Adirondack Update: Camping Restrictions

In 2001, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (the “DEC”) added new camping restrictions to the regulations governing use of wilderness areas in the Adirondack Park, including (1) a description of an area known as the South Meadows-Flowed Lands Corridor [6 NYCRR section 190.13(b)98)]; and (2) a prohibition on camping anywhere in the South Meadows-Flowed Lands Corridor other than at a designated campsite [6 NYCRR section 190.13(f)95).]

However, the camping restriction for the South Meadows-Flowed Lands Corridor does not go into effect until “such time as the department completes its designation of such campsites within such corridor.” See 6 NYCRR section 190.13(f)(5).

As of April 5, 2010, the DEC Senior Forester assigned to the project has stated that it is not expected to be completed during 2010. Thus, the camping restriction for the South Meadows-Flowed Lands Corridor will not be in effect at least until the spring or summer of 2011.

It appears that the South Meadows-Flowed Lands Corridor is shown on the map as the area outlined in red, although the description given in the regulations seems to have an error in that it doesn’t seem to follow the loop. Perhaps the DEC will need to amend the description before the regulation can be enforced even after the campsite project is completed.

You can view more detailed maps of the campsite plan at this page:

Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Area Maps

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