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.
In 2013 Dave added: Cranberry Lake, Lake Eaton, and Nicks Lake. Photos have been taken but need to be processed still for the following (as of Aug 18, 2013): Delta Lake, Lake Harris, Moffitt Beach, Northampton Beach, Verona Beach, and Caroga Lake.
Dave's goal for 2014 will be State campgrounds located along the shores of the St Lawrence and Lake Ontario. This will likely include some (or all) of: Jacques Cartier State Park, Kring Point State Park, Keewaydin State Park, Dewolf Point State Park, Canoe Point State Park, Grass Point State Park, Cedar Point State Park, Burnham Point State Park, Long Point State Park, Wescott Beach State Park, Robert G Wehle State Park, Southwick Beach State Park, Sandy Island Beach State Park, Selkirk Shores State Park, Chimney Bluffs State Park, Hamlin Beach State Park, Lakeside State Park, Golden Hill State Park, Four Mile Creek State Park.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.