12 Best Campsites In Thousand Islands

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Spanning 80.5 km (50 mi), the Thousand Islands span parts of Canada, as well the United States of America. The islands are a paradise for all sightseers and a preferred destination for all visitors who are in pursuit of a genuine outdoor vacation. Set on the border between southeastern Ontario and New York state, the Thousand Islands is an area of seemingly endless shoreline and is known for its unique culture and rich and colorful history. Visitors can play golf on one of the islands or enjoy the calm and peace as they relax in a chair and watch the rhythmic flow of the waves. This place has something for every vacationer, including Airbnb vacation rentals. Tourists would never have to worry about accommodation. There are plenty of Vrbo vacation rentals as well. Planning a camping trip soon? Keep reading for a list of the best campsites in Thousand Islands.

1. Islands Camping Resort

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If you are looking for a great camping site, the 1000 Islands Camping Resort is the ideal place for you. Set centrally in the 1,000 Islands, it is just 8 km (5 mi) from Gananoque. The campsite offers different options for camping, such as tent sites and RV sites. There are also playgrounds to woo the younger campers.

Located only a few minutes from the U.S. border, the site also enjoys close proximity to local eateries, the river, and golf courses. The pet-friendly campground operates from May to October and features a movie theater, laundry facilities, and pools, among other amenities.

1000 Islands Camping Resort

Address: 382 Thousand Islands Pkwy, Lansdowne, ON K0E 1L0, Canada

Website: 1000 Islands Camping Resort

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2. Burnham Point State Park

A peaceful and tiny wooded campsite, Burnham Point State Park offers excellent opportunities for outdoor activities like fishing, camping, picnicking, boating, or simply relaxing with your family or friends. The campground near the St. Lawrence River falls on the northeastern side of Lake Ontario. You can go for a boat ride, and explore several historical sites, islands, and local towns. If you are an angler, there is ample chance for you to catch game fish, such as pike, bass, walleyes, and muskellunge.

The park also features picnic areas, a playground, and boat docks, apart from trailer and tent campsites. Some of the neighboring attractions include Westcott Beach State Park, Grass Point State Park, Cedar Point State Park, the Thousand Islands, and more.

Burnham Point State Park

Address: 34075 NY-12E, Cape Vincent, NY 13618, United States

Website: Burnham Point State Park

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3. Islands Campground

1000 Islands Campground in Alexandria Bay provides a variety of campsites, including waterproof ‘glamping’ tents, log cabins, tent sites, and RV sites. The campsite has abundant spots, which means that it is an excellent option for when you plan a camping trip at the last minute. It is situated between Clayton and Alexandria Bay in New York’s 1000 Islands region.

1000 Islands Campground has sites for different types of camping, with seasonal, monthly, and daily rates. Every RV site comes with its own fire ring and picnic tables. The campground also has playgrounds to woo its younger campers.

1000 Islands Campground

Address: Alexandria Bay, NY, United States

Website: 1000 Islands Campground

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4. Grass Point State Park & Marina

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Famous for some of the country’s finest fishing, Grass Point State Park is situated near the St. Lawrence River’s American Channel. It is a preferred campground for day campers and those who come here to simply rejuvenate or engage in some of the outdoor activities, like picnicking, swimming, fishing, or boating.

There is an area dedicated to games, a boat launch, and a marina. The shallow water and the sandy beach here are perfectly suited for your kids. Grass Point Cottage offers full-service accommodation and is located on the beach’s west side. It is a two-story cottage for rent featuring a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom with a shower, and a porch offering some mesmerizing views of the sunset and river.

Grass Point State Park & Marina

Address:42247 Grassy Point Rd, Clayton, NY 13624, United States

Website: Grass Point State Park & Marina

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5. Wellesley Island State Park

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Wellesley Island State Park is a tiny island of its own and features some scenic inlets. It has the distinction of being the Thousand Islands’ largest state park. It is a great site for large groups, like a family or friends’ reunion. The campground in Wellesley Island features a play area, pavilions, softball pitches, and swimming beaches, perfect if you’re looking to experience some family fun.

Like some fishing lodges in the archipelago, this rustic haven also offers excellent fishing opportunities, especially for fish like muskie, pike, and smallmouth bass. The nearby sandy beach provides ample sunbathing and swimming opportunities and other facilities here include a golf course, an arcade, and the Camp Store.

Wellesley Island State Park

Address: 44927 Cross Island Rd, Fineview, NY 13640, United States

Website: Wellesley Island State Park

Opening hours: Sun - Wed: 7.30am - 4pm; Thu - Sat: 7.30am - 8.30pm

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6. Keewaydin State Park & Marina

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This lovely campsite is situated on the St. Lawrence River offers fantastic fishing, boating, and adventure activities, such as cross-country skiing and ice fishing in the winter. There are as many as 48 campsites in the Keewaydin State Park & Marina, which overlooks the river. The terrain of the park features rocky and steep outcroppings between the shoreline and the campground, thus making it easy to watch the ships that are sailing to the ocean via the river. There are picnic areas and a swimming pool inside the park to keep you engaged.

