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Thompson's Lake Campground at Thacher State Park, is a popular campground and recreation area. The park is situated along the Helderberg Escarpment and provides a marvelous panaroma of the Hudson-Mohawk Valley and the Adirondack and Green Mountains.

In addition to its wooded campsites, the campground features a sandy beach, mixed hardwood and conifer forests, limestone outcroppings, and open fields. Recreational opportunities include a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, a playing field, swing sets, carry-in boat access, rental kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards, fishing areas, and nature trails. Interpretive and recreational programs are offered for campers throughout the summer. During the winter, visitors can cross-country ski and ice fish.

Natural Features
Thompson's Lake Campground is located 18 miles southwest of Albany.
Beach swimming, boating, fishing (and wintertime ice fishing) park-organized recreation activities are the campground's major activities. There are over 25 additional miles of trails for summer hiking and mountain biking, and winter cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and snowmobiling.

The Emma Treadwell Thacher Center is located in the park and is accessible to campers. The center offers exhibits, interactive displays, trails for hiking and skiing, and educational programs.

Carry-in boat access, boat rentals, campsites, dumping stations, a nature trail, a playground, playing fields, and showers are among the amenities available.
Nearby Attractions
Nearby attractions include Max V. Shaul State Park, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, Crailo State Historic Site, and Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.
Thompson's Lake Campground does NOT have electric sites.

General Information:

  • Maximum of 2 vehicles allowed per site. Additional cars will be charged a fee.
  • Campers arriving after 9PM are asked to call the park or risk losing the reservation.
  • Quiet hours are observed from 10PM to 7AM. Any visitors must leave the park by 10PM.
  • Please do not use bathroom sinks or water spigots to clean cooking utensils.
  • Generator Hours: 9AM to 11AM and 5PM to 9PM.
  • Firearms, fireworks, chainsaws, and subletting are not allowed at the park.


  • Current proof of rabies inoculation is required at check-in (metal tags will not be accepted).
  • At any time during your stay, pet owners may be required to provide proof of rabies inoculation upon request. Be sure to have this information available to present to park staff.
  • Where pets are permitted, there is a maximum limit of 2 pets per site.
  • Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6ft and under control at all times.
  • Do not leave pets unattended and always clean up after them.
  • Pet owners/permit holders are liable for any damage, personal injury, or nuisance caused by the pet.

  • SWIMMING: Each year the campground makes every effort to provide safe swimming opportunities by testing the water and by keeping the swimming areas staffed with lifeguards. Please be aware that if the safety of our swimmers is compromised due to lack of lifeguard coverage or water quality issues, swimming will be prohibited. Swimming cannot be a guaranteed activity; therefore, we cannot offer refunds on camping stays. We apologize for this inconvenience as it may occur with little advance notice.

    PRE-REGISTRATION: Have an existing reservation? Don't forget to Pre-Register!! 7 days prior to your arrival you can sign into Reserve America and pre-register. IT SAVES TIME when checking in on the day of arrival.

    LENGTH OF STAY: A camping party and their equipment may occupy a site for a maximum of 14 continuous nights. After which, the camping party and equipment must leave the site and facility for 48 hours before registering again for another site.

    Please Note: To ensure fairness for all NY customers, any reservation with departure dates outside the 9-month Maximum Window cannot be changed or cancelled until 18 days after the reservation was made.

    OPRHP General Camping Rules, Information, and Cancellation Policy

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