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Old 07-17-2017, 05:40 PM   #1
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Looking to car camp in the Adirodacks for the first time.

Anyone know any good places that are accessible with a car, has a waterfront and a place to swim? Going with my large family for 3 days starting Wednesday.

I've never camped outside of a campground but I'm looking forward to it.
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Old 07-18-2017, 01:37 PM   #2
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Where are you coming from? Are you looking for amenities, like showers and bathrooms?

If you are coming from the south and want something plush, Moreau Lake may be a good fit. The sites aren't waterfront but the lake is a close and easy walk. It should be pretty quiet during the week, the day use section is really crowded on nice weekends. That said, there are many hiking trails and if you go 100 yards off the day use section, you'll have the woods pretty much to yourself. Bonus for Moreau, I've found the biting fly and mosquito pressure to be really low.

A little further north, also in a place with shower/bathroom, with some spots near the water is Putnam Pond. Easy access to the Pharoah wilderness. We found the biting fly presence high there last year mid July, ymmv.

*Also, how large is the family? Don't run afoul of the max group size regs.
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Old 07-18-2017, 03:03 PM   #3
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If you have more than 9 in your group you will need to get a permit before camping. Regulations for camping on state land:
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7872.html
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Old 07-19-2017, 12:23 AM   #4
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Horse Shoe Lake has waterfront, if you go on the weekend the shoreline sites will most likely be taken but the other 6 usually are free. Link below with info and map and a video with more details.

http://andyarthur.org/explore/new-yo...horseshoe-lake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkq2...-3bpl3H1Gw4kSD


Also, Piseco-Powley Rd has some River front sites.
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Old 07-19-2017, 09:29 AM   #5
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Horse Shoe Lake has waterfront, if you go on the weekend the shoreline sites will most likely be taken but the other 6 usually are free. Link below with info and map and a video with more details.

http://andyarthur.org/explore/new-yo...horseshoe-lake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkq2...-3bpl3H1Gw4kSD


Also, Piseco-Powley Rd has some River front sites.
That's a great tip, thanks!
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:42 PM   #6
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I'm not looking for any amenities. I have exactly 9 people so I'm good on that. I'm currently looking at Nine Corner Lake but the hike is a bit much for us. We have a Kodiak Canvas tent that ways a ton. Got any better spots that has nice clear water like Nine Corner, I really don't like cedar water. I'm going tomorrow. Double checking to see if there's anything better before we make the drive tomorrow.

And yes I'm coming from the south.

Edit* G Lake, Chub Lake, and Good Luck Lake also look nice based on accessibility, but there's no pictures or videos of it online, anyone know anything about either?

Looking back on all these lakes, none of them have the swimming appeal that Nine Corner offers.

Final Edit* I settled on Garnet Lake.

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Old 07-20-2017, 07:17 AM   #7
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The hike to nine corner is a bit much!?!? Come on...where's your sense of adventure?
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