Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park

Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park

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Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park

New York

(518) 872-1674

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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.

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Map of Thompson's Lake (NY)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.651900, -74.046791



  • Boating

    Boating access to the lake is via a carry-in boat launching site for canoes and kayaks. Boat rentals are also available for the public.

  • Camping

    With 140 tent and trailer sites, Thompson's Lake State Park has a site for everyone. There are dumping stations and accessible restrooms to make your stay more comfortable, as well as public programs and hiking trails available year round. The park also has a camper assistance program.

  • Fishing

    Thompson's Lake is a popular spot for anglers as there are numerous fishing spots around the lake. Boating access is a carry-in launch site.

  • Hiking

    There are several miles of trails available for hiking year round. The trails include the Lake Trail, which is a short and easy trail that is accessible for both strollers and wheelchairs and the Schoolhouse Trail which loops past the one-room schoolhouse before cutting back across through the woodlands in the park. You have the option of heading out on your own or you can join one of the many guided hikes that are available throughout the year.

  • Picnicking

    Picnickers will enjoy picnic areas spread through mixed hardwood and conifer forests, limestone outcroppings and open fields. A playground and playing fields, recreation programs, and a nature trail will keep your family busy all day long as well as volleyball courts and horseshoe pits.

  • Water Sports

    The beach is open to swimmers and sand castle builders from late June until Labor Day. The lake has carry-in boat launching sites for canoes and kayaks.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails are available during winter season. Showshoe rentals are available as well. Ice fishing is also permitted.


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Park Partners

Friends of Thacher and Thompsons Lake State Parks

The Friends of Thacher and Thompson's Lake State Parks was founded in 1996 dedicated to supporting and promoting the educational and interpretive programs at Thacher and Thompson's Lake State Parks.



On Route 157, 18 miles southwest of Albany.

Phone Numbers


(518) 872-1674

Campground reservations

(800) 456-2267