Gilbert Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide

New York

Gilbert Lake State Park is located in Otsego County, New York. You can find this 1,584-acre state park near the towns of New Lisbon and Oneonta. There are several bodies of water in the park, including Lake of the Twin Fawns and Gilbert Lake. When you are traveling to Gilbert Lake State Park, you should be prepared for the local weather. The temperatures can dip down to the teens in the winter, and they can reach the high 70s in the summer. 

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Spring 31-55 F
Summer 56-79 F
Fall 37-59 F
Winter 12-32 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Gilbert Lake State Park

Gilbert Lake State Park is located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. You will want to enjoy the recreational activities at this peaceful spot, such as hiking and boating. If you are traveling with an RV, there are several clean and comfortable campgrounds in the area. RVs are an excellent way to hit the road for your next vacation. If you want an easy way to start your adventure, then choose an RV rental from RVshare.

Adventure Bound Camping Resorts - Cooperstown

With its secluded surroundings, this campground is a great place to start your vacation adventure. Adventure Bound Camping Resorts - Cooperstown is located on the south end of Otsego County, and it is not too far from all the local attractions. If you want to enjoy fun and games, there are plenty of amenities at this campground. You will want to check out the basketball courts, swimming pools, bike paths, and paddleboat rentals. This campground offers large sites for RVs.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Fishing lakes, game room, playground

Susquehanna Trail Campground

Susquehanna Trail Campground is another RV-friendly location near the town of Oneonta. The campground features large RV sites in a peaceful setting. There is also a large tenting area in the back of the property. If you need a little more room, you can rent one of the cabins. This campground has an extensive list of amenities, including a playground, swimming pool, and horseshoe pits. If you want to book a site for a night, the fee is $40.00.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Storage areas

Unadilla KOA

Unadilla KOA is located near I-88, but you will not hear any highway noise at this quiet spot. If you want to fish, the pond is stocked with bass. There are spots to play horseshoes or cornhole with the family, or you can hit the court for a game of basketball. Your dog will love to get some exercise in the large park. In addition to that, there are scheduled special events, such as ice cream socials. This RV campground is near the town of Unadilla, so check out the local restaurants and shops.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Propane, snack bar, bike rentals

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What to Do at
Gilbert Lake State Park

Inside Gilbert Lake State Park

The Gilbert Lake State Park area includes three ponds and a large lake. If you love water sports, visit this state park. Fishing and boating are some of the most popular activities, and Gilbert Lake State Park also offers boat rentals. Since it is located near the Catskills, the park has over 12 miles of trails for skiers, hikers, and snowmobilers. This state park is also home to the New York State Civilian Conservation Corps Museum.

Outside Gilbert Lake State Park

Gilbert Lake State Park is close to several small communities. While you can enjoy the beauty of nature, you can also head to these towns to savor the local dishes or pick up a souvenir from a boutique shop. There are even several fascinating attractions that you will not want to miss. 


TimberCreek Restaurant and Saloon

If you are looking for a great steak dinner, visit TimberCreek Restaurant and Saloon. This restaurant in West Oneonta offers a wide range of entrees, including delicious steaks and fresh seafood. The homemade pies and desserts are an excellent way to finish off a meal.

Type: Steakhouse

Location: 2957 State Highway 23, West Oneonta, NY 13861

Star Mix

For those who are in the mood for a Mediterranean dish, Star Mix is a great place to enjoy some pita. The entrees include beef shawarma, kebabs, and gyro platters. Star Mix also offers other types of items, such as pasta and chicken wings. If you want a traditional way to end your meal, make sure to enjoy the homemade baklava. 

Type: Mediterranean

Location: 381 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, NY 13820

Feel Good Smoothie Bar and Cafe

You can find plenty of healthy choices at the Feel Good Smoothie Bar and Cafe. This is the only all-vegan restaurant in Oneonta. In addition to the smoothies, there are hot grain and buddha bowls on the menu. If you are looking for hearty choices, order the pad thai or paninis. Feel Good even offers soups and snacks for those who don't want a full meal.

Type: Vegan

Location: 4 Clinton Plaza Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820



If you need to stock up on supplies for your RV, you might want to stop by Hannaford. This store offers a full selection of items for your vacation. This shop is an excellent spot to grab some fresh produce and fish.

Location: 705 NY-28, Oneonta, NY 13820


This national chain carries a large selection of products. While you are there, you should stop by the bakery or deli for some fresh goods. If you need to stock up your RV, check out this spot. This Walmart even offers pharmacy services for those who might need to fill a prescription.

Location: 5054 NY-23, Oneonta, NY 13820

Captain Cook's Seafood Market

This local shop offers the freshest seafood products in the area. They focus on sustainable species and wild-caught fish. If you are looking for lobster, crab, shrimp, or scallops, you will want to visit Captain Cook's.

Location: 4 S Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820


The Yager Museum of Art & Culture

This museum is located on the campus of Hartwick College in Oneonta, and it features a large selection of prehistoric and early Native American items. You can see many of the museum's artifacts, such as clothing, pottery, baskets, and jewelry. The Yager Museum also has a few fine art pieces, including 150 photographs and prints by Andy Warhol.

Location: 1 Hartwick College Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820

Science Discovery Center of Oneonta

If you want to visit another museum, make sure to stop by the Science Discovery Center of Oneonta. This hands-on museum is part of the SUNY Oneonta campus, and you can see over 80 science exhibits. Throughout the year, the museum hosts special events for children and adults.

Location: 108 Ravine Parkway, Oneonta, NY 13820

Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory

For an unforgettable experience, head over to this butterfly conservatory. The Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory features a botanical garden and butterfly exhibit. You can walk through the indoor conservatory and herbarium. It is home to hundreds of exotic plants. The greenhouse is open throughout the year, but the butterflies are there from May until October. 

Location: 5802 State Highway 7, Oneonta, NY 13820

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How to Get to
Gilbert Lake State Park

If you are traveling from Buffalo or Rochester, you can take I-90 East to Exit 30. You will continue on this road as it turns into Route 51 South. At County Route 12, you need to make a left and follow the signs to the park. For those traveling from New York City, take I-87 to Exit 21. Continue on the road as it becomes Route 205. Once you reach County Route 12, you can follow the road to the park's entrance. 

Entering Gilbert Lake State Park

Gilbert Lake State Park is open throughout the year from dawn to dusk. During the summer, you will need to pay an entrance fee. 

Gilbert Lake State Park Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $7.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Gilbert Lake State Park

Are there designated RV camping spots in Gilbert Lake State Park?

Gilbert Lake State Park contains 135 total campsites separated into two areas. Of the 135 sites, there are 56 designated RV sites featuring electrical hookups. Some campsites can accommodate RVs up to 50 feet in length.

Are pets allowed at Gilbert Lake State Park?

Pets are allowed at Gilbert Lake State Park, but there is a limit of two pets per campsite. You must keep pets on leashes of six feet or less and under your control at all times.

Is Gilbert Lake State Park accessible for disabled visitors?

Gilbert Lake State Park makes an effort to be accessible for disabled guests. For example, there is an All-Terrain Wheelchair available for visitors to access the park's beach and trails.

What is the climate of Gilbert Lake State Park?

Typically, Gilbert Lake State Park experiences mild summers and intense winters. During winter, the area sees heavy snowfall and temperatures as low as 12 degrees. During summer, the temperatures range from 51 to 79 degrees.

What is the best time of year to visit Gilbert Lake State Park?

For most outdoor activities, you should visit the park between June and August, when the weather should be warm and dry. If you want to go skiing or snowmobiling, you'll want to visit between December and February.