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Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park

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68 Thompsons Lake Road
East Berne, NY 12059
Latitude 42.651337
Longitude -74.050598

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Thompson's Lake Campground, nestled in the mountains just four miles from the Helderberg Escarpment, is a popular camping ground and recreation area. Conveniently located within Thacher State Park, this campground offers 140 wooded campsites and is comprised of a sandy beach, mixed hardwood and conifer forests, limestone outcroppings and open fields. Recreational opportunities include a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, a playing field, swingsets, carry-in boat access, rental row boats, 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.

The Emma Treadwell Thacher Center is located on Thompson's Lake next to the campground and is accessible to campers. The center opened in July 2001 and offers exhibits, interactive displays, trails for hiking and skiing, and educational programs.

A boat launch site is available and is carry in only.


Current Water Quality - Beach Results


Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet, rabies vaccination and proof of same required. Not permitted in buildings or bathing areas. For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Hours of Operation

  • Park is open for day use year round.
  • 2017 Camping Season: 4/29 - 10/9, Reservations through Reserve America (1-800-456-CAMP)
  • 2017 Swimming Schedule:
    5/27 - 6/18, 10am - 6pm, weekends only;
    6/24 - 9/4, 10am - 6pm, daily.

    *please be aware that we have very limited parking for beach users

  • Interpretive Programs: Spring-Fall. Please call (518) 872-0800¬†for the program schedule.
  • Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing: Available during winter season. Showshoe rentals available.

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 easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $65- and 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. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • $7 per car when beach is open
    $6 per car when beach is not open
  • Boat Rental
  • Kayak Rentals
    $25.00 cash deposit
    $8.00 for 1 hour
    $15.00 for 2 hours
    $20 for 3 hours

  • Camping Misc. Fees
  • $15-$19/night

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents


Digital Maps

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

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Rentals
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Camper Recreation
  • Campsites
  • Dumping Stations
  • Nature Trails
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Recreation Programs
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing