We traveled to Otsego Lake County Park unexpectedly over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in 2018. We had planned to spend all weekend at Hartwick Pines but the crazy hot weather sent us searching for a swimming destination one day into our trip! A few friends and family members were camped at the park so we made a call and got SUPER lucky to find an open spot right near our friends! This is the most spontaneous we’ve ever been on a camping trip and it was really fun to take
We camped in site 77 in the south side of the campground because it was literally our only option since we booked THAT DAY. We couldn’t have gotten any luckier. The campsite was spacious, wooded, scenic, and private. We were blown away when we pulled up to the site because our expectations were low. We typically research a campground and campsite extensively before visiting but with limited cell phone service we knew very little about where we were going.
The only bummer about the site was that it was a really long walk to the beach and playground area. There is normally a trail connecting that side of the campground to the beach but it was flooded during our visit and we had to walk on the campground roads. We took advantage of one of several pavilions at the beach and spent the whole day there so it really wasn’t an issue.
The campground was really nice. There were plenty of large trees, lots of shade, and beautiful views of Otsego Lake. The south side of the campground offers roomier campsites and in our opinion, is a bit more scenic but farther from the playground and beach. The north side of the campground offers lakefront campsites and is closer to the beach and playground area. The beach itself was rocky so we were glad our kids had water shoes. The water was clean and surprisingly warm for May. The playground was big and although it didn’t have all the bells and whistles of a newer playground, our kids loved the swings, giant tires for climing, and the merry go round. There are several pavilions available for use which is a great option if you’re camping with a group.
The downsides in our opinion were the restrooms/showers and the dump station. There weren’t nearly enough for a campground of its size and they were older. For a weekend trip, it wasn’t a big deal but it would have been an issue if we had stayed longer. The dump station was also less-than-impressive. We got up first thing Monday morning and left to avoid a long line since only one camper can dump at a time. Our friends who waited to leave spent over an hour waiting only to be told the dump station was full when it was their turn. Not ideal!
Otsego Lake is located within 10 minutes of Gaylord. Gaylord is a really nice town with pretty much anything you might need/want. There are several large grocery stores and lots of restaurant options. We also love that everything in the town (even the large chains) follow the Alpine Village theme. So charming.