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RL Camping

Raquette Lake boasts several state campgrounds and acres and acres of State Land offering RV Camping, primitive camping and lean-to's.  A broad range of camping is available suitable for any level of experience.

For area hiking trips check out the local businesses for our Hiking Guide in and around Raquette Lake and Long Lake.  It's a suggested guide only and we recommend a visit to one of our shops to procure a USGS topo map to guide you on your way.

RL Camping
    • Golden Beach Campground:

      Mid May through Labor Day
      Golden Beach Campground is located on the southeast shore of 5935 acre Raquette Lake. The remote Central Adirondack setting of this facility offers a relaxing, quiet beauty. The campsites offer privacy, and are large and well forested. Camping equipment from tents to 40′ RVs can be accommodated. The campground offers a variety of recreational opportunities including: Canoeing and boating, fishing, hiking and bicycling.


      Visit Their Website: Reserveamerica.com
    • Brown Tract Pond Campground:

      Uncas Road
      Raquette Lake NY 13436
      Telephone: (315)354-4412
      mid-May through Labor Day
      Tucked away in seclusion a short way off the main tourist route, this “jewel” of a campground remains one of the best kept secrets in the Adirondacks. Brown Tract Pond Campground is located on the east shore of 146 acre Brown Tract Pond. The remote Adirondack setting of this facility offers a relaxing, quiet beauty all its own. The campsites offer privacy; they are large and well forested. Camping equipment from tents to 30′ RVs can be accommodated. The campground offers a variety of recreational opportunities including: Canoeing and boating, fishing, hiking, and bicycling.

      Visit Their Website: Reserveamerica.com
    • Eighth Lake Campground:

      Route 28
      Mid May through Columbus Day
      Located on the southeast shore of 314 acre Eighth Lake, this campground offers great fishing for lake trout with special salmon ponds adjacent to campground. The campsites offer privacy, they are large and well forested. Camping equipment from tents to 40′ RV’s can be accommodated. Eighth Lake Campground offers a variety of recreational opportunities including: Canoeing and boating, fishing, hiking, and bicycling.


      Visit Their Website: mylonglake.com

      Don’t Move Firewood!

      A new regulation is now in effect that prohibits the import of firewood into New York unless it has been treated to kill pests. The new regulation also limits the transportation of untreated firewood to less than 50 miles from its source.

      Bringing your firewood with you? Most people don’t realize they move bugs along with their firewood. You could be spreading diseases or insects that can quickly kill large numbers of trees. Our forests are at risk from the transport of firewood infested with tree killers. Help STOP THE SPREAD of these pests.

      • Leave firewood at home-do not transport it to campgrounds or parks.
      • Only purchase firewood that has been harvested in New York State or treated for pests.
      • Burn all firewood brought to the campsite.

      Rules and guidelines for the use of public lands managed by DEC

      Visit Their Website: NYS DEC
    • Lean-To Camping & General Camping Rules:

    The “Adirondack Lean-to” is a structure open on one side and designed as a place to sleep in as a shelter against storms. The end and rear walls are enclosed providing one side open. Each lean-to has a fireplace or fire ring, located about 8 ft. in front of the open side. A small pit privy is also available.

    The State of New York has provided a number of these lean-to’s for the use by the public. The locations are scattered along the heavily traveled routes and in areas where the public has indicated that they want to camp. These lean-to’s are provided on a first come-first served basis and can be use for up to three nights in succession or ten days in any one year.


    Raquette Lake
    • Big Island 3 sites on the island east of the Raquette Lake Hamlet.
    • Clarks Point 2 sites on the West side of the Lake.
    • Boucher 3 sites on the North shore of Outlet Bay.
    • Canoe Carry 1 site on North Shore Outlet Bay near the Canoe Carry.

    Long Lake
    • Lower Sargent Pond, 1 site on North East Shore.
    • Forked Lake, 1/2 mile east of Raquette River Inlet
    • Pine Brook, 1 site approximately 1 mile from the Forked Lake Outlet.
    • Deerland, 2 sites approximately 1 mile below Buttermilk Falls.
    • Northville-Placid Trail North
    • Catlin Bay, 2 sites approximately 2.5 miles north of Rte 30 Bridge on east side of lake
    • 1/2 mile north of Catlin Bay, 1 site
    • Kelly Point, 2 sites, 5 miles north of bridge, 4 miles from Trailhead
    • Rodney Point, 2 sites, 6.2 miles from bridge, 6.25 miles from Tarbell Hill Trailhead.
    • Plumley’s Point, 2 sites, 7.9 miles from bridge, 8.45 miles from Tarbell Hill Trailhead.
    • Northville-Placid Trail South, there are 2 sites on Tirrell Pond. One at each end of the pond.


    • Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of any road, trail, spring, stream, pond or other body of water except at areas designated by a “camp here” disk.
    • Groups of ten or more persons OR stays of more than three days in one place require a permit from the New York State Forest Ranger responsible for the area.
    • Use pit privies provided near popular camping areas and trailheads. If none are available, dispose of human waste by digging a hole 6″-8″ deep at least 150 feet from water or campsites. Cover with leaves and soil.
    • Do not use soap to wash yourself, clothing or dishes within 150 ft of water.
    • Drinking and cooking water should be boiled for 5 minutes, treated with purifying tablets or filtered through filtration device to prevent instances of giardia infection.
    • Fires should be built in existing fire pits or fireplaces if provided. Use only dead and down wood for fires.
    • Cutting standing trees is prohibited.
    • Extinguish all fires with water and stir ashes until they are cold to the touch. Do not build fires in areas marked by a “No Fires” disk. Camp stoves are safer, more efficient and cleaner.
    • Carry out what you carry in. Practice “leave no trace” camping and hiking.
    • Keep your pet under control. Your pet must be on a leash at all times. Collect and bury droppings away from water, trails and camp sites. Keep your pet away from drinking water sources.
    • Observe and enjoy wildlife and plants but leave them undisturbed.
    Removing plants, rocks, fossils or artifacts from state land without a permit is illegal.
    • The storage of personal property on state land is prohibited.
    Carry an approved personal flotation device (pfd) for each person aboard all watercraft.
    • Except in an emergency or between December 15th and April 30th, camping is prohibited above an elevation of 4,000 feet in the Adirondacks.
    • At all times, only emergency fires are permitted above 4,000 feet in the Adirondacks.

    For specific information and to obtain a permit, contact the Forest Ranger in the area.
    Raquette Lake, Jason Scott, 315-354-4611.
    Long Lake, Jim Waters, 518-624-3272.