A remote and peaceful campground on the shores of Lake Ontario, Long Point State Park is one of the hidden gems of the New York state park system. It offers pet-friendly camping for tents and trailers, along with a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere you don't always find in some state park campgrounds.
However, before going any further, we should clear up a common point of confusion. Google "Long Point State Park" and you'll get results for three different state parks -- one in the Finger Lakes region, one on the shores of Lake Chautauqua, and this one in New York's Thousand Islands region. So whenever you're researching your destination or planning your trip, make sure you're dealing with the right version of Long Point State Park.
If you choose this park, you can expect a remote and reasonably secluded camping experience. Located on a peninsula and facing Lake Ontario's Chaumont Bay, this small park boasts water views in just about every direction. The bay features a protected boat harbor and dockage, while there's a boat launch site provided for anyone wanting to go fishing or just cruising out on the water.
The campground at Long Point State Park is open from early May until Columbus Day each year. There are 80 campsites, including 30 with electricity, and all sites are pet-friendly. Site prices range from $15 to $29 a night, but be aware that there's an extra $5/night charge if you're visiting from out of state.
Dogs must be kept on a leash of six feet or less, cleaned up after at all times, and are not allowed in picnic areas. There's also a two-pet maximum per campsite.
Other facilities include a large kids' playground, boat rentals, and picnic areas. The park is usually quiet and well-kept, even during peak periods, and the lake breeze is handy for keeping pesky bugs away.
While Long Point State Park may not be the biggest or best-known campground in the New York state park system, it still has a lot to recommend it -- especially if you want to enjoy a bit of peace and tranquility with your canine companion.