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Animals on Campgrounds (File #134)

Household Pets

Patrons are permitted to walk their dog at DEC campgrounds in the Adirondacks and Catskills (exception - Lake George Islands). Pets shall not be permitted on bathing areas or picnic areas at any time.*

Patrons are permitted to walk their dog at DEC campgrounds in the Adirondacks and Catskills (exception - Lake George Islands). Pets shall be permitted on bathing areas or picnic areas at any time.*

*NO DOGS, except for seeing eye dogs or guide dogs for the deaf in actual use, and working law enforcement dogs on official assignment are permitted on Lake George Islands, docks, or on vessels moored at docks or at day-use and camping areas at: Black Mountain Point, Red Rock Bay, Red Rock Point, Black Mountain Shoreline, or Commission Point (R&R 190.7(b)(1) or in any other areas where dogs are prohibited.

Campers are asked to be considerate of others by observing the following rules of pet etiquette:

• Except for in-service pets, such as but not limited to hearing and seeing eye dogs, pets are not permitted in any building, at the beach, or at the picnic area, or other designated areas.

• Pets cannot be left unattended.

• Pets must be restrained at all times by a portable enclosure or by a leash not exceeding six feet in length.

• Any person who keeps a noisy, vicious or dangerous animal, or one that is disturbing other persons, will be required to remove the animal from the campground.

• Pet waste must be immediately cleaned up and deposited in an appropriate waste container.

• Patrons with pets will be given a Pet Tip Strip (see copy) when entering any of the DEC campgrounds.

• Dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets are permitted with a current proof of rabies vaccination. The actual certificate of current rabies vaccination as issued by a veterinarian is required as proof that the pet has been vaccinated. (See attached samples) Because validity of the dated collar tag is uncertain, it will not be accepted as proof of the vaccination {NYSDOH, 8/25/05}. The veterinarian's office must also keep a copy of the pet's vaccination certificate.

EXCEPTION TO PROOF OF RABIES INOCULATION {R&R 190.7(a)(10)} - Puppies under 6 months old. Since the injection of a modified live virus vaccine is not recommended for puppies up to six (6) months of age, the rabies vaccination requirement for puppies six months of age or younger is waived.

• Regional officers will ensure that each facility supervisor can provide a list of veterinarians and/or kennels within a reasonable distance of each campground.

• Should a patron arrive at a campground with a pet, the facility supervisor will request proof of rabies inoculation, an actual certificate given by the veterinarian or their representative as dated collar tags will not be accepted as proof. If the party cannot furnish such proof, the facility supervisor will advise the party of our policy and furnish the names and addresses of local veterinarians who can perform the inoculation.

Under these circumstances the facility supervisor may assign a site and issue a permit for one (1) night to the camper even if the dog is not protected. The pet must be confined to the registered campsite of the immediate owner until proof of the inoculation can be provided. Campers will be required to comply with our policy or their permit will be voided and they will be required to leave the campground.

Day-users will not be permitted entry until they can furnish the actual vaccination certificate as proof of rabies inoculation and must provide name, address and their license plate number on Pet Tip Strip. Also, write their phone number and the rabies tag number from the RABIES VACCINATION CERTIFICATE on the Pet Tip Strip.


Horses and all other animals, except household pets, are prohibited on public campsites and land devoted to intensively developed facilities such as boat launch sites, day-use areas, ski centers, hatcheries, and game farms. (See R&R 190.7(a)(10) and 190.8(N).)

EXCEPTION - Luzerne horse area and Spruce Grove Area of Bear Spring Mountain Public Campground.

- Luzerne horse area and Spruce Grove Area of Bear Spring Mountain Public Campground.

For patrons at Luzerne and Bear Spring Mountain proof of current negative coggins certificate is required. Out-of-state horse owners will be required to produce a 30-day health certificate. Patrons must carry each horses health papers with them at all times. {R&R 190.8( n)}.

Applicable Regulation

§190.7 Public Campgrounds

. . . . (a)(10) All animals, except household pets and horses, are prohibited on public campgrounds when the campground is open. Horses are only allowed on designated areas. Household pets are not permitted on bathing areas or in picnic areas or structures at any time. When harbored or possessed in camping sections, pets must be confined on a leash or otherwise confined to restrict them to the campsite area of the owner. Pets cannot be left unattended. Disruptive or vicious animals must be removed from the campground. Dogs may be walked on a leash no more than 6' long, provided they are under control at all times. The owner must also properly dispose of the animal's excrement. Proof of a valid rabies inoculation for dogs is required.

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