We stayed 3 nights in early July, and it was a great experience. South Lake beach is perfect for little kids. The water is shallow, so the kids have a wide expanse of beach that is suitable for those who do not yet swim, and those who are not confident in their swimming yet. We did not use the beach at North Lake because we all loved going to South Lake each day. We saw one bear within 5 minutes of arriving at our site. We did not see a bear again. We were scrupulous about keeping all food and food prep items in our car when we were not eating. We also made sure not to sleep in the clothes we ate in. We took along a loud bike horn just in case we needed to scare away a bear, but thankfully we did not have to use it. The staff at the front gate will tell you exactly what you need to do to keep bears out of your site. If you can get used to the idea of dealing with bears looking for food, and you are willing to take extra precautions to keep your site uninteresting for bears, this is really a terrific place to camp. We saw deer, wild turkeys, raccoons and hawks. It is an easy drive from NYC, and there are beautiful hikes in the campground park, and immediately adjacent.
- Also Known As:
- North-South Lake Campground Hotel Haines Falls