The best camping near Thousand Islands National Park

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Camp on an island in the St. Lawrence River in Canada’s first national park east of the Rockies.  

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Bay Drive-In

21 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Redwood, NY
Hey there, adventure seekers! Find us at 45148 Bailey Settlement Road, Redwood, NY 13679. Our screenings kick off right when the sun dips below the horizon, so we suggest arriving at least 30 minutes early to grab your meal and some tasty treats from the Bay Drive-In Cafe. Bring your furry friends along, but keep them leashed and under your spell! Tune into the movie magic on FM radio: Cinema 1 at 106.1 FM and Cinema 2 at 92.3 FM. Just dial in and dive into the cinematic bliss! Visit us at baydrivein.com
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Better Farm

14 sites · Lodging, Tents62 acres · Redwood, NY
Better Farm is a 65-acre organic farm, animal sanctuary, artist colony, and retreat space. The property features forests, rolling hills, open fields, a pond, sauna, various paddocks for the rescued farm animals, organic gardens, a two-story Art Barn with local FM radio station, gallery, studio and recording space, and a second barn used for events. This second-generation property began as a 1970s commune that since 2009 has been revived and renovated to provide overnight lodging, event space, residencies, and educational opportunities for the curious and creative. The farm is 10 short miles from the St. Lawrence River and Thousand Islands of Northern New York. The area is a naturalist's paradise, with countless outdoor opportunities to enjoy from boating and swimming to snowshoeing and hiking. There are more than a dozen lakes within 10 minutes of the property, with cute towns to explore including Sackets Harbor, Clayton, Alexandria Bay, and Wellesley Island.
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SKY VIEWS CAMPING

2 sites · Tents123 acres · Morristown, NY
Learn more about this land:I have beautiful hill top Views Fruit lands. Located, between SEVERAL exotic waterways. The Great St. Lawrence River, world class Fishing t. We have gorgeous green scenery with amazing sunrises and sunsets. We are located perfectly between the Thousand Islands and the Adirondacks oswegatchie River flows into the st. Lawrence Seaway Valley basin. We Do seasonal activities such as spring planting gardening with activities for families children possibly have the opportunity to be their own Johnny or maybe plant a pumpkin seed in the spring and come back and pick it in the fall. We have a local Winery we are located near several harbors state land and a state park within walking or biking distance. We have several areas where you can access the water boat launches.
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Anthony F.’s Land

3 sites · Tents25 acres · Redwood, NY
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Bedford Creek Campground & Marina

213 sites · RVs57 acres · Sackets Harbor, NY
We are a family campground located on the beautiful eastern basin of Lake Ontario. Bedford Creek combines a 204-site campground on over 57 acres that can accommodate tents to RVs of all sizes. We offer sites for the season, along with stays as short as a night. If you don’t own an RV or tent we rent cabins and RVs to accommodate up to (8) people. Our well-sheltered marina includes more than fifty slips, and we offer boat rentals for adults and kids. A family atmosphere is part of our focus, as we provide plenty for the kids to keep busy with.
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Willows On The Lake Campground

114 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Adams, NY
The Willows on the Lake RV Park is located 45 minutes from the gorgeous Thousand Islands region. We are less than 5 minutes away from Westcott Beach State Park or Sackets Harbor and a short twenty minutes from Watertown NY. If you think you would like to visit Canada while you stay with us at the Willows, you’ll be delighted to know it’s less than forty five minutes away. So bring your pets and family and come see why The Willows on the Lake RV Park is the perfect setting for your next vacation getaway. We are confident you will enjoy your stay here with us.
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Kieren E.’s Land

8 sites · Tents7 acres · Thousand Island Park, NY
Learn more about this land:Looking for a view across the Saint Lawrence river. You can catch the morning sunrise or the evening moon rises. Sleep on top of one the highest islands in the area. On the clear evenings you’ll get to witness some amazing stars. Even some shooting stars. The island is very much untouched and plan to keep its natural beauty
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Cozy country camping

1 site · Lodging155 acres · Hammond, NY
LOCATION: We are located 30 miles from Ogdensburg, NY, on Black Lake. 40 miles from Fort Drum, a good commute if you work on Drum. Hubby and I do it everyday and it isn't so bad and 2 hrs from Syracuse. Echo's gas station is located 10 minutes from us and has gas, kerosene and propane. Great pizza and wings and odds and ends. Ogdensburg has Lowe's, Aldi's and Walmart. Thousand Islands is 20 minutes from us. Mini Golf on rte 6 10-15min. Langbrook Meadows Golf is 20 minutes. State Launch Ramp is 15 minutes away. Jacques State park has a beach. AMENITIES: THE CAMPER IS ON OUR PROPERTY 100YDS FROM BLACK LAKE. You'll have full access to the Lake. So feel free to bring your kayaks, paddle boards and canoes, boats and fishing poles (great fishing). We have some kayaks you can use too with lifejackets
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Bittersweet-Milkweed Farm Cabin

