Lakeside State Park RV & Campground Guide

New York

Lakeside State Park covers 744 acres on the shore of Lake Ontario between Youngstown and Rochester. It's well-known for the two 18-hole disc golf courses within the park, along with the excellent fishing and hiking it offers outdoor enthusiasts. If you want to swim, then you can travel a short distance to either Hamlin or Darien and show them a valid camping registration for Lakeside State Park to enter for free.

Although the park is open at this time, there may be closures throughout the year as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation combats the emerald ash borer within the campground and the park.

Nearby Cities:

  • Rochester, NY

  • Buffalo, NY

  • Albion, NY

  • Medina, NY

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Spring 44-70 F
Summer 78-83 F
Fall 44-75 F
Winter 20-36 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lakeside State Park

Lakeside State Park Campground

  • Water hookups: No

  • Electrical hookups: Yes

  • Sewer hookups: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: 40 feet

  • Other amenities: Laundry facilities, restrooms, showers, volleyball court, baseball field, dump station, convenience store, picnic tables, fire rings, picnic pavilion, basketball court, two disc golf courses, and a playground

Redbreeze Secluded Waterfront Campsite

Full of wonderful amenities, Redbreeze Secluded Waterfront Campsite is one of the best RV parks you can stay at near Lakeside State Park. It has an exciting yet secluded location along the waterfront at Oak Orchard River, which is also near Lake Alice. Sites come equipped with water and electricity, and some of the best amenities include canoeing, fishing, hiking, and water skiing. The rates at this RV campground are $150 to stay for a weekend and $425 to stay for a week. The address of Lakeside State Park is 13645 Waterport-Carlton Road, Waterport, New York 14571.

Red Rock Ponds RV Park

Red Rock Ponds RV Park is another fantastic campground near Lakeside State Park. This location has amenities for everyone whether you enjoy relaxing by a fire under a canopy or bass fishing at a tranquil lake. It also lies right across from the Erie Canal, a great place you can visit to go hiking or learn about the region’s rich history. The nightly rates to stay at this RV park are $50 on the weekends and $47 on the weekdays.

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What to Do at
Lakeside State Park

Fishing from the shore is a fun and relaxing activity popular at the park. It is also a fantastic hiking destination, and once the snow flies, the trails become perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Hunters can harvest waterfowl in the park, but you can not shoot in the direction of Lake Ontario.

Inside Lakeside State Park

No swimming is allowed at Lakeside State Park, but you can look forward to a variety of other exciting amenities. For instance, there are 4 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails on the premises that you can use to enjoy nature and to get in some exercise. You can also spend your day at the Shore Winds Disc Golf Course, a quality 18-hole disc golf course at the state park. More relaxing endeavors include fishing along the lakefront and enjoying an afternoon at the picnic grounds. During colder months of the year, you can take part in cross-country skiing, snow trekking, and snowmobiling.

Fishing Fishing

At the park, you can catch any one of several fish species, including two kinds of salmon, burbot, different kinds of trout, walleye, whitefish, perch, and smallmouth bass. Be sure to have the applicable fishing licenses and obey size and limit laws for the fish you catch. Check with New York's Department of Environmental Conservation for further details.

Nature Watching Nature Watching

Seeing the birds during their migrations is an excellent way to spend the afternoon. You can watch from the picnic area, and the sunsets over the lake provide an outstanding opportunity for beautiful photos.

Stargazing Stargazing

The park isn't famous for stargazing, but the beach would be a good place to check out the night sky on moonless, clear nights. Or, you can bring a snack and set up your telescope at a picnic table to enjoy an evening of gazing at the heavens.

Flora and Fauna

Violets, black-eyed Susans, and trout lilies are three of the wildflowers that grow in Lakeside State Park and the rest of Western New York. As the park is right on the shore of Lake Ontario, waterfowl are common. You can see mergansers and other ducks, geese, gulls, and also songbirds like the towhee, catbird, and several varieties of warblers. In Johnson Creek, you can find crayfish, spotted salamanders, and frogs.

Hiking Hiking

There are four miles of designated hiking trails that wind through the park and the campground. They are flat, easy hikes that make an excellent excursion for the whole family. Some sections of the trails are not well-marked; exploring these can be a good activity to hone your navigation skills.


The hiking trails at the park are also open to mountain bikers. In addition, you can peddle to the park's roads to get some exercise.

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How to Get to
Lakeside State Park

From Buffalo, take Route 5 east out of the city. When you reach Route 78 in Harris Hill, follow it north to Olcott, where you will turn east on Route 18. Continue east on Route 18, and watch for the signs for Lakeside State Park.

From Rochester and all points east, take Route 390 north. When you come to the Lake Ontario State Parkway, turn west. Follow Lake Ontario State Parkway west until you reach Lakeside State Park. If you take this route during the winter, then the last portion of the parkway is closed. So, if this is the case, when you reach the junction with Route 98, turn south on Route 98. Follow it until you reach the junction with Route 18. Turn west on Route 18 and follow it all the way to Lakeside State Park.

From Albion and points south, drive north on Route 98. You will pass a junction with Route 18 that goes east. Drive past that until you bear to the west on Route 18. That junction is about half a mile further on. Proceed west on Route 18 until you reach Lakeside State Park.

Entering Lakeside State Park

Parking is available near the entrance. The day-use fee is $6.

Lakeside State Park Daily Pass : $6.0

Whether you love angling or are more interested in exploring New York's outdoors, Lakeside State Park has an adventure waiting for you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lakeside State Park

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

Lakeside State Park has something to offer all year round. Disc golf enthusiasts and anglers may prefer the cooler temperatures in the fall and spring. On the other hand, if you prefer snowshoeing, ice fishing, or cross-country skiing, wait until the snow flies to visit.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Lakeside State Park?

While visiting, you may see larger mammals like deer and smaller ones like squirrels and chipmunks. Birders can look forward to spotting waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Lakeside State Park?

There are 268 RV-specific campsites at Lakeside State Park, many of which offer electrical hookups. All sites have a picnic table and a fire ring.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Lakeside State Park and what is the cost?

Reservations are strongly encouraged, and you can make them from the day you arrive up to nine months beforehand. The cost of a 30-amp campsite is $27 per night, and the cost of a 50-amp campsite is $29 per night. Out-of-state residents pay an additional $5 per night.

Are pets allowed at Lakeside State Park?

You may bring your pets to Lakeside State Park, but they are not allowed in any Loop A, Loop B, or Loop C campsites. While at the park, they must be on a leash, and you are responsible for cleaning up after them.