The New York State campsite photo database is a project created by Dave and Kate McGrath. Dave and Kate are avid upstate New York campers.
The aim of this project is to provide New York State campers with a resource for helping them to choose specific campsites at State and DEC campgrounds in upstate New York that offer a lakeside experience.
Multiple photos from different angles are provide so campers can visually see how a particular campsite will or will not accommodate their camping equipment. For those with children, you can see what the water access and shoreline is like, as well as distance from the road. Cross site views provide for some sense of the privacy of a site as well.
Initially the concept of the campsite photo database was developed back in 2006 after Dave and Kate had camped many times at Fish Creek Pond Campground and started to take photos of each site at Fish Creek rather than writing notes and trying to rate sites. A few years later Rollins Pond was added. The Fish Creek and Rollins database are quite elaborate and go beyond just photos. They also include individual campsite details and ratings. A complete Campers Toolkit provides the ultimate resource for campers at Fish Creek and Rollins.
In 2011 Dave expanded his Parkware Campground Manager software to simplify the process of managing and coding the thousands of photos, and began adding additonal campgrounds to the database.
In 2011 Watkins Glen, Letchworth and Eight Lake were added.
In 2012 Buck Pond, Fair Haven Beach, Lake Durant, Lewey Lake, Limekiln Lake, Meacham Lake and Wellesley Island were added.
Hopefully in 2013 Dave will be adding: Nicks Lake, Delta Lake, Lake Eaton, Moffitt Beach, Northampton Beach, Rogers Rock, Higley Flow, Verona Beach, Lincoln Pond, Popular Point, Little Sand Point.
The long term goal is to include all New York State and DEC lakeside campgrounds along with a guide and maps and new features for find campsites.
You can contact Dave with comments or suggestions at email@example.com.