Ausable Point Campground protrudes from Route 9 into Lake Champlain and offers a shoreline comprised of natural sand and a gentle slope from many campsites. It borders a wildlife management area that offers a hiking trail, as well as water access for canoeists and sea kayakers to explore. With the city of Plattsburgh a short drive from this campground there is virtually no limit for entertainment opportunities.
Spent 3 nights at Ausable Point in August 2020 . Had site 98 on the river , highly recommend a river site or beach site . Was told getting beach site is nearly impossible, luckily got one on the river . No hookups on our site , water was available throughout the campground for filling tank . Public beach in campground is beautiful.
Site was spacious and level with trees between other sites .
Campground has some great sites ( river sites best for paddling), beach sites ( some have a very high cement wall with a drop off to the beach- not recommended for families with dogs or small children). 10 showers total for the whole campground, but was oddly never busy whenever we went to use it. There is a bench outside the showers with an electrical outlet you can charge things if you have to wait. Flush toilets in the bathrooms and an electrical outlet in them as well. Our site 87 was large, on the river and shaded. Not too far from the bathrooms and had a water spigot close enough to hook up to fill our water tank. They had daily (9&5) ice and wood for sale- listen for the bell of the truck. We also had an ice cream truck come through with soft serve ice cream! Although this was 'dry camping' I really didn't miss the electric hook up as we were able to use the generator for a few hours as needed ( during specified times). We rented kayaks and a canoe from down the road Adirondack River rentals and they delivered and picked up from our site. There weren't any real hiking trails at the campground but I'm sure there were some nearby. Walmart is within about 20 minutes if you forget anything. We visited during COVID restrictions so there was not much open.
The best place to have a family fun time. we plan for several families to go at the same time each year. it has been four years and still making memories with the sandy beaches and the parasailing to the paddle boarding and the kayaking to just tanning on the beaches. A must go destination
Very nice campground. Love it there!
Popular with kite surfers, kayakers, boaters, and fishermen. Awesome for families with tons of things to do nearby. Located at the mouth of the Ausable river and marsh it has beautiful views everywhere you go.
Beautiful destination! Take a walk up the path next to the chasm. So relaxing listening to the water falls. Great place to watch the sunset! Make sure you bring a light jacket in the summer, the evenings can still get chilly from time to time. If you are camping here in the fall, check out Rulfs orchard for some apple picking. Fillion's diner is amazing and super reasonable pricing.
You can rent a cabin if you don't want to camp in a tent. Nice way to stay away from mosquitoes and black flies. Tons of activities to do here: hiking, biking, walking, disc golf, etc.
Campground Review: Lakeshore camping! Beautiful little peninsula where you can watch the sunrise/set. Lovely in autumn. Good birding, water activities, sunsets, geology/gorge, short easy forest hikes, beach walking, all the good stuff you expect from this part of New York. Most of the site is off limits because of wildlife preserve, still a lot to explore. Good as base camp for a few days in the area. Get the tents sites near the lake! Popular for day use area (picnics, birthday parties, etc). Stay here and you can say you camped in Peru! (Lots of upstate NY towns are named for countries.)
Gear Review: As a The Dyrt Ranger I receive products to test and review. I won the Crazy Creek Air Chair Plus in a campground review contest in June 2016. I had been thinking of purchasing both a camp chair (for camping) and an air mattress (for camping & backpacking), as on my last few trips I got pretty sick of sitting on my closed-cell foam mat and a recent knee injury was making me rethink my open-cell foam ultralight sleeping pad. Well, this Crazy Creek Air Chair Plus does both and does them both well. It starts out as a camp chair (adjustable angle, typical back height) and flips open to a full size air pad made by Klymit. Sounds great right? I flew to NY for a whirlwind family/business/camping trip soon after receiving the chair and had ample opportunities to try it sleeping on friends’ floors and in tents. The chair portion was super comfortable, way better than any simple camp chairs I’d used. I was nervous about sitting on more rugged surfaces (I’m just paranoid about inflatables!) but so far so good. You can also flip open the bed part while you're sitting and have an extended leg rest to protect against hot sand or dirt. The conversion to the sleeping pad was simple. It inflates fairly easily, but at high altitude after a long day of hiking you might be a little annoyed puffing it all up. Sleeping on it was great: my knee and back were happier than with my open-cell foam mats (similar to the typical Thermarest). The one issue I had was that there’s a big dip/joint where the mattress flips out in the conversion from chair to bed---it’s not really that intrusive but I guess my side-sleeping and height (5’4”) conspired to annoy me a bit. Also the R value is very low (it’s not insulting) just like every other air pad but in the summer that’s fine with me. All the other aspects of sleeping on it were similar to other pads I’ve used (it’s kind of narrow, your bag will slide around a bit, etc). Doesn’t pack down too small & isn’t ultralight, but you could remove the chair aspect to help with that. In sleeping mode it’s 20” wide, 70” long, 2.5” thick, 2 lb 13 oz (according to packaging). So while this is my very first camp chair and air mattress, I’m really happy with it after 7 nights sleeping on it and many hours in the chair. It’s not gimmicky at all!
PS: Can you tell I’m way more picky about gear than campsites? :)