Meacham Lake

Sable Mountains, New York

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Until 1921, the historic Meacham Lake Hotel stood on the shore of the 1,203-acre lake here. The state purchased the land ten years later and, in 1934, the Civilian Conservation Corps set to work developing the area as a public use campground. On hot midsummer days, dragonflies dance over the main campground, and children along with adults are drawn to the water for a cool dip. Yellow perch, bullhead, and northern pike attract visitors with nets and fishing poles, while nearby Debar Mountain challenges hikers to summit its 3,200-foot peak. Lots of sites are reasonably sized, and most afford campers with at least partial shade. Nature hikes, crafts, games, live entertainment, and other organized recreational activities are offered for kids between the end of June and Labor Day weekend. On the west side of the lake, more primitive sites (175–224) offer a bit more seclusion for less social campers—every campsite on the water on this side also has its own outhouse.

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"Until 1921, the historic Meacham Lake Hotel stood on the shore of the 1,203-acre lake here. The state purchased the land ten years later and, in 1934, the Civilian Conservation Corps set to work developing the area as a public use campground. On hot midsummer days, dragonflies dance over the main campground, and children along with adults are drawn to the water for a cool dip. Yellow perch, bullhead, and northern pike attract visitors with nets and fishing poles, while nearby Debar Mountain challenges hikers to summit its 3,200-foot peak. Lots of sites are reasonably sized, and most afford campers with at least partial shade. Nature hikes, crafts, games, live entertainment, and other organized recreational activities are offered for kids between the end of June and Labor Day weekend. On the west side of the lake, more primitive sites (175–224) offer a bit more seclusion for less social campers—every campsite on the water on this side also has its own outhouse."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Sable Mountains
Season: June-October
Local Contacts: Debar Mountain

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