023
New Enhanced Watersite Categories  
We now have a more extensive categorization feature for watersites. Rather than just having sites specified as either 'watersite' or 'off water' we now breakdown the old 'watersites' into Ultra Prime Waterfront, Prime Waterfront, Waterfront, Prime Water Access Only, and Water Access Only.
Jan 20, 2023
New Watersite Detailed Descriptions  
Detailed watersite descriptions have now been added to 33% of the 1,900 watersites across New York State. Completed so far are Rollins Pond, Cranberry Lake, Fair Haven Beach, Selkirk Shores and Higley Flow. Others to follow.
Jan 19, 2023
430 New Glimmerglass Photos Now Available  
There are now an additional 430 high resolution photos available for all sites at Glimmerglass State Park taken during this spring's photoshoot. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos.
Jan 12, 2023
1,630 New Higley Flow Photos Now Available  
There are now an additional 1,630 high resolution photos available for all sites at Higley Flow taken during this spring's photoshoot. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos.
Jan 8, 2023
1,500 New Selkirk Photos Now Available  
There are now an additional 1,500 high resolution photos available for all sites at Selkirk Shores taken during this spring's photoshoot. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos.
Dec 15, 2022
1,800 New Sacandaga Photos Now Available  
We finally have photos for Sacandaga Campground, long over due! 1,800 photos are now available from this past spring's photoshoot of all sites. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos.
Nov 30, 2022
1,950 New Lake Eaton Photos Now Available  
There are now an additional 1,950 high resolution photos available for all sites at Lake Eaton taken during this spring's photoshoot. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos.
Nov 23, 2022
1,120 New Lake Durant Photos Now Available  
There are now an additional 1,120 high resolution photos available for all sites at Lake Durant taken during this spring's photoshoot. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos.
Nov 22, 2022
2,980 New Meacham Lake Photos Now Available  
There are now an additional 2,980 high resolution photos available for all sites at Meacham Lake taken during this spring's photoshoot. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos.
Nov 19, 2022
1,020 New Fair Haven Beach Photos Now Available  
There are now an additional 1,020 high resolution photos available for most sites at Fair Haven Beach taken during this spring's photoshoot. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos.
Nov 15, 2022
1,430 New Green Lakes Photos Now Available  
There are now an additional 1,430 high resolution photos available for all sites at Green+Lakes taken during this spring's photoshoot. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos.
Nov 12, 2022
4,300 New Fish Creek Photos Now Available  
There are now an additional 4,300 high resolution photos available for a good portion of sites at Fish Creek taken during this spring's photoshoot. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos.
Nov 3, 2022
1,370 New Southwick Beach Photos Now Available  
There are now an additional 1,370 high resolution photos available for most sites at Southwick Beach taken during this spring's photoshoot. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos. Note: includes the new full hookup loop!
Oct 30, 2022
Past Photo Archives Now Available  
As more photos are added, especially this season with 30 campgrounds that have been reshot, we now provide access to past photo archives so you can see photos from the past which offer additional perspectives, views from a different time of the year as well as views when sites were occupied.
Oct 27, 2022
1,360 New Delta Lake Photos Now Available  
There are now an additional 1,360 high resolution photos available for all sites at Delta Lake taken during this spring's photoshoot. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos.
Oct 15, 2022
1,550 New Nicks Lake Photos Now Available  
There are now an additional 1,150 high resolution photos available for all sites at Nicks+Lake taken during this spring's photoshoot. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos.
Oct 13, 2022
2,370 New Letchworth Photos Now Available  
There are now an additional 2,370 high resolution photos available for all sites at Letchworth taken during this spring's photoshoot. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos.
Aug 23, 2022
2,600 New Cranberry Lake Photos Now Available  
There are now an additional 2,600 high resolution photos available for all sites at Cranberry Lake taken during this spring's photoshoot. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos.
Aug 11, 2022
540 New Burnham Point Photos Now Available  
We finally have photos for Burham Point, long over due! 540 photos are now available from this past spring's photoshoot of all sites. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos.
May 2, 2022
930 New Kring Point Photos Now Available  
There are now an additional 930 high resolution photos available for all sites at Kring Point taken during this spring's photoshoot. 2.5X zoom is also available for all new photos.

