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DEC reopens 16 Adirondack campgrounds

Facilities to open on Friday

The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday announced that 16 of its campgrounds in the Adirondack Park and four more in the Catskill Park will open on Friday for the 2020 season.

The Adirondack sites are as follows:

•  Buck Pond Campground and Day Use Area, Onchiota

•  Cranberry Lake Campground and Day Use Area, Cranberry Lake

•  Meadowbrook Campground and Day Use Area, Ray Brook

•  Alger Island Campground, Old Forge

•  Eagle Point Campground and Day Use Area, Pottersville

•  Fourth Lake Day Use Area, Inlet

•  Glen Island, Lake George Islands Campgrounds and Day Use Areas, Lake George

•  Lake Durant Campground and Day Use Area, Blue Mountain Lake

•  Lake George Battleground Campground, Lake George

•  Lake George Battlefield Day Use Area, Lake George

•  Lake Harris Campground and Day Use Area, Newcomb

•  Lewey Lake Campground and Day Use Area, Lake Pleasant

•  Long Island, Lake George Islands Campgrounds and Day Use Areas, Lake George

•  Narrow Island, Lake George Islands Campgrounds and Day Use Areas

•  Putnam Pond Campground and Day Use Area, Ticonderoga

•  Scaroon Manor Campground and Day Use Area, Pottersville.

The DEC said three more Adirondack campgrounds are slated to open the following Friday, June 26.

•  Limekiln Lake Campground and Day Use Area, Inlet

•  Luzerne Campground and Day Use Area, Lake Luzerne

•  Nicks Lake Campground and Day Use Area, Old Forge.

The DEC says it plans to open more campgrounds and day-use areas in the coming weeks as it works to do so safely, meeting guidelines in place to protect staff and visitors from the spread of COVID-19.

DEC is not accepting additional reservations or walk-in camping for the 2020 season at this time, to maintain social distancing and reduce the density of facilities and protect visitors. Existing reservations will be honored for the DEC campgrounds that open this week and next.

According to the NYForward guidance for the reopening of New York state, campgrounds must take precautions to ensure campers maintain appropriate social distancing and adhere to proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols, including but not limited to maintaining 6 feet of distance between campers, unless wearing an acceptable face covering, and excluding persons from the same household who are camping together.

DEC has temporarily stopped issuing permits for backcountry camping for groups of 10 or more. As of June 11, DEC resumed issuing permits for groups of fewer than 10 people who would like to stay for more than three nights at one location on state lands. DEC is also temporarily restricting lean-to use to members of a single household at a time.

DEC is seeking seasonal campground staff with all levels of experience and skill sets, including supervisors, security, maintenance, and cleaning staff and booth workers. If interested, send an email to campinfo@dec.ny.gov.

For information about campgrounds operated by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation visit https://parks.ny.gov/camping.

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