In response to a flurry of public comments, the state of New York will no longer experiment with extended stays at Rollins Pond Campground in Franklin County, at least for now. Other changes were made to the campground’s unit management plan and to Golden Beach Campground’s plan in Hamilton County, both of which the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) approved on Thursday, according to the Adirondack Explorer.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation proposed in August allowing longer stays at the 519-acre Rollins Pond Campground as a possible way to address campers who skirt its reservation limit. The DEC has found campers use different email addresses or have family members reserve additional weeks to thwart the 14-night rule that applies to DEC campgrounds from July 1 to Labor Day.
The trial was to be part of the campground’s unit management plan, which went out for public comment. The APA, charged with long-range planning in the park, reviews these plans for conformance with its own rules and regulations.
Josh Houghton, a natural resource planner with the DEC, said most commenters were against an extended camping stay. The department received many complaints about the misuse of existing campsites and availability. The DEC received 23 written comments and 684 responses to a survey about the management plan.