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Will Open July 1 to Existing Reservations
June 27, 2020 09:45 a.m.
DEC Announces Additional Campgrounds Will Open July 1 to Existing
Campers Encouraged to Follow Guidelines to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-
19 While Enjoying Beauty of Adirondacks and Catskills
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today
announced that additional DEC campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill
parks will open on July 1 to existing reservation holders for the 2020 season. To
maintain social distancing and reduce the density of facilities and protect visitors,
DEC is not accepting additional reservations or walk-in camping for the 2020
season at this time. Only existing reservations for all DEC campgrounds will be
honored. Please visit DEC's website for the latest updates on DEC campgrounds
and information about each facility.
DEC Campgrounds to Open July 1:
Adirondack Park Campgrounds and Day Use Areas
Catskill Park Campgrounds and Day Use Areas
Reopening Fire Towers and DEC Lands to Camping
In addition, State Lands that were temporarily closed to camping will allow
overnight camping beginning Friday, June 26, with the exception of Evergreen
Pond (Ossian State Forest, town of Ossian, Livingston County), Peekamoose
Valley in the Catskills, Otter Creek Horse Trail (Independence River State
Forest, town of Glenfield, Lewis County), and Sugar Hill Recreation Area
(Sugar Hill State Forest, town of Orange, Schuyler County). Day use is allowed
at Sugar Hill State Forest, but the fire tower, gate off Tower Hill Road, and
facilities (bathroom, water, campsites) at the fire tower area remain closed.
Peekamoose Valley will allow camping starting July 1. Otter Creek and Sugar Hill
are expected to open to camping later this summer. Please check DEC's website
for the most up-to-date information.
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-controlled fire towers (with the exception of Sugar Hill) are also reopened to
For more information on open facilities, visit DEC's camping page. For
information about campgrounds operated by the State Office of Parks,
Recreation and Historic Preservation visit the NYS Parks camping webpage.
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 six feet of distance between campers,
unless wearing an acceptable face covering, and excluding persons from the
same household who are camping together. Visit Reserve America for details.
Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway Day Use Area
Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway will open July 1, and remain
open seven days a week between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. To help
prevent the spread of COVID-19, DEC is taking the following precautions:
Visiting New York State's Public Lands during the COVID-19 Response
New York State is encouraging people to engage in responsible recreation
during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. New York State DEC and
State Parks recommendations for getting outside safely incorporate guidance
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State
Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
While enjoying outdoor spaces, please continue to follow the CDC/NYSDOH's
guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:
DEC and State Parks also encourage visitors to state parks and state lands, and
other parks to:
DEC Is Hiring Campground Staff
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, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.