Primitive Camping

With thousands of camping sites, Oswego County has the perfect spot for you! Choose a spacious RV site and enjoy all the comforts of home or set up your tent in a rustic wilderness setting. Maybe you want something in between – a rustic cabin, cozy cottage or park-model trailer with water access and modern conveniences.

Enjoy lake camping on the north shore of Oneida Lake or at Selkirk Shores State Park in Pulaski. Whether you’re camping on Lake Ontario, NY, in the woods or by the fairway, you’ll find hometown hospitality in our family-friendly campgrounds.

Should you choose to go further into the woods, primitive – or backcountry – camping may be for you. This unique camping style involves using a tent or lean-to deep in the woods and far away from civilization. Generally, there are no amenities such as running water, electricity or restrooms and you must backpack into the woods with all of your gear and any supplies you may need during your stay.

Primitive camping is allowed on many public lands or state forests, such as Chateaugay State Forest in Orwell, Kasoag State Forest in Williamstown, Orton Hollow State Forest in Williamstown and Amboy, and Winona State Forest in Boylston, among many others. It is important to note; however, that primitive camping is prohibited in unique areas, wildlife management areas (WMAs) and a few other categories of state land.

For a list of New York State Department of Environmental Conversation (NYSDEC) lands in Oswego County that allow primitive camping, go to <internal link to PUBLIC LANDS page>.

To find other locations that offer camping near Oswego, NY, go to CAMPGROUNDS.