Outside situations (6/four): Hinckley Reservoir open for public use –


Below are the latest announcements about public land in the Adirondacks. Please visit the Adirondack Backcountry Information web pages for comprehensive and up-to-date information on seasonal road conditions, climbing closures, special trail conditions and other relevant information.

Last week:

Wild forest of the Saranac lakes: A beaver dam partially obstructs the passage of Spider Creek under Route 30 between Follensby Clear Pond and Upper Saranac Lake.

Hinckley Reservoir Daily Usage Area: The Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area in Herkimer County is open for public recreation. The area is closed to swimming, but the beach remains open to visitors. Recreational opportunities in Hinckley include picnicking, paddling, and beach use. Swimming is not allowed as there are currently no lifeguards available. For reasons of public safety, swimming is only allowed when a lifeguard is on duty.

Lake George Wild Forest: Shelving Rock Area – Three bridges on the Shortway Trail are down and unsafe for equestrian sports. Use the Old Farm Road to access the network of trails.

Moose River Plains Complex: The entrance gates to the Moose River Plains Camping Area have reopened for the season after closing for the spring mud season. Road verges can still be soft in areas.

  • The Rock Dam Road will remain closed until further notice due to soft road conditions.
  • Indian Lake Road will remain closed at the Otter Brook Bridge until further notice.

Boreal Raquette Complex (including Raquette River Wild Forest, Raquette Jordan Boreal Primitive Area, and nearby wildlife sanctuaries): The gates reopened after the spring mud season.

Wild forest at Ferrissee: Powley Road is completely open. All storm damage and washouts have been repaired and the road is open and passable along its entire length.

Pine Lake Primitive Area: Chain of Lakes Road (South) the Hudson River is open in the city of Indian Lake.

Township 19 easement: O’Neil Flow Rd / Township 19 easement in the town of Indian Lake is open during the season.

General information

Visit the Adirondack hinterland information main page for more travel planning resources, including travel information, weather resources, and seasonal information on recreation in Adirondack.

Fire danger:

  • Adirondack Park – Low
  • Champlain Region – Low
  • Check the fire rating card for daily updates.

Muddy Trails Advice: The Adirondacks are still under a notice of muddy trails. Hikers are advised to postpone hikes on trails over 2,500 feet until the high-altitude trails are dry and hardened. Thin soils are prone to erosion and delicate alpine vegetation can be easily damaged. Until conditions improve, explore the trails near your home and enjoy other forms of recreation. Visit the DEC website for a list of alternative Adirondack day hikes.

Water conditions: Water levels throughout the Adirondack region range from below average to low for this time of year. Check the current USGS water data for New York for current flow in selected bodies of water. The water temperatures are still cold in many places. Personal flotation devices (PFDs or life jackets) are highly recommended by all anglers, boaters and paddlers. If bridges are not available, try not to cross streams during periods of high, fast flowing water.

Ticks: Wear light colored clothing with a tight weave for easy identification of ticks. Wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck your trouser legs into socks or boots and your shirt into your trousers. Frequently inspect clothing and exposed skin for ticks outdoors. Consider using insect repellent. Stay on cleared, well-traveled paths and hike in the center of the trails. Avoid dense forests and bushy areas. Additional tips for tick prevention.

Required bear canisters: NYSDEC requires the use of bear-safe canisters by overnight guests in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1st and November 30th. NYSDEC encourages campers to use bear-safe canisters throughout the Adirondack hinterland. Bear canisters should be used to hold all food, food waste, toiletries, and other fragrance items. Canisters should be stored at least 100 feet from tents, shelters, and cooking areas, and kept closed when inaccessible. Learn more about bear canisters and how to avoid human-bear conflicts.

Adirondack Rock Climbing Closures: DEC closes certain climbing routes in the Adirondacks to protect nesting peregrine falcons. For a full list of closings, see Adirondack Rock Climbing Route Closures. As soon as the nesting sites for peregrine falcons are determined, climbing routes that do not disturb the nesting will be reopened. Lines that remain closed will be reopened after the boys have fledged. Thank you for your cooperation. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Wildlife at (518) 623-1240.

Seasonal access roads: Many seasonal access roads were reopened after closing for the spring mud season. Please refer to the Adirondack Backcountry Information pages for updates on specific road closures and openings.

Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway is now open for the 2021 season. Please note that the shuttle to the top of Prospect Mountain is currently unavailable. Until shuttles are available, no entrance fees will be charged for access to the motorway. The barrier-free car park at the summit is currently under construction. Limited parking will continue to be available during construction, but some areas may be temporarily closed. Call (518) 668-5198 for the latest information on accessibility.

NYSDEC & AMR pilot reservation system: A free pilot reservation system is now in place at the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR). The pilot program addresses public safety on a busy stretch of Route 73 in the city of Keene. AMR is a 7,000 acre privately owned property that provides restricted public access through a maintenance easement agreement with DEC. The pilot reservation system does not apply to other areas in Adirondack Park. Free reservations are required from May 1 to October 31, 2021 for parking, daily access, and overnight access to the trails through the AMR Gate and the Noonmark and Round Mountain trails accessible through the AMR site . Reservations are possible for appointments up to a maximum of two weeks. Current users without a reservation will not be allowed. For a full list of frequently asked questions and to make a reservation, visit www.hikeamr.org.


Information attributed to NYSDEC is obtained from press releases and news from the Department of Environmental Conservation of New York State.

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