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About Nicks Lake - DEC

Located in the Black River Wild Forest, this campground has 112 campsites, picnic area, a large beach with lifeguards and more than 5 miles of hiking trails. The park abuts a 205-acre shallow lake closed to motor boats, which makes this serene location great for canoeing, kayaking, or swimming. And don't forget that fish pole, because the fishing is great too. If paddling around at dusk trolling for that lunker bass or brown trout, listening to the sound of the loons, and watching the sun set sounds a little too relaxing for you then how about a modern ADA Accessible playground for the little ones, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball and more than 3 miles of paved roads for the biker or jogger. Whatever you choose to do with your time here, take time out to observe the abundant wildlife. Whitetail deer are everywhere and friendly.

Just minutes away you can enjoy a chairlift ride to the top of McCauley Mountain to view Fulton Chain of lakes or drive into Old Forge and visit the multitude of shops and fine restaurants along Main Street. And once you visit Old Forge, you will have to spend at least one day at the Enchanted Forest / Water Safari.

Whether your day is filled with one of the many activities available here or you chose to just sit back and enjoy the campfire, you can always start or end your day with a hot shower in one of our brand-new state of the art ADA Accessible restrooms. Amenities

112 tent and trailer sites, picnic pavilion rental, picnic area with tables and fireplaces, flush toilets, hot showers, ball field, trailer dump station, recycling center, mobility impaired accessibility, sand beach, swimming area, bathhouse, playground, nature trail with 14 educational stations, hiking trails, fishing, bicycling, volleyball, basketball, and softball.

Featured Activities

Boating two colorful kayaks in the water

No motor boats allowed. Rowboats and canoes allowed.


Fish in the area include: brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, bass, white sucker, yellow perch, brown bullhead, common sunfish, golden shiner, blacknose dace, creek chub, and common shiner.


The Nicks Lake Trailhead can be accessed within the campground. The Nicks Lake Trail provides access to the 122,000+ acre Black River Wild Forest and it's extensive trail system.


Designated swimming areas are available at some DEC facilities. Based on staffing, some of these facilities may have limited swimming hours/days. For the safety of our customers, swimming will only be permitted when a lifeguard is on duty. Beach hours will be posted at facilities with swimming. To inquire, please contact the campground directly.

Drive In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Nicks Lake - DEC is located in New York
43.688 N
-74.982 W
Get Directions
278 Bisby Road, Old Forge, NY 13420 From NYS Thruway, Exit 31 at Utica, Route 12 North to Alder Creek, Rte. 28 to Old Forge. Turn right at the Post Office, and follow the Nicks Lake Campground signs 1.5 miles to the campground entrance. From Watertown take Rte. 12 South to Alder Creek, follow above directions. From Blue Mountain Lake take Rte. 28 to Old Forge, turn left at the Post Office and follow the Nicks Lake Campground signs.
14 Reviews of Nicks Lake - DEC
Quiet Loops

A calm and peaceful campground with multiple driving loops separated by a generous amount of forest.

Great basic campground

Near Old Forge, a popular destination in the ADKs. Nice place to stay for 1-2 days on your way into the ADKs from western NY. Lots of trails and water nearby, must be especially beautiful in the fall. Fills up fast, reserve early! Many campsites are right on the lake. All are wooded, many have good privacy. Some more “rustic” than others, ask the rangers about getting one that matches your expectations/needs. Clean and standard state campground sites, also has some sports fields. Rangers were very helpful in suggesting things to do.

Fantastic Quiet Campground!!!

This campground is awesome. The sites are nice and separate so you have a good amount of privacy. The bathrooms are cleaned daily so they are very family friendly. Showers are available on A, C, and E loops. The beach is manned by a lifeguard until 6pm and is very well maintained. We love brining the kids here without worrying about loud crazy campers up until all hours of the night. There were some pesky bears wandering at night looking for an easy meal. Although if you are careful about your food items they will not even stop at your site.

First to Review

sites: wooded. good privacy. some sites on water. some sites not very flat. amenities: firewood regulations. lake. nature trail. swimming. some loops with no showers. canoe rental. other attractions: Old Forge. I would go back again.