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Sampson State Park is located in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York on Seneca Lake. It encompasses nearly 2,000 acres and was once a naval training station during World War II and then an Air Force base during the Cold War. Today, it's a popular spot for campers, boaters, and nature enthusiasts.

Camping Facilities

Campsites: Sampson State Park offers a variety of camping options including:

  • Tent camping sites: Basic sites without hookups for those preferring a traditional camping experience.
  • RV sites: Sites with electric hookups to cater to RV campers.
  • Cabin rentals: For those seeking a bit more comfort, Sampson State Park has rustic cabins available for rent.


  • Restroom facilities with showers
  • Dump stations for RV waste
  • A camp store offering basic supplies and concessions

Reservations and Fees


  • Reservations for campsites and cabins can often be made online through the New York State Parks reservation system or by calling the park directly.


  • There are nightly fees for camping, which may vary based on the type of site and amenities provided. Additional fees may apply for out-of-state visitors.

Activities and Recreation

Outdoor Activities:

  • Swimming: The park boasts a large beach on Seneca Lake for swimming during the warmer months.
  • Boating: There's a marina with boat launch facilities, and boat slips are available for rent.
  • Fishing: Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including trout, salmon, and bass.
  • Hiking: Miles of trails are available for hikers to enjoy the park's natural beauty.
  • Picnicking: Picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Educational Opportunities:

  • The park offers educational programs about its history as a military base, and there's a museum dedicated to this period located on the grounds.

Wildlife Viewing:

  • The park's diverse habitats make it a good place for birdwatching and spotting local wildlife.

Park Rules and Regulations

  • Pets: Pets are generally allowed but must be leashed, and owners should adhere to park guidelines regarding pets.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol consumption may be regulated; check the park's rules.
  • Fires: Fires are permitted in designated areas and must always be attended.
  • Quiet Hours: The park enforces quiet hours, typically from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.


  • Sampson State Park offers some accessible facilities and services, but it is always recommended to check in advance if you have specific accessibility needs.

Contact Information and Location

Before making travel plans, it's always a good idea to check the latest information directly through the park's official resources or contact them directly for any updates or changes.

Location: The park is situated at 6096 NY-96A, Romulus, NY 14541, which is on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake.

Contact: For up-to-date information and queries, you may reach out to the park office or check the New York State Parks website for Sampson State Park.

By observing park rules and regulations, visitors can help ensure that Sampson State Park remains a beautiful and inviting place for everyone to enjoy.

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