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  • County Route 18
    Haines Falls, NY 12436
  • Dates of Operation: May 9 - October 13
  • 518-589-5058
  • 800-456-2267

North-South Lake Campground

North-South Lake is the biggest and most popular state campground in the Catskill Forest Preserve, offering extraordinary scenic beauty, and historical sites, such as: Alligator Rock, Kaaterskill Falls, and the former site of the Catskill Mountain House. An abrupt change in elevation occurs from about 540 feet above sea level at the base of the escarpment to approximately 2,250 feet at the site of the Catskill Mountain House. The provinces around the lake have long provided visitors with exceptional views of the surrounding countryside. It is said that on a clear day, you can see five states from the escarpment.

Boating of non-motorized boats are permitted. Rowboats and canoes. A paved boat ramp is located at the North Lake day use area. Rowboat, kayak, canoe and paddle boat rentals are available.

Fishing is allowed on the Lakes and you will find chain pickerel, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, black crappie, and largemouth bass.

The campground offers access to numerous hiking trails. The short hike to the Catskill Mountain House site provides the reward of incredible vistas.  Longer and more strenuous hikes can bring you to such spots as Artist's Rock, Sunset Park, Newman's Ledge, Boulder Rock, and the Kaaterskill Hotel and Laurel House sites. Kaaterskill Falls lies outside the campground and is reached by a trail beginning on Route 23A. The two tiered falls of 175 and 85 feet is the highest in New York State.

Swimming is permitted at both North and South Lakes beaches from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day when lifeguards are on duty.  Two picnic areas with 2 at North Lake and 1 at South lake are available for rentals.

For the NY NJ Trail conference map of North South Lake and Kaaterskill Falls area click here.

Campground Amenities

  • 7 camping loops
  • 219 tent and trailer sites
  • 2 lakes
  • 2 beaches
  • 3 picnic pavilion rentals
  • 2 picnic areas with tables and fireplaces or charcoal grills
  • Playground
  • Flush toilets
  • Hot showers
  • Boat launch (no motorized vessels)
  • Rowboat, canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals
  • Firewood sales
  • Volleyball
  • Horseshoes
  • Fishing
  • Playing field
  • Trailer dump station
  • Recycling center
  • Junior Naturalist Program: Our campgrounds become an outdoor classroom for young children (5-13) and their families. Enjoy games and activities to earn a beautiful embroidered patch.

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The Kaaterskill Clove is a mountain ravine of picture-postcard beauty and preserved in history by some of America's greatest landscape artists. Dotted with forests, waterfalls and scenic vistas, the Clove is nationally recognized as one of New York State’s premier natural resources. The unique natural geological formation of the Kaaterskill Clove provides visitors from near and far with extensive opportunities for hiking, outdoor recreation activities, and cultural and heritage experiences.   

The Kaaterskill Clove Experience is part of the Catskill Mountain Heritage Trail, which extends from the Olana State Historic Site in Hudson (Columbia County) to the Woodchuck Lodge (the summer home of John Burroughs, America’s most prominent and adored naturalist-essaying) located in Roxbury (Delaware County). 

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