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COVID19 Update

DEC Campgrounds and Day Use Areas: DEC is actively working to safely reopen DEC campgrounds this summer. Opening dates for campgrounds and day use areas are listed below as well as important information for campers.

DEC IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF RESERVATIONS FOR THE 2020 SEASON. RESERVATIONS FOR DATES ON OR AFTER JULY 10 WILL BEGIN AT 8AM ON MONDAY, JULY 6. DUE TO EXPECTED VOLUME, WE ENCOURAGE CUSTOMERS TO BOOK RESERVATIONS ONLINE.

WALK-IN CAMPING IS NOT PERMITTED AT THIS TIME.

As part of the COVID-19 guidelines, and for the courtesy of other visitors and our staff, face masks must be worn when outside your campsite area at any place where social distancing cannot be maintained. All patrons shall practice social distancing.

Only registered campers will be allowed in campground areas, no day visitors will be permitted.

In order to assist with enhanced cleaning, Check-in time is now 2pm and Check-out time is 10am.

There may be limited shower and/or restroom facilities and they may periodically be closed to allow for enhanced cleaning.

Use of facility amenities such as, but not limited to playgrounds, pavilions and day use areas may be restricted or prohibited at certain locations.

Retail sales such as firewood and ice as well as other services such as boat rentals may be restricted or prohibited at certain locations.

To achieve density reduction in our facilities, day use sales and bather capacity number will be reduced.

Back Country/Primitive Camping on State Land: DEC has temporarily suspended all overnight camping on this list of state lands and is temporarily not issuing permits for backcountry camping for groups of 10 or more.

Please contact State Parks regarding its campgrounds.

Facility Opening Date
Alger Island Friday June 19th
Ausable Point Wednesday July 1st
Bear Spring Mtn. Friday June 19th
Beaverkill Wednesday July 1st
Brown Tract Pond Wednesday July 1st
Buck Pond Friday June 19th
Caroga Lake Wednesday July 1st
Cranberry Lake Friday June 19th
Crown Point Wednesday July 1st
Devils Tombstone Wednesday July 1st
Eagle Point Friday June 19th
Eighth Lake Wednesday July 1st
Fish Creek Pond Wednesday July 1st
Forked Lake Wednesday July 1st
Frontier Town Wednesday, July 1
Glen Island Friday June 19th
Golden Beach Wednesday July 1st
Hearthstone Point Wednesday July 1st
Indian Lake Islands Wednesday July 1st
Kenneth L. Wilson Wednesday July 1st
Lake Durant Friday June 19th
Lake Eaton Wednesday July 1st
Lake George Battleground Friday June 19th
Lake George Battlefield Day Use Area Friday June 19th
Lake George Beach Saturday May 23rd
Lake Harris Friday June 19th
Lewey Lake Friday June 19th
Limekiln Friday June 26th
Lincoln Pond Wednesday July 1st
Little Pond Friday June 19th
Little Sand Point Wednesday July 1st
Long Island Friday June 19th
Luzerne Friday June 26th
Meacham Lake Wednesday July 1st
Meadowbrook Friday June 19th
Moffitt Beach Wednesday July 1st
Mongaup Pond Wednesday July 1st
Narrow Island Friday June 19th
Nicks Lake Friday June 26th
Northampton Beach Wednesday July 1st
North South Lake Friday June 19th
Paradox Lake Wednesday July 1st
Point Comfort Wednesday July 1st
Prospect Mountain Day Use Area Wednesday July 1st
Putnam Pond Friday June 19th
Rogers Rock Wednesday July 1st
Rollins Pond Wednesday July 1st
Sacandaga Wednesday July 1st
Saranac Lake Islands Wednesday July 1st
Scaroon Manor Friday June 19th
Sharp Bridge Wednesday July 1st
Taylor Pond Wednesday July 1st
Tioga Point Wednesday July 1st
Wilmington Notch Wednesday July 1st
Woodland Valley Friday June 19th

DEC operates 52 campgrounds located in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks. DEC campgrounds provide a wide variety of experiences, including island camping, tent and trailer camping, boat launching facilities, hiking trails, beaches and day use areas with picnic tables and grills. Fishing licenses are no longer being sold at any of our campground facilities, but can be conveniently purchased on-line or by phone.

For more information on how to be a more environmentally friendly camper and reduce your impacts on the beauty of our natural resources.

Find your next adventure using DECinfo Locator - an interactive map featuring campgrounds, primitive campsites, lean-tos, hiking trails, parking areas, and other information to help plan a visit.

Planning and Management

The Final EV Charging Amendment to the Generic Unit Management Plan for Campgrounds and Day-Use Areas is (UMP) (PDF) accommodates the inclusion of Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations. The amendment will guide siting, construction and management of EV charging stations with in New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Campgrounds and Day-Use Areas.

For more information regarding the UMP for this facility please contact the Bureau of Recreation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY12233, Telephone 518 457-2500, and email for campground information.

Back Country Camping

Two hikers with full packs head through the forest on a trail
Find the perfect, private
campsite in the back country.

Back country, or primitive camping, is permitted on most lands managed by DEC including Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks as well as State Forests.

Our regional offices and forest rangers can provide more information about back country camping opportunities.

Important Notice about Firewood: To help protect our forests from invasive species, new firewood regulations are now in effect. Please see Firewood and Invasive Insects for more information.

Camping Guide

View an interactive version of the guide (leaves DEC's website) or download the camping guide (PDF, 10.9 MB) Please note this is a large file.

2019 NY Camping Guide Cover

For easier download, we have broken up the file into 4 smaller sections:

To order a paper copy, email us or call 518-457-2500. Check it out and plan your trip of a lifetime!

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More about Camping:

  • State Land Camping Rules - Rules for camping on DEC-managed public lands.
  • Primitive Camping - Back country camping, also known as primitive camping, a self-dependent experience in which campers carry in and out their supplies and tents in order to reach more remote or secluded forest areas and where a leave-no-trace philosophy is expected.
  • Camping Suspensions on State Lands - listing of areas where overnight camping is temporarily suspended