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Discover Dog-Friendly Camping in Lake George, NY

Many dog owners want to bring their four-legged friends along wherever they go – and that includes camping trips. The great news is that Lake George Campsites is a dog-friendly campground! In honor of National Dog Day today, here are some tips and to dos to read up on before you book your reservation for your entire family, pooch included, to stay with us.

Read Up On Our Pet Policy

While Lake George Campsites is pet-friendly, we do have rules and regulations in place for the protection and safety of our guests. Pet owners needs to dispose of pet droppings immediately, leash their dog at all times and not tie up pets or leave them unattended outside.  It’s also important to know that dogs are not allowed in the pool area or any public buildings on site. And while all of our tent and RV sites are pet-friendly, only two (2) of our rental cabins are –  Cabin 1 and Cabin 18 – and only one (1) pet is permitted per cabin.

You can find our full pet policy in the FAQs section on our website. Don’t hesitate to call or email with any specific questions.

Schedule a Vet Appointment

Proof of rabies/distemper vaccinations and any necessary paperwork to show vaccination history should be provided upon check-in at Lake George Campsites. So make sure you schedule an appointment with your vet before your stay with us! While you are at the vet we recommend asking about tick prevention options since ticks are prevalent in the area. We don’t want your dog picking up any tick-borne diseases. And don’t forget to check your dogs (and yourselves) for ticks after all outdoor activities. It might also be a good idea to discuss microchipping your dog with your vet if you have not done so already. While we certainly hope that nothing happens during your camping trip, microchipping can help identify your pet if they get lost while you are away from home.

Pack the Essentials

In addition to your standard camping supplies, pet-friendly camping means bringing along everything your dog needs to have a comfortable and memorable adventure. Be sure to pack:

  • Dog food (pack extra)
  • Food and water bowls
  • Treats
  • Waste bags
  • Leash and harness
  • Towels
  • Outdoor toys (tennis balls, frisbees, etc.)
  • Dog bed
  • Brush
  • Dog shampoo (hiking and outdoor excursions can get messy!)
  • Booties or paw protectant
  • Vet records and medical information
  • Any prescription medication
  • Current photo

Don’t worry if you forget to pack something though, there is a Petco just down the road in Queensbury as well as a Benson’s Pet Center that have everything you need!

Plan Dog-Friendly Activities

Several Lake George restaurants – Christie’s on the Lake, The Garrison, King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George Barnsider Restaurant, and SJ Garcia’s to name a few–  allow pets on their patios during the summer and fall. Northway Brewing, located right next to our campgrounds, is not only dog-friendly on their patio, but indoors as well! Keep in mind that these policies can change so it’s best to call ahead before you go and confirm.

Be sure to check out the aptly named “Dog Beach” in Lake George Village. It’s located between the Lake George Steamboat Company docks and Million Dollar Beach. You can let your dog off leash here to play in the sand and take a dip in the lake.

Obstacles, pipes and off-leash fun await your dogs at the completely fenced-in Lake George Dog Park. The park (free to locals and visitors) is located at the end of Transfer Road and there is a large dog area and a small dog area as well as a water station. Great for dogs who like to socialize and play with others.

If hiking is your thing, the Lake George area is rife with dog-friendly trails. Healthy, medium-large sized dogs can take on the trails at Buck Mountain, Cat Mountain, Pilot Knob Reserve, Hadley Mountain, Prospect Park and Sleeping beauty to name a few. Be mindful of leash laws as they do vary and remember to pack lots of water! We recommend researching the trail before you go to make sure that it is appropriate for the age, size and fitness level of your pooch.

golden retriever looks inside tentReady for a Lake George camping adventure with your dog? Book with us today >>