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Meacham Lake State Park

Adirondacks, New York

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  • Picnic shelters near the beach.- Meacham Lake State Park
  • A lakeside view at Meacham Lake.- Meacham Lake State Park
  • Plenty of grills are available at the picnic area.- Meacham Lake State Park
  • Row boats are available for rent.- Meacham Lake State Park
  • The volleyball court.- Meacham Lake State Park
  • The amphitheater.- Meacham Lake State Park
  • The dirt road leading to the Debar Mountain Trailhead.- Meacham Lake State Park
  • The entrance to the park.- Meacham Lake State Park
  • - Meacham Lake State Park
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Pros: 
Great views. Quiet lake. Swimming beach. Big picnic area.
Cons: 
Far from supplies.
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Region:
Adirondacks, NY
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Sometimes
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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The north shore of Meacham Lake has long been a destination for locals and visitors alike. However, it wasn’t until 1932 that public access became available. When the state bought the land and began construction on a campground, it also provided access to the lake for fishing, swimming, and boating. Today, Meacham Lake State Park serves as a relatively quiet getaway in the mountains.

While most visitors spend more than a day here at the campground, the park is available to day users. The highlight is the picnic area and swimming beach, which feature a pavilion, playground, fireplaces, and a large bathhouse. A volleyball court and large fields in the picnic area allow for several traditional sports. The sandy beach stretches for several hundred yards in both directions, providing ample room for picnickers and sunbathers.

Debar Mountain is another great feature of the park. The 7.4-mile roundtrip hike gains about 1,700 feet of elevation as it climbs moderately through a mixed deciduous forest. Just under a mile below the summit, hikers will find the Debar lean-to. The climb steepens after this, becoming quite rocky before reaching the summit. At the top, visitors will find sweeping views of the surroundings, including great views of Meacham Lake. Several other hikes, including St. Regis Mountain are very nearby as well.

Rowboat and canoe rentals are available for a fee, and a boat launch is located at the southeastern end of the park. The lake is a popular destination for fishing. Common fish include northern pike, yellow perch, and bullhead.

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