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Old 02-19-2013, 09:30 PM   #1
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Anyone camped at Eighth Lake Campground before?

Hi! I'm new to the forum and am LOVING the wonderful resources here! So much information!

My husband and I are currently planning a mid-May camping trip with our dog and are looking at waterfront sites at Eighth Lake (not the Seventh Lake end). Has anyone camped at those sites before? Wondering how big they are, how accessible the water is, privacy, etc. There's NOTHING that I can find for reviews on this place.. So I'd love to hear about some personal experiences here!

Thank you!
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:52 PM   #2
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Hi! I'm new to the forum and am LOVING the wonderful resources here! So much information!

My husband and I are currently planning a mid-May camping trip with our dog and are looking at waterfront sites at Eighth Lake (not the Seventh Lake end). Has anyone camped at those sites before? Wondering how big they are, how accessible the water is, privacy, etc. There's NOTHING that I can find for reviews on this place.. So I'd love to hear about some personal experiences here!

Thank you!
Never stayed there, but carried canoes on the paved road through the middle of the campground for many years on the 90-miler canoe race. It is a huge campground in a nice setting under full canopy of trees, but like most campgrounds of this type, the sites seem to be packed quite close together. There are many miles of remote hiking trails easily accessible from the campground. I don't know about any waterfront sites actually on the water, but access to the water is easy. There are a couple of primitive sites and a lean-to on an island on 8th Lake, not part of the campground itself. You should know that middle-late May risks dense hoards of biting black flies.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:20 PM   #3
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Which you can take steps about to prevent total misery.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:59 PM   #4
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I stayed there several years ago. It was September and not very crowded. I launched my kayak from the beach/launch area. The lake is not that large to paddle. There were loons on the lake.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:09 PM   #5
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Hi! I'm new to the forum and am LOVING the wonderful resources here! So much information!

My husband and I are currently planning a mid-May camping trip with our dog and are looking at waterfront sites at Eighth Lake (not the Seventh Lake end). Has anyone camped at those sites before? Wondering how big they are, how accessible the water is, privacy, etc. There's NOTHING that I can find for reviews on this place.. So I'd love to hear about some personal experiences here!

Thank you!
Here is a website with lots of pictures of various campgrounds in the ADK.
http://fishcreekpond.com/campsitephotos.php
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:45 PM   #6
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I go there every year. The further down the Eighth Lake loop you go, the better the sites. They are all large enough for a full size camper, our pop up fit in there with no issues. We were able to leave our kayaks on the waters edge from our site last year, it was only steps to the campsite. It can be a bit uncomfortable if a breeze picks up though. You can see other sites through the trees but there is a fair bit of privacy. From a campground perspective, they offer some of the more secluded campsites from the several places I have been. I have been going here for years and would recommend it. Never been here in May though, can't comment on the black flies. I tend to be there later in the spring.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:51 PM   #7
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Here is a website with lots of pictures of various campgrounds in the ADK.
http://fishcreekpond.com/campsitephotos.php
Awesome Website! Thanks!!!
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:27 PM   #8
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I don't believe the park opens until just before memorial day weekend. I camp there usually every year. But not until late summer or fall. Most of the water front site will do. I bring my crestliner fishhawk and fish for landlocks, lake trout and rainbows. It seems hit or miss when it comes to fishing. Nice kayaking wind has to really be blowing to affect it. Most lake front sites have room to beach boat. Anything else you can think of just asked.
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:08 PM   #9
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There are a couple of primitive sites and a lean-to on an island on 8th Lake, not part of the campground itself.
I thought the lean-to on the 8th Lake Island was day use only, no camping permitted there? I'm pretty sure that's written into the Moose River Plains UMP.
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:16 PM   #10
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I just checked the UMP. It's been revised since I last read it. I think I read a draft, what is posted on the DEC's website now is the finalized version.

Anyways, apparently the plan now is to remove the 8th lake island lean-to and close all campsites on the island, due to all of the adverse camping impacts the island has sustained.
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:53 PM   #11
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Anyways, apparently the plan now is to remove the 8th lake island lean-to and close all campsites on the island, due to all of the adverse camping impacts the island has sustained.
As is the case with all lean-tos that are either not in compliance, or are damaged and deteriorating with age. The Lean2Rescue team is moving as fast as they can on many of these. The Henderson Lake one was dismantled and rebuilt 150 feet away from the old site just last week, Wolfjaw was done a month earlier. More to follow very soon.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:21 PM   #12
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8th lake island

"all of the adverse camping impacts the island has sustained."

Too bad. I enjoyed a no impact night on the exposed rock, under the stars in my bivy. No impact. No fire, litter, noise, or footprints.
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:29 PM   #13
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Thanks for all of the info, everyone! Turns out we changed our site number and will be staying on the Seventh Lake Loop, waterfront at site 114. Can't wait!! I'm hoping the chill over the next couple of days (with ADK overnight temps in the 20s) will drastically reduce the change of black flies this coming weekend. Either way, it'll be an adventure! The forecast is looking great!
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:51 AM   #14
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Not to hijack the thread... but a quick question.
Several years ago, we stayed at a brand new lean-to on the north end of Henderson right next to a small inlet and the Indian Pass Trail, we wanted to paddle Duck Hole before they dismantled the dam there. (We were successful, glad we made the decision to go when we did, not too long after Mother Nature did it for them). Was this the lean-to you refer to that they just replaced? That one was only weeks old then, judging by the fire-pit, the color of the wood and the finger sized saplings growing next to it, etc. Or is there another one now on Henderson?


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As is the case with all lean-tos that are either not in compliance, or are damaged and deteriorating with age. The Lean2Rescue team is moving as fast as they can on many of these. The Henderson Lake one was dismantled and rebuilt 150 feet away from the old site just last week, Wolfjaw was done a month earlier. More to follow very soon.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:35 AM   #15
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It sounds like you were at the Lean to right on Henderson Lake. There is an older one called Henderson Lean to, less than a mile further up the trail on the way to Indian Pass. When I was last there in 2009 we found it to be in very bad shape. We backtracked and stayed at the one you mentioned. It is nice to hear that it has since been repaired.
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