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Oquaga Creek State Park

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5995 County Route 20
Bainbridge, NY 13733
Latitude 42.178806
Longitude -75.415810

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Oquaga Creek State Park is just 3 hours from New York City and New Jersey, which makes its beach facilities and forested campsites the perfect summer escape. The 55-acre Arctic Lake has a sand beach for swimmers, and anglers can fish for black bass, bullheads and rainbow trout. The rolling, wooded hills are ideal for winter sledding. Winter visitors can also ice fish on the frozen lake and snowshoers and cross-country skiers can explore ten miles of trails. If you like to camp, 90 non-electric sites are available. If you don't want to bother to pack a tent and equipment, you may be interested in the Full Service Accommodation. This cottage provides 2 bedrooms, a kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, cooking utensils dishes and silverware and more.

The newly redecorated two story cottage offers a kitchen, living room with fire wood stove, one and a half baths, master bedroom with a Queen bed, second upstairs bedroom with three double beds, gas and electric heat, stove with oven, refrigerator, furniture, pillows, cooking utensils, dishes, glassware, and silverware. Linens are not supplied. Laundromat is available. For outdoor meals and campfires, a picnic table and gas grill are provided.

Oquaga Creek offers "rustic" cabins. These cabins are the perfect in-between for campers who like tents and cabins. Offering protection from the elements, they sleep six, but have no electricity or water. Two night minimum stay required for reservations. Reservation and out-of-state resident fees also apply.

Seasonal Camping Now Available: A limited number of campsites have been made available at the facility for seasonal camping. Patrons who are interested will need contact the park directly to make their reservations. Seasonal campsites do not include electricity, water or sewer services. No additional discounts, including the Access Pass, will be accepted for seasonal camping. For more information or to make reservations, contact Oquaga Creek State Park at 607-467-4160.

Current Water Quality - Beach Results



Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in bathing areas.  Not allowed in cottage.

Hours of Operation

  • The park is open year round, seven days a week, dawn to dusk.

    Park Office Hours:  Generally 8 am to 9 pm daily during camping season, but please call ahead.
  • 2017 Beach/Swimming Season:
    5/29/17 - 6/18/17 weekends and holidays only, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    6/19/17 - 9/4/17, daily, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

    Each year the park 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, dangerous weather or water quality issues, swimming will be prohibited and therefore cannot be a guaranteed activity. We apologize for this inconvenience as it may occur with little advance notice. Please call ahead to inquire if the beach is open.

  • Boat Rentals:
    5/29/17 - 6/18/17, weekends & holidays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    6/19/17 - 9/4/17, daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

    *Please note that launching is available a short distance from the parking area for personal non-motorized boats.
  • 2017 Camping Season:  5/13/17 - 10/9/17
    90 Campsites, maximum of 6 people per site
    7 Rustic Cabins, maximum of 6 people per cabin
    Full Service Cottage available for rent 4/1/2017 - 12/17/2017 (maximum of 8 people in cottage)

    Reserve through ReserveAmerica 800-456-2267
  • Shelter/Tent Rentals:
    Available Mid-May to Columbus Day, 9:00 a.m. - sunset

    Tent Rental (2), capacity 100
    Shelter, capacity 60
  • Vehicle Entry Fee Charged:
    5/29/17 - 9/4/17, weekends and holidays, 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Deer and small game hunting is allowed in specified areas.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Beach/Swimming
  • Included in day use/vehicle entry fee
  • Boat Rentals
  • Rowboats:  $7/hour, $20/day

    Single Kayak: $10/hour

    Double Kayak: $15/hour

    Canoe: $3/ half hour

  • Campsites
  • $15-$19/night

    Additional $5/night for out-of-state patrons, $9 ReserveAmerica fee, $2.75 walk in fee.
  • Full Service Cottage
  • $650/week
    $150/night, non-peak only
    Additional $25/week for out-of-state patrons
    Additional $6.25/day for out-of-state patrons
    Additional $9 Reserve America fee, $2.75 walk in fee.

  • Rustic Cabins
  • $58 per night  (6 person)
    Additional: $5 for out of state fee, $9 Reserve America fee, $2.75 walk in fee
  • Shelter/Tent Rentals
  • Shelter (capacity 60):
       - Weekdays:  $125
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $175
    Tents (2) (capacity 100 each):
       - Weekdays:  $100
       - Weekends/Holidays:  $150
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars:  $7 - weekends and holidays; $5 - Monday - Friday
    Non-Commercial Bus Fee: $35
    Commercial Bus Fee: $75
    Seasonal Bus Permit: $75


Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Sat 06 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oquaga Creek State Park
(607) 467-4160

Project/Event Description: Beach area clean up - assist park staff with raking leaves, pine needles, picking up winter tree damage, etc.

Meeting Location: Park Maintenance Shop - located near back gate to Park. All ages welcome


Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Rentals
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Campsites
  • Cottages * Laundromat available
  • Dumping Stations (Accessible)
  • Food
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • Tent/Trailer Sites
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Recreation Programs
  • X-Country Skiing