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Rose Harvey, Commissioner of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) today announced that State Parks campgrounds are beginning to open across New York and encouraged New Yorkers and others who enjoy the great outdoors to explore the state’s magnificent camping facilities.

“State Park camping is an ideal way to explore the great outdoors with friends and family,” Harvey said. “From tent sites nestled in the woods to charming cottages, State Parks offer comfortable accommodations for everyone. What’s more, they remain close-by and affordable for families pinched by the economy and rising gas prices.”

Harvey noted the park system continues to see strong demand for its campsites and cabins. Through April, 283,000 nights were reserved at OPRHP campgrounds statewide for the 2011 season – about 4,000 nights more than the same point in 2010 – and 78 percent of campsites were booked for the Memorial Day weekend.

Several state park campgrounds offer new features this summer:

• Bowman Lake and Oquaga Creek in Central New York are offering summer-long camping at a limited number of campsites. Seasonal campers can make one reservation for several weeks, allowing them to leave a trailer or RV on one site for the entire summer. Reservations must be made directly with the parks.

• Ten new sites were added at Rensselaer County’s Cherry Plain State Park, a cozy campground that features waterfront sites, a sandy beach on Black River Pond and nature trails.

• Online reservations are being accepted for a four-person cottage at Long Point State Park in the Finger Lakes, which features a boat dock and patio overlooking Cayuga Lake.

“If gas prices or the tough economy have you down, it may be time to plan a summer getaway,” Harvey said. “Make a reservation at one of our beautiful campgrounds, or simply plan a day-trip to do something you love at a nearby state park.”

OPRHP operates 65 campgrounds with 8,400 campsites, 750 cabins and 50 vacation rentals. Camping reservations are available through ReserveAmerica, which provides online and phone reservations for campsites throughout New York. Reservations are accepted for campsites and cabins, from one day to nine months in advance of the planned arrival date by calling toll free 1-800-456-CAMP or online,

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 178 state parks and 35 historic sites. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit

Reserving a campground site at a state park this summer is going to take a little more technical know-how and good credit.

New this spring, the Utah State Parks Reservation Office has two major policies that will affect customers planning to make reservations for camping, pavilions or boat slips.

Only major credit cards are being accepted by state parks for camping and other types of reservations, State Parks spokeswoman Hollie Brown said.
“Cash and checks are no longer accepted,” Brown said in a news release issued Thursday.

The second change affecting customers is that all reservation customers are being asked to set up a State Parks camper profile by visiting and clicking on Internet reservations, Brown said.

Establishing a profile provides faster and better service for future reservations, as well as providing information for state parks in the event of an emergency, she said.

“All campers, including those who are planning to camp on a first-come, first-served basis, must create a profile,” Brown said.

For more information, call (801) 322-3770 or (800) 322-3770, or visit the Web site at

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The long list of possible state park closures includes a dozen Central and Upstate New York campgrounds. Many of those parks don’t expect to open this summer due to budget cuts, so they are refunding money to people who already have reservations.

This is in addition to the 55 state parks throughout New York that could also be closed as the result of the $8 billion budget deficit. The governor expects the move to save about $6 million.

Dan Keefe, from State Parks, says there is still a chance those parks could be open this summer if lawmakers restore funding, but they wanted to get the word out now.

Campsites that will not be opening for the 2010 are:

Central Region:

  • Hunt’s Pond State Park
  • Oquaga Creek State Park
  • Pixley Falls State Park

Finger Lakes Region:

  • Newtown Battlefield State Park

Saratoga Region:

  • Max V. Shaul State Park

Taconic Region:

  • Taconic State Park – Rudd Pond Area

Thousand Islands Region:

  • Canoe Point State Park
  • Cedar Island State Park
  • Eel Weir State Park
  • Keewaydin State Park
  • Macomb Reservation State Park
  • Mary Island State Park

Emails sent to customers who had already made reservations said that reservations have been cancelled and refunds issued. Those who paid by check, will get their money in the form of a check. Those who paid by credit card, will see their refund as a credit on their next statement.

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