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The state Department of Environmental Conservation operates public campgrounds within the Adirondack Park. Most of these campgrounds have reservable sites, but also serve customers on a first come, first served basis. Except for a few exceptions, each campground has hot showers, potable water and trash and recycling.

To find out more about a particular campground, visit www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7825.html. To make reservations at New York State campgrounds, visit www.reserveamerica.com.

The following is a sampling of state campgrounds in the area.

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Ausable Point

AREA: Peru

NUMBER OF SITES: 123

COST PER NIGHT: $22

CARETAKER'S FAVORITE SITE: "Sites 38-44. They are still on Lake Champlain but provide some wind break."

INSIDER'S TIP: "Kayaking or canoeing the river is a nice day trip. The local orchard has hay rides and pick-your-own apples (and fruit). (And the) Mayor's Cup Regatta can be seen going through in July."

RECREATION NEARBY: Hiking, fishing and paddling. Close to restaurants and shopping in Peru and Plattsburgh. Ausable Chasm is nearby.

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES: Firewood and ice vendor.

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Buck Pond

AREA: Onchiota

NUMBER OF SITES: 116

COST PER NIGHT: $20

CARETAKER'S FAVORITE SITE: "Site 21, (it's a) beautiful spot on the water."

INSIDER'S TIP: "There's a herd path up a small mountain that overlooks Buck Pond."

RECREATION NEARBY: Hiking, fishing, paddling and Six Nations Indian Museum

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES: Junior naturalist and boat rentals. Firewood vendor.

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Cranberry Lake

AREA: Cranberry Lake

NUMBER OF SITES: 173

COST PER NIGHT: $20

CARETAKER'S FAVORITE SITE: "The inner loop sites on Peninsula loop (are) flat with a beautiful lake view."

INSIDER'S TIP: "The whole lake is suited for any type of boating. I like camping the Oswegatchie River from Wanakena out to the main lake."

RECREATION NEARBY: Hiking trails and ice cream stands.

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES: Firewood and junior naturalist.

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Crown Point

AREA: Crown Point

NUMBER OF SITES: 66

COST PER NIGHT: $18

CARETAKER'S FAVORITE SITE: "Site 48, because it's away from everyone else."

INSIDER'S TIP: "To the right of site 48, there's a good bullhead spot on the lake."

RECREATION NEARBY: Disc golf, hiking, historic sites, Crown Point lighthouse

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES: Historical site and junior naturalist. Ice cream vendor.

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Lewey Lake

AREA: Lake Pleasant

NUMBER OF SITES: 207

COST PER NIGHT: $20

CARETAKER'S FAVORITE SITE: "Site 11. (It's a) remote site on a small stream with a set of small falls just upstream."

INSIDER'S TIP: "There is a primitive camping and picnic spot on the north shoreline of the lake. Also, the Miami River comes in the west end of the lake which has several beaver dams and is good brook trout and bullhead fishing."

RECREATION NEARBY: Hiking and whitewater rafting

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES: Firewood, ice, junior naturalist and boat rentals.

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Limekiln Lake

AREA: Inlet

NUMBER OF SITES: 271

COST PER NIGHT: $20

CARETAKER'S FAVORITE SITE: "Site 94 (is) the most relaxing and peaceful spot in the park."

INSIDER'S TIP: "How close we are to the Moose River Plains. (It's a) beautiful area with a lot of wildlife."

RECREATION NEARBY: Old Forge and Water Safari. Hiking, fishing and swimming.

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES: Ice and junior naturalist

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Meadowbrook

AREA: Ray Brook

NUMBER OF SITES: 62

COST PER NIGHT: $18

CARETAKER'S FAVORITE SITE: "26, it's away from everyone."

INSIDER'S TIP: None available

RECREATION NEARBY: Hiking, biking, situated between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES: Firewood and ice

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Paradox Lake

AREA: Paradox

NUMBER OF SITES: 58

COST PER NIGHT: $18

CARETAKER'S FAVORITE SITE: "16, because it has a rock wall behind it."

INSIDER'S TIP: "Canoe to the small island."

RECREATION NEARBY: Power boating, hiking, paddling

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES: Boat rentals, firewood and ice. Ice cream vendor

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Point Comfort

AREA: Piseco

NUMBER OF SITES: 76

COST PER NIGHT: $20

CARETAKER'S FAVORITE SITE: "35A, (nice) view and accessibility of bathroom."

INSIDER'S TIP: "(Hike the) Panther Mountain trail. (The) sand bar for gathering in front of the park, and Piseco Outlet paddling."

RECREATION NEARBY: Hiking, biking, paddling

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES: Canoe rentals

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Rollins Pond

AREA: Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake

NUMBER OF SITES: 287

COST PER NIGHT: $20

CARETAKER'S FAVORITE SITE: "189, there's a large rock that gives a unique view of the pond"

INSIDER'S TIP: "Fish Creek and Rollins Pond can be very busy. If you're looking for absolute quiet, you may want to look at some of our smaller campgrounds. Rollins does not have a beach, but has very good canoe and kayak boating."

RECREATION NEARBY: Wild Center in Tupper Lake, hiking, paddling, biking

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES: Firewood and ice. Vendors sell firewood, ice and ice cream, along with boat rentals.

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Taylor Pond

AREA: Black Brook

NUMBER OF SITES: 29

COST PER NIGHT: $16

Interior sites: Taylor Pond has five boat access only interior sites, three of which are lean-tos.

INSIDER'S TIP: "There's some really nice summits and some mountains nearby to hike."

RECREATION NEARBY: Hiking, fishing, paddling

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES: Firewood, ice and boat rentals

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Wilmington Notch

AREA: Wilmington

NUMBER OF SITES: 49

COST PER NIGHT: $18

CARETAKER'S FAVORITE SITE: "50, farthest from the road."

INSIDER'S TIP: "Paddle upstream on Lake Everest to where the faster current is coming in from the left. The big trout are all there."

RECREATION NEARBY: Whiteface Mountain, hiking, biking, waterfalls, swimming holes

CAMPGROUND AMENITIES:

Firewood, ice and junior naturalist

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