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For Release: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

DEC to Increase Access to Boreas Ponds this Summer

Motor Vehicle Access will be Limited to Weekends Until Work is Complete

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will work to create additional access and recreational infrastructure in the Boreas Ponds Tract in the High Peaks Wilderness this June and July.

DEC Regional Director Bob Stegemann said, "Nestled deep inside New York's spectacular Adirondack High Peaks, Boreas Ponds offers a world-class outdoor experience with stunning and breathtaking beauty. DEC has taken special care to craft an access plan to the Boreas tract that strikes the delicate balance to conserve, protect and responsibly promote this special state treasure."

Gulf Brook Road is currently closed for the spring mud season. Due to the amount of snow this winter and the amount of rain this spring, the road will not open until after Memorial Day weekend. After the road has dried and hardened, and basic maintenance has been completed, motorists will be able to access the Fly Pond Parking Area on weekends only.

Paddlers will be able to access Boreas Pond and other waterways by carrying canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards 2.5 miles from the Fly Pond Parking Area to LaBier Flow; paddle the length of LaBier Flow; and then carry another 0.5 mile between the flow and Boreas Pond.

Until the end of July, Gulf Brook Road will be closed to public motor vehicle use during the week while DEC crews conduct road work and other construction projects. Hikers, bicyclists, and horses will be allowed to use the road during the week but should use caution around construction sites and obey all instructions from workers.

Beginning in August, motorists will be able to travel further on the Gulf Brook Road and access additional infrastructure. DEC will announce the availability of the additional access once the work is complete.

The Adirondack Backcountry Information web pages provide current information on the status of seasonal access roads - including Gulf Brook Road - trails, and other conditions.

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