About four miles from the Helderberg Encampment and eighteen miles southwest of Albany, Thompson’s Lake State Park offers 140 wooded campsites, a sandy beach, open fields, and lots of recreational activities to boot! A day spent at the state park is guaranteed to be fun and exciting.
This dog-friendly site is only a quick drive away from Albany and offers more than enough room for pooches to run, jump, play, and socialize with other four-legged friends. A popular camping destination, there are nearly four miles to explore with your beloved pooch, but he has to be on a leash always as visitors of all types share the area.
Dogs of all sizes are eventually going to cross paths because the state park has no designated area for small dogs and large dogs. Other recreational opportunities available at the park are rental rowboats, fishing areas, swing sets, a playing field, a volleyball court, and horseshoe pits.
There are also shower and bathroom facilities. Camping season is usually from early May to mid-October each year, but the park is open all year-round. Dogs are allowed on the campgrounds, but they must be kept on a leash not longer than six feet when they are outside the vehicle.
Generally, in the state of New York, dogs are allowed in picnic areas, bathing areas, cross-country trails, and buildings. No dog scooper bags are available so pet parents must bring some for their use so they can clean up after their dogs. One of the must-sees in the park is the Emma Treadwell Thatcher Center located right next to the campgrounds and is also accessible to campers.
Opened in July 2001, the center offers interactive plays, exhibits, and educational programs. There's also a boat launch available at the Thompson’s Lake State Park. However, it is carry in only. During the winter, park visitors can also go ice fishing and cross-country skiing.