Campsite Information

I've provided detailed information about the campsites at Stillwater in order to make choosing a site easier.

The DEC has a VSA agreement with Boy Scout Troop 61 out of Skaneateles, NY for the installation and maintenance of the pit privy’s at Stillwater. As of the end of 2015 only four sites still lack privy’s and they should have been constructed and placed in 2016. Those still lacking are 26, 42, 45 and 46.  According to the ranger, as of the summer of 2017, all sites now have privies.

The "Distance" category is in miles measured from the boat launch using the safest path possible (not as the crow flies).  The "Min Water Level" is measured in feet, and gives you an idea of how high the water level should be in order to safely access the site in a motorboat.  The "Traffic" category gives you an idea on the level of boat noise and foot traffic to expect at a site.  Some sites are in popular areas and will attract more people.  Some sites are close to the most heavily traveled boat routes.  This is all relative of course, since the reservoir is a much quieter place than almost anywhere else in the state.  The "Island" category helps you locate the island sites quickly.  The "Sandy Beach" category is pretty self-explanatory.  Keep in mind, the sand at Stillwater is on the course side in most places and most beaches disappear at high water.  Also, the accuracy of this column is not perfect.  The "Notes" category provides any additional information about the site.

Please read the DEC Camping information and rules linked under the "Government Links" at left.  It also lists information on the handicap accessible "Raven Lake Campsite", which is not listed here.


Pictures of the Stillwater Reservoir Campsite Registration Pavilion
Be sure to stop here and register before heading out to your campsite.

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Site #NameCapacityDistanceMin Water LevelTraffic (Boat-Foot)Island?Sandy BeachNotes
01 Kettle Hole 08 2.2 1670 Low-Medium   Close to beautiful water fall and hiking trail, but could lead to some additional traffic 
02 The Lagoon 06 1.1 1675 Medium-Low   Very narrow channel of safety for boat access. 
03 Evergreen Landing 08 1.3 1670 Medium-Low    
04 Peaked Mountain Outlet 08 2.3 1670 Medium-Low    
05 West End of Long Island 06 2.3 <1670 Medium-Low Yes   
06 East End of Long Island 06 2.5 <1670 Medium-Low Yes   
07 The Notch 06 2.9 1670 Medium-Low   low wind but still has long sunset 
08 Lone Pine Point 08 3.2 1670 Medium-Low   Set back in woods, gets dark early 
09 North Shore 06 3.4 <1670 High-Low    
10 Island 26 06 4.1 <1670 High-Low Yes (when >1670)  Lone site on island 
11 Halstead's 08 4.2 <1670 High-Low    
12 Popple Point 08 4.3 <1670 High-Low    
13 Rockwell Point 08 4.5 <1670 High-Low    
14 Shallow Cut 08 4.6 <1670 Medium-Low    
15 Smokey Bear Stump 06 5.3 1670 Low-Low    
16 Hemlock Knoll 06 5.7 1670 Low-Low    
17 Island 33 06 5.8 1675 Low-Low Yes  Lone site on island 
18 Deer Bay 06 5.2 1670 Low-Low    
19 High Knoll - Big Burnt 06 5.2 1670 Low-Low    
20 Picnic Island 20 4.5 <1670 High-High Yes  Entire island is a popular spot for picnics, parties, etc. 
21 Dead Man's Curve 06 4.6 <1670 High-Medium   Popular spot for walking the beach, along with the island NW of the site. 
22 North Shore Narrows 06 5.0 <1670 High-Low    
23 Osprey Point 08 5.5 <1670 High-Low    
24 Gun Harbor Entrance 06 5.9 <1670 High-Low    
25 North Branch 06 7.3 1675 Low-Low    
26 North Point - East End 20 8.6 1670 Low-Low   Planned installation of privy in 2015 
27 Fox Island 08 5.8 <1670 High-Low Yes  Lone site on island 
28 Loon Island 06 6.6 1677.5 Low-Low Yes  Lone site on island. Route leading from main flow into back bay has lots of rocks, go slow and utilize a spotter out front. 
29 Bay Island Point 06 4.6 <1670 High-Low Yes*  Lone site on island. *Technically an island, separated from the mainland by a small lake and streams, not by open reservoir. 
30 Picnic Point 08 4.0 <1670 High-High Yes  Entire island is a popular spot for picnics, parties, etc. 
31 Picnic Point West 08 3.8 <1670 High-High Yes  Entire island is a popular spot for picnics, parties, etc. 
32 Hat Point 06 3.8 <1670 High-Low    
33 Spruce Island 08 3.3 <1670 High-Low Yes  Lone site on island 
34 Twin Pine Island 08 3.1 <1670 High-Low Yes  Lone site on island 
35 Sandy Point 06 2.2 <1670 High-Low   Handicap Accessible but requires a boat, not a drive-to site 
36 Island 16 06 2.0 <1670 High-Low Yes  Lone site on island 
37 Little Burnt Point 20 1.9 (1.6) <1670 (1670) High-Low    
38 Gull Nest Point 06 1.4 1670 High-Low    
39 Melody Island 06 3.2 <1670 Low-Low Yes (when >1672)  Lone site on island 
40 Devil's Hole 06 3.7 1670 Low-Low    
41 Island 2 South 08 3.6 1670 Low-Low Yes   
42 Island 2 North 08 3.4 1670 Low-Low Yes  Planned installation of privy in 2015 
43 Sein's Knoll 06 2.6 1670 Low-Low   Possible vehicle noise from Big Moose Rd. 
44 Tower Trail 08 2.6 1670 Low-Medium   Handicap Accessible. Possible traffic for access trail to the peak of Stillwater Mountain. This is also a drive to campsite which is accessed by a short trail suitable for use with mobility devices. Reserved parking is provided at the road. An accessible privy, picnic table and tent pad are located here. Possible vehicle noise from Big Moose Rd. 
45 Loon Hollow 06 1.2 1670 Low-Low   Planned installation of privy in 2015 
46 Raven Point 06 1.0 1670 Low-Low   Planned installation of privy in 2015 
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