Campground: Keuka Lake State Park
Location: Branchport, New York
Last visit: October, 2011
How Found: I have been tent-camping here since the early 90s
How Camped: Tent
Campground Review and Description
Campground includes three separate loops of campsites, a beach and boat launch (in season), hiking trails in woods. My trips (at least a half-dozen) were with another tent-camper or with friends who stayed in a camper while I used my tent.
Pros, Cons, Comments and Rating
- Location: on hilltops overlooking Keuka Lake.
- Staff: invariably friendly and accommodating.
- Campsites: your choice of sunny or shady; dry or muddy; isolated or near other campers.
- Area: KLSP is a great base for biking, hiking and shopping in the Keuka Lake area.
- Restrooms: showers and toilets in each camping loop are clean; bathhouse near the beach is excellent.
Cons: Need to pick a campsite with care: requires time to check out shade/sun, dry/muddiness. But KLSP staff are very understanding and helpful here.
- The park itself: beach, trails, and boat launch.
- Bicycling along Keuka Lake.
- Penn Yan for shopping.
- Keuka Lake for wineries.
Additional comments: KLSP is my personal favorite for tent camping: wonderfully wooded sites, quiet (usually) campsites, very helpful staff, and a great location. KLSP is a camping destination in itself, as well as a great base for exploring the area.
More on New York Campgrounds and New York Travel:
New York State Parks: "Keuka Lake State Park, located in the heart of wine country, has a gentle charm, offering views of vineyard-covered slopes, glimmering water and clear blue sky. The park's camping areas have 150 tent and trailer sites. A swimming beach, picnic shelter, boat launch ramp, docking space and hiking trails open several recreational avenues to visitors. "Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Proof of rabies inoculation. Not allowed in bathing areas. For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum."
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