The best camping near Clayton Lake State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Clayton Lake State Park adventure.

Discover Clayton Lake State Park's prehistoric wonders and starry skies.  

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The best camping near Clayton Lake State Park guide



There is dino-sized fun to be had at Clayton Lake State Park! Get all “Land Before Time” up in here, and discover one of the largest dinosaur trackways in North America. Hike where the big guys roamed, and feel good that the only one doing the hunting will be you if you choose to fish on the lake or hunt in the surrounding grasslands. There’s pretty spots for picnics and bird watching while out on your hike, and that’s just the fun on land. Hop in a canoe, kayak, or boat and take to Clayton Lake for some splashin’. The sunsets here are not to be missed and once the stars come out you can head to the park’s observatory for a close up view! With so much to explore here, your worries are sure to be extinct after a trip to Clayton Lake.

Notable campgrounds

  • Developed Campsites: Offering 26 sites with the comforts of water and electric hookups, perfect for a family getaway.
  • Group Campsites: Ideal for larger gatherings, these sites provide ample space for groups to enjoy the park's natural beauty.
  • Water & Electric Sites: Equipped with 30 amp service, these 9 W+E sites cater to those seeking a more modern camping experience.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot, as campgrounds fill up quickly, especially during peak seasons.
  • Check for cancellations regularly, as last-minute openings can provide unexpected opportunities.
  • Consider visiting during the weekdays for better availability and a quieter camping experience.
  • Explore nearby camping options to increase your chances of finding the perfect site.

When to go

The best time to visit Clayton Lake State Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural beauty is at its peak. Summer offers warm days perfect for water activities, though it can be busy. Winters are quiet but can be cold, so prepare accordingly.

Know before you go

  • Check the park alerts for any closures or restrictions before planning your visit.
  • Remember to pack life jackets and adhere to boating safety regulations if you plan to enjoy the water.
  • Accessibility is a priority, with facilities catering to visitors with disabilities.
  • For a smooth visit, familiarize yourself with the park rules and available amenities, including restrooms and showers.
  • Don't forget to visit the observatory for a spectacular view of the night sky, free from light pollution.

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