New Vacation Cabins, Facility Upgrades and Access Areas Open for the 2017 Camping Season;
Governor Encourages New Yorkers to Visit State Parks and Tourist Attractions Across the State
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the beginning of camping season in New York this Memorial Day weekend. The Governor encouraged New Yorkers and visitors to visit parks, trails and beaches throughout the Empire State this summer, including New York's 119 campgrounds that open Friday, May 26 for the summer season.
"New York campgrounds are central to our booming tourism industry, and as the number of visitors to the Empire State continues to grow, we remain committed to improving outdoor destinations and world-class attractions in every region of the state," Governor Cuomo said. "I encourage everyone to visit a State Park this summer and experience for themselves the natural beauty and adventure New York has to offer."
New York State boasts 119 public campgrounds found throughout the Adirondacks, Catskills, Finger Lakes and Thousand Islands regions. Although campgrounds are quickly filling for Memorial Day weekend, reservations can still be made at Newtown, Cherry Plain Wildwood, Lake Taghkanic, Mills Norrie, Robert Moses, and Jacques Cartier State Parks.
Camping availability can be found through ReserveAmerica, which provides online and phone reservations for state campsites throughout New York. Reservations are accepted for campsites and cabins, from one day to nine months in advance of the planned arrival date by calling toll free 1-800-456-CAMP or online at newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com.
New Campground Improvements for 2017
- Six New Vacation Cabins: Located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Moreau Lake State Park has nearly 150 campsites that accommodate tents and trailers throughout the camping season, in addition to the new cabins available for public rental year-round. Each cabin features queen beds, bunkbeds, a woodstove, small refrigerator, and a covered porch. Three cabins sleep four people, and three sleep six. This $700,000 project was funded by Governor Cuomo's NY Parks 2020, a multi-year commitment to leverage $900 million in private and public funding to revitalize state parks.
- Two New "Yurts": Located on Lake Erie, the new "yurts" are available to campers at Evangola State Park. The wood lattice framed structures have a heavy-duty fabric exterior, windows, and wood floors. They include cots as well as a refrigerator and microwave.
- ADA Accessible Shower Unit: Construction of a new ADA accessible, eight-unit shower building has been completed at DEC’s Lake Durant Campground in Blue Mountain Lake, NY.
- Paving Project: Paving of the main road is now complete at Meacham Lake Campground in Essex County, in addition to the new boat launch constructed in 2016.
- Updated Restrooms and Recreation Areas: Numerous restrooms and comfort stations have been rehabilitated at many of our facilities. New playgrounds have been installed at three different campgrounds. The electrical system at Cranberry Lake Campground in St. Lawrence County has been rehabbed and upgraded.
- New Wastewater Systems: A complete reconstruction of the wastewater system at Caroga Lake Campground in Gloversville is currently underway. A new water reservoir is being constructed at Moffitt Beach Campground in Lake Pleasant, and the wastewater pumping system is being reconstructed at the Day Use Area of Northampton Beach Campground in Mayfield.
"State Park camping is an ideal way to explore the great outdoors with friends and family," said Commissioner of New York State Office of Parks Rose Harvey. "From tent sites nestled in the woods to charming cottages, State Parks offer comfortable accommodations for everyone. Make a reservation at one of our beautiful campgrounds, or simply plan a day-trip to do something you love at a nearby state park."
"State Department of Environmental Conservation campgrounds showcase the Governor’s commitment to Adventure New York, promoting tourism and providing attractive destinations for visitors to enjoy the great outdoors and some of the most beautiful natural resources in New York State," said DEC Commissioner Seggos. "In addition to hiking and fishing, DEC campground facilities offer a wide range of outdoor recreational and camping opportunities and activities the whole family can enjoy."
DEC’s campground day-use areas in the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves are currently 98 percent filled for the holiday weekend and expected to be completely filled in the coming days. Each year millions of people visit DEC facilities to enjoy the spectacular landscapes, lush forests, and fish and wildlife species that reside in the constitutionally protected “forever wild” campgrounds. Campers can also enjoy the many events, historical sites, and restaurants of nearby towns and villages. In the 2016 camping season, DEC Campgrounds saw just over one and one half million visitors.
Camping is a crucial part of New York’s tourism economy. Last year, campgrounds operated by New York State Parks set a new record for overnight visitation for the fifth consecutive year. Campsites, cabins and cottages across the state were occupied for more than 650,000 nights, surpassing 2015's record of 623,891 nights. About 25 percent of visitors to New York State campgrounds come from out of state.
This investment in state parks underscores Governor Cuomo's commitment to improving and expanding access to outdoor recreation. The 2017-18 State Budget includes $300 million for the Environmental Protection Fund, providing funding for open space protection, parkland stewardship and other environmental protection projects. In addition, the Governor's NY Parks 2020 is a multi-year commitment to leverage a broad range of private and public funding to invest approximately $900 million in State Parks from 2011 to 2020.
Since taking office 2011, Governor Cuomo has made unprecedented investments in the tourism industry throughout New York State, leading to historic levels of visitors and direct spending. In 2016, New York welcomed a record 239 million visitors who spent nearly $65 billion, generating a total economic impact of more than $100 billion for the third straight year. Additionally, tourism remains the state’s fourth largest employer, supporting more than 914,000 jobs annually.
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual parks, historic sites, recreational trails and boat launches, which are visited by 69 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.
DEC manages 4.6 million acres of public lands, including three million acres in the Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves, 52 campgrounds, seven 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 www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor, and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.