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Enjoy New York's Scenic and Rich Outdoors

New York's breathtaking natural resources are unique, abundant, and open to everyone. The opportunities abound, from hunting and fishing, to hiking and rock climbing, swimming and boating, or simply relaxing in a tent under the stars. Find exciting state lands you can visit across New York.

DEC plays a vital role in both protecting our natural resources and providing opportunities for people to enjoy them. We are making critical upgrades to State campgrounds and facilities and we encourage more New Yorkers and visitors to connect with nature and outdoor recreation.

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Use the box to the right to sign up for news on fishing, hunting, hiking, and other outdoor and environmental topics of interest emailed directly to you.

UPDATED! Find current conditions for the Adirondacks (updated weekly) and the Catskills (updated monthly).

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Adventure NY

Adventure NY

DEC's Adventure NY initiative was launched in 2017 to connect more New York families and visitors to the great outdoors. To provide for an even better user experience, DEC is making investments to improve public access to state land and water, upgrade campgrounds and facilities, and increase public awareness and information of all the outdoor recreation opportunities available in New York State.


During COVID-19, Play Smart, Play Safe, Play Local and take advantage of our #Adventure at Home programs and ideas.

Watch our videos about outdoor recreation and check out other clips on DEC's YouTube Channel.


Upcoming Recreational Events

For a complete list of DEC events, see our full events calendar.

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Get Ready for a Fun Summer Outdoors

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