Popular trails and camping areas will be closed Memorial Day

Recent flooding has impacted a number of state owned structures, roads and campgrounds and may curtail access to a few favorite retreats during Memorial Day weekend.

Lake Champlain remains above flood level, resulting in the closure of the Ausable Point Campground, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Thursday.

Also, a third of the campsites at the Northampton Campground on Great Sacandaga Lake are closed because of high water.

High waters have prevented DEC from installing floating docks at many DEC boat launches.

Many access roads and trails remain closed to motor vehicles due to muddy conditions, including the Flume Bike Trail System in Wilmington and the Moose River Plains Road System in Hamilton County.

All other state campgrounds will be open and are expected to be full.

Conditions in the backcountry remain treacherous, with snow persisting in areas above 3,700-feet and in lower elevations on north and east facing slopes.

Cold water temperatures combined with swift moving streams and rivers can increase the likelihood of capsize and hypothermia for boaters, according to DEC.

For more information on conditions and trail information go to www.dec.ny.gov.

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