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For Release: Monday, May 18, 2015

DEC Proposes to Increase Angler and Boater Access to Meacham Lake

Now Accepting Public Comment on Draft Unit Management Plan Amendment for Meacham Lake Campground through May 27

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a draft unit management plan (UMP) amendment for the Meacham Lake Campground that would enhance lake access for fishing and boating, DEC Regional Director Robert Stegemann announced today.

"Consistent with Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative, DEC is working to create and enhance opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors," Director Stegemann said. "Meacham Lake provides a broad range of activities for people of all ages, including hiking, camping and swimming. The amendment proposes to relocate and upgrade the boat launch on Meacham Lake, which would improve access to water sports like boating and fishing."

If the amendment is approved, the existing boat launch site would remain available for paddlers to access the lake.

DEC invites the public to comment on the draft amendment at a public availability session on May 20, from 10 a.m. to noon at the DEC Region 5 Headquarters, 1115 NYS Route 86, Ray Brook. DEC staff will accept public input on the draft amendment and answer questions about campground management. DEC will consider all public comments as it finalizes the management plan amendment for the campground boat launch.

The draft management plan amendment can be viewed on DEC's website at: People can also request a copy on computer disc by calling (518) 457-2500.

Public comments on the draft Meacham Lake Campground UMP Amendment will be accepted through May 27, 2015, and can be submitted to:

NYS DEC Bureau of Recreation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-5253
or e-mail at:

The 125-acre Meacham Lake Campground is located off NYS Route 30 in a very scenic area of the Northern Adirondacks. The campground, on the north and west shores of 1,203-acre Meacham Lake, is surrounded by mountains and extensive tracts of Forest Preserve lands.

The campground contains 224 campsites and includes hot showers, flush toilets, a trailer dump station, recycling center, boat launch, boat and canoe rentals, firewood sales and a playground. A large beach and spacious picnic area, located on the north shore, provide an attractive and popular day use area.

Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative is an effort to improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women and to boost tourism activities throughout the state. This includes streamlining fishing and hunting licenses, reducing license fees, improving access for fishing and increasing hunting opportunities in New York State. In support of this initiative, $10 million in NY Works funding has been dedicated to fish hatchery repairs and 50 new land and water access projects such as boat launches, hunting blinds, trails and parking areas.

The enacted state budget for 2015-16 raises the Environmental Protection Fund to $177 million dollars, an increase of 32 percent since Governor Cuomo took office. The $15 million increase will support fourteen categories, including land conservation, stewardship, and invasive species control and prevention. The increase includes a new sub-allocation for capacity grants to State Parks friends' groups.

Under the initiative, the 2015-16 Enacted Budget adds an additional $8 million for state land access projects and an additional $4 million for the state's hatcheries in NY Works funding. The Budget also creates a new capital account which along with federal Pittman-Robertson funds will be used to manage, protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat, and to improve and develop public access for fish and wildlife-related recreation.

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