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Current availability of Essex Chain Lakes campsites

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

If you are interested in reserving a campsite, contact the AIC via phone (518-582-2000) or email (aic@esf.edu).

Click image for a map of Essex Chain Lakes campsites

ecl campsite map

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.

The Adirondack Interpretive Center is excited to be partnering with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in administering the permitting system for the campsites in the new Essex Chain Lakes Primitive Area (ECLPA).

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.

Permits can be acquired through Backcountry Stewards stationed at the AIC during normal business hours. Visitors can reserve a permitted site up to 10 days in advance by calling or emailing the AIC.

Formerly known as the Newcomb Visitor Interpretive Center and administered by the Adirondack Park Agency, the AIC is now a branch of SUNY-ESF's Northern Forest Institute.

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


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