A Roadmap to a Successful Summer: Camping Edition

If you're looking for a great place to stay this summer, something that gives you the good ol’ fashioned Adirondack experience, try camping! And no, I don't just mean grabbing a backpack and supplies and pitching a tent in the woods. I'm talking about a camping trip that lets you experience the Adirondacks while staying comfortable in your "home away from home." It has all the amenities of being at home, but all the great features of being outdoors. So today we're going to take a drive through the Lake Champlain Region and find the perfect camping spot for you and your family. Call it the roadmap to a successful summer: camping edition. 

Crown Point Historical Campground 

First on our stop is The Crown Point State Campground which offers something for everyone. Power boats, rowboats, and canoes, OH MY! All water crafts are allowed on Lake Champlain, and the Crown Point Campground conveniently has a boat launch right on site. So make sure to bring your boat with you — we don't want you to miss out on a great boating or a fishing experience. The park is fully loaded with campsites to fit any RV size, hot showers, recycling centers, transfer stations, and has accessibility for everyone! Of course there are also plenty of nearby attractions to help fill your days and create memories you and your family will never forget.

Campers with tents enjoy their summer at Crown Point Campground

First off, you have the Crown Point State Historic Site directly across the road. There's the lighthouse located on the campgrounds themselves which offers a beautiful view! If you're looking for something more adventurous, there are plenty of hiking and biking trails located all along the Lake Champlain Region. Perhaps one of my favorite parts of camping in the Champlain region is the possibility of spotting Champ! Waking up early enough in the morning before the rest of the town has come to life is the perfect time to set up a spot and get to peering into the lake in hopes of seeing Champ. This is a region rich with history and mystery! 

Panoramic view of Fort Crown Point and the bridge in the background
Bulwagga Bay Campground

Next on our list is the Bulwagga Bay Campground, which really gives you that home away from home feel. It offers countless amenities such as kayak rentals, upgraded bathrooms, and shower houses, as well as camp wide wifi that can be bought as a weekend, weekly, or seasonal option. They also have basketball hoops and playgrounds to keep the kiddos well entertained. Beautiful sandy beaches stretch along the campground making the stay even more magical. Plus, it's a known fact that Champ LOVES Bulwagga Bay! Now if you don't have an RV to stay in, that's totally ok. The campground has two cabins located on their grounds that offer the same experience as if you had your own RV.  

two woman pull their kayaks as they get ready to enjoy the beautiful lake.

Magic Pines Campground

Heading just a little further north into the Town of Lewis is one of the better situated campgrounds in the Lake Champlain Region, Magic Pines Campground, which offers a little bit of everything! Want to hit the greens? Check out one of the many golf courses located within a 20 minute radius. Perhaps you are more interested in taking a 35 minute scenic drive up to Lake Placid and enjoying the festivities there! Looking for a fun day trip to take with your family? Ausable Chasm is just 10 miles away! Are you more of an adventurer looking to do hiking, biking, or even rock climbing? Poke-O-Moonshine and Coon Mountains are two great day hikes to do to really take in the view of the mountains and the lake! 

The view of Lake Champlain from Coon Mountain

As for the campground itself, it offers a tennis court, basketball court, mini golf course, swimming pool, and so much more for everyone in the family to enjoy! No tent? No problem! Magic Pines offers single room 12x12 cabins which include a queen sized bed, a set of bunkbeds, a mini fridge, a microwave, and a coffeemaker. So all you need to bring is a pillow and a blanket and you'll be good to go!  

Ausable Chasm 

Ausable Chasm is a campground unlike any other! Assorted adventure filled with family fun for everyone. Hike, float, or even climb back in time and experience one of the oldest natural attractions in the United States. The campground itself offers plenty of sites to choose from including both RV/tent sites and cabins! Trust me you will never run out of things to do here at Ausable Chasm, there's over 25 miles of trails just for the campers to explore and enjoy. If you're feeling more adventurous, they offer several tours, trips, and guides to explore the chasm. Try your hand at rock climbing or maybe even river rafting! Perhaps one of the best tours is the river walk where you glide along the chasm and cross over the bridges suspended way above the river while enjoying the breathtaking views. 

A woman making her way across one of the bridges in Ausable Chasm

 You really cant go wrong with any of the campgrounds in the Lake Champlain region, each one offers something unique for you and your family to enjoy!

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