DEC campgrounds are now open

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday that DEC-operated campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill parks are officially open for the summer camping season.

DEC operates 52 campgrounds and six day-use areas in the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves. The summer camping season runs through Labor Day, with some facilities remaining open during fall foliage and hunting season.

Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis and range from $18 to $28 per night.

For more information on DEC-operated campgrounds, including a list of campgrounds and their schedules, visit DEC’s website and go to the “Camping” link under the “Outdoors Recreation” section. You can also call DEC’s Bureau of Recreation at 518-457-2500. To make reservations at any of these camping facilities, call ReserveAmerica at 1-800-456-CAMP (2267) or visit ReserveAmerica’s website.

DEC advises people not to transport firewood to campgrounds or parks in an effort to limit the spread of invasive insect species and improve forest health.

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