Waterside camping near Jamestown

With camping and lakes galore, Jamestown lets you explore the best of western New York.

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The blue rooster of 3 springs

1 site · Lodging28 acres · Kennedy, NY
Our farm is a 20-year project in the making. We started with our horses and grew into the alpacas about 7 years ago. And recently added a cashmere goat. The blue rooster is a perfect addition for us here as I have always loved hosting. Making time to make your stay special. The alpaca farm has a small gift shop that carries plenty of beautiful alpaca products. If you choose to just hang out here at the farm for you stay, you’ll be more than welcome to join us in the barn through the day. Or if you want to go out and about you are pretty much in the middle of everything and anything. Learn more about this land: The rooster sits high behind the alpaca barn. If privacy is important you found a great place here. Alpacas are literally inches from the living room windows. Once you settle in there are so many things to do. Comedy club , theater, dining, casino and so much more. Or just hang out and enjoy the farm.
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Waterside camping near Jamestown guide


Located near the southeastern end of Chautauqua Lake, Jamestown is known for its connection to comedy—the hometown of Lucille Ball is now home to the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and the National Comedy Center, and has a vibrant performing arts scene. It’s also close to several lakes and one of the only old growth forests in New York, along with easy access to outdoor recreational opportunities year-round. There are also plenty of options for campers, from lakeside tent and RV sites to rustic cabins and luxurious cottages in the woods.

Where to go

Chautauqua Lake

Stretching for 17 miles, Chautauqua Lake is a popular destination for boating, fishing, paddling, and swimming. Several quaint towns can be found around the lake, including Chautauqua, home of the Chautauqua Institution, and Bemus Point, home to Midway State Park, one of the oldest amusement parks in the country. Camping locations range from lakeside to secluded woods, and include sites for tents, RVs, cabins and cottages, and amenities like hookups, picnic areas, beaches, pools, and boat rentals.

Lake Erie

This spot is less than an hour away from Jamestown and offers ways to enjoy the water and Lake Erie wine country. Stay at Lake Erie State Park, with more than 100 rustic tent and electric campsites and cabins overlooking Lake Erie, or nearby Evangola State Park.  Or follow the shoreline into Pennsylvania and Ohio, where camping options include Geneva State Park Lake and numerous private campgrounds that let you stay right along the lakeshore. 

Allegany State Park and Allegheny National Forest

Head east to explore Allegany State Park, a rare old growth forest in New York, with 65,000 acres of rugged terrain ideal for outdoor adventures, hundreds of campsites, plus winterized cabins and cottages that let you stay year-round. Or head south to Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania, which offers dispersed backcountry sites, developed campgrounds for tents and RVs, boat-in campgrounds around Allegheny Reservoir, and cabins, plus hundreds of miles of trails and wilderness.

Niagara Falls and Buffalo

Less than two hours away, Niagara Falls is a dazzling natural wonder. A visit to niagara falls State Park lets you experience the power of the falls up close, including the Cave of the Winds and riding the Maid of the Mist. Nearby Four Mile Creek State Park offers a campground full of amenities. There are also several private campgrounds near the falls, with features like cabins, swimming pools, and wifi. Or see the falls from the Canadian side and camp in Ontario. For urban adventures, head into nearby Buffalo.

When to go

Spring and summer are popular times to visit, and feature the best weather. The lakes in the region are a big draw over the summer, especially on the weekends. The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and America’s Grape Country Wine Festival both take place every August. Visit in the fall to see dazzling fall foliage. Winter is a popular time for winter activities such as downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.

Know before you go

  • Although Jamestown has an airport, the closest ones for commercial flights can be found in Erie, Pennsylvania, and Buffalo, New York. You will need transportation to get around the region.
  • Most New York state parks require advance reservations to camp. It’s best to plan ahead, especially during peak season.
  • Bring water shoes to swim in Chautauqua Lake, as sharp mussel shells can be found in certain swimming areas.
  • Ticks can be an issue in the region, especially in late spring and early fall.
  • Bring your passport if you want to cross into the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

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