Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Camping Things To Know

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The Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation (OPRHP) operates camping areas in New York's state parks. Through the New York State Camping Reservation System, you may reserve space which will guarantee accommodations at any state camping area. Online reservations can be made at and phone reservations can be made by calling 1-800-456-2267 (TDD:1-800-304-1265). While reservations are not required, they are highly recommended. You can also rent any available campsite, cabin, cottage or yurt as a "walk-in" on a first-come, first-serve basis when you arrive ready to camp. Services, programs and facilities vary among campgrounds. Contact the park for current schedules.

Start packing! Use our camping checklist to help you prepare for your trip.

Things you should know before you leave...

  • An adult, at least 18 years of age, (or 21) must be the permit holder and occupy the site for the full permit period.
  • Sites allow for no more than 6 people per site and 2 vehicles (unless otherwise noted). A valid camping permit must be visible on all vehicles.
  • Check-in is at 3pm and check-out is by 11am. Occupants must register when they arrive.
  • Each site allows for either two (2) tents OR one (1) unit of hard wheeled camping equipment + one (1) tent (unless otherwise noted).
  • If your campground allows pets, please be respectful. Only 2 pets per site are permitted. Your pet must always be kept on a leash and the leash can be no longer than 6ft. Don't leave pets unattended and always pick up after them. Current rabies certificate is required (tags not accepted).
  • Firewood – Help protect our campgrounds and stop the spread of tree pests. If you bring firewood, burn all of it before leaving your campsite or purchase your wood at the campground or local sources. For more information; and
  • Alcoholic Beverages - While alcoholic beverages are allowed in most NYS campgrounds without a permit, it is the responsibility of each camping party to comply with all laws and regulations. Stony Brook State Park, Wildwood State Park and Beaver Pond Campground prohibit the use of alcohol.
  • Upon discovering that a camping occupant is a registered Level 2 or Level 3 sex offender, the Office is authorized to direct the occupant to leave the campground and may revoke the camping permit.
  • Campsites, cabins, cottages and yurts that are accessible for people with disabilities are only to be reserved/rented by camping parties which include at least one member in need of the accommodation. When all other sites have been reserved/rented, the accessible sites then become available on a "first-come/first-served" basis.

Things you should know when you get there...

  • Please do not injure the trees. No nails, screws, ropes or lines are permitted to be tied or inserted into trees, shrubs or other structures.
  • Quiet Hours: Your group must be quiet enough not to disturb your closest neighbor from 10 pm to 7am.
  • Generator Hours: Permitted from 9am to 11am and 5pm to 9pm. We encourage those who need a generator for medical reasons to reserve an electric site or cabin/cottage/yurt as we do not permit generators to run overnight or beyond generator hours. If the use of a generator is deemed unreasonably loud by the facility staff, an individual's use of the generator may be limited and/or prohibited.
  • Fires must be contained in designated areas and always supervised by an adult.
  • Wash dishes at your campsite or in designated areas only. Dispose of gray water in designated areas. Water fountains are for drinking only.
  • Please keep the campground clean by keeping your campsite clean! Picnic tables and receptacle (if provided) must remain on site where you found them. Rubbish must be placed in trash bags and placed in proper receptacles. Excessive trash on site may result in fees charged to the permit holder.
  • Help keep the campground safe for everyone. Please report any incidents, accidents or maintenance problems immediately to the park staff. The park manager reserves the right to terminate any permit, when necessary, in order to ensure the peace, comfort, and safety of all campers in the facility.
  • 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.

Please keep in mind that each campground may have its own specific rules in addition to the above.


To cancel a reservation prior to arrival you can cancel online or contact Reserve America at 1-800-456-2267. If you are cancelling on the day of arrival you must contact the campground directly.

When you cancel your reservation you will be assessed fees. It's important to know the closer to your arrival date you cancel, the less money you will receive back as a refund.

  • Cancelling 8 days or more prior to arrival - Reservation fee $7.25 + Cancellation Fee $7.25
  • Cancelling 7 days or less prior to arrival - Reservation fee $7.25 + Cancellation Fee $7.25 + the cost of the first night's stay (this amount varies based on the cost of your site).
  • All fees are retained if you fail to arrive and do not inform the park of a cancellation in advance.
  • Refunds will not be granted for events, circumstances, or decisions that are beyond the control of the Agency.

Changes or Transfers

  • There is a $7.25 transaction fee required to make a change to any reservation. To make any changes to your reservation you must call 1-800-456-2267 at least 1 day prior to your scheduled arrival.
  • Customer and/or Primary Occupant name changes are not permitted. The reservation will need to be cancelled and re-booked, and all applicable cancellation and reservation fees will be charged.
  • Upon arrival at the campground no refunds will be issued for date changes or early departures.

No Show

  • All fees are retained if you fail to arrive and do not inform the park of a cancellation in advance.
  • Refunds will not be granted for events, circumstances, or decisions that are beyond the control of the Agency.