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For Release: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

DEC Announces Completion of $35,000 in Improvements at Jamestown Falls River Access Site

Supports Adventure NY Initiative to Connect New Yorkers with Nature

Improvements Include New ADA-Accessible Primitive Campsite, Parking Space and Canoe Launch

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced improvements at the Jamestown Falls river access site, located off State Route 56, North of Sevey Corners in the town of Colton, St. Lawrence County. Located within the Raquette River Wild Forest, the completed project includes an accessible parking space and a hand-carry/car-top launch at the Raquette River.

"Anglers of all abilities can expect to find Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and sunfish at this spot, and the newly designed accessible parking space give additional access to the natural beauty of this area," said Commissioner Seggos. "These improvements, through Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY Initiative, are just a sample of the recreational upgrades that New York has underway to better serve everyone who wants to enjoy our state's great outdoors."

The Jamestown Falls river access site also features a newly rehabilitated access road (to reduce erosion); an accessible primitive campsite; privy; fire ring; picnic table, tent pad and an informational kiosk. The total cost for improvements at this site were approximately $35,000 and were paid for by New York Works funding.

Rick A. Perkins, St. Lawrence County Legislator, District 7, said, "It is nice to see the NYS DEC taking the initiative to invest in our valuable resources. The improvements performed at the Jamestown Falls area is a nice improvement, giving access to all. This is the type of investment we need and that will help promote tourism in our remote areas. This will be another great destination for the outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy."

Under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Adventure NY Initiative, DEC is making strategic investments to expand access to healthy, active outdoor recreation, connect more New Yorkers and visitors to nature and the outdoors, protect natural resources, and boost local economies. This initiative will support the completion of more than 75 projects over the next three years, ranging from improvements to youth camps and environmental education centers to new boat launches, duck blinds, and hiking trails. Read more about the Adventure NY initiative (PDF)(10MB).

DEC manages 4.6 million acres of public lands, including three million acres in the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserve, 52 campgrounds, 5 day-use areas, more than 5,000 miles of formal trails, and hundreds of trailheads, boat launches, and fishing piers. Plan your next outdoor adventure at DEC's website.

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