Other roads that will remain closed include Lily Pond Road in Horicon; Jabe Pond Road in Hague; Gay Pond Road and Buttermilk Road Extension in Warrensburg and Dacy Clearing Road in Fort Ann.
Warren County supervisors are also irate over the road closures, citing longtime visitors to the area arriving only to find their favorite camping locales inaccessible.
Winchell did say the DEC welcomes discussions with the affected municipalities in an effort to formulate a plan to open the gates.
That is welcome news to Hutchins and Frey, and the supervisors plan to take the state up on the offer by meeting with them in the near future.
In the meantime, Hutchins said he finds the state's rationale to close the gates a tough pill to swallow.
"The bottom line is, I just don't think they spend a lot of money in there," Hutchins said.
John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and an avid outdoorsman. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.