Ausable Point Campground protrudes from Route 9 into Lake Champlain and offers a shoreline comprised of natural sand and a gentle slope from many campsites. It borders a wildlife management area that offers a hiking trail, as well as water access for canoeists and sea kayakers to explore. With the city of Plattsburgh a short drive from this campground, there is virtually no limit for entertainment opportunities.
The majority of the campground was constructed in 1965 and opened to the public in 1966. A view of Valcour Island is available across the lake to the north. On a clear day the silhouette of Garden Island strikes the pose of a battleship. Known locally as "Battleship Island", it is believed that the first major sea battle of the American Revolution was fought at this location.
The park welcomes motor boats, rowboats, and canoes. Ausable Point is an excellent wind (kite) surfing area. Lake Champlain offers excellent conditions for sail boarders and boats of all sizes. The area identified as "Stone Jetty" is a designated wind surf area. The lake is a popular fishery, with fish such as northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, lake trout, brown trout, salmon, bullhead perch, walleyes, carp, smelt, eel, crappie, and bluegill.
Amenities include campsites, restrooms with showers, a trailer dump station, a recycling center, a car top boat launch, a picnic area with pavilion rental, a sand beach with a bathhouse, and a basketball court.
The city of Plattsburgh offers movie theaters, shopping malls, fast food, and fine dining restaurants. Marinas and golf courses are also nearby. The Olympic Village of Lake Placid is approximately 45 miles away, and Montreal, Canada is 70 miles north.
CAMPGROUND SPECIFIC INFORMATION
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
- Campground is prone to flooding in spring and may result in reassignment of sites to compensate for this. If sites are inaccessible you will be contacted by the campground with further instructions
- Sailboarders must park in the day use area and use the designated launch for sail boarding.They must stay clear of the bathing area
- Clear plastic bags are required. Instructions will be provided directing you in recycling procedures
-You must sign for your own site. Have your equipment with you and be ready to camp when you register. Names of all campers on a site must be listed on the permit at time of registration
-From 12:00 noon until 9:00 p.m. Campers must register for their campsite by 9:00 p.m. on the first night of their reservation or the campsite will be subject to re-rental and all fees will be forfeited
-11:00 a.m. on your departure date
-Limited to 6 individuals per campsite and 2 tents or 1 unit of hard wheeled camping equipment and 1 tent. Only 2 vehicles permitted on any campsite. Extra vehicles will be required to park in a designated area (additional fees will apply)
-Campsites must be registered and occupied by a responsible person 18 years of age or older
LENGTH OF STAY
-Your camping permit can be issued for a maximum of 14 nights. From July 1 through Labor Day only 14 cumulative nights will be permitted at any campground.
-From 10 p.m. until 7 a.m., and are strictly enforced. Violators of this policy may be evicted
-The use of generators may be limited to no more than 5 hours per day and fall between the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. If the use of a generator is deemed unreasonably loud by the facility staff then individual use of a generator may be prohibited/limited
-Must be built in fireplaces provided. Only dead and down wood may be used for fuel. No chainsaws are allowed in campgrounds, and cutting down trees, alive or dead is prohibited.
-Are not allowed in campgrounds except during the Fall and Spring hunting seasons. Firearms must not be discharged within campground boundaries at any time
-At least one member of the camping party staying on the site must be mobility impaired (i.e. in a wheelchair or uses a walker) or the camping party may be turned away at the campground
-Is allowed at campgrounds with supervised bathing areas during designated hours when a lifeguard is on duty. Please note that there may be times when lifeguards are unavailable, and for the safety of our customers these beaches will not be open and swimming will be prohibited. Not all campground locations offer swimming, to inquire please contact the campground directly
-Are allowed with proof of a currently valid rabies vaccination in the form of a current year's tag or a certificate issued by the veterinarian. Campers can walk dogs on a leash no longer than six feet as long as the animal is under control. Dogs cannot be left unattended and are not allowed in facility structures, on the beach or in day use areas