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This DEC State Campground is set amid rolling hills of hardwood along a quiet scenic road. Located on the shore of Dark Bay, on Paradox Lake.


Canoes and rowboats are available for rent at the registration booth.

There are hot showers, flush toilets, trailer dump station, recycling center, boat launch site, picnic area with pavilion rental, and firewood sales.


Motorboats allowed. The boat launch is a single lane, launch ramp over natural sand and gravel substrate.


There is a whole network of trails south of the lake that campers can access within a few minutes of departing. Hike to Crane, Oxshoe, Crab, Putnam, and Horseshoe ponds. Deeper into the wilderness, explore Pharaoh Lake and Pharaoh Mountain, which has a delightful view from the summit.

Take a boat to the opposite shore of the lake for a short trail which leads to Peaked Hill and Peaked Hill Pond.


Many quiet paved roads give access to the grounds on Dark Bay. Low traffic, low speed limit, and excellent for children.

A day use pass offers boat rental availability, restrooms, picnic tables, BBQ grills, and showers. Hiking access to Crane Pond, Oxshoe, Crab, Putnam, and Horseshoe Ponds, and to Pharaoh Lake and Pharaoh Mountain. Via boat, the opposite shore of the lake offers a trail to Peaked Hill and Peaked Hill Pond.

DISTANCE: 2 miles of interlocking paths. Paved road, mostly flat, narrow shoulders but very low traffic.

DIRECTIONS: Follow the loops around the shore of the lake, along different campsites, and through the woods.

All kinds of water fun on Paradox Lake. A beautiful remote spot for camping on the shore of Dark Bay. The boat launch is being used by geese. Please wait. Lovely vistas on Paradox Lake. Who hasn't want to explore an island? Go ahead. Bring the fixings and have picnics all the time.

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Campground Amenities

  • Dump Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hot Showers
  • On Water
  • Online Reservations
  • Pets Allowed with Restrictions
  • Picnic Tables/BBQ
  • Pond/Lake
  • Wood Available

Campground Facilities

  • Waterfront Sites
  • Wooded Sites
  • Tent Sites
  • Trailers

Campground Recreation

  • Boat Launch
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Boat Rentals

Hike Features

  • Ponds / Lakes