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Top Dispersed Camping near Otter Lake, NY

45 Reviews

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Best Dispersed Camping Sites Near Otter Lake, NY (15)

  1. Camper-submitted photo from Stillwater Reservoir


    Stillwater Reservoir

    8 Reviews
    75 Photos
    227 Saves
    Old Forge, New York

    The 6,700-acre Stillwater Reservoir is located in the western Adirondacks, and provides undeveloped, remote camping on both islands and along the shoreline. The Reservoir offers a multitude of recreational possibilities including remote wilderness camping, canoeing, boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. The area receives considerable use during each of the four seasons.

    During recent years, popularity of the Stillwater Reservoir has greatly increased. In an effort to alleviate some of the problems and preserve remote camping opportunities, campers are now required to use only designated sites, along the shoreline or to camp at least 150 feet inland from high-water mark. The high-water mark is generally that point where the sand beaches end and the forested or vegetative area begins.

    Camping on sand beaches is no longer permitted. Camping within 150 feet of the high-water mark is limited to 46 sites designated and marked by the department. Camping beyond the 150 feet limit, as in past years, is relatively unrestricted. The intention here is to move camper use back from the water's edge to less fragile sites. The only exception is to the north of the Reservoir, which is in the Five Ponds Wilderness, where group sizes are limited to nine people or less.

    Camping beyond the 150-foot perimeter remains relatively unrestricted, except for five Ponds Wilderness. That is, persons may use any site or open area for camping, provided it is more than 150 feet from the high-water mark, roads, trails or any other body of water. Furthermore, campers must comply with department regulations governing the use of state lands. These regulations will be posted at the registration booth at the Forest Ranger Headquarters and may also be found on the reverse side of the Interior Use Camping Permit. As the designated sites become filled, users are urged to camp within the Independence River Wild Forest Area on the south.

    Campfires are allowed, but only dead and downed fuel may be used. The use of trail stoves is encouraged because of limited supplies of wood.

    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Dispersed
  2. Camper-submitted photo from North Lake Reservoir Campground
  3. Camper-submitted photo from Sunday Lake Dispersed Camping
  4. Camper-submitted photo from Seventh Lake Primitive Camping
  5. Camper-submitted photo from Blue Lagoon Primitive Dispersed Camping
  6. Camper-submitted photo from Forked Lake Adirondack Preserve


    Forked Lake Adirondack Preserve

    4 Reviews
    10 Photos
    61 Saves
    Long Lake, New York
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Firewood Available

    $18 - $23 / night

  7. Camper-submitted photo from Powley Road in Ferris Wild Forest
  8. Camper-submitted photo from Cranberry Lake Backcountry Sites


    Cranberry Lake Backcountry Sites

    2 Reviews
    15 Photos
    95 Saves
    Cranberry Lake, New York
    • Primitive tent sites and lean-tos are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. If you find a tent site or lean-to with no people or gear, then you can camp there.
    • If not using a designated primitive tent site, your tent must be at least 150 feet from a water body, road, or trail. Do not camp in areas posted with "Camping Prohibited."
    • Camping for more than three nights or with 10 or more people requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Call 518-897-1300 to get the name and contact information for the local ranger. Please observe all State Land Camping and Hiking Rules.
    • Black bears are present throughout the Adirondacks and Catskills. Campers should store all food, garbage and toiletries in a bear-resistant canister or food hang. Bear-resistant canisters are required in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness.
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • Dispersed
    • Picnic Table
    • Toilets
  9. Camper-submitted photo from Towsley Road Dispersed Camping


    Towsley Road Dispersed Camping

    1 Review
    10 Saves
    Richland, New York

    Primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Dispersed
  10. Camper-submitted photo from Cod Pond Dispersed Pull-Off

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