McEnaney also announced that the state plans in upcoming years to develop a mile-long nature trail to connect the Scaroon Manor Campground with primitive hike-in state campsites, to be built at nearby Camp Cayuga.
At the Review Board meeting, agency Executive Director Fred Monroe reminisced about the grand resort with former Johnsburg Supervisor Bill Thomas, who worked there in his youth.
"It was a super place, and a tragedy it closed down," Monroe said. "But we're really pleased about how it will now be open to overnight camping - it has a lot of nostalgic and historic value."
The campground is located on Taylor's Point on the western shore of Schroon Lake in the Warren County town of Chester, and borders the Essex County town of Schroon.
In 2004, DEC began construction of the Scaroon Manor Campground and Day Use Area. The project - including labor, equipment, and/or materials - was a collaborative effort of the DEC, the Warren County Department of Public Works, the town of Chester, the town of Schroon, inmate crews from the Department of Correctional Services, Adirondack Park Agency staff, volunteers and competitively bid contractors. The day use area opened to the public in 2006. A grand-opening celebration is planned for June.
Campers may reserve a campsite by contacting Reserve America online at http:/\Newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com/ or by phone at 1-800-456-CAMP (1-800-456-2267).
(Andy Flynn contributed to this story.)