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Campground FAQs

Are there any cabins available?

Campgrounds in the Adirondacks and Catskills do not have cabins. However, there are some state parks in western New York which have cabins. Cabins may also be available at privately owned campgrounds.

Are there any electric or water hook-ups available?

Campgrounds in the Adirondacks and Catskills do not have hook-ups. However, our sister Agency the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation (OPRHP) does have hook-ups available at many of their facilities.

Which is the best campground?

Each campground offers a different experience, so it depends on what you are looking for. The best advice we can offer is to do a little research about each and then give those which look promising a try.

Can I obtain a map of the locations of DEC Campgrounds?

Yes, visit our Google Maps and Earth Page and scroll down to the "Campgrounds" data set to view a map online in Google Earth or Google Maps or visit our DEC Campgrounds page for a listing of campgrounds and related maps.

What is the weather going to be like?

Its always sunny and dry at our campgrounds.... or at least we wish it was. Unfortunately, weather is not predictable, but since the Adirondacks and Catskills are both in mountain regions, temperatures tend to be a few degrees cooler.

Can I make a reservation by calling the campground?

No. All reservations must be made through the call center by calling 1-800-456-CAMP or on the Internet at

How do I get an Access Pass?

The Access Pass program is run by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. They can be contacted at (518) 474-0456.

What about bears?

Black bears live in both the Adirondacks and Catskills. Most go out of their way to avoid human contact. Unfortunately, bears may learn to associate campgrounds with food and become a nuisance. Although black bears are not aggressive, they can damage tents, coolers and even vehicles in their search for food. This is why we ask all campers to store food in a secure location and keep campsites clean at all times.

What about black flies?

Black flies are common in late May and early June at many locations in the Adirondacks. Be sure to pack insect repellant!

Please see our Rules and Regulations page for more information on camping at DEC campgrounds.

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