For Release: Thursday, July 28, 2011
Moose River Plains Road will be Fully Open this Weekend
The Moose River Plains Road, the main travel route through the Moose River Plains between Inlet and Indian Lake (aka Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road), will be fully open to motor vehicles beginning Friday, July 29, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.
"This area was hit hard during the historic flooding which occurred across the Adirondack Park this spring," said Rob Davies, Director of DEC's Division of Lands and Forests. "Hamilton County and the communities of Indian Lake and Inlet continued the partnership formed last year with DEC. Their willingness to work with DEC staff to repair the extensive damage along the Limekiln Lake- Cedar River Road made it possible for us to open public access to these very popular forest preserve lands and restore the critical recreational link between the communities."
The partnership opened the western portion of the road from Inlet in time for Memorial Day Weekend. However, the eastern portion had received significantly more damage in the flooding and work to reopen the road through to Indian Lake continued until earlier this week.
"I am pleased with what the hard work of the county, local government and DEC crews have accomplished in the Moose River Plains," said Bill Farber, Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. "The partnership continues to strengthen and will be important to the long-term goals that we share for recreation in this unique area of the Adirondacks."
The Moose River Plains includes more than 40 miles of dirt roads, approximately 170 primitive campsites and 50,000 acres of wild forest in the central and southwestern sections of the park. The Moose River Plains Road lies between the Limekiln Lake entrance in the west, near the hamlet of Inlet, and the Cedar River Gate in the east near the hamlet of Indian Lake.
Rock Dam Road, Indian River Road and Otter Brook Road beyond the bridge over the South Branch Moose River remain closed at this time. Also campsites near Wakely Dam remain closed due to ongoing repair work on the dam.
Also in Hamilton County, the Jessup River Road in the Perkins Clearing Conservation Easement Lands north of the Village of Speculator, which was recently opened, will be closed for four to six weeks beginning the week of August 8 so that repairs can be made on two bridges.