New parking rules at Thompson’s Lake

KNOX — Parking for day use swimming at Thompson’s Lake Campground has been limited this season at John Boyd Thacher State Park.  There will be a total of 30 spaces available for daytime users on a first-come, first-served basis.  The new limitation has been put in place to ensure the safety of campers, bicyclists, and pedestrians using our park roads, according to a release from the park.

Patrons using the beach are welcome to bicycle or walk into Thompson’s Lake Campground.  However, there will be no roadside parking in the campground or along the entrance road for safety reasons.  Visitors are advised that there are no picnic facilities available for day-use patrons at Thompson’s Lake.

The south part of Thacher State Park along the escarpment has many parking lots that give access to hiking, picnicking, and playground areas.  Visitors are encouraged to explore these places in the event that Thompson’s Lake Campground parking is full.

The beach at Thompson’s Lake Campground opened May 28 and will be open weekends only through June 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Starting June 18, the beach will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 5.  John Boyd Thacher State Park is open year round from 7 a.m. to sunset.

For more information about Thompson’s Lake Campground at John Boyd Thacher State Park, please contact the park office at (518)872-1237, check out the Thacher State Park Facebook page, or visit


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