1 site · Tent100 acres · Heuvelton, NY
The Bittersweet-Milkweed Collaborative is a 113 acre small-scale adventure in community-oriented regenerative agriculture. We strive for biodiversity and regeneration and healing of the land, increasing soil fertility, pollinator habitat and water health. We welcome volunteers, campers and students, always looking to build community and renew connections. The farm includes permaculture gardens, livestock, fields, forests and protected wetlands, along with trails through the woods for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in the winter. Set up camp in the midst of 113 acres of forest, fields and wetlands, exploring the multitude of micro-ecosystems. We offer an off-grid, two-story log cabin - no need to worry about the rain or snow! Enjoy the diversity of life as you relax in the permaculture gardens of our small-scale, certified organic agricultural operation. Feel free to volunteer your time on the farm, or purchase fresh fruits, veggies and meats!
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White Tail Hill

1 site · Lodging300 acres · De Peyster, NY
Great country get away with all the natural scenery from deer, turkeys to bird watching. If hiking is your pleasure there are 2500 acreas along with our 300 acres. 20 minutes from the beautiful St Lawrence River. 30 minutes from Canada. Approximately 1 hour to the Adirondack Mountains. 35 minutes to Boldt Castle and Singer Castle. Fishing tournaments. Akwesasne Casino near Massena. Eisenhower Locks, Remington Museum, 4 State Parks Our apartment provides you with comfort and privacy. King and queen bed, full kitchen, washer & dryer.
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May Meadows Farm

3 sites · Tents120 acres · De Kalb Junction, NY
Located in a hay meadow that is farmed 2 to 3 times a year to provide food for our animals. Next to the meadow is a mix of maple and pine trees. In the spring we use the maple trees for maple syrup production. Learn more about this land:This site is close to the road but easy to access. It is located where there was once an old stone barn, and all that is left is the stone foundation. Set around shrubbery trees, with two big maples at the parking spot to provide shade and coverage. You look out to an open hay meadow. That abuts our maple sugar stand with a mix of pine trees in the woods. You will be able to watch lots of deer frolic and play in the meadow and hear the sounds of the wildlife and birds around the woods. You may hear the occasional horse-drawn carriage as our neighbors are Amish and utilize the road frequently. In the distance, you might hear a stray moo as we have three farms on the road that are home to a variety of cows.On the campsite, you are more than welcome to bring a pet and let them safely roam around the field, or take a walk around yourself. If you are up for a farm adventure, please let us know we are more than happy to share our story and give a tour of our multifunctional farm, featuring dairy production, sheep, goats, cropping, and a few horses.In this unique spot, you will have convenient access to Route 11 and be a short 12 min drive to the town of Canton. Around us, we have a nature preserve that allows for walks and wildlife sittings, the Grass River where you can kayak and swim.
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Lake Bonaparte Marina & Campground

1 site · RV5 acres · Harrisville, NY
Lake Bonaparte Marina & Campground is full-service and full-hookup campground for RVs only. Waterfront property with on-site restaurant. We have boat slips available for rent for additional fees. Located just miles from the Adirondak Park, we have a beautiful seasonal property that is great for relaxation, on-the-water fun, and even access to hundreds of miles of off-road trails.
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The best camping near Thousand Islands National Park guide

Overview

About

Along the St. Lawrence River, straddling the border between Canada and the United States, Thousand Islands National Park doesn’t include thousands of islands, but it does protect roughly 20 of the region’s many isles. Popular for kayaking, picnicking, and convenient camping getaways, the park is about 175 kilometres north of Syracuse, New York. The Mallorytown Landing Visitor Centre, with a small oTENTik (platform tent) camping area, is along the 1000 Islands Parkway between the eastern Ontario towns of Gananoque and Brockville. You can also camp on a dozen of the park islands that you can reach by canoe, kayak, or water taxi.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for convenient glamping: Mallorytown Landing
  • Best for kayak camping: McDonald Island
  • Best for a quiet island getaway: Mulcaster Island

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve 27 of the park’s campsites, as well as oTENTiks located on the mainland and on MacDonald and Gordon islands, via the Parks Canada online reservations system.
  2. Reservations open for the season in mid-January. The park also has 34 island campsites that are first-come, first-served.
  3. If you don’t have your own boat, remember to book a spot on one of the water taxis that take campers to the islands, or reserve a kayak, canoe, or other boat rental.

When to go

Thousand Islands National Park is open from mid-May through mid-October. Weekdays throughout the season are less crowded than weekends. While the park is busiest in July and August and during Canadian and U.S. long weekends, the best time to visit is in the fall, when the weather is usually comfortable and the trees take on their autumn colors. Another good time to come is the first half of June, which is typically less crowded than mid-summer.

Know before you go

  • Though located in Ontario, Thousand Islands is closer to Montreal (225 kilometres) than to Toronto (320 kilometres).
  • Both Ganaoque and Brockville have supermarkets and other stores stocking supplies for campers. Kingston, the region’s largest town, is 30 minute’s drive west of Gananoque.
  • Check the park website for local boat companies that can shuttle you to the islands and for canoe, kayak, and other boat rentals.
  • None of the park islands have shops or services, other than boat launches and composting toilets, so pack everything in and out. Central Grenadier is the only island with drinking water.

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