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Great place

Great place to camp or even go for the day. Beach is a nice place to go and relax. Also can walk the pier

First trip of the season!

We arrived to Wellesley Island State Park Friday May 24, 2019. The entrance to the park was very clean and well kept. The office staff were very friendly! We stayed in the Heron(H) loop. The sites were beautiful with a lot of yard or grass space. The bathrooms/showers were clean and private. There was a playground only a few sites down from us which was great for entertaining our little one. Soon after we finished setting up we drove over to the Park store. It was very easy to find. There was a large playground, beach, arcade, laundry, and marina in the same area as the store. The staff in the store were very helpful and they had many things to offer. From camp tools to ice cream and toys. Unfortunately it rained all day Saturday so when we woke up we had some mud and standing water on our site. The staff were amazing and moved us to a site that was even more beautiful and dry. Luckily Sunday was sunny so we got to enjoy the whole day outside on our new site. Overall our camping experience at Wellesley Island State Park was great! It was clean and spacious and, the staff was great. We had a great Memorial Day weekend!

Water sites are amazing

Was here with a camper on a lake accessing site. Sites are fairly big but not completely separated. Having the kayaks were great, there’s so much to explore, and town is right down the road.

Your own private adventure beach

Even in cold rainy weather we had a phenomenal time at Stillwater. Our spot had gorgeous waterfront to it, a stone fire circle where someone had left extra fire wood, and ample trees. The season had had unusually low water all over and it left a really unusual landscape on the beach to explore. We can’t wait to come back!

Great memories

I stayed here every summer when I was a kid. Cabins were nice. Great spot for boating and fishing.

Close to home

Verona Beach State Park is nice and close to home. Also close to Utica and Rome. The kids love to hang out at the splash pad and the state recently revamped some of the playgrounds.

Family friendly campground

Range of camping available from non electric to sites with electric also cabins are available. 2 swimming, sand beachs on lake Ontario with diving area in the canal that leads to a pond that has excellant fishing. Canoes and paddle boats available. Many hiking trails are around the campground some that lead to secluded trails and secluded areas of other Lake Ontario beaches. Close to town of Fairhaven that has several dining options.

Happy campers at Westcott!

We have only camped the electric loop up on the hill across the Street from the rest of the park. It is spacious and restroom buildings are kept up. Nice new children’s playground. Nice hiking trail as well.

Always a great time camping at Southwick!

BEST beach in CNY-sandbar goes on forever-campsites roomy and we’ll taken care of-bathrooms are meticulously cleaned-we always camp in the electric loop about 1/2 mile from the beach-sunsets are gorgeous from here as well-camp here 3-5 trips yearly

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.

Verona Beach State Park Campground

Awesome campground. Clean bathhouses were nice. Wood was for sale by camp host at 50 cents a piece. Campground sits on the edge of Lake Oneida with a nice camper’s beach and trail on the lake front. We stayed at site 11. As you can see sites are spacious and this one was right on the lake’s edge.

Large beautiful sites.

There are no water or electric hookups but there are water spigots throughout the campground. There is a pavilion that is enclosed for everyone's use. There are nice clean bathrooms with showers. There is a public, life guarded beach. It is a wooded area on beautiful Oneida Lake. A great place to stay.

Wellesley island

This campground was beyond beautiful and very relaxing.

Great place by the shore

Family friendly and pet friendly. Cabins right along the shore or set back a bit. You can pick based on prefernence. A very nice and calming place

The site was lacking but the surroundings were great

The campsite itself left something to be desired. The other amentities however were great and seemed to almost make up for what it was lacking. Still a relaxing place to go if you are in the area.

Really calming place to camp

Right next to the water and very accommodating. Well worth the trip there.

Great views and fun for kids

We love this place it has just enough waves that the little kids can jump them. But small enough that they don’t get pulled over by the waves. Absolutely love it Sandy beaches great campsites. Very clean

Basic Camp Ground

Great Views from Tent Sites. You need a code to use the bathroom and there is only 1. Showers could be closer and seem more accommodating to day users. It's a loud and busy place certain times of the year due to a raceway located nearby and fising events as well. We camped at Oneida Shores Park in a Tent.

Fair Haven Beach State Park

You have Lake Ontario on one side of the road within the park and Sterling pond on the other. Very unique. Swans are everywhere even though they are not native to the area. My grand kids love to fish on the pond and then go to the huge beach at the lake. Some of the camping sites are close together but if you're lucky enough to camp up on the bluff the sites are only on one side of the road leaving an open view of Lake Ontario. It's just gorgeous at sunset. We've been having family reunions at this park for years. It's beautiful.

Whetstone Gulf State Park

Tucked away behind acres upon acres of rural farmland, between the Thousand Islands Region and Tug Hill Plateau, is Whetstone Gulf State Park. The Park was fairly crowded, with lots of bustle, and well-suited for large RVs and campers. My sister and I lucked out that upon a late arrival (8:15pm), the main office was still open for check-in. The staff was plenty friendly and assisted to direct us to our site.

Our site, 14, was large and had access to electricity. The trees were tall and towered over the grounds. We were, thankfully, relatively shielded from a brief rainstorm the following morning. I was a bit disappointed with several items of trash found at my site upon arrival, including a glob of paint from a paintball gun on one of the picnic tables. Despite this, I have to say that this site is one of the better options at this campground in terms of privacy and seclusion, even with the bathrooms only being steps away. Sites 32 and 49 were also decent, but many of the sites were open and visible. Think “woodsy suburb”.

As a whole, the grounds were geared towards big campers and RVs. Being a tent camper who savors shade, solitude and quiet, this is not my favorite of parks. Additionally, the loop closest to the “beach house” contained piles of dirt and gravel, leaving something to be desired.

The grounds do have multiple trails, including a gorge trail, which perhaps may offer some redeeming qualities. Though I will have to save them for a future visit. The beach was closed for the season, but the grounds did offer a nice playground for children.

Love this Park!

Smaller park that has large sites and great beach!

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!

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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.

One of the best campgrounds for kids of all ages!

Quickly becoming one of our favorite campgrounds! So much to do here for the little ones, and so much beauty to soak in for us older ones! The staff here is excellent, and are always willing to do what they can to make sure you're having a great stay. The setting is absolutely gorgeous. Well treed, nicely sized spaces and fairly easy access for large rigs. Bathrooms are well spaced and plentiful, and well maintained. The showers are actual showers, and are taller than I am (which is nice!). So many activities for the kids, a great pool, mini-golf, parades, just non stop action to keep them going and tire them out! Highly recommended! Well worth the short drive up from Syracuse, or a longer drive from elsewhere!

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.

Great camping with sandy beach!

Great fishing pond. Sandy beach and friendly people

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!

Excellent sites with very nice amenities!

Loved the campground. The sites were very large and private. The swimming area was a bit of a walk, but was worth it. Great place to camp if you are heading to the Sterling Renaissance Festival.

NYS's best kept secret

Selkirk is quiet and peaceful. Electricity is available on many sites. The beach is good for children and they have a great recreation program for the kids. While we were there they had a reptile exhibit with huge snakes and crocodiles, another day they had tie dyeing t-shirts, other days they had bingo(candy was the prize), exercises, and crafty things to make. Firewood is available on site, with delivery if you buy 1/4 cord and up.

St. Lawrence River

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