Located on the northwest corner of 29-mile-long Great Sacandaga Lake, Northampton Beach Campground offers great boating and fishing and is a very popular camping destination. Campsites range from those secluded within the tall white pines and northern hardwoods, to those on the open, sandy shoreline. The campground offers a Junior Naturalist program, which encourages children to explore the surrounding environment; a large craft boat launch; a natural sand beach with guarded swimming area from mid-June to Labor Day; rowboat, canoe, and kayak rentals on the premises; and a large picnic area.
Northampton Beach Campground is located on the Great Sacanadaga Lake, a reservoir 29 miles long and 6 miles across at its widest point. The lake was created by impoundment during the 1920's and is under the jurisdiction of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District. The reservoir regulates the flow of the Hudson and Sacandaga Rivers, providing a conservation pool of water, minimizing floods, providing flow a draught stages, and affording recreational boating and fishing opportunities.
Hiking, boating, and fishing are very popular here. There are many community events held throughout the season, including annual fishing contests, the Royal Mountain Motor Cross, the annual Hobie Cat Long Distance Sailing Race, and stock car races at the Fonda Speedway.
Park facilities include its reservoir, a swimming beach, a picnic area with pavilions, and numerous campsites. Other features are: restrooms with showers, a trailer dump station, a recycling center, a boat launch, and a sand beach.
Shopping, restaurants, movie theaters, and golf courses are nearby.
CAMPGROUND SPECIFIC INFORMATION
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
- Memorial Day Weekend Only: In our continuing effort to provide you with a safe and enjoyable experience within our public campgrounds, the following Rules and Regulations will be in effect for Memorial Day weekend. Alcohol permit required if quantities exceed 1 case of beer, 1 liter of liquor, or 2 liters of wine per site. PROHIBITED: Beer Balls and Beer Kegs. All campers must wear camper ID bracelets, provided at registration, throughout the stay. No vehicle traffic after midnight. Only registered campers are allowed in the camping area. Visitors may access the day-use area only between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
-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