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For Release: Thursday, April 19, 2012

DEC Announces Changes to Reservation System for Camping at Stoney Pond State Forest for Memorial Day Weekend

Stoney Pond State Forest has abolished the lottery system for Memorial Day weekend camp site reservations, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today. Beginning May 1, reservations for Memorial Day weekend camping will be accepted on a continual basis. Free permits may be obtained from the DEC Lands & Forests Office in Sherburne, 2715 State Highway 80, or by calling 607-674-4017 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In past years, camping sites at Stoney Pond were in such demand over the holiday weekend that a lottery system was instituted as the fairest means to allocate the sites. In the last two years, however, everyone who participated in the lottery was provided a site; thus, DEC is reverting back to accepting applications on a continual basis for this popular, start of summer weekend at the state forest.

Stoney Pond State Forest consists of 1,469 acres in the Madison County town of Nelson. Camping is allowed at 17 designated campsites and requires a camping permit between May 1 and September 30. Two sites are accessible only by foot and are for tent camping. Three camping sites are available for people with disabilities. Most of the sites are nestled among a white pine plantation at the south end of Stoney Pond. Each site contains a fire ring and portable toilet service, but there is no water.

From May 1st through September 30th, camping is allowed by permit only and can be obtained by contacting the Sherburne Lands and Forests office. The maximum length of stay on any one site or combination of sites is 14 nights for the camping season. No more than eight people are allowed per campsite.

General state land camping regulations apply from October 1st through April 30th. During this time period, camping permits are issued directly by State Forest Ranger James McPherson who can be reached at 315-886-1669. Information on Stoney Pond State Forest, including special regulations for use of the forest, are available on line. A map of the Stoney Pond campground (PDF, 122 Kb) is also available.

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