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For Release: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Paradox Lake Campground and Boat Launch Improvement Project to Begin October 1

Boat Launch Will Be Temporarily Closed for Road Pavement Work

The Paradox Lake Campground and the Paradox Lake Boat Launch will undergo a $598,000 improvement project this fall, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. The $598,000 project is funded through Governor Cuomo's NY Works program.

"Campers, boaters and anglers will have a much more pleasant experience at Paradox Lake Campground and boat launch upon completion of this project," said DEC Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman said. "Through Governor Cuomo's NY Work program, DEC continues to improve the outdoor recreational infrastructure in the Adirondacks to provide a quality experience for visitors and residents."

All roads within the campground, including those leading to the boat launch, will be milled and paved beginning October 1. The boat launch will be closed during the construction project and is expected to reopen by October 18. Boaters and camp owners should be aware the boat launch will be closed on Columbus Day Weekend.

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

Under the initiative, the 2015-2015 Enacted Budget included 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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