ALBANY - The fiscally drained state will leave closed five Adirondack campgrounds and two day-use areas,plus two Catskill campgrounds, this summer season.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation made the announcement Tuesday, saying it had selected the sites based on usage in past years and on proximity to other DEC campgrounds. The facilities the DEC will not open in the Adirondacks, and the nearby campgrounds the DEC is referring people to from each closed campground, are as follows:
-Taylor Pond in Black Brook, Clinton County - try Buck Pond in Onchiota
This map of the DEC's Adirondack campgrounds is on the DEC Web site.
-Tioga Point in Raquette Lake, Hamilton County - try Forked Lake
-Sharp Bridge in North Hudson, Essex County - try Lincoln Pond or Paradox Lake
-Poplar Point in Arietta, Hamilton County -try Point Comfort
-Caroga Lake in Caroga, Fulton County -try Point Comfort
-Hinckley Day Use Area in Russia, Herkimer County
-Scaroon Manor Day Use Area in Schroon, Essex County
In the Catskills, the DEC will leave shut Devil's Tombstone in Hunter, Greene County, and Bear Spring Mountain in Walton, Delaware County.
DEC spokesman Yancey Roy, in Albany, said he did not immediately know whether people would be able to camp for free at the shuttered campgrounds, as at the backcountry campsites sprinkled throughout the Adirondack Forest Preserve.
The DEC will continue to maintain 45 other pay campgrounds, which include about 5,900 campsites, and five day-use areas in the Adirondack and Catskill parks.