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White Mountain National Forest, NEW HAMPSHIRE
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Good overnight stop; bring a boat if you stay longer

This is a good stopping point, but there isn't much to do unless you bring a boat. Or you could use it as a base for exploring other areas in the Thousand Islands. It's only about 10 miles from Clayton.

We stayed here on a bicycle trip from Rochester to the Thousand Islands at the end of a 63 mile day. Don't let anyone tell you it's not a hilly trip coming up along Lake Ontario to the Thousand Islands! There will be hills! The good news is there are NY state parks along the way.

Burnham Point is a small (less than 50 sites) campground on the St. Lawrence River. It was a good stopping point after seeing the lighthouse in Cape Vincent on our way. There are sites by the river that are tent only but we pitched our tent up above. The tent sites were rather difficult to get to with our bikes. There wasn't much shade where we settled, but the sun was not intense as we arrived in the early evening and left the next morning. Unfortunately, I have no site photos and only have a photo of the sunset…but it's a beautiful view.

Restrooms/showers were clean, and there was electricity at the site. Unfortunately, the bugs were bad but that's just a summertime hazard in the Northeast.

Wellesley island

This campground was beyond beautiful and very relaxing.

Great by the lake

I enjoyed my stay here. Beautiful view of the lake and very family friendly

Lots of amenities near the Canada border

Beautiful state park with lots of services and ammenities. We didnt get a chance to see even half of it. The beach was huge and the staff friendly. We were there in mid september and the place was practically empty. Lots of mature trees and well kept green spaces.

Fun campground

This campground is fun! It’s huge and flat and sits on the St. Lawrence Seaway! You get to see ships sail by! It’s beautiful and quiet too!

book early for Labor Day weekend!

this was a nice clean campground with access to restrooms at all sites. there is a very nice hike to the top of Bear Mountain and a beautiful view of the lake. book early and get a site on the lake shore. we were on the inside of the park and there is not a lot of water access, especially if you own dogs. the individual that checked us in was a little intense when explaining the rules but that is a fairly common occurrence at state parks.

A campground with a lot to offer

Cranberry Lake is a fantastic place to get away from it all. It really has so much to offer. Many of the sites offer quite a bit of privacy from your neighbor, and are laid out nicely for tent camping. We go there to kayak so it’s also nice that there are a lot of water front sites. If hiking is your thing, there’s a nice trail right within the campground. It’s not a terribly long hike, but it takes you up to a spectacular view of the lake and islands. Bonus points for the campground being within 30 minutes of two breweries (Tupper Lake) 👍🏻

Camping on the Raquette River

We usually head for the Adirondack lakes further down the road but it's still in the foot hills, close to our home and very pretty especially at sunset. It's convenient for the locals nearby to group camp there so it can be a little busy and loud during the day if you don't get a more private site which there are plenty of. Those sites are large and wooded, most all paved (not always very level!) and if you don't get a water site you may still be able to drag your small boat and walk to the water bit there is a nice boat launch. It's convenient that the park supplys trash containers by the roadside of your site for recyclables and trash and also pick it up often. Since this river has many dams and is used for hydro power the water level can go up and down 2-3 feet from one day to the next. It didnt affect our kayaking fun, swimming or fishing and was intriguing. I came across the largest and most beautiful sounding loon early in the morning…perfect before we had to pack it up and leave. Will post a video of the loon calling another along with pictures. Turn up the volume.

Small family campground - long time tradition on our family!

Many repeat campers over many years. Best sites are hard to book ahead and are best for tents or small trailers. Some bathrooms are older. Nice play spaces for kids of all ages, and also has a nice playground area. Almost always a breeze and storms can come up quickly off the lake - be sure to keep things put away and weighted down, and be ready to “batten down the hatches” as my dad used to say!

One of our favs!

Campground/ lake views are breathtaking! Beach front area is great for families! Sites are fairly secluded!

First to Review
Nearly secret on Francis Lake. Beautiful kayaking!