Current Projects

New Server  
We have already started work to replace our outdated server that is approaching end-of-life, with a newer, high-performance model by mid-February. This upgrade includes the replacement of old storage disks with fast SSD's and updating the software to ensure optimal performance and the ability to efficiently handle the growing volume of photos.
More Photos!  
Processing and coding of photos taken during our spring 2022 photoshoots will continue through the winter. This will include:
  • Buck Pond (1,900 photos)
  • Lake Harris (1,325 photos)
  • Hamlin Beach (830 photos - loops A &C only)
  • Westcott Beach (1,000 photos)
  • Bowman Lake (1,850 photos)
  • Chenango Valley (1,650 photos)
  • Jacques Cartier (975 photos)
  • Golden Hill (180 photos)
  • Lakeside (2,300 photos)
  • Luzerne (2,030 photos)
  • Caroga Lake (1,020 photos)
  • Golden Beach (360 photos - highway watersites only)
  • Kring Point (825 photos - the rest of the off water sites)
Finish Coding Watersites for Enhanced Categories
So far only 33% of NYS watersites are coded. Major watersite campgrounds to code are Fish Creek, Lewey Lake, Moffitt Beach, Wellesley Island, Eighth Lake, Lake Durant, Lake Harris and many others. Currently working on Fish Creek.

Future Projects

In no particular order.

Spring Photoshoot 2023  
Plans are to reshoot approx 10-15 campgrounds this spring. Possibilities include:
  • Watkins Glen
  • Sampson
  • Taughannock Falls
  • Golden Beach
  • Rogers Rock
  • Little Sand Point
  • Coles Creek
  • Cedar Point
  • Keewaydin
  • Robert Moses
  • Grass Point
  • Macomb Reservations
  • Ausable Point
  • Cumberland Bay
  • Verona Beach
  • Gilbert Lake

As well Hearthstone is on the list to finally be added to the site.

User Uploadable Campsite Photos
BaseCamp members will be able to upload their own photos of campgrounds and individual campsites to share with others as a supplement to the campsite guide.
Expand To Include Remote DEC Campgrounds  
This would include remote DEC campgrounds that are typically boat-in or hike-in only such as Forked Lake, Indian Lake Islands, Long Island (Lake George), Glen Island (Lake George), Narrow Island (Lake George), Saranac Lake Islands, Floodwood/Follensby Clear Pond and otheres.
Walkabout Campsite Review Forms
Customize a walkaround campground campsite review form. Print them, mark them up as you case out sites at the campground and then later upload your review/notes into BaseCamp. No more worrying about lost notes!
Print/Export Campground and Campsite Favorites
Print off your favorites list to have as a hardcopy backup or export to a spreadsheet.
BaseCamper Blog
Popular topics discussions, tips and a whole lot more.
BaseCamp How To Videos
Instructional videos to be added that showcase all the hidden features and functionality within BaseCamp. These videos will provide a clear and easy-to-understand explanation of each feature, making it simple for users to take full advantage of the website's capabilities.
360 Campground Tours
We have already captured 360-degree videos of Fish Creek and Rollins campgrounds. These videos have to be processed and will be uploaded to our website. We will also schedule additional 360-degree videos of other popular campgrounds this upcoming summer season to enhance the visual experience for our users.
Campground Reviews
Share your experience at specific campgrounds with others.
Campsite Cancellation Alerts
The cancellation system hasn't been top priority since it is actually a FREE BONUS but we do plan to have alerts for the 2024 season.
Promoted Cancellation Requests and Offers
Make it easier to offer and connect with another BaseCamp member who may be interested a site you will be cancelling. As well make cancellation requests more visible.
Enhanced Cancellation Search
Further narrow down your search for campsite cancellations by your own campsite favorites or, in the case of watersites, select specific enhanced watersite categories.
Enhanced Watersite Search
Search for specific types of watersites for any campground, list of campgrounds or regions that match your criteria. For example "Show me all watersites in the Adirondacks that are directly by the water and have at least a medium size sandy shallow beach".
Custom View of Campsite Photos
Different options for viewing campsite photos such as swipe left/right, navigate to photos by category button (ie views from road, fireplace view, path to water, shoreline, shoreline views, looking back to road, view down the road).
Revamped User Experience and Design (New UX/UI)
To date, our primary focus has been on providing high-quality content on the site, while neglecting to prioritize the user experience. We recognize the importance of ensuring that the site is easy to navigate and interact with, and that the overall design is modern and visually appealing. As such, we are planning to redesign the site, making necessary adjustments and improvements to enhance the overall usability and visual appeal of the site.
Distance To Campground
Find the distance and directions to any campground from your specific zip code.
Campground Recommendations
Recommend other campgrounds that match up with those that you have shown interest in.
Update all Hilight Photo Pages
A lot of the individual campground Hilight photo pages are missing photos and/or captions.
NYS State Park Knowledge Base
A great place to find answers to the many common questions about state parks and the reservation system.
Move NYSCP To basecampny.com
Long term NYSCP will move to our BaseCamp NY domain.