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North/South Lake Campground

North Lake Road, Hunter, New York 12463 USA

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  • Pet Friendly
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“offering extraordinary scenic beauty”

North-South Lake is the biggest and most popular state campground in the Catskill Forest Preserve, offering extraordinary scenic beauty, and historical sites, such as: Alligator Rock, Kaaterskill Falls, and the former site of the Catskill Mountain House. An abrupt change in elevation occurs from about 540 feet above sea level at the base of the escarpment to approximately 2,250 feet at the site of the former Catskill Mountain House. The provinces around the lakes have long provided visitors with exceptional views of the surrounding countryside. It is said that on a clear day, five states can be viewed from the escarpment. The campground includes 7 camping loops; 219 tent and trailer sites; 2 lakes; 2 beaches; 3 picnic pavilion rentals; 2 picnic areas with tables and fireplaces or charcoal grills; playground; flush toilets; hot showers; boat launch (no motorized vessels); rowboat, canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals; firewood sales; volleyball; horseshoes; fishing; playing field; trailer dump station; recycling center. North Lake Campground was first developed on Catskill Forest Preserve Land in 1929. At that time, there were two separate lakes with an earthen dam between them. The campground was constructed on North Lake only, as South Lake and the land east of the present North Lake beach were privately owned. The original campground consisted of 10 sites and a small picnic area. In 1933, the campground was expanded to 43 sites and the picnic area was enlarged. In 1936, the beach at North Lake was constructed. During the late 1960's and 1970's, the campground was again expanded, reaching its present level of 219 sites in 1972. With the purchase of South Lake, a second day-use area was completed in 1984. The narrow isthmus between the lakes was removed and a dam was built at the outlet of South Lake to create one large lake.

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  • Photographer
  • 1,117 Reviews
  • 43 Helpful
November 23, 2016

The Catskill Park is a mountainous region including 600,000 acres of public and private lands in Southeastern New York's Ulster, Greene, Delaware and Sullivan Counties. Evidence of the area's unique natural history can be seen in the impressive skyline formed by the ninety-eight peaks over 3,000 feet in elevation. Human activities such as logging, quarrying, tanning, trapping, and fishing have also shaped the Park's more recent history.  Outdoor activities include hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, snowmobiling, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing and exploring historic sites.

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  • Road Warrior
  • 401 Reviews
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September 14, 2014
Rated 5.0

We spent a great weekend with the kids at the North/South Lake Campground. If you are a camp person, then this is the place you should go and stay for at least 2 nights.It includes almost everything a campsite should include and you and your kids will never get bored.

We canoed at the lake and we saw beautiful natural spots, the area is very protected by rangers going around the area, there are playground for the kids and picnic areas with fire spots so you can barbecue!

Very well preserved, very clean site and very clean toilet facilities.

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North/South Lake Campground

North Lake Road
Hunter, New York
12463 USA


Closed Now
  • Tue: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
  • Mon: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • 219 Camp Sites
  • Tent Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Showers
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