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Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park

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

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Pet Policy

A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Fishing

Fishing is prohibited at the Emma Treadwell Nature Center. Patrons can access fishing down the road at the DEC boat launch located on Thompsons Lake Road


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, canoes, kayaks, 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.

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

PLEASE NOTE: Generators may be used from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. If a generator is deemed unreasonably loud by staff, use may be limited or prohibited. 

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Park is open for day use year round.
  • 2024 Camping Season: A Loop opens 5/3 and B Loop will open 5/24
  • 2024 Swimming:
    5/25 - 6/16, Weekends Only, 10:00am - 5:45pm
    6/22 - 9/2, Daily, 10:00am - 5:45pm

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 $80- 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
  • Boat Rental
  • Kayak/Tandem Kayak- $20
    Canoe- $20
    Stand-up Paddleboard- $20

    Minimum 2-hr rental
    $10 for each additional hour


    Boat rentals are available when beach is open and lifeguards are present, and might be subject to closures, call ahead for information

  • Camping Fees
  • $15-19/night NY resident fee

    Additional $5 non-resident fee
    $2.75 Walk-in fee (for reservations at the campground office on the day of reservation
    $9.00 Reservation fee charged by Reserve America
    $7.00 3rd car pass (required for optional 3rd vehicle on site)

    No electric is available at Thompson's Lake

Maps

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.

Sun 25 Feb
Historic Helderbergs Hike
Sunday, February 25, 2024 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
Join us on a hike along the escarpment trail and learn about history in the Helderbergs. The hike will be lead on snowshoes, weather permitting. Meet at the Visitor Center. Registration encouraged. Call 518-872-0800.
Wed 28 Feb
Yoga Body Basics
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
Have some yoga experience but feeling a bit rusty? We will focus on working from the basic building blocks of yoga to strengthen the core and improve balance and mobility. Come and enjoy the many benefits of yoga! $20.00 per person cash or check. Registration is required. Call 518-872-1237. Meet at the Visitor Center. Ages 18+.
Registration: Required
Thu 29 Feb
Drop-in Play Time
Thursday, February 29, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. The Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center offers many self-guided opportunities for little hands to explore! Dig for fossils in the kinetic sand table, build a beaver dam in the stream table, or roast a pretend marshmallow on the plush campfire with some new friends. The Nature Center is open Tuesday-Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Meet at the Nature Center. No registration is required.
Wed 06 Mar
Yoga Body Basics
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
Have some yoga experience but feeling a bit rusty? We will focus on working from the basic building blocks of yoga to strengthen the core and improve balance and mobility. Come and enjoy the many benefits of yoga! $20.00 per person cash or check. Registration is required. Call 518-872-1237. Meet at the Visitor Center. Ages 18+.
Sun 10 Mar
Watercolor Spring Flowers
Sunday, March 10, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park
Practice watercolor techniques as you paint spring flowers with professional artist Diane Steele. $20 per person, cash or check payable at the time of the program. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800. Meet at the Nature Center. All skill levels ages 18+.
Registration: Required

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Rentals
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Campsites, Cabins & Lodging * Campsites only
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Swimming Beach