This spot is totally gorgeous, perfectly clean, and quiet. Room for two or three tents, two fire circles and has an outhouse. Great for swimming, kayaking, and a gorgeous place to wake up next to the water.

There are two access points to the water, the more hidden point is where you hike in for camping. A little stream tuns under a few footbridges and out to francis lake.

Beautiful View

The campground was clean. Bathrooms could be kept clean more. The water view was amazing. The clear sky at night was wonderful for looking at the stars. The had some construction going on maybe new bathrooms. Playground was nice as well as beach area to swim. If you are looking for a wooded area to set up tent this is not the place.

Unplugged but recharged!

just returned from our annual week at the reservoir, such beauty! We saw Bald Eagles and Loons, enjoyed swimming, canoing and paddleboarding with the family. It was so peaceful with our site #37 accomodating 20 members of tge family plus 3 dogs!

St. Lawrence River

There is an old section and a new section. Near the Eisenhower Locks which is nice to watch the ships come in.

St. Lawrence River

Rocky (flat) but beautiful. Hard to get into because people book far in advance.


Beautiful campground! Very clean, grounds are nicely manicured and the picnic beach is very well maintained.

On the St. Lawrence

Wonderful location, great fishing very clean sites & bathrooms. Friendly staff. Fun for whole family.

Little piece of heaven

My family and I love this campground….the area has such history! It has a little beach area and great rock cliffs to jump off and swim! The fishing is also awesome, my husband caught a pike and small mouth bass his first day! And the sunsets are my favorite part!

Beautiful, well groomed, has it all!

Lots for everyone to do! New playground, beach, cabins boating full hook ups… they have it all!


My kids loved camping here, great fishing, great sites.

Small ,quiet ,peaceful, good fishing, wooded

About 35 spots all non electric, many on the water of the oswegatchie river. There is shower and rest rooms. A small boat launch area. A new playground in 2017. Worth a look if you like your peace and quiet. The staff is friendly and helpful.

A beautiful place to stay

With my family and pets in tow, we took a weekend and committed it to nature and ourselves. Remington is a Military campground, but for the several military families looking to disconnect a couple of miles from home this would be it.

They offer regular camping sites and RV sites, they also have a dog park for the little furry ones.

It is easy to get to and several forms of outdoor entertainment.. Remington is a b autiful well kept place and I could spend my summer there.

Your Own Private Island for FREE!

We spent 3 nights backcountry camping on Catamount Island in Cranberry Lake and absolutely loved it! The sunsets from the island were truly incredible. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Ours had an extensive pile of dry wood, too. There is a decent privy tucked back in the woods. Bring your own TP though! Also, you will either need to bring your own potable water or filter from the lake, so don’t forget your water filter.

In addition to many cool places to kayak from the island, there are a few hiking trails where you can land your boat and hike for a few hours. The Curtis Pond hike was our favorite and there are some incredible beaver dams along the way. While the mosquitoes weren’t bad at the campsite itself or while kayaking, they are terrible on the trails this time of year; so bring your bug spray, or better yet, bug shirts! The millions upon millions of dragonflies help make up for the mosquitoes!

The Village of Cranberry Lake (which is accessible from the lake) has some supplies, but not much except the very basics at the general store.  You’ll need to head to Star Lake or Tupper Lake for anything of significance.

Backcountry camping is first come, first served…no reservations necessary or even possible. No permit is needed. The only fee is if you want to park your vehicle in the state park while you are camping on the island, it is $8 per day.

Close to Rock Island

Great ace to stay with a boat

Lovely place

Friendly people! Quiet! Play area for kids! Pavillion! Events! Docks for boats! Fishing! Nice store with plenty of camping supplies!

Cute & Quiet...Mosquitoes Come FREE of Charge!

Small and quiet campground, just about 20 miles from the Village of Tupper Lake, along the Raquette River.  Great campground for an extended river trip, as there is a nice launch at the far end of the campground.

Sites are basic with a picnic table and open grill. Composting toilets (very clean smelling), trash, and drinking water (somewhat rusty thought) are available. Some sites can accommodate longer RV’s and some are perfect for tents (no tent pads though).  All sites have quite a bit of shade and privacy as they are lined with trees and shrubs.

The major problem with this campground is that there are thousands of mosquitos who don’t seem to be crepuscular! They are out all day and night and even found ways to get inside our camper. Our only saving grace was the downpour that kept them away.

No reservations, first-come first served.  The current camp hosts have been coming here every year for 15 years and are sweet as can be.  And, are evidently immune to mosquitoes!

Ranger Review: Aftershokz Titanium Headphones @ Cranberry Lake State Park

As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I am one of the lucky ones who gets gear to review from time to time. We recently tested out the Aftershokz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones at this gorgeous campground in the Adirondacks! Pretty cool…

Gear Review

What we liked most about this product:

  • Versatile: Can be used just about anywhere you want to be able to listen to music or a podcast (without disturbing others), but also want to be able to hear people coming down the trail, birds singing, the ocean crashing along the shore, etc. They are just as great in a library as they are outside.
  • Compact: While they don’t fold down as small as a pair of traditional headphones, they are pocket-sized and can easily be stored in a jacket or a pocket of a backpack.
  • Lightweight: You barely feel them on your head and are very comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
  • Better for Ear Health: Because the headphones use bone conduction technology rather than sit inside your ear, they are much better for the long term health of your hearing.
  • Blue Tooth Technology: Cordless is wonderful…enough said!

What could be improved:

  • Adjustability: If they were made to adjust to each person’s head size, they would be even more comfortable. If you have a smaller head, they drape down a bit at the nape of your neck and bounce a bit while walking/cycling. They fit my husband’s head perfectly, but are a bit large on me.

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Campground Review

Wow, what a gorgeous campground! This one came recommended from a friend and we fell in love at first sight. The campground reminded us of summer camp on the lake, as it seemed frozen in time. Each site has a picnic table and open grill and all sites are non-electric. We stayed in site #45, right on the edge of the lake, with great kayak access.

We spent one day kayaking on the lake and another day hiking. While the mosquitoes weren’t bad at the campground itself, they are terrible on the trails this time of year, so bring your bug spray, or better yet, bug shirts! We’ll need to come back in the winter and do some snowshoeing on these trails, so we can enjoy them mosquito free.

The bathrooms are kept tidy, the shower house is classic and clean, and there is an extensive recycling facility (yay for NY and ADK!). There is also a sand volleyball court and basketball hoop. Bonus: There was a huge stack of free wood piled near the shower house!

The Village of Cranberry Lake has some supplies, but not much except the very basics at the general store. You’ll need to head to Star Lake or Tupper Lake for anything of significance.

We did our usual reservation-less “pull up and see what they have open” style of camping, but during the main season, this place is busy! You’ll definitely need to plan ahead and make reservations if you plan to be here during the crazy season.

Beautiful lakeside scenery!

This campground is beautiful! We tent camped at a lakeside spot and enjoyed every moment. Bathrooms are scattered throughout the grounds and there’s a small general store for any last minute needs.

A quiet place on the st Lawrence river

Cedar point state park is a great little campground in the Thousand Islands on the st Lawrence river. Just a short drive from Clayton, Alex Bay, Cape Vincent and Canada. there is something for everyone at cedar point; swimming, yoga, boating, docks and fishing. One of the few state parks I have Been to that offer a staffed rec hall with activities like scavenger hunts, art contests, and ping pong. Or you can borrow a book, hang a hammock and relax on the river. A great place for family and friends.

Wide Open Spaces

Right on Lake Ontario and proximity to Saint Lawrence attractions make this a busy place. Its basically a field woth campsites. At first the openess bothered me but after a few days I grew to like it. The other campers were friendly and facilities were clean. We went in the fall after Labor Day weekend so only weekends were crowded - we has the place to ourselves during the week. Lots to see and do in the area. I'd go back.