Keewaydin State Park & Marina

Address: 46165 NY-12, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607, United States

Website: Keewaydin State Park & Marina

Opening hours: 7am - 7.30pm (daily)

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7. Swan Bay Resort & Marina (from USD 200)

A premier campground in the region, Swan Bay Resort & Marina is located in Alexandra Bay and offers comfortable accommodation. Enjoy free Wi-Fi facilities throughout the campsite to stay in touch with the outside world. The pet-friendly campsite also provides you free private on-site parking space. The property also features a cash machine and a TV with popular cable channels. The property is located around 36 km (22.36 mi) from Watertown and 42 km (26.09) from Kingston

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Swan Bay Resort - 1000 Islands Premier RV Park & Marina

Address: 43615 State Route 12
6.0 km (3.8 mi) from Boldt Castle & Boldt Yacht House

Happy hour Physical distancing in dining areas Outdoor pool Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Bar Water sport facilities (on site) All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized

8. Islands / Ivy Lea KOA

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1000 Islands / Ivy Lea KOA is the sole Kampgrounds of America, which is situated on the 1000 Islands Parkway. This campsite is only a short walk to diving boat rentals, a bike path, and eateries. When you stay here, you will ve very close to the casino and premier golfing. It is easy to visit the castles, historic forts, beaches, and national parks during your stay. There are other facilities like two heated swimming pools. serene gardens, fantastic sundecks, and a hot tub for kids among others. You can enjoy peaceful camping when you choose this site that is known for a quiet setting.

1000 Islands / Ivy Lea KOA

Address: 514 Thousand Islands Pkwy, Lansdowne, ON K0E 1L0, Canada

Website: 1000 Islands / Ivy Lea KOA

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9. Merry Knoll Campground

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Welcome to Merry Knoll Campground if you wish to have a memorable camping experience! One of the most popular campgrounds of the Thousand Islands, you will be able to enjoy a picturesque view of St. Lawrence River’s main channel from here. Set in proximity to a village called Clayton, the campground is only around 11.26 km (7 mi) from the Thousand Islands Bridge. It has a central location being just about 16.09 km (10 mi) from Cape Vincent while Alexandra Bay is only 19.31 km (12 mi) from the site. Restaurants and shops in Clayton is a short distance from here. There is a camp store at the park so that you can make emergency purchases.

Merry Knoll Campground

Address: 38115 NY-12E, Clayton, NY 13624, United States

Website: Merry Knoll Campground

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10. Lanz’s Motel, Cottages & RV Campground

You can stay at a stone’s throw from the St. Lawrence River if you choose Lanz’s Motel, Cottages & RV Campground for your camping destination. The campground ensures that you have an unforgettable experience for several years to come. The campground remains open during the months of May to October. There are many cottages of varying sizes and 20 motel units. The property has a full-fledged campground, dockage, and a boat launch. Take a leisurely dip in the inground swimming pool, spend time on the sandy beach, and enjoy a beachfront bonfire during your stay.

Lanz’s Motel, Cottages & RV Campground

Address: 40033 NY-12, Clayton, NY 13624, United States

Website: Lanz’s Motel, Cottages & RV Campground

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11. Black River Bay Campground

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Experience the beauty of nature at Black River Bay Campground in the breathtaking 1000 Islands region. Nestled along the Black River Bay banks, this serene campground offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Set up camp amidst the lush greenery and enjoy the peaceful sounds of the flowing river. Explore the scenic surroundings through hiking trails, where you can immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes and spot local wildlife. Indulge in water activities such as kayaking, canoeing, or fishing in the crystal-clear waters of Black River Bay. Relax on the sandy beach, soak up the sun, or swim.

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12. Charleston Lake Provincial Park

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Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the 1000 Islands region by visiting Charleston Lake Provincial Park. This pristine park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering many activities and breathtaking scenery. Embark on hiking trails that wind through lush forests, rocky terrain, and serene lakeshores. Discover hidden gems like waterfalls and panoramic viewpoints, rewarding you with stunning vistas of the surrounding landscapes.

Take to the water and explore the crystal-clear waters of Charleston Lake. Rent a kayak or canoe to paddle along the peaceful shores, or cast your fishing line and try your luck at catching bass or pike. Unwind on sandy beaches, swim in refreshing waters, or bask in the sun’s warmth while picnicking with loved ones.

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Enjoy your camping experience at Thousand Islands

Thousand Islands
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While Thousand Islands offers an array of tourist attractions, it also features different types of exciting outdoor activities. Camping in Thousand Islands promises a lot of fun. You can stay in style on your upcoming vacation by sleeping in a well-appointed RV, a cabin rental, or a tent by taking your pick from these best campsites in Thousand Islands.

Should you decide to venture out further into the neighboring area, which is only a short drive away, you will find plenty of Airbnb vacation rentals in Kingston as well for your accommodation needs.

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