Smullen Questions Early Closure of Hamilton County Campgrounds, Calls for Action by DEC

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,I,SAM–Meco) today questioned the proposed early closure of several state campgrounds in 2023, including many in Hamilton County and the Mohawk Valley Region. The campgrounds, which normally remain open through September, are now proposed to close on September 4, 2023, Labor Day, which is a popular camping and outdoor recreation weekend.

 The campground slated to close early in 2023 include Lewey Lake, Lake Durant, and Forked Lake. A full list of the proposed campground closures can be found here.

“Our campgrounds and outdoor recreation centers are an indispensable part of the Adirondack Region’s experience and I wholeheartedly disagree with the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) decision to close these areas early, especially before the highly sought-after fall foliage season,” said Smullen. “Closing our local campgrounds in September would be a massive blow to our local tourism industry and the economies of Hamilton County's small towns, which host well-attended events and festivities throughout the month.”

“Citing budgetary restrictions for a sprawling government agency which receives roughly $1.7 billion in taxpayer money each year and still charges people to camp is simply not acceptable,” Smullen continued. “I am calling on Commissioner Seggos and the DEC to keep our local campgrounds open as late as possible so as not to hamper our tourism and recreation industry, and I will be working with the DEC to find a solution.”