DEC extends overnight camping ban in New York State to May 31, refunds available

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — With warmer weather on the horizon, everyone is eager to get out of the house, especially people with planned camping trips. 

In Empire State Development’s list of essential services, parks are listed as essential and should remain open. However, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) says parks will only be open for use during the day.

The DEC announced on their website that campgrounds are closed to overnight campers through May 31. The DEC says refunds will be available to anyone who has already made a reservation.

A spokesperson for the DEC says anyone with a reservation to a state park campground prior to June 1, will automatically receive their refund. The refund will be automatically generated back to their original payment method.

If you’ve made a reservation for June or later, the DEC says they will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and determine if your campground is safe to open for the time of your reservation.

If you want to cancel a reservation that begins on June 1 or later, click here or call 1-800-456-2267.

According to their website, the DEC is also no longer taking new reservations for the 2020 season, until further notice.

A spokesperson for the DEC said, “[The] DEC will continue to evaluate actions based on New York State on PAUSE and take all steps necessary to ensure the health and safety of DEC staff and visitors.”

This guidance only pertains to New York State parks, but in Onondaga County they are following similar guidance. 

Parks remain open for day use in Onondaga County, but overnight camping is prohibited. The county also says they are not accepting new camping reservations at this time. A county spokesperson says refunds are available for reservations that were previously made.

Below is the county’s full statement:

Please note: We are not accepting NEW camping reservation requests for the 2020 season until further notice. We are continually monitoring the situation regarding all of our current reservations for the year. Thank you for your patience as work to protect the safety of our visitors and staff.

Onondaga County Statement

Some campgrounds in Onondaga County were scheduled to allow overnight weekend campers beginning on Friday, April 24, but that will no longer be the case.

If you are unsure about a camping reservation that you already made, you should contact the campground affiliated with the reservation directly.


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