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Essex Chain Lakes Campsite Reservations

The Essex Chain Lakes boasts numerous lakes and ponds, a variety of valuable wetland systems, and beautiful stretches of the Cedar and Hudson rivers. In addition to containing a range of ecologically significant resources, the region also provides fantastic recreational opportunities, including hiking, paddling, wildlife watching, hunting, fishing and camping.

Camping within the ECLPA is allowed at designated, permitted sites only within 500 feet of a waterbody. Campfires are prohibited at these permitted sites. Maximum length of stay is 3 nights, and maximum day use and overnight group size is 8 people.

Beginning August 15, 2016, campers planning to camp on one of the tent sites on the shores of the Essex Chain Lakes will no longer be required to reserve a site through the AIC before camping. Self-issuing permits will still be required to allow DEC to continue monitoring usage of the tent sites, and will be available in the Deer Pond parking area kiosk. Camping will be on a first come, first served basis – however, campfires are still prohibited at these waterfront sites.

A designated accessible parking area, an accessible campsite and an accessible hand launch are located at Fifth Lake (PDF 1.5 MB). The parking lot may be accessed by Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD) permit holders. MAPPD permit holders may reserve one of the two parking spaces at Fifth Lake and obtain the combination to the lock on the gate at Deer Pond Parking Area by contacting the Warrensburg DEC office during regular business hours at (518) 623-1275.

Photo Credit: İMelody Thomas, provided courtesy of The Nature Conservancy - Adirondack Chapter

Additional Information

More information on the Essex Chain Lakes, including recreation opportunities, regulations and directions, can be found on the DEC's website.

Additional Information

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