General Campground Information

Herkimer Diamond Mines

The Herkimer Diamond Mines located right on property is open daily from April 6th - October 31st in 2024!
At our above ground surface mines, you can search for the Herkimer Diamond Quartz Crystals that may be hiding right in front of you! Collection methods vary, but most folks like to break open rocks in search of the beautiful double-terminated quartz crystals. The Mines are open 9am - 5pm daily, rain or shine!
Reservations are not required, daily wristbands can be purchased at Miners' Village.
For more details visit HerkimerDiamond.

Camping Registration Hours

April \6th - May 7th: Open Daily 10:00am - 6:00pm

May 8th - June 18th: Open Sunday - Thursday 10:00am - 6:00pm, Open Friday and Saturday 8:00am - 8:00pm

June 19th - September 3rd: Open Daily 8:00am - 10:00pm

September 4th - October 31st: Open 10:00am - 6:00pm

Extended Hours for Special Events and Holiday Weekends.

Reservations, Deposit, Cancellations and Refunds

A credit card deposit equal to your first night stay is required and will be charged at time of reservation. 
To request a specific site number, there is a one time, non-refundable $25.00 “Select My Site” fee. If you do not pay this fee you will be reserving the site type, not specific site.  
If you are unable to honor your reservation, call and cancel prior to these deadlines: RV/Tent sites – 48 hours, Cabins – require 7 days and Lodges and Cottages require 2 weeks.
Reservations made and canceled within these timelines have a non-refundable deposit. A $25.00 cancelation fee will be charged prior to these timelines, $100  cancellation fee for reservations in The Diamond Lodge. Cancelations after these timelines will result in forfeiture of all deposits.
Holiday and Special Events requiring a minimum 3-night stay are excluded; there will be no refunds.   *Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, & Columbus Day*
2025 Camping Reservations will open February 8th 2024.

Minimum Stay Requirements

All sites have a 2-night minimum on Weekends (Friday & Saturday) from May 1st, 2024 - October 10th, 2024..
Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis, depending on availability & site type - please contact us directly at 315.891.7355 to inquire.
There is a 3-Night Minimum on all Holiday Weekends:Memorial Day: May 29th - Independence Day: July 4th – Labor Day: September 4th – Columbus Day: October 9th

Pet Policy

Herkimer Diamond Mines KOA Resort is a pet-friendly campground, and we welcome our guests who enjoy traveling and sharing their camping experience with the family pet. However, to ensure all of our guests have a safe and enjoyable time, it is important that you read and abide by the following - our KOA pet policy:

Good behavior is required. Dogs of any breed that are hostile or aggressive will be asked to leave the campground, along with their owners. Bring the leash. Dogs must be kept on leashes no longer than 6 feet when outside their owners' vehicles or rental units. Do not leave a tethered dog unattended. Remember manners. Constant barking bothers other campers. If your pet is too vocal, you'll need to find other accommodations. Service dogs are welcomed, although leash and aggressive behavior rules apply. You are required to pick up after your animal fury friends. Our pet fees apply to our lodging accommodations and vary depending on the size and type of accommodations.

Splash Alley

Fishing, Tubing, and Kayaking in the West Canada creek is permitted, AT YOUR OWN RISK. Please be sure to watch your children.
Fishing requires a New York state fishing license for anyone 16 or older.
The West Canada Creek is subject to sudden water surges from the upstream power dam. Wading anglers, kayakers, and tubers must be careful to watch for rising waters and then quickly move to shore.
There are public access points for the creek at each end of our campground, please refrain from crossing through other campers sites while entering/ exiting the water.

Resort Fee

A nightly resort weekend fee allows us to offer exceptional amenities and activities for no additional cost. Every guest has open access to our diamond pool, West Canada creek tubing, children's play area, pet playpen, sports equipment, and common areas. The only time you will pay extra for an activity is if you take something home with you, like a tie-dye t-shirt.

Wi-Fi / Phone Signal

We provide free high-speed wi-fi throughout the campground. However, a number of factors impact its strength; including things like number of guests, weather conditions, the proximity of our antennas, and even nearby RVs. Therefore, we cannot guarantee great WiFi at your site. However, we have provided several tables and chairs near our office where the signal is strong. Cellular service throughout our campground is spotty, but does vary based on provider. If staying connected is a priority to you, our new Mountainside Campsites offer excellent cellular signal.

Campground Rules

Vehicles: Please follow signs and park only in designated areas. Vehicles are not permitted to drive or park in grassy areas. All vehicles on property must be registered at the Main Office. If your vehicle is not registered to a campsite, you must purchase a $20 vehicle pass.

Tents: Tents are permitted on “Tent Sites” only. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis. If you would like to add a tent to an existing RV or Lodging reservation please call to inquire at 315.891.7355. Additional charges apply.

Vehicle Washing: Vehicle washing is not permitted on property.

Quiet Hours: Quiet Hours are from 10:00pm - 8:00am. Be respectful of your neighbors. Loud and unruly behavior will not be tolerated. Offenders will forfeit their charges and will be required to leave the Resort. 

Campfires: New York State Law: No wood may be brought into any campground that is NOT within a 50-mile radius of that campground. You may purchase a bundle of wood at the KOA Office, or have it delivered to your site. Open fires are permitted in fire rings only - be sure your fire is out before retiring for the evening. 

Speed Limit: The speed limit on the campground is 4mph. Drive slowly and carefully to keep our guest safe and minimize dust.

Visitors: If you are expecting visitors during your stay they must pay an entrance fee and register their vehicle at the Main Office. 

Golf Carts: Golf cart rentals are available, reservations recommended. If you wish to bring your own golf cart please contact us directly to inquire. You must be 18 or older and provide a valid driver's license in order to operate any cart on the property.

Pool: The pool will be open daily from Memorial Day - Labor Day. There is no lifeguard on duty. All children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while swimming. There must be a minimum of one adult on the pool deck, and one in the pool at all times. For more information on pool hours, call 315.891.7355

Personal Code of Conduct

Please refrain from inappropriate language and actions. Alcohol is permitted by legal drinking age adults. The presence of any controversial language, actions, visuals, or symbols that may be deemed offensive or inappropriate will not be permitted on our property.

Meet Your Hosts

Dr. Renee Scialdo Shevat


“Some days I wake up and I'm a leader, trying to develop strategy and vision. Some days, I get up and I'm a manager and I try to develop a mission. But every day I am an educator.

“I like to use our vision and focus on experiences. I don't want to just own a campground, or a diamond mine. I want to create an experience for the customer to take away. For us, work is theater but it is also our passion. We take it to a more authentic investment of time.

“When a little girl comes into the diamond store and finds a diamond and makes a piece of jewelry with it, that is a memorable experience for her; that is what I find rewarding. Or a little boy who has never camped or fished before and we show him what a trout looks like or he finds a crayfish – that is memorable.

“Despite the changing economy, we have had steady incremental growth in all four of our businesses the last 15 consecutive years. I think the reason is we lead, we manage, we educate. No matter where we are, we are utilizing our distinctions, our diamond mines, the West Canada Creek, the Erie Canal and our KOA family. We leverage that every day of the year,” says Renée.

“Taking experiences to a whole new level is extremely rewarding for both us and our customers.”