Golden Beach Boat Launch

Golden Beach Boat Launch

On the shores of Raquette Lake sits the Golden Beach Campground and Day Use Area. Within this campground you will find Golden Beach Boat Launch which provides boating access to expansive 5,935-acre Raquette Lake. The shoreline of Raquette Lake is home to historic landmarks such as Great Camp Pine Knot (a.k.a. Camp Huntington), which was the first of the Adirondack Great Camps, and Historic Saint William's Church on Long Point (the original site of Durant, NY).

The Golden Beach Boat Launch is a Beach Launch and provides access for rowboats, canoes, kayaks and smaller motor boats. For larger motor boats it is not recommended that you use a beach launch. A hard surface launch can be found within the Hamlet of Raquette Lake.

The launch is accessible until the first snowfall. During the busy summer season, a small day use fee is required to access this launch and the amenities.

How to get there

From Raquette Lake, travel north on Route 28 for just under 4 miles. Sign for Golden Beach will be on your left.


  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms
  • Potable Water
  • Showers
  • Beautiful sandy beach with Red Cross Certified Lifeguards (adjacent to launch)
  • 205 tent and trailer campsites
  • Parking for 40 cars with trailers
  • Hiking Trails
  • DEC Junior Naturalist Program (Ages 5-13)

Fish Species

According the New York State DEC, the major fish species found in Raquette Lake include: Lake trout, brook trout, sunfish, brown bullhead, white fish, smelt, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, sucker, and minnow